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Recent Paper Decent Puzzle is a podcast with two parts: First, I pick apart a recent scientific journal article in enough detail that a non-expert listener would be able to speak intelligently about it. Then I present a decent puzzle, so the listener has something fun to work on until the answer is announced in the next episode.

Recent Paper Decent Puzzle Dan Riskin

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.7, 37 Ratings

Recent Paper Decent Puzzle is a podcast with two parts: First, I pick apart a recent scientific journal article in enough detail that a non-expert listener would be able to speak intelligently about it. Then I present a decent puzzle, so the listener has something fun to work on until the answer is announced in the next episode.

    Eyes Before Flippers

    Eyes Before Flippers

    A recent paper about how eyes got creatures onto land, and a puzzle about a disease called Stinky Stink.
    Note: This will be our last episode of the season - see you in September!
    (music: Bensound)

    • 15 min
    Amazon: Floodplains and Uplands

    Amazon: Floodplains and Uplands

    Guest host Shelby Riskin: 
    A recent paper about forests in the Amazon and how they dry out, and puzzle about finding phosphorus.
    Music: Bensound

    • 18 min
    Kangaroo Rats Keep Their Cool

    Kangaroo Rats Keep Their Cool

    A recent paper about kangaroo rats staying stealthy around heat-seeking rattlesnakes, and a decent puzzle about cereal boxes
    Music: Bensound

    • 18 min
    Flying Mosquitoes

    Flying Mosquitoes

    A recent paper about mosquito flight that might even make you stop hating them for a second, and a decent puzzle about a martini.
    Music by Bensound

    • 15 min
    Laughing Parrots

    Laughing Parrots

    A recent paper about why laugh tracks would be good for parrot sitcoms, and a decent puzzle about a pentagon.
    music: Bensound

    • 12 min
    Neanderthals With Food In Their Teeth

    Neanderthals With Food In Their Teeth

    A recent paper about Neanderthal dental hygiene, and a puzzle comparing American coffee consumption to the flow of the Thames.
    Music: Bensound

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Createacosmos ,

Fun and kid friendly!

Love it! And bonus - a podcast I can listen to with my son!

CareyAnneJ ,

A pleasure to listen to

Thanks for the podcast! I'm two episodes in and hooked. A great way to stretch my mind with a playful and thoughtful take on science.

Bernack14 ,

Makes me feel sciency!!

Love these. Informative and fun, and Riskin refuses to take himself seriously! Subscribe soon!

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