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A Dirty Snowball, Cancer-Sniffing Ants And A Stressed Out Moon
A green comet, cancer-sniffing ants, stealthy moons ... hang out with us as we dish on some of the coolest science stories in the news!
A Fatal Virus With Pandemic Potential
Nipah virus can rapidly infect and kill members of a community. Exactly how does it cross over from bats to humans?
The Ancient Night Sky And The Earliest Astronomers
Moiya McTier says the night sky has been fueling humans' stories about the universe for a very long time, and informing how they explain the natural world. In fact, Moiya sees astronomy and folklore as two sides of the same coin.
"To me, science is any rigorous attempt at understanding and explaining the world around you," she explained to Short Wave's Aaron Scott. "You can see that they knew enough about the world around them to predict eclipses, to predict annual floods in Egypt, for example. I think that you can use folklore and mythology to understand the early scientific attempts of humanity."
Moiya McTier is the author of The Milky Way: An Autobiography of our Galaxy. She joins us to draw out the connections between astronomy and folklore, why the night sky is more dynamic than it might look, and what it feels like to live on an astronomical timescale.
Can you teach a computer common sense?
Over the past decade, AI has moved right into our houses - onto our phones and smart speakers - and grown in sophistication. But many AI systems lack something we humans take for granted: common sense. In this episode Emily talks to MacArthur Fellowship-winner Yejin Choi, one of the leading thinkers on natural language processing, about how she's teaching machines to make inferences about the real world.
Gas Stoves: Sorting Fact From Fiction
Gas stoves emit pollutants like nitrogen oxide and methane. Today, why stove makers have long known how to make cleaner stoves—but haven't fixed them.
Meet The Bony-Eared Assfish And Its Deep Sea Friends
Kai the Fish Guy takes us on a tour of the ocean floor and the fantastical creatures that call it home, from the deep-sea batfish to the bony-eared assfish.