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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

    Ancient Dogs Had Complex Genetic Histories

    Ancient Dogs Had Complex Genetic Histories

    Some dog population genetics show similarities to ours, such as in the ability to digest grains, but other lineages differ.  

    • 3 min
    Bees Use 'B******t' Defense to Keep Giant Hornets at Bay

    Bees Use 'B******t' Defense to Keep Giant Hornets at Bay

    The prospect of death by giant hornet has pushed some Asian honeybees to resort to a poop-based defense system

    • 5 min
    Humans May Have Befriended Wolves with Meat

    Humans May Have Befriended Wolves with Meat

    Unlike humans, wolves can subsist on protein alone for months—so scientists say we may have lobbed leaner leftovers their way. Christopher Intagliata reports.

    • 1 min
    How to Avoid Becoming a Meal for a Cheetah

    How to Avoid Becoming a Meal for a Cheetah

    Researchers help farmers in Namibia avoid costly cattle losses by tracking big cat hangouts

    • 4 min
    How the Coronavirus Pandemic Shaped Our Language in 2020

    How the Coronavirus Pandemic Shaped Our Language in 2020

    Linguist Ben Zimmer says the pandemic has turned us all into amateur epidemiologists utilizing terms such as “superspreader” and “asymptomatic.” Christopher Intagliata reports.

    • 2 min
    Science News Briefs from around the Planet

    Science News Briefs from around the Planet

    Here are some brief reports about science and technology from around the world, including one from Panama about the toll lightning takes on tropical trees.

    • 1 min

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1K Ratings

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Voice talent great but can’t hear in kitchen

Mark Stratton’s voice is wonderful to listen to! But in my kitchen, I can’t really hear him amidst the normal kitchen sounds. Podcasts need to consider who consumes this particular media and how. When typical listener hits play, what else are they doing? Somebody who listens to 60-second science is likely busy doing other things. Is it about the voice talent? Or is it about the audience?

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Download fails

The most recent episode I believe is basically called Humans can befriend wolfs can not download

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Audio quality

Reverb, somewhat tinny. An inexpensive interview/conference type microphone could correct this.

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