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
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!
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.
Kangaroo Rats Keep Their Cool
A recent paper about kangaroo rats staying stealthy around heat-seeking rattlesnakes, and a decent puzzle about cereal boxes
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
A recent paper about why laugh tracks would be good for parrot sitcoms, and a decent puzzle about a pentagon.
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.
fun and concise
even when the field is tangential to my own, it’s fun and thought-provoking
Always makes me think
I love hearing about papers which are not in my field, and they provide great dinner conversations. Even more, though, I love the challenge of the puzzles. They make me think in different ways, and I love the feeling of accomplishment when I crack them!
Short & sweet & science-y
Great concept for a podcast. Entertaining, interesting, and just the right length, too. Very well done.