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Song of the Stars, Part 2: Seeing in the Dark
In 2014, a blind astronomer “sonified” the universe’s most explosive event: a gamma-ray burst. By listening to, rather than looking at, the data, she made a critical discovery and changed the field of astronomy.
Song of the Stars, Part 1: Transforming Space into Symphonies
Space is famously silent, but astronomers and musicians are increasingly turning astronomical data into sound as a way to make discoveries and inspire people who are blind or visually impaired.
This Researcher Captured Air from the Amazon in Dive-Bombs--And Found Grim Clues That the Forest Is Dying
One researcher has been hiring planes to strafe the sky over the Amazon rain forest to collect the air coming off the trees, and what she is finding is cause for alarm.
Should You Get a Blood Test For Alzheimer's?
Consumers can now get easy tests for Alzheimer’s. But these tests may not really help patients that much–yet.
Ada Limón's Poem for Europa, Jupiter's Smallest Galilean Moon
U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón discusses her involvement in NASA’s Europa Clipper mission and the inspiration behind her poem, which will travel onboard the spacecraft.
How the Woolly Bear Caterpillar Does Something Pretty Amazing to Survive the Winter
Caterpillars can’t regulate their body temperatures, so they have to come up with a totally different strategy to make it through the coldest months of the year.
Witty and Informative
Flora’s wit and insights make every topic on Science Quickly informative and enjoyable. I highly recommend this podcast and have missed Flora’s voice since ELT went to podcast heaven way too soon :)
Wish it was like it used to be
I like the information and the hosts. My main dislike of this podcast is it used t be super short and concise, a nice way to stay up to date on scientific things. Now it’s every other day and 10-15 min podcasts. I May stop listening regularly for this reason. Too frequent and too long for what I’m looking for.
Cambridge Analytical scandal
In the “Thunderous Goose” episode, Flora states that humans have been in Australia for 50,000 years, but in reality, the evidence shows they have been living there for about 125,000 years and in North America for at least 23,000 years. Cancel this woebegotten purveyor of misinformation! Flora promoted a survey by Cambridge Analytica in the mid 2010’s which has been shown to be a honeytrap that manipulated voters to support the fascist GOP candidate in2016. I took part in that survey and feel Flora is a tool that has not addressed grievous transgression that compromised the integrity of the democratic process. You don’t mention that ratites are the oldest birds. Another reason to discount the information from this podcast. I suffered a lot of harm from your transgression and lost about $100,000 because of it.