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The Wild Life is a show by two brothers: one, a Minnesota science teacher with a background in wildlife biology; the other, a space science student in Texas. The Wild Life blends science, nature, and the human experience through storytelling and interviews with earths experts---with a few detours!

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The Wild Life is a show by two brothers: one, a Minnesota science teacher with a background in wildlife biology; the other, a space science student in Texas. The Wild Life blends science, nature, and the human experience through storytelling and interviews with earths experts---with a few detours!

    Nature's Pooper Scooper (Dung Beetles!) with Professor Marcus Byrne

    Nature's Pooper Scooper (Dung Beetles!) with Professor Marcus Byrne

    Before you read what this episode is about, we have an ask. Whoever you are, wherever you are, whichever platform you are using to listen, please consider leaving us a rating and review. Aside from the feedback being helpful to shape our work, it also increases our visibility and helps to grow our community and organization. Plus you'll forever be our favorite listener!
    Professor Marcus Byrne teaches us about the fantastical and unexpected world of dung beetles, their ecological importance, their connections to human culture and history, and how this lowly creature finds its way home by looking to the stars.
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    Marcus Byrne's Book Picks:
    https://www.amazon.com/Dance-Dung-Beetles-Their-Changing/dp/B08MHYLMXC/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1andkeywords=Dance+of+the+Dung+Beetlesandqid=1620065954andsr=8-1 (Dance of the Dung Beetle: Their Role in Our Changing World)
    https://www.amazon.com/Origins-Lewis-Dartnell-audiobook/dp/B07QZZQXB4/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1IDUY4RD4JXQ4anddchild=1andkeywords=origins+how+earth%27s+history+shaped+human+historyandqid=1620066027ands=audibleandsprefix=origins%2Caudible%2C214andsr=1-1 (Origins: How Earth's History Shaped Human History)
    https://www.amazon.com/Enlightenment-Now-Steven-Pinker-audiobook/dp/B075F8M2MC/ref=sr_1_1?crid=CQ2DBHJ1C4FXanddchild=1andkeywords=enlightenment+nowandqid=1620066069ands=audibleandsprefix=enlighten%2Caudible%2C196andsr=1-1 (Enlightenment Now)

    Behind the 𝗦𝗖i𝗘𝗡c𝗘𝗦 with Professor Marcus Byrne

    Behind the 𝗦𝗖i𝗘𝗡c𝗘𝗦 with Professor Marcus Byrne

    Get to know this week's guest before the episode drops!
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    Us: Can the Market Save the World?

    Us: Can the Market Save the World?

    Welcome to part two in an ongoing series examining our connections and impact on the environment, sustainability, and our changing climate.
    https://thewildlife.blog/2021/03/31/the-problem-with-overpopulation-scarcity/ (Part 1) through roughly 9 will focus on laying the groundwork for understanding these complicated issues from a variety of perspectives, while parts 10 through 20 or so will place the first half into real-world context, examining issues and controversies surrounding Deforestation, Overfishing, Recycling, and E-Waste.
    Today we ask, if economic systems are the primary producers of environmental problems, can they also be expected to solve those problems?
    Read the episode transcript here: https://thewildlife.blog/2021/04/23/can-the-market-save-the-world/
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    Poop Cubed with Patricia Yang

    Poop Cubed with Patricia Yang

    In this episode, we finally learn the answer to why wombats have cubed poop, learn how all of us mammals are bonded by our bowels, find out about something called the Law of Urination, and learn that we are in deep doo-doo as we discover the Global Feces Problem.
    Patricia Yang is a postdoc in Civil and Environmental Engineering, where she is studying the collective behavior of birds. Before coming to Stanford, she completed doctoral and postdoctoral studies in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology on the fluid mechanics of body fluids, in particular, blood, feces, and urine. She received bachelor’s degrees in Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering (ESOE) and Physics from National Taiwan University.
    Yang was the recipient of the Sigma Xi Best Thesis award and the Ig Nobel Prize in Physics. Her work has been featured on CNN, the BBC, National Public Radio, National Geographic, and The Times. In addition to conducting research, she teaches fluid mechanics at all levels, from elementary school to college.
    https://www.patriciayang.net/ (https://www.patriciayang.net/)
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    Patricia's book recommendation: https://www.amazon.com/How-Walk-Water-Climb-Walls/dp/0691169861 (How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls)

    Behind the 𝗦𝗖i𝗘𝗡c𝗘𝗦 with Patricia Yang, PostDoc at Stanford and Ig Nobel Winner

    Behind the 𝗦𝗖i𝗘𝗡c𝗘𝗦 with Patricia Yang, PostDoc at Stanford and Ig Nobel Winner

    Stay tuned for her full episode, Poo Cubed, out this Friday!
    Patricia Yang is a postdoc in Civil and Environmental Engineering, where she is studying the collective behavior of birds. Before coming to Stanford, she completed doctoral and postdoctoral studies in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology on the fluid mechanics of body fluids, in particular, blood, feces, and urine. She received bachelor’s degrees in Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering (ESOE) and Physics from National Taiwan University.
    Yang was the recipient of the Sigma Xi Best Thesis award and the Ig Nobel Prize in Physics. Her work has been featured on CNN, the BBC, National Public Radio, National Geographic, and The Times. In addition to conducting research, she teaches fluid mechanics at all levels, from elementary school to college.
    https://www.patriciayang.net/ (https://www.patriciayang.net/)
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    SHORT: What's the Purpose of Ticks?

    SHORT: What's the Purpose of Ticks?

    The truth is, the concept of a plant or animals purpose isn’t as cut and dry as many would like. This makes sense. People are always trying to determine their purpose, their deeper meaning, and trying to answer age old questions like “What’s the meaning of life?”. When we start looking outward, we start trying to apply that same thought logic, but that’s just not how life really works. This is a topic I will be sure to explore more in-depth in a future podcast episode devoted to this idea of purpose.
    That being said, everything plays a role in its ecosystem. Yes, even ticks. So what are those roles? I’ll explain!
    https://thewildlife.blog/2017/09/25/what-is-the-purpose-of-ticks/ (Read the transcript of the episode here)

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