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A Moment of Science: Audio Podcast

  1. The Extinction Crisis2019/09/19
    According to many scientists, we are in the midst of a major mass extinction catastrophe right now. In 2019 a United Nations backed scientific panel concluded that the rate of species extinctions happening right now is already tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the past ten million years.

  2. The Painless Lives Of Mole-Rats2019/09/18
    Naked mole-rats are resistant to certain kinds of pain, like the burning sensation caused by acid and capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their heat. But they do feel the painful effects of a substance called allyl isothiocyanate, which is what gives wasabi its burn.

  3. The Perfect Temperature For Coffee2019/09/17
    Today on A Moment of Science, we’re going to take a moment to think about coffee and specifically about the importance of water temperature when brewing coffee.

  4. Diamonds On The Bottom Of The Sea2019/09/16
    According to new research, most diamonds found at the Earth’s surface are made of carbon from recycled ancient seabed. It’s been a theory for a while, since some diamonds have traces of salt trapped in them.

  5. Why Can’t We Remember Our Dreams?2019/09/13
    Perhaps you’ve heard that the average person dreams four to six times each night. But did you know that most of us are unable to recall 90% of our dreams? Today on A Moment of Science we ask why it is that we forget most of our dreams.

  6. Working Out Your Arteries2019/09/12
    An overabundance of so-called "bad" cholesterol clogs the arteries with plaque, making blood flow more difficult. If the plaque ruptures, a blood clot can form and cut off blood supply completely.

  7. Water Sensitive Microbes2019/09/11
    The Atacama Desert in Northern Chile is the driest desert on Earth. The only life there is microbial, and researchers study it to get an idea of what we might find on Mars.

  8. Mosquito-Killing Fungus2019/09/10
    There’s been a lot of research lately about how we can get rid of malaria-carrying mosquito populations.
    One way might be to use a transgenic fungus.

  9. Giraffe Nurseries2019/09/09
    Humans aren’t the only species that send their children to nurseries in order to play, learn and be protected. Giraffes, in fact, sometimes leave their calves in a sort of nursery.

  10. NASA’s Twin Study2019/09/06
    Mark and Scott Kelly are identical twin brothers who are both NASA astronauts. In 2015, Scott Kelly was launched on a record 340 day mission to the International Space Station.

A Moment of Science: Audio
You have questions and A Moment of Science has answers. These two-minute audio podcasts provide the scientific story behind some of life's most perplexing mysteries. There's no need to be blinded by science. Explore it, have fun with it, but most of all learn from it. A Moment of Science is a production of WFIU Public Media from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

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