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||LIFE ON THE EDGE||LIFE ON THE EDGE (Encore Presentation) - The challenges facing endangered California Condors when they return to the wild. Could armadillos help end blindness? How scientists can tell that sharks really are what they eat. Fuel from the sea. And,||3/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||SURVIVAL IN THE WILD||SURVIVAL (Encore Presentation) - Why female Komodo dragons die young, a whale that sounded like a person, and algae that flee their predators. Also: how the brain's insulation differs between us and chimpanzees,||2/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Science or Nonsense?||ENCORE PRESENTATION - From the Science Update archives: Science confronts alternative medicine and vaccine myths. Also: Can we learn anything from violent video games?||2/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast for 9 October 2014||OCEAN SCIENCE (Encore Presentation) - Old warships become new habitats. An ocean quadcopter gives researchers a sky-high view of the stormy North Atlantic. And, autonomous underwater vehicles that search for sunken treasure. Also,||10/8/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast for 1 August 2014||LESSONS FROM THE DEAD (Encore Presentation) - Scientists attempt to bring back an extinct frog. Mummies showing signs of heart disease make researchers rethink assumptions about lifestyle and diet. The mysterious death zone within African "fairy circle...||8/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast for 18 June 2014||CHANGING BRAINS (Encore Presentation) - Why London taxi drivers have bigger brains, how eye movements reveal what we've really seen, and why emulating the eye movements of experts produces better surgeons. And,||6/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION||EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION - (Encore Presentation) What really happened to Australia's missing megafauna, how carnivores lost their sweet tooth, why lovelorn fruit flies resort to alcohol, strategic miscarriages in monkeys,||3/31/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ENCORE PRESENTATION||WHEN SCIENCE MEETS HISTORY (Encore Presentation) - Ocean temperature records from a 19th century research ship confirm global warming. Reviving plants hidden under glaciers for centuries. Tracing the genetic origins of the blight that started the Irish...||2/25/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Podcast for 20 December 2013||HUMANS AND ANIMALS - The origins of ancient house cats in China. Crows that hold grudges. And, how global warming is creating a new breed of Arctic explorers - of the avian variety. Also: the lengths squirrels will go to to hide their nuts.||12/20/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
Professional content & effort
I guess I was so busy listening to the excellent, professional delivery of the science news that I didn't notice anything detrimental about the music. This is a good mix of heavy, serious science for regular people. It's not as esoteric and heavy as Science magazine can be, but it's not as dumbed-down as typical newspaper science coverage. The choices of stories are interesting and topical, as you would expect from one of the leading science societies/magazines.
OK delivery, FANTASTIC content
The music is indeed cheesy and the transitions between segments play horrible tunes as well. Still, it is not annoying by any means, and the content is really great and coming from the AAAS, highly legitimate. I do recommend it, and I'm sure the producers will eventually change the music. -Rudy
I listen to a lot of science podcasts
Science Update Podcast tops the list of my downloads: NOVA|PBS, NOVA Science, Science Magazine, Scientific American...etc. They have short, interesting vignettes, and I could care less about the transition music or the occasional premature cutoff. It's the (insightful and authoritative) content that's important! That being said, some notes on segment transition from NPR might be a nice touch. Keep up the good work!