Lizards, it seems, are good at keeping ticks free of Lyme disease, which suggests that a ecosystem that benefits lizards (and other creatures) ultimately benefits humankind, ecologist Cherie Briggs explains in this podcast.
Climatologist Chris Funk explains his findings that long-term ocean warming has created a chain reaction that is likely to permanently dry out East Africa.
Anthropologist Christopher von Rueden's studies of a Bolivian tribe suggest that men's instinctive drive for power is a strategy to seed their descendants thickly.
Economist Benjamin J. Cohen discusses the ramifications of the debt crisis in Greece, one of the four PIGS — Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain — whose debt problems threaten economic stability in Europe and the United States.
While the Arab Spring spotlight has marched on to Syria and Libya, pioneering Egypt's first steps have by followed by little-noticed stumbles.
In predicting presidential voting in the United States, don't sweat the small stuff, political scientist Nathan Collins explains to Curiouser & Curiouser host Jai Ranganathan.
Where does the idea of marriage — monogamous marriage specifically — come from? Anthropologist Laura Fortunato has some answers.
Marine biologist Steve Katz has tapped a Russian family's multigenerational measurements of the temperature of a Siberian lake to explain how climate there is part of climate everywhere.
Are we at greater risk now from massive disease outbreaks? It's a vital question after a wave of deadly E. coli infections in Germany has put hundreds in the hospital and killed more than 20. Disease ecologist Sadie Ryan explains how societal changes are aiding the bugs.
Ecologist Andrew Gonzalez explains that experiments on yeast suggest that threatened species may be able to evolve fast enough — under the right conditions — to survive.
With climate change set to wreck agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, what will happen to the world's poorest people?
Geneticist Adam Boyko walks us through the DNA maze that produces dogs of all shapes and sizes from a very few genes.
Over its short lifetime, nuclear power has migrated from being the miracle of America's energy future to an at times unruly nuclear demon, says historian Patrick McCray.
In this last of a three-part podcast, Dr. Theo Theofanous talks about the health impacts of radiation leaking from the crippled Japanese nuclear power plant and about the future of nuclear power.
Engineering professor Theo Theofanous, long recognized for his work on risk and accident analysis specifically focused on nuclear reactors, begins the first of three podcasts on the Fukushima incident with Curiouser & Curiouser host Jai Ranganathan.
Marine biologist Tim McClanahan asks if poor Kenyan fishermen can improve themselves without destroying local coral reefs? (Hint: yes)
Ecologist Nick Haddad discusses his massive experiment in creating habitat corridors on lands protected because they surround guarded nuclear sites.
Insect biologist Elsa Youngsteadt explains to Curiouser & Curiouser host Jai Ranganathan why tropical ants create gardens up in trees.
Evolutionary biologist Nicolas Salamin explains how studying barn owls suggests that color tells us something about our health.
NASA research scientist Benjamin Cook explains how the Dust Bowl years of the American Midwest were not entirely a "natural disaster" and how lessons learned then prevented a sequel.
Tropical ecologist Simon Queenborough addresses the mystery behind the fabulous array of plants and animals found in tropical rainforests.
Fire ecologist Max Moritz discusses the reason that Southern California and other Mediterranean landscapes are wracked by wildfires over and over.
Physicist Dani Bassett discusses the structural similarities between the human brain and that of worms -- or of nearly any system that processes information.
Marine biologist John Pandolfi discusses historical reconstructions that suggest there yet be hope for saving Earth's ailing coral reefs.
Historian Stephen Pyne of Arizona State University talks about the future of manned space exploration and what it can learn from the past.
In this debut podcast of Curiouser and Curiouser, host Jai Ranganathan interviews Duke University marine biologist Larry Crowder about how fishing, historically and currently, has changed the oceans.