Ecosystems Secretly Protect Against Lyme Disease
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.
Climate Change Pushing Millions to Edge of Starvation
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.
Powerful Men Have More Children, Anthropologist Says
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.
Greek Economic Collapse: Pulling Europe and U.S. Down?
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.
Historian Outlines Egypt's Uncertain Way Forward After Arab Spring
While the Arab Spring spotlight has marched on to Syria and Libya, pioneering Egypt's first steps have by followed by little-noticed stumbles.
Hidden Pattern Drives Voting Behavior in U.S. Presidential Elections
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 Monogamous Marriage Come From?
Where does the idea of marriage — monogamous marriage specifically — come from? Anthropologist Laura Fortunato has some answers.
Studying Temperature at Lake Baikal to Learn about Global Climate
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.
The Next Epidemic — How Society Aids Infections Like E. coli
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.
Can Threatened Species Evolve Their Way Out of Trouble?
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.
Climate Change, Agricultural Production and Africa's Poor
With climate change set to wreck agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, what will happen to the world's poorest people?
Examining the Diversity of Canines Through Dog Genes
Geneticist Adam Boyko walks us through the DNA maze that produces dogs of all shapes and sizes from a very few genes.
Nuclear Power's History in the US: Miracle to Demon
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.
Nuclear Power's Future: Improving Technology, Incompetent People
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.
Behind the Japanese Nuclear Reactor Crisis
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.
Poor Kenyan Fishermen Demonstrate Value of Marine Reserves
Marine biologist Tim McClanahan asks if poor Kenyan fishermen can improve themselves without destroying local coral reefs? (Hint: yes)