science podcast #105

The Science & History of Kissing, Global Rise in Obesity

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This week: You’ll hear all about the history and biology of kissing, from science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum. She’s the author of the new book, The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips are Telling Us. And just in time for Valentine’s day, Kirshenbaum also has some kissing tips for you. She’s also the guest in our latest online discussion. So share your kissing stories and bring all your questions to the discussion. Click here to join the conversation. Also, a new report gives a global view of obesity.

The Science of Kissing: Author Sheril Kirshenbaum talks about her new book, The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips are Telling Us. Click here to read more about her book, and to join an online conversation with her. She’s the guest in our latest online Science Forum discussion.
Guest: Sheril Kirshenbaum
Join our online conversation with Sheril Kirshenbaum.

Global Obesity Epidemic: orldwide, the percentage of adults who are obese has nearly doubled in the past 30 years. That’s according to a new report in The Lancet. Marco Werman speaks with Professor Majid Ezzati of Imperial College London. He led an international team of researchers who examined health data from 199 countries and territories.
Guest: Majid Ezzati
The Study.
Read a transcript of the interview.
The World’s Patrick Cox’s series on Obesity.

Russian Scientists Fail to Reach Lake Vostok: In Podcast no. 102, you heard that Russian scientists were close to drilling a sub-surface freshwater lake in Antarctica. But, Lake Vostok will remain untouched this year. Winter has approached in the Antarctic, forcing the scientists to put a break to their drilling for now. Find out more here and here.
A recent NPR story on Lake Vostok.

No Road in Serengeti: In Podcasts 81 and 84, we told you about a proposed highway to be built through Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Conservationists and scientists were opposed to the plan because of the potential impact on the conservation of Serengeti’s ecosystem. Now, the Tanzanian government has decided against building the road. Instead it’s proposing to improve the infrastructure outside the park in order to connect places on opposite sides of it. Read more here.

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