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Voyager 1 Approaches Interstellar Space, Zombie Ladybugs

By Elsa Youngsteadt

Podcast 124: Launched in 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft approaches interstellar space. Parasitic wasp larvae turn host ladybugs into mindless zombie bodyguards. Music from the Himba group in Namibia. more »

In Praise of Leeches, Rapidly Melting Cryosphere

By Rhitu Chatterjee

Podcast 118: Mark Siddall, curator of invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History talks about the fascinating world of leeches. New report documents melting of frozen regions of the planet. more »

Big Brains Strike Again

By Elsa Youngsteadt

Blog 6: After two back-to-back studies on big brains and habitat, contributor Elsa Youngsteadt peers into the black box of brain size more »

Alien Invaders, India Rethinks Nuclear Plans, Language Evolution

By Rhitu Chatterjee

Podcast 115: What makes some alien species good invaders? India rethinks its nuclear energy goals. First scientific evidence that language originated in Africa. more »

‘The Science of Kissing’

By Sheril Kirshenbaum

Forum 29: The new book, The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us gives an overview of the evolution, history and biology of kissing. Read our conversation with the author, Sheril Kirshenbaum. more »

The Science & History of Kissing, Global Rise in Obesity

By Rhitu Chatterjee

Podcast 105: Author Sheril Kirshenbaum talks about her new book, The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us. A new report says that obesity is on the rise globally. more »

Atlantic Cod, Global Fisheries Decline, ‘Written in Stone’

By Rhitu Chatterjee

Podcast 94: There may be a glimmer of hope for the Atlantic cod. But 70% of the world's fisheries are on the decline. And science blogger Brian Switek's new book, Written in Stone. more »

China’s Pork Boom, Evolutionary Roots of Language

By Rhitu Chatterjee

Podcast 88: China's growing appetite for pork has environmental costs. One scientist's search for the evolutionary roots of language. more »

Termites on Kenyan Savanna,Treating Mental Illness in Sudan

By Rhitu Chatterjee

Podcast 68: Termites are key to the savanna ecosystem in Kenya. People in Sudan are combining spiritual healing with modern Western-style psychiatrists. Transgenic cotton suffers a setback in China. more »