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Fukushima vs. Chernobyl–Comparison less useful than ever

By Peter Thomson

Blog 5: If your head’s hurting right now trying to keep track of official evaluations of the scale of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, read this post by The World's environment editor, Peter Thomson. more »

Gagarin’s Legacy, Space Memorabilia, Disordered Surroundings

By Rhitu Chatterjee

Podcast 114: Fifty years since Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth, we look at his legacy on Earth. A new study suggests disordered surroundings breed discrimination. more »

Reflecting on a Doomed Antarctic Expedition, Life at the South Pole

By Rhitu Chatterjee

Podcast 111: We reflect on the legacy of a doomed expedition to the South Pole that took place a century ago. We hear from a physicist spending the winter at the South Pole. Also, remembering Chernobyl after 25 years. more »

Melting Permafrost, Dengue in Malaysia, Tiger Shark Navigation

By Rhitu Chatterjee

Podcast 109: Climate change is rapidly thawing permanently frozen ground in the Arctic. Dengue fever in a clean, well-planned Malaysian city. Tiger shark navigation in the Pacific. 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 »

Tech Podcast: Citizen science hits the high seas

By Clark Boyd

Technology Podcast 306: British Royal Navy logbooks from World War I hold the kind of raw weather data that climate scientists need to run their climate modeling programs. Now, a new project is enlisting the help of citizen scientists everywhere to digitize that information. Plus, you can learn about some really cool history in the bargain. All that and... more »

John Vaillant’s ‘The Tiger,’ Protecting Wild Tigers, Wheat Genome

By Rhitu Chatterjee

Podcast 82: The true story of a tiger in the Russian far-east that killed a poacher for revenge. Efforts to save wild tigers from the brink of extinction. First draft sequences of wheat genome released. more »

Saving Wild Tigers

By John Seidensticker

Forum 20: Wild tigers are on the decline globally. Today there are less than 4000 of them in 13 countries. Can we save the last remaining tigers? We talk to tiger biologist, John Seidensticker. more »

Baboons in Vineyards, A Guatemalan Sinkhole, Termite Bite

By Rhitu Chatterjee

Podcast 70: Baboons raid South African vineyards. A Guatemalan sinkhole. Russia begins simulation of its manned mission to Mars. An anthropologist talks about her work and how music fits into it. more »

Globalizing American Psyche, Reburying Copernicus

By Rhitu Chatterjee

Podcast 67: A West African community in New York deals with its mentally ill members. Author Ethan Watters argues America is exporting its notions of mental illnesses. Copernicus gets a reburial ceremony. more »