The Poetry of Science
Episode 69: Wild Offerings

Episode 69: Wild Offerings

September 28, 2020

This episode explores new research, which has used geochemical analysis to show that millions of wild birds were once sacrificed to Ancient Egyptian gods.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Audubon Becomes Obsessed with Birds’ by Andy Brown here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 68: Symbiotics Senses

Episode 68: Symbiotics Senses

September 21, 2020

This episode explores new research, which shows how the ability for certain animals to navigate using the Earth’s magnetic field may be due to bacteria.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘My Proteins’ by Jane Hirshfield here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 67: Rediscovered Frogs

Episode 67: Rediscovered Frogs

September 14, 2020

This episode explores new research, which has used environmental DNA sampling to rediscover Brazilian frogs that were assumed to be extinct.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘The Tree Frogs’ by William Logan here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 66: At Loggerheads with the Storm

Episode 66: At Loggerheads with the Storm

September 7, 2020

This episode explores new research, which has found that loggerhead sea turtles are able to detect hurricanes.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Swimming With A Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle’ by Freya Manfred here.  

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 65: An Outbreak of Flooding

Episode 65: An Outbreak of Flooding

August 31, 2020

This episode explores new research, which has found that flooding can be predicted using the same models that are used for mapping pandemics.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Flood’ by Janet McAdams here.  

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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