The Poetry of Science
Episode 57: Gnawing the Permafrost

Episode 57: Gnawing the Permafrost

July 6, 2020

This episode explores new research, which has found that Alaskan beavers are potentially causing an acceleration of climate change due to their impact on permafrost in the region.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘The Beaver’ by Mary Howitt here.  

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 56: Lost in the Glow

Episode 56: Lost in the Glow

June 29, 2020

This episode explores new research, which has found that artificial lights along coastlines are impacting those species that navigate by starlight.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.  

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Starlight at Sea’ by Katharine Lee Bates here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 55: Trees of (Urban) Life

Episode 55: Trees of (Urban) Life

June 22, 2020

This episode explores new research, which has found that increasing green space in cities could help to prevent premature deaths.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘The Trees of Riverdale Park’ by Karen Solie here.  

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 54: Unearthing the Clay House

Episode 54: Unearthing the Clay House

June 15, 2020

This episode explores new research, which has used radiocarbon dating techniques to unravel the mystery of Por-Bajin, a medieval ruin in the Russian republic of Tuva in Southern Siberia.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Ruins’ by Samuel Menashe here.  

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 53: A Snake in the Wetlands

Episode 53: A Snake in the Wetlands

June 8, 2020

This episode explores new research, which has found that tiger snakes are excellent bioindicators for environmental pollution.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Pilot Snake’ by Mary Oliver here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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