The Poetry of Science
Episode 79: A Complexity of Life

Episode 79: A Complexity of Life

November 30, 2020

This episode explores new research, which has found that molecular fossils extracted from 635-million-year-old rocks aren't the earliest evidence of complex life on Earth, but are instead nothing more than common algae.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.  

Read the scientific studies that inspired it here and here.  

Read ‘Hearsay Song’ by John Yau here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 78: Mercury Sinking

Episode 78: Mercury Sinking

November 23, 2020

This episode explores new research, which has found that fish carcasses are transporting toxic mercury pollution from the atmosphere to the bottom of the world's oceans.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Hall of Ocean Life’ by John Hollander here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 77: Lunatic Engine

Episode 77: Lunatic Engine

November 18, 2020

This episode features an alternative format in which I talk to the poet Paul Pearson about his new poetry collection ‘Lunatic Engine’, which reflects on the science of Galileo, and our place in the Universe.

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You can find out more about Lunatic Engine here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 76: A Rolling Wind Gathers the Moss

Episode 76: A Rolling Wind Gathers the Moss

November 16, 2020

This episode explores new research, which has found that global wind systems are responsible for mosses becoming one of our planet's most widely distributed plants.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Moss’ by Bruce Guernsey here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 75: Shrinking Monarchs

Episode 75: Shrinking Monarchs

November 9, 2020

This episode explores new research, which has found that the wing length of the monarch butterfly has evolved in response to migration habits.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘of a butterfly in el barrio or a stranger in paradise’ by Jesús Papoleto Meléndez here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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