The Poetry of Science
Episode 95: Poisoned Tusks

Episode 95: Poisoned Tusks

April 5, 2021

This episode explores new research, which has found that sperm whales shared behaviours to outmanoeuvre 19th-century human hunters.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Invitation’ by Aimee Nezhukumatathil here.  

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 94: Whaling Away

Episode 94: Whaling Away

March 29, 2021

This episode explores new research, which has found that sperm whales shared behaviours to outmanoeuvre 19th-century human hunters.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Whaler’ by W. S. Merwin here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 93: Vegetation Beneath the Ice

Episode 93: Vegetation Beneath the Ice

March 22, 2021

This episode explores new research, which has discovered plants buried deep beneath the ground, indicating that Greenland was once ice-free.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Over Greenland’ by Peter Campion here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 92: Decapitating Slugs

Episode 92: Decapitating Slugs

March 15, 2021

This episode explores new research, which has discovered sea slugs that can decapitate themselves and regrow their entire bodies.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Autotomy’ by Wisława Szymborska here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Email: sam.illingworth@gmail.com  
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Episode 91: Unlocking Letters

Episode 91: Unlocking Letters

March 8, 2021

This episode explores new research, which has read an unopened letter from Renaissance Europe – without breaking its seal or damaging it in any way.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Letters for the Dead’ by Philip Levine here.

 

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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