The Poetry of Science
Episode 6: Daylight Transmission

Episode 6: Daylight Transmission

July 15, 2019

Recent research has shown that shown that across Africa a higher percentage of mosquito bites than previously thought take place at times when people are not protected by nets and insecticide. This episode explores this research and what it means for the global battle against malaria. 

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Mosquito’ by Myronn Hardy here.  

Read the study into the quality of mosquito bed nets in Kenya here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 5: Growing Dark in the Cold

Episode 5: Growing Dark in the Cold

July 8, 2019

Recent research has shown that mushrooms in colder climates tend to be darker than those in warmer environments. Join us for a poetic investigation into why this may be the case, and how this can help us to better understand the fungal kingdom.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Mushrooms’ by Mary Oliver here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 4: The Dance of the Dung Beetle

Episode 4: The Dance of the Dung Beetle

July 1, 2019

Recent research has shown how dung beetles use the sun, the wind, and even the stars to navigate. Join us for a poetic investigation into the internal compasses of these fascinating insects.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Dung Beetles Navigate by Starlight’ by Dr Sarah Watkinson here.

Buy Sarah’s chapbook here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 3: Plastic Paradise

Episode 3: Plastic Paradise

June 25, 2019

This episode uncovers research which has has found an estimated 414 million pieces of human-made rubbish on Australia’s remote Cocos Islands.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘We are no longer interested in the sea’ by Michael Conley here.

Buy ‘A Change of Climate’ here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 2: A Thawing Habitat

Episode 2: A Thawing Habitat

June 25, 2019

This episode explores new science which reveals how global warming may result in Siberia becoming more habitable during the 21st century.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Message to Siberia’ by Alexander Pushkin here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 1: Deep-sea Tremors

Episode 1: Deep-sea Tremors

June 25, 2019

This episode features an investigation into the relationship between deep-sea fish and earthquakes in Japan.

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Read this episode’s science poem here

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read 'Catalogue of Strange Fish' by Kate Potts here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.
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