This episode explores new research, which has observed an exoplanet over 600 light years from Earth where it rains iron.

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Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read From Another Planet’ by Mark Jarman here.  

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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This episode explores new research, which has used ancient clams to reveal how days were half an hour shorter 70 million years ago.

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Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘An Autopsy of an Era’ by Mary Jo Bang here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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This episode explores new research, which has harnessed the problem-solving capabilities of a simple slime mould to trace the large-scale structure of the universe.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘The Universe: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ by Tracy K. Smith here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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March 9, 2020

Episode 40: Jellied Eggs

This episode explores new research, which has used jellyfish to help understand how sexual reproduction in animals may have evolved.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘A Jelly-Fish’ by Marianne Moore here.  

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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This episode explores new research, which has combined genealogy and genetics to identify thousands of individuals in Québec whose remains lie in unmarked graves.

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Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read 'Mapping the Genome’ by Michael Symmons Roberts here.  

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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This episode explores new research, which has found that the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador has shown signs of possible flank instability.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘A Postcard from the Volcano’ by Wallace Stevens here.  

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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This episode explores new research, which has found that a Himalayan glacier shows evidence of the start of the Industrial Revolution.

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Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Snowmen’ by Agha Shadid Ali here.  

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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February 10, 2020

Episode 36: Arctic Acoustics

This episode explores new research, which has investigated the sounds made by marine mammals in a changing Arctic environment.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Seals at High Island’ by Richard Murphy here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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This episode explores new research, which has found that marine heat waves are linked to an increase in the number of whales being caught in fishing gear.

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Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘The Right Whale in Iowa’ by Debora Greger here.   

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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This episode explores new research, which has found that male swamp sparrows are less intimidated by the songs of their ageing rivals.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.  

Read ‘Sparrow’ by Farnoosh Fathi here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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