The Poetry of Science
Episode 111: Residual Snakes

Episode 111: Residual Snakes

July 26, 2021

This episode explores new research, which has found that snakes can be used to potentially reveal radiation levels in the soil around Fukushima.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.  

Read ‘Snake’ by Katie Peterson here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 110: Stabilising Cockatoos

Episode 110: Stabilising Cockatoos

July 19, 2021

This episode explores new research, which has developed a novel forensic tool for detecting the illegal trading of critically endangered cockatoos.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.  

Read ‘The Cockatoo’ by Cid Corman here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 109: Delisted Wolves

Episode 109: Delisted Wolves

July 12, 2021

This episode explores new research, which has found that poachers have killed a third of Wisconsin wolves since they were removed from the Endangered Species List in late 2020.  

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.  

Read ‘A Wolf’ by Jorge Luis Borges here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 108: Dulled in Flames

Episode 108: Dulled in Flames

July 5, 2021

This episode explores new research, which has found that wildfire changes songbird plumage and testosterone.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Baby Wren’s Voices’ by Thomas R. Smith here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 107: Majestic Migration

Episode 107: Majestic Migration

June 28, 2021

This episode explores new research, which has found that painted lady butterflies achieve the longest known insect migration from the Sahara Desert to Europe.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.    

Read ‘Painted Lady’ by Margaret Danner here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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