The Poetry of Science
Episode 101: Burning Lichen

Episode 101: Burning Lichen

May 17, 2021

This episode explores new research, which has found that lichen may take up to a century to fully recover from wildfire.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Springtime in the Rockies, Lichen’ by Lew Welch here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 100: Deep Sea Plastics

Episode 100: Deep Sea Plastics

May 10, 2021

This episode explores new research, which re-considers what is happening to plastic waste in marine and sedimentary environments.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Deep Sea’ by Axton Clark here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 99: Spongy Trails

Episode 99: Spongy Trails

May 3, 2021

This episode explores new research, which has found that sponges leave trails on the sea floor in the Arctic deep sea.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘The Sponge’ by Joshua Mehigan here.  

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 98: A Bronze Map of Stone

Episode 98: A Bronze Map of Stone

April 26, 2021

This episode explores new research, which has found that a 4,000-year-old carved stone slab is Europe’s oldest known map.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Map’ by Biswamit Dwibedy here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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Episode 97: Freshwater Salts

Episode 97: Freshwater Salts

April 19, 2021

This episode explores new research, which has found that road salts and other human sources are threatening the world's freshwater supplies.

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Read this episode’s science poem here.

Read the scientific study that inspired it here.

Read ‘Salt to Make a Sea’ by Renée Ashley here.

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Music by Rufus Beckett.

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