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Leading science journalists provide a weekly one-minute report on the science of the environment and the future of energy. Scientific American offers three other podcasts: the daily "60-Second Science" and the weekly "60-Second Psych" as well as "Science Talk." To view all our archived podcasts please visit:



New Map Knows Noise

Feb 24, 2015 00:02:11


National Park Service researchers recorded ambient sound from all over the country to find out where there’s still stillness. David Biello reports

Oil-Eating Microbes Have Worldwide Underground Connections

Feb 16, 2015 00:01:50


Life thrives even deep inside Earth and scientists are beginning to suspect extensive connections among those underground environments. David Biello reports

Siberian Winters See Temp Uptick

Feb 9, 2015 00:01:41


The long-term winter warming of Russia’s far north has gotten a boost from industrialization. David Biello reports

Dig This: China Cuts Coal Production

Feb 2, 2015 00:01:34


The biggest single source of global warming pollution actually started to shrink in 2014. David Biello reports

Is Recycling Worth the Effort?

Jan 29, 2015 00:01:40


The value of recycling depends on the material in question and whether all hidden costs and benefits go into the analysis. David Biello reports  

Tropical Forests Pay Price for Gold Rush

Jan 21, 2015 00:01:28


Desire for gold has made mining in tropical forests financially worthwhile, leading to ecosystem destruction. Cynthia Graber reports  

Cheap Oil Means Raise the Gas T-Word

Jan 13, 2015 00:01:28


Low oil prices present an opportunity to come to grips with our crumbling infrastructure and the cost of climate change. David Biello reports  

Meet the (Newest Known) Beetles!

Dec 31, 2014 00:01:41


Researchers announced the discovery of 98 beetle species previously unknown to science. David Biello reports  

Oil Spill Sullies World Heritage Site

Dec 23, 2014 00:01:36


The Sundarbans, part of the world's largest mangrove forest and stretching across India and Bangladesh, have been tarnished by a 350,000-liter oil spill. David Biello reports  

Plummeting Petroleum Price Gases Up Global Warming

Dec 16, 2014 00:01:28


Good news for gas and oil consumers can be bad news for the environment. David Biello reports

Movies Can Boost Solar Power

Nov 29, 2014 00:01:28


The pattern that stores a film on a Blu-ray disc also can help improve photovoltaics. David Biello reports

Sun's Magnetic Field Boosts Earth Lightning

Nov 25, 2014 00:01:57


When the Sun's magnetic field is pointed away from Earth, lightning strikes in the U.K. go up 50 percent. Christopher Intagliata reports

Wildlife Crime? There's an App for That

Nov 19, 2014 00:01:40


A new tool may help officials crack down on the illegal wildlife trade. David Biello reports

Protected Areas Get Short Shrift

Nov 11, 2014 00:04:16


Protected land and sea areas serve the wildlife within them as well as the humans who live near them. But countries are backtracking on their financial commitments to these vital regions. Steve Mirsky reports  

Clock Ticking on Climate Change Prevention

Nov 3, 2014 00:01:31


The  United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 's new synthesis report adds urgency to the need to cut additional greenhouse gas pollution