60-Second Science
60-Second Science
Scientific American
Leading science journalists cover some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a deeper audio dive you can subscribe to Science Talk. To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast
The Surprising Physics of Finger Snapping
You might not think that you can generate more body acceleration than a big-league baseball pitcher, but new research shows you can.
Jan 10
5 min
Salvador Dali's Creative Secret Is Backed by Science
The painter described falling into the briefest of slumbers to refresh his mind. Now scientists have shown the method is effective at inducing creativity.
Jan 3
3 min
A Growing Force of Fiery Zombies Threatens Cold Northern Forests
Wildfires, appearing dead in winter, are actually smoldering and then bouncing back to life in spring to consume increasingly more land in the Far North.
Dec 27, 2021
10 min
Listen to This New Podcast: Lost Women of Science
A new podcast is on a mission to retrieve unsung female scientists from oblivion.
Dec 21, 2021
4 min
Canary Islands Eruption Resets Volcano Forecasts
A volcanologist says the eruption on the island of La Palma is a unique window into the “personality” of basaltic volcanoes.
Dec 20, 2021
2 min
COVID Quickly, Episode 21: Vaccines against Omicron and Pandemic Progress
Today we bring you a new episode in our podcast series COVID, Quickly. Every two weeks, Scientific American ’s senior health editors Tanya Lewis and Josh Fischman catch you up on the essential developments in the pandemic: from vaccines to new variants and everything in between. You can listen to all past episodes here .
Dec 17, 2021
5 min
As Forests Burn, a Climate Puzzle Materializes in the Far North
A 15-year study of where carbon lies in boreal forests has unearthed a surprising finding.
Dec 14, 2021
8 min
Astronomers Spot Two Dust Bunnies Hiding in the Early Universe
The scientists found several previously hidden galaxies that date back to 13 billion years ago—and many more might be missing from our current census of the early universe.
Dec 8, 2021
2 min
COVID Quickly, Episode 20: The Omicron Scare, and Anti-COVID Pills Are Coming
Today we bring you a new episode in our podcast series COVID, Quickly. Every two weeks, Scientific American ’s senior health editors Tanya Lewis and Josh Fischman catch you up on the essential developments in the pandemic: from vaccines to new variants and everything in between. You can listen to all past episodes here .
Dec 3, 2021
6 min
To Better Persuade a Human, a Robot Should Use This Trick
A new study finds that, for robots, overlords are less persuasive than peers.
Dec 1, 2021
12 min
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