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Real-Life Robots

Real-Life Robots

What do you picture in your mind, when you think of … robots? Do you think of a walking, talking piece of metal like this? A lot of people do! Because some robots really do look sort of like people… But, despite what you see in the movies, most real-life robots don’t look like us. …


Have We Ever Seen Evolution Happen? – 12 Days of Evolution #3

Have We Ever Seen Evolution Happen? – 12 Days of Evolution #3

[MUSIC] [BIRD CHIRP] Male crickets love to sing. But on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, that singing comes with a price. Several years ago, a parasitic fly arrived on the island. Those flies listen for crickets’ chirping wings, lay eggs inside them, and the crickets are devoured from within. Thanks to these flies, Kauai’s crickets …


Wallace, Darwin’s Forgotten Frenemy

Wallace, Darwin’s Forgotten Frenemy

This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Everyone knows the name Charles Darwin. He was the father of evolution, the first to come up with that whole natural selection, survival-of-the-fittest thing. Right? Actually, Darwin doesn’t deserve all the credit. While Darwin was puzzling over the beaks of Galapagos finches, another naturalist working in what’s …


The Island of Huge Hamsters and Giant Owls

The Island of Huge Hamsters and Giant Owls

Greek and Roman mythology is full of stories about exotic islands that were home to weird and fearsome monsters — like one-eyed ogres, seductive sirens, and man-eating giants. And I’m here to tell you: Back in the late Miocene epoch, there was in fact an island–or maybe a group of islands– in the Mediterranean Sea …


When Whales Walked

When Whales Walked

This episode is supported by The Great Courses Plus. We know whales as graceful giants. Some are powerful hunters. Some are gentle filter feeders. But no matter what they eat or how they live, whales — as we know them — are bound to the sea. But! There was actually a time when whales could …


Common Misconceptions About Evolution

Common Misconceptions About Evolution

Sometimes, the way we use words in conversation is different from the way scientists use them in a formal setting. Which is fine, but it can cause confusion when you’re trying to talk about science. Evolution as a subject is especially vulnerable to these kinds of misunderstandings. Like, you might have heard someone dismiss evolution …


Natural Selection Song (to The Lazy Song)

Natural Selection Song (to The Lazy Song)

Today we’re gonna learn about evolution or descent with modification That’s what my man Darwin called it When he studied on the islands Observing resemblance, adaptations Now, Darwin came up with some osbervations Four exactly, here’s number one Species traits can very greatly Oh, traits are inherited from parent to offspring Everyone can make more …


Altruism

Altruism

[theme music] Ever wonder why we like…do things for each other? Like why we help our friends move even though we hate doing it? And, for that matter, why a bee will sacrifice its life by stinging an intruder to protect the hive? Why would a vampire bat regurgitate blood into the mouth of another …


How Evolution Works (And How We Figured It Out)

How Evolution Works (And How We Figured It Out)

Hey! Kallie here. Today’s episode was made in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Blake and I were lucky enough to visit the museum’s Deep Time Hall during its renovation and that’s not all! On Friday June 15th, I will be back in the Deep Time Hall, hosting a livestream We’ll be …


When Giant Deer Roamed Eurasia

When Giant Deer Roamed Eurasia

It was a typical autumn day in 2018, when two fishermen set off into the waters of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland. As they pulled up their net, they noticed something different among all the freshly caught fish: something very large and very strange. It was a catch of epic and ancient proportions, one that …

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