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Ecosystems Secretly Protect Against Lyme Disease

Lizards, it seems, are good at keeping ticks free of Lyme disease, which suggests that a ecosystem that benefits lizards (and other creatures) ultimately benefits humankind, ecologist Cherie Briggs explains in this podcast.

Climate Change Pushing Millions to Edge of Starvation

Climatologist Chris Funk explains his findings that long-term ocean warming has created a chain reaction that is likely to permanently dry out East Africa.

Evacuation Lessons From Hurricane Irene

Safety officials may have overreacted in preparing for Hurricane Irene, but that’s the best course of action, says evacuation expert Micah Brachman.

Law of the Jungle: Powerful Men Have More Children

Anthropologist Christopher von Rueden’s studies of a Bolivian tribe suggest that men’s instinctive drive for power is a strategy to seed their descendants thickly.

New Answers to Whale of a Mystery

Biologist Graham Slater explains that the evolution of whales into behemoths of the sea occurred in evolutionary spurts and not in a slow and steady process.

Could Organic Farming Threaten Our Food Supply?

Pest ecologist Scott Merrill discusses the bizarre adaptions of insects who feast on our crops, and how some organic farming practices may make life easier for them.

Greek Economic Collapse: Pulling Europe and U.S. Down?

Economist Benjamin J. Cohen discusses the ramifications of the debt crisis in Greece, one of the four PIGS — Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain — whose debt problems threaten economic stability in Europe and the United States.

Six Months after Arab Spring, Uncertainty Rules in Egypt

While the Arab Spring spotlight has marched on to Syria and Libya, pioneering Egypt’s first steps have by followed by little-noticed stumbles.

What Causes Conflict?

By studying pig-tailed macaques, physicist Simon DeDeo untangles the hidden structures underlying conflict in social animals — including humans.

Hidden Patterns in Presidential Voting

In predicting presidential voting in the United States, don’t sweat the small stuff, political scientist Nathan Collins explains to Curiouser & Curiouser host Jai Ranganathan.

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Quick Studies

Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014