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Behind the Japanese Nuclear Reactor Crisis

Engineering professor Theo Theofanous, long recognized for his work on risk and accident analysis specifically focused on nuclear reactors, begins the first of three podcasts on the Fukushima incident with Curiouser & Curiouser host Jai Ranganathan.

Japan’s Earthquake: Deciphering the Fury

With the help of seismologist Chen Ji, Curiouser & Curiouser host Jai Ranganathan examines the tectonic roots of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Fishing for Answers in Marine Sanctuaries

Marine biologist Tim McClanahan asks if poor Kenyan fishermen can improve themselves without destroying local coral reefs? (Hint: yes)

Can We Avoid Devouring the Planet?

Stanford geographer Holly Gibbs discusses the challenge of preserving natural areas while still feeding an increasingly hungry world.

Nuclear Weapons and Conservation: Connecting the Dots

Ecologist Nick Haddad discusses his massive experiment in creating habitat corridors on lands protected because they surround guarded nuclear sites.

Hanging Around in the Rainforest

Insect biologist Elsa Youngsteadt explains to Curiouser & Curiouser host Jai Ranganathan why tropical ants create gardens up in trees.

Life Under Constant Pressure

Deep-sea researcher Craig McClain tells Curiouser & Curiouser about the bounty of life he’s found in one of the least inviting places on earth — the bottom of the ocean.

Spiderman on Broadway? ‘Been There, Done That,’ Say Ants

Insect biologist Rob Dunn has uncovered a hot spot of insect biodiversity — Manhattan.

Recovery of the Island Fox

Dr. Lotus Vermeer discusses the unique recovery program that has restored the health of the Island fox in California’s Channel Islands.

Your Brain, Behind the Scenes

Dr. Pierre-Michel Bernier discusses the incredible calculations your brain performs to plan even the simplest movements.

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What Makes You Neurotic?

A new study gets to the root of our anxieties.

Fecal Donor Banks Are Possible and Could Save Lives

Defrosted fecal matter can be gross to talk about, but the benefits are too remarkable to tiptoe around.

How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

The Big One

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