Subscribe: 60-Second Science
Preview: 60-Second Science

60-Second Science

Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all of ou


Commuting Patterns Help Forecast Flu Outbreaks

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:15:00 -0500

Flu forecasts within large metro areas like New York City might be improved by adding in data about the flow of commuters. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Media Files:

Stopping Splashes with Smarter Surfaces

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:01:00 -0500

Understanding the physics of how a liquid splashes when it hits a surface is allowing researchers to design new surfaces that limit splashing  

Media Files:

Dogs Teach Bomb-Sniffing Machines New Tricks

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0500

A dog’s sniff pulls a plume of fresh scents toward them, which fluid dynamicists say is a technique that could make for better bomb detectors. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Media Files:

"Power Poses" Don't Stand Up

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:30:00 -0500

A 2010 study claimed that striking certain poses could alter hormone levels and risk-taking behavior. But subsequent studies can’t replicate that finding. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

Media Files:

Toll-Free Number Stems Human–Wildlife Conflicts

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:58:00 -0500

India's Project Wild Seve allows people who have suffered crop or livestock loss from wild animals to streamline the compensation process, thus helping both farmers and wildlife.  

Media Files:

We Now Live in the Unnatural World

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:44:00 -0500

David Biello's new book is The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age .  

Media Files:

High-Fiber Diet Keeps Intestinal Walls Intact

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:30:00 -0500

A low-fiber diet causes fiber-eating microbes to dwindle, opening up real estate for mucus munchers that make the intestine more vulnerable to infection. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Media Files:

Forest Die-Offs Alter Global Climate "Like El Nino"

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:51:00 -0500

The loss of forests worldwide appears to interact synergistically to produce unpredictable effects on the global climate. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Media Files:

DNA Samples Find a Lot of Fish in the Sea

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0500

The DNA in seawater can reveal the diversity and abundance of fish species living in ocean waters. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

Media Files:

Police Body Cameras Appear to Moderate Interactions with Civilians

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 19:43:00 -0500

A study of seven jurisdictions found that when cops wear body cameras, complaints against them by civilians fall precipitously.  

Media Files:

NIH Director Looks at Presidential Transition

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:20:00 -0500

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins talks about the future of the NIH in light of the election.  

Media Files:

Ebola Virus Grew More Infectious in the Latest Epidemic

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:39:00 -0500

A strain that emerged during the latest epidemic is able to enter human cells more easily—which means it’s more infectious, too. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

Media Files:

Orangutan Picks Cocktail by Seeing Ingredients

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 16:50:00 -0500

An orangutan matched researchers' predictions about which mixed beverage he would choose based on his relative fondness for the separate ingredients.  

Media Files:

Small-Brained Birds More Likely to Get Shot

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 21:31:00 -0500

Using taxidermy data, biologists determined that gun-killed birds have smaller brains than birds that died in other ways. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Media Files:

Online Sociality Linked to Lower Death Risk

Sat, 5 Nov 2016 20:08:00 -0500

Facebook users in California had slightly better health outcomes than nonusers, even after controlling for other factors. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Media Files: