Joe Roman

May. 15, 2015

‘Thrifty’ Metabolisms, Bad News Bees, and a Pricey Jar of Peanut Butter

Virginia Hughes of BuzzFeed News joins us for a roundup of her top science stories of the week.

endangered species, weight loss, peanut butter, bees, joe roman, virginia hughes

Jul. 18, 2014

Scientists Call Whales the ‘Engineers’ of the Ocean Ecosystem

Whales stabilize the ocean ecosystem through a mechanism scientists call the “whale pump,” or fecal plumes.

whales, sperm, balleen, cetaceans, fecal pump, plume, ocean, ecosystem

Jan. 03, 2014

Forty Years of the Endangered Species Act

Currently, there are 2,142 U.S. and foreign species protected under the Endangered Species Act.

ESA, endangered species act, endangered species, animals, plants, Joe Roman, Peter Alagona


Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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Cetacean Science


Mystery Box

How Humpbacks Hunt With Bubbles

Humpback whales blow bubbles around schools of fish to concentrate them for easier capture. It's called a bubble net, says David Wiley, research coordinator for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and it's visible as a ring of bubbles at the surface. Now, with underwater digital tracking tags and custom visualization software, whale researchers can see what the whales are doing underwater when they're bubble-netting.

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