04/17/2015

New Climate Polls, A Comet Mystery, and Puppy Love

11:44 minutes

In this week’s news roundup, Washington Post science writer Rachel Feltman tells us about a surprising insight gleaned from the Philae lander’s bouncy arrival on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. We’ll also hear about a self-powered digital camera that harvests light energy from its image sensor. And a new study suggests that the human bonding hormone oxytocin might play a role in human-canine relationships as well.

Plus, Anthony Leiserowitz of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication gives us the good and the bad on the latest climate polling data. Good thing: Americans overwhelmingly support renewable energy investment, and want to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. Bad thing: Most Americans still think scientists disagree about climate change—so the message about scientific consensus isn’t getting out.

Segment Guests

Rachel Feltman

Rachel Feltman is Science Editor at Popular Science in New York, New York.

Anthony Leiserowitz

Anthony Leiserowitz is director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.