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June 2, 2023
Animals like tiger sharks, sea otters, and wildebeest play outsized roles in sequestering carbon. Plus, over a thousand people have participated in an international project to crossbreed smaller varieties of a backyard tomato plant. And, researchers find the saguaro cactus’ new growth is declining.
Is Anybody Out There? The Quest For Life In Space
Science journalist Jaime Green takes on the long history and challenges of searching for signs of alien life in her new book.
Your Plants Are Trying To Tell You They’re Thirsty
Plus, how cockroach sex is evolving with pest control.
Make It Easier To Be Green. Show Frogs Some Love
Make your spaces safer for frogs or contribute to citizen science projects to help study them.
An Open Letter Asks AI Researchers To Reconsider Responsibilities
Some big names in tech are calling for a pause to developments on a powerful large language model until safety protocols can be implemented.
NASA Announces Artemis II Crew For Next Moon Mission
Astronauts for the next lunar mission have been chosen, including the first woman and first person of color.
Will Rising Temperatures Help Batters Swing for the Bleachers?
Warmer temperatures allows a hit ball to fly slightly further—accounting for about 500 additional home runs in the Major Leagues since 2010.
This Video Game Prioritizes Restoring An Ecosystem Over Profits
In Terra Nil, a “reverse city-builder,” your goal is to restore a barren wasteland into a thriving ecosystem.
Workout Worms May Reveal New Parkinson’s Treatments
Scientists built an exercise pool for tiny worms in an effort to better understand the role of exercise on neurodegeneration.
Your Future COVID-19 Vaccine May Come Through Your Nose
An immunobiologist answers listeners’ ongoing pandemic questions.
A Supermassive Black Hole The Mass Of 30 Billion Suns
How researchers detected the space giant using gravitational lensing, plus the approval of over-the-counter Narcan, EV charging, and a mammoth meatball you can eat.