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New discoveries, everyday mysteries, and the science behind the headlines — all in about 10 minutes, every weekday. It's science for everyone, using a lot of creativity and a little humor. Join host Maddie Sofia for science on a different wavelength.

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Preparing For Perimenopause: You Don't Have To Do It Alone

Though half the population experiences it, perimenopause is still a largely misunderstood chapter of reproductive life.

13 min20 h ago
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Preparing For Perimenopause: You Don't Have To Do It Alone

How Hackers Could Fool Artificial Intelligence

University and military researchers are studying how attackers could hack into AI systems by exploiting how these systems learn. It's known as "adversarial AI." (Encore episode.)

10 min1 d ago
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How Hackers Could Fool Artificial Intelligence

A Key To Black Infant Survival? Black Doctors

A new study demonstrates the critical role a doctor's race could play in the survival of Black newborns.

12 min4 d ago
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A Key To Black Infant Survival? Black Doctors

How The U.S. Is Caught In A "Pandemic Spiral"

The Atlantic's Ed Yong explains the "pandemic spiral" the U.S. is stuck in. He argues our intuitions have been misleading our response, rather than guiding us out of disaster.

12 min5 d ago
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How The U.S. Is Caught In A "Pandemic Spiral"

Miss an episode? Now's your chance to catch up...

Short Wave is taking a break today, but fear not! We've got 200+ episodes in our back catalog for you to explore in the meantime.

1 min6 d ago
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Miss an episode? Now's your chance to catch up...

Saving Water A Flush At A Time

Moving human waste more efficiently down a toilet bowl could be one solution for saving water. In this encore episode, we bring you some toilet science.

11 min1 w ago
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Saving Water A Flush At A Time

A Mathematician's Manifesto For Rethinking Gender

Mathematician Eugenia Cheng uses category theory to re-examine the gendered thinking society

15 min1 w ago
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A Mathematician's Manifesto For Rethinking Gender

Micro Wave: Why Mosquitoes Bite You More Than Your Friends

Asked and answered: why some of you might be more prone to being bitten by mosquitoes than others.

9 min1 w ago
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Micro Wave: Why Mosquitoes Bite You More Than Your Friends

This Is Not A Typo: One In Four Animals Known To Science Is A Beetle

It's not just because they're incredibly diverse — it's that they inspire passion in the scientific community.

10 min1 w ago
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This Is Not A Typo: One In Four Animals Known To Science Is A Beetle

Managing Wildfire Through Cultural Burning

Long before the vast blazes of recent years, Native American tribes held controlled burns that cleared out underbrush, encouraged new plant growth, and helped manage wildfires.

12 min1 w ago
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Managing Wildfire Through Cultural Burning

Latest Episodes

Preparing For Perimenopause: You Don't Have To Do It Alone

Though half the population experiences it, perimenopause is still a largely misunderstood chapter of reproductive life.

13 min20 h ago
Comments
Preparing For Perimenopause: You Don't Have To Do It Alone

How Hackers Could Fool Artificial Intelligence

University and military researchers are studying how attackers could hack into AI systems by exploiting how these systems learn. It's known as "adversarial AI." (Encore episode.)

10 min1 d ago
Comments
How Hackers Could Fool Artificial Intelligence

A Key To Black Infant Survival? Black Doctors

A new study demonstrates the critical role a doctor's race could play in the survival of Black newborns.

12 min4 d ago
Comments
A Key To Black Infant Survival? Black Doctors

How The U.S. Is Caught In A "Pandemic Spiral"

The Atlantic's Ed Yong explains the "pandemic spiral" the U.S. is stuck in. He argues our intuitions have been misleading our response, rather than guiding us out of disaster.

12 min5 d ago
Comments
How The U.S. Is Caught In A "Pandemic Spiral"

Miss an episode? Now's your chance to catch up...

Short Wave is taking a break today, but fear not! We've got 200+ episodes in our back catalog for you to explore in the meantime.

1 min6 d ago
Comments
Miss an episode? Now's your chance to catch up...

Saving Water A Flush At A Time

Moving human waste more efficiently down a toilet bowl could be one solution for saving water. In this encore episode, we bring you some toilet science.

11 min1 w ago
Comments
Saving Water A Flush At A Time

A Mathematician's Manifesto For Rethinking Gender

Mathematician Eugenia Cheng uses category theory to re-examine the gendered thinking society

15 min1 w ago
Comments
A Mathematician's Manifesto For Rethinking Gender

Micro Wave: Why Mosquitoes Bite You More Than Your Friends

Asked and answered: why some of you might be more prone to being bitten by mosquitoes than others.

9 min1 w ago
Comments
Micro Wave: Why Mosquitoes Bite You More Than Your Friends

This Is Not A Typo: One In Four Animals Known To Science Is A Beetle

It's not just because they're incredibly diverse — it's that they inspire passion in the scientific community.

10 min1 w ago
Comments
This Is Not A Typo: One In Four Animals Known To Science Is A Beetle

Managing Wildfire Through Cultural Burning

Long before the vast blazes of recent years, Native American tribes held controlled burns that cleared out underbrush, encouraged new plant growth, and helped manage wildfires.

12 min1 w ago
Comments
Managing Wildfire Through Cultural Burning

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