ResearchBlogCast

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Synopsis

Each week, three science bloggers discuss a peer-reviewed article that bloggers have written up on ResearchBlogging.org. Your discussants are Dave Munger, Editor of ResearchBlogging.org and blogger at DailyMonthly.com; Razib Khan, blogger at Gene Expression (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/); and Kevin Zelnio of Duke University, and blogger at DeepSeaNews.com

Episodes

  • ResearchBlogCast #11: Using the genome to identify species

    29/07/2010 Duration: 28min

    How do you define a species? Most people would probably say species are similar organisms that can reproduce sexually to produce viable offspring. But what about organisms that don’t reproduce sexually? Surely they have species too. Today we’re discussing new research suggesting a different way to define species, using their genomes. It’s an intriguing study that [...]

  • ResearchBlogCast #10: Does being a little crazy make you more creative?

    06/07/2010 Duration: 24min

    Throughout history we’ve seen examples of artists and others who, while possessing amazing talent, also don’t seem “normal.” Whether it be tormented artists like Vincent van Gogh, or the stereotype of the “mad scientist,” it often seems like a little schizophrenia might underlie amazing genius. In fact, some psychological studies have found that schizophrenics do tend [...]

  • ResearchBlogCast #9: Genetics, fertility, and disease

    21/06/2010 Duration: 32min

    Why would a deadly genetically-transmitted disease persist? Doesn’t “survival of the fittest” mean that any genetic mutation that causes premature death should quickly be extinguished? In the case of Cystic Fibrosis, the problem is even more dramatic, because CF causes infertility in men. How could this gene possibly survive? Yet it not only survives, it [...]

  • ResearchBlogCast #8: Protecting the Environment While Reducing Poverty

    08/06/2010 Duration: 26min

    Some of the most bio-diverse areas of the world are also some of the most impoverished, which is why it can seem cruel to create national parks and other protected areas to preserve these ecosystems. Aren’t the human lives in those regions more important than plants or other animals? Some research has supported the idea [...]

  • ResearchBlogCast #7: Why would we ever cooperate?

    25/05/2010 Duration: 27min

    Cooperation is seen not only in humans, but in societies formed by organisms from ants to baboons. But in many cases, it’s difficult to figure out why any individual would want to cooperate. Wouldn’t it be easier just to take what you want without doing any work? While cooperation is good for the group, why [...]

  • ResearchBlogCast #6: Emotional Intelligence and Bullying, In Person and Online

    17/05/2010 Duration: 21min

    Cyber-bullying is a growing problem, but it’s so new that there’s not much research about it. So Krystal D’Costa begins her work studying cyber-bullying by considering what goes into real-world bullying. Each week, Kevin Zelnio, Razib Khan, and I choose one or more journal articles to discuss in podcast form. This week, while Kevin is on [...]

  • ResearchBlogCast #5: A mathematical model for ecological impact

    03/05/2010 Duration: 29min

    There’s no denying that global warming will impose massive changes on the environment. But a recent paper suggests that the models ecologists typically use to assess the effects of environmental changes may be neglecting a key factor: The ability of organisms to adapt to the environment. What are the implications of incorporating the capacity for [...]

  • ResearchBlogCast #4: Fewer big fish in the sea

    26/04/2010 Duration: 31h00s

    As more and more commercial fishers compete for fewer and fewer fish, ecologists are beginning to explore the impact. What happens when all or most of the big fish are caught? Does the rest of the ecosystem somehow compensate? As we do each week, Kevin Zelnio, Razib Khan, and I have chosen a journal article to [...]

  • ResearchBlogCast: Can changing diet improve real-world health?

    19/04/2010 Duration: 31h00s

    Each week, Research Bloggers Kevin Zelnio, Razib Khan, and I will choose a journal article to discuss in podcast form. We’ll make sure it’s an article that we or someone else has covered on their blog, so ideally, you’ll read the blog post first to get a general understanding of the research, then listen to [...]

  • ResearchBlogCast: Milk tolerance among ancient “swedes”

    13/04/2010 Duration: 24h00s

    Each week, Research Bloggers Kevin Zelnio, Razib Khan, and I will choose a journal article to discuss in podcast form. We’ll make sure it’s an article that we or someone else has covered on their blog, so ideally, you’ll read the blog post first to get a general understanding of the research, then listen to [...]