Science Podcasts: Birds & Sensory Pollution, Covid-19 Vaccine And Tiny Bats

Researchers try to unpick the complex relationship between sensory pollutants and bird reproduction, and how to combat organized crime in fisheries.

In this episode:

00:46 Sensory pollution and bird reproduction

Light- and noise-pollution have been shown to affect the behaviour of birds. However, it’s been difficult to work out whether these behavioural changes have led to bird species thriving or declining. Now, researchers have assembled a massive dataset that can begin to give some answers. Research article: Senzaki et al.

10:17 Coronapod

Interim results from a phase III trial show compelling evidence that a coronavirus vaccine candidate can prevent COVID-19. However, amid the optimism there remain questions to be answered – we discuss these, and what the results might mean for other vaccines in development. News: What Pfizer’s landmark COVID vaccine results mean for the pandemic

23:29 Research Highlights

A tiny bat breaks a migration record, and researchers engineer a mouse’s sense of place. Research Highlight: The record-setting flight of a bat that weighs less than a toothbrushResearch Article: Robinson et al.

25:39 Organised crime in fisheries

When you think of fishing, organised crime probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. However, billions of dollars every year from the fishing industry are lost to criminal enterprises. We discuss some of the impacts and what can be done about it. Research Article: Witbooi et al.

32:13 Briefing Chat

We discuss some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time, a time-capsule discovered on the Irish coast provides a damning indictment of Arctic warming, and some human remains challenge the idea of ‘man-the-hunter’. The Guardian: Arctic time capsule from 2018 washes up in Ireland as polar ice meltsScience: Woman the hunter: Ancient Andean remains challenge old ideas of who speared big game

Culinary Travel: Inside Iconic ‘St-Viateur Bagel’ In Montreal, Canada (Video)

St Viateur is an iconic bagel shop that has been around since 1957. The Montreal-style bagels are made 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Editor’s Note: This was filmed in February 2020.

Poetry: Robert Frost’s ‘Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening’ (Video)

A short poem told from the perspective of a traveler who stops to watch the snow fall, and, in doing so, reflects on the conflict between man and nature and the wishes and obligations we face in our lives.

Written by Robert Frost, 1922.

Read by Shane Morris.

City Architecture: ‘The World’s Top 16 Tallest Skyscrapers’ (Video)

Size Comparison of the Tallest Skyscrapers in the World.

Video timeline of tallest skyscrapers: 0:00 Intro 0:48 16: Shanghai World Financial Center 1:27 15: Taipei 101 2:05 14: China Zun 2:47 13: Tianjin CTF Finance Center 3:28 12: Guangzhou CTF Finance Center 4:04 11: One World Trade Center 5:08 10: Lotte World Tower 5:43 9: Ping An Finance Center 6:28 8: Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower 6:59 7: Shanghai Tower 7:37 6: Merdeka 118 8:11 5: Shimao Shenzhen – Hong Kong International Center 8:38 4: Dubai One Tower 9:11 3: Burj Khalifa 9:46 2: Jeddah Tower 10:20 1: Burj Mubarak al-Kabir

Artist Profile Video: French Painter Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)

In this episode of Expert Voices, Scott Niichel examines three captivating works by Pierre Bonnard. Bonnard explores variations in colors and light in a way no other artist can; in effect, the artist builds a bridge between Impressionism and Modernism.

Pierre Bonnard was a French painter, illustrator, and printmaker, known especially for the stylized decorative qualities of his paintings and his bold use of color. 

New Travel Guide Videos: ‘Zermatt – Switzerland’

Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn, was essentially built for enjoying the Alps. It’s hugely popular with skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer. And with its many lifts, Zermatt is a springboard for countless trails and unforgettable viewpoints. More info about travel to Zermatt:…

Travel: ‘Island Of Madeira – Portugal’ Filmed As “Photron Fastcam Video”

Filmed and Edited by: Ellis Van Jason

Madeira is home to some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes! Enjoy this 4K FPV visual journey across Portugal’s volcanic island of Madeira. This relaxation film was created from a completely new perspective that will make you feel like a bird soaring over Madeira. From the jagged mountain ridges to dramatic coastal cliffs, Madeira’s landscape has so much to offer. Filmed by the Incredibly Talented Ellis Van Jason. He is one of the world’s best cinematic FPV Pilots. He made a shorter cinematic FPV version that will blow your mind –

Paris Walking Tour Video: ‘Jardin Du Luxembourg’

This video filmed during lockdown in Paris on October 31, 2020

Jardin du Luxembourg – Jardin du Luxembourg The Jardin du Luxembourg, also known in English as the Luxembourg Gardens, is located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, France. It was created beginning in 1612 by Marie de’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, for a new residence she constructed, the Luxembourg Palace. The garden today is owned by the French Senate, which meets in the Palace. It covers 23 hectares and is known for its lawns, tree-lined promenades, flowerbeds, model sailboats on its circular basin, and picturesque Medici Fountain, built in 1620. The name Luxembourg comes from the Latin Mons Lucotitius, the name of the hill where the garden is located.

Foods: How Japan Has Been Making Soy Sauce For Over 220 Years (Video)

Masatsugu Fueki uses the same traditional practice of making soy sauce that his predecessors used at Japan’s Fueki Syoyu Brewing over 220 years ago. Fueki takes us through the factory and the multi-step natural brewing process which only uses three ingredients — soybeans, flour, and salt.

Credits: Producers: Carla Francescutti, Pelin Keskin Director/Camera: Tofu Media Editor: Carla Francescutti