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October 26, 2014: Give a Turtle CPR, Climb Yosemite’s Most Iconic Peaks, and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they climb all of the world’s tallest mountains, write travel stories, pack for a purpose, give a turtle CPR, set records in the Yosemite Valley, find early humans where you don’t expect to, map the Earth, the oceans and Mars, and harvest GMOs.

Mosquito Sperm Follow Their “Noses” to an Egg

Proteins on mosquito sperm enable them to sniff their way to waiting eggs in female mosquitoes.

Video: Why Do Prairie Dogs Do “The Wave”?

The burrowing rodents mimic each others’ jumps and yips to ensure everyone in the colony is alert and working together, a new study says.

December 23, 2013: Meeting Mr. Everest, Singing Songs in Space and More

This week on National Geographic, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they summit Everest seven times, train for an Antarctic speed record, chase water while dodging cats in Africa, sing along with an astronaut, and overcome a traumatic brain injury.

Purring Monkey? Flamboyant Lizard? New Amazonian Species Are Totally Wild

More than 400 shiny new species, ones completely unknown to science, have turned up in the Amazon rain forest, according to the latest report from the WWF.

3 Mammals That “Choose” Their Babies’ Sex

A new study says mammals can “choose” the sex of their offspring—does that include us?

What Lies Ahead for the Future of the Wildlife Professional?

When I mention the word “organismal” to college-aged or graduate students in biological disciplines, many look at me crazier than fellow graduate students in non-science disciplines did several years ago. When I was applying to graduate school I was pretty naive, but I knew that I, at least, wanted to attend a program offering coursework…

Food Scientists Bring New Attention to Taste

Youth Radio invited author and food scientist Barb Stuckey to our studios to give us a taste of her book, Taste What You’re Missing. On the tables there were plates with multiple cups filled with unknown liquids, a jelly bean, some crackers, a strawberry, and a couple other small treats. I felt a little as…

Changes In Ancient Humans’ Diet Made Wisdom Teeth Obsolete

Other than a trip to the oral surgeon, there isn’t much a purpose for wisdom teeth, is there? A new study looks at why these molars are such a pain.

Brains, Actually

Acting may not be brain surgery, but Oscar winner Colin Firth can now add “brain researcher” to his resume. The actor recently urged scientists to explore how political views are reflected in a person’s brain structure.

Captive Bear Workshops to be Held at The 20th International Conference on Bear Research & Management (Ottawa, Canada)

On July 17th – July 23rd bear biologists from around the world will convene in Ottawa, Canada for the 20th International Conference on Bear Research & Management.  The week-long meeting includes key-note addresses by Ian Stirling and Stephen Herrero– two distinguished, veteran bear biologists. The conference is hosted by the International Association for Bear Research & Management (IBA) . For more…