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Short Wave

Short Wave

Short Wave

1076 episodes


New discoveries, everyday mysteries, and the science behind the headlines — in just under 15 minutes. It's science for everyone, using a lot of creativity and a little humor. Join hosts Emily Kwong and Regina Barber for science on a different wavelength.If you're hooked, try Short Wave Plus. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at

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How The Current Heat Dome Can Affect Human Health

Right now, there's a "heat dome" lingering over the southwestern U.S. – a high pressure...

10 minutes
Jun 12, 2024

From The Physics Of G-Force To Weightlessness: How It Feels To Launch Into Space

It feels like this is the summer of space launches. So, it's only appropriate that we k...

14 minutes
Jun 11, 2024

Illegal Wildlife Trade Is Booming. What Does That Mean For The Confiscated Animals?

Wildlife trafficking is one of the largest and most profitable crime sectors in the wor...

11 minutes
Jun 10, 2024

'Math In Drag' Explores The Creativity And Beauty In Numbers

Kyne Santos was a student at the University of Waterloo when she began her math and her...

12 minutes
Jun 07, 2024

Why The Science Of Tides Was Crucial For D-Day

June 6, 1944 the Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy and took the Nazis by su...

13 minutes
Jun 05, 2024

Psychedelic Treatment For PTSD Faces Misconduct Hurdle

People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may soon have a new treatment option:...

13 minutes
Jun 03, 2024

A Silky Shark Named Genie Swam 17,000 Miles, a Record-Breaking Migration

A silky shark named Genie traveled from the Galapagos Islands out to the open ocean and...

9 minutes
May 31, 2024

A Vaginal Microbiome Transplant Could Help People With BV

Humans rely on our symbiotic relationship with good microbes—in the gut, the skin and ....

13 minutes
May 29, 2024

With Summer Approaching, Here's A Smarter Way To Use Sunscreen

Each year 84,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with melanoma. About 90% of these ski...

12 minutes
May 27, 2024

How Israel Is Using Facial Recognition In Gaza

After the Hamas attack of Oct. 7 triggered Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, hundred...

14 minutes
May 24, 2024