Interview – Cameron Smith on Evolution and Anthropology

  Jonathan and Chris interview Cameron M. Smith, professor in the department of anthropology at Portland State University. They discuss what is anthropology; what it's like teaching evolution in the United States; what the theory of evolution is; what we've learned from the fossil record; whether or not humans are still evolving; what a hominin is; the revival of Lamarck's theory; and Cameron's real-life adventures on inhospitable terrain and his prediction for humanity's new space…

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#500 500th Episode

This week we turn 500! To celebrate, we're taking the opportunity to go off format, talk about the journey through 500 episodes, and answer questions from our lovely listeners. Join hosts Bethany Brookshire and Rachelle Saunders as we talk through the show's history, how we've grown and changed, and what we love about the Science for the People. Here's to 500 more episodes!

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SVPCA 2018

We are very happy to be able to present the 66th Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, held at the Universities of Manchester and Salford, September 5th-7th 2018. Robert Sansom SVPCA opening remarks Mike Coates Sharks uprooted – new perspectives on early chondrichthyans Katie Davis Shaping the avian (super)tree of life Sam Giles Unravelling osteichthyan relationships: evolutionary tales from the head of forgotten fishes Rob Asher Confidence in palaeontological systematics: lessons from mammals …

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Check Our Insta-Knowledge-Gram on Organic Food and Cancer

  If you don't follow us on Instagram, what are you waiting for? We're test-driving a new Instagram-friendly mini-lesson format with our cartoon avatars. It's called Insta-Knowledge-Gram and the first one is on organic food and cancer. Just look up "thebodyofevidence" on Instagram, click on our latest post, and start swiping left through the mini-slides! https://www.instagram.com/thebodyofevidence/  

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#499 Technology, Work and The Future (Rebroadcast)

This week, we're thinking about how rapidly advancing technology will change our future, our work, and our well-being. We speak to Richard and Daniel Susskind about their book "The Future of Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts" about the impacts technology may have on professional work. And Nicholas Agar comes on to talk about his book "The Sceptical Optimist" and the ways new technologies will affect our perceptions and well-being.

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Colorful new coins; shark, grizzly, wolf, and maples

In the last month or so, the Royal Canadian Mint has released four different nature-themed coins that I designed. This Great White shark swimming through a school of Atlantic mackerel features a high contrast between the silver and the dark blue rhodium plating. Purposefully, the focus is not on a gaping mouthful of teeth, as this top predator is often shown. Including the mackerel gave me an opportunity to share a bit of the shark’s…

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