The Science of Thanksgiving

The answers to all your questions about the big bird: Does turkey make you sleepy? What's the difference between white and dark meat? And, stories about the bird itself

Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

Stop blaming the bird for your turkey daze.


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    • News Turkey Teaser Explained

      Turkey Teaser Explained

      December 22, 2003 |

    • February 2006 Bait and Switch

      Bait and Switch

      Some notes on our feathered and finned friends

      February 1, 2006 |

    • Features Is Keeping Kosher Good for the Environment?

      Is Keeping Kosher Good for the Environment?

      We run the numbers to see whether keeping kosher has any effect on your carbon footprint

      September 25, 2008 |

    • Science Talk Podcast

      Tiny Technology and Talking Turkey

      In this episode, Scientific American's "SA 50" research leader of the year, MIT's Angela Belcher, discusses her work using viruses and other organisms to help create nanoelectronics. Animal behaviorist and turkey expert Richard Buchholz brings us up to date on some turkey science. And we'll test your knowledge of some recent turkey science in the news and outer boroughs. Websites mentioned on this episode include;

      November 22, 2006 |

    • 60-Second Mind Podcast

      Eat, Exercise and Be Merry

      Research shows that people who write down what they are grateful for may exercise more. Rachel Mahan reports

      November 24, 2008 |

    • 60-Second Science Podcast

      Taming the Wild Turkey

      Turkey expert Richard Buchholz explains how the bird on your table Thursday is much different from the ones they had at the first Thanksgiving

      November 22, 2006 |

    • Science Talk Podcast

      For the Birds: A look at birds, habitat conservation and environmental economics

      Ornithologist and conservation biologist Jeffrey Wells talks about birds and their roles as markers for environmental health. He also discusses the Boreal Forest, the Boreal Birdsong Initiative, the eBird research project (that you can assist) and his new book, The Birder's Conservation Handbook. We also have a brief tribute to the late Arthur C. Clarke. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include;

      March 19, 2008 |

    • 60-Second Mind Podcast

      When the Virtual You Changes the Real You

      Imagine a future where a digital you is influencing the real you; where a communicating clone can convince us to alter our decisions and behavior. Research underway at Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab has shown that our digital self can persuade our real self to exercise more. (A good thing after gorging on mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie!)

      November 22, 2007 |

    • Science Talk Podcast

      Lying in Weight: The Hidden Epidemic of Eating Disorders in Adult Women (And A Few Men)

      In this episode, molecular biologist and journalist Trisha Gura discusses her new book, Lying In Weight, about eating disorders in adult, even elderly, women, as well as a small percentage of men. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include;

      May 23, 2007 |

    • 60-Second Earth Podcast

      Planes, Trains and Automobiles

      What's the best way to get home for the holidays?

      November 25, 2008 |

    • In-Depth Reports

      2008 Gadget Guide presents some of this year's most exciting high-tech toys as well as gadgets to make the planet greener and inventions designed to deliver the most basic needs to developing countries

      November 18, 2008 |

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