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  • Generation Anthropocene | Stories about planetary change.
    sustainability Leave a reply What s in a word Posted on 11 June 2015 by Miles Traer Reply Tweet This week we explore communication how do we talk how do we hear and what the hell are we even saying And what about the rest of the animal kingdoms African elephants don t just communicate through trumpeting they also use seismic waves Elephant behavior expert Caitlin O Connell explains this second language and how it s helping advance hearing aid technology She also tells us about her new work of fiction Ivory Ghosts which draws attention to the intensifying problem of illegal ivory trade We then talk to evolutionary biologist Nicole Creanza who explains that we can learn a lot about early human migration across the globe not just through genetics but also through our languages This episode was produced by Leslie Chang Mike Osborne and Miles Traer Additional music by Kevin MacLeod tracks used Digya and Night Cave License available here Continue reading Posted in biology conservation environmental narratives evolution genetics technology Leave a reply The Urban Equation Posted on 4 June 2015 by Miles Traer Reply Tweet As cities continue to grow scientists are trying to define the Urban Equation a mathematical expression that defines not just a group of buildings but a complex network of physical and social interactions Why Because our cities control previously elusive aspects of human evolution To understand our cities is to understand us In this episode Luis Bettencourt and Tyler Nordgren discuss various elements of the urban equation We see how complex networks give rise to creativity how to break an urban metropolis down into a series of mathematical symbols and how our cities are dramatically affecting a cultural connection reaching back nearly 400 years Download Episode Right click and select Save

    Original URL path: http://anthropocene.stanford.edu/ (2015-06-16)
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