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Natural Selections

On Natural Selections each week, join a short conversation on the natural world. Topics range from evolutionary biology to geology and wildlife, from climate science to animal and human behavior.

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The program is hosted by NCPR news director Martha Foley joined by naturalist Dr. Curt Stager of Paul Smith's College.

Support for Natural Selections is provided by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park, and by Paul Smith's, the College of the Adirondacks.

New Book: Deep Future

"The course we take in the coming decades will affect not just the next hundred years, but the next hundred thousand years of life on this planet." --Curt Stager

Deep Future
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Nature features

Curt Stager on On Point

Curt StagerListen to Dr. Curt Stager as the guest on On Point, 3/24/11, talking about his new book, Deep Future: the Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth.

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Natural History
Maybe it was messier than we thought, some scientists now say. Big brains, long legs and long childhoods may have evolved piecemeal in different spots, in response to frequent swings in climate.
 
Passenger pigeons used to be the most abundant bird in North America. But hunters drove them to extinction, and by 1914, only one was left. A century later, that pigeon, named Martha, is on exhibit.
 
This bird likes livers, kidneys, entrails — anything it can pluck that's freshly dead. But what if you served it ... a painting?
 
Museums are filled with dead insects, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles meticulously gathered worldwide in the name of scientific discovery. But some researchers now say scientists should think twice.
 
A secretive, nocturnal species that lives on a remote island off the coast of Mexico had not been spotted since 1936. Scientists have concluded it is genetically distinct from mainland neighbors.
 
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Natural Selections with hosts Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager airs Thursday mornings during The Eight O'Clock Hour.

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Natural Selections: Adirondack Trout, pt. 2

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager continue a discussion about trout biology and habitat in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Mimicry in Nature

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss the survival advantages to species whose appearance is deceiving.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Old-Style Camping

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss camping the old-fashioned way, before nylon, goretex, and bottled water.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Roller Coasters

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss the how and why of roller coasters.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Ants

Ants may be small, but they are rather sophisticated and even "diabolical," as Martha Foley puts it, when she and Dr. Curt Stager take on ants.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Yellow Perch

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss the habits and habitat of the neophyte angler's favorite, the yellow perch.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Evolutionary Adaptation

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss sickle cell anemia as a case study in the pros and cons of evolutionary adaptation.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: The End of the World

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk Doomsday--how the sun and earth will die, how the universe will end.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Tool-Using Animals

The ability to use tools has separated man from animals for many scientists. That line may not be as clear as once believed. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about animal intelligence and the use of tools by different animal species.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Handedness

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about "handedness" in people, lobsters and toads.  Go to full article

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