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Thousands of people take to the woods to see the mating rituals of a very small beetle with an astounding ability.
In this short, we revisited a mystery from our Falling episode--a mystery involving falling cats, statistics, and terminal velocity. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist extraordinaire, took us to task for using "bad data," while science writer David Quammen stepped in to defend the data set in question. Meanwhile, the debate rages on ...
Robert takes a look at a series of dissected cities, and finds himself falling for the charmingly crooked bits and pieces of one in particular.
Imagine trying to sum up life on Earth on one little record... for an alien or humans of the far-off future. What sounds would you use? What images? We asked Margaret Cho, Philip Glass, Alice Waters, Michael Cunningham, and Neil Gaiman what they'd send into space.
What are the odds that you will die this year? Whatever they are, the mortality tables suggest those odds will double eight years from now. Death, apparently, moves closer at a curiously regular pace. Why this eight-year progression? Let's ask.