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On-Air This Week: Elements

Scientists took about 300 years to lay out the Periodic Table into neat rows and columns. In one hour, we’re going to mess it all up. Tune in to a station near you all this week for stories of the Elements.

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The poetry of "Elements"

The Firefly Firework Lottery

Thousands of people take to the woods to see the mating rituals of a very small beetle with an astounding ability.

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Gravitational Anarchy

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 ...

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Update: Devil Tumors

In our Famous Tumors episode, we take a look at what happens when cancer becomes contagious. Now, new findings about a second contagious cancer discovered in Tasmanian devils has us, and researcher Elizabeth Murchison, wondering whether transmissible tumors may be more common than we once thought.

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Krulwich Wonders: Odd Things Happen When You Chop Up Cities And Stack Them Sideways

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.

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Space Capsules

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.

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Am I Going To Die This Year? A Mathematical Puzzle

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.

 

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Lions and Tigers and Illegal Wildlife Goods (Oh My!)

If you caught our episode on big-game hunting, you know how contentious it can be when animals are killed and traded illegally. But what happens to all those illegal hunting trophies once they are confiscated? In Colorado lies one warehouse with nearly 1.5 million illegal wildlife items

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