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Souls Tumbling In The Light

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Every fall, birds head south and, around Sept. 11, New York sends two beams into the sky. When birds and lights collide, that could mean trouble — but New York is surprisingly gentle.
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Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

Sunday, September 07, 2014

We live on a planet, next to a star that's part of a galaxy that's part of ... ah, here comes the new discovery. We are at the very tip of a giant galactic "supercluster." Take a look.
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Building Me: A Puzzlement

Friday, September 05, 2014

I am made of atoms — 7,000 trillion trillion of them. How did I teach them to tie my shoes? Or did they teach me?
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Glenn Gould In Rapture

Thursday, September 04, 2014

You don't get to see this too often: a man (in this case, a very talented man) totally possessed by his muse. Watch pianist Glenn Gould deep in what psychologists call "a flow state."
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A Giant Appears At The Edge Of An African Roadway

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

If the task is to think backward, to an important moment in history, here's a stunning way to do it: It's a jewel of a monument alongside a road in South Africa.
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I Missed My Birthday? Darn!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When Mary Sue Campbell got stuck in a loop -- caused by a bout of Transient Global Amnesia -- her daughter Christine caught it on camera.
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Kristen Schaal Is a Horse

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Watch the fantastically, maddeningly loopy Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal sketch that kicks off our Loops show. 
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Roadways You Can Install Like Throw Rugs

Sunday, August 24, 2014

You look. You gape. You can't believe your eyes. Well, take a peek at this image and ask yourself, 'How did they do this?'
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A Pale Blue Dot of Perspective

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Check out some of our favorite images snapped by the Voyager spacecraft, including the famous "Pale Blue Dot" we describe in our Escape episode.
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When Venus Was Filled With Venusians — 50 Billion Of Them

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Look up at the night sky and ask, "Anybody there?" Then consider this answer (from the 1830s): There are 22 trillion individuals in our solar system.
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Voyager in Limbo?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NASA believes Voyager 1 has finally left the heliosphere. But not everyone agrees. 
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If You're Born In The Sky, What's Your Nationality? An Airplane Puzzler

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Suppose two Chinese parents get on an Australian airplane and, while flying over U.S. territory, they have a baby on the plane. Can that baby be an American citizen?
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When Snails Lose Their Way

Friday, August 15, 2014

There are happy snails. There are lonely snails. And there are lost snails. This one is lost. Totally. But it sings.
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60 Words Update

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Since we first reported this story a number of things related to the 2001 AUMF have happened. We have seen a call for the repeal of this AUMF, but as of now the law remains on the books... 

On August 7th, President Obama authorized strikes against the terrorist organization in ...

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Stephen Hawking's Dazzling Life Becomes A Movie, But What Sort Of Movie?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A new movie turns the physicist into a romantic lead. But how will it handle the no-so-wonderful parts of his marriage? Truthaholics want to know.
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Elemental Storytelling

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thomas Doyle tells stories with teeny frozen people. They aren’t cold. They are frozen in time, but he freezs them with exquisitely suspenseful, Sherlock Holmes-like care.
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Lucy and Kanzi

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Just how close can we get to our closest primate relatives? That's the question at the heart of our show Lucy -- a question that we try to answer by getting to know a chimp named Lucy, and a bonobo named Kanzi.

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How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Nations need borders for security, for revenue, for defense, or identity. But for fun? Introducing borders that giggle. 

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Guess Who's Been Waiting In The Lobby For A Hundred Million Years?

Saturday, August 02, 2014

The M-Thing. It's patient. It's modest. It's relentless. It stays.

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Teenage Ghostland

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In our episode Memory and Forgetting, Neda Pourang brings us the story a lost memory's haunting power. 

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