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I Bet I Can Freeze A Battle Cry For 25 Million Years, Says Biologist E.O. Wilson

Monday, July 15, 2013

The world's most famous ant scholar likes a good prank. His secret fantasy, he told the novelist Michael Crichton, would be to steal a 25 million year old alarm signal from an ancient ant and use it to panic a modern nest. Oh, what fun! But can he do it?

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'Why You? Why Now?' A Med Student's Journal

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A med student is paired with a patient her age. She does her job. They talk. They bond. The patient gets better. She's thrilled. And then ...

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The Hardest Thing To Find In The Universe?

Friday, July 12, 2013

Look where you like through the 13,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 pounds of our planet, and you will find only one ounce of it. It's really, really, really rare. Possibly the rarest thing in the universe.

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Where's My Dinner? It Was Here A Second Ago — The Sandpiper's Dilemma

Monday, July 08, 2013

At first, you couldn't ask for a better meal plan. The food is free, delivered straight to you. It lands, literally, right at your feet. All you have to do is bend over and eat. Except: the portions are very small and tend to slip away rather quickly. That's why sandpipers seem so frantic when you see them at the beach. Their food keeps disappearing.

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Democracy, My Mother And Toast

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

It's America's birthday this week, when we celebrate government of, by and for the People, which has me thinking of two particular people, my mother and my aunt, who argued politics at our family dinner table. If families in this country are anything like mine, America's democratic achievement is nothing short of a miracle.

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A Beautiful Notion: That Caterpillars Killed Off The Dinosaurs

Monday, July 01, 2013

One of the great dinosaur puzzles, the dinosaur mystery, is why did they suddenly die off? Scientists have been debating this question for almost a hundred years and one of the most beautiful notions came from an insect scholar who thought maybe caterpillars did it.

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Stroke, Stroke, Stroke — The Atlantic Ocean's Dazzling Oarsmen

Saturday, June 29, 2013

At night, in the ocean, they look like little Broadway billboards with dazzling trills of rainbow colored light. They have eight little runways on their bodies for light display. What are they?

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Artist Plays Detective: Can I Reconstruct A Face From A Piece Of Hair?

Friday, June 28, 2013

You find a hair on a table top. A cigarette butt on the street. You take it home, and using not especially sophisticated tools, you recover traces of DNA. Can you now reconstruct the face of the person whose hair that was? Who smoked that cigarette?

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7 Billion People And Trillions Of Creatures To Be Photographed Together on July 19

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Carl Sagan once wrote a mischievous paper called "A Search for Life on Earth from the Galileo Spacecraft". Being a living Earthling, he knew he'd find life here. So what was he really up to? The experiment he ran in 1990 is about to be repeated in a few weeks. Here's my closer look.

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The Man With A 'Battery Operated Brain'

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Every so often you see something deeply, truly, can't-believe-they-can-do-this astonishing. This is one of those. A small invention, inserted into a brain, that can silence a neural nightmare with the push of a button. Andrew Johnson is going to push that button.

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The Hypnotist and the Warts

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Back in the 1950's, a young doctor decided to try hypnosis on a teenager suffering from the worst case of warts he'd ever seen. And it worked...even though it turned out the boy didn't have warts, but an incurable disease. Check out the before and after photos from the story in our Placebo show.

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Every Night You Lose More Than A Pound While You're Asleep (For The Oddest Reason)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Every night you lose weight while you sleep. Everybody does. Sometimes two pounds. Something inside you when you close you eyes is gone by morning. It's not bathroom-related. It's something else. What could it be?

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Why Spiderman is Such a Good Dancer

Friday, June 21, 2013

For over a decade (according to Know Your Meme), Dancing Spiderman has been shuffling and swaying online. Sometimes he dances in obscurity, sometimes people pay attention. I recently noticed him on the front page of reddit, which means a lot of people were watching him again, in the animated ...

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Ask Jad and Robert Anything

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Jad and Robert just finished up their AMA on reddit. Thanks redditors!

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The Love That Dared Not Speak Its Name, Of A Beetle For A Beer Bottle

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What's that beetle doing to that beer bottle? The beetle dropped down from the sky, grabbed the bottle's bottom, keeps hugging and hugging it, even when being attacked by ants, and it won't — refuses to — let go. It can't be the beer it's after. The beer is at the other end. What's going on?

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Isn't That King David? Nope, It's Just Dave

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Take something old, familiar and classical, add denim, polyester and glasses, and watch what happens! Two French artists create a new form of time travel.

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Why Men Die Younger Than Women: The 'Guys Are Fragile' Thesis

Monday, June 17, 2013

Death, it appears, prefers gentlemen to ladies. Women don't just outlive men, they consistently outlive men at every stage of life. More boys die in utero, in infancy, in adolescence, in middle age, at every stage. That's why nature makes more of them. But why? What's so fragile about guys?

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Jad and Robert's Upcoming AMA

Friday, June 14, 2013

Catch Jad and Robert's AMA (Ask Me Anything) on reddit on June 19th at 3pm ET.

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Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous

Thursday, June 13, 2013

India has just banned dolphin entertainment parks. They are "morally unacceptable," says a government ministry. Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, the U.S. Navy announced that 24 dolphins trained to sniff for underwater mines will be replaced by robots.

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You Can't Read a Dog By Its Guilty Face

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Our Animal Minds show questions whether dogs feel guilt...or whether we're just reading our own meanings into those puppy dog eyes. Dog owners, if you think you've got an incriminating photo of your canine looking remorseful, send it our way.

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