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Timeline: Blood Spills Into Culture

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Sure, there are timelines about the history of blood transfusions, but we wanted to do you one better: pop culture's take on a century's worth of bloody business...

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Watch Me Do Something Impossible In Three Totally Easy Steps

Thursday, August 08, 2013

What happens when your brain plays a trick on you, and you can't not believe it? Our brains, it turns out, are not prisoners of the world we live in. We can, any time we like, create the impossible ... at least on paper.

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The Subtle Mysteries Of Dinosaur Sex

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

This we know: that dinosaurs had babies. This we also know: that to have those babies, dinosaurs had sex. But here's what we don't know: with their size, their spikes, their scales, their genital equipment, how did they manage to do the deed? This doesn't prevent us from wondering.

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And Now For Something Completely Different

Saturday, August 03, 2013

I don't know what this is, or what it cost this guy to do what he does to his knees, or to the top of his skull. I don't know what I'm listening to. I only know that what happens in this video is beautiful.

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MOVIE BLOOD: Jad & Robert Get a Tour

Friday, August 02, 2013

Fake movie blood is for-real gross -- when we paid a visit to a special effects studio for our Blood episode, our executive producer nearly passed out. If you've got a weak stomach, don't look at these delightfully gruesome photos from our trip.

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Lethal Weapons

Thursday, August 01, 2013

In the 1990s, a button-pushing New York artist took on a subject that cut him to the quick: HIV and AIDS.

Barton Benes had lost a lot of friends, including his boyfriend, and was himself HIV-positive when an everyday kitchen accident took on a surreal bent -- one that got ...

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Blood-Soaked MP3's from Lucius

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blood soaked music made especially for Radiolab....

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Mysterious Dancing Lights In Afghanistan

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

On certain nights, as helicopters settle on the sandy ground in Afghanistan, the air mysteriously bursts into loops of light that trace the path of the helicopter blades; no one's sure what causes this; no one knows what to call these dazzling light displays — but a war photographer has given them a name — and thereby hangs a tale.

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What It's Like To Drop 150,000 Feet Straight Down

Monday, July 29, 2013

If I say "meet me 28 miles from here," that doesn't seem very far, right? But what if the 28 miles is not on a road or a highway, but straight up? Take a trip with a space shuttle solid rocket booster as it tumbles back to Earth. Headphones on.

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Hot People And Cold Cars; Cold People And Hot Cars

Friday, July 26, 2013

Car colors are getting cooler, even wintry: All over the world, car buyers are choosing white, silver, gray or black. So who favors warm, springtime colors? Think of a place where you spend half the year bundled up with mittens.

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Look What You've Done, North America!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

When the Isthmus of Panama connected North and South America, two independent dynasties of horses, rhinos, elephants, shrews, weasels, cats and dogs were free to mingle, fight, dominate or die. Who won?

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Live stream tonight: Jad & Robert at Tekserve

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Jad and Robert will be at Tekserve in NYC tonight to talk a bit about how the show is made and answer listener questions. Watch the live stream at 6pm ET.

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Who Does A Better Wave? Sports Fans Or Hippos?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Professor William Barklow was on vacation when this happened. He was in Tanzania sitting on a river bank gazing about, when all of a sudden a hippopotamus pushed its head out of the river right in front of him, opened its huge mouth and bellowed.

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Let's Spoon for Forty Years

Sunday, July 21, 2013

You've got them... under your skin... Well, hopefully not. But if you did get infected with blood flukes, would it make you feel better to know they're monogamous creatures, pairing up and sticking together for years, sometimes even decades? Warms the heart.

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Getting Cozy With Baby Butterflies ... So Cozy, They Whisper A Wriggly Secret

Saturday, July 20, 2013

You thought, didn't you, that when a caterpillar gets ready to turn itself into a butterfly, it spins itself a cocoon, using silk. I thought that. But, apparently, what happens is different, more like a scene from the movie Alien.

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I Like Ant Butts And I Cannot Lie

Saturday, July 20, 2013

We pay tribute to the ingenious (and stomach-churning) ways that parasites hook up with hosts in our Parasites episode. Case in point: the parasitic nematode, which turns an ant's rear end into a ripe-looking red morsel that, to a hungry bird, looks like a juicy berry.

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Just Like Van Gogh, Ocean Waves Paint Clouds In The Sky

Friday, July 19, 2013

Vincent van Gogh painted rolling, tumbling air in the sky. He used paint and a brush. Ocean waves are also Van Goghs when they crash onto beaches. They paint the sky with salt.

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Seeking Cockroaches, Any Age

Friday, July 19, 2013

Are those butterflies in your stomach... or did something else worm its way into your system? In honor of our Parasites episode, we imagine how some of our favorite (most disgustingly fascinating?) parasites might look for love (and a stable host) online. Up first...the Paaarasitic Wasp!

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What Is 10 Trillion Times More Powerful Than A Heartbeat?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

How loud is the loudest sound we can produce? Kiss fans got a taste at an Ottawa concert, but Chris Butler got closer in his sealed, reinforced, amped-up car. Bombs aside, (we'd rather not, thank you ) can we go louder? How much louder

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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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