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Mama Mia, Mama Mia! A Canadian Bohemian Rhapsodizes About String Theory

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It's been frustrating, this 100-year search by physicists all over the world for a Unified Theory of Everything, and Tim Blais, physics grad student, a capella singer, Queen fan, feel...
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Always, Always There

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Two short tales: One about bad guys in a fishing village in Pakistan, the other about good guys in Baghdad. And the question is posed: in the long arc of time, which side prevails, th...
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Looking for a Good Book?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

We built a bookshelf stocked with tons of recommendations inspired by Radiolab podcasts. Introducing our new visual archive... Radiolab Reads.

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A Most Delightful Map

Friday, September 13, 2013

What I'm going to say sounds ridiculous, but once upon a time it wasn't ridiculous at all. You could wake up one morning in North America and decide to walk to Morocco, have breakfast...
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Voyager OUT

Thursday, September 12, 2013

NASA is reporting that Voyager 1 has finally left the heliosphere and is now cruising through interstellar space!

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When The Dutch Keep Secrets, Everybody Notices. A Google Puzzle

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Suppose you wanted to slip into a space quietly, secretly. Would you wear a dazzling, many-colored ball gown? I think not. So how do we explain what the Dutch government is doing on G...
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A New Kind Of 'More'

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

If you care about the environment, if you're a good person, you try (in many little ways) to cut back, do with less, live more simply. But when nobody's watching, when you're feeling ...
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What We Can Never, Ever Know: Does Science Have Limits?

Friday, September 06, 2013

If we had enough time, enough brain power, the right computers, the occasional genius, is there any limit to what we can know about the universe? Or is nature designed to keep its o...
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Wild Things Hanging From Spruce Trees

Thursday, September 05, 2013

There was a spruce tree in Stanley's garden, and when September rolled around, a family of garden snakes used it to sunbathe. They'd squiggle out on a branch, flop down and warm thems...
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How To Build Little Doors Inside Your Shell: The Secrets of Snail Carpentry

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Snails getting ready for winter are natural carpenters. They construct doors, or maybe you'd call them walls, inside their shells. They do this without hammers, nails or cement. Ins...
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Drone It To Me, Baby

Friday, August 30, 2013

Drones are for spying, right? Right. But if Jasper van Loenen's idea works, drones will also become private moving vans. Crows won't like this. Trees won't like this. I'm not sure I l...
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How To Disappear When Someone's Spying On You; 'Privacy Wear' Comes To Market

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A New York design team has just produced an invisibility cloak for your cell phone. Pop it in and no government, no merchants, no friends, no one knows where your phone is. Another de...
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Can Worms Create Their Own Imaginary Oceans? Can Oysters?

Friday, August 23, 2013

What happens if you take a beach creature, a little worm, or an oyster, and move it to an aquarium far from the sea? Will it still imagine tides? Yes, it will. But whose tides will wa...
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Human Made From Paper Eats Pepperoni Pizza — And Lives!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What surgeons see when they open us up and look inside is not pretty — unless you're a surgeon. But when designer Kelli Anderson opens us up, we are feathery, pipe filled, ivory-boned...
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Sink Your Teeth Into Our Rabies Quiz

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Did you know the phrase "hair of the dog" comes from an old remedy for rabies? Take our rabies quiz for more factoids on the deadly virus.
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'Why This Compulsion To Run Long Distances?' A Runner's Beautiful Confession

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Runners often ask themselves, "Why am I doing this? Why do I want to make myself hurt so?" With help from the webcomic The Oatmeal, we might have an answer.

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How One Plus One Became Everything: A Puzzle of Life

Monday, August 19, 2013

Why did it take cells so long to link together and form tissues, organs, you, me, turtles, daisies? There was a couple of billion year pause before cells became multicellular. How com...
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Is There A Giant Life Form Lurking In Our Solar System? Possibly, Say Scientists

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Think about the E.T. in "E.T." It was fetching, adorable and two and a half feet tall. Now think about the E.T.s we hope to find on Mars, Europa or Titan. They will probably be, if th...
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This Pulsing Earth

Monday, August 12, 2013

Spring comes, then summer, fall and winter and if you are off the planet with a camera looking down at Earth, the seasons seem like breaths. Speed up the imagery, and the planet seems...
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'Stopp!' 'Schnell!' Cried The Nazis Before The Dinosaur Ate Them

Saturday, August 10, 2013

What happens when a vaguely bored bearded guy with nothing much to do, one day falls (or dives?) into his toilet bowl and goes down a sewer pipe? This comic is one of the most fantast...
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