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Ancestor Seen Walking the City

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

On-the-street sources say that a creature -- it appears to be our hypothetical common ancestor -- was seen trying to get a passport this morning.

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We're Down to 4 Finalists -- Vote Now to Name Your Ancestor

Monday, March 25, 2013

Out of over 1,000 potential names for our hypothetical placental ancestor, there are only four (FOUR!) left.

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Voyager Is Such a Tease

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Producer Lynn Levy is STILL waiting for one of the Voyager crafts to make interstellar history as the first human-made object to leave the solar system...

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Rooooound 3 Shrew Voting!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

There are only eight contenders left to name your ancestor. And Round Three starts... NOW!

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REBROADCAST: Emergence

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

This spring, parts of the East Coast will turn squishy and crunchy -- the return of the 17-year cicadas means surfaces in certain locations (in patches from VA to CT) will once again be coated in bugs buzzing at 7 kilohertz. In their honor, we're rebroadcasting one of our favorite episodes: Emergence.

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When Sleep is a Battleground

Friday, March 15, 2013

When producer Hannah Palin recorded her infant sleep journal for our Sleep episode, I wasn’t yet a parent. I listened to it, and while I felt sympathy for her predicament, it didn’t raise any kind of anguished emotional response. But now, I feel sick to my stomach when ...

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How Do You Fall Asleep?

Friday, March 15, 2013

Take our informal sleep survey, and if you've got some friendly advice on how to drift off, don't keep it to yourself!

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Pacific Island, Bigger Than Manhattan, Vanishes

Friday, March 15, 2013

Sandy Island, located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Australia, occupies about about 45 square miles of the Coral Sea. It was documented in 1772 and appeared on a 1908 admiralty chart and in Google Maps. The problem is, Sandy Island never existed.

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Pies Will Cure Nothing

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lulu Miller's personal take on pies, in honor of Pi Day.

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Let's Get Literal: Calculating Pi With Pies. Actual Pies

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Today is March 14, or "3/14," the first three digits of Pi. It's a day celebrated around the (geek) world as "Pi Day." So here's the pie version of Pi, the down, dirty and baked goods approach, illustrated by Brady Haran, a video journalist who loves numbers.

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The History Of Mankind In Five Words, And Other Things Reza Knows

Monday, March 11, 2013

Human history (the written-down part) began about 7,000 years ago. Here's everything we've learned in all that time, compressed into five words, spoken by a puzzled human — from a wonderfully clever Los Angeles cartoonist named Reza.

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The Cicadas Are Coming!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Lurking in the ground beneath our feet, waiting in their burrows for the first signs of spring are tens of millions of cicadas.

After 17 years, cicadas are expected to emerge and overwhelm a large swath of land from Virginia to Connecticut — climbing up trees, flying in swarms and blanketing grassy areas so they crunch underfoot.

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Guy Builds Solar-Powered Death Ray In His Backyard (Yawn)

Saturday, March 09, 2013

What are you doing this weekend? Bet you're not using scraps from an old Toshiba TV to melt stacks of metal coins into steaming-hot foam. No? I thought not. (But we are.)

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Watch As The Fastest Mammal Slowly Moves Really Fast

Friday, March 08, 2013

Run, cheetah, run... a paradoxically fast and slow cat has caught Andy Mills' attention...

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What Happened When Humans Met An Alien Intelligence? Sex Happened

Friday, March 08, 2013

It's already happened. We humans have already met an intelligent alien. Not only that, we almost certainly had sex with them. And we did here, right here on Earth, not so many generations ago.

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Neil Tyson Pounds The Table, Demanding A Future, Now!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

What happened to the future? In the '60s and '70s, says astrophysicist Neil Tyson, kids thought about going to space, exploring; tomorrow seemed so, so near. But no longer. Our world these days, is tighter, more awake to limits, and that's not good, says Tyson, not good for kids, and especially not good for the economy. Tyson insists that dreaming makes us richer.

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An Illustrated History of Heimlich

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Check out a timeline of key moments in the history of the Heimlich maneuver, plus a list of celebrities who've been Heimliched.

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Have You Heimliched?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Have you been saved, or saved someone else, from choking using the Heimlich maneuver? Let us know.

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