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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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The Most Dangerous Traffic Circle In The World?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Moving north: two vans. Moving east: three taxis, a peddle cab and one lady walking. Moving west: six motorcycles, another taxi, a truck and a van. Moving south: a bicyclist, two cabs and a truck. All of them meet and there are no rules. Who lives? Who dies?

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Watts For Lunch? (Or Why Humans Are Like Light Bulbs)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Take a bunch of broccoli, or make it a Slurpee, burger, pizza and fries, swallow, and ask yourself, "How much energy did I just consume?" Enough to light a flashlight? Run an electric toothbrush? If I were a lunch-eating light bulb, how long would I glow? Here's the answer.

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The Boomerang Graffito (Or Bad, Bad, Luther B!)

Friday, June 07, 2013

Be really careful when you carve your name onto an ancient Egyptian temple. Not because it's wrong (which it is), but because sometimes the temple comes back to haunt you. The true story of Luther Bradish, an American spy who didn't keep his secret.

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Help Rewrite History

Thursday, June 06, 2013

In Detective Stories, Jad digs into an ancient trash heap that has reshaped our understanding of history. Now, you can help decode more secrets -- by transcribing scraps of papyrus.
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TONIGHT. Live video and chat: Cellular Surgeons

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Join us for a night of nanospectucular wonders, hosted by Robert Krulwich, live from the World Science Festival tonight (May 30) at 8pm ET here on radiolab.org. Watch below, and join two Radiolab producers for a live chat as the event gets underway.

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Flash Event May 30: Krulwich, nanobots, and neurosurgery

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Join us tonight (May 30), at 8pm ET right here on radiolab.org to watch, live chat, and geek out about nanotechnology -- and finally see what Robert Krulwich looks like when he's not on the radio. Find out more here...

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