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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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A Riesling with that Cicada Taco?

Friday, May 24, 2013

WNYC

A great source of protein is coming to a backyard near you as millions of cicadas are beginning to emerge from their 17-year incubation.

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The Forbidden Experiment

Friday, May 24, 2013

A listener question inspires a deep dive into two haunting stories on our blog: Lani wonders "Have there been any documented incidents of human children raised by other animals (à la Jungle Book)?"

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Cicadas, Not Just for the Outdoors

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tempted to collect some cicada specimens this spring? An entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History explains how you can prepare, pin, and display the bugs at home.

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The Little Metronome That Wouldn't

Monday, May 20, 2013

Take a metronome. Then take another. Then another. Set them ticking at different times. Look. Lift. (That's the key part.) Watch. Then Laugh. Because you will be dumbfounded.

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David Foster Wallace Tells Us About Freedom

Saturday, May 18, 2013

What do you get when you get a college diploma? To hear David Foster Wallace tell it, you get a muscle that will help you forever after — in shopping lines, overcrowded parking lots, in traffic jams. This muscle, he says, frees you when the world gets painfully dull.

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What Did I Do Last Summer? Oh, I Discovered How To Make Babies Without Sex. And You?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Sex is nice, but can animals make babies without it? One summer, two little boys, their tutor and the tutor's two friends did an experiment to explore this question. What they discovered, back in 1740, shocked the world.

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Free Download: Bug Music

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

David Rothenberg hears symphonies where most of us hear squeaks and squawks. In our new podcast The Septendecennial Sing-Along, he describes tuning his ears to hear, and play along with, the music of animals and insects. Here's a free download from his CD Bug Music.

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$#*! People Say About Cicadas

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Getting fed up with all the cicada talk this spring? Grab a bingo card and keep track of any hyperbolic descriptions, clichés, and fear-mongering you run across. Then blow off a little steam by screaming bingo louder than a swarm of sex-crazed buzzing insects!

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Help Us Track Next Year's Periodical Cicadas

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

If you live in IA, IL, MO, LA, or MS and want to help us track the 2014 periodical cicada emergences there, fill out this form to request a soil temperature kit. While supplies last... we have a limited number.

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What Is It About Bees and Hexagons?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bees could build flat honeycombs from just three shapes: squares, triangles or hexagons. But for some reason, bees choose hexagons. Always "perfect" hexagons. Why?

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Music, Inside Out

Friday, May 10, 2013

What would it be like to be a string that made music? Not anything simple, like a guitar string or a cello string, but a magical string, a sine curve that's taut then loose, that doubles then doubles again, that sheds then dissolves into showers of notes.

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Musical Illusions

Thursday, May 09, 2013

In our show Musical Language, Diana Deutsch warps our brains with an insanely catchy little snippet of speech that, when looped, morphs into a song: "sometimes behaves so strangely." And she's got more audio illusions where that came from.

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Moths That Drive Cars (Really)

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Welcome to the New World in which, no kidding, insects run robots. In this case, 14 moths take 14 drives in a wheeled vehicle and steer right to the target. Seeing is believing.

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Why Cry?

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Ever wonder why humans cry? A professor of behavioral neurology answers some questions, and helps give us a better understanding of how a feeling in our guts can come out as water in our eyes.

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Data from the Dirt

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Data from DIY cicada trackers and soil temperature readings from the U.S. Climate Reference Network are helping us predict this spring's Brood II cicada emergence. Check out the map (which already has some cicada sightings!), and let us know if you're seeing and hearing cicadas near you.

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A Movie Made from Atoms

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Researchers used 5,000 individual atoms to create the world's smallest film...and in the process figure out how to store a helluva lot of data!

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First Cicadas Sighted in NJ!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

WNYC

Cicadas have been spotted crawling out of the ground, butt-first, in Short Hills, N.J. Take a look at some photos, and if cicadas are emerging near you, let us know on our quick cicada-spotting form (we'll send your data to bug scientists who are tracking the emergence).

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The Boomerang Rocket Ship: Shoot It Up, Back It Comes

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

SpaceX calls it the "Grasshopper" — it's a rocket that doesn't fall back to Earth haphazardly after launch. It carefully returns itself to the launchpad standing up, right where it started.

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Science Fair Glory

Friday, April 26, 2013

Rubbing elbows with a whole bunch of smart kids and President Obama at the annual White House Science Fair left Radiolab wondering: did you ever have a science project that made you weep (hopefully in a good way)...

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