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Non-Shrews For Schrëwdinger

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Common ancestor supporters are out in force for their candidates, in the final days of the vote...

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Sing, Fly, Mate, Die — Here Come The Cicadas!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

They're not locusts. They don't eat crops, don't sting babies to death, don't even harm fruit. Yes, they make loud, screechy noises, but if you were a female cicada, you'd find the love songs ... um ... lovely. Here come the cicadas!

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The Common Ancestor Campaign Trail

Monday, April 01, 2013

Desperate for a name, our common ancestor is hitting the streets to get out the vote.

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Spotted: Red Carpet Ancestors

Monday, April 01, 2013

This town's not big enough for two hypothetical placental ancestors. Both Mancestor AND Schrëwdinger were caught sporting the same gown over the weekend. Who wore it better?

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And then there were two: final round voting to Name Your Ancestor

Monday, April 01, 2013

This is the moment all you placental ancestor lovers have been waiting for: we're down to the final two pop culture monikers for the little hairy beast. Who'll it be? Schrëwdinger (is she our oldest common ancestor, is she not), or Mancestor (the ancestor of man)? Cast your ballot below, and keep an eye out for these two common ancestors on the street, trying to grab your vote...

 

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Trapped By The Web — But For How Long? Take the Kelberman Challenge

Monday, April 01, 2013

You probably know the feeling: You turn on your computer, decide to mosey around, but only for a minute or two, you have important things to do, and then — whooooosh! The computer sucks you in and you can't stop clicking. Why does this happen? Artist Dina Kelberman knows why. Let her trap you.

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Swarmageddon: Join Our DIY Cicada-Tracking Events!

Monday, April 01, 2013

Bursting broods of bugs and ... beer? Believe it! The 17-year cicadas are coming, and Radiolab is inviting armchair scientists, lovers of nature and DIY makers to help predict the emergence of cicadas by building a homemade sensor and sharing your observations.

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The Bliss Jackpot

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Our Bliss episode (which airs across the country this week) begins with a perfect moment -- polar adventurer Aleksander Gamme finding a hidden stash of utter happiness under the ice at the end of a 3-month trek in the South Pole. And it was all caught on camera.

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Creepy Critters In Sensitive Places: How Science Reporters Get Your Attention

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Some of the best science reporters, like the best Vaudevillians, the best circus performers, the best teachers, are hungry for attention — not for themselves, but for a way to seize your mind, to bring you to an idea, a puzzle, or a creature.

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Socrates (In The Form Of A 9-Year-Old) Shows Up In A Suburban Backyard In Washington

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

You don't expect fourth-graders to be wise. They're still boys. But one, who was playing and ruminating on his back patio, had a knack for cosmology seemingly well beyond his years.

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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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