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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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Stochasticity, the Theme Song

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Our friends Higher Mammals created a music video to celebrate our Stochasticity episode. We hope you find it completely random!

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The Dinner Buzz

Thursday, April 18, 2013

If you can't beat 'em... eat 'em? Some tips and recipes for enjoying cicadas during the 17-year Brood II invasion along the East Coast.

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Do Bugs Make Your Mouth Water?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sizzling Chili Cicadas? How About Some Cicada-Rhubarb Pie? Bugs will be bursting from the ground in patches along the East Coast this spring when the 17-year Brood II cicadas emerge. Will you sink your teeth in?

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A 'Whom Do You Hang With?' Map of America

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Put away that old Rand McNally map — it's time for a new way to see what America really looks like.

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Who Stands Where In A Crowded Elevator And Why?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

When a bunch of people get into an elevator, do they segregate in any predictable way? Do tall ones stand in the back? Do men stand in different places than women? Who looks where?

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Is This Science Journalism? Nah. Then What Is It?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The images are sharp and concentrated. But this isn't art, it's more than advertising, and it's not quite education. It's an invitation.

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The Rat Tickler

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Jaak Panksepp tickles a rat. A behind-the-scenes moment from our Laughter episode.

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Don't Go Near The World's Champion Rainbow Watcher. It's Mean. Very Mean.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Oatmeal

A few months ago on Radiolab, we did an hour on color, which included a segment on rainbow watching. We imagined a man, a dog, a sparrow and a butterfly all gazing at the same rainbow and we asked: How many colors does each see?

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The Big Squeeze: Can Cities Save The Earth?

Monday, April 08, 2013

What if you put all 7 billion humans into one city, a city as dense as New York, with its towers and skyscrapers? How big would that 7 billion-sized city be? As big as New Jersey? Texas? Bigger? Are cities protecting wild spaces on the planet? We try a little experiment to find out.

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Have You Lived Through a Cicada Emergence?

Friday, April 05, 2013

If you've got cicada war stories, we want to hear 'em! Tell us what it was like, and let us know if you have any words of bug wisdom to share.

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Monty Python's John Cleese Almost Explains Our Brains

Friday, April 05, 2013

Monty Python's John Cleese gives us a highly sophisticated, totally un-understandable, look at the human brain. The secret is, Cleese isn't speaking English. It sounds like English, but its nonsense. The closed caption English translation goes nuts, especially at the very end. It curses!

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The Bugs of History

Friday, April 05, 2013

Periodical cicadas emerge in cycles of 17 and 13 years, making them a kind of cultural bug clock -- a buzzing reminder of invasions of yore, and a good excuse to think back on where we were the last time they burst from the ground in massive, memorable hordes.

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