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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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How To Produce A Billion Flowers On The Very Same Day

Monday, March 04, 2013

Mums bloom in the fall, daffodils in spring, roses in summer. How do farmers get such different plants to bloom simultaneously in Winter for Valentine's Day? It's done, strangely, with short, sudden flashes of light.

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MIT Invents A Machine That Can Look At Batman's Face And See His Heart Beating

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A new video technology that amplifies small color changes and slight movements can, when pointed at people, tell what's going on inside.

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Go Away! I Want You As Far Away From Me As Possible (How Big Is The Universe?)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Banishments are much more complicated than they used to be. And this "Minute Physics" video suggests, paradoxically, that both you and the person you banish are somehow simultaneously at the center of the universe.

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Close Your Eyes And Imagine A Protein. See Anything? A Housefly, Maybe?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

If DNA molecules are the Marilyn Monroes of biochemistry — everybody knows what DNA looks like — what about proteins? Why do most people have no idea what a protein looks like? Well, maybe this will help: proteins that look like houseflies, Bedouins, bumblebees and a pair that look uncannily like Moses and the Burning Bush.

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The Naming of the Shrew

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Something amazing is about to happen: you can claim a little piece of history by naming our long-lost common ancestor. We're not kidding -- the scientists who discovered the creature want your help, so we're holding a contest. Go!

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Flying Plates Learn To Catch Flying Poles In Switzerland

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Normally a plate can't get a job at the circus. It's just a plate. But here's a plate that can swoop through the air, catch a flying pole, and balance it upright, midair! In other words, a circus-worthy plate. Artificial Intelligence is the science of making dumb things do smart-looking stuff.

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What's That Thing Hanging Outside My Bathroom Window? My Neighbor's Drone

Monday, February 25, 2013

Here's something new, exciting and just a little bit troubling: it's a little robot that you can fly with your phone. It's easy. It's versatile. It's got cameras so you can see and record what's going on in the apartments above you, the houses on your block, in backyards, sports fields. Nice, yes. But what happens to privacy if these things become very popular?

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Speedthoven

Thursday, February 21, 2013

One blizzardy February afternoon, Jad and a handful of Radiolabbers headed to midtown Manhattan to meet a fleet-fingered string quartet.

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The Filibuster Solution, Or 'What If Honeybees Ran The U.S. Senate?'

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The politics of beehives might be able to teach our Congressional leaders a little bit about governing.

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Asteroid Friday: 2PM EDT Viewing

Friday, February 15, 2013

Radiolab's been thinking about asteroids for one of our upcoming shows, and it turns out, now so is the rest of the world. Click here for where to watch.

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A Crazy But Rational Solution To Our Electoral College Problem

Friday, February 15, 2013

On three different occasions, the candidate with the most votes didn't become president of the United States. We call this "The Electoral College Problem." Here's a solution. Simple. Mathematical. Rational. (With one small "but ...")

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Guy Pumps Out A Valentine — Literally

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Last year a guy in San Francisco jumped on a bicycle, clicked on his GPS, clicked on an app, snapped on his helmet, and 27 miles, two and a half hours and many calories later, he'd etched a Valentine message onto a street map of San Francisco. That was nice. Now, a year later, it's getting really interesting.

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