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Krulwich Wonders: Pale Blue Blobs Invade, Freeze, Then Vanish

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Just under the iced-over surface of a Canadian lake, white pancake-shaped bubbles stack up in towers. They may look pretty, but they pack an explosive and deadly punch

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Fin-Bump Across the Divide

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A strange moment between a diver and a dolphin, caught on video, went viral this month.

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Krulwich Wonders: My Yeast Let Me Down: A Love Song

Monday, January 28, 2013

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Nathaniel, a young Berkeley biologist, met a beautiful yeast who promised opportunity and adventure, but once they got together, Nathaniel was clumsy, the yeast not what he'd hoped, and their romance? Well, it didn't work out. It's now a song. Sung by Nathaniel. The yeast, lacking vocal chords, is silent.

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Krulwich Wonders: The Slobbering Cat That Stole My Heart

Saturday, January 26, 2013

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This is the tale of one man's slobbering, very unpretty pet cat, his brave sister, his homicidal yet generous uncle, and what happened one winter night when he was a boy.

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Krulwich Wonders: Falling Off The Moon

Friday, January 25, 2013

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In the story The Little Prince, a boy from a tiny planet lands on Earth. The boy is tall, the planet small, and you worry he might fall off. In real life, real Earthlings once had a hint of this experience. It was 1972, and you can go there with them.

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Krulwich Wonders: Wile E. Coyote Teaches Math (And Despair) To Lucky Students In New Zealand

Thursday, January 24, 2013

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In New Zealand, where they do things differently, middle schoolers are taught statistics, probability and experimental science in an odd way. They explore frustrating supermarket lines, ungraspable tape, foot seeking thumbtacks and carpet soiling toast.

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Poop the Magic Gut Cure

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The stunning results of a new study have put fecal transplants in the limelight for the past few days. Lulu Miller explains the procedure, and puts out a call to rename it.

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Krulwich Wonders: Nature Has A Formula That Tells Us When It's Time To Die

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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What if I told you that there's a mathematical formula buried deep in living things that tells us — all of us, dandelions, gorillas, sea grasses, elm trees, buttercups — when it's time to die. Scientists think there is such rule. It has to do with size.

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Krulwich Wonders: Miss Piggy's Version Of Global Warming: What About Me?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

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Here's a new way to think about global warming. An interactive map plots how temperatures have changed in any region on the planet since the early 1950s.

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Krulwich Wonders: No Fists, Gentlemen, Just Necks. The Ali & Frazier Of The Giraffe World

Friday, January 18, 2013

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A big boxing match usually features two guys, thick with muscle, who know how to bob, weave and use their fists. This bout has two fighters who can't make fists because they don't have hands. What they have are necks. Long necks.

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Krulwich Wonders: A Mysterious Patch Of Light Shows Up In The North Dakota Dark

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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If you are up in space looking down on America west of the Mississippi, one of the brightest patches of light at night is on the Great Plains in North Dakota. It's not a city, not a town, not a military installation. What is it?

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Terrible Master

Monday, January 14, 2013

As we’re in the thick of the dark months, with seasonal affective disorder at the height of its power, I thought I’d use the blog to tuck in one of the most useful things I’ve heard in the last couple years. A quote. Just ten short words:

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Krulwich Wonders: Phooey On Flu

Saturday, January 12, 2013

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It's hard, during flu season, to avoid inhaling a virus or two (or three, or 10,000), but that doesn't mean they're going to take you over. You have an army of defenders in you, ready to take them on.

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The Great Rat Mother Switcheroo

Thursday, January 10, 2013

One of the most-asked questions after Radiolab's Inheritance show had to do with the benefits of rat-licking -- or, as Molly Webster explains, how researchers knew it was a mom's behavior, not genes, that was impacting the very DNA of her rat pups.

 

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Defeating JanToFeb

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Lulu wards off the slushy gloom of winter with the peanut-sized, prank-filled animations of PES.

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Sometimes We Save Each Other

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Lulu rings in the New Year with the story of the Spider on a Frog on a Tortoise.

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Ears don't lie

Friday, December 28, 2012

Radiolab's latest smart-crush: Molly Webster runs into a neuroscientist who elaborates on our unappreciated sense of hearing and she has to tell somebody about it...

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A Christmas Offering

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Likely, you've already seen it. Maybe two or three times. But this time of year, one more viewing just can't hurt. For the uninitiated, enjoy. Julia Child remixed to perfection with blousey insistence on how to live.

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The Hypnotic Power of Graph Paper

Friday, December 21, 2012

Look into this paper. You are getting very sleepy...


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Snowflake Science

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Snowflakes 101 -- inspired by the snowflake story in Radiolab's new episode Bliss, a little backstory on how snowflakes form. Plus lots of sparkly pictures.

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