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What Is It About Emily?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A channel on YouTube lets you see what goes on deep in the bowels (excuse the expression) of a natural history museum. There are dead things in jars, drawers and basements, but best of all, there's Emily, who hosts the show. She's a volunteer curatorial assistant/storyteller who could make a thumbtack interesting.

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The Love Secretary Always Writes Back

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lulu Miller's advice for taking the edge off that unrequited love this Valentine's? Send a letter to Verona, Italy, where an office of 20 volunteers replies to thousands of notes about love and heartbreak every year.

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The Egg Makes Its Move In A New Version Of Which Came First: The Chicken Or the Egg?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Everybody knows you need a chicken to lay an egg. Everybody knows you need an egg to produce a chicken. What nobody knows is how the cycle started. Here's a new take, that leans eggwards — and it's fun to watch.

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Yes, Cats Know How To Fall On Their Feet. But These Guys Do It Better

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Drop a cat from a bed, a chair or a tree, and it will do its wriggly thing and land on all four feet. Cats are famous for this. But we've discovered an animal that does it better. Meet the new champ.

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Next Time Your Mom Says Don't Go Out in The Rain, Spray Yourself With This

Thursday, February 07, 2013

NPR

Take a boot, take a glove, take a brick, take a pan, take a car roof, spray it with this new nano-tech substance and strange things will happen. Very strange things.

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Fast Cash Dash Flash Crash Clash

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

In our Speed episode, we learn just how outdated our idea of the stock market is. Producer Andy Mills helps us picture the modern-day market with some beautiful depictions of high frequency trading, from technicolor graphs to frantic piano riffs.

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Behind the Scenes: Master of the Universe

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

SPOILER ALERT: if you haven’t listened to our Speed show yet, go do that right now, before you read any further. Then, take a look at some mind-bending behind-the-scenes images from the physicist in our "Master of the Universe" story.

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Dinosaurs With Attitude

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

NPR

Spielberg's were big, green and scaly. The real ones? They were often rosy, yellow, orange, iridescent, covered with fuzz, plumes, or feathers. Take a look at this latest take on the Jurassic, when reptiles, we think, looked more like rainbows.

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Irresistible Meets Unstoppable. Who Wins?

Monday, February 04, 2013

NPR

I know you've wondered: What would happen if an irresistible object is launched at an immovable object? Who wins? What happens? Well, here's the answer. It's not what you'd expect.

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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

NPR

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

NPR

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

NPR

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

NPR

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

NPR

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

NPR

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

NPR

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

NPR

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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