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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

NPR

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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Krulwich Wonders: This Should Be A Hit In Texas: Puddle Of Oil Turns Into A Christmas Tree

Monday, December 17, 2012

NPR

We start with a pool of oil. We turn on a magnet. The oil travels up a superstructure and blossoms into a tree. Turn off the magnet, the branches, the needles, the tree melt away. It's a puddle again.

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Mapping the Bilingual Brain

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Chris Berube -- intrepid Radiolab intern, and monolinguist -- sets aside his ego to delve into a listener's question about intelligence and speaking more than one language.

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Krulwich Wonders: A Metaphor For Forgetting (That You Might Remember)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

NPR

Alzheimer's is the disease that creeps in and slowly erases what you know until, eventually, there's no more to erase. How this happens is still a mystery, but this short animation by Po Chou Chi tries to make poetic sense of what goes on.

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Krulwich Wonders: Pigeon Interruptus — A Fish That Hunts Pigeons On Land

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

NPR

There you are, hanging with the other pigeons. It's a sunny day. Tranquil. You are taking a bird bath along a river's edge, when suddenly, leaping out of the water onto the land, straight at you — is a fish! A pigeon-eating catfish. (We've got pictures.)

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Struggle Pumps

Monday, December 10, 2012

Lulu's new blog post explains the origins of "struggle pumps," one of her favorite new phrases, in order to get you fired up for two big word creation contests whose deadlines are fast-approaching.

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Krulwich Wonders: How About A Little Drive, Hmm? (A Horror Story)

Monday, December 10, 2012

NPR

Dashboard video cameras are common in Russia. In case you get bumped into, or bump someone else, insurance companies want to see what happened. So we have a video record of what it's like to drive there. You don't want to see this compilation video. (Oh yes you do.)

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Krulwich Wonders: What To Do When The Bus Doesn't Come And You Want To Scream. An Experiment

Friday, December 07, 2012

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Where's the bus? It's supposed to be here by now, but it isn't. You crane your neck. Nothing. And then — miraculously — there's a solution. The bus still isn't here. But something else is.

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Brain Fodder Vol. 6

Thursday, December 06, 2012

We don't know about you, but we've got a giant trampoline, a burger refill denied, and buffaloing English grammar on our minds...

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Krulwich Wonders: Strange-Looking Tombstone Tells Of Moving Ice, Ancient Climates And A Restless Mind

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

NPR

It's a tombstone like no other. A rough, clumpy hunk of granite, carried across Europe on a sea of ice, dumped in a valley, shipped across the Atlantic, lugged to Massachusetts — all to honor a restless man.

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Moms and Inheritance: Tracing the Maternal Line

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Ever wonder why so many of the inheritance studies are about men? Molly Webster had that question too...

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