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I Missed My Birthday? Darn!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When Mary Sue Campbell got stuck in a loop -- caused by a bout of Transient Global Amnesia -- her daughter Christine caught it on camera.
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Kristen Schaal Is a Horse

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Watch the fantastically, maddeningly loopy Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal sketch that kicks off our Loops show. 
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Roadways You Can Install Like Throw Rugs

Sunday, August 24, 2014

You look. You gape. You can't believe your eyes. Well, take a peek at this image and ask yourself, 'How did they do this?'
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A Pale Blue Dot of Perspective

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Check out some of our favorite images snapped by the Voyager spacecraft, including the famous "Pale Blue Dot" we describe in our Escape episode.
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When Venus Was Filled With Venusians — 50 Billion Of Them

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Look up at the night sky and ask, "Anybody there?" Then consider this answer (from the 1830s): There are 22 trillion individuals in our solar system.
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Voyager in Limbo?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NASA believes Voyager 1 has finally left the heliosphere. But not everyone agrees. 
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If You're Born In The Sky, What's Your Nationality? An Airplane Puzzler

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Suppose two Chinese parents get on an Australian airplane and, while flying over U.S. territory, they have a baby on the plane. Can that baby be an American citizen?
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When Snails Lose Their Way

Friday, August 15, 2014

There are happy snails. There are lonely snails. And there are lost snails. This one is lost. Totally. But it sings.
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60 Words Update

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Since we first reported this story a number of things related to the 2001 AUMF have happened. We have seen a call for the repeal of this AUMF, but as of now the law remains on the books... 

On August 7th, President Obama authorized strikes against the terrorist organization in ...

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Stephen Hawking's Dazzling Life Becomes A Movie, But What Sort Of Movie?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A new movie turns the physicist into a romantic lead. But how will it handle the no-so-wonderful parts of his marriage? Truthaholics want to know.
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Elemental Storytelling

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thomas Doyle tells stories with teeny frozen people. They aren’t cold. They are frozen in time, but he freezs them with exquisitely suspenseful, Sherlock Holmes-like care.
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Lucy and Kanzi

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Just how close can we get to our closest primate relatives? That's the question at the heart of our show Lucy -- a question that we try to answer by getting to know a chimp named Lucy, and a bonobo named Kanzi.

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How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Nations need borders for security, for revenue, for defense, or identity. But for fun? Introducing borders that giggle. 

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Guess Who's Been Waiting In The Lobby For A Hundred Million Years?

Saturday, August 02, 2014

The M-Thing. It's patient. It's modest. It's relentless. It stays.

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Teenage Ghostland

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In our episode Memory and Forgetting, Neda Pourang brings us the story a lost memory's haunting power. 

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Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think

Monday, July 28, 2014

Birds are everywhere, but the greatest concentration of different birds — the "bird mecca" of America — is not in our great parks, not in our forests, not where you'd suppose. Not at all.    

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An Animal Makes A $10,000 Deposit, But Not At The Bank

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Beverly Hills auction house has an unusual fossil for sale. It's not an ancient animal. It's something an ancient animal left behind — and it's very, very long.

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What's Better Than A Total Eclipse Of The Sun? Check This

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This may be the most heart-rending, most beautiful eclipse in our solar system. But you can't travel to see it. Not yet.

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Watch: Jad and Robert on Colbert

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jad and Robert were guests on The Colbert Report on Monday, take a look:

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Neil Whosis? What You Don't Know About The 1969 Moon Landing

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The year he landed on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong was famous, iconic, an American hero. One year later he wasn't. In 1970, how many people remembered his name? This will surprise you.

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