While visiting Sweden, Latif Nasser encountered the spirit of a long-dead legend of taxonomy. And he found himself wondering about an age-old puzzle: how do you savor the mystery of new-found oddities while you're uncovering the facts behind the weirdness?
Jad & Robert talked about science, storytelling, and the visceral awesomeness of good radio live at the Natural History Museum of Utah tonight for final talk of the 2012 Nature of Things Series. Thanks to everyone who tuned into the audio stream and joined the chat!
Robert and Carl Zimmer teamed up tonight to moderate a brain mapping brouhaha live at Columbia University. The subject: does the brain's wiring make us who we are? The event has ended, but thanks to everyone who tuned in for the live webcast (and the lively web chat archived below).
We're teaming up with the Public Insight Network to conduct some surveys on the phenomenon of insider knowledge. Has your professional opinion ever been in complete disagreement with your personal point of view? We want to hear your story. Read more, & find out how to get in touch.
Robert considers the solitude of discovery, versus the grand public statements we tend to expect will spring from the big moment. And he recounts one famous instance--when humans first reached the deepest place on Earth--when no words came.
Sean Cole tries to square the idea that the fallout from a war between teensy organisms and teensier viruses can be seen from space. Luckily, he finds a perspective-shaking demo built by two 14-year-old boys that helps him get his bearings. Read more, and play with the demo, here.
This Is Yesica, the tipsy one on the right. She's a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model from Argentina. She is very nice to look at.
Here's the riddle.
Feeling romantic? We put together a playlist of some of our favorite Radiolab meditations on love--from spooning blood flukes, to a cosmically-moving mixtape, to a story about what love looks like when one partner is faceblind. Take a listen, and share it with someone special.
He was old, but not ancient, the man next to us at the delicatessen. It was 1973. My then girlfriend (now wife) and I had ordered dinner and this old guy, sitting by himself, seemed lonely, so we got talking and he told us how he had grown up in St. Petersburg, Russia, and that when he was a boy, his next-door neighbor was a famous man, a really famous man.
It's not like it hasn't been done before; it has. The problem is, it is so easy now, anyone can do it, and we'd never know because the tools are so subtle. I'm talking about doctored pictures — manipulating images, or what simpler folks call "lying." There used to be a saying on the Web: "Pictures, or it didn't happen." No more.
We've got eyes on the street in Miami...dancing eyes that are ready to blow some minds live at the Fillmore Miami Beach on Wednesday night! Join Jad & Robert, comedian Demetri Martin, and the amazing Thao Nguyen for In the Dark on 2/01. Grab tickets here.
Thanks everybody, these 100 spots went fast! We've sent email confirmations to the first 100 volunteers to make the cut-off. Everyone else, we're sorry we couldn't fit you in this time--hopefully we'll be doing more events like this in the future, so definitely keep an eye on the blog. And thanks!