Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2 (it rocketed off Earth on 8/20/77 carrying a copy of the Golden Record), and tip your hat to the Mars rover Curiosity as it kicks off its third week on the red planet, with a rebroadcast of one our favorite episodes: Space.
The yearly Perseid meteor shower peaked this past weekend (8/11-8/12), but you may still catch some shooting star sightings through 8/22. Lulu Miller gives us a quick bit of background on the Perseids, and makes a case for getting outside for some stargazing.
If you've ever felt sick to your stomach trying to do something creative, Jad knows how you feel...and even better, he suspects those knots in your gut just might be a sign you're onto something good.
Our short Argentine Invasion traces the relentless and bloody march of a band of ant warriors whose empire now wraps around the planet (they've been found on every continent except Antarctica). Adam Cole charts their impressive path to global ant dominance in a stylish graphic.
How do you put a rainbow on the radio? You call on a choral SWAT team to turn the spectrum into a wall of sound (and pay tribute to a sea creature that sees way beyond anything humans can perceive). Watch Jad in action conducting a choir for our Colors show.
Lulu Miller explains how a goat standing on a cow helped change the course of Radiolab, and why you should chase double-takes and slammed doors with a microphone.
They weren't crazy. They weren't being punished. All but one volunteered to do this (which makes it all the more astonishing.)
Lulu Miller challenges you to try out the problem-solving powers of playing hooky. Check out the science behind her argument, and let us know if you've ever had breakthrough while taking a break. (And if you're game, send us a photo of your favorite hooky locale!)
There have been at least two major shake-ups in the world of pigeon navigation since we first tried to wrap our brains around the subject in our Lost & Found episode. Blogger Latif Nasser follows up on the ever-puzzling question of how pigeons do what they do.
Krulwich explores some wonderfully dizzying, and mind-altering-in-a-perfectly-legal-and-healthy-way, 3D drawings.
UPDATE: A more recent statement regarding Jonah Lehrer can be found here.
Recently, our friend and contributor Jonah Lehrer has come under fire for what some have called "self plagiarism."
The notion that Jonah is a "plagiarist" is beyond ridiculous. And the way in which some journalists are jumping up and down, claiming he's no longer a "writer" but an "idea man" or an example of "male arrogance"...that's just plain ugly. There are some useful conversations that can come from this, namely, what does it mean to be a print journalist in the 21st century? What are the rules? I'll let the print journalists have that conversation.
What I personally hope doesn't get lost in all the hand waving is Jonah Lehrer's body of work. He's one of the most stunningly original voices I've ever encountered. I knew it the moment I first read Proust Was A Neuroscientist. That's why we've had Jonah on the show 17 times, by my count. And that's why we will have him on again, and again, because he explores and explains with the best of them. And we like to work with the best.
Krulwich considers the strange powers, and brilliant hue, of horseshoe crab blood. Read the full post here.