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Music Lab #1

Monday, March 17, 2008

Here's the first installment of 'Music Lab.' A place on the blog where Jad gets to play some of his favorite music and tell you why he likes it. Take a listen.

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40 Hours and 40 Winks?

Friday, March 14, 2008

Apparently the biggest factor in the amount of sleep we get is whether or not we have a job. Earlier this week, the Washington Post featured an article on a new report, 'Not So Deprived: Sleep in America, 1965-2005,' that found that employment status had a greater effect on sleep than age, race, or sex.

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The Code of Life

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The genes of all living things are made of DNA. And DNA is made of four chemicals, called A, T, C, and G. These days, scientists can read those 'letters' of DNA for any creature (including you and me). And they can make strands of DNA from jars of A, T, C, and G. In fact, scientists now have databases of thousands of different genes, written in letters, for functions like 'glow in the dark,' or 'metabolize glucose,' or any number of traits or talents.

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Get Your Goat

Friday, March 07, 2008

Why would a goat stand on a cow? And what on earth does this question have to do with hundreds of mysterious letters from homesick soldiers? We can't exactly promise definitive answers. But we can promise one heck of a good detective story. The story inspired listener Brett Miller to make this incredible drawing of the 'Cordial Cow.' We love it.

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Brain scans indicate ... this blog is informative

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Brain scans give us a whole new way of explaining how and why we do the things we do. But while brain scans can help scientists understand how the person inside the scanner thinks, they also make those of us outside the scanner a little bit less savvy.

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DIY: How to Separate your Cells

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Recently, Radiolab received an email in response to the show Mortality.

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Happy Leap Day!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Are we living on borrowed time today? Should we celebrate having an extra day in 2008? One tradition apparently marked Leap Day as a time for women to propose to men (and no, February 29th is not Sadie Hawkins Day). I for one would love to start a tradition of writing yourself a letter every February 29th, not to be opened until the following Leap Year. And I thoroughly support the idea of wishing one another a 'Happy Bissextile Day.' Not to mention listening to Time and Beyond Time. And if you still have some extra time on your hands, check out this website on calendars.

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Placebo Nation

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Jonah Lehrer, a frequent Radio Lab contributor, had some interesting things to say on his blog about a topic we've explored, the placebo effect.

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Musical Language Re-Mixed

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Listener Louie forwarded us this re-mix of the episode "Musical Language". Thanks Louie!

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Where are the new episodes?

Monday, February 25, 2008

Is this what you're wondering? We thought so. The season four shows will be available to download after they air in New York.

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Is your brain in a vat?

Monday, February 25, 2008

The 'brain in a vat' thought experiment reminds us of issues we wrestled with in a past episode . What is the connection between brain and body? If your brain was placed in a jar and wired to a computer that simulates the outside world, how could you prove that your beliefs about the world aren't all false?

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One Ring Zero Turns One - Zero

Monday, February 25, 2008

At the Radiolab premiere last week, we were honored to have Brooklyn band One Ring Zero. They are celebrating their 10th anniversary at Joe's Pub in few short days. Got tickets?

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Radiolab Plays to a SRO crowd!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Our big, warm thanks to all the folks who turned out last night to the Angelika Film Center to hear the premiere of our new season. We were STUNNED to see how many of you there were! And it broke our hearts to turn away so many folks, people who'd been waiting for hours, people who'd driven for hours (from as far away as Boston!). Having never done anything like that before, we weren't sure what to expect. We learned a lot about what to do differently - distribute tickets ahead of time by mail! - and we learned that a lot of people love our scrappy, guerrilla public radio show that comes on the air every now and again like some flock of migrating birds, and they want to come together to hear it.

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Darth Vader - We Need You!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A person named Jason responded to our post about earworm remedies with the following:

'These days, with music being everywhere, I seem to just jump from song to song. Usually, whatever I heard last is still kicking around in my head. Not for long though. The next song is usually ...

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The boss IS funnier.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

When we were working on the Laughter episode, we ran across an interesting study about the relationship between laughter and power. Tyler Stillman, a psychologist at Florida State University, did a series of studies showing that laughter isn’t always about how funny something is. He found that when a ...

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Clive Wearing Video

Monday, February 18, 2008

Many of you have written in about our piece on Clive Wearing, the man who all of a sudden lost his ability to make new memories. His life--what it's actually like to live a day to day existence without being able to remember anything for more than a few seconds--is difficult to envision... and it raises infinite questions for us about how memory really works.

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Radiolab on Sound of Young America

Friday, February 15, 2008

Just wanted to let you know: Robert and I were interviewed for The Sound of Young America, a great public radio show hosted by Jesse Thorne. He's got a good radio voice, that one. And he uses that radio voice to ask insightful radio questions.

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Lip Service

Friday, February 15, 2008

Most of us would probably agree that a good Valentine's Day should include a healthy dose of kisses and laughter. But if you think about it, both laughing and kissing are kind of strange behaviors. Why do we laugh? Why do we kiss? Are humans the only animals that giggle ...

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Blue Brain

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Scientists like to make computer models of really complicated stuff, like economic markets, global weather, and the beginning of the universe. Now they’ve made a computer model of what might be the most complicated and mysterious object we know of: the brain.

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New Yorkers, Save this Date: Feb 21st

Monday, February 11, 2008

Season 4 Premieres at the Angelika Film Center! Come to our FREE premiere party! Join our hosts, Jad and Robert, strolling down the red carpet, and into a free, open-to-the-public, screening of the first episode of season 4...except it'll be more like an anti-screening as we have no plans to use the screen at The Angelika. But you can count on that big, honking, digital DTS cinema speaker system getting a full workout!

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