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Music That Burns, Literally

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Take Beyonce. Take Sinatra. Take whomever you love and set them on fire — with a "Pyro Board." It plays music by pulsing the beats in flame, and when the singer hits a high note — stand back.

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Introducing A Divorce Rate For Birds, And Guess Which Bird Never, Ever Divorces?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Correction: April 22, 2014

 

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So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes

Saturday, April 19, 2014

 

How did it happen? How'd the zebra get its stripes?

In Rudyard Kipling's version, a gray, horsey-looking beast went into "a great forest 'sclusively full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly, patchy-batchy shadows," stayed there awhile, and after a "long time"... got stripy.

OK. Not bad.

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'Why Am I Dead?' He Never Asked. Here's The Answer He Never Heard

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Shara Yurkiewicz is a med student. She's doing rounds now, moving from department to department. Much of what she sees, she's seeing for the first time. Not yet a doctor, there are moments, many moments when she has the eyes of a ...

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The Ultimate Animal Experience? Losing A Memory Quiz To A Chimp

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Time to be embarrassed. You're about to be bested by a young chimpanzee in a memory test.

Many have tried to outperform Ayumu (that's the chimp's name), but when you see how easy it is for him, how matter-of-factly he gets things right, it's clear he's got a talent that's ...

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Can It Be? Parrots Name Their Children, And Those Names, Like Ours, Stick For Life

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Oh Romeo, oh Romeo," cried Juliet. Being human, she and her boyfriend had names. Is there any other animal that does this? Has names for each other? Oddly enough, yes!

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The List Of Animals Who Can Truly, Really Dance Is Very Short. Who's On It?

Monday, April 07, 2014

Remember Snowball, the dancing cockatoo? The parrot-like bird who became famous nodding and stamping to the Backstreet Boys tune, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" ? This is him ...

 

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More than 5.6 million people have watched Snowball dance, but only one, Aniruddh Patel, made ...

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The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story

Saturday, April 05, 2014

This, I would think, should be self-evident: Generally speaking, big creatures eat smaller creatures that, in turn, eat even smaller creatures, like this ...

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And just as obviously, one would expect the food chain to be pyramid-shaped: a few big creatures at ...

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Radiolab to take on the NCAA championship, on Twitter

Friday, April 04, 2014

For a new twist on March Madness, how about watching the game, live, with Radiolab, while on twitter? Jad'll be there (in his pajamas). 

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'Oh, Hello,' Says Andrew, As He Suddenly Grabs You By The Leg Or Neck

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Some people like a nice walk, some a gentle run, others a cup of tea. But not Andrew Ucles. There is nothing relaxed about Andrew. You can find him chasing after wild animals on his videos, grabbing them with his bare hands and then, while they squiggle, scratch and lunge, ...

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Hey! Don't I know you?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

In our Soul Patch episode, we feature an excerpt from an event at the World Science Festival, where Robert joins artist Chuck Close and neuroscientist Oliver Sacks on stage to talk about the simple, and sometimes quirky, ways in which they deal with face blindness, a neurological condition that prevents the two men from recognizing the faces of other people.

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WHAT IF WE DON’T KILL ‘EM ALL?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

We can end the mosquito madness without turning a select few into genetically modified assassins. And the other ways to do it are just as far out. 

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The Most Unusual Boy Band In The World

Saturday, March 29, 2014

They sing. They leap. They do crazy cartwheels, landing with pinpoint perfection. They finish with a wild cry of joy. But it's what they don't do that's most remarkable.

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You Yawn. She Doesn't Yawn Back. Uh-Oh

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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You are at a table for two, sitting with your girlfriend or boyfriend, when, for no good reason (you can't help it, you didn't mean to do it), you yawn. It's a big, gaping, jaw-extending, embarrassing yawn and because you didn't cover ...

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I Can't Believe What I'm Seeing: A Springtime (Froggy) Miracle

Saturday, March 22, 2014

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Two weeks ago this animal was frozen solid. If you found one in the woods, packed in the topsoil, hiding under a leaf, you could pull it from the ground and it would feel like an ashtray. You could bang it (lightly) on ...

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What's The Biggest Animal Gathering Ever? (Was Rod Stewart There?)

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's a small moment in a sprawling Shakespeare play. Most people miss it. A nobleman named Mortimer has been locked up by the king, who decrees: Don't anyone say "Mortimer" in my royal presence. That name is forbidden. But one of Mortimer's allies has a plan. He wants to give ...

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Radiolab and Physicists, On The Same Wavelength

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It's like physicists were just waiting for our latest Radiolab episode, before making that big announcement about the beginning of the universe.

 

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An Imaginary Town Becomes Real, Then Not. True Story

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Two mapmakers made the place up. It wasn't real. Then, oddly, it popped into being. I am not making this up. It happened. Then it un-happened.

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A Flash Freeze, In High-Def

Monday, March 17, 2014

Not only did we get to see water freeze into ice instantaneously, Rockefeller University set it up like a Vogue fashion shoot.

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You're Old. You're a Rock. You Can See

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I want to tell you the story of three rocks, starting with the oldest one ever found. That one is so small, if you put it in the palm of your hand you'd need a magnifying glass to spot it. It was found buried inside a hunk of sandstone near ...

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