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.
What if I told you that an ordinary-looking wave hitting your beach had traveled, intact, halfway across the planet? Would you believe me? Well, believe this.
About six and a half billion people use the metric system every single day. That's more than the citizens of any single nation, the followers of any single religion or the speakers of any single language. Sociologist Hector Vera has called the metric system “more popular than Jesus.”
Richard Feynman, one of the greatest science teachers ever, asks a wave to tell him a story.
This bird likes livers, kidneys, entrails — anything it can pluck that's freshly dead. But what if you served it ... a painting?
In the 1760s, an Italian scientist ran a sex experiment that required putting teeny trousers on some ardent male frogs. Hot guys in pants, it turns out, aren't so hot.
What if you could turn your finger into a paintbrush and, in real time, draw anything on any surface (even in the air), then turn your creation into a moving figure? No, don't imagine. Watch this.
Last month, we had our very first (unofficial) artist-in-residence at Radiolab: Henry Reich, the brains behind MinutePhysics. Henry took a story from Craig Childs, the adventure-loving, cliff-scaling explorer from our Things episode, and animated it in trademark Minute Physics style: magic markers, stick figures, ...
On my way to the workshop, I pass a haunted house. It's not October, not even close, so I'm pretty surprised to see scarecrows and plastic skeletons and—is that a hearse? Yes it is. It takes all my strength not to pull into the parking lot for a little off-season ...
It's no big deal. It shouldn't matter. I just realized that something that's been around forever, that I grew up with, took for granted and used all the time, is slowly vanishing. Now that it's going, I suddenly care and want it back again, back in my hands so I ...