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Poop Quiz!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Our latest podcast, Poop Train, is packed with unexpected facts about what happens after New Yorkers flush. For even more sewer trivia, take our Poop Quiz.

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Doing A Da Vinci — If Only Leonardo Could See This

Friday, September 20, 2013

In the book "Arabian Nights," Prince Husain, the eldest son the Sultan, buys a magic carpet which comes with these instructions: Think of a far away place and "Whoever sitteth on this carpet ... will, in the twinkling of an eye ... be borne thither." We're updating that tale, with a real magic carpet — but this time with feathers.

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Meet Monkbot

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Monkbot is our affectionate nickname for a mechanical man commissioned by King Philip II of Spain almost 450 years ago. We tell the clockwork model's story in our Ghost Stories episode -- if you haven't heard it, take a listen while you check out ...

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Mama Mia, Mama Mia! A Canadian Bohemian Rhapsodizes About String Theory

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It's been frustrating, this 100-year search by physicists all over the world for a Unified Theory of Everything, and Tim Blais, physics grad student, a capella singer, Queen fan, feels their collective pain in this — his Bohemian Rhapsody on String Theory. Don't miss the Albert Einstein hand puppet in a hail storm, crying his heart out.

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Always, Always There

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Two short tales: One about bad guys in a fishing village in Pakistan, the other about good guys in Baghdad. And the question is posed: in the long arc of time, which side prevails, those with the impulse to take or those with the impulse to give?

 

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Looking for a Good Book?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

We built a bookshelf stocked with tons of recommendations inspired by Radiolab podcasts. Introducing our new visual archive... Radiolab Reads.

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A Most Delightful Map

Friday, September 13, 2013

What I'm going to say sounds ridiculous, but once upon a time it wasn't ridiculous at all. You could wake up one morning in North America and decide to walk to Morocco, have breakfast, and a few hours later, there you are — in Africa. No sweat. Or wander from Australia into Bangladesh. Not a problem. Let me show you how.

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Voyager OUT

Thursday, September 12, 2013

NASA is reporting that Voyager 1 has finally left the heliosphere and is now cruising through interstellar space!

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When The Dutch Keep Secrets, Everybody Notices. A Google Puzzle

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Suppose you wanted to slip into a space quietly, secretly. Would you wear a dazzling, many-colored ball gown? I think not. So how do we explain what the Dutch government is doing on Google Maps? Is this any way to keep a secret?

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A New Kind Of 'More'

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

If you care about the environment, if you're a good person, you try (in many little ways) to cut back, do with less, live more simply. But when nobody's watching, when you're feeling naughty, you dream of "More-ing," which is both totally irresponsible and crazy fun.

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What We Can Never, Ever Know: Does Science Have Limits?

Friday, September 06, 2013

If we had enough time, enough brain power, the right computers, the occasional genius, is there any limit to what we can know about the universe? Or is nature designed to keep its own secrets, no matter how hard we try to crack the code? What can we never know?

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Wild Things Hanging From Spruce Trees

Thursday, September 05, 2013

There was a spruce tree in Stanley's garden, and when September rolled around, a family of garden snakes used it to sunbathe. They'd squiggle out on a branch, flop down and warm themselves in the sunshine — sometimes dangling in braided pairs. Stanley, envious, decided to join in ... and here's what happened next.

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How To Build Little Doors Inside Your Shell: The Secrets of Snail Carpentry

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Snails getting ready for winter are natural carpenters. They construct doors, or maybe you'd call them walls, inside their shells. They do this without hammers, nails or cement. Instead, they use their foot — and of course, their favorite material, mucus. Welcome to the ingenious world of snail construction.

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Drone It To Me, Baby

Friday, August 30, 2013

Drones are for spying, right? Right. But if Jasper van Loenen's idea works, drones will also become private moving vans. Crows won't like this. Trees won't like this. I'm not sure I like this. But you've got to see Jasper's instant-drone deliver a bicycle wheel across campus ...

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How To Disappear When Someone's Spying On You; 'Privacy Wear' Comes To Market

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A New York design team has just produced an invisibility cloak for your cell phone. Pop it in and no government, no merchants, no friends, no one knows where your phone is. Another design team in Canada says they could do stuff like this — but they won't. Who's right?

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Can Worms Create Their Own Imaginary Oceans? Can Oysters?

Friday, August 23, 2013

What happens if you take a beach creature, a little worm, or an oyster, and move it to an aquarium far from the sea? Will it still imagine tides? Yes, it will. But whose tides will wake it up every day, get it moving? The tides back home? Or the tides — even if there aren't any — in its new time zone? A puzzle.

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Human Made From Paper Eats Pepperoni Pizza — And Lives!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What surgeons see when they open us up and look inside is not pretty — unless you're a surgeon. But when designer Kelli Anderson opens us up, we are feathery, pipe filled, ivory-boned, wired, clean, elegant — just gorgeous. Plus, we are entirely made of colored paper. Check out this new transparent (and interactive!) human body — perfect for kids.

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Sink Your Teeth Into Our Rabies Quiz

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Did you know the phrase "hair of the dog" comes from an old remedy for rabies? Take our rabies quiz for more factoids on the deadly virus.

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'Why This Compulsion To Run Long Distances?' A Runner's Beautiful Confession

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Runners often ask themselves, "Why am I doing this? Why do I want to make myself hurt so?" With help from the webcomic The Oatmeal, we might have an answer.

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How One Plus One Became Everything: A Puzzle of Life

Monday, August 19, 2013

Why did it take cells so long to link together and form tissues, organs, you, me, turtles, daisies? There was a couple of billion year pause before cells became multicellular. How come? With brilliant designer Paolo Ceric, we consider this puzzle of life.

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