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Wanna Live Forever? Become A Noun

2011-09-28

Joseph Guillotin, Henry Shrapnel and Jules Leotard became immortal — by entering the English language. But when your entire life is reduced to a single definition, the results are sometimes upsetting.…

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Lucretius, Man Of Modern Mystery

2011-09-19

In his new book, author and Harvard literature professor Stephen Greenblatt explores the 2,000 year-old writings of Lucretius and his "spookily modern" creation tale.…

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Cuddling With 9, Smooching With 8, Winking At 7

2011-08-21

Most people have a favorite number. But why do people choose the numbers they do?…

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When Does A Person Start To Boil?

2011-07-25

Have you ever wondered how much heat you can take? 232 years ago, three men decided to find out.…

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Nature's Secret: Why Honey Bees Are Better Politicians Than Humans

2011-05-25

Democracy in the human world can be a messy and acrimonious business, but in the bee world, a little waggle dance can help you get all the votes you need.…

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Cosmonaut Crashed Into Earth 'Crying In Rage'

2011-03-18

Everyone knew the mission would fail — the technicians, the pilot and the friend who would replace him if he deserted the mission. But Soviet leaders demanded a triumph in space, and so in 1967, Vladimir Komarov allowed himself to be launched towards his own death.…

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Flamingos Drop From Siberian Sky: Locals Mystified

2011-03-08

Deep in the middle of a Siberian winter, a frozen bird fell from the sky. Then another. Not what you expect while ice fishing in the Russian wilderness.…

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Tools Never Die. Waddaya Mean, Never?

2011-02-01

Krulwich makes a bet he can find tools that have gone extinct — but it turns out old technology doesn't disappear like you'd think. Tools from centuries ago are still being made — and used, by more people than you'd think.…

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New Language Discovered: Prairiedogese

2011-01-21

Deep in the Arizona desert, one man has been deciphering the chatter between rodents, hoping to prove that communication among highly social animals is more sophisticated than we think.…

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A Mystery: Why Can't We Walk Straight?

2010-11-22

Try as you might, you can't walk in a straight line without a visible guide point, like the sun or a star. You might think you're walking straight, but a map of your route would reveal you are doomed to walk in circles.…

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My Grandson The Rock

2010-11-11

In this story, we explain why someday you might have a rock for a grandson.…

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How Much Does A Hurricane Weigh?

2010-09-30
Length: 4m 25s

The phrase raining cats and dogs isn't quite right when you talk about hurricanes. This hurricane season, we throw an average one onto a cloud scientist's scale to see just how much water these monster weather machines carry through the sky.…

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Why A Brush With Death Triggers The Slow-Mo Effect

2010-08-18
Length: 7m 47s

Time seems to slow down when we fear for our lives. A neuroscientist believes he has figured out what's going on in our brains that makes us feel this way.…

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Look Up! The Billion-Bug Highway You Can't See

2010-07-15
Length: 5m 30s

Look up at the sky and what do you see? Well, blue, yes. And maybe a plane or a bird, but otherwise ... nothing. Or so you think. It turns out that right above you, totally invisible, is an enormous herd of animal life -- tiny bugs riding the wind current…

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Vuvuzela Bzzz-es Its Way Into The B-Flat Pantheon

2010-07-13
Length: 5m 44s

The vuvuzela, the traditional instrument we've all come to know (and love) from the fans at the World Cup, shares a special kinship with both alligator pits and black holes. And just in case you're worried, no, the vuvuzela can't swallow you up.…

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Mouse Sleeps With Scientist, Scientist Thrilled

2010-07-06
Length: 3m 19s

Things happen when you spend time in wild places. Things that you can't explain. Like this: One day psychology professor Barb Smuts was walking through a Michigan forest when out popped a little mouse. And then ...…

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A Very Scary Light Show: Exploding H-Bombs In Space

2010-07-02
Length: 6m 13s

Back in 1962, the U.S. blew up a hydrogen bomb, creating what might be the greatest fireworks spectacular ever. People in Hawaii gathered on rooftops, sipping drinks, as they watched a radioactive rainbow display in the night sky.…

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The Writer Who Couldn't Read

2010-06-21
Length: 6m 56s

Imagine you wake up one morning and can't read. Your eyes work, but the letters on the page have turned into squiggles. They make no sense. Now meet Howard Engel, a writer of detective stories, who has this condition, but amazingly, has found a way to tri…

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Agatha Christie And Nuns Tell A Tale Of Alzheimer's

2010-06-01
Length: 7m 18s

One of Agatha Christie's last novels apparently contains not only a messy plot, but signs of undiagnosed Alzheimer's. Likewise, early diaries by Catholic sisters revealed clues to the eventual fate of their brains. Those trying to diagnosis Alzheimer's sa…

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NPR People: Hmmm.... Krulwich on Science Podcast

NPR Science Correspondent Robert Krulwich demystifies what's dense and difficult -- even if you feel lost when it comes to science. Coverage that can be delightful, moving, funny, perhaps even upsetting: Hmmmm...sounds like Krulwich on Science

NPR People: Hmmm....  Krulwich on Science Podcast


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