Adam Cole

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What Are The Planet's Real 'Talking' Chimps And Gorillas Saying?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Movies are full of loquacious chimps, but could nonhuman apes really use language? NPR's Skunk Bear sorts through the disturbing history of research on ape language to sort fact from wishful thinking.

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You're A Firework (Scientifically Speaking)

Monday, July 03, 2017

You have more in common with pyrotechnics than you might think. The same basic process that makes fireworks explode is happening inside your cells (in a slow-motion, controlled way) right now.

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How Your Sandwich Changed The World

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What road did your lunch travel before it reached your plate? NPR's latest animated video follows a BLT from the fields where it began its journey.

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VIDEO: Get To Know The Bloodthirsty (But Cuddly) Vampire Bat

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

In Latin America, they drink the blood of big animals and can spread rabies. Livestock die. So do people. Ranchers want to wipe the bats out. Does anyone think that's a bad idea?

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Peep Show: Watch Us Calculate The Speed Of Light With Stale Easter Treats

Monday, April 17, 2017

NPR's Adam Cole demonstrates a science experiment that offers a new use for old Peeps. All you need is a ruler and a microwave.

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Send Us Your Science Questions For 'Skunk Bear'

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

NPR's YouTube channel, "Skunk Bear," answers science questions in surprising, artsy videos. What mystery should they tackle next?

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Travel To The Moon With David Bowie (360° Video)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

See panoramic views of a trip to the moon in Skunk Bear's latest video. It's a journey that spans David Bowie's long career — and his greatest hits serve as the soundtrack.

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Why Does A Frozen Lake Sound Like A Star Wars Blaster?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Visitors to icy lakes are sometimes treated to the sounds of a space age battle. Why? NPR's Skunk Bear takes on the cold case in their latest video.

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Watch Earth's History Play Out On A Football Field

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

If our planet's 4.5 billion-year existence were laid out on a 100-yard timeline, when and where would humans first show up? Good question. NPR's Skunk Bear hits the gridiron for a reality check.

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What's In It For The Corpse Flower To Smell Like Death?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The corpse flower is a botanical rock star — prized by botanic gardens around the globe. In a new video, NPR's Skunk Bear explores the biology of the stinky giant, which thrives by playing dead.

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Trace The Remarkable History Of The Humble Pencil

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The classroom writing implement has roots in exploding stars, the French Revolution, the British crown jewels and Walden Pond.

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Trading Cards: The Who's Who Of #NPRWormWeek

Monday, August 08, 2016

There are hundreds of thousands of species of worms wriggling around the world. We made trading cards about six of them.

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Does Your Body Really Refresh Itself Every 7 Years?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Almost all of the cells in a human body get replaced over the course of a life. NPR's Skunk Bear Team sets off on an imagined video tour inside the body to find out which body parts never change.

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Father And Daughter Circumnavigate The Globe Using A Mental Compass

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hokule'a — a voyaging canoe based on ancient Polynesian craft — is travelling around the world. Its navigators have learned to traverse the open ocean relying the sun, stars, and waves.

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We Followed A Snowy Owl From Maryland To Ontario

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

In the spring of 2015, a snowy owl named Baltimore was fitted with a backpack GPS transmitter. The data that transmitter collected over the past year shines a light on a mysterious species.

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Our 'Golden Mole' Winner Used To Paint Wasps For A Living

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

NPR's Skunk Bear blog received 300 nominations for our Golden Mole Award for Accidental Brilliance. We have a winner: Elizabeth Tibbetts found her luck, and scientific insight, in tiny insect faces.

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Whoops! 12 Tales Of Accidental Brilliance In Science

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Author Isaac Asimov once wrote, "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but, 'That's funny ... ' "

Good scientists search for the significance of surprises, coincidences and mistakes. With a little curiosity and perseverance, they can turn unexpected incidents ...

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Phosphorus Starts With Pee In This Tale Of Scientific Serendipity

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

German alchemist Hennig Brand started with about 1,500 gallons of urine in his 17th century hunt for gold. Discovering phosphorus was just a nice surprise. Know a modern tale of scientific luck?

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NPR Contest: Send Us Your Stories Of Happy Accidents In Science

Thursday, January 28, 2016

In 1928, Alexander Fleming, a British bacteriologist, escaped the London smog to take a family vacation in Suffolk. When he got back to his lab, he discovered he had forgotten to sterilize his petri dishes. They were covered with bacteria. A few even had mold.

As he was cleaning up, ...

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Aztec Gold: Watch The History And Science Of Popcorn

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Editor's note: It's National Popcorn Day! We're celebrating by bringing back this tale, first published in 2014, about the history of the beloved snack.

Popcorn is a truly ancient snack. Archaeologists have uncovered popcorn kernels that are 4,000 years old. They were so well-preserved, they could still pop.

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