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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

Scientists need curiosity, determination — and luck. We're especially interested in that last bit, so tell us your stories of mistakes and surprises that led to discoveries in the past few years.

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Aztec Gold: Watch The History And Science Of Popcorn

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Popcorn has been around at least 4,000 years. The Aztecs even had a word for the sound of kernels popping — totopoca. On National Popcorn Day, ponder the story of this beloved snack.

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These Photos Inspired The Creation Of That Occupied Oregon Refuge

Friday, January 08, 2016

A century before militants seized Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, two photographers visited Malheur Lake. Their hand-colored images persuaded Theodore Roosevelt to protect the area's wildlife.

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NASA Is Seeking Astronauts. Do You Have The Right Stuff?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Less than 1 percent of applicants make the cut. But there's more than one way in. Passion helps. Be persistent. Oh, and be tops in what you're doing right now.

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The Hair-Raising Science Of Goose Bumps

Friday, October 30, 2015

Skunk Bear's shivery new video explores how and why our skin acts so weird when we watch a scary movie, get cold or listen to music.

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Here's How You Can Outrun A Horse

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Humans are pathetic at athletic feats compared to animals. We get outrun by ostriches and outswum by penguins. But human physiology makes us aces at one sport: endurance running. Sorry, horse.

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On Orders From Mao, Researchers Set Off On Nobel-Winning Drug Work

Monday, October 05, 2015

In the 1960s, Chairman Mao Zedong ordered scientists to find a malaria antidote to help ailing soldiers in North Vietnam. Today's Nobel Prize for medicine went to one of those researchers.

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What Happens When You Get Your Period In Space?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Scientists spent decades arguing that women weren't suited for space travel because of menstruation. Even now, a lot of us are wondering how astronauts manage that time of the month.

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Before Humans Showed Up, Huge Animals Were The Norm

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

In Earth's history, there have been some incredibly large animals that look sort of like animals we have today, just a lot bigger. In North America, there was a sloth that was the size of an elephant.

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12 Ancient Giants: An Ode To The Enormous And Extinct

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A dragonfly with a 2-foot wingspan? A sloth the size of an elephant? Skunk Bear's latest video introduces the enormous, ancient relatives of modern animals — all in rhyming verse. Of course.

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Pluto Mission Gets A Poetic Tribute

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Skunk Bear's latest video celebrates the hundreds of pictures taken by the New Horizons space probe over the past decade.

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Make Lava, Not War

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A sculptor and a geologist are melting hundreds of pounds of rock in a giant cauldron to create realistic lava flows. Cool! NPR reporter Adam Cole pays a visit to learn more about lava's allure.

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The Neighs Have It: Horse Outruns Man, But Just Barely

Friday, June 19, 2015

The annual Man v. Horse Marathon in Wales sounds like a lopsided contest favoring racers with four feet. But scientists say that Homo sapiens evolved to be incredible endurance athletes, too.

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'That's What Hubble Can See': A Tribute To The Space Telescope

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NPR has this tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope — a parody of Iggy Azalea's "Trouble."

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Kitchen Science: We Used Peeps To Calculate The Speed Of Light

Monday, April 13, 2015

There's a new use for those stale Easter marshmallows you still have lying around: calculating a constant that governs the universe.

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Could A Quokka Beat A Numbat? Oddsmakers Say Yes

Friday, March 06, 2015

In "Mammal March Madness," you win or die. No basketball in this tournament — it's a simulated survival-of-the-fittest game set up by evolutionary biologists. The battle cry? Mammals suck ... milk!

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Science-Based Artist Gives Celebrity Tortoise A Second Life

Monday, March 02, 2015

Lonesome George was the last surviving member of his species and a conservation icon. When the tortoise died, taxidermist George Dante set out to preserve his body, and his legacy.

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A Musical Memorial For The Face Of Extinction

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lonesome George was the last of his subspecies of giant tortoise from the Galapagos. For decades scientists tried to find him a mate, but he died alone. NPR's Adam Cole offers this elegiac tribute.

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The Mystery Of The Missing Martins

Thursday, December 04, 2014

In Skunk Bear's latest video, join the search for an enormous flock of missing songbirds, and learn some bizarre facts about Shakespeare and Doppler radar along the way.

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