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Bears in NJ Walk Like Humans (And We Have Video Proof)

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Bear with us on this one - it's not as uncommon as you might think.

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Radiolab

Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories

Friday, June 20, 2014

You don't question them. You don't doubt them. You hear them so often, you wouldn't know they are lies. Here are five historical "facts" that aren't true. Never were. And now you'll know.

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What's The Biggest Animal Gathering Ever? (Was Rod Stewart There?)

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's a small moment in a sprawling Shakespeare play. Most people miss it. A nobleman named Mortimer has been locked up by the king, who decrees: Don't anyone say "Mortimer" in my royal presence. That name is forbidden. But one of Mortimer's allies has a plan. He wants to give ...

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Thomas Jefferson Needs A Dead Moose Right Now To Defend America

Thursday, January 16, 2014

There are no moose in America, said the French count to Thomas Jefferson. They don't exist there. Americans see a reindeer and just call it a new name, saying it's bigger. But the only thing that's big here is your American imagination. Jefferson was incensed. You are an ignoramus, he said tactfully. Then he promised to deliver an American moose to Paris. Here's what happened next.

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Radiolab

Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

Thursday, January 02, 2014

They're little flatworms that glide along riverbeds and perform miracles. Chop off their tails, they grow them back. Split them in half, they grow whole again. But chop off their heads, and not only do they grow new heads, but those new heads contain old memories! Whoa!

 

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Radiolab

One Man. One Cat. Multiplied

Friday, December 20, 2013

I'm thinking of a man and his cat. A real man. His real cat. Then I'm imagining a bunch of world-famous cartoonists, Calvin & Hobbes' Bill Watterson, Wile E. Coyote's Chuck Jones, Gary Larson, Maurice Sendak — all of them drawing this same man and his cat. Then I'm staring at very different men and very different cats. Then I'm giggling.

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Radiolab

What's That Clinging To The Towering Wall And Why Doesn't It Fall Off?

Monday, December 16, 2013

They look, at first, like dangerously protruding rocks on this towering, almost vertical wall in the Italian Alps. But then, uncannily, they move. What are they? And why don't they fall off? What are they doing?

 

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Radiolab

Ancestor Hams for Halle

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Schrëwdinger lives it up in the last red carpet event before voting closes today in the Name Your Ancestor contest...

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The Common Ancestor Campaign Trail

Monday, April 01, 2013

Desperate for a name, our common ancestor is hitting the streets to get out the vote.

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Radiolab

And then there were two: final round voting to Name Your Ancestor

Monday, April 01, 2013

This is the moment all you placental ancestor lovers have been waiting for: we're down to the final two pop culture monikers for the little hairy beast. Who'll it be? Schrëwdinger (is she our oldest common ancestor, is she not), or Mancestor (the ancestor of man)? Cast your ballot below, and keep an eye out for these two common ancestors on the street, trying to grab your vote...

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Budget Battles; Leaving Catholicism; Obama's Israel Trip; Franken-Critters

Monday, March 18, 2013

Hear the latest on the budget battles in Washington. Plus: Guardian columnist Emma Gilbey Keller on leaving Catholicism; why the SEIU supports the new New York gun law; Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi on the U.S. role in the Middle East; and new biotech beasts.

Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Bengal Tiger Giving Birth Edition

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and June Thomas discuss early previews of the fall TV lineup, including The New Normal, The Mindy Kaling Project, and Animal Practice, plus Jonathan Chait's piece on Hollywood liberalism and the 5

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Culture Gabfest: Curb Appeal Edition

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the revelation that the reality show "House Hunters" is sometimes completely staged, Kathryn Bowers' new book about how humans and animals share many common diseases, and finally the vi

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Features

A Red Panda Named Biru Joins Central Park Zoo

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The 1-year-old male red panda was previously at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Now Biru can be found with his female companion Amaya in the trees of the zoo's Temperate Territory. The Bronx Zoo and the Prospect Park Zoo also have red pandas.

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On Being

Paul Zak — The Science of Trust: Economics and Virtue [remix]

Thursday, July 09, 2009

In a few breathtaking months, we've culturally moved from seeing Wall Street as an icon of thriving civil society to discussing its workings with book titles like House of Cards and Animal Spirits. As part of our ongoing Repossessing Virtue series, we loo

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On Being

[Unedited] Paul Zak with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 09, 2009

In a few breathtaking months, we've culturally moved from seeing Wall Street as an icon of thriving civil society to discussing its workings with book titles like House of Cards and Animal Spirits. As part of our ongoing Repossessing Virtue series, we loo

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Margaret Talbot on animal language and cognition

Monday, May 05, 2008

Talbot talks about what Pepperberg's research reveals about animal language and cognition

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