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This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The system, a pair of robotic arms, learned to cook by mimicking the motions of a top chef. Even though it can't smell or taste, its maker says the robot should be able to make 2,000 meals by 2017.

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TED Radio Hour

How Did Abraham Maslow Change Psychology?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Brandeis Psychology professor Margie Lachman works in the same office where Abraham Maslow developed his hierarchy of needs. She describes his lasting influence on psychology.

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TED Radio Hour

What Makes A Life Worth Living?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says we can achieve one of the most elusive needs — self-actualization — by finding a state of "flow" in our work or our hobbies.

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Men Strive To Give More To Charity When The Fundraiser Is Cute

Thursday, April 16, 2015

If you're wondering how to get more people to contribute to your online charity drive, consider a photo of you smiling. Even better if you're an attractive woman. Biology is to blame, researchers say.

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Morning Edition

Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too

Thursday, April 16, 2015

People who took acetaminophen responded less strongly to happy or sad photos in a small study. It's one of several studies suggesting that there's an overlap with pain and other feelings.

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Morning Edition

Why Knuckles Crack

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A little MRI video seems to settle the decades-old debate about that loud pop of the joints: It's all about bubbles. But imagine an air bag inflating, not the bursting of a balloon.

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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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Men And Women Use Different Scales To Weigh Moral Dilemmas

Friday, April 03, 2015

Would you kill a young Hitler to prevent World War II? Men are more likely to say yes, a study finds, while women weigh the moral cost of murder along with lives saved.

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Searching Online May Make You Think You're Smarter Than You Are

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Googling that fact can make insufferable know-it-alls even more sure of their superior abilities, a study finds. The mere act of searching seems to boost faith in one's knowledge.

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A Leap Forward In The Science Of Human Locomotion

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Researchers at Nevada State University have discovered a surprising truth about the most efficient way to travel on two legs.

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All Things Considered

Want To Do A Little Astrophysics? This App Detects Cosmic Rays

Monday, March 30, 2015

Two physicists keen to detect a a very rare, high energy particle think you and I can help. The researchers are working on an app that would allow any smartphone to detect rare particles from space.

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TED Radio Hour

How Can Playing A Game Make You More Empathetic?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Why is it so hard to feel empathy for strangers? Because we're stressed by them, says neuroscientist Jeff Mogil. His research suggests one way to reduce that stress: play Rock Band together.

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TED Radio Hour

What Can Bonobos Teach Us About Play?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo explains how bonobos learn by constantly playing. She says play isn't frivolous; it appears to be a critical way to solve problems and avoid conflict.

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TED Radio Hour

How Can Video Games Improve Our Real Lives?

Friday, March 27, 2015

When Jane McGonigal was bedridden after a concussion, she gave herself a prescription: play a game. She says games helped her get better, and for many of us, virtual games can improve our real lives.

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All Things Considered

Scientists Discover A New Form Of Ice — It's Square

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Researchers were surprised by what they found when they sandwiched a drop of water between two layers of an unusual two-dimensional material called graphene.

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Superslick Coatings Conquer Ketchup, But What About Ebola?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A new coating makes ketchup slide out of the bottle and toothpaste slip out of a tube, right down to the last drop. So why not put the slick surface on an Ebola suit so the virus doesn't stick?

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Why Some Mushrooms Glow In The Dark

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Scientists outfitted some fake fungi with LEDs and put them in a Brazilian forest to test their theory that light, not some funky mushroom fragrance, was luring bugs.

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Pi Day Isn't Just Magical, It's Mathematics. And There's Pie!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Math geeks are excited about 3-14-15, this year's Pi Day. The San Francisco Exploratorium will celebrate with a pizza-pi-dough-tossing contest, a pi parade and special pie. Mmmm, pie. Or is it pi?

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Behold! The Cosmos Created From The Contents Of A Kitchen

Friday, March 13, 2015

From spices, flour, milk, water and food coloring, a photographer creates startlingly realistic-looking images of space. These photos are convincing enough to impress an astrophysicist.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Do We Solve For 'X'?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Polymath Terry Moore wondered why "X" is the universal unknown in algebra. He dove into the history of numbers to come up with an unexpected answer.

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