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Design for the Real World: Skulls

Friday, October 30, 2009

Design for the Real World: Skulls

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Horror School

Friday, October 30, 2009

At Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects School in Pennsylvania, it's not books the students are cracking open, but heads. A veteran of horror movies like "Friday the 13th," Savini teaches students how to make the disgusting riveting. Matthew Cavnar finds out ...

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Scary Skeleton

Friday, October 30, 2009

Commentator Jack Handey, of the famous Deep Thoughts, wants to leave a big impression, even after death -- no "ho hum" for his remains! Handey offers tips on how to make your skeleton as scary as possible.

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Richard Powers

Friday, October 23, 2009

For years Richard Powers has based his novels on challenging ideas and controversies from modern science. His latest is Generosity: An Enhancement -- Powers tells Kurt how he came to the story of an inexplicably happy young woman and the genetic engineer who wants her secret.

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Robot as Connoisseur

Friday, September 18, 2009

Sparky is four feet tall and has a TV monitor for a head. He can see, he can talk, and he likes sculpture by Louise Bourgeois. He's the invention of the artist Marque Cornblatt, who controls Sparky from his laptop – and he wants you to have a Sparky ...

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Music in Space

Friday, September 11, 2009

When NASA launches the space shuttle, mission control wakes up the astronauts every morning with a song. But that’s not the only music heard in outer space. The astronauts often bring instruments with them to play. We asked Richard Paul to find out what it’s like to rock ...

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Bonus Track: Vegetables Need Not Apply

Friday, September 11, 2009

Paul Rudnick reveals how he stays slim eating nothing but processed sugar. Really.

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Not Too Big To Fail

Friday, September 11, 2009

Not Too Big To Fail

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Auto-Tune the News

Friday, August 21, 2009

Take ordinary news footage and political commentary, send it through a software tool that makes you sound like a robot, and you have a viral internet hit. That's what the band The Gregory Brothers did with their series "Auto-Tune the News." Certain politicians and anchors are ...

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Blowin' in the Phone

Friday, August 14, 2009

The blockbuster iPhone app called Ocarina lets you play music by blowing into the phone. Its inventor, Ge Wang, thinks that the more people playing music, the better; but even he is a little nervous about the impact of technology on people's lives. Produced by

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Design for the Real World: Air Force One

Friday, July 31, 2009

Air Force One, the Presidential 747, is designed to be a White House in the sky. But it wasn't always so deluxe. Historian Gene Eisman explains how Air Force One evolved from a bare-metal military jet into its current hi-tech luxury incarnation. Produced by

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"Why Does The Sun Really Shine?"

Friday, July 17, 2009

The original lyrics came from the encyclopedia, but facts change. They Might Be Giants stay current on their astrophysics.

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Saul Griffith

Friday, July 17, 2009

In an age of hyperspecialization, Saul Griffith is an old-school inventor. A MacArthur "genius," his work includes a new way to manufacture eyeglasses, kites that generate power, and rope that knows how much weight it carries. Griffith explains how to get kids excited about inventing our future: send ...

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Harlan Ellison: A Kind of Twisted Fantasy

Friday, May 29, 2009

Don’t call him a science-fiction writer: Harlan Ellison considers himself the heir to Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, and Jorge Luis Borges. As a writer of "speculative fiction," he has turned out hundreds of short stories over the last 50 years. He has also worked on ...

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Why Yes, I Do Speak Klingon

Friday, May 22, 2009

Somehow the new Star Trek movie is managing to burn up the box office without a peep of Klingon -- the made-up language of villainous space warriors. The linguist Arika Okrent is a certified Klingon speaker. In her new book In the Land of Invented ...

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The Soundtrack of Science

Friday, May 01, 2009

Biology professor Hazel Sive teaches at MIT. She thinks science could benefit from showing a little more emotion, so she started scoring her classroom presentations with Pink Floyd and The Who. Produced by Ari Daniel Shapiro.

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Aptera, Car of the Future

Friday, April 24, 2009

"It does fly... right by a gas station." Kurt goes for a test drive with Steve Fambro, the inventor/engineer behind a 3-wheeled electric car that looks like George Jetson's space pod. Produced by Queena Kim.

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Aha Moment: Ghoulardi

Friday, April 24, 2009

Ghoulardi hosted late night broadcasts of old sci-fi and horror movies in Cleveland -- and he made a huge impression on 10-year-old David Thomas, who went on to found Cleveland's most notorious rock band, Pere Ubu. Produced by Adda Birnir.

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Magic on the Brain

Friday, April 17, 2009

Magicians wow us on stage with sleight of hand and misdirection. But it turns out there's also a lot magic can tell us about how our brains work. Produced by Michael May.

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Design for the Real World: Revolving Door

Friday, April 17, 2009

It’s been spinning for over a hundred years but, as James Buzard explains, some people still aren't comfortable with it. Where it stops, nobody knows. Produced by Chloe Plaunt.

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