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Remembering Sputnik

Friday, October 05, 2007

Where were you when Sputnik launched? Russian émigrés in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach conjure up their memories from 50 years ago. Produced by Pejk Malinovski.

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Get Your Kicks on Sputnik

Friday, October 05, 2007

There was instant global awe for the Soviet satellite, just under 2 feet in diameter, which circled the earth every 96 minutes. It was the beginning of the space age, but it wasn’t just a technological marvel: it had a lasting impact on American culture, language, and design.

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Here's Halo

Friday, September 21, 2007

"This Spartan Life" is no ordinary talk show –- it's filmed inside the online video game "Halo 2." It combines good conversation and unexpected explosions, with the added thrill of trying to stay alive long enough to get your point across. Chris Burke ...

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Lonelygirl15

Friday, September 07, 2007

In 2006, a teenager named "Lonelygirl15" began posting her video diary on YouTube. Her series of video blogs was the first huge breakout success on YouTube -– by her sixth video, she was getting upwards of 500,000 views. One year ago, Lonelygirl15 was outed as a phony. The ...

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Podcasts for the People

Friday, August 31, 2007

Remember the old museum audio tours? The big clunky tape recorder slung over your shoulder, telling you to visit the artwork in a strict sequential order? Times have changed. Today’s audio equipment is elegant, like handheld wands with no cords to get tangled up in. And because it’s digital, you ...

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Hoberman Sphere

Friday, August 31, 2007

If you know any kids in grade school, you know this thing: it’s made of little plastic rods folded together into a spikey ball. When you pull out the segments, the Hoberman Sphere opens up into a big ball, three times its original size. And now a big ...

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Mr. Bahl's Studio of Wonders

Friday, August 03, 2007

Paleontology is a field where history can be rewritten with each new discovery. In a basement in St. Paul, Minnesota, Michael Bahl is something of an amateur paleontologist. He reconstructs the skeletons of mammals that never quite existed. We sent Sarah Lemanczyk to his ...

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Aha Moment: Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet

Friday, July 20, 2007

When Richard Rifkind was a kid, Hollywood made dramatic biopics about scientific pioneers like Paul Erlich, who invented an early cure for syphilis -- impressive men with impressive beards and German accents. Rifkind became a scientist himself, a leading cancer researcher. His treatment for lymphoma, 40 years ...

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Photographing Mars

Friday, July 13, 2007

For three years NASA has had two Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity) on Mars -- two all terrain robots taking extraordinary pictures of the red planet every day. A third, the Phoenix will be sent up this August. Sarah Lilley talked to NASA scientist Jim ...

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Aha Moment: Optimus Prime

Friday, June 29, 2007

If you were a kid in the 1980's, chances are you (or your little brother) played with Transformers. The mind-blowing thing about the action figures – if you were, say, nine – was that you could fold and twist them from a robot into an object, like a plane or ...

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Green Screen

Friday, June 29, 2007

In the movies, computer-generated effects make impossible fantasies seem totally real -– but as Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky discovered, that means actors have to work harder than ever.

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Symmetry: Mario Livio

Friday, June 01, 2007

Mario Livio is Senior Astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, headquarters of the Hubble Telescope. He's written several books describing the relationship between science and art, including The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry. Kurt and Mario talk about how ...

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Design for the Real World: Propeller

Friday, May 25, 2007

Jeremy Kinney of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum explains how the Wright brothers’ wooden propeller -– designed using the world’s first wind tunnel -- made the dream of defying gravity come true. Produced by Dennis Nishi.

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Janna Levin

Friday, May 18, 2007

Janna Levin is a physicist who spends her days chasing down the mysteries of the universe, like chaos theory and black holes. Her book A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines combines the tricky worlds of mathematical theory and historical fiction. And it just won her the PEN/Robert ...

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My So-Called Second Life

Friday, May 11, 2007

It's not a computer game. Second Life is an online virtual world designed and controlled by its inhabitants. In some ways it’s just like “real” life: full of buying, selling, entertainment and sex. But the high-power graphic tools that make Second Life possible also make it a great place to ...

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Someone to Watch Over Me

Friday, May 11, 2007

Meet Hasan Elahi. He's an American artist with a focus on new media. After someone reported him as a terrorist, he began using the power of the internet to clear his name: he posts every last detail of his private life, from cell phone records to lunches ...

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Physics for Poets

Friday, May 04, 2007

Astrophysicist Michael Salamon, who works at NASA's Universe Division, says Walt Whitman –- and a lot of other poets -- misunderstood the beauty of the heavens. Give him a few minutes with Whitman, Salamon says, and the poet would have some revising to do. Produced by

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Friday, May 04, 2007

Right-brained people are supposed to be artistic and spontaneous, while left-brainers are literal and analytical. Nobel Prize-winning neurology spawned this insight decades ago, along with the bestseller Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. But does the story of two hemispheres stand up in the age of the MRI? ...

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Design for the Real World: Thinking Outside the Mouse

Friday, February 23, 2007

Along with a keyboard, the mouse is the main tool most people use to control their computers. But it’s not exactly subtle. Bill Verplank, one of the founding fathers of interaction design, tells us about the past and future of the mouse. Produced by

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E-Cyrano

Friday, February 09, 2007

Millions turn to online dating sites for the perfect match. But with so many people looking for love online, some people want extra help to give their profiles an edge. Enter screenwriter Evan Katz. He turned his talent for writing plausible, lovable fictional characters into a for-profit ...

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