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Plastics

Friday, June 23, 2006

Did you ever wonder who decides the color of your shampoo bottle? As part of our on-going series about creativity and science, Lu Olkowski talks with a polymer chemist who creates pigment formulas for plastics at the Engelhard Corporation.

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Magic Eye Paintings

Saturday, June 17, 2006

As part of Studio 360's series on science and creativity, Sarah Lilley talks with scientists who admire the impressionist painter Claude Monet not just for his color choices, but for his ability to trick the human eye and brain.

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Buddha Machine

Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Buddha Machine plays MP3 files – like an iPod; only the Buddha Machine holds nine songs. And you don't get to pick them. Chris Roose talked with one of the machine's creators, Christaan Virant of the electronic band FM3.

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Presenting Darwin

Friday, June 02, 2006

How do you convey the millions of years over which a species evolves in the span of a museum tour? Sarah Lilley looks at an exhibit on Charles Darwin that lets the science speak for itself.

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Hidden Worlds

Friday, May 26, 2006

Theoretical physicist Lisa Randall believes there are more dimensions to space - possibly 13 more -- than the three we experience. She's faced the challenge of describing a world that no one can see. Produced by Sarah Lilley.

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Cyclorama

Friday, May 26, 2006

Artist Clifford Ross was disappointed with the pictures he took on vacation. So he built a new kind of camera with resolution years ahead of digital photography -- and he may have reinvented how we look at pictures. Produced by Andrew Adam Newman.

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Diamonds are Forever

Friday, May 19, 2006

They're not as rare as you might think. In fact, scientists have learned how to grow perfect diamonds in a laboratory. But that hasn't taken the shine off their allure, even for the experts who make them.

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Baroque Software

Friday, May 12, 2006

Can a computer compose Baroque music as well as Bach? Some programmers and musicologists are trying to find out. Jeff Lunden explains why.

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Fwd This: Prom Song

Friday, May 12, 2006

As part of our regular series on forwarded emails, Kurt Andersen muses on a web video that features a teenage girl, a prom song and her grandma.

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Aha Moment: Cell Tower

Friday, May 12, 2006

Don Ingber is a cell biologist from Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital. One day he saw a piece of modern sculpture and—Eureka!-he was inspired to make a major breakthrough in biology. Lu Olkowski reports on the unlikely epiphany.

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Bell Labs

Friday, May 12, 2006

Think of just about any product in your house-your TV, radio, microwave, telephone—if Bell Laboratory didn't invent it, they probably perfected it. As part of our on-going series on science and creativity, Michelle Mercer looks back at the little New Jersey lab that changed the world.

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Fwd This

Friday, April 28, 2006

In the latest installment of our series on forwarded emails, Kurt Andersen gushes over a nine second video in which 500 kilovolts of electricity light up the Nevada sky.

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Big Eyes

Friday, April 21, 2006

Big eyes are appealing on anything -- babies, puppies, cartoon characters, Jake Gyllenhaal. But our fondness for big eyes is the work of nature, not Disney. Studio 360's Eric Molinsky found out how evolutionary psychology butts into pop culture.

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Fwd This: Dance, Monkeys, Dance

Friday, April 14, 2006

In our new regular segment, Kurt Andersen actually looks at some of the weird little videos that people forward to their friends. And he's surprised at what he finds: a foul-mouthed riff and bad Flash animation that together approach greatness.

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Get Well Soon

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Hospital architecture usually stirs up feelings of anxiety and dread—which may not encourage patients to recover quickly, according to several new studies. Jocelyn Gonzales reports on the architects and medical professionals who are designing a new wave of feel-good hospitals, as part of our on-going series on ...

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Web Bonus: Light of Spring

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Kurt Andersen asks meteorologist Adam Sobel and landscape painter April Gornik what makes spring so special. Webcast only at studio360.org.

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American Prometheus

Friday, March 10, 2006

Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer led a team of thousands to create the first nuclear weapon. He was immediately hailed as an American hero, but after speaking out against the use of the bomb he was condemned as a traitor and maligned as a Communist spy. WNYC's Sara ...

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Helms and Stein

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Remember the old Saturday Night Live skit that asked, "What if Eleanor Roosevelt Could Fly?" Sound artist Jane Philbrick asked a question just as unlikely: "What if retired Senator Jesse Helms could recite a lesbian love poem by Gertrude Stein?" Andrew Adam Newman found out how Philbrick's quixotic project ...

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Conspiracy Con

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Every theory—from Chinese troops infiltrating the U.S. to exterrestrial healing—has an advocate at Conspiracy Con, which took place last year in Santa Clara, California. We visited with the people who devote their lives to notions the rest of us would rather ignore.

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Psychonauts

Saturday, February 04, 2006

In a video game, the player ventures into the minds of dangerously insane patients at an asylum. The goal of Psychonauts is to resolve their conflicts and save the little kids whom they are threatening. Tim Schafer, the game's creator, told producer Jonathan Mitchell that ...

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