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Vintage HeLa Cells Video

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

We've updated our show Famous Tumors with a check-in from Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and one of Henrietta's granddaughters, on some of the interesting developments since the book came out. After you listen, check out this 1956 HeLa cells video.

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Radiolab

UPDATE: Famous Tumors

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

When we first released Famous Tumors, Rebecca Skloot's book about the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks (and her famous cells) had just hit the shelves. Since then, some interesting things have happened to both Henrietta's cells and her family. So, 4 years later, we have a newly updated show!

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On The Media

#4 - The Unicorn

Monday, October 21, 2013

Millions of Americans don't use the internet at all. Some don't have access because of poverty, geography, or age. But some just never logged on. This week, Alex goes on a quest to find a unicorn -- someone who lives a life just like his, but entirely without internet.

 

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Radiolab

Americans Fall Behind In The 'Getting Older' Race

Monday, October 21, 2013

In the 1960s, Americans lived very long lives — among the longest in the world. Since then, we've improved our lot, but not as fast as the French, the Australians, the Swedes, the British, the Canadians, the Dutch, the Germans and the Japanese. They are galloping away from us. What happened?

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The Takeaway

Daydream Believer: Examining the Tangible Benefits of Idle Thought

Friday, October 18, 2013

It's good for the kids!

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The Takeaway

The Latest Cutting-Edge "Stuff" in Science & Technology Innovation

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

David Pogue hosts the NOVA series "Making Stuff," which begins tonight at 9 PM Eastern on PBS with the episode “Making Stuff: Faster.” Other episodes in the series, produced by our partner WGBH, include "Making Stuff: Wilder," "Making Stuff: Colder," and "Making Stuff: Safer." Pogue, a tech columnist for our partner The New York Times, joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest cutting-edge "stuff" in science and technology innovation.

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Radiolab

A Recipe For Quicksand

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Within lies the secret to making your own quicksand pit...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tributes: Scott Carpenter

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Scott Carpenter was the fourth American astronaut in space, and one of the last two surviving astronauts of America's original space program, Project Mercury.  He admitted he'd volunteered for it because "Pioneering in space was something I would willingly give my life for." It was actually feared he had died after his Mercury mission in 1962, when he landed 250 nautical miles from his target!  Scott Carpenter died recently at the age of 88.  You can hear his conversation with Leonard from 2003, about his uncommon journey into space.

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Radiolab

Watch Daniela. She's Up To Something Big

Monday, October 14, 2013

Daniela Rus' lab at MIT is inventing new, ever more remarkable "reconfigurable robots." Don't know what they are? Well, take a look at what her grad students have made and prepare to be frightened — or delighted. Me? I'm kinda delighted.

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The Takeaway

House Inches Toward Debt Ceiling Compromise | Nobel Prize Awarded to Chemical Weapons Watchdog | U.S. Aid to Egypt: A Tricky Triangle with Israel

Friday, October 11, 2013

House Inches Toward Debt Ceiling Compromise | Nobel Prize Awarded to Chemical Weapons Watchdog | U.S. Aid to Egypt: A Tricky Triangle with Israel | New Movie Releases: 'Captain Phillips' and 'Machete Kills' | Chief Mate Shane Murphy Shares His Take on "Captain Phillips" | What Happens When 90% of ...

The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Food Poisoning

Friday, October 11, 2013

Since March, 278 people have gotten sick from Salmonella poisoning, and now some strains of the bacteria are proving resistant to antibiotics. On this week's Please Explain we discuss Salmonella and other food borne toxins with Dr. Urvashi Rangan, toxicologist and Executive Director of the Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center and Dr. Stephen Morse, professor of Epidemiology at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

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Radiolab

Quicksaaaand!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

For many of us, quicksand was once a real fear -- it held a vise-grip on our imaginations, from childish sandbox games to grown-up anxieties about venturing into unknown lands. But these days, quicksand can't even scare an 8-year-old. In this short, we try to find out why. 

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WNYC News

Report: Local Temperatures May Exceed Historical Norms in 34 Years

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A new report says that average temperatures in New York will be hotter than ever, at least in recorded history, by the year 2047.

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Why Does Wikipedia Work?

Friday, October 04, 2013

Founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled "a ragtag band of volunteers," and gave them tools for collaborating to create a self-organizing, self-correcting, never-finished online encyclopedia.

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Is Too Much Collaboration a Bad Thing?

Friday, October 04, 2013

Software entrepreneur Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his TED talk, he lays out the main problems and offers suggestions to make work work.

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What Motivates Us To Collaborate?

Friday, October 04, 2013

Social media guru Clay Shirky looks at "cognitive surplus" — the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. While we're busy contributing to the web in our small ways, we're building a better, more cooperative world.

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Can You Crowdsource Without Even Knowing It?

Friday, October 04, 2013

Computer programmer Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions done by millions on the Internet for greater good. He put CAPTCHAs, those online puzzles to verify you're not a robot, to work by digitizing books and teaching foreign languages.

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The Takeaway

What Really Happens if You Float Away In Space?

Friday, October 04, 2013

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney's highly anticipated sci-fi thriller finally hits theaters this week. Featuring the lone actors, "Gravity" is about astronauts marooned in space after an accident damages their shuttle. But what really happens when an astronaut floats off into space? Erik Sofge is a contributing writer to Popular Mechanics and has extensively researched space suits and survival.

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On The Media

#3 - JOKES.TXT

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Daniel Drucker's father died earlier this year. Daniel was excavating stuff on his Dad's computer when he found a file called JOKES.TXT. It was filled with thirty one punchlines to jokes, but not the jokes themselves. So he turned to the internet for help

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WNYC News

Shutdown Stymies Scientific Research

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The partial government shutdown is just a few days old, but scientific and medical researchers say the closure has already badly disrupted their work.

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