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Study Finds Cockroaches Stick to Their Homes, More or Less

Monday, September 30, 2013

We may share more in common with cockroaches than we'd like to think.

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On The Media

#2 - Stereotyped

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Christopher Hermelin has a project called "The Roving Typist," where he writes stories for people in the park on his typewriter. One day last summer, he found his photo posted to Reddit, and suddenly his image was the butt of jokes all over the internet. We talked to him about what it feels like to become a meme.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Climate Change Means Jellyfish and More Jellyfish

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lisa-ann Gershwin, jellyfish expert and author of Stung!, explains how warming and turbid water, lack of predators and competitors, low oxygen, and more acidic water are the conditions leading to an alarming and increasing rate of jellyfish in the oceans.

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On The Media

#1.5 - The Bonkers Conclusion to Pronunciation Book

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

One last update to episode 1 of TLDR. We all found out on Monday that Pronunciation Book (along with horse_ebooks) were part of a collaborative stunt between Jacob Bakkila and Thomas Bender to promote their art project Alternate Reality Game, Bear Stearns Bravo. The Daily Dot's Gaby Dunn, who we spoke to for our original story, figured out that Bakkila was the guy behind Pronunciation Book months ago. In order to convince her not to publish her story, Bakkila manipulated Dunn with a very elaborate series of lies. Weirdly, many of the people in her life were in on those lies, in varying capacities. We did a follow-up interview with Gaby about living her own personal version of the Truman Show, and you should listen because it is bonkers. 

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Features

Latest MacArthur Geniuses Include Sound Savior

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Experimental physicist Carl Haber is among 24 people receiving $625,000 awards for their work. He heard on NPR that historic recordings were in danger of being lost. Using techniques that allow scientists to track atomic particles, he developed a way to preserve those sounds.

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On The Media

#1 - Something Is Going to Happen in 7 Days

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A YouTube channel dedicated to pronouncing words suddenly starts issuing ominous warnings, and a reporter tries to get to the bottom of it. 

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Features

Ear Wax From Whales Keeps Record Of Ocean Contaminants

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Layers of wax in the marine mammals' ears can be read like tree rings, scientists say, recording a whale's age and also information about pollutants in the water the whale swam through. Wax from a blue whale that washed ashore in 2007 contained surprisingly high levels of DDT.

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The Takeaway

NASA's Voyager Now First Human-Made Object to Leave the Solar System

Friday, September 13, 2013

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has become the first human-made object to reach interstellar space. Voyager 1 is not only doing this with technology that is decades old, but a computing system that is slower and less complex than whatever you're using to read this page. Joining The Takeaway to explore the journey of Voyager 1 since it left Earth almost four decades ago is Kelly Beatty, senior contributing editor of Sky and Telescope Magazine.

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Attenborough's Muddled Thinking Can't Stop Human Evolution

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Revered naturalist and filmmaker Sir David Attenborough recently startled scientists by declaring that humans are no longer evolving. Commentator and anthropologist Barbara J. King offers a clear response: Attenborough is wrong.

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See Ya, Voyager: Probe Has Finally Entered Interstellar Space

Thursday, September 12, 2013

"This is the real deal. Voyager 1 has finally reached interstellar space; the first time a spacecraft has been in the space between the stars," says one project scientist. Launched in 1977, the probe has been surveying the solar system.

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Voyager Has Left The Solar System (This Time For Real!)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The venerable probe has finally departed for interstellar space, but there's a reason the news might give you a feeling of deja vu.

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On Being

Arthur Zajonc — Holding Life Consciously [remix]

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What happens when you bring together science and poetry on something like color or light? Arthur Zajonc is a physicist and contemplative. And he says we can all investigate life as vigorously from the inside as from the outside.

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On Being

[Unedited] Arthur Zajonc with Krista Tippett

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What happens when you bring together science and poetry on something like color or light? Arthur Zajonc is a physicist and contemplative. And he says we can all investigate life as vigorously from the inside as from the outside.

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Why Painting Tumors Could Make Brain Surgeons Better

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cut a tumor from a child's brain and you may save a life. But surgery can hurt the child if healthy brain cells are removed. A Seattle doctor is working on a substance that might help. It binds tightly to cancer cells and makes them glow, so they're easier to distinguish from healthy tissue.

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Satellite Image Suggests North Korea Is Restarting Reactor

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A photo snapped from space shows steam rising from the facility housing the 5-megawatt reactor at Yongbyon that was dismantled as part of disarmament efforts five years ago.

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Coming Soon: A Jolt Of Caffeine You Can Spray On Your Skin

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A topical caffeine spray will be available for purchase in November. Creator Ben Yu says spraying caffeine instead of drinking it will provide a more steady stream of energy.

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Discovery Of Massive Aquifers Could Be Game Changer For Kenya

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The underground lakes were found in the most arid region of a country where 40 percent of the population lacks access to safe water.

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The 10 Most Important Questions In Science*

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

We know a lot. But we don't know everything. In fact, science still has quite a few "big" questions left to answer. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser pokes at 10 of them, questions highlighted in a new book naming the most difficult scientific problems of our time.

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When The Dutch Keep Secrets, Everybody Notices. A Google Puzzle

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Suppose you wanted to slip into a space quietly, secretly. Would you wear a dazzling, many-colored ball gown? I think not. So how do we explain what the Dutch government is doing on Google Maps? Is this any way to keep a secret?

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Features

Four-Legged Impostors Give Service Dog Owners Pause

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

People who lack special needs but simply want to keep their pets with them all the time can easily find fake "service animal" certifications on the Web. But those phony credentials can create problems for people with disabilities who legitimately need trained service dogs.

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