January 30, 2012 For all who have dreamed of swimming with dolphins, here's a new option: Out-swim them! Out-leap them!
January 26, 2012 History, they say, is "one damn thing after another," but when you look down any historical list, strange, curious patterns pop out.
Jeanne Baret in loose-fitting clothes.
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January 24, 2012 For more than two years she traveled on a French naval vessel with linen bandages wrapped tightly around her upper body to flatten her chest. It was a small ship with 300 men who knew her as Jean. But she wasn't Jean. She was Jeanne. Then one day, they found her out.
January 19, 2012 In the 17th century, finding plants and animals new to Europeans was a rough, ferociously competitive business. There were fortunes to be made — money enough to attract outlaws. Including William Dampier, a naturalist and real rough-and-tumble vagabond of the sea.
January 17, 2012 If you've never been good at math and you love to draw, here's a little revenge exercise. You can torture numbers into very unmathematical contortions — contortions that will make you smile.
January 13, 2012 As we all know, there are many ways to win a political contest, but money really matters. Money buys those TV ads, money pays those consultants, money buys attention. But here's an inexpensive way for candidates to boost their appeal.
January 5, 2012 Every giant panda is a riddle, a contradiction, said biologist Stephen J. Gould. Each one is a soft, furry ball of adorableness "with a large, round head and clumsy, cuddly body" that we all want to hug. But that panda only exists in our minds. What's the real panda like?
January 3, 2012 Robots will create new job opportunities in computing, repair and policing. Of course it will be years, maybe generations before they can do what high-rise construction workers do. Something seemingly outlandish just 10 years ago is suddenly demonstrably possible.
December 29, 2011 Who's got the biggest New Year's Eve on Earth? Or, another way: Which time zone has the most people in it. The answer is clear.
December 23, 2011 What do you give to someone who lives abnormally? Outside ordinary categories? Here's a short list of gifts that would satisfy somebody like ... oh ... Robert Krulwich.
December 21, 2011 An e-mail tips the scales at about "two-ten thousandths of a quadrillionth of an ounce." But what the Internet is doesn't matter; what it carries, that matters. Ideas aren't like chairs or tables. They have their own physics. They make their own weight.
December 19, 2011 When you think of a bubble, you think of a perfectly round, spherical shape, right? But what happens when you squish bubbles together?
December 16, 2011 One of the most famous short, short stories is Hemingway's: For sale: baby shoes, never worn. But what about stories that are meant to be seen, like images that force you backward and forward in time?
December 14, 2011 What do the search for the Higgs boson and the discovery of gallium metal have in common? It's about what we humans do: We look, we think, we build models of what we imagine is out there.
December 12, 2011 Here's the thing about mountains: you can, if you are totally insane, jump off them. Or, under the right circumstances, they, the mountains, can jump off you.
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