November 30, 2011 Ten were promised and 10 were found, but it's still an unsolved mystery: who's been leaving intricate paper sculptures across Edinburgh?
November 29, 2011 The sounds in our heads are the products of our lives: the tunes we loved, the ads, the jingles, the noises that poured out from the appliances and the living spaces around us. Here are 12 sounds of the times: 6 old and 6 new, to mix and remix. What are the sounds of your life?
November 25, 2011 Cuddle up with the great physicist Richard Feynman and hear him talk about beauty, curiosity and, most important of all, about doubt. "I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong," he says.
November 23, 2011 Lasting three days with no turkey or pie, and very few women, the first Thanksgiving was a political gathering focused on cementing an Indian-Pilgrim military alliance, and nothing like what we celebrate today.
November 18, 2011 "It is useful," Leonardo da Vinci wrote, to "constantly observe, note, and consider." But when you are Leonardo, what sorts of things are buzzing around in your head?
November 14, 2011 Allie, the brains behind the webcomic Hyperbole and a Half, shares her story of depression and recovery. The not-so-secret thing about Allie is even when she's desperately sad, she's still kind of funny.
November 7, 2011 How do skyscrapers withstand 100-mph winds? How does air circulate inside tall buildings? And what happens when you flush a toilet on the 100th floor? Those questions and more are answered by Kate Ascher in her new book exploring the inner workings of skyscrapers.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/141858484/142092636" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
November 4, 2011 To feed, the hawk moth unrolls a long proboscis, sticks it in a flower like a straw, and slurps up nectar. It looks like a hummingbird feeding. Like the hummingbird, the moth has to be stable in the air to get a drink. Biologist Ty Hedrick filmed the moths with high-speed video to try to understand how they hold steady.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/142024620/142024609" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
November 4, 2011 Modern brain-imaging techniques have given researchers an unprecedented level of detail about the structure of the brain, but are they any closer to puzzling out how the brain really works? Harvard neuroscientist Jeff Lichtman talks about the limitations of brain imaging, and the challenges of trying to use imaging techniques to decode the brain's behavior.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/142024614/142024603" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
October 31, 2011 It began with a "poetree" — an ornately-crafted paper sculpture left in the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh. Next was a paper dragon. Who was leaving these cryptic messages around town?
October 28, 2011 This is a weekend of things that go boo in the dark, so here's a little bit of boo (which turns into a love story between a skeleton and a beautiful maiden). They meet — or have they already met? — in a famous bookstore in Paris.
October 24, 2011 When a kid chooses his or her first sports team, who or what in their life most influences the choice? Is it family? Is it friends?
Chef Jose Andres at his avant garde Minibar restaurant in Washington. Andres' experiments with gelatins have helped make him one of the most innovative chefs in the country.
October 21, 2011 Gelatins turn liquids into solids, and can make cream-based dishes into a lighter, more flavorful affair by eliminating the need for heavy, flavor-distorting fats, says Spanish-born restaurateur and top chef Jose Andres.
October 20, 2011 What do Winnie the Pooh and Sigmund Freud have in common? Here's a hint: The answer is "right" under their noses.
October 18, 2011 Out of this world, or close to home? These "galaxies" may not be what they seem, so fire up your telescope and stir up your imagination.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor