September 29, 2010 The phrase raining cats and dogs isn't quite right when you talk about hurricanes. This hurricane season, we throw an average one onto a cloud scientist's scale to see just how much water these monster weather machines carry through the sky.
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September 27, 2010 If you're ever stuck inside a falling elevator, what should you do? Stand up? Sit down? Jump? You'll want to know before it happens, because when the moment comes you are not going to have time to go to the library and pull out a textbook.
September 23, 2010 NPR's Robert Krulwich has been unraveling complex science questions for years. He's tackled the discovery of laughing gas, nuclear detonations in space, how crows recognize people's faces and why leaves really fall off trees. Krulwich reveals where he comes up with his sometimes off-the-wall story ideas.
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September 23, 2010 Zoom in on a daguerreotype of Cincinnati from 160 years ago. It's so sharp you'll feel like you just stepped on to the city streets, as if you had slipped into the 1840's with a pass key.
September 20, 2010 Now that it's nearly fall and there is a hint again of things passing, I think about a wistful boy who once looked out a window and froze a junkman in time.
September 15, 2010 Imagine if your spit could lasso a bully, and knock him down. The amazing Australian meat ant can do it -- with just one shot.
September 13, 2010 A series of world maps show you where the richest, fattest and smartest people live. You can also spot the country that exports the most chicken and where you are most likely to be killed by extreme temperatures.
September 9, 2010 Two of the most important human footsteps ever taken -- one on the moon in 1969, the other over three million years ago -- have both been preserved thanks to extraordinary circumstances. They reveal the curious nature of humanity.
September 3, 2010 New research suggests that seniors who did mentally stimulating activities such as crossword puzzles postponed the loss of thinking skills, but had an accelerated rate of decline once dementia set in later in life. Neuropsychologist Robert S. Wilson explains the finding.
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August 31, 2010 Mary Poppins and a striptease artist have something in common: They failed at true reversal. But not for the reasons you think.
August 30, 2010 Scroll over the illustration to learn more about 29 of the world's largest animals and plants, as of 1931 that is. The image is from "The Science of Life," by H.G.Wells, J.S. Huxley and G.P.Wells, published in 1931.
August 17, 2010 Lycos was one of the first Internet portals from the mid-90s. Ten years ago, the Spanish company Terra Networks paid more than $12 billion for Lycos. Terra later sold it to a Korean firm for nearly $100 million. This week, the Korean firm sold Lycos for $36 million.
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August 17, 2010 Time seems to slow down when we fear for our lives. A neuroscientist believes he has figured out what's going on in our brains that makes us feel this way.
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August 16, 2010 You may have to watch it more than once, but see if you can find the words hiding in this video. There are at least a half-dozen. Seek 'em out and report back.
August 14, 2010 A great kindergarten experience isn't just enriching to kids mentally -- it's enriching to their wallets, too. A new Harvard study found that attending a top-notch kindergarten increases a person's earnings decades later by an average of $1,000 a year. Experts used to think the effect of early childhood education wore off as students got older, but these researchers found that the "kindergarten effect" resurfaces in adulthood.
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