September 28, 2011 Joseph Guillotin, Henry Shrapnel and Jules Leotard became immortal — by entering the English language. But when your entire life is reduced to a single definition, the results are sometimes upsetting.
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The miracle fruit from West Africa has a chemical that binds to and boosts sweet taste receptors in the presence of acidic foods.
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September 27, 2011 Japanese food chemists have found a way to explain how a chemical in miracle fruit makes sour flavors taste sweet. The fruit has inspired a small counterculture of flavor trippers as well as chefs who are experimenting with the chemical as a low-cal sweetener.
September 23, 2011 The Flagstaff Festival of Science gets underway this week. Ira Flatow talks with two festival participants about some of the highlights: Astronaut John Grunsfeld previews a talk on the Hubble Telescope and archeoastronomer Bryan Bates tells what the Mayans knew about 2012.
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September 21, 2011 The ultimate long distance traveler weighs under 20 ounces, and flies over 7,000 miles to get to its winter home, without making one stop.
Lucretius, circa 55 B.C.
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September 19, 2011 In his new book, author and Harvard literature professor Stephen Greenblatt explores the 2,000 year-old writings of Lucretius and his "spookily modern" creation tale.
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September 16, 2011 It's only by reflecting on all the gadgets surrounding us that we appreciate how our collective inventions were once unimaginable — even the wheel.
September 14, 2011 In a new book, neuroscientists Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt detail how parents can help their children learn the ABCs and self-control. The book, Welcome to Your Child's Brain, explores how the human brain develops from infancy to adolescence.
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Diagram of the Krebs Cycle
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September 14, 2011 Rap songs and colorful videos try to make science accessible to kids, but a dynamic school teacher could be more effective.
September 12, 2011 Have you ever wanted to alphabetize a bowl of alphabet soup? Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli did just that. The very tidy man also fixed up a haphazard parking lot and a photograph from the depths of the cosmos.
September 10, 2011 Venture to an unknown, wonderfully strange world where shadows are more than just darkness.
Image from the book Toilet Paper Origami.
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September 8, 2011 What's behind the folded toilet paper in hotel bathrooms across the world? The ornate origami isn't just popping up in fancy places — it's been spotted in outhouses, too.
September 6, 2011 The day Richard Feynman's wife died, the clock stopped. While some might have thought it was fate, the famed scientist knew the clock was simply broken. Scientists think differently from others; to them, everything has a reason.
The brain "seems to be specialized in alerting us to things that are emotionally important to us — either positive or because they're scary," a scientist says.
September 1, 2011 A part of the brain called the amygdala has cells specialized to detect animals, researchers have found. One reason we have these cells may be that some animals posed a threat to our ancestors. But researchers also found cells that respond specifically to cute animals like puppies or bunnies.
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August 21, 2011 Most people have a favorite number. But why do people choose the numbers they do?
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August 19, 2011 Green builder Adam Katzman wanted to experiment with building a "constructed wetland" to process sewage. Then he wanted to make the whole thing float. His paddle-boat-toilet, parked at a marina in Queens, demonstrates how rainwater and human waste can be converted to plants and clean water. It's a zero-waste waste disposal system.
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