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The Animal That Wouldn’t Die: The Hydra

Just a few millimeters long and full of embryonic cells, the hydra is a small and mysterious cnidarian polyp that seems to defy mortality. Skunk Bear's Adam Cole and Robert Krulwich team up to tell the amazing tale of...

What Happens When 350 Musicians Meet For The First Time?

This summer, around 350 musicians of all kinds -- "Young, older, professional drumlines, community marching bands, seasoned jazz players, Indian wedding band musicians, Brazilian samba drummers and scads of amateur pl...

Schlieren flow visualizations: What Does Sound Look Like?

What Does Sound Look Like? NPR’s SkunkBear shows us the differences in fluid densities — in the form of compression waves in a gas, the air that surrounds us — thanks to the light passi...

NPR’s Planet Money: What does it take to make a t-shirt?

What does it take to make a t-shirt? We’ve watched a video about this subject before, but NPR’s Planet Money answered this question in the most amazing way: they traveled across...

NPR: Why Can’t We Walk Straight?

Here’s a fascinating science experiment that we’ll be trying this weekend:  Put a blindfold on someone, take them to a park or a beach or a meadow and ask them to walk for as long as they can in a strai...

NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concerts: No BS! Brass Band

Twelve minutes of blasting brass funk: NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts presents three songs from No BS! Brass Band. 

Flu Attack! How A Virus Invades Your Body

How does a virus invade your body? With the help of medical animator David Bolinsky, Robert Krulwich explain step-by-step in this NPR video from 2009. There’s also more to read at Krulw...

Ebene Quartet: NPR Music Field Recordings

The Paris-based Quatuor Ebene plays the second movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Op. 80 string quartet at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO, Brooklyn for NPR Music Field Recordings.

Human-Powered Helicopters: Straight Up Difficult

NPR’s Human-Powered Helicopters: Straight Up Difficult! How difficult? The Sikorsky Prize from the American Helicopter Society has promised $250,000 to anyone that build’s a human-powered heli...

A Blast From The Past: Shuttle Through The Decades

A Blast From The Past: Shuttle Through The Decades One year ago today at 11:29 a.m. EDT, Atlantis launched into orbit at 17,500 mph. A bittersweet launch, it was the very last NASA shuttle mi...

Catching Up With Flu: Using the Web as an early warning signal

When sick people search the Web for remedies or tweet about their symptoms, they’re sending an early warning signal about disease outbreaks. Now scientists and public health officials are listening in. ...

The Astronaut’s Guide To Life In Space

Yoyos, paper air planes and spinning bananas. Learn about astronauts’ life in space as they goof off in zero gravity (80s-style). From NPR.  Thanks, Lacey.

Look Up! The Billion-Bug Highway You Can’t See

When British scientist Jason Chapman told us... there are 3 billion insects passing over your head in a summer month, he was talking about his survey in Great Britain. Closer to the equator, he says, the numbers shoul...

Irina Werning’s Back to the Future

It’s been interesting trying to explain the passage of time to a 3 year old. When he was 2, he would ask, “When Dad is 2 years old, will he still play with me?” as if at some point, his fathe...