Jan 18, 2014 — It's getting close to Super Bowl time, so here's a little fantasy. What would happen if a British sports announcer who has no idea how American football works (not a clue) were suddenly thrown on the air and had to do play-by-play for a game between Alabama and Notre Dame? He knows nothing. What would he say?
Jan 5, 2014 — You've heard it a thousand times, maybe 10,000. Is there any way to make "The Star-Spangled Banner" fresh? Even fascinating? There is (Jimi Hendrix aside). Here is a new one that did it for me — the Jon Batiste version.
Dec 21, 2013 — I'm going to play you a sound that you hear all the time. But this time, instead of hearing it in context (in a familiar setting — the movies, an Xbox, on TV, in a phone), it's all alone. Naked. Will you be able to identify it?
Nov 17, 2012 — The mayor of New York City wants you to see what an hour's, a day's, a year's worth of NYC's carbon dioxide emissions would look like — if you could see them. The gas is normally invisible. So he's made a video, and it ain't pretty. Why would the mayor do this? What's it look like? See for yourself.
Aug 11, 2012 — Four guys fishing for tuna off the coast of Santa Cruz came across a pretty amazing site. And they just so happened to have an underwater camera to capture it.
Jul 28, 2012 — Things get swallowed all the time, but one tale from a hospital case study in Devon, England, tells us something extraordinary about felt-tip pens.
Jul 21, 2012 — He's compact. He digs. He's careful. He inspects everything. This is exactly the kind of Earthling I'd want to send to a nearby planet.
Jun 23, 2012 — In a brilliant remix of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, this Symphony of Science video is full of wonder.
May 26, 2012 — Which is weirder: to laugh at a situation that you know is kind of sad, or not to laugh at a situation that you know is kind of funny?
May 20, 2012 — John Baldessari is a conceptual artist whose work includes people with colored dots on their heads, oddly composed photographs and large trumpet sculptures. What happens when the gravelly-voiced Tom Waits narrates a film about an artist who proclaims "I will not make any more boring art"?