Science Out Of The Box
May 30, 2009 — Kiss the cook — because she's responsible for most of human evolution, according to Harvard anthropologist Richard Wrangham. Wrangham talks with host Jacki Lyden about his new book, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human.
May 16, 2009 — Astronauts from the space shuttle Atlantis went on their third space walk Saturday to repair the Hubble space telescope's camera and install new equipment. Guest host Rebecca Roberts talks about how the Hubble has impacted the world of astronomy with astronomer Dave Rodrigues, also known as the AstroWizard.
Apr 25, 2009 — Lyuba, a 1-month-old baby mammoth, walked the tundra about 40,000 years ago and then died mysteriously. She miraculously reappeared on a riverbank in northwestern Siberia in 2007, discovered by a reindeer herder. She is the most perfectly preserved woolly mammoth ever discovered and gives researchers their best chance yet to build a genetic map of a species that vanished at the end of the last ice age. Host Jacki Lyden talks to paleontologist Dan Fisher.
Apr 18, 2009 — When you pull apart a nice, juicy navel orange, why do you find those cute little sections hiding in the center?
Apr 4, 2009 — The mission: Travel more than 600 miles across the Arctic Ocean, in temperatures down to 40 degrees below zero. It's the Catlin Arctic Survey, a British expedition to the North Pole. Its goal is to collect data to help scientists determine how fast the sea ice is disappearing.
Mar 28, 2009 — Remember playing with dolls or action figures, using your imagination to create fantastic worlds in your own bedroom? These new toys also use the power of the mind — in fact, they're controlled by brain waves.
Mar 21, 2009 — David Ewing Duncan decided to subject himself to more than 200 physical and mental tests — not just for fun, but to write a book about his experience. It's called Experimental Man. Duncan talks with host Jacki Lyden about how close we are to a future where tests can predict our precise risk for developing illness.
Mar 14, 2009 — It costs $20 million to battle the invasive lamprey in the Great Lakes. The blood-sucking fish is killing off many species of native fish there. But scientists have developed a "love potion" made of the fish's own pheromones to lure the lamprey into traps.
Mar 7, 2009 — The latest version of Amazon's electronic book reader features the latest in text-to-speech technology. Could a dystopian future where NPR hosts are replaced by soulless robots soon be upon us?
Feb 28, 2009 — It's a little yellow bud, and when you put it in your mouth, something strange happens. It's a reaction that feels "a little north of Pop Rocks, and south of putting a 9-volt battery in your mouth."