Big Picture Science

Big Picture Science

After The Plague

Everyone is familiar with the immediate consequences of a pandemic – sickness and death....

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Flush With Excitement

The toilet: A ubiquitous appliance that dates to the time of Shakespeare. But billions of people...

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The Ears Have It (rebroadcast)

What’s the difference between a bird call and the sound of a pile driver? Not much, when...

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Air Apparent (rebroadcast)

Whether you yawn, gasp, sniff, snore, or sigh, you’re availing yourself of our very special...

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Feet Don't Fail Me

Standing on your own two feet isn’t easy. While many animals can momentarily balance on...

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Skeptic Check: Rational Lampoon (rebroadcast)

Two heads may be better than one. But what about three or more? A new study shows that...

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For the Birds

Birds have it going on. Many of these winged dinosaurs delight us with their song and brilliant...

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End of Eternity

Nothing lasts forever. Even the universe has several possible endings. Will there be a dramatic...

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Skeptic Check: Flat Earth (rebroadcast)

The Earth is not round. Technically, it’s an oblate spheroid. But for some people, the...

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Waste Not (rebroadcast)

Waste Not\r\n Why create more landfill? Perhaps you should resist the urge to toss those old...

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Venom Diagram (rebroadcast)

We all get defensive sometimes. For some animals, evolution has provided a highly effective...

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Volcanic Mind Melt

The Earth’s surface is dappled with more than a thousand volcanoes. They mark the edges of...

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Skeptic Check: Useful Delusions

Can self-deception be useful? During the pandemic, it has been fashionable to say that...

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Neanderthal in the Family

Back off, you Neanderthal! It sounds as if you’ve just been dissed, but maybe you should...

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DecodeHer (rebroadcast)

They were pioneers in their fields, yet their names are scarcely known – because they...

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In Living Color

The world is a colorful place, and human eyes have evolved to take it in – from vermillion...

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Eclectic Company

Eclectic Company We present a grab bag of our favorite recent science stories – from how...

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Creature Discomforts (rebroadcast)

Okay you animals, line up: stoned sloths, playful pandas, baleful bovines, and vile vultures....

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Granting Immunity (rebroadcast)

“Diversity or die” could be your new health mantra. Don’t boost your immune...

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Mars Attracts

Earth invades Mars in February. In a historic trifecta for space exploration, spacecraft of three...

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