Big Picture Science

Big Picture Science

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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Iron, Coal, Wood

Maybe you don’t remember the days of the earliest coal-fired stoves. They changed domestic...

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Skeptic Check: Shared Reality

One of the many shocking aspects of the Capitol attack was that it revealed how thoroughly the...

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Supercomputer Showdown (rebroadcast)

Do you have a hard-to-answer question? The Summit, Sierra, Trinity, Frontier, and Aurora...

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Skeptic Check: Betting on Pseudoscience (rebroadcast)

Psychics may not be able to predict the future or sense your thoughts. Nonetheless, they rake in...

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Headed for Trouble (rebroadcast)

The stone heads on Easter Island are an enduring mystery: why were they built and why were they...

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For Good Measure (rebroadcast)

The reign of Le Grand K has come to an end. After 130 years, this hunk of metal sitting in a...

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Handling the Holidays (rebroadcast)

The stress of the holidays can make you want to hide under the covers with a warm cup of cocoa....

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Fire Clouds and Ice-teroids

Small bodies will hit the big time next year; a sample return from asteroid Bennu and the launch...

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Skeptic Check: Shroom with a View

Magic mushrooms – or psilocybin - may be associated with tripping hippies and Woodstock,...

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Bare Bones

You may not feel that your skeleton does very much. But without it you’d be a limp bag of...

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