There was a time when Sundays were for reading the newspaper. While these science stories from the public broadcasting space might lack the nostalgic glow of ink and paper, they more than make up for it with fascinating science and a human touch.
Sundays are for reading.
NPR Science: Could Nate Silver Predict How Good Your Pumpkin Pie Will be?
Now that the election is over, we can finally focus on what’s really important.
Science Friday: Ig Nobel Prizes Celebrate Somewhat Suspect Science
The physics of ponytails, the explosiveness of colonoscopies, the greenness of hair…this is the silly science of the Ig Nobel Prize, celebrating work that “first makes you laugh, and then makes you think.” The ceremonies included a hearty welcome from our own Jean Berko Gleason.
Radio Lab: On Goosepumps
Back when we humans had a coat of hair covering our bodies, goosebumps caused our follicles to contract and stand on end, creating a giant “poof” of fur used to keep warm and make us appear larger to predators. Someone totally took our idea, you guys. What do you have to say for yourselves, porcupines?
NPR Science: Victory Or Defeat? Emotions Aren’t All In The Face
Forget a poker face. Considering that our bodies do most of the talking, card players may need to develop poker arms, poker legs and other such poker limbs.
NOVA: Packaging You Can Eat
How can raspberry frozen yogurt get any more tasty? An edible shell. That’s how.
Inside NOVA: Hey Mars, What’s For Dinner?
Hey, NASA. We know someone who can help out with that little food situation on Mars.