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Your Sparks: June 26, 2009

See what other people said they think makes us human. Then, share YOUR spark in text, photos, artwork, or video.

Jun 26th, 2009 | 16 comments

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In the News: Test Your Brain

A Web site called Test My Brain lets you participate in online experiments and get feedback about how you compare to other online participants.

Jun 12th, 2009 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Video: Filming on a Freezing Footbridge

Producer Graham Chedd thought a chat en plein air would add some visual variation from the two-guys-sitting-on-a-couch-type shot that's always easy to get in a professor’s office.

Jun 10th, 2009 | Comments Off

Spark Blog: Share Your Spark!

Submit your drawings, photos, videos, or text that answer the question, "What makes us human?" Your responses will be posted on this web site, and a selection will appear on-screen during the broadcast!

Jun 8th, 2009 | 11 comments

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In the News: A Fossil Called “Ida”

The media has jumped all over this beautifully preserved 47-million-year-old fossil, with some even calling it a “missing link.” What do you think?

May 27th, 2009 | Comments Off

Spark Blog: Video: Humaniqueness

Harvard's Marc Hauser has coined his own term for what we’ve been calling the Human Spark – humaniqueness.

May 22nd, 2009 | Comments Off

Spark Blog: Video: Ancient Dental Cleaning

Amanda Henry showed us how she very gently scrapes dental plaque from the Skhul 5 skull’s molars to find out what our ancestors may have eaten.

May 20th, 2009 | 5 comments

Spark Blog: Larry Engel: Running Better in “Non-sneakers”

Harvard's Dan Lieberman argues that we humans evolved to become the best long-distance runners on earth -- and we did it barefoot!

May 6th, 2009 | 3 comments

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In the News: Evolution and Color Vision

The colors a species can perceive is dictated by the types and number of visual pigments found in the retina. How might our color vision system have evolved?

Apr 13th, 2009 | Comments Off

Spark Blog: Video – Dr. Steven Pinker: Language Makes Us Human

Language is central to Steven Pinker's conception of what makes us human.

Apr 9th, 2009 | 4 comments
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