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Staff Picks - December 28th, 2013

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Too busy celebrating the holidays with your precious family and friends to check out public broadcasting’s best science stories? Fear not. From the Mayan Apocalypse to a New Year’s resolutions guide, we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for the most relevant science stories of the past two weeks. Enjoy!

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Radio Lab: Snowflake Science

What does it take to become a snowflake? It’s a beautiful, complicated journey – one you can re-live in this lovely Radio Lab piece.

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A snowflake - ready for it’s close-up.

NPR Science: A 3.8 Billion-Pixel Tour of Mount Everest

Why shlep all the way up a mountain, when you can catch a bird’s eye view of Mount Everest from your iPAD?

Science Friday: Debunking Doomsday and Exploring Maya Science

All of this apocalypse nonsense provides the perfect opportunity to revisit the science of the Mayans – who accurately tracked the moon and planets, knew the solar year was 365 days and even invented the concept of zero.

NPR Science: Birds Hang Around Mistletoe For More Than A Kiss

It’s food, you guys. The birds hang around for food.

Science Friday: Making Resolutions That Stick

Perhaps heeding the advice of a clinical psychologist will increase the odds of sticking to your resolutions this year. ( premieres Friday at 4:00PM )

NPR Science: Building A Rover Of The Edible Kind

It’s finally here! A model of the Mars Rover you can stuff your face with.

NOVA scienceNOW: Live Stream the Entire Season

If you missed an episode of NOVA scienceNOW, the entire season is now streaming online. This year’s episodes provide some answers to questions like “What Are Animals Thinking?” and “What Make Us Human?”