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Staff Picks - February 15th, 2013

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This week in the public broadcasting space, love – and meteors – are in the air. Here are the best stories of the week, all in one place for your reading, listening and viewing pleasure.

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Science Friday: The ‘Science of Kissing’

Dogs sniff. Turtles touch heads. Bonobo apes have been known to suck tongues for up to 12 minutes. But only humans seem to partake in the act commonly known as kissing. Science Friday takes a closer look at why we lock lips.

NPR Science: With Brawls And Calls, Love Is In the Air For Elephant Seals

Humans aren’t the only species looking for love this time of year. Seals may not kiss, but once a year, males and females alike gather on a beach in California, and it ain’t for the view. Scientists even name all of the players, and may we just say – we’re rooting for you, beta male X579.

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Mayim Bialik - The Big Bang Theory-star left a meteor-sized hole in our hearts.

Secret Life: Blossoming to Science

This year at Secret Life, our Valentine was none other than Amy Farrah Fowler – or at least her real-life counterpart, the neuroscientist and Big Bang Theory -star Mayim Bialik. We must admit that when she explained how she “fell in love with the neuron,” we got a little jealous. Lucky little guys.

NPR Science: Guy Pumps Out A Valentine, Literally

Using an iPhone app that tracks your location, Payam Rajabi wrote his bike 27 miles around the city of San Francisco, etching a heart onto his GPS map and then sending it to his long distance girlfriend. Awww!

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This big bang turned out to be very real indeed.

NPR: Why Did So Many Russian Drivers Get Such Great Meteor Videos?

This big bang was more than a theory. Have you guys seen the video of that meteor in Russia? It looks like something out of an early Steven Spielberg movie. But more than just the stunning visuals, what really shocked us is how the Russians who captured the video couldn’t even be bothered to scream. It turns out, most Russians keep a camera on their car dashboard for a reason, hence the quality video. But still – you guys couldn’t even gasp? Just for effect?

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