The parrots that understand probabilities

The parrots that understand probabilities

VOICE OVER: The kea is a particularly intelligent species of parrot from New Zealand. Now, research suggests that these birds might be smarter than anyone expected, even outperforming monkeys in some tasks. These kea can use probabilities to predict which hand a black token is most likely to be in based on where the token […]

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The Race to Mars in 2020

The Race to Mars in 2020

Mars is our next-door neighbor, and yet… we almost never visit. We sent the InSight lander in 2018, an orbiter and lander combo in 2016, and two orbiters before that in 2013. Basically one or two missions every couple of years or so. But in July of 2020, humans are launching four separate missions to […]

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Japan’s Next Neutrino Hunter Could Revolutionize Particle Physics

Japan’s Next Neutrino Hunter Could Revolutionize Particle Physics

My hardcore science geeks out there probably know about Super-Kamiokande, or Super-K, as its friends call it. The 15-story tall tank of water buried 1,000 meters under a mountain in Japan has been instrumental for detecting and studying neutrinos, reshaping the standard model of particle physics while it was at it. Now the Japanese government […]

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This Is the Biggest Neutron Star Collision We’ve Ever Detected

Gravitational waves resulting from crashing neutron stars have rocked our universe once again. And while you may not have felt it, LIGO sure did. And these gravitational waves are the ripples from a collision of the most massive neutron star pair we have ever witnessed. As you may know, this isn’t LIGO’s first rodeo with […]

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Amylase: Chemistry in its Element

Amylase: Chemistry in its Element

The Chemistry in its Element podcast: Curious tales of chemical compounds This week, Brian Clegg breaks down an enzyme to make it easier to digest The ‘ase’ ending to ‘amylase’ singles it out as an enzyme, a complex organic catalyst usually a protein. This naming convention was begun by French chemists Anselme Payen and Jean-Francois […]

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