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Spiders tune their webs like guitars

1 minutes

The vibey way spiders differentiate potential meals and potential mates

It should come as no surprise that spiders constantly monitor their webs, for both potential mates and potential meals: food and sex are two of nature’s most fundamental drives. However, the means by which they distinguish between the two types of visitor – tuning their webs and interpreting the subsequent vibrations – is a secret that scientists have only recently unravelled. You can learn more on NPR’s website.

Producer: Adam Cole

Website: NPR’s Skunk Bear

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Knowledge

Teaching philosophy at school isn’t just good pedagogy – it helps to safeguard society

5 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Idea/Space Exploration

To find aliens, we must think of life as we don’t know it

Ramin Skibba

Video/Mathematics

Going from A to B isn’t always a straight line – but it can be very good fun

2 minutes

Essay/Human Evolution

Sex makes babies

As far as we can tell, no other animal knows this. Did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history?

Holly Dunsworth & Anne Buchanan

Video/Cosmology

We are born of supernovas – our spectacular and totally ordinary origin story

4 minutes

Idea/History of Science

The most wonderful words in science: ‘We have no idea… yet!’

Daniel Whiteson

Essay/Evolution

Aliens in our midst

The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself

Douglas Fox