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Why can’t we walk straight?

4 minutes

Why can’t blindfolded people walk in a straight line? It’s a scientific mystery

Strange as it might seem, people are incapable of walking or swimming in a straight line when they are blindfolded. Perhaps even stranger, no one seems to quite know why. This short animated video from NPR and Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich dissects one of the more perplexing and enduring mini-mysteries of science.

Producers: Jessica Goldstein, Maggie Starbard

Animator: Benjamin Arthur

Video/Music

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

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Virtual Reality

New realities are imminent: how VR reframes big questions in philosophy

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