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Jul. 26, 2013

Uncovering the Mystery of J.K. Rowling’s Latest Novel

Determining an author’s linguistic fingerprint using forensic stylometry.

forensic stylometry, textual analysis, literary, book, detective work, harry potter, cuckoo's calling, j. k. rowling, patrick juola, duquesne university, mystery, forensics, forensic stylometry

Oct. 05, 2007

The Body Farm

A talk with "Body Farm" founder and forensic anthropologist Bill Bass.

anthropology, crime, mystery

May. 23, 2008

What's a Crystal Skull, Anyway?

This week, the latest entry in the Indiana Jones movie franchise makes its debut. In this segment, Ira talks with a real life archaeologist about just what a 'crystal skull' really is, and whether there's any real mystery about them.

archaeologist, archaeology

Oct. 29, 2010

An Answer to the Chupacabra Legend?

A biologist says that coyotes suffering from severe mange could be the origin of the 'chupacabra' legends.

legend, halloween, monster, chupacabra, goatsucker

Aug. 31, 2012

Unwinding the Cucumber Tendril Mystery

Researchers use time-lapse photography and a prosthetic plant to understand why cucumber tendrils twist.

cucumber, squash, tendril, vine, growing, garden, vegetable

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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Meet The Balloonatics

\tIt's crunch time for the 'balloonatics' at Macy's Parade Studio. The balloons themselves, which are designed and fabricated in a warehouse in New Jersey, are getting their final checkup before the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. John Piper and Jim Artle take us around the studio and spill the secrets of inflation, explain how to calculate whether your balloon will float, and explain why the balloons look better after a little time in the sun.

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