Social Networks Come and Go — Radio Carries On
Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad talks about the mystery of the continued popularity of radio’s and its cousin podcast.
Radio’s has been declared dead so many times. And yet, as broadcast and satellite radio and podcasts — recorded radio — have shown, the medium is not going anywhere. Many of us are totally hooked on shows like Radiolab, and we feel personal sorrow for the departure of Garrison Keillor from Prairie Home Companion. Radio talk shows are king. If anything, radio feels more vital than ever, because of the strangely compelling human connection it somehow makes. Here’s Jad Abumrad from Radiolab.
It could be the human voice, cutting straight through technology with something organic and real. Or maybe it’s because radio can be like someone talking just to you, even whispering in your ear at times. As Abumrad says, it may be that the spoken word invites — maybe even demands — that you color-in spoken tales with your own imagination. There’s hardly anything more personal than that.
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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