Jane McLaren Walsh

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.

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Teaching Ancient Nautilus New Tricks

\tWith its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess.

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