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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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How Humpbacks Hunt With Bubbles

Humpback whales blow bubbles around schools of fish to concentrate them for easier capture. It's called a bubble net, says David Wiley, research coordinator for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and it's visible as a ring of bubbles at the surface. Now, with underwater digital tracking tags and custom visualization software, whale researchers can see what the whales are doing underwater when they're bubble-netting.

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