Mon June 4, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

The Chumbawamba Principle: A Commencement Address

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 11:22 am

Robert Krulwich delivers the commencement address at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, on June 2.
Jason P. Smith College of the Atlantic

This is a commencement address I gave this weekend at the College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, Maine. It's a small, highly interdisciplinary liberal arts college that I much admire. This is my talk to the graduating class.

OK. Finally you are at the door.

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Mon June 4, 2012

Summer Science: How To Build A Campfire

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 9:10 am

Summer living is supposed to be easy — school is out, the days are long, the traffic eases. But it's not all inner tubes and lemonade: Summer can throw us some curveballs, too. How can I avoid sunburn? What can I do to stave off that brain freeze? Why do my s'mores always burn?

Fear not; NPR is here to help. As part of our new Summer Science series, we'll turn to science to tackle these vexing questions, starting with how to build the perfect campfire.

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Sun June 3, 2012

Look Up, Stargazers: June 5 Is The Transit Of Venus

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 8:37 am

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To learn more about the Transit of Venus and to get tips for observing this rare astronomical event, visit the NASA website.
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It's been a good season for stargazers, a veritable meteor shower of astronomical goodies, from a supermoon to a solar eclipse. Next up? On Tuesday, June 5, astronomy enthusiasts can witness the Transit of Venus — one of the rarest astronomical events.

During the six-hour transit, Venus moves in between the Earth and the sun. It's a daytime phenomenon: "Instead of seeing Venus as the brightest object in the night sky, you see Venus as a tiny black dot crossing the burning disc of the sun," explains Andrea Wulf, author of Chasing Venus.

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Fri June 1, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

What The Vampire Said To The Horseshoe Crab: 'Your Blood Is Blue?'

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 10:13 am

Marvin Joseph The Washington Post

I'd never seen this before, because I thought it was just a figure of speech referring to kings and noblemen. But in real life, there are creatures that have blue blood — literally blue — like this:

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Thu May 31, 2012
The Two-Way

LIVE: SpaceX Capsule Heads Home

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 11:03 am

The Dragon capsule has successfully detached from the International Space Station and is headed toward a splashdown in the Pacific that should happen around 11:45 a.m. ET.

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