Some are okay for kids, too. If you still think Bambi or Cinderella when you hear "animated movie," you've got some catching up to do. Some of the best filmmakers working today try their hand at animation,
The pattern has a surprising similarity to the one seen in atom distribution in crystals. Often known as “the building blocks of mathematics,” prime numbers have fascinated mathematicians for centuries
Statistics came well before computers. It would be very different if it were the other way around. The stats most people learn in high school or college come from the time when computations were done pen
Last year, Brazil lost one of its most famous musicians: Naná Vasconcelos, who put an instrument called the berimbau on the world's musical map. It's a kind of bow with a gourd attached, and it is the
If there’s any subject that perfectly encapsulates the idea that science is hard to understand, it’s quantum physics. Scientists tell us that the miniature denizens of the quantum realm behave in seemingly
Decades before Caroline Shaw won the Pulitzer prize for music or collaborated with Kanye West, she was lulled to sleep nightly by her father’s baffling piano playing. “He’s a doctor and he loves music
John Horton Conway is a cross between Archimedes, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dalí. For many years, he worried that his obsession with playing silly games was ruining his career – until he realised that could
One of American music's greatest innovators, Charles Mingus was a powerful bass player, an accomplished bandleader and an extraordinarily inventive composer. The ever-impassioned Mingus was a prolific
Harvard professor reveals why America's infrastructure is so awful, who is to blame, and how we can finally fix it
But we never do anything about it. Why not? Who's to blame? And how can we finally fix it? Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter has written a new book about this. It's called "Move."
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Astrophysicist Janna Levin on Free Will and Whether the Universe Is Infinite or Finite, in Letters to Her Mother
“The simpler the insight, the more profound the conclusion.” In 1998, while on the cusp of becoming one of the most significant theoretical cosmologists of our time, mathematician-turned-astrophysicist
The future of 3D printing may depend on the ability print things with properties beyond cheap plastic. We've seen composite materials appear for 3D printers before, but the arrival of MakerBot to the should
This week sees the 50th anniversary of a sacred day for many music fans. On Dec. 9, 1964, the John Coltrane Quartet recorded the album A Love Supreme. I call it a sacred day for music fans, not just jazz
Was the music of 2014 heavier than usual, or is it just us? When the staff of NPR Music and our member station partners gather to collect our favorite albums of the year, we don't start out with a theme.