Not Taking A Lunch Break Is Psychologically Bad For You. Here's Why.

If you're not taking a lunch break, your creativity is probably suffering. This might seem obvious, but now there's research to back it up. And it doesn't even matter what you eat, or if you eat at all; what's important is that you physically step away from your workspace to recharge. » 3/05/15 11:20am 3/05/15 11:20am

NPR Interviews Film Score Composers

This week, NPR's "All Things Considered" is running a fantastic series of interviews with film score composers. "You'll hear about the magic of the Wizard of Oz score, how 5/4 time inspiredHalloween's terrifying theme, and why a Canadian says he's become to the go-to composer for films requiring South Asian-inspired… » 12/27/14 10:10am 12/27/14 10:10am

Think you can walk in a straight line, blindfolded? Guess again.

Here's a fun experiment to try next time you find yourself in an open field. Close your eyes (or wear a blindfold) and set off walking, taking care to walk in as straight a line as possible. Have a buddy monitor your route (and warn you of obstacles). Sounds simple enough, right? Turns out it's harder than you think. » 9/25/13 10:40am 9/25/13 10:40am

The time an astronaut called into Car Talk from the Space Shuttle

In January 1997, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the Tappet Brothers of NPR's Car Talk, received an unusual phone call. A John from Houston wanted to pick their brains about the odd behavior of the government vehicle he was driving, and the car-savvy duo quickly realized he wasn't talking about a car. » 7/08/12 5:00pm 7/08/12 5:00pm

What is the true weight of the Internet?

How much does the Internet weigh? It depends on who you ask. According to one calculation, the information that comprises the Internet weighs little more than a single grain of salt. Other estimates put it at closer to the weight of a strawberry. » 12/27/11 8:00am 12/27/11 8:00am

Handy Flowchart for Choosing Among NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction and…

Now that we officially know the 100 greatest science fiction and fantasy books, according to NPR's fine readers, there's some great reading material waiting for all of us. But which of these great books is best for you? It's a dazzling amount of options, after all. » 9/29/11 6:30am 9/29/11 6:30am

Finally Revealed: The 100 Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy Books,…

When NPR revealed its list of finalists for its "Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books" survey, we were struck by how diverse and wide-ranging that list was. Now the actual list of the 100 greatest books has been revealed... and it's quite a bit more conservative. » 8/11/11 2:02pm 8/11/11 2:02pm

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time, According to NPR

Back in June, we asked you to help NPR choose the 100 best science fiction and fantasy books of all time — and now the list of finalists is out! » 8/02/11 1:30pm 8/02/11 1:30pm

Help NPR find the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books of all time

Here's another chance to get people talking about great science fiction books — NPR is focusing its summer readers' poll on science fiction and fantasy books. (Except for horror, paranormal and YA books.) » 6/20/11 2:43pm 6/20/11 2:43pm

Music students build a robot orchestra that can improvise

NPR has an amazing story about music students building the Karmetic Machine Orchestra, a set of robots that play sitars, bass guitars and pianos, plus weird made-up instruments. And they're programmed with complex improvisation. And it's compared to robot sex. » 5/31/10 10:30am 5/31/10 10:30am

A Grand Tour of Our Nuclear World

Did you ever wonder how the U.S. went from inventing atomic weapons in the 1940s to having a full-scale nuclear weapon industry a decade later? Ever want to visit an atomic test site? Wonder where they make weapons-grade uranium? Ponder the current state of the U.S. nuclear stockpile? Nathan Hodge and Sharon… » 6/16/08 11:08am 6/16/08 11:08am

NPR Wants Scifi Novels On Your Bedside Table

NPR's Nancy Pearl, who has probably written enough words about science fiction to fill a couple of Del Rey compendiums with, has laid out of a list of her recommended reading. While technically only two of the books on her list are science fiction, you can't really argue with Frederik Pohl and Joe Haldeman. Neal… » 11/12/07 8:37pm 11/12/07 8:37pm