How do you tell the difference between a sea change and a ripple in the water? Could a nonviolent baboon be sign of things to come? Or is it just a flukey outlier from the norm? What about a man in a dress? Or a fox without vicious urges? Is there ever really even a norm? In this hour of Radiolab, we examine three stories that re-frame our sense of normalcy.
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While the number of Facebook apps is increasing, activity is flattening out and concentrated in the most popular apps. In this presentation from O’Reilly’s Graphing Social Patterns conference, Roger Magoulas of O’Reilly Media breaks down some statistics and opportunities on Facebook apps. The majority of all activity is in the top few percent of apps, with a strong power law relationship between them. Different demographics and psychograpics have changed the pattern of usage as Facebook expands beyond its original United States based college student population.
In this hour of Radiolab: an unflinching look at tumors. Famous tumors. Surprising stories of evolution, immortality, and maybe…God? Say hello to the growth that killed Ulysses S. Grant, and get to know the woman whose cancer cells changed modern medicine.
What’s gotten into you? In this hour we explore nature’s moochers - the good, the bad, and the hideous. We have stories of lethargic farmers, zombie cockroaches, and maybe even mind-controlled humans. Could parasites be the shadowy hand that pulls the strings of life?