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The Macintosh Story Part 2

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After its launch, Apple tweaked the Macintosh a bit. Then Apple executives gave Steve Jobs the boot. He would return many years later. We look at the Macintosh during this era.

The Macintosh Story Part 3

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From the return of Steve Jobs to the most recent Macs, we look at how the computer has changed over the years.

Defeat Your Doppelgangers

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Most people are familiar with the idea of a doppelganger -- some mysterious copy or clone of another human being -- but what's the science behind this phenomenon? Tune in as Julie and Robert take a closer look at doppelgangers.

The Blood of the Young, Crustacean Bioweapons, and Our Oldest Ancestor

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A proposed anti-aging treatment transfuses young people's plasma into old people's blood. A species of boxer crab clones and carries sea anemones as weapons. Plus, the oldest known ancestor of all vertebrates was a wee sack of teeth.

X-Files Science Part II: Bugs, Hybrids and Hypnosis

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We want to believe. With the return of The X-Files to television Joe and Christian go digging through Scully's reports for scientific answers to the big themes of the show's mythology. Join us to learn more about regression hypnosis, cloning, bees, alien hybridization and more. Just remember... trust no one.

Darth Vader, This Is Your Life...

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Dark warrior, star pilot, statesman, enforcer, saber master, leader, a bad mammer-jammer - all words that could be used to describe the Dark Lord of the Sith. Who is Darth Vader really? Well, Darth Vader, this is your life.

X-Files Science Part I: Mutants & Parasites

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With the return of television's The X-Files, it's never been a better time to look at the science behind the show. Join Joe and Christian as they examine the possibilities of classic Monsters of the Week, including otherworldly parasites, killer mutants and more. We'll add present research to the scientific theories surrounding the show during its initial release to find if the truth is out there.

Fluorescent, Transgenic Raver Puppies

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If you're planning to hit any raves this summer, then a fluorescent puppy may sound like the perfect fashion accessory to go along with your giant polyester pants, purple fur bikini top and glow stick necklace. Imagine throwing some shapes to The Prodigy with a couple of these guys in your hands, eh? Of course, for many that may sound as ridiculous and irresponsible as, well, cloning transgenic dogs to produce a fluorescent protein that glows under UV lighting. But that's exactly what Byeong-Chun Lee's team at South Korea's Seoul National University did. According to an article on New Scientist, they pulled this off by cloning fibroblast cells that express a red fluorescent gene produced by sea anemones. That also means they're not available in purple yet.

Ants Give Up On Males, Become All-Female Species

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A few weeks ago, an old friend of mine was bemoaning her inability to understand men. I told her to take a close look at insects and everything will begin to seem a lot more cut-and-dried. Not to say you can solve all gender-related issues by looking at a beehive, but the more I look at insects, the more it becomes clear that the females are the real members of any given species and the men are essentially an adaptation necessary to breeding. A little while ago, I posted about termite queens that produce asexually to make a clone of themselves, who carry on mating with the termite king after they've reached the end of their shorter life span. Well, the same publication, the UK's Royal Society B, has hit us with another whopper: Amazonian ants that have given up on sexual reproduction altogether. Yes, they're an all-female species.

Termite Queens Reject Kings, Reproduce Anyway

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Ah, the life of a termite queen. Once you've established a colony, your main job is to mate with the termite king and fill your subterranean halls with your squirming, wood-hungry brood. Apparently, however, all that baby-making takes a toll on your life span, while the king lives on. Enter the secondary queen, who picks up right where the dead primary queen left off. Scientists at North Carolina State University have made a fascinating discovery concerning just where this secondary queen comes from. While the primary queen produces the rest of the colony's young through sexual reproduction with the king, she goes it alone when it comes to spawning a successor. Yes, she produces asexually, producing an offspring that shares only her genes -- essentially cloning herself.

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