Into It http://kmuw.org en Into It: What Your Bookshelf Says About You http://kmuw.org/post/it-what-your-bookshelf-says-about-you <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Your bookshelf might not seem interesting at first glance, but it has a strange history that might surprise you.</p><p>Ever since books began phasing out scrolls in the 1st century AD, they've needed a place to rest.</p><p>During the first 1,400 years of the book's existence, people managed to arrange them in just about every conceivable way other than today's current format.</p><p>They've been packed away in large trunks. On shelves, they've been piled horizontally or with the spines up, down, or backwards.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:22:14 +0000 Andrew Bales 23890 at http://kmuw.org Into It: What Your Bookshelf Says About You Into It: Ghost Highways Of America http://kmuw.org/post/it-ghost-highways-america <p></p><p>America's highways are littered with loose ends. In Houston, relics of an incomplete inner city project loom on the east and west ends with nothing in-between. In Portland, ramps built to merge with the Mt. Hood Freeway simply drop off into an overgrown field.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:21:56 +0000 Andrew Bales 23197 at http://kmuw.org Into It: Ghost Highways Of America Into It: Human Civilization On A Golden Record http://kmuw.org/post/it-human-civilization-golden-record <p>Carl Sagan is the go-to guy for interstellar greeting cards. During the 1970s, he developed plaques for equipment that NASA thought had the potential of being discovered millions or billions of years in the future.<br><br>The most ambitious project was the golden records for the Voyager probes. Sagan was given the daunting task of assembling a guide to all things human. Something that would fit on a standard 12-inch record.<br><br>The Voyager crafts investigated Jupiter and Saturn before essentially becoming two messages in a bottle, cast into what Sagan calls the “cosmic ocean.”<br> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Andrew Bales 22472 at http://kmuw.org Into It: Human Civilization On A Golden Record Into It: The Secret Life Of Suicide-Bombing Insects http://kmuw.org/post/it-secret-life-suicide-bombing-insects <p>Suicide bombings, an act usually associated with terrorism, can be found in select insects that are built to self-destruct.<br><br>In Southeast Asia, at least nine different varieties of carpenter ants have an unusual talent; they can make themselves explode.<br><br>It's a natural act of defense in which they (<em>Camponotus saundersi</em>, for instance) grip an enemy, squeezing it tightly until the ants own abdominal lining ruptures. It's a suicide bombing that releases sticky toxins that glue the ant and its foe together, killing them both.<br> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:58:13 +0000 Andrew Bales 21854 at http://kmuw.org Into It: The Secret Life Of Suicide-Bombing Insects Into It: Air Guns Were Once More Than Just A Christmas Gift http://kmuw.org/post/it-air-guns-were-once-more-just-christmas-gift <p>The air gun has played a bigger role in American culture than you might of imagined.<br><br>The Red Ryder BB gun was introduced in 1938 to imitate Winchester rifles of popular western films, and it soon became an American Icon. But the air gun has much deeper roots in American history. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:42:00 +0000 Andrew Bales 21108 at http://kmuw.org Into It: Air Guns Were Once More Than Just A Christmas Gift Into It: The Rise of the Roller Coaster http://kmuw.org/post/it-rise-roller-coaster <p></p><p><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span dir="ltr"><font face="Tahoma" size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="2"><span style="font-size:16px;">Roller coasters are the workhorse of the modern theme park, but their rise to popularity has been long and strange.</span></font></span></font></span></span></font></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Andrew Bales 20401 at http://kmuw.org Into It: The Rise of the Roller Coaster Into It: The Strange Life Of Discontinued Breakfast Cereals http://kmuw.org/post/it-strange-life-discontinued-breakfast-cereals-0 <p>The cereal aisle is run by kids. It’s their purchasing power that brings TV shows, movies, and even stranger products together with the barons of breakfast.<br><br>Mr. T cereal debuted in 1984 and was essentially T-shaped captain crunch. But it got a little more cool when it teamed up with <em>Pee Wee’s Big Adventure</em>.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When movies inspire cereals, the commercials sound like trailers. The kids become part of the action and eat like the stars.</span></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:20:15 +0000 Andrew Bales 14026 at http://kmuw.org Into It: The Strange Life Of Discontinued Breakfast Cereals Into It: Olympic Medals For Art? http://kmuw.org/post/it-olympic-medals-art <p>A lot has changed for the Olympics over the last century, including the focus on an entire discipline.&nbsp;<br><br>The Olympics from 1912 to 1952 weren’t just about sports, but art. Medals were given out for painting, sculpture, literature, music and architecture. The only caveat being that the pieces must be inspired by sport.<br> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Andrew Bales 19021 at http://kmuw.org Into It: Olympic Medals For Art? Into It: Whatever Happened To The Segway? http://kmuw.org/post/it-whatever-happened-segway <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The rumors began circulating in 2001 about something called The Ginger Project, or simply “It.” Talk of changing the world, of reorganizing cities, of "Reinventing the Wheel"—as Time Magazine called it in one article title—all of these hopes were in the air.</span></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:23:06 +0000 Andrew Bales 18228 at http://kmuw.org Into It: Whatever Happened To The Segway? Into It: The Resurgence Of Records http://kmuw.org/post/it-resurgence-records <p>It seems like every new technology tries its best to kill off the vinyl record.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Andrew Bales 17508 at http://kmuw.org Into It: The Resurgence Of Records