Jim Festante
Jim Festante

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.

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Feb. 7 2016 2:28 PMThe Secret Behind the World’s Best Skipping StoneElasticity is key.
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Feb. 1 2016 11:45 AMThe Prey-in-the-Box TestResearchers gave 39 species food in a bolt-locked box. Many did not fare well.
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Jan. 24 2016 3:09 PMThe Venus Flytrap Counts Its Victim’s FootstepsHow a panicked insect seals its own fate.
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Jan. 17 2016 12:07 PMHow to Display the Titanosaur, the Largest Creature That Ever Walked EarthIt’ll take two different rooms.
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Jan. 13 2016 10:47 AMOur First Glimpse of Light From a Black HoleCaught by an ordinary telescope.
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Jan. 3 2016 8:37 AMA Space Station Built to Fight the Cold WarDeclassified documents detail a scrapped plan for fighting the Soviets in space.
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Dec. 27 2015 1:56 PMHow to Grow Potatoes on MarsThe Martian in real life.
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Dec. 19 2015 1:12 PMBringing an Extinct Tortoise Species Back to LifeLonesome George may not have been alone after all.
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Dec. 16 2015 1:34 PMThe Lake That Fell Off a CliffA dramatic scene from our changing climate.
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Dec. 12 2015 2:08 PMHow a Dolphin Sees YouTranslating the odd visual language of echolocation.
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Dec. 5 2015 1:29 PMHow Cuttlefish Hide From SharksThey can change their electrical fields in an instant.
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Dec. 3 2015 1:56 PMTeaching a Robot to Say “No”It’s both adorable and a little ominous.
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Nov. 28 2015 11:05 AMThe Water Bear’s SecretThe only animal that can survive in space has seriously weird DNA.
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Nov. 22 2015 3:08 PMThe Finch Tap DanceHigh-speed cameras reveal a mating dance previously invisible to humans.
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Nov. 18 2015 12:03 PMA Little WindyHow to measure weather on a distant, volatile planet.  
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Feb. 6 2016 3:00 PMHow Researchers Got a Robot to Change Colors Like a ChameleonTiny surfaces are key.
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Feb. 1 2016 10:30 AMThe Bug CensusThe 62 different arthropod families found in the average Raleigh, North Carolina, home.
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Jan. 21 2016 3:19 PMIf There Is Another Planet in the Solar System, How Did We Miss It?Hint: It would appear far dimmer than Pluto.
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Jan. 16 2016 3:38 PMA Tiny Robot That Escorts Slow Sperm to an EggIt could be an alternative to costly and complex in vitro fertilization.
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Jan. 12 2016 11:37 AMA Meteorite That May Be Older Than EarthThe Australian Outback find could offer insights into the origins of the solar system.
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Jan. 2 2016 12:31 PMRobotic Dog Project Put Down by MilitaryAlpha Dog’s bark was louder than its bite.
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Dec. 20 2015 3:36 PMVenus’ Storms Up CloseJapan’s Akatsuki probe, recovered after a five-year detour to the sun, sent back incredible new images.
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Dec. 17 2015 1:08 PMSnake Robots With Lasers on Their HeadsThey can weld pipes from the inside.
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Dec. 13 2015 12:29 PMHow a Camera Can See Around a CornerA laser works like an echo.
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Dec. 6 2015 2:04 PM“Superflares” Would Be Disastrous to EarthThey happen on other stars, but the sun is unlikely to produce one.
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Dec. 4 2015 1:43 PMWisdom Has AnotherThe world’s oldest known wild bird has returned to the same Pacific refuge for decades.
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Nov. 29 2015 1:58 PMHow Wounds BleedA very gross, very cool simulation that could be used in real time to treat patients.
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Nov. 25 2015 1:13 PMA Rare Glimpse of Wild Siberian TigersHer three cubs are a good sign.
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Nov. 21 2015 8:13 AMHow Do Bats Land Upside Down?An incredible maneuver, explained with slow-motion video.
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Nov. 15 2015 2:45 PMThe Solar System’s Most Distant Dwarf PlanetIt’s only nine and a half billion miles away from the sun.

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