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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Aug. 29 2015 11:21 AMA Language of WhistlesIn the remote Turkish mountains, people found an incredible way to communicate.
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Aug. 22 2015 7:59 AMAvatarGive this program some selfies, and it will make you a creepily realistic digital double.
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Aug. 14 2015 2:52 PMThe Flying Spaghetti Monster LivesThe deeply weird creatures oil workers spot near deep-water rigs.  
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Aug. 8 2015 8:59 AMNASA’s Intentional Plane CrashesWhen small planes go down, it’s often alarmingly difficult to find them.
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July 31 2015 7:12 PMThe BlobWhat is this car-sized underwater mass that startled divers off Turkey?
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July 25 2015 8:05 AMThere and GoneHow the magnificent sea sapphire can disappear right before our eyes.
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July 18 2015 7:05 AMWhy Are Human Screams So Hard to Hear? The quality that especially riles our brains.
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July 11 2015 3:15 PMShould We Let Robots Run Airports?The Japanese models that could spread around the world.
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July 3 2015 1:36 PMThe Secret of “Sprites”The fireworks-like light shows that flash high above thunderstorms in Earth’s atmosphere.
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June 23 2015 9:01 AMNever Tell Them the OddsStar Wars-style hoverbikes catch the eye of the Department of Defense.
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June 20 2015 9:15 AMYou Can't Touch ThisGoogle thinks your hands are the ultimate imput device.
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June 14 2015 7:44 AMMars GlassNASA’s latest find on the red planet is the same place we found ancient life on Earth.
Bad Astronomy
June 9 2015 11:30 AMThe Sputtering Jet of NGC 3862
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June 6 2015 8:31 AMRatted OutThe adorable, specially trained army of rats that detect landmines in Africa.
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May 31 2015 8:14 AMOriginal SinInvestigating the world’s earliest known murder.
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Aug. 28 2015 10:11 AMA Living Fossil ReturnsAllonautilus scrobiculatus, spotted again after 30 years.
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Aug. 15 2015 8:45 AMGrown LocallyAstronauts enjoy space-cultivated vegetables for the first time on the International Space Station.
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Aug. 9 2015 10:25 AMWhy Walk on Water When You Can Jump on It?How water striders do it.
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Aug. 3 2015 11:37 AMHow Boa Constrictors Really KillPrey doesn’t die from suffocation.
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July 26 2015 11:52 AMA Snake With ArmsMeet tetrapodophis amplectus, or “four-legged hugging snake.”
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July 19 2015 8:01 AMIt’s AliveHow to get heart tissue to start beating in a lab.
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July 14 2015 7:59 AMSquaredThe exceptional power of the seahorse’s tail.
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July 5 2015 11:41 AMYour Smartphone’s Personal Air ConditionerChevy’s curious new in-car feature.
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June 28 2015 10:51 AMThe Glowing CoralDeep in the Red Sea, researchers discovered a curious anomaly.
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June 21 2015 1:01 PMBridge Out of NowhereHow twin robots will 3-D print a bridge over a canal in Amsterdam.
Bad Astronomy
June 15 2015 12:00 PMCircular Rainbows, What Do They Mean?
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June 13 2015 7:45 AMThe Perfect Campfire, MathematicallyA Duke engineer’s formula.
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June 7 2015 8:29 AMThe Strawberry MoonHow did June’s first full moon get its curious nickname?
Bad Astronomy
June 1 2015 12:07 PMBad Astronomy Video: Going to Europa
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May 29 2015 12:20 PMWake and BakeMarijuana-infused coffee is here.

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