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Polar Words

A conversation with a leading expert on polar bears has Martha thinking about several bear-related words, including the term arctic and the feminine name Ursula. This is part of a complete episode.

Uncanny Valley

What is it about lifelike robots and the humanoid characters in movies like The Polar Express that feels so disturbing? Robotics scientist Masahiro Mori dubbed this phenomenon the uncanny valley. There are lots of interesting articles explaining...

motion lotion

motion lotion  n.— «When I was getting a pre-race rub down from our trainers, we Tigers ran out of what was known as “motion lotion”—think wintergreen, Ben-Gay and baby oil—heats up the muscles before you jump into a 76.2 F...

polar bear

polar bear  n.— «“Whats a “Polar Bear”? My first guesses were a bear in a “plain white wrapper” (eg. white unmarked patrol car).”…“A solid white patrol car. As an example in CA the CHP has most of it’s units...

grolar bear

grolar bear  n.— «DNA analysis has confirmed that a bear shot in the Canadian Arctic last month is a half-polar bear, half-grizzly hybrid.…Stirling says the hybrid has no official name, though locals have taken to calling it a...

pizzly

pizzly  n.— «DNA analysis has confirmed that a bear shot in the Canadian Arctic last month is a half-polar bear, half-grizzly hybrid.…Stirling says the hybrid has no official name, though locals have taken to calling it a...

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