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What We’re Learning from The First Swim Across the Pacific

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Ben Lecomte is currently (right now!) in the middle of swimming 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. While this is the awesome on it’s own, what’s truly amazing is the amount of scientific data they’re picking up along the way.

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28 minutes

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The Surprising Life Behind Your Chocolate

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If you’ve ever eaten chocolate, then you’re definitely going to want to check this out. Most of us don’t know of the lengthy, fascinating process it goes through before it makes it to us!

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14 minutes

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Forest Kindergarten: Challenging All Our Instincts!

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When was the last time you saw pre-schoolers gleefully playing in a muddy ditch or climbing in a tall tree? Turns out that encouraging that sort of thing might be a giant leap forward in education! Take a look…

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6 minutes

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Here’s Where Your Mushrooms Come From!

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You can find fungi pretty much everywhere—including your plate. But how does it get there? The amazing series, How Does it Grow, brings us to one of the largest mushroom growers in the United States to find out how!

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7 minutes

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Have You Met The Animal That Can Survive in Space?

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Tardigrades are the definition of “small but mighty”. They’re never any bigger than 1.5mm, but these creatures can survive pretty much everything!

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10 minutes

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This Performance is “Popping” Barriers

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Bubbles have a way of instantly taking us back to the joys of childhood! Meet the family bringing the wonders of bubble making to new heights with a performance unlike any other!

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15 minutes

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Fireflies Put on Quite the Show in Mexico

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On this edition of Saturday’s Around the World, we’re traveling to Mexico to experience the light show few have seen happening in their forests!

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13 minutes

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What’s Up With All This Noise?

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We’re living in a loud world, and most of us are contributing to the noise pollution in some way. Although it’s rather grim to mourn our hearing, there’s still hope! Let’s learn more.

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20 minutes

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Community Laboratories are Changing What’s Possible

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Genspace is the world’s first DIY biolab; letting members of the community from all walks of life get a closer look at the building blocks of our world. Science isn’t just for scientists, and the amazing projects and discoveries coming from Genspace and community laboratories like it, are proving this to be true.

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It’s Raining Bones! (And That’s a Good Thing!)

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When it comes to animals doing good in the world, vultures may not instantly come to mind. But bearded vultures are some of nature’s most underappreciated creatures!

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6 minutes

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Your Spare Hair Could Clean the Ocean!

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Did you know you are growing a way to combat oil spills? Every day, hairdressers are throwing out pounds of hair that can be used to help clean up the environment! Clean Wave is putting that hair to good use, keeping the oceans safe and protecting wildlife.

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16 minutes

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When Art and Science Intersect

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This isn’t a photograph of the Getz Ice Shelf, its a drawing! Zaria Forman creates large-scale depictions of glaciers, and NASA’s Operation IceBridge invited her on a trip to get even closer to them. Here’s that story and the gorgeous creations that came from it!

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9 minutes

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Why Are Coral Stressed About Current Events?

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We know that coral is beautiful and that it’s in danger, but what exactly is coral? Learning about these complex creatures helps us understand how to work to save and preserve them for the next generations!

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7 minutes

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When Dance Creates Opportunities

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Hussein Smko grew up in war-torn Iraq, and he’s turned his experience into an opportunity. Through his performance, this dancer is not only telling his story, but making it possible for others to share theirs.

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7 minutes

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These Bees Make Their Own Perfume!

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Male orchid bees don’t just look beautiful, they also smell beautiful (well, to female bees anyway). These little guys are the perfumers of the forest, collecting smells in hopes of finding a mate. Here’s how they do it!

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4 minutes

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Sisal! The Plant that Points to Possibilities

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This Kenyan farmer has invented machines that help this cactus-like plant give farmers across the world stability in a changing climate.

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What Happens When Athletes and Scientists Team Up?

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To put it simply: breakthroughs. This nonprofit is making it possible for scientists to get the data they need from every corner of the planet by teaming them up with the adventurers who are already there.

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18 minutes

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Why Are Beavers So Busy?

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These rodents are single-handedly making it possible for other species to thrive! Let’s find out how this is happening…

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8 minutes

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Your Dance Moves Say More About You Than You Think!

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Whether your preferred move is the running man or the moonwalk, here’s the science to help you bust it better!

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25 minutes

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Are Sea-Greens the New Superfood?

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The benefits of kelp farming are too extensive to list in full here (but one of the most important may just be that it’s cleaning the ocean—naturally.)

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6 minutes

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The Fishy Side of Mussel Reproduction

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These creatures have become really good actors over the years. Slowly changing their looks from generation to generation to look like… a fish? There’s a lot more to mussel reproduction than one would assume at first glance.

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8 minutes

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Is Tradition the Secret Ingredient to Great Food?

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If you want to have a really, really good tortilla, you’re going to need the best corn. Masienda is a company not only supporting Mexico’s small heirloom corn farmers but bringing the practices that enhance the nutritional powers of the grain back into the market.

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8 minutes

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Who Exactly is Responsible for Waste Production

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Are you sick of seeing litter all over your hometown? Kamikatsu, Japan and other regions were fed up with GHG emissions and toxins, so they started reducing waste production and have already seen drastic improvements in their environments!

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5 minutes

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This Museum is Sparking Curiosity Anywhere!

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Meet MICRO, an amazing organization bringing the wonders and knowledge of museums to everybody, with tiny museums built to inspire curiosity!

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4 minutes

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The (Actual) Magic of Mona Lisa’s Smile

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Great art can be hard to “get”, but here’s how Leonardo da Vinci used his masterful understanding of human perception to craft the Mona Lisa and transfix us 500 years later!

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15 minutes

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Should We All Be Eating Insects?

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We know it’s a reach, but the best innovations always are! Insect protein takes fewer resources to produce, has all of the amino acids we need, and can be pretty tasty. Are bugs the food of the future? Let’s risk knowing more…

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7 minutes

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Celebrating Elephant Intelligence!

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They’re a favorite animal for many, but how much do we all actually know about how elephants interact with the world? Here’s your quick overview!

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12 minutes

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The Craft Behind Paper

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When’s the last time you stopped to appreciate how beautiful paper can be? Papermaking may be seen as a dying art form, but artisans like Gangolf Ulbricht are keeping the tradition alive!

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How Virtual Reality is Changing Healthcare

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This device out of Stanford is saving lives by helping both families and medical experts understand what’s happening with Congenital Heart Defects.

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