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Do You Know Where Baby Eels Come From? Neither Does Science!

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There are a lot of mysteries about the world around us, but one you probably never thought you’d ponder is the mating lives of eels! EELS? Yes, these slippery friends have stumped scientists and philosophers for centuries, and this mystery reminds us all of the wonderful quirks of our world!

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11 minutes

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Why Don’t Beetles Have Bones? (And Why Do You?)

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The perfect combination of strong, flexible, and light, our skeletons do a lot more than hold us up! But how did we end up with this skeletal wonder that makes us so different from bugs and beetles? Well, the answer is a great reminder of how a few little detours on the path of life can lead us in entirely different directions! 

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7 minutes

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How Soil Is Telling Us a New Story About Ourselves!

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What can soil tell us about the lives of our ancestors? When one of the greatest archaeological finds of our time was unearthed right in the middle of New York City,  history opened up. By studying soil samples extracted from hundreds of people previously lost to history, this scientist is piecing together an ancestry that was nearly lost! 

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6 minutes

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The Fascinating Secret Behind How Birds Sing!

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From the beauty of the dawn chorus to the strange wonder of hearing a parrot talk like one of us, birds never cease to amaze us. But how do they make such an astonishing array of sounds? You will never walk through a park or your yard the same after this!

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35 minutes

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How the “Kraken” Was Caught On Film! (Twice!)

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How is it that one of the world’s largest animals still remains a mystery? In an original interview with our head writer Samantha Burns, marine biologist Dr. Nathan J. Robinson chronicles the day he captured real-life footage of a legendary creature that has been the scuttlebutt of sailors for centuries—and how we could do it next!

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14 minutes

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The Simplest Way to Train Your Brain! 

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This routine has been shown to boost our memory, combat depression and anxiety, and reduce pain—all without expensive equipment, special skills, medications, or taking hours out of our day. But is meditation really a practical addition to our busy lives? One of our favorite creators puts it to the test. 

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The Undergarment that Could Save Your Life!

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What if something you already wear on your body every day could actually save your life? Well, it’s not that far off! We’re introducing you to a young man who is reinventing the way we look at our undergarments. Meet Julian Rios Cantu, a loving son who is about to change the world of women’s health as we know it—with a brassiere!

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8 minutes

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Ping Pong Makes Progress for Parkinson’s Patients!

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Adding a little fun to our problem solving can lead to great results! Don’t believe us? Well, in rec rooms across the world, there’s a table, two paddles, and a ball that may help reverse the effects of Parkinson’s Disease! Here’s that story. 

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17 minutes

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The Super COOL Way Antarctic Fish are Improving Your Ice Cream! 

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You may have to thank these fish for your favorite smooth, tasty, ice cream treat! The fish? Oh yeah—what these scientists have discovered about how Antarctic fish survive in the freezing waters will make your next trip to the freezer way more exciting!

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How to Become a Planet Hunter & Other Important Life Lessons

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Have you ever had a moment that changed the trajectory of your life? For Anne Datillo, a moment of curiosity took her from college student to Planet Hunter! Whether or not we’re reaching for the stars, her story has some wisdom we can all learn from!

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The Most Marvelous Butts of the Ocean!

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Make your next trip to the beach even more exciting by discovering the journey that the sand between your toes has gone through! Sometimes, the most important players in our lives are vastly overlooked. So today, we relish in the wonder of the sea cucumber: the most humble, hungry hot dog you’ll ever find saving the world!

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13 minutes

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Become an Instant Backyard Scientist with iNaturalist! 

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What if you could go on a safari and get up close and personal with hundreds of plants animals, no plane ticket, no fancy guide, and no money required? Now, all of us can experience our own backyards with a little more wonder thanks to this amazing app!

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10 minutes

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How Dogs Are Helping Us Detect Cancer!

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A group of highly trained dogs is learning to smell some of the hardest to detect forms of cancer! So, what are we learning from these super-sniffers?

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8 minutes

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It’s an Octopus?! It’s a Blanket!? What is this Awe-some Creature?

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Sometimes we need a little awe to reset our sense of wonder about the world!  When it comes to finding inspiration we need to look no further than the natural world. Billowing through the ocean, this giant creature will leave you with your jaw on the floor!

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Where Do Those Psychedelic Images of Space Come From?

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You’ve probably seen those psychedelic images from space; colorful clouds of swirling dust, galaxies colliding, and stars being born. But where do those images come from? How are they made? And does space seriously look like that?!

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Hear the Howl of the Mightiest Mouse of the Desert!

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Many don’t know of the fearless predator that roams the desert of New Mexico. The grasshopper mouse may look adorable, but don’t let its cute exterior fool you. One of their favorite foods is the most venomous scorpion in North America. And how they catch their lunch could end up helping you, too! 

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12 minutes

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Why Spices Are WAY More Than the Spice of Life!

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Ever wondered why some cultures embrace all the spice in the cabinet and others are, well, a little blander? There’s a fascinating bit of science behind the difference in our food preferences around the globe, and it goes way past making our food delicious! Ready to look at your spice cabinet with fresh eyes?

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15 minutes

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From Bunnies to Solar Systems: The Magic of Dust!

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What do the dust bunnies under your nightstand have in common with our solar system? Turns out, the answer to that is all about the wonder of connections! Read on and all around you will seem a mystery unfolding.

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7 minutes

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Do You See the Ancient Superhero In This Photo?!

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Want to get a dose of wonder 5 or 6 times a day, while doing something you have to do anyway? You have an element in your home right now that is critical to human history and you probably wouldn’t even be here without it! 

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11 minutes

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Asking This Question Can Help Us All Feel Less Lonely!

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With just one question and five words, we can change somebody’s day for the better! Here’s the quickest, easiest, least expensive, and most powerful way to be #HelpfulNow at a time when everyone is under so much stress. Let’s all give it a try and watch as the magic happens!

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15 minutes

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All Hail the Great Hellbender Salamander!

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Snot otter, lasagna lizard, grampus, whatever you call it, this gigantic, slimy, and loveable creature could be the unlikely superhero saving the world’s amphibians. How, you ask? Well, let’s get to know them a little better and find out!

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30 minutes

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Happy, Sad, or Chopping Onions—The Science of Why We Cry!

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When was the last time you cried? Why did you cry? Crying is our reaction to everything from bad breakups, to awe, to cutting onions, but why is this? Let’s explore this uniquely human reaction that seems to be a fundamental part of our shared humanity. 

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The Fabulous World of Flies!

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If you like chocolate and avocados, you have flies to thank for it! Flies are everywhere and may be some of the coolest creatures on our planet. So, let’s get to know these remarkable little creatures.

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Reinventing Plastic with Methane and Microbes

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How close are we to reinventing plastic? Well, it looks like a future with easily accessible, truly biodegradable plastics that can replace the harmful plastics we use today is right around the corner—and it uses the power of bacteria! 

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22 minutes

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Why We All Need More Awe!

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Do we already have the key to healing what divides us? The answer is YES, if only we learn to harness the power of awe! Find out how.

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10 minutes

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Casting a Line for Conservation!

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What happens when fishermen and scientists team up to protect a species? Check out this extraordinary collaboration of anglers and biologists to preserve some of the world’s most endangered and magnificent fish!

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16 minutes

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The Discovery that Reshaped Your Family Tree

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Join a group of courageously curious ordinary people, willing to go deep below the Earth’s surface, to help us meet our cousins: an ancient species of humans who walked alongside us in the not so distant past!

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Need to Beat Jet Lag? Get Your Internal Clocks on Vacation, Too!

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So you’ve just booked an amazing vacation, but how will you deal with the jet lag that will start to set in? Here are some tips to help you out!

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Skating on (Super) Thin Ice!

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Who knew the sport of skating on thin ice could be the beautiful marriage of haunting sound, nature, and mathematics? Listen in as we skate alongside an expert!

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