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Celebrating a Global Communi-TEA!

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Did you know you probably have some fascinating connection to tea? This beverage has reshaped history and cultures around the world and led to many aspects of our lives today. So what does that say about some of the universals of human nature and our shared humanity?

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8 minutes

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Without Cheese, We Might Not Be Here!

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Throughout human history, cheese has given us a huge survival advantage and changed civilization. If that isn’t friendship, we don’t know what is. So let’s spend a little quality time with one of our oldest pals, and remind ourselves of all that we’ve been through together.

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20 minutes

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Combing Caves for a Cure to Deadly Bacterial Infections

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We’ve been able to protect ourselves from most bacterial infections for decades now, but that’s changing. Deadly bacteria are catching onto our tactics and antibiotic resistance is on the rise. Here’s how some scientists are working to stay one step ahead of this problem by exploring the depths of caves and the bacteria that call them home!

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11 minutes

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The Planet’s Unsung Hero, the Dung Beetle

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There’s a remarkable reason why there is not dung everywhere in our world. Think about it: the multitudes of creatures on this planet produce a lot of waste! So, what happens to all of it? Well, let us introduce you to one of the planet’s greatest unsung heroes, the dung beetle! Get ready to be astonished.

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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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6 minutes

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The Universal Language of Our Emotions

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Does your smile mean the same thing as my smile? What about your frown? How is it that we can intuitively understand another person’s emotions simply by looking at their expressions? There are a few universals in life, and our smiles may just be one of them.

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12 minutes

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Synesthesia: Wiring the Senses Together

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Synesthesia could be called a superpower, so what is life like for people who can see music or taste color? This is the fascinating science behind it all!

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6 minutes

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Mucus Does A Lot More Than Just Leak From Your Nose

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We’re thinking it’s about time we all give this goop a little more credit for being the amazing innovation it really is!

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6 minutes

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Why Does Human Skin Come in So Many Shades?

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The way humans have adapted to suit life in all corners of the planet tells the extraordinary story of our history as a species. Here’s the science behind it all!

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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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15 minutes

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Why Does van Gogh’s The Starry Night Captivate Us?

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We’ve all seen this painting before, but why do we love it so much? The answer is a fascinating mix of science, legend, mathematics, and our place in the universe.

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15 minutes

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When You (Really) Can’t Smell the Roses

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Your sense of smell is one of the most powerful and elusive of all the senses. But how does it even work? And what is it like when it doesn’t?

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6 minutes

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Endless Possibility in Embracing Your Constraints

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Have you ever thought of the obstacles you face as a good thing? Reframing and embracing the obstacles in our lives may actually lead us to better and more creative answers!

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6 minutes

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What’s in Your Cup?

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For many, caffeine is something they can’t live without. How many of us know why that cup of tea or coffee in the morning keeps us awake? Here’s a fun look at what all that caffeine is doing up in our brains!

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10 minutes

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How to Get Better at Just About Anything!

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Are you practicing correctly? Can you even learn a new skill as you age? Why is practice even important? Our brains are capable of a lot, especially if we know the best way to teach them!

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14 minutes

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A Drug Free Approach to Depression and Melancholy!

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Science is vastly improving our options when it comes to depression. Here’s a very insightful TED Talk that might put a spring in your step, literally and figuratively!

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10 minutes

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What Exactly is Gluten Anyway?

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If you’ve ever scratched your head about the fuss regarding gluten in our diets, here’s an entertaining way to feel like an expert, in less than 10 minutes!

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11 minutes

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What If Our Worldview Has Been Inexorably Filtered?

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Do you have someone in your life who you just can’t relate to anymore–a co-worker or family member–because your worldviews are miles apart? Here’s something HUGE to consider!

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22 minutes

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Can We “Fix” the Problem with News?

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How does the “news” effect our biases, or vice versa? Can we create a better world if we are all in our biased corners? Here’s a way forward…

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7 minutes

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Continental Collision Course

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Not many of us stop to think about what the world looked like before our continents separated and then re-connected in a new way many years ago. Why does it still matter? Fascinating food for thought here today! Take a look…

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6 minutes

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Labor Day is More Than Just a Day at the Beach…

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I’ve rushed around on Labor Day weekend for years without giving a thought to the essence of this holiday. How about you? Knowing a little about its history made it even more special! Take a look…

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5 minutes

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Would YOU Want Alien Neighbors?

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In the search for life beyond this planet are we asking the right questions? Should we be looking for alien life? Or is searching a part of being human?

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18 minutes

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The Science of Superheroes! Would It Really Work?

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Have you ever wondered what having superpowers would be like? Today we explore the science of superheroes to understand what being superhuman would really be like!

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19 minutes

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The Best Stats You’ve Ever Seen

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Despite what the negative 24-hour news cycle tells us, it turns out that the world is NOT actually going to hell in a handbasket! Things are getting better and there’s solid data to prove it! Learn more in today’s feature.

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6 minutes

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The Egyptian Pharaoh Who Refused to be Forgotten

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Have you ever heard of Hatsheput? Here’s a story dedicated to a pharaoh almost forgotten to time and thousands of years ahead of her time. (Yes, this pharaoh was a woman!)

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14 minutes

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Would Aliens Think We Were Intelligent Beings?

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Intelligence. How are we doing on that as a species? Let’s have some fun with the concept and in the end, we may even find that nice guys might be smart enough to finish FIRST! Take a look…

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7 minutes

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The History and Science of Fireworks

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Ever wondered where fireworks come from? What is the science behind this explosive entertainment? In celebration of the 4th of July, we give you a little background to be armed with this holiday!

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23 minutes

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Where is Everybody? SETI Searches for Extraterrestrials

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What are the odds – the actual, scientifically calculated chances – of our communicating with other intelligent life out in the universe? Turns out they are mathematically pretty good! Take a look…

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6 minutes

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Perfecting the Hardest Move in Ballet

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Not a “dance” person? How about learning to appreciate the beauty of ballet through physics, athleticism and artistry? Let’s tackle the hardest move in ballet from a new angle!

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