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New discoveries, everyday mysteries, and the science behind the headlines — all in about 10 minutes, every weekday. It's science for everyone, using a lot of creativity and a little humor. Join host Maddie Sofia for science on a different wavelength.

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1st U.S. Dog With COVID-19 Has Died, And There's A Lot We Still Don't Know

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13 MIN1 d ago
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1st U.S. Dog With COVID-19 Has Died, And There's A Lot We Still Don't Know

Gene-Altered Squid Could Be The Next Lab Rats

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12 MIN2 d ago
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Gene-Altered Squid Could Be The Next Lab Rats

Why Herd Immunity Won't Save Us

Herd immunity. It makes sense theoretically. But the reality — in this coronavirus pandemic and without a vaccine — is potentially full of risk and maybe even unachievable.

13 MIN3 d ago
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Why Herd Immunity Won't Save Us

Micro Wave: Spreading Warm Bread With Socks

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9 MIN6 d ago
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Micro Wave: Spreading Warm Bread With Socks

Wearing A Mask Could Be Even More Important Than We Thought

A mask might not only prevent you from spreading the coronavirus, but protect you from getting the severely sick, too — by cutting down on your viral dose.

13 MIN1 w ago
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Wearing A Mask Could Be Even More Important Than We Thought

How Gene Therapy Helped Conner Run

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How Gene Therapy Helped Conner Run

The Search For Ancient Civilizations On Earth ... From Space

Encore episode. A view from above helps solve one of the biggest challenges in archaeology: where to start digging.

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The Search For Ancient Civilizations On Earth ... From Space

Pregnancy And COVID-19: What We Know And How To Protect Yourself

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Coronavirus Q&A: Running Outside, Petting Dogs, And More

What's the deal with wiping down groceries? How often should you sanitize your phone? Can you greet other people's dogs? Your coronavirus questions, answered.

14 MIN1 w ago
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Coronavirus Q&A: Running Outside, Petting Dogs, And More

Butterflies Have Hearts In Their Wings. You'll Never Guess Where They Have Eyes

Professor Adriana Briscoe explains why insects fly toward light and how butterflies can be trained to detect light of a certain color.

13 MIN2 w ago
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Butterflies Have Hearts In Their Wings. You'll Never Guess Where They Have Eyes

Latest Episodes

1st U.S. Dog With COVID-19 Has Died, And There's A Lot We Still Don't Know

Buddy was the first dog in the U.S. to test positive for the coronavirus. His death reveals just how little we know about COVID-19 and pets.

13 MIN1 d ago
Comments
1st U.S. Dog With COVID-19 Has Died, And There's A Lot We Still Don't Know

Gene-Altered Squid Could Be The Next Lab Rats

The first genetically modified squid is here. NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce explains how this breakthrough was made and what it means for scientists who study these critters.

12 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Gene-Altered Squid Could Be The Next Lab Rats

Why Herd Immunity Won't Save Us

Herd immunity. It makes sense theoretically. But the reality — in this coronavirus pandemic and without a vaccine — is potentially full of risk and maybe even unachievable.

13 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Why Herd Immunity Won't Save Us

Micro Wave: Spreading Warm Bread With Socks

It's another Micro Wave. Today, what happens in your brain when we notice a semantic or grammatical mistake ... according to neuroscience!

9 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Micro Wave: Spreading Warm Bread With Socks

Wearing A Mask Could Be Even More Important Than We Thought

A mask might not only prevent you from spreading the coronavirus, but protect you from getting the severely sick, too — by cutting down on your viral dose.

13 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Wearing A Mask Could Be Even More Important Than We Thought

How Gene Therapy Helped Conner Run

Gene therapy has helped a 9-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy regain the muscle strength to run. It's a treatment that's been decades in the making.

11 MIN1 w ago
Comments
How Gene Therapy Helped Conner Run

The Search For Ancient Civilizations On Earth ... From Space

Encore episode. A view from above helps solve one of the biggest challenges in archaeology: where to start digging.

11 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Search For Ancient Civilizations On Earth ... From Space

Pregnancy And COVID-19: What We Know And How To Protect Yourself

Obstetrician Dr. Laura Riley explains what we know at this point about pregnancy and COVID-19 and what pregnant women can do to protect themselves.

13 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Pregnancy And COVID-19: What We Know And How To Protect Yourself

Coronavirus Q&A: Running Outside, Petting Dogs, And More

What's the deal with wiping down groceries? How often should you sanitize your phone? Can you greet other people's dogs? Your coronavirus questions, answered.

14 MIN1 w ago
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Coronavirus Q&A: Running Outside, Petting Dogs, And More

Butterflies Have Hearts In Their Wings. You'll Never Guess Where They Have Eyes

Professor Adriana Briscoe explains why insects fly toward light and how butterflies can be trained to detect light of a certain color.

13 MIN2 w ago
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Butterflies Have Hearts In Their Wings. You'll Never Guess Where They Have Eyes
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