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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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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.

    This NASA Engineer Is Bringing Math And Science To Hip Hop

    This NASA Engineer Is Bringing Math And Science To Hip Hop

    NASA engineer Dajae Williams is using hip hop to make math and science more accessible and memorable for young people.

    • 12 min
    Australia's Next Danger: Mudslides

    Australia's Next Danger: Mudslides

    Predicting landslides used to be impossible. New tools are making it easier — giving scientists ways to analyze the factors that could trigger them, from soil type to rainfall.

    • 10 min
    A Board Game Where Birds (And Science) Win

    A Board Game Where Birds (And Science) Win

    Imagine a board game inspired by the natural lives of birds? That's the premise of popular game Wingspan, designed by Elizabeth Hargrave.

    • 12 min
    Foldscope: Science From Curiosity And A Little Paper

    Foldscope: Science From Curiosity And A Little Paper

    We talk to Manu Prakash, the co-inventor of the Foldscope, a low-cost microscope aimed at making scientific tools more accessible.

    • 12 min
    Harvard Professor's Arrest Raises Questions About Scientific Openness

    Harvard Professor's Arrest Raises Questions About Scientific Openness

    Some say the case points to larger issues around scientific collaboration in an era of geopolitical rivalry, as well as possible racial profiling of scientists.

    • 13 min
    Can Taking Zinc Help Shorten Your Cold?

    Can Taking Zinc Help Shorten Your Cold?

    It's possible — but it depends on a few key factors. And the story of the scientist who uncovered the importance of zinc for human health in the first place.

    • 11 min

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