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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.

    Too Much Of A Good Thing: The Cautionary Tale of Biotech Crops

    Too Much Of A Good Thing: The Cautionary Tale of Biotech Crops

    Some of the most popular agricultural biotech products are running into problems. We look at what happens when farmers use too much of a good thing.

    • 14 min
    The Long Legacy Of The Arecibo Telescope

    The Long Legacy Of The Arecibo Telescope

    The National Science Foundation plans to shut down the legendary Arecibo telescope. Today, we revisit our conversation about the role it played in science and popular culture.

    • 13 min
    How Tall Is Mount Everest REALLY?

    How Tall Is Mount Everest REALLY?

    We talk about the ridiculously complicated science involved in measuring Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. And why its height is ever-changing.

    • 13 min
    The Special Connection Between Smell and Memory

    The Special Connection Between Smell and Memory

    Why can a smell trigger such a powerful memory? Biological anthropologist Kara Hoover explains what goes on in the brain. Plus, why our sense of smell is heightened in the winter.

    • 12 min
    When Critters Bleed ... On Purpose!

    When Critters Bleed ... On Purpose!

    Some insects and reptiles have a strange way of defending themselves — by bleeding from places like their eyes and knees. It's a process scientists have called "reflex bleeding."

    • 11 min
    Ultracold Soup: Meet The 'Superfluid' States Of Matter

    Ultracold Soup: Meet The 'Superfluid' States Of Matter

    We explore OTHER states of matter — beyond solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. Have you heard of superfluids?

    • 11 min

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