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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.

    A Short Wave Guide To Good — And Bad — TV Forensics

    A Short Wave Guide To Good — And Bad — TV Forensics

    Forensic chemist Raychelle Burks shares the crime shows she loves to watch, and how to know whether or not they're getting the science right.

    • 11 min
    Vaccines, Misinformation, And The Internet (Part 2)

    Vaccines, Misinformation, And The Internet (Part 2)

    Anti-vaccine and health misinformation has been rampant online for a long time. Stanford's Renee DiResta explains why the Internet is so good at serving up bad information.

    • 13 min
    Vaccines, Misinformation, And The Internet (Part 1)

    Vaccines, Misinformation, And The Internet (Part 1)

    Pediatrician Nicole Baldwin posted a video promoting vaccines on TikTok. When it went viral, a group of anti-vaccine activists targeted and harassed her.

    • 13 min
    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

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