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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.

    The Comeback Bird: Meet the Ko'Ko'

    The Comeback Bird: Meet the Ko'Ko'

    The Guam Rail is the second bird in history to recover from extinction in the wild. It took a little matchmaking and a lot of patience.

    • 10 min
    Can A Low-Carb Diet Prevent A Plague Of Locusts?

    Can A Low-Carb Diet Prevent A Plague Of Locusts?

    Farmers around the world share a terror of locusts which can devastate crops. We visit one lab in Arizona where researchers think low-carb crops could help keep these pests away.

    • 9 min
    Mighty Mice Return From Space

    Mighty Mice Return From Space

    How the mighty mice got their muscles and what it could mean for helping humans.

    • 11 min
    2020 So Far: Fires, Floods, And Quakes

    2020 So Far: Fires, Floods, And Quakes

    The science behind recent natural disasters in Australia, Indonesia, and Puerto Rico.

    • 12 min
    Can A 100-Year-Old Treatment Help Save Us From Superbugs?

    Can A 100-Year-Old Treatment Help Save Us From Superbugs?

    When her husband is close to death from a superbug infection, Steffanie Strathdee scours scientific research for a way to save his life and comes across a 100-year-old treatment.

    • 12 min
    In Mozambique, Meteorologists Can't Keep Up With Climate Change

    In Mozambique, Meteorologists Can't Keep Up With Climate Change

    Countries with less money, like Mozambique, have to rely on weather data from weather countries. This can be a matter of life or death as weather becomes more variable and extreme.

    • 12 min

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