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Skeptic Check: Hypnosis

You are getting sleeeepy and open to suggestion. But is that how hypnotism works? And does it...

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Fantastic-er Voyage

Thinking small can sometimes achieve big things. A new generation of diminutive robots can enter...

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Dinosaurs' Last Gasp

Do we have physical evidence of the last day of the dinosaurs? We consider fossilized fish in...

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DNA is Not Destiny (rebroadcast)

Heredity was once thought to be straightforward. Genes were passed in an immutable path from...

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For the Birds (rebroadcast)

Birds have it going on. Many of these winged dinosaurs delight us with their song and brilliant...

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End of Eternity (rebroadcast)

Nothing lasts forever. Even the universe has several possible endings. Will there be a dramatic...

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Neanderthal in the Family (rebroadcast)

Back off, you Neanderthal! It sounds as if you’ve just been dissed, but maybe you should...

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Catching Fire

We have too much “bad fire.” Not only destructive wildfires, but the combustion that...

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Skeptic Check: Dr. Oz

Dr. Oz’s personable and folky approach when talking about difficult health subjects has...

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In Living Color (rebroadcast)

The world is a colorful place, and human eyes have evolved to take it in – from vermillion...

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Eclectic Company (rebroadcast)

We present a grab bag of our favorite recent science stories – from how to stop aging to...

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Finding Endurance

In 1915, Endurance, the ship that took Ernest Shackleton to the Antarctic, was slowly crushed and...

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Go With the Flow (rebroadcast)

Solid materials get all the production credit. Don’t get us wrong, we depend on their...

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The Latest Buzz

Is your windshield accumulating less bug splatter? Insects, the most numerous animals on Earth,...

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Nuclear Worries

The nuclear threat is back, and the Doomsday Clock is almost at midnight. How did we end up here...

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Identity Crisis (rebroadcast)

DNA is the gold standard of identification. Except when it’s not. In rare cases when a...

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You Are Exposed (rebroadcast)

There’s no place like “ome.” Your microbiome is highly influential in...

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Skeptic Check: 5G

5G, the latest mobile network standard, is coming. As new cell towers sprout around the world, do...

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Melting Down

Climate change isn’t waiting for us to act. We’ve missed several deadlines to...

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Iron, Coal, Wood

Maybe you don’t remember the days of the earliest coal-fired stoves. They changed domestic...

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