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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.

Latest Episodes

Bye Bye, Bei Bei: Giant Panda Heads to China

The Smithsonian's National Zoo is bidding farewell to Bei Bei. The 4-year-old giant panda will be sent to China on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

10 MIN23 h ago
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Bye Bye, Bei Bei: Giant Panda Heads to China

An Eyewitness to Extinction

When Karen Lips started studying frogs in Central America as a grad student, she had no idea she'd have a front-row seat to a catastrophic animal die-off.

9 MIN3 d ago
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An Eyewitness to Extinction

You Asked About The Flu

How can you tell if you have the flu or a cold? Why does your arm hurt after a flu shot? Can getting the shot give you the flu? We answer your flu-related listener questions.

11 MIN4 d ago
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You Asked About The Flu

SpaceX's Satellite Swarm: Could It Hurt Astronomy?

Why some scientists are concerned that heavy satellite traffic could permanently alter their ability to observe the night sky.

12 MIN5 d ago
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SpaceX's Satellite Swarm: Could It Hurt Astronomy?

Most U.S. Dairy Cows Come From 2 Bulls. That's Not Good.

Why it's a problem that cows are so genetically similar, and what scientists are trying to do about it.

9 MIN6 d ago
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Most U.S. Dairy Cows Come From 2 Bulls. That's Not Good.

Can Global Shipping Go Zero Carbon?

A lot of the stuff we buy in the U.S. comes by ship — ships that use a particularly dirty kind of fuel. Now a big shipping company says it wants to go zero carbon.

11 MIN1 w ago
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Can Global Shipping Go Zero Carbon?

The Mind-Bending Ascent Of Helium — And Why It's Running Low

Helium is the second-most common element in the cosmos, but it's far rarer on planet Earth.

13 MIN1 w ago
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The Mind-Bending Ascent Of Helium — And Why It's Running Low

Life After Whale Death

What happens after a whale dies? Their carcasses, known as "whale falls," provide a sudden, concentrated source of food for organisms in the deep sea.

9 MIN1 w ago
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Life After Whale Death

Fighting An Insect Invasion With... An Insect Invasion

An invasive species has no significant natural predators here. Yet.

9 MIN1 w ago
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Fighting An Insect Invasion With... An Insect Invasion

The U.S. Wants Out Of The Paris Agreement

It's official. The U.S. has notified the United Nations it wants to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the global accord to fight climate change.

9 MIN1 w ago
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The U.S. Wants Out Of The Paris Agreement

Latest Episodes

Bye Bye, Bei Bei: Giant Panda Heads to China

The Smithsonian's National Zoo is bidding farewell to Bei Bei. The 4-year-old giant panda will be sent to China on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

10 MIN23 h ago
Comments
Bye Bye, Bei Bei: Giant Panda Heads to China

An Eyewitness to Extinction

When Karen Lips started studying frogs in Central America as a grad student, she had no idea she'd have a front-row seat to a catastrophic animal die-off.

9 MIN3 d ago
Comments
An Eyewitness to Extinction

You Asked About The Flu

How can you tell if you have the flu or a cold? Why does your arm hurt after a flu shot? Can getting the shot give you the flu? We answer your flu-related listener questions.

11 MIN4 d ago
Comments
You Asked About The Flu

SpaceX's Satellite Swarm: Could It Hurt Astronomy?

Why some scientists are concerned that heavy satellite traffic could permanently alter their ability to observe the night sky.

12 MIN5 d ago
Comments
SpaceX's Satellite Swarm: Could It Hurt Astronomy?

Most U.S. Dairy Cows Come From 2 Bulls. That's Not Good.

Why it's a problem that cows are so genetically similar, and what scientists are trying to do about it.

9 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Most U.S. Dairy Cows Come From 2 Bulls. That's Not Good.

Can Global Shipping Go Zero Carbon?

A lot of the stuff we buy in the U.S. comes by ship — ships that use a particularly dirty kind of fuel. Now a big shipping company says it wants to go zero carbon.

11 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Can Global Shipping Go Zero Carbon?

The Mind-Bending Ascent Of Helium — And Why It's Running Low

Helium is the second-most common element in the cosmos, but it's far rarer on planet Earth.

13 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Mind-Bending Ascent Of Helium — And Why It's Running Low

Life After Whale Death

What happens after a whale dies? Their carcasses, known as "whale falls," provide a sudden, concentrated source of food for organisms in the deep sea.

9 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Life After Whale Death

Fighting An Insect Invasion With... An Insect Invasion

An invasive species has no significant natural predators here. Yet.

9 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Fighting An Insect Invasion With... An Insect Invasion

The U.S. Wants Out Of The Paris Agreement

It's official. The U.S. has notified the United Nations it wants to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the global accord to fight climate change.

9 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The U.S. Wants Out Of The Paris Agreement
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