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May 26, 2017


A young man with red hair is being punched in the face.

Infection Via Punch

Adolescents were 140 percent more likely to pull a weapon on someone if their friends had already done so.

May 25, 2017


A close-up image of a brown rabbit. The rabbit is in the center of the frame, looking slightly to the right. It is brown with a visible shiny black eye. Behind it is is light red and gray brick walk.

Rabbits Can Grimace

Mammalian animals and humans express pain in similar ways.

May 24, 2017


A woman and baby are facing the camera. They appear to be on an airplane. Both are wearing white surgical masks.

Predicting the Flu Future

The first flu virus you had a child can help determine which strain of avian flu could most affect you.

May 23, 2017


A close-up shot of a succulent plant from overhead. It fills the entire screen. Its leaves are a light green in the center and the beginning, but on the outside edges, the majority of the leaves are a dusky purple.

Is Your Succulent Watching You?

Some scientists have theorized that plants can see.

May 22, 2017


A close-up image of a bee on a white flower. The bee and flower are in the center of the image. The background is blurry and mostly green, but in top behind the bee and its wings, there are out of focus purple and red splotches.

Risky Bee-havior

Why do some bees engage in riskier behavior than other members of their colony?

May 19, 2017


In the lower right corner of the image is an in focus martini with a single olive at the bottom of the glass. The rest of the image is blurry: a man with a beard wearing an olive green shirt is looking toward the martini. In the background are blurred shapes that look like they could be people standing up and a bar.

The Cocktail Party Effect

Scientists are studying the way the human brain processes language.

May 18, 2017


A corner of a sauna: brown wood bench, brown wood walls. A basket with a white towel spread over it.

A Sauna A Day Keeps The Doctor Away?

A recent study found that more frequent sauna use has health benefits.

May 17, 2017


A Martian crater, the ground is rust colored. Near the center of the image is a light (but also bright) blue circle that is the crater water ice.

Landing On Mars Is Hard

Due to an equipment malfunction, Schiaparelli plummeted over two miles and was destroyed.

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Inflatable Clown Bouncing Back Up After Being Hit

Why You Can’t Knock Down a Clown

Remember those inflatable clowns that stood about three feet high and had big red noses, meant for punching? Hit the clown as hard as you could, right back up.


Haven't We Met?

Haven’t We Met?

If you suffered from the neurological disorder called "facial agnosia," you might not recognize the faces of close friends and family. How could this happen?



How Do You Make A Diet-Coke Float?

Here is an at home experiment you can try! Learn about molecular density!


rattlesnake on log

Wild Science: Timber Rattlesnakes

Rattlesnakes are an important component of our ecosystem, but are also potentially dangerous to humans.



Wild Science: Opossums

They may look gross and scary, but that's just them playing "opossum." We visit Wildcare Inc., to find out more about the "garbage collector of the forest."


American Columbo

American Columbo

The American Columbo plant doesn't flower until close to its 30th birthday, and then it promptly gives up the ghost.



Wild Science: Poison Ivy

Poison ivy can quickly turn your relaxing nature hike into a painfully itchy affair! Learn more about this toxic plant and how to steer clear of its path.



Wild Science: American Crow

Crows are uncommonly intelligent. On this episode of Wild Science, we visit Wildcare Inc. to see all of what these brainy birds can do!

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