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A matter of preference

A crowd watches a singer at a piano in concert, with bright yellow stagelights

Exposure to music, art, and architecture can have a formative impact on our sense of self.

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Humans aren't unique when it comes to fingerprints

A koala looks off to the side, gripping a small tree trunk

Fingerprints might be unique to one person, but they aren't unique to one species.

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The starch difference

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Have you ever made rice that was perfectly fluffy and then the next day, taken it out of the fridge only to find it hard and crumbly?

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How do our organs heal themselves?

Model displays in a museum show the interior of the human body in a series of slices

Normally, when tissue gets injured, cells start replicating and make new tissue. But what about the heart?

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Benjamin Franklin and his fabric swatches in the snow

Fresh snow in a canyon on a sunny day

In a letter written in 1761, Benjamin Franklin tells how he collected some little squares of broadcloth. Franklin wanted to demonstrate that these colors would absorb different amounts of light from the sun and convert the light to different amounts of heat.

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Surprising Science: How Fungi Can Help Conquer The Final Frontier

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Today's Surprising Science looks at the emerging field of astromycology and how fungi might just hold the key to our space exploration efforts.

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Surprising Science: Bacteria Working As Art Restorers

Carlo Bononi’s Incoronazione della Virgine

Our last Surprising Science took us out of this world to learn more about how scientists determine potentially habitable planets. Today, we’re back on Earth to look at how some of our smallest life forms are impacting the art world.

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The Traveling Lazarus Lizard

A lazarus lizard sitting on a rock

How does introducing a new species impact an environment? The unique case of the Lazarus lizard shows there's more than one possible outcome.

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Surprising Science: Geology In Space

Outer space with tons of stars visible

Scientific breakthroughs can come from some surprising sources. Today's episode of Surprising Science looks at how different branches can create breakthroughs in other fields.

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Surprising Science: How The Film "Frozen" Helped Solve A Cold Case

A snowy treeline in front of a large mountain

Scientific breakthroughs can come from surprising sources. In the second installment of this series, we look at another recent example of this.

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