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A vaccine against Alzheimer's disease?

Four slices of normal brain scans show up on a colorful MRI display

Alzheimer's disease has well-known effects with seemingly few methods of treatment. New research may shed some hope on this subject.

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Frogs can't poison themselves

A strawberry poison frog with lime green skin and brown spots sits in profile to the camera

Frogs are known to have some deadly toxins at their disposal. But if they're so deadly, how do they keep from poisoning themselves?

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Welcome to the Laughing Gas Ball

An illustration from the 1800s of a surgeon's nitrous oxide instrument

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is known today as a part of major surgery. But what did its discoverer have in mind?

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The fish whose blood isn't red

Large ice chunks floating in the cold waters in the Antarctic

Blood is often associated with the color red, but that isn't true for all species. Learn about the special case of fish in the Antarctic.

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You shouldn't pet that honey badger

A mother honey badger carries her young baby in her mouth through a field

Honey badgers might look like friendly mammals, but they're among the fiercest animals on the planet.

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Surprising Science: How Fungi Can Help Conquer The Final Frontier

The fibers of mycelium in mushrooms cover a large area

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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