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Crabgrass has a sneaky trick

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Crabgrass might be an eyesore in your lawn, but it presents an even bigger for crop growth.

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Sound off: Humans have simpler throats than monkeys

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Would you ever mistake playground hoots as the call of a real baboon or great ape?

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To bee or not to bee

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The Great American Eclipse of 2017 raised some interesting questions about bee behavior.

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Laughing gas isn't a laughing matter

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Nitrous oxide isn't often talked about these days, but it is still an important greenhouse gas.

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How many bees does a meadow need?

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They might be inconvenient on a personal level, but bees play a very important role in our environment.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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