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The gap in the Grand Canyon's rock record

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In geology, gaps in the rock record are fairly common. But the Great Unconformity of the Grand Canyon takes this gap to a new level.

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Seeing yourself through imaginary coworkers

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How do you see the world? Your descriptions of the people around you can actually reveal a lot about how you see yourself.

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Is stinky cheese appetizing or disgusting?

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Why do some people find the smell of pungent cheeses appetizing while others find it unbearable? Neuroscientists were wondering the same thing and researched the question further.

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U.S. islands and migratory animals

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Migratory animals often use islands while making their long journeys, creating some of the most biodiverse areas. Learn more about this relationship with A Moment of Science.

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Studying gut health and brain rejuvenation in mice

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Our intestinal health can have a major impact on the rest of our body. Scientists have recently looked into how having a healthy gut can improve brain function.

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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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