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Quake provides test for tsunami prediction
An earthquake in Chile provided scientists an opportunity to test a new method for predicting tsunamis using GPS devices.
Will chicken cologne guard you from malaria?
Researchers discover that the scent of chickens can help keep mosquitoes away.
Do mosquitoes love you? Blame your parents
A study shows that mosquitoes are more attracted to some people than others because of their genes.
What is a vaccine?
Lindsey Konkel describes what a vaccine is and how it works.
What is it about yawning?
Christine Calder discusses what causes us to yawn.
NOAA's Big Miracle Worker
Dave Withrow describes how he helped three gray whales trapped in ice in Alaska.
Concussion Prescription: A Year On The Bench For Youngsters?
Nancy Shute discusses a study that explore how long it takes people to recover from a concussion.
A speaker describes their ancestors coming to America through Ellis Island.
The power of ‘like’
Alison Pearce Stevens
According to research, social media “likes” may have a greater impact on people than we realized.
Cool Jobs: Reaching Out to E.T. Is a Numbers Game
Ilima Loomis discusses how scientists use math to look for alien life.
The Value of Being Confused
Barrett Smith discusses the benefits of being confused.
The Story Behind Your Dreams
Ben Slivnick discusses why humans dream.
The best way to deal with failure
Selin Malkoc discusses how people deal with failure.
Earthlings, Meet Venus
Rachel Slivnick describes what it’s like on Venus.
The Quake That Shook Up Geology
Beth Geiger discusses the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964.
Concussion: More Than “Getting Your Bell Rung”
Alison Pearce Stevens
Alison Pearce Stevens discusses the extent of the damage athletes can suffer when they experience a concussion.
The Legacy of William Shakespeare
Mia Hodorovich discusses the legacy of the playwright William Shakespeare.
Octopus Sets Egg-Nurturing Record
Bethany Brookshire discusses an octopus who sat with her eggs for over four years.