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Giant Volcanoes Lurk Beneath Antarctic Ice
Beth Geiger discusses 91 volcanoes discovered below the Antarctic ice sheet.
From “The Wild Horses of Assateague Island”
National Park Service, US Department of the Interior
Wild horses continue to roam on Assateague Island, in the United States.
Taste over waste: ugly food movement winning friends
This text explores the "ugly food" movement in supermarkets across the world.
What happens to North Koreans who flee their country — and what can they tell us?
Alexander Dukalskis discusses the repressive North Korean government and the people who decide to escape it.
Why Do Human Beings Do Good Things? The Puzzle of Altruism
Steve Taylor explores why humans act altruistically towards others.
Noticing Mistakes Boosts Learning
Alison Pearce Stevens
Alison Pearce Stevens discusses how noticing mistakes can help us learn.
Home Sweet Home
Sarah J. Bell
Sarah J. Bell discusses the houses that Native Americans built hundreds of years ago.
New math: Fail + try again = real learning
Susan Moran discusses the benefits of risking failure as a person works toward a goal.
How Pixar Tells a Story
Rachel Slivnick discusses the stories of Pixar movies.
Lessons from failure: Why we try, try again
Bethany Brookshire discusses a study that explores what prompts people to try again after a failure.
Food security: we throw away a third of the food we grow – here’s what to do about waste
This text outlines several approaches to the problem of food waste
The Golden Age of MTV — And Yes, There Was One by NPR Staff
The television channel, MTV, has undergone serious changes since its beginnings of showing music videos.
Excerpt from “Inuit”
Carol White describes how a group of people, known as the Inuit, live in the Arctic.
Meet Hannah Wynne: Teen Storyteller
Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann M. Kowalski discusses a teen storyteller.
Many Hits, Rather Than A Big One, Pose Greatest Concussion Risk
Nancy Shute discusses a study that explores the effects that several hits to head can have on the brain.
What Is a Spacewalk?
Spacewalks are when astronauts leave their spacecraft and work in space.
A New Spin on a Space Horse
Ken Croswell, Ph.D
Ken Croswell describes a feature in the space known as the Horsehead Nebula.
The Three Sisters
Barbara Hagen discusses the food that many Americans Indians ate hundreds of years ago.
Smartphones Put Your Privacy At Risk
Maria Temming discusses how smartphones can present a threat to your privacy.