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Giant Volcanoes Lurk Beneath Antarctic Ice
Beth Geiger discusses 91 volcanoes discovered below the Antarctic ice sheet.
Lessons from failure: Why we try, try again
Bethany Brookshire discusses a study that explores what prompts people to try again after a failure.
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.
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.
Working Moms Have Been A 'Thing' Since Ancient History
Michaeleen Doucleff discusses Alison Macintosh’s study of prehistoric women’s bones.
Night Lights Have a Dark Side
Alison Pearce Stevens
Alison Pearce Stevens discusses the negative effects of light pollution.
Nature Shows How Dragons Might Breathe Fire
Bethany Brookshire uses science to discuss how a dragon might breathe fire.
On Twitter, Fake News Has Greater Allure Than Truth Does
Maria Temming discusses a study exploring the spread of false news on Twitter.
Día de los Muertos Comes to Life Across the Mexican Diaspora
Isabel Dobrin discusses the Mexican holiday that celebrates the dead.
Evening Screen Time Can Sabotage Sleep
Ashley Yeager discusses how using electronics before bed can affect your sleep.
Explainer: Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons
Lillian Steenblik Hwang
Lillian Steenblik Hwang discusses how hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons form.
The Golden Ratio
Pamela Huber describes a special mathematical formula.
Math Isn’t Just for Boys
Rachel Crowell discusses why girls pursue math-related activities and careers less often than boys.
Zombies are real!
Kathryn Hulick discusses real-life zombies and the organisms that control them.
This Father's Day, Remembering a Time When Dads Weren't Welcome in Delivery Rooms
Deena Prichep discusses a time when fathers were discouraged from being present for the birth of their children.
Ghosts in Your Head
Kirsten Weir discusses how healthy brains can sometimes imagine certain sensations.
Why Teens Find The End Of The World So Appealing
Elissa Nadworny discusses why teenagers are drawn to the genre of dystopian fiction.
Francesca Lia Block
A blue creature appears before a young girl after her mother leaves.