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How Earthquakes Take Place
This text describes the causes and effects of earthquakes.
Rachel M. Barker
Rachel M. Barker describes the formation of different types of rocks.
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.
Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good — according to science
Jo Cutler, Robin Banerjee
Jo Cutler and Robin Banerjee discuss why being kind makes us feel good.
What is a vaccine?
Lindsey Konkel describes what a vaccine is and how it works.
She was paralyzed by gun fire as a child in Dorchester. Now she's graduating from high school
Laura Crimaldi describes the experiences and character of a young girl who was hit by a stray bullet when she was only three-years-old.
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.
Twice I Walked With Dinosaurs
A speaker describes encounters with a baby shark and an alligator.
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.