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NPR’s YouTube channel, Skunk Bear, answers your science questions. This week, we picked one in honor of David Bowie. Bowie was born on Jan. 8 and w...

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If you just celebrated Easter, you might have some stale marshmallow Peeps lying around the house. And if you want to avoid eating those Peeps, the...

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What if you could go back in time and follow your food from the farm to your plate? What if you could see each step of your meal’s journey — eve...

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The armed militants occupying Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon come from as far away as Texas and Montana. But they are hardly th...

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Editor’s note: It’s National Popcorn Day! We’re celebrating by bringing back this tale, first published in 2014, about the history of the beloved s...

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In 1928, Alexander Fleming, a British bacteriologist, escaped the London smog to take a family vacation in Suffolk. When he got back to his lab, he...

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The history of science is full of happy accidents — most folks have heard that penicillin was discovered in 1928, when a few mold spores landed ...

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Author Isaac Asimov once wrote, ”The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ’Eureka!’ but, ’That’s f...

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Finding success in science requires smarts, determination — and sometimes a bit of luck. NPR’s Skunk Bear created the Golden Mole Award For Acci...

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At the end of 2013, snowy owls started showing up far south of their usual winter range. The big white birds were reported in South Carolina, Georg...

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The latest episode of the podcast Invisibilia explores the idea that personality — something a lot of us think of as immutable — can change o...

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Worm isn’t a scientific term. According to one of the Smithsonian’s worm experts, Anna Phillips, a worm is just ”an organism that is long and thin ...

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The Amorphophallus titanum is a striking plant even before you get close enough to smell it. Its scientific name means giant, misshapen phallus and...

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Grant Ernhart works with the U. S. Biathlon Team, so he spends a lot of time among mountains. From the Canadian Rockies, he lobbed a question to ...

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This winter brings the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, full of familiar costumes, familiar villains, and the familiar ”pew pew pew” ...

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