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March 24, 2017

A look at wildflower sightings across the nation. And seven years after the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, how well has the Gulf recovered?

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March 17, 2017

New weather satellites promise improved forecasting, but what happens if they break in orbit? Scientists hope to send robot repairmen to the rescue. Plus, a mathematical perspective on the beauty of vibrato.

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March 10, 2017

How the president and Congress have been tearing down U.S environmental and climate change policy. Plus, a look at the invisible workers keeping child porn off your social media platforms.

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March 3, 2017

Bee brains are tiny but mighty. We investigate these insects' cognitive prowess. Plus, could DNA become a mainstream data storage option? And a look at a growing conservation movement among farmers.

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February 24, 2017

As self-driving cars and other A.I. advance, how safe will we be from hacks? Plus, the nearby star with seven Earth-size planets that could hold the conditions for life.

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February 17, 2017

Is there a new battery that can beat lithium ion in electric vehicles? We plug into the world of battery research to find out. Plus, how to squeeze more power out of the electrical grid.

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February 10, 2017

Ever heard of pancake ice, or frazil ice? We explore and celebrate the different icy phenomena at our poles, and also on other worlds. Plus, an update on the lead levels in Flint three years after the water crisis began.

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February 3, 2017

New advances in stem cell research may make it possible to grow human organs in animals. Plus, scientists may have created a new phase of hydrogen that could revolutionize energy. And the challenges of astrobiology — how to look for life, when you’re not sure what the life might look like.

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January 27, 2017

California Governor Jerry Brown talks about how states can take the lead on issues like climate change and clean energy. And a strategy for building an immunity to fake news.

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January 20, 2017

A hard look at how the Trump administration and GOP-dominated Congress may affect scientific research and policy. And physicist Carlo Rovelli explains how our understanding of reality has changed over centuries.

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