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August 31, 2018

NASA is exploring a deep-sea volcano near Hawaii as a test run for human and robotic missions to Mars and beyond. Plus, how technology is changing our relationship with death.

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August 24, 2018

The SciFri Book Club closes the book on the Stephen Hawking classic, "A Brief History of Time." Plus, research into real-time tracking of viral infections, and a look at probiotics.

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August 17, 2018

The Army is investigating sea barriers to protect New York from a future Sandy. But others have doubts. Plus, the discovery that a methane-burping microbe was not a bacterium added a new branch to the tree of life: The Archaea.

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August 10, 2018

Each year, we use nearly 50 billion tons of sand and gravel worldwide. Is that sustainable? Plus, a statistician developed an algorithm to figure out who wrote disputed Beatles songs.

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August 3, 2018

Physicists are still trying to prove decades-old theories, but some argue the best answers may not from beautiful math. Plus, Alan Alda discusses his diagnosis with Parkinson’s.

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July 27, 2018

Just how and why do city mice and country mice diverge? Plus, scientists found that a gene plays a role in determining what ant becomes a queen in a colony.

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July 20, 2018

What does heredity actually mean? Carl Zimmer brings up to speed. Plus, scientists simulated a prehistoric atmosphere to deduce how much dinos actually ate.

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July 13, 2018

This summer, we’re remembering the late Stephen Hawking and diving into his landmark work on black holes, the Big Bang, and the nature of the universe. Plus, a look at the psychology of happiness.

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July 6, 2018

How a 19th-century surveyor's view of climate was ahead of his time. Plus, new simulations look at a possible ancient impact that was enough to knock the planet Uranus on its side.

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June 29, 2018

What’s the evolutionary story of how whales came to be the majestic, awe-inspiring animals we know today? Plus, some book picks for your summer science reading.

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