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How do astronomers photograph a black hole? How often do planes get hit by lightning? What does the EPA actually do? Science is all around us and transforming our world at a rapid pace. Extragalactic astrophysicist Sabrina Stierwalt is here to guide you through it. She'll help you make sense of the everyday and the once-in-a-lifetime. Rights of Albert Einstein are used with permission of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Represented exclusively by Greenlight.

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153 EE 10 Facts You Didn't Know About Sharks

Sharks inspire our curiousity and also our fear of the unknown. They rule the watery depths where 95% of the Earth's oceans remain unexplored by humans. Here are some fast facts to pique your interest in these fascinating creatures.

7mins

6 Jul 2015

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014 EDE What is a neural network?

Ask Science explains what a neural network is, and how they work. SPONSOR: http://squarespace.com/EVERYDAY

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15 Aug 2014

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149 EE Is the Radiation From My Cell Phone Dangerous?

Does too much cell phone use lead to adverse health effects? Some studies say no, while others claim a definitive link. Ask Science helps separate fact from fiction when it comes to our handheld devices. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1IaBpxP

10mins

1 Jun 2015

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317 - How the Government Shutdown Affects Science

Many science-based government agencies work behind the scenes to keep our lives running smoothly — from ensuring our food safety, to conducting life-saving research, to weathering storms. The current federal government shutdown has dire consequences for our daily lives. Ask Science explains. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/how-the-government-shutdown-affects-science Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW Ask Science Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

10mins

21 Jan 2019

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263 - The End of Net Neutrality: What It Means For Science (and You)

What is net neutrality and why should you care about it? What happens to science and innovation, and even sites like this one, without an open internet?Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/net-neutrality-repeal-and-scienceCheck out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows:www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcastsFOLLOW Ask ScienceFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

9mins

27 Nov 2017

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198 EE 9 Tips to Win a Competitive Eating Contest

69 hot dogs and buns in under 10 minutes. How do they do it? In honor of the upcoming 100th anniversary of Nathan’s Famous 4th of July Hot Dog eating contest, let’s explore the science behind what makes a successful competitive eater. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/29tFJwS

10mins

27 Jun 2016

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180 EE The Surprising Scientific Reason Behind Physical Attraction

Is it your similarities that attract you to your partner or is it your differences? Science says our sense of smell may be important in sniffing out mates with immune systems opposite to our own. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1oFMBOC

4mins

4 Sep 2017

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274 - Lessons on Early Aviation with Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman paved the way as the first black and Native American woman to earn a pilot's license in 1921. What was flying like back then?Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/lessons-on-early-aviation-with-bessie-colemanCheck out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows:www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcastsFOLLOW Ask ScienceFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

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19 Feb 2018

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269 - How Do We Measure Time? 5+ Innovative Ways

How do we measure time? How accurate are today’s clocks relative to the first clocks of ancient times? And what is the definition of a second?Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/how-do-we-measure-timeCheck out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows:www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcastsFOLLOW Ask ScienceFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

10mins

15 Jan 2018

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038 EDE Should You Store Batteries in the Freezer?

Why do some people store batteries in the freezer? Should you store batteries in the freezer? Ask Science explains

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3 Jan 2014

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034 EDE Why Do We Yawn?

Ever wonder why seeing someone yawn makes you yawn? It's because of mind control. Ask Science explains.

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16 May 2014

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288 - What Is Antimatter?

Antimatter may sound like science fiction, but it actually surrounds us every day. Antimatter is used commonly in modern medicine and even gets produced by the bananas sitting in your kitchen. It also poses one of the biggest outstanding mysteries in modern physics.Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/what-is-antimatterCheck out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows:www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcastsFOLLOW Ask ScienceFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinsteinTwitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

7mins

4 Jun 2018

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361 - What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

The Wuhan coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, has spread from China to other countries around the globe, including the U.S. What precautions should you take? TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/coronavirus | Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein | Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

9mins

3 Feb 2020

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270 - How Can Science Combat the Opioid Crisis?

How do opioids work and who is at risk for an opioid addiction? What opioid addiction treatments are more effective and can we vaccinate against addiction?Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/how-can-science-combat-the-opioid-crisisCheck out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows:www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcastsFOLLOW Ask ScienceFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

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22 Jan 2018

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259 - How Fast Can a Marathon Be Run?

Is there a limit to how fast people can run a marathon? Will the two-hour mark ever be beat? Ask Science explains what the research says.Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/how-fast-run-a-marathonCheck out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows:www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcastsFOLLOW Ask ScienceFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

10mins

30 Oct 2017

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250 EE How Can You Prepare for the August Solar Eclipse?

How much of a solar eclipse will I see? What will it look like? How long will it last? Will I never see another?

7mins

14 Aug 2017

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076 EE Super Powered Water: Cohesion and Adhesion

Ask Science exposes water's secret identity. Learn about water's superpowers in Part 1 of this aquatic series.

7mins

15 Nov 2013

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252 EE What Makes Storms Like Hurricane Harvey So Strong?

EE explains why Hurricane Harvey is being labeled "unprecedented" and "catastrophic".

6mins

28 Aug 2017

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057 EDE How to Be a Birdwatcher?

Ask Science interviews a couple of junior scientists (his young daughters) about birding.

6mins

4 Jul 2014

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235 EE 8 ways climate change puts your safety at risk

How does climate change pose a risk to our health and safety? EE looks at the impact of climate change on food production, water availability, infrastructure, and more. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2pV1ArQ

12mins

17 Apr 2017

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