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What’s It Take to Get to Pluto?

Astrobiologist David Grinspoon describes some of the stories that make up his new book on NASA’s epic first mission to Pluto

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Can We Predict Earthquakes At All?

If we can predict hurricanes, floods, and tornados to differing degrees of reliability, why don’t we know when the next big earthquake will come?

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Asteroid, Meteor, Meteorite and Comet: What’s the Difference?

The terms asteroid, meteor, meteorite and even comet are often used interchangeably…but what is the difference?

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How Do We Find Exoplanets?

Astronomers have found more than 3700 worlds outside of our solar system in the past 25 years. How do they find them?

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How Do We Find Exoplanets?

Astronomers have found more than 3700 worlds outside of our solar system in the past 25 years. How do they find them?

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5 Simple Ways to Boost Our Intelligence

Can we really boost our intelligence?

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How Can Science Combat the Opioid Crisis?

What opioid addiction treatments are more effective and can we vaccinate against addiction?

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How Does Insulin Work in Our Bodies?

What is insulin and how do our bodies use it?

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How Does Sand Get Its Color?

Sand’s color is derived from its mineralogy, or the physical structure of the crystals that populate the sand.

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The Physics of Figure Skating

Let’s break down some of the crucial elements behind figure skating’s moves, like the loop, flip, salchow, axel, and lutz

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How Fast Can a Marathon Be Run?

Is there an absolute minimum time to run a marathon? Will humans ever break the 2 hour mark? What does it take to set a world record marathon time? 

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Could Artificial Wombs Be a Reality?

But what if babies born prematurely could be put into an artificial womb-like environment to complete their gestation?

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How Old is the Universe?

Everyday Einstein explains how we determine the age of our universe from ancient stars and relic radiation left over from the Big Bang

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What Was the Christmas Star?

Was it a comet? A supernova? A planet? Or some otherwordly phenomenon? Everyday Einstein examines the possibilities.

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When Is It Safe to Eat Moldy Food?

When is it still okay to eat moldy food? Are any molds edible? How important is it to follow those "sell by" dates printed on my egg carton?

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How Much Does My Dog Understand?

Many of us have been caught talking to our dogs, but how much of what we say to them do they actually understand?

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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

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3 Ways Science Is Vital to the United States Department of Agriculture

What does the Department of Agriculture do when it comes to science?

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How Did Scientists Edit the Genes of Human Embryos?

Scientists have successfully edited the genes of human embryos. What does this mean for the future of genetic engineering?

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How Do We Encourage More Women in STEM?

Everyday Einstein talks to Rep. Lois Frankel about women in STEM

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Will the Thawing of Arctic Ice Release Diseases?

Will diseases frozen in Arctic permafrost be released and possibly reanimated by the thawing caused by global warming?

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How Can You Prepare for the August Solar Eclipse?

In less than a week, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun in the middle of the day blocking between 20 to 100% of the Sun’s light across the continental United States as it does. How can you…

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8 Ways Climate Change Puts Your Safety at Risk

Worried about climate change? Or just plain confused? Here’s 8 concrete ways climate change puts your safety at risk

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How Dangerous Is Asbestos?

This year the EPA is set to review restrictions on 10 high priority chemicals as part of the Toxic Substance Control Act, including asbestos. So why is asbestos dangerous? Is the US likely to change…

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When Does Your Intelligence Peak?

Are we really at our smartest in our 20s? What about the wisdom and experience that come with age? At what age do we strike the right balance between cognitive ability and expertise?

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How Do I Know If My Tap Water Is Safe?

Everyday Einstein explains what contaminates our water, how it gets there, and what we can do to test it

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How to Support Renewable Energy (and Why You Really Should)

How can you support renewable energy? Plus, why you should

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What Does the Food and Drug Administration Do?

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What Does the Environmental Protection Agency Do?

What exactly does the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency, do?

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5 Immigrants and Refugees Who Changed U.S. Science

The U.S. has a long history of providing safe haven for scientists and has welcomed immigrants who wish to contribute to the U.S. commitment to the pursuit of scientific truth

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