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Is it 5? Or could it be as high as 11? Or as few as 3? How is the fossil record used to make this determination and how could how the record is interpreted affect our conclusions? (3:21 min.)

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We all know that acquired traits can not be passed on to future generation..right? Wrong! More and more evidence indicates that external factors can affect gene expression and this can be passed onto offspring. (2:47 min.)

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Robin Bulleri tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose DNA led to countless cures, patents, and discoveries. (4:26 min.)

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Statistics are persuasive. So much so that people, organizations, and whole countries base some of their most important decisions on organized data. (4:18 min.)

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I am a 3rd year PhD student in Environmental Health

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What scientific thinkers and achievements have led to vast improvements in optics over the centuries? Discover the fascinating ways that our understanding of light informs the world in which we live. (4:16 min.)

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The latest clinical trials for poop pills that can fight a gut infection failed. But that's no reason to flush this research down the toilet. (3:29 min.)

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Through advances in crystallography, scientists have learned a lot about the structure of snowflakes. While they all start pretty much the same, once they start crystallizing, it’s true that no two snowflakes are alike. (2:39 min.)

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For several centuries, people thought diseases were caused by wandering clouds of poisonous vapor. We now know that this theory is pretty ridiculous, and that diseases are caused by specific bacteria. But how did we get to this new idea of germ theory? Tien Nguyen describes the work of several scientists who discredited a widely accepted theory in a way that was beneficial to human health. (4:38 min.)

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Currently, the UK is considered a world leader in scientific research. And many scientists are unhappy with the possibility of the country leaving the EU.

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