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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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When it comes to climate change predictions, clouds are a pain in the butt. In fact, according to the IPCC, they’re the largest pain in the butt. They’re pretty squirrelly things: small, fast, and variable in shape, size and behavior, which makes them really challenging for climate scientists to work with. Clouds also have a big impact on the climate — and could potentially make the effects of climate change much worse. (2:53 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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Ever wonder who works with nanotechnology? Check out how one entrepreneur is using nanotechnology in their business.

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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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Salt dissolves in water; oil does not. But why? (5:02 min.)

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The elephant is a creature of epic proportions — and yet, it owes its enormity to more than 1,000 trillion microscopic cells. Why don’t we get unicellular elephants? Or blue whales? Murry Gans explains. (4:06 min.)

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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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Without math, would our seafaring ancestors ever have seen the world? Great mathematical thinkers and their revolutionary discoveries have an incredible story. Explore the beginnings of logarithms through the history of navigation, adventure and new worlds. (4:18 min.)

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