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Laura G. Shields

Exploring the marvel of science, one story at time

Equipped with our five senses, along with telescopes and microscopes and mass spectrometers and seismographs and magnetometers and particle accelerators and detectors across the electromagnetic spectrum, we explore the universe around us and call the adventure science.

— Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Featured Clips

Porcupines give you 30,000 reasons to back off

April 09, 2019

Porcupines may be adorable, but their quills are designed to impale and next to impossible to remove. Now researchers are designing new surgical staples that mimic the quill's shape to better close wounds.


NPR Health Shots version

UC Berkeley research shows squirrel behavior is not so nutty

April 09, 2018

UC Berkeley research shows that the furry critters display sophisticated problem-solving skills in determining what to eat -- and when to eat it.

The Mercury News

Did air pollution cause a deadly Chinese landslide?

December 12, 2017

Researchers now think they have found an unanticipated risk from air pollution that can kill instantly: landslides.


The curious case of the phantom hippo teeth

December 04, 2017

Think of the illegal wildlife trade, and elephant tusks and rhino horns come to mind. But another of the world’s largest mammals is slipping under the radar.


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