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Short stories about science and tech, history, global issues, and the personalities at the center of it all.

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Author David Quammen predicted the coronavirus pandemic nearly a decade ago in his best-selling book, "Spillover" now, he shows us how the same remote Montana lab that spawned his work, is on the front-line to combat COVID-19.
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The history and wildlife of Lake Okeechobee, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the United States, and the source of life for South Florida's magnificent Everglades.
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Astrobiologist and author Lewis Dartnell explores what it would take to stay alive following a global cataclysm, and what knowledge would be needed to rebuild civilization.
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Scientists and citizens armed with cutting-edge technology battle swarms of locusts devouring everything in their path from Africa to India.
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Scientists and conservationists make efforts to save the Iberian Lynx, widely regarded as the world's most endangered cat.
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A team of maritime archaeologists descend 700 feet off the coast of North Carolina in search of the U-576, a German submarine that went down in a historic 1942 battle.
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Examining human survival mechanisms that modern science is only beginning to understand.
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In 1938, an American researcher captures 500 macque monkeys and brings them to an uninhabited Caribbean island to study the primate population roaming free in a giant open-air laboratory.
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Modern-day balloonists re-create the first crossing of the English Channel, which took place Jan. 7, 1785.
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Today, 24-hour forecasts are 95% reliable and 3-day forecasts are 80% reliable. How do scientists predict the weather and, each year, improve their predictions? It's a race against time using the latest technologies.
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A mysterious World War II wreck discovered off the coast of Italy by archeologists could be the wreck of the U-455, the last missing German U-boat.
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The ambitious projects under development to save Tokyo, the most populated urban zone on the planet that is built on a fault line, and threatened by flooding and several active volcanoes.
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The forgotten ships that made possible the liberation of France during World War II.
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A glimpse at what happens at zoos and aquariums behind closed doors.
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Nearly a century after having disappeared from its natural habitat, the German wolf is making a comeback in its native ecosystem. The reason for their return and expansion could be thanks to an unlikely ally… the military.
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It all began in Florida in the 80’s when exotic fish aficionados decided to released their lionfish into the nearby ocean waters below… In ten years, the lionfish has conquered a massive territory at a horrifying speed. Scientists call him the worst invader of the planet.
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The fire ant strikes fear in all those who cross its path, and with good reason: this ant is taking over the world. A colony can contain up to 40 million individuals. It exterminates all other species, confiscates food for its own use, and ferociously defends its territory.
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People try to save the unique Cuban crocodile from extinction.
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On the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13, Cmdr. Jim Lovell and NASA engineers recall the ingenuity and superhuman efforts that turned a potential space flight disaster into an extraordinary fight for survival.
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An exploration into the sharks of the icy North and their fascinating survival strategies.
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La Antártida es un continente misterioso y inexplorado. Gracias al Instituto Antártico Chileno y al Centro de Investigación Dinámica de los Ecosistemas Marinos, un grupo de científicos sufren temperaturas extremas para estudiar el cambio climático y las corrientes oceánicas de la tierra.