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New discoveries, everyday mysteries, and the science behind the headlines — all in about 10 minutes, every weekday. It's science for everyone, using a lot of creativity and a little humor. Join host Maddie Sofia for science on a different wavelength.

Latest Episodes

A Short Wave Guide To Good — And Bad — TV Forensics

Forensic chemist Raychelle Burks shares the crime shows she loves to watch, and how to know whether or not they're getting the science right.

11 MIN13 h ago
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A Short Wave Guide To Good — And Bad — TV Forensics

Vaccines, Misinformation, And The Internet (Part 2)

Anti-vaccine and health misinformation has been rampant online for a long time. Stanford's Renee DiResta explains why the Internet is so good at serving up bad information.

13 MIN1 d ago
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Vaccines, Misinformation, And The Internet (Part 2)

Vaccines, Misinformation, And The Internet (Part 1)

Pediatrician Nicole Baldwin posted a video promoting vaccines on TikTok. When it went viral, a group of anti-vaccine activists targeted and harassed her.

13 MIN2 d ago
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Vaccines, Misinformation, And The Internet (Part 1)

This NASA Engineer Is Bringing Math And Science To Hip Hop

NASA engineer Dajae Williams is using hip hop to make math and science more accessible and memorable for young people.

12 MIN3 d ago
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This NASA Engineer Is Bringing Math And Science To Hip Hop

Australia's Next Danger: Mudslides

Predicting landslides used to be impossible. New tools are making it easier — giving scientists ways to analyze the factors that could trigger them, from soil type to rainfall.

10 MIN4 d ago
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Australia's Next Danger: Mudslides

A Board Game Where Birds (And Science) Win

Imagine a board game inspired by the natural lives of birds? That's the premise of popular game Wingspan, designed by Elizabeth Hargrave.

12 MIN1 w ago
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A Board Game Where Birds (And Science) Win

Foldscope: Science From Curiosity And A Little Paper

We talk to Manu Prakash, the co-inventor of the Foldscope, a low-cost microscope aimed at making scientific tools more accessible.

12 MIN1 w ago
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Foldscope: Science From Curiosity And A Little Paper

Harvard Professor's Arrest Raises Questions About Scientific Openness

Some say the case points to larger issues around scientific collaboration in an era of geopolitical rivalry, as well as possible racial profiling of scientists.

13 MIN1 w ago
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Harvard Professor's Arrest Raises Questions About Scientific Openness

Can Taking Zinc Help Shorten Your Cold?

It's possible — but it depends on a few key factors. And the story of the scientist who uncovered the importance of zinc for human health in the first place.

11 MIN1 w ago
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Can Taking Zinc Help Shorten Your Cold?

Is This Love? Or Am I Gonna Fight A Lion.

We talk with Adam Cole about his bop "A Neuroscience Love Song," which breaks down what happens in the body as a person falls in love.

11 MIN2 w ago
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Is This Love? Or Am I Gonna Fight A Lion.

Latest Episodes

A Short Wave Guide To Good — And Bad — TV Forensics

Forensic chemist Raychelle Burks shares the crime shows she loves to watch, and how to know whether or not they're getting the science right.

11 MIN13 h ago
Comments
A Short Wave Guide To Good — And Bad — TV Forensics

Vaccines, Misinformation, And The Internet (Part 2)

Anti-vaccine and health misinformation has been rampant online for a long time. Stanford's Renee DiResta explains why the Internet is so good at serving up bad information.

13 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Vaccines, Misinformation, And The Internet (Part 2)

Vaccines, Misinformation, And The Internet (Part 1)

Pediatrician Nicole Baldwin posted a video promoting vaccines on TikTok. When it went viral, a group of anti-vaccine activists targeted and harassed her.

13 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Vaccines, Misinformation, And The Internet (Part 1)

This NASA Engineer Is Bringing Math And Science To Hip Hop

NASA engineer Dajae Williams is using hip hop to make math and science more accessible and memorable for young people.

12 MIN3 d ago
Comments
This NASA Engineer Is Bringing Math And Science To Hip Hop

Australia's Next Danger: Mudslides

Predicting landslides used to be impossible. New tools are making it easier — giving scientists ways to analyze the factors that could trigger them, from soil type to rainfall.

10 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Australia's Next Danger: Mudslides

A Board Game Where Birds (And Science) Win

Imagine a board game inspired by the natural lives of birds? That's the premise of popular game Wingspan, designed by Elizabeth Hargrave.

12 MIN1 w ago
Comments
A Board Game Where Birds (And Science) Win

Foldscope: Science From Curiosity And A Little Paper

We talk to Manu Prakash, the co-inventor of the Foldscope, a low-cost microscope aimed at making scientific tools more accessible.

12 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Foldscope: Science From Curiosity And A Little Paper

Harvard Professor's Arrest Raises Questions About Scientific Openness

Some say the case points to larger issues around scientific collaboration in an era of geopolitical rivalry, as well as possible racial profiling of scientists.

13 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Harvard Professor's Arrest Raises Questions About Scientific Openness

Can Taking Zinc Help Shorten Your Cold?

It's possible — but it depends on a few key factors. And the story of the scientist who uncovered the importance of zinc for human health in the first place.

11 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Can Taking Zinc Help Shorten Your Cold?

Is This Love? Or Am I Gonna Fight A Lion.

We talk with Adam Cole about his bop "A Neuroscience Love Song," which breaks down what happens in the body as a person falls in love.

11 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Is This Love? Or Am I Gonna Fight A Lion.
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