When Penguins Went From The Sky To The Sea
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When Penguins Went From The Sky To The Sea

About 61 million years ago, on the shore of what’s now the South Island of New Zealand, there lived a bird. It stood upright, measured about a meter tall, with wings that were pretty short for its large body, and a long, narrow bill. And it couldn’t fly, but it used those short wings to […]

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Why Are Rockets Launched in Florida?
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Why Are Rockets Launched in Florida?

NASA’s most important rocket launches – the Mercury program, the Moon missions, and the space shuttles – lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. But why there? Florida doesn’t seem to have a lot going for it. The state gets hit by lightning more than anywhere else in the U.S., plus […]

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Make a Balloon Rocket
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Make a Balloon Rocket

It might look like we’re having a party, but we’re actually conducting an experiment! Squeaks and I are experimenting with balloons, to see what happens when we try different things with them. Like blowing them up—and then letting them go! Want to join us? Before we get started, let’s think ahead: Other than balloons, what […]

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When Birds Stopped Flying
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When Birds Stopped Flying

Three thousand years ago, in the leafy green forests of New Zealand, the big beady eyes of a giant locked onto what would be its final meal. The giant in this case was a North Island Giant Moa, a bird that stood 3 meters tall. And its quarry was a tasty fern. But just as […]

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Turns Out, Spiders Use Electricity to Fly
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Turns Out, Spiders Use Electricity to Fly

[♩INTRO] So you’re walking along, minding your own business, when you notice something out of the corner of your eye and look up. That’s when you see thousands upon thousands of spiders on long silk balloons falling from the sky all at once. You’ve just witnessed one of the most incredible,and terrifying, natural phenomena on […]

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Future Space News of 2020
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Future Space News of 2020

[♪ INTRO] It takes a lot of planning to get to space, and millions or billions of dollars invested over years, if not decades. So when the big day finally comes to launch a new mission, it’s some pretty important news. Here are three missions to look forward to this year, if everything goes according […]

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5 More Strange Flying Machines
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5 More Strange Flying Machines

Everybody was so interested in our recent episode about weird aircraft that we figured you’d like some more where that came from, and luckily there are lots and lots of weird aircraft! The twentieth century was full of strange, experimental jets, but there have been plenty of other flying machines to choose from, too. And […]

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Why Don’t All Birds Fly in V Shapes?
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Why Don’t All Birds Fly in V Shapes?

[ ♪INTRO ] Think of a flock of birds and you probably imagine that classic V shape — a leader with sets of trailing birds on either side. But not all flocks fly this way. Starlings, for example, travel in large, three-dimensional clusters that seem to move like a wave. So why do some species […]

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