Why does popcorn pop? Why does slicing onions make you cry? Science can explain.

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Growing a giant pumpkin begins with the right kind of seed.

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NOAA hurricane forecaster Matthew Rosencrans explains what’s going on.

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As we approach an international holiday known as Pluto Demoted Day, an expert explains why the dwarf planet is still super cool.

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Also known as an “ice cream headache,” doctors say the condition is harmless. But it does hurt!

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Blood donation is unlikely to trigger any hidden superpowers, but it’s a quick and easy way to save a life.

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An expert explains why springtime is a bit like Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and the hare.

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An expert explains the buzz about the upcoming emergence of Brood X.

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To get to the truth of the popular tale, you have to learn a thing or two about Ice Ages.

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If scientists can get Ingenuity off the ground, it will mark the first controlled flight on a planet other than Earth.

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As everyone ushers in 2021, we answer common questions about how our calendar came to be.

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An expert explains why legless lizards are the coolest reptiles you’ve never heard of.

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Winter is an excellent time to see them twinkle, explains astronomer Diane Turnshek.

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Most people don’t realize that creating a better bite and smile requires small, slow changes to your face’s bones.

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What looks like pretty scenery to us is a matter of deadly serious survival for trees.

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Each flicker and flash is a controlled chemical reaction.

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The sun’s light and atmosphere play roles in when and how we see our planet’s satellite.

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Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world have curious origin stories.

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Learn about the microbes that help us make bread with an easy and delicious do-it-yourself project.

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An expert explains the gas’s mighty role in climate change.

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