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The fault that runs through Scotland

Glasgow, Scotland as seen from space

If you look at a map of Scotland, you may notice a line cutting straight through the country. This line, called the Great Glen Fault, is the result of a long geological history that has in turn impacted the history of Scotland itself.

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Why does cotton wrinkle?

A closeup of a cotton plant in a field, with a blue sky and large clouds behind it

A cool, dry cotton fiber springs back after being bent. A warm, damp cotton fiber doesn't. Moisture and temperature make the difference.

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A tarantula with the blues

A blue tarantula on the ground with a small light shining on it

Blue jays, poison dart frogs, and peacocks—each of these animals is distinct for their same vibrant color. But have you ever seen a blue spider?

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When is yellow really yellow?

A lightbulb in a small hallway giving off a yellow light

Why a mix of red light and green light looks yellow, in this Moment of Science.

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Male mammals aren't always bigger than females

A female lion with her mouth open in a field of tall straw-like grass

Evolutionary biologists thought it was a general rule among mammals that males are bigger, but that's not always the case.

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Surprising Science: How Fungi Can Help Conquer The Final Frontier

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Today's Surprising Science looks at the emerging field of astromycology and how fungi might just hold the key to our space exploration efforts.

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Surprising Science: Bacteria Working As Art Restorers

Carlo Bononi’s Incoronazione della Virgine

Our last Surprising Science took us out of this world to learn more about how scientists determine potentially habitable planets. Today, we’re back on Earth to look at how some of our smallest life forms are impacting the art world.

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The Traveling Lazarus Lizard

A lazarus lizard sitting on a rock

How does introducing a new species impact an environment? The unique case of the Lazarus lizard shows there's more than one possible outcome.

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Surprising Science: Geology In Space

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Scientific breakthroughs can come from some surprising sources. Today's episode of Surprising Science looks at how different branches can create breakthroughs in other fields.

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Surprising Science: How The Film "Frozen" Helped Solve A Cold Case

A snowy treeline in front of a large mountain

Scientific breakthroughs can come from surprising sources. In the second installment of this series, we look at another recent example of this.

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