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    • The Brain-Freezing Science of the Slurpee

    • By: Maya Wei-Hass
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
    • Length: 6 mins
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    It’s cold. It’s fizzy. It’s sickly sweet. It’ll make you grab your head in pain if you drink it too fast. It’s the Slurpee (or ICEE, depending on where you purchase it). These frosty concoctions came about one hot day during the late 1950s when Dairy Queen owner Omar Knedlik was desperate for cold beverages to serve. Omar was a World War II veteran and had a strong entrepreneurial sense.

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    • The True Story Of 'Hidden Figures', the Forgotten Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

    • By: Maya Wei-Hass
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
    • Length: 7 mins
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    As America stood on the brink of a Second World War, the push for aeronautical advancement grew ever greater, spurring an insatiable demand for mathematicians. Women were the solution.

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    • How Cats Conquered the World

    • By: Maya Wei-Hass
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
    • Length: 8 mins
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    When your cat leaves a mangled mouse on your pillow, he wants you to know that he’s a conqueror. In fact, he is part of a race of conquerors, the successful descendants of a winding journey in which cats made use of humans to conquer the world. Now researchers have used genetics to create the most extensive map ever made of cats’ path to worldwide domination, published this week in the journal Nature.

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    • How Eclipse Anxiety Helped Lay the Foundation for Modern Astronomy

    • By: Maya Wei-Hass
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
    • Length: 10 mins
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    In August, a total solar eclipse will traverse America for the first time in nearly a century. So many tourists are expected to flood states along the eclipse’s path that authorities are concerned about illegal camping, wildfire risks and even devastating porta-potties shortages. There’s a reason for all this eclipse mania. A total solar eclipse—when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth—is a stunning natural event.

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