Science Behind the News: Impacts on Jupiter

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The impact of comets on the surface of Jupiter are a fairly common experience. At the University of Central Florida, astronomers Joseph Harrington and Csaba Palotai are leading a project that studies precisely how these impacts happen, and also provides valuable information about what might happen if such a comet struck Earth. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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Science Behind the News: Influenza & Flu Vaccines

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Every flu season, Americans battle coughs, fevers and body aches. The flu is a respiratory illness caused by a virus, a pathogen that causes disease in the human body. To understand how the flu is caught, spread and treated, Duke University's Katia Koelle explains the biology of a virus and how it is transmitted. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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Science Behind the News: Extrasolar Planets

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Extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, are planets that orbit stars other than our sun. Astronomers like Dr. William Welsh at San Diego State University primarily use two methods to detect these distant planets: Doppler and Transit methods. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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Science Behind the News: Drug-Resistant Bacteria

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As disease-causing bacteria becomes increasingly resistant to antibiotics, scientists like Erin Carlson from Indiana University are turning to natural sources to find new medicines. "Science Behind the News” is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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Science Behind the News: Crowdsourcing

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When humans and computers work together, they can find solutions to many different types of problems. Luis von Ahn, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, explains the science behind crowdsourcing and how the concept is helping solve such diverse problems as digitizing books online and translating the web to foreign languages. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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Science Behind the News: Bio-inspired Materials

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In the search for the next groundbreaking tough material, scientists like David Kisalus from the University of California, Riverside are looking to nature for inspiration, including under the sea where one little crustacean packs a walloping punch - the peacock mantis shrimp.

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Science Behind the News: Allergies

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Seasonal Allergies affect more than 40 million Americans each year. Plant biologist Dr. Kristina Stinson of Harvard University explains how allergies affect the body, and why warmer weather could lead to longer, more severe allergy seasons. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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Harvesting Electricity: Triboelectric Generators Capture Wasted Power

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With one stomp of his foot, Zhong Lin Wang illuminates a thousand LED bulbs--with no batteries or power cord. A professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Wang is using what’s technically known as the triboelectric effect to create surprising amounts of electric power by rubbing or touching two different materials together.

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Last of the Tasmanian devils? Infectious cancer to blame

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Researcher Andrew Storfer discusses his research on Tasmanian devils, their infectious cancer, and how this research has wide reaching impacts.

Tasmanian devils' infectious cancer offer insights into human epidemics

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What can we learn about diseases by studying the Tasmanian devils' infectious cancer? Sam Scheiner of the NSF discusses the insight that science can learn by studying these critters.

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