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Image: A shark swimming near the surface of the ocean, one of the many sharks who inspired the Sharklet antibacterial pattern.

The World’s First Germ Resistant Material, Inspired by… Sharks?

Taking inspiration from sharks, we now have a technology that can help prevent the spread of Staph infections, E Coli, MRSA, and other superbugs that we don’t even have antibiotics for yet! Engineers have discovered that shark skin has a unique pattern that can be duplicated and applied  to everything from door handles to medical equipment to prevent the spread of deadly diseases.
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Image: A close up of a woman with eyes closed, listening intently to use echolocation and see the world with sound

Seeing the World with Sound: How Humans Can Learn to Use Echolocation!

Close your eyes and just take a second to listen to the world around you. Can you pick a single sound out of the noise and locate where it’s coming from? For those who are blind or vision impaired, the idea of “seeing” with sound isn’t far off. In fact, there is a growing community of people around the world who are using a technique called "FlashSonar" to train their brains to see the world around them in stunning detail using sound.
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Image: NASA"s Golden Record

NASA’s Message to Alien Life Celebrates the Best of Humanity

Did you know that back in 1977, NASA launched a time capsule into outer space? This historic message in a bottle is called the Golden Record, and it is a feast for the eyes, ears, mind, and soul. Let’s discover how scientists described humanity to extraterrestrial life forms, and see if it still holds up today!
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Image: Star Trek star Nichelle Nichols, whose work on the show grew to a diversity campaign within NASA

Boldly Going Where No Black Woman Had Gone Before: How Star Trek Changed NASA

Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura) changed far more than the television game. As one of the only black women on the small screen at the time and with words of encouragement from Martin Luther King Jr., this champion for diversity changed not only the history of science fiction, but the history of space exploration. Her work became undeniable proof that if you can see it, you can be it.
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Image: Close up of a cheeky hyacinth macaw

The Messy Eater Helping Save Over 18 Other Species

Brought back from the brink of extinction, the world's largest flying parrot won't just stun you with its giant wings and shocking color—they're up to something really special! Here's how their rising numbers are helping nearly two dozen other species thrive, as well.
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Image: view of a platypus in the water from the top

New Discovery! More Mammals Are Glowing in the Dark?

Platypus are already known to be strange creatures, but there’s a new characteristic to add to these odd-balls: they GLOW! The thing is, scientists are finding that they actually aren't the weird ones when it comes to this. It turns out, glowing in the dark is a trait far more common in mammals than we've ever thought! Ready to test what you think is possible?
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