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Is it OK to Pee in the Ocean? [Reactions]

Peeing in the ocean: many have done it, but few admit to it.

Fortunately for beachgoers everywhere, our latest episode of Reactions explains why, from an environmental perspective, it is absolutely OK to pee in the ocean.

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How Home Air Conditioning Triumphed Over the Open Air Movement

Bill explains how the rise of home air conditioning had to battle the open air movements in public school: They regarded it as only for factories where it was first introduced. Only when movie theatres added air conditioning in the 1930 and 1940s did it become popular for the home.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Terminator

We are fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s overall body of work. Terminator: Genisys piques our interest, even if it’s spelled wrong.

Here’s 7 things you didn’t know about the killer time-traveling robot franchise!

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How Do Languages Change and Evolve?

Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all?

Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Igor Coric.

Everything You Need to Know About Planet Earth

Planet Earth is this solid thing you are standing on right now. In your everyday life you don’t really waste a thought about how amazing this is. A giant, ancient, hot rock. How did it come into existence and how big is it really? You will be surprised.

The ground you are standing on is just a very, very small part of the big picture.

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How Do Rockets Work? [Reactions]

Through the fun of Kerbal Space Program, Reactions examine the chemistry of rockets.

Featuring Doane College Postdoctoral Fellow Raychelle Burks, Ph.D., Reactions look at solid and liquid propellants and the “ride-able explosion” that is a rocket launch.

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Science: Why Do Dogs Smell Each Other’s Butts? [Reactions]

We are getting to the bottom of one of the biggest quandaries in science: Why dogs sniff each other’s butts. Turns out this behavior is just one of many interesting forms of chemical communication in the animal kingdom.

Dogs use a special feature called the Jacobsen’s Organ to get chemical signals from their nose sent directly to their brain.

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