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Title: Some Mosquito Repellents Act Like Invisibility Cloaks

Some Mosquito Repellents Act Like Invisibility Cloaks

October 21st, 2019

Synthetic repellents like DEET seem to mask the scent of our "human perfume”—making us less obvious targets for mosquitoes. Christopher… Go to Episode

Your Skull Shapes Your Hearing

October 18th, 2019

The resonant properties of your skull can amplify some frequencies and dampen others--and in some cases, affect your hearing. Christopher Intagliata reports.  Go to Episode

"Mars-quakes" Could Reveal How Mars Was Built

October 15th, 2019

Rumblings on the Red Planet act like x-rays, allowing scientists to probe the hidden interior of Mars. Christopher Intagliata reports.  Go to Episode

Tardigrade Protein Protects DNA from Chemical Attack

October 16th, 2019

The Dsup protein protects DNA under conditions that create caustic free radical chemicals. Go to Episode