Short Wave: The Social Side of Stuttering
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At the Democratic National Convention, 13-year-old Brayden Harrington took to the virtual stage to talk about meeting Biden at a campaign event in New Hampshire.

Short Wave: How COVID-19 Affects The Brain
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Scientists are still trying to understand the many ways COVID-19 can damage the brain.

Short Wave: CubeSat - Little Satellite, Big Deal
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We talk about three cutting-edge CubesSat missions, MarCO, Near-Earth Asteroid Scout, and Lunar Flashlight, and how this satellite technology evolved from university laboratories to deep space.

Short Wave: The Science Behind The Historic mRNA Vaccine
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The the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the first widely-available vaccine to use something called mRNA technology.

Short Wave: The Science Of Smell And Memory
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Biological anthropologist Kara Hoover explains what’s going on in the brain when we smell, how smell interacts with taste, and why our sense of smell is heightened in the winter.

Short Wave: The Mystery Of The Mummified Twinkie
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NPR’s Nell Greenfieldboyce talked to Colin Purrington Purrington and explains to Short Wave how two scientists got involved and started unraveling the mystery of the mummified Twinkie.

Short Wave: Micro Wave - Does Talking To Plants Help Them Grow?
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Environmental scientist Heidi Appel explains how plants detect sound — and whether talking to yours could help them grow big and strong.

Short Wave: The Fattest Bear Wins!
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On today’s show, Rae Wynn-Grant, a large carnivore biologist, explains there’s a lot more going on during hibernation than you might expect.

Short Wave: Preparing For Perimenopause - You Don't Have To Do It Alone
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We’re joined by health correspondent Rhitu Chatterjee to talk about perimenopause, and how to advocate for yourself as you’re going through it.

Short Wave: Saving Water A Flush At A Time
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Flushing toilets can consume a lot of water. So Tak-Sing Wong, a biomedical engineer at Penn State University, is trying to minimize how much is needed.

Short Wave: An Astrophysicist On The End Of Everything
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Today, we contemplate the end times — as in the end of our entire universe — with astrophysicist Katie Mack.