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Human Elements

Human Elements

The world of science is full of facts and figures, but behind the study are the people. In the end, it becomes a question not of how they do science — but why.

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Human Elements

Saving Ancient Giants

Ken Wu has always been fascinated by trees. Now he’s working to save them.
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Building a better airplane by borrowing from birds

Vikram Baliga is turning everything we know about flight on its head.
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3:57
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Gaining Perspective in Microgravity

An astronaut’s perspective on her work changes as she looks back at the Earth.
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4:33
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Elevating Indigenous Science

A fire scientist connects his experience working the land with fire in his home community.
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3:58
Human Elements

In Origami, Science Unfolds

JK Yang sees endless possibilities in a single sheet of paper.
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4:36
Human Elements

Watching A Star Die

An astronomer studies the moment a star dies and begins to transform into a black hole.
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Climbing For Ancient Algae

Looking for the origins of life in the algae that grows high in the mountains.
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5:58
Human Elements

Tracking Invisible Cats

What is it like to study an animal that is almost impossible to see?
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6:08
Human Elements

The Translator

Dr. Bonnie Baird is a translator. But the languages she decodes aren’t any we know.
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5:21
Human Elements

Think Like an Octopus

We don’t know yet if alien life exists. But if they do, they might think like an octopus.
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