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Understanding Science 101
A primer on the nature and process of science.

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Cells within cells: An extraordinary claim with extraordinary evidence
Learn how an unlikely idea that the merging of cells played a prominent role in evolution overcame strong initial resistance within the scientific community and came to be an accepted part of evolutionary theory.
The structure of DNA: Cooperation and competition
Knowing the structure of DNA has helped push biology into new realms. Find out how the human side of science played out in this remarkable discovery.
How Science Works on iTunesU


Science talk
Carl Sagan
"In the long run, the greatest gift of science may be in teaching us, in ways no other human endeavor has been able, something about our cosmic context, about where, when and who we are."
— Astronomer Carl Sagan, in The Demon-haunted World, 1996

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