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The Surprising Power of Sex in Evolution

Season 12 Episode 7 | 8m 46s

We all know Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, right? Natural selection? But what about his lesser-know theory of evolution: sexual selection. Let’s talk about how animals like peacocks, whose eye-catching physical traits make them evolutionarily stronger, even though their flashy looks make them more vulnerable to predators. Hint: it’s all about the chemistry.

Aired: 05/22/24
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Here's why you aren't built like a lobster.
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Learn about the space junk problem and the giant space claw named ClearSpace-1 that might
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A cosmic soup hadn’t existed in 13.8 billion years. Now, scientists cook it up in a lab.