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Can I Eat That? (#604)

Scientists put food under the microscope to uncover what's behind the mouth-watering flavors. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Science & Technology
Series Length
32 episodes
Average Episode Length
56 minutes
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Series Description: This science magazine series features four stories in each themed episode, tackling an array of thought-provoking topics.

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    Focuses on the hunt for another Earth in our galaxy and finding genes for Alzheimer's and Autism. [56 minutes]

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