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Gossip, Zooplankton, School Bus Science

Today, you’ll learn about the potential positive power of gossip, how climate change is making zooplankton in Lake Erie confused, and a surprising connection between new school buses and student performance in school.  

 

Gossip 

 

 

Zooplankton 

 

 

School Bus Science 

 

 

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