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Insect Robots, Bigfoot & Bears, Chronic Stress

Today, you’ll learn about the fastest mini robots ever created, how Bigfoot sightings may help scientists study bear populations, and the link between financial stress and poor health. 

 

Insect Robots 

 

 

Bigfoot & Bears 

 

 

Chronic Stress 

 

 

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