Summertime Science

Nov 20, 2012
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Ticks: Bloodsucking Ninjas of Summer
Summertime means being outside, and being outside means watching out for ticks. The bloodsucking parasites transmit illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Jorge Ribas gets tips on how to avoid them.
It's summer and we all know what a sunburn looks and feels like. This week Kasey-Dee Gardner answers the blistering question as to why we sunburn.
Body Temperature
If our body temperature is usually around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, then why do we feel really hot and uncomfortable when it's 98.6 degrees outside? Discovery News' Kasey-Dee Gardner finds out.
Proof Bug Repellant Works
After getting 120 mosquito bites on one arm, James Williams knows what it means to have an itch.
This week Kasey-Dee Gardner shines some light on why fireflies brighten up the summer sky.
Shark Fears Traced
James Williams takes a look at where our modern fear of sharks originated.
Extreme Kayakers Dig Floods
Floods can cause serious damage, but they can also create some seriously awesome kayak conditions. Discovery News' James Williams takes a ride down the Potomac to learn more.
Soy Surfboards Ride Waves of Future
Sustainable surfboard makers are using soy products to create the surfboards of the future. James Williams drops in on the story.
Surviving A Big Wave Wipe Out
Surfing huge waves can be deadly - and exhilarating. Same goes for the wipe outs. One of the sport's most extreme surfers talks James Williams through the experience.
Salty Water
Ever get a mouthful of water while swimming at the beach and wonder why the ocean is so salty? This week Kasey-Dee finds out.
Brain Freeze
Have you ever eaten ice cream too fast and gotten a stinging sensation in your face? Discovery News' Kasey-Dee Gardner finds out why we get brain freeze.
Feeling a little parched? Kasey-Dee Gardner finds out why.
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