Dreams: Stories about ambition

Planetary geologist Sara Mazrouei misses out on a dream opportunity -- because of where she was born, and marine ecologist Madhavi Colton faces down despair as the challenges of conservation overwhelm her.

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Generations: Stories about passing science down

Ted Olds fears he’ll fail to graduate after his parents sacrificed to send him to engineering school, and Kayla Glynn’s challenging relationship with her science-loving grandfather alters the course of her life.

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Innovation: Stories about creative ideas

Adam Ruben and his friends create a Rube Goldberg machine for a school project, and science writer Leah Shaffer discovers an interesting way to manage her chronic illness -- hookworms.

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Black Holes: Stories about dark times

Astrophysicist Jesse Shanahan tries to uncover the mysteries behind both black holes and her own chronic pain, and comedian Sarah Pearl checks into a psychiatric hospital after having suicidal thoughts.

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