Special Pencils and Amazing Enzymes

The Nightcap


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“Things are beautiful if you love them.” – Jean Anouilh



A Special Pencil

Elementary school can be tough, especially for kids who go above and beyond. Take 7-year-old Taylor James who was awarded for never missing a day of school.

Ellen met with Taylor, who recently went viral with a video of her explaining how her perfect attendance pencil was stolen by a classmate.

Taylor chatted about the situation, and not only did Ellen give Taylor a slip that will allow her to maintain her perfect attendance streak, Ellen’s friends at Shutterfly surprised her with a special scholarship, and got a huge pencil none of her classmates can get away with taking.

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Enzymes Changing The World

If you are like most people you don’t spend too much time thinking about enzymes. So, what are they and how do they affect our daily lives?

According to chemical biologist Adam Garske, “if DNA is the blueprint of life, enzymes are the laborers that carry out its instructions.”

Here, he shows how scientists can now edit and design enzymes for specific functions — to help treat diseases like diabetes, create energy-efficient laundry detergent and even capture greenhouse gases — and performs his own enzyme experiment onstage.


Backstreet Boys Clear Up Rumors

Backstreet Boys put some of the most pervasive rumors of their career to rest, like Ryan Gosling almost joining the band during his Mickey Mouse Club days, and they discuss their DNA world tour.

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