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The award-winning Curiosity Daily podcast from Curiosity.com will help you get smarter about the world around you — every day. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll get a unique mix of research-based life hacks, the latest science and technology news, and more. Discovery's Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer will help you learn about your mind and body, outer space and the depths of the sea, and how history shaped the world into what it is today.

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Defending Against “Murder Hornets” with Bee Balls, Aphantasia and the Two Extremes of the “Mind’s Eye,” and Venus’s Freaky-Fast Atmosphere
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Learn about the surprising way Japanese honeybees defend themselves against "murder hornets" (actual name: Asian giant hornets); how “atmospheric tidal waves” make Venus’s atmosphere rotate faster than the actual planet; and the wide spectrum of how people mentally visualize images, including aphantasia and hyperphantasia. Japanese honeybees defend against 'murder hornets' by forming bee balls by Cameron Duke Main, D. (2020, May 4). “Murder hornets” have arrived in the U.S.—here’s what you should know. NationalGeographic.com. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/05/asian-giant-hornets-arrive-united-states/  Papachristoforou, A., Rortais, A., Zafeiridou, G., Theophilidis, G., Garnery, L., Thrasyvoulou, A., & Arnold, G. (2007). Smothered to death: Hornets asphyxiated by honeybees. Current Biology, 17(18), R795–R796. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2007.07.033 Sugahara, M., Nishimura, Y., & Sakamoto, F. (2012). Differences in Heat Sensitivity between Japanese Honeybees and Hornets Under High Carbon Dioxide and Humidity Conditions Inside Bee Balls. Zoological Science, 29(1), 30–36. https://doi.org/10.2108/zsj.29.30 Sugahara, M., & Sakamoto, F. (2009). Heat and carbon dioxide generated by honeybees jointly act to kill hornets. Naturwissenschaften, 96(9), 1133–1136. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00114-009-0575-0 Venus's atmosphere rotates 60 times faster than the planet because of "atmospheric tidal waves" by Grant Currin Takeshi Horinouchi, Yoshi-Yuki Hayashi, Shigeto Watanabe, Manabu Yamada, Atsushi Yamazaki, Toru Kouyama, Makoto Taguchi, Tetsuya Fukuhara, Masahiro Takagi, Kazunori Ogohara, Shin-ya Murakami, Peralta, J., Limaye, S. S., Takeshi Imamura, Masato Nakamura, Sato, T. M., & Takehiko Satoh. (2020). How waves and turbulence maintain the super-rotation of Venus’ atmosphere. Science, 368(6489), 405–409. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaz4439  ‌Atmospheric tidal waves maintain Venus’ super-rotation. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/hu-at042320.php  Carne, N. (2020, April 26). Super-rotation and Venus’ atmosphere. Cosmosmagazine.Com; Cosmos Magazine. https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/super-rotation-and-venus-atmosphere  ‌Passant Rabie. (2020, April 23). Why does Venus’ atmosphere spin much faster than the planet? Inverse; Inverse. https://www.inverse.com/science/why-does-venus-atmosphere-spin-much-faster-than-the-planet  https://newatlas.com/author/david-szondy. (2020, April 24). “Tidal waves” power super-fast rotation of Venus’ atmosphere. New Atlas. https://newatlas.com/space/tidal-waves-power-super-fast-rotation-atmosphere-venus/  Basilevsky, A. T., & Head, J. W. (2003). The surface of Venus. Reports on Progress in Physics, 66(10), 1699–1734. https://doi.org/10.1088/0034-4885/66/10/r04  The two extremes of the "mind's eye": aphantasia and hyperphantasia by Kelsey Donk Zeman, A., Dewar, M., & Della Sala, S. (2015). Lives without imagery – Congenital aphantasia. Cortex, 73, 378–380. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2015.05.019  Aphantasia clears the way for a scientific career path. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uoe-act043020.php  Zeman, A., Milton, F., Della Sala, S., Dewar, M., Frayling, T., Gaddum, J., Hattersley, A., Heuerman-Williamson, B., Jones, K., MacKisack, M., & Winlove, C. (2020). Phantasia–The psychological significance of lifelong visual imagery vivdness extremes. Cortex. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2020.04.003  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY 
Jun 03, 2020
How Technology Is Enabling Archeological Discoveries (w/ Elizabeth Sawchuk and Mary Prendergast) and the Privacy Risks of Eye-Tracking Tech
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Researchers Elizabeth Sawchuk and Mary Prendergast discuss the surprising discoveries archaeologists are making thanks to new technology. Plus: learn how eye-tracking software can tell you more about you than you think. Eye-tracking software can tell more about you than you think by Grant Currin Kröger, J. L., Lutz, O. H.-M., & Müller, F. (2020). What Does Your Gaze Reveal About You? On the Privacy Implications of Eye Tracking. Privacy and Identity Management. Data for Better Living: AI and Privacy, 226–241. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-42504-3_15  The Privacy-Invading Potential of Eye Tracking Technology. (2013). American Civil Liberties Union. https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/privacy-and-surveillance/privacy-invading-potential-eye-tracking-technology  Avi Bar-Zeev. (2019, May 28). The Eyes Are the Prize: Eye-Tracking Technology Is Advertising’s Holy Grail. Vice; vice. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bj9ygv/the-eyes-are-the-prize-eye-tracking-technology-is-advertisings-holy-grail  Additional resources from Elizabeth Sawchuk and Mary Prendergast: Sawchuk, E., & Prendergast, M. (2019, December 23). Archaeological discoveries are happening faster than ever before, helping refine the human story. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/archaeological-discoveries-are-happening-faster-than-ever-before-helping-refine-the-human-story-128743  Lipson, M., Ribot, I., Mallick, S., Rohland, N., Olalde, I., Adamski, N., Broomandkhoshbacht, N., Lawson, A. M., López, S., Oppenheimer, J., Stewardson, K., Asombang, R. N., Bocherens, H., Bradman, N., Culleton, B. J., Cornelissen, E., Crevecoeur, I., de Maret, P., Fomine, F. L. M., … Reich, D. (2020). Ancient West African foragers in the context of African population history. Nature, 577(7792), 665–670. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-1929-1  Follow @prendydigs on Twitter https://twitter.com/prendydigs Mary Prendergast. (2019). Slu.edu. https://www.slu.edu/madrid/academics/faculty/mary-prendergast.php  Springer Verlag. (2020, February 15). Elizabeth SAWCHUK | Doctor of Philosophy | University of Alberta, Edmonton | UAlberta | Department of Anthropology. ResearchGate; ResearchGate. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Elizabeth_Sawchuk  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
Jun 02, 2020
Your Ancestors May Influence Your Work Hours, Coral Reproduced in Captivity, and the First Known Water-Dwelling Dinosaur
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Learn about how your ancestors’ work habits might be influencing your own; the first evidence of an underwater dinosaur; and how an aquarium successfully reproduced coral in captivity for the first time. Societies with a history of hard farming labor tend to work more hours today by Kelsey Donk Arduous farm labor in the past means longer working hours today. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/oupu-afl041420.php  Fouka, V., & Schläpfer, A. (2020). Agricultural Returns to Labour and the Origins of Work ethics*. The Economic Journal. https://doi.org/10.1093/ej/ueaa029  Luzer, D. (2013, September 4). Study: The Protestant Work Ethic Is Real. Pacific Standard. https://psmag.com/economics/protestant-worth-ethic-real-65544  Spenkuch, J. L. (2017). Religion and work: Micro evidence from contemporary Germany. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 135, 193–214. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2017.01.011  Glaeser, E. L., Alesina, A., & Sacerdote, B. (2012). Work and Leisure in the U.S. and Europe: Why So Different. Harvard.Edu. https://scholar.harvard.edu/glaeser/publications/work-and-lesiure-us-and-europe-why-so-different  Scientists have discovered the first unambiguous evidence of a water-dwelling dinosaur by Grant Currin New fossils rewrite the story of dinosaur evolution and ecology - and change the appearance of Spinosaurus. (2020, April 29). National Geographic Society Newsroom. https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2020/04/29/new-fossils-rewrite-the-story-of-dinosaur-evolution-and-ecology-and-change-the-appearance-of-spinosaurus/  Ibrahim, N., Maganuco, S., Dal Sasso, C., Fabbri, M., Auditore, M., Bindellini, G., Martill, D. M., Zouhri, S., Mattarelli, D. A., Unwin, D. M., Wiemann, J., Bonadonna, D., Amane, A., Jakubczak, J., Joger, U., Lauder, G. V., & Pierce, S. E. (2020). Tail-propelled aquatic locomotion in a theropod dinosaur. Nature, 581(7806), 67–70. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2190-3  An aquarium successfully reproduced coral in captivity for the first time by Grant Currin Alaa Elassar, CNN. (2020, April 22). How scientists could save coral from brink of extinction. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/22/us/florida-aquarium-first-reproduce-ridhed-cactus-coral-trnd/index.html  ‌The Florida Aquarium Becomes First Organization in History to Induce Spawning of Atlantic Coral; A New Hope to Save Florida’s Reefs. (2019). Flaquarium.org. https://www.flaquarium.org/pressroom/posts/the-florida-aquarium-becomes-first-organization-in-history-to-induce-spawning-of-atlantic-coral-a-ne US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (2020). What Are Corals? Corals Tutorial. NOAA.gov. https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/tutorial_corals/coral01_intro.html  Getting Coral To Reproduce. (2019, August 25). NPR.org. https://www.npr.org/2019/08/25/754122930/getting-coral-to-reproduce Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY 
Jun 01, 2020
Selfish People Remember Being Generous, Why We Can’t Transplant Brains, and Buying Life Insurance from Vending Machines
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Learn about why selfish people have false memories of being generous; why we can’t do brain transplants; and why you used to be able to buy life insurance from airport vending machines. Selfish people actually have false memories of being generous by Kelsey Donk Memory misfires help selfish maintain their self-image. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/yu-mmh042820.php  ‌Carlson, R. W., Maréchal, M. A., Oud, B., Fehr, E., & Crockett, M. J. (2020). Motivated misremembering of selfish decisions. Nature Communications, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-15602-4  Listener Question: Why can’t we do brain transplants? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Zoe) Behind Hand and Arm Transplants. (2020). https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/behind-hand-and-arm-transplants  ‌Lewis, T. (2015, March 6). Why Head Transplants Won’t Happen Anytime Soon. Livescience.Com; Live Science. https://www.livescience.com/50074-head-transplants-wont-happen.html  The Infographics Show. (2020). Why Can’t We Transplant Brains? [YouTube Video]. In YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ohCQRJGbV8  Burnett, D. (2017, November 17). No, there hasn’t been a human “head transplant”, and there may never be. The Guardian; The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2017/nov/17/no-there-hasnt-been-a-human-head-transplant-and-may-never-be-sergio-canavero  Brain transplants - are they possible? (2017, July 17). Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute. https://neuroscience.stanford.edu/news/brain-transplants-are-they-possible  You used to be able to buy life insurance policies in airport vending machines by Steffie Drucker Gregorie, J. (2015, May 27). A look back: Whatever happened to airport insurance vending machines? Insurancebusinessmag.Com; Insurance Business America. https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/us/news/breaking-news/a-look-back-whatever-happened-to-airport-insurance-vending-machines-22593.aspx  Bacani, L. (2016, July 20). Is this the return of airport life insurance vending machines? Insurancebusinessmag.Com; Insurance Business America. https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/us/news/breaking-news/is-this-the-return-of-airport-life-insurance-vending-machines-35066.aspx  Leckey, A. (1995, January 26). HIGH-FLYING CONTROVERSY. Chicagotribune.Com. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1995-01-26-9501260221-story.html  BOVSUN, M. (2013, May 5). Justice Story: Son plants bomb in mom’s suitcase, killing her and 43 others during flight. Nydailynews.Com; New York Daily News. https://www.nydailynews.com/news/justice-story/justice-story-son-bomb-mom-luggage-kills-44-flight-article-1.1335372  Belleville, & SchlueterNews-Democrat, R. (2018, March 26). Answer Man: Bomb started death spiral for flight insurance. Bnd; Belleville News-Democrat. https://www.bnd.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/answer-man/article20042934.html  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY 
May 29, 2020
“Rub Some Dirt on It” to Heal Wounds, Funny Memes Can Save Endangered Species, and Space Changes the Shape of Astronauts’ Hearts
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Learn about whether it’s a good idea to rub dirt on your wounds; how funny memes can help save endangered species like the proboscis monkey; and how space travel changes the shape of astronauts’ hearts. When it comes to wounds, science says "rub some dirt on it" might be good advice by Cameron Duke Dillow, C. (2013, May 23). Got A Wound? Science Says Rub Some Dirt In It. Popular Science; Popular Science. https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-05/antibacterial-clays-can-kill-antibiotic-resistant-e-coli-and-mrsa/  Juang, L. J., Mazinani, N., Novakowski, S. K., Prowse, E. N. P., Haulena, M., Gailani, D., Lavkulich, L. M., & Kastrup, C. J. (2020). Coagulation factor XII contributes to hemostasis when activated by soil in wounds. Blood Advances, 4(8), 1737–1745. https://doi.org/10.1182/bloodadvances.2019000425 Otto, C. C., & Haydel, S. E. (2013). Exchangeable Ions Are Responsible for the In Vitro Antibacterial Properties of Natural Clay Mixtures. PLoS ONE, 8(5), e64068. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0064068 Soil in wounds can help stem deadly bleeding. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/uobc-siw042420.php  Funny memes can help people care about unpopular and unappealing species by Kelsey Donk The new Noah’s Ark: beautiful and useful species only. Part 1. Biodiversity conservation issues and priorities. (2011). Biodiversity. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14888386.2011.642663  Lenda, M., Skórka, P., Mazur, B., Sutherland, W., Tryjanowski, P., Moroń, D., Meijaard, E., Possingham, H. P., & Wilson, K. A. (2020). Effects of amusing memes on concern for unappealing species. Conservation Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13523  Proboscis Monkey | National Geographic. (2010, November 9). Nationalgeographic.com. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/p/proboscis-monkey/  Proboscis monkey meme mentioned: Typowy Polak: Janusz Nosacz - Posts. (2018). Facebook.com. https://www.facebook.com/TypowyPolakJanuszNosacz/posts/1658533764253793/  Space Travel Changes The Shape of Astronauts' Hearts by Haley Otman Study Finds Astronauts’ Hearts Become More Spherical in Space - American College of Cardiology. (2014). American College of Cardiology. https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2014/03/29/09/09/may-hearts-in-space  May, C., Borowski, A., Martin, D., Popovic, Z., Negishi, K., Hussan, J. R., Gladding, P., Hunter, P., Iskovitz, I., Kassemi, M., Bungo, M., Levine, B., & Thomas, J. (2014). Affect of Microgravity on Cardiac Shape: Comparison of Pre- and In-Flight Data to Mathematical Modeling. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 63(12), A1096. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0735-1097(14)61096-2  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
May 28, 2020
What Makes People Cultural Omnivores, Archaeologists’ Prehistoric Poop Problem, and How to Tell Stars and Planets Apart in the Sky
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Learn about how archaeologists are solving a prehistoric poop problem; what leads people to be “cultural omnivores”; and an easy trick for telling stars and planets apart when you’re stargazing. What can we learn from prehistoric poop? by Cameron Duke Borry, M., Cordova, B., Perri, A., Wibowo, M., Prasad Honap, T., Ko, J., Yu, J., Britton, K., Girdland-Flink, L., Power, R. C., Stuijts, I., Salazar-García, D. C., Hofman, C., Hagan, R., Samdapawindé Kagoné, T., Meda, N., Carabin, H., Jacobson, D., Reinhard, K., … Warinner, C. (2020). CoproID predicts the source of coprolites and paleofeces using microbiome composition and host DNA content. PeerJ, 8, e9001. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.9001  Fossilized Feces Tell Tale of Earliest Americans. (2008, April 3). NPR.org. https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89355318  Shillito, L.-M., Blong, J. C., Green, E. J., & Van Asperen, E. (2020). The what, how and why of archaeological coprolite analysis. Earth-Science Reviews, 103196. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103196  The origin of feces: CoproID reliably predicts sources of ancient poop. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/mpif-too041420.php  Research uncovers what leads people to be "cultural omnivores" — and it's not nice by Kelsey Donk Pop Concert, Opera — Or Both? What Drives People To Become “Cultural Omnivores.” (2020, April 23). Research Digest; Research Digest. https://digest.bps.org.uk/2020/04/23/pop-concert-opera-or-both-what-drives-people-to-become-cultural-omnivores/  Shin, H., & Youn, N. (2020). How insecure narcissists become cultural omnivores: Consuming highbrow culture for status seeking and lowbrow culture for integrity signaling. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000303  There's an Easy Trick to Telling Stars and Planets Apart in the Sky by Cody Gough Byrd, D. (2015). Why do stars twinkle, but planets don’t? | EarthSky.org. Earthsky.Org. https://earthsky.org/space/why-dont-planets-twinkle-as-stars-do  Ashwin. (2015, July 17). Why Do Stars Twinkle, But The Sun Doesn’t? Science ABC. https://www.scienceabc.com/nature/universe/why-do-stars-twinkle-but-the-sun-planets-doesnt.html  Astronaut James Reilly Describes Seeing Stars in Space (2014). SpaceFlight Insider - Official Page YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaUCMzgidvs  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY 
May 27, 2020
Y2K Was Actually a Success Story, Sleeping Brains Replay Waking Experience, and Plants Can Hear When They’re Being Eaten
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Learn about breakthrough research into what our brains do while we sleep; how plants fight back when they hear they’re being eaten; and why the Y2K bug is actually what a well-handled crisis looks like afterward. This is the first direct evidence that our brains replay waking experiences while we sleep by Cameron Duke Eichenlaub, J.-B., Jarosiewicz, B., Saab, J., Franco, B., Kelemen, J., Halgren, E., Hochberg, L. R., & Cash, S. S. (2020). Replay of Learned Neural Firing Sequences during Rest in Human Motor Cortex. Cell Reports, 31(5), 107581. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2020.107581 Evidence that human brains replay our waking experiences while we sleep. (2020). ScienceDaily. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200505121711.htm  Memory Consolidation - an overview | ScienceDirect Topics. (2012). Sciencedirect.com. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/memory-consolidation Plants Can Hear When They're Being Eaten — and They Fight Back by Ashley Hamer The Arabidopsis Information Resource - About Arabidopsis. (2010). Arabidopsis.org. https://www.arabidopsis.org/portals/education/aboutarabidopsis.jsp  Pollan, M. (2013, December 15). The Intelligent Plant. The New Yorker; The New Yorker. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/12/23/the-intelligent-plant  ‌Appel, H. M., & Cocroft, R. B. (2014). Plants respond to leaf vibrations caused by insect herbivore chewing. Oecologia, 175(4), 1257–1266. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-014-2995-6  The Y2K bug is what a well-handled crisis looks like afterward by Kelsey Donk Uenuma, F. (2019, December 30). 20 Years Later, the Y2K Bug Seems Like a Joke—Because Those Behind the Scenes Took It Seriously. Time; Time. https://time.com/5752129/y2k-bug-history/  ‌Farhad Manjoo. (2009, November 11). Was Y2K a Waste? Slate Magazine; Slate. https://slate.com/technology/2009/11/was-y2k-a-waste.html  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
May 26, 2020
Elephants Get Drunk (and They’re Lightweights), Pigeons Helped Win Wars, and Night Owls May Struggle to Regulate Their Emotions
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Learn about why it might actually be pretty easy to drink an elephant under the table; how carrier pigeons like Cher Ami helped win the world wars; and why night owls may have worse emotion regulation than morning people. Apparently, elephants get drunk and they're total lightweights by Cameron Duke Burke, J. (2010, December 3). Elephants on drunken rampage kill three people. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/03/elephants-drunken-rampage-india Elephants Drunk in the Wild? Scientists Put the Myth to Rest. (2005, December 21). Animals. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2005/12/news-elephants-drunk-wild-myth/ Goldman, J. G. (2014). Do animals like drugs and alcohol? BBC.com; BBC Future. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20140528-do-animals-take-drugs Janiak, M. C., Pinto, S. L., Duytschaever, G., Carrigan, M. A., & Melin, A. D. (2020). Genetic evidence of widespread variation in ethanol metabolism among mammals: revisiting the ‘myth’’ of natural intoxication.’ Biology Letters, 16(4), 20200070. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2020.0070 No, a bunch of elephants didn’t get drunk and fall asleep in a tea garden. (2020, March 20). The Daily Dot. https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/drunk-elephant-viral-story-debunked/ Siegel, R. K., & Brodie, M. (1984). Alcohol self-administration by elephants. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 22(1), 49–52. https://doi.org/10.3758/bf03333758 Yirka, B. (2020, April 29). Study suggests elephants may get drunk naturally after all. Phys.org. https://phys.org/news/2020-04-elephants-drunk-naturally.html  Carrier pigeons helped win the world wars by Steffie Drucker Shapiro, M. D., & Domyan, E. T. (2013). Domestic pigeons. Current Biology, 23(8), R302–R303. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2013.01.063  Guilford, T. (2014, April 23). Explainer: how do homing pigeons navigate? The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/explainer-how-do-homing-pigeons-navigate-25633  Dash, M. (2012, April 17). Closing the Pigeon Gap. Smithsonian Magazine; Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/closing-the-pigeon-gap-68103438/  Unsung heroes of World War I: the carrier pigeons. (2018, January 8). Pieces of History. https://prologue.blogs.archives.gov/2018/01/08/unsung-heroes-of-world-war-i-the-carrier-pigeons/  Maksel, R. (2018, August 29). When War Gets Weird. Air & Space Magazine; Air & Space Magazine. https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/when-war-gets-weird-180970156/  ‌Pigeons in bras go to war. (2013, September 4). National Museum of American History. https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2013/09/pigeons-in-bras-go-to-war.html  Wings of Valor - The Lost Battalion in the Argonne Forest. (2014). Accessed via Archive.org. https://web.archive.org/web/20180705234207/http://www.homeofheroes.com:80/wings/part1/3_lostbattalion.html  Night owls may have worse emotion regulation than morning larks by Grant Currin Night Owls May Use Poorer Emotion Regulation Strategies Than Early Birds. (2020, April 16). Research Digest; Research Digest. https://digest.bps.org.uk/2020/04/16/night-owls-may-use-poorer-emotion-regulation-strategies-than-early-birds/  ‌Antúnez, J. M. (2020). Circadian typology is related to emotion regulation, metacognitive beliefs and assertiveness in healthy adults. PLOS ONE, 15(3), e0230169. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0230169  Resnick, B. (2016, March 18). If you’re just not a morning person, science says you may never be. Vox; Vox. https://www.vox.com/2016/3/18/11255942/morning-people-evening-chronotypes-sleeping  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
May 25, 2020
Marijuana Categories Aren’t Based in Science, Scientists Staged Bronze-Age Swordfights, and How Clean Are Your Clothes, Really?
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Learn about why the marijuana classifications of indica and sativa aren’t based in science; how clean your washing machine really gets your clothes; and why researchers staged sword fights to learn about the Bronze Age. Indica and sativa marijuana classifications aren't based in science by Andrea Michelson Naftulin, J. (2020, April 20). There is no difference between the effects of indica and sativa marijuana strains, scientists say - Insider. Insider; Insider. https://www.insider.com/why-theres-no-difference-between-indica-and-sativa-marijuana-strains-2020-4  Lhooq, M. (2020, April 20). How to Get Into Weed While You’re Self-Isolating. Vice; vice. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/939p75/beginners-guide-to-weed-self-isolation-pandemic  Erkelens, J. L., & Hazekamp, A. (2014). That which we call Indica, by any other name would smell as sweet. Cannabinoids 2014; 9 (1): 9-15. https://bedrocan.com/wp-content/uploads/2014-that-which-we-call-indica-by-any-other-name-hazekamp-erkelens.pdf Hillig, K. W. (2005). Genetic evidence for speciation in Cannabis (Cannabaceae). Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 52(2), 161–180. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10722-003-4452-y  How clean are clothes from the washing machine? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Kathleen) Schirber, M. (2018). Rinsing is Key to Removing Stains. Physics, 11. https://physics.aps.org/articles/v11/28#c1  Casanova, L. M., Jeon, S., Rutala, W. A., Weber, D. J., & Sobsey, M. D. (2010). Effects of Air Temperature and Relative Humidity on Coronavirus Survival on Surfaces. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 76(9), 2712–2717. https://doi.org/10.1128/aem.02291-09  Curley, C. (2019, October 6). Your Washing Machine Can Be a Home for Bacteria — What You Should Know. Healthline; Healthline Media. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/are-bacteria-hiding-in-your-washing-machine  CDC. (2020, February 11). Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Home. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fdisinfecting-your-home.html  Truini, J. (2016, November 29). How To Clean Your Washing Machine. Popular Mechanics; Popular Mechanics. https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/interior-projects/how-to/a23624/how-to-clean-washing-machine/  Researchers staged sword fights to learn how fighters used their Bronze Age swords by Kelsey Donk    Sword-wielding scientists show how ancient fighting techniques spread across Bronze Age Europe. (2020, April 17). Sword-wielding scientists show how ancient fighting techniques spread across Bronze Age Europe. Science | AAAS. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/sword-wielding-scientists-show-how-ancient-fighting-techniques-spread-across-bronze-age  ‌Fox, A. (2020, April 21). Scientists Stage Sword Fights to Study Bronze Age Warfare. Smithsonian Magazine; Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/en-garde-scientists-stage-sword-fights-study-bronze-age-warfare-180974705/  ‌Hermann, R., Dolfini, A., Crellin, R. J., Wang, Q., & Uckelmann, M. (2020). Bronze Age Swordsmanship: New Insights from Experiments and Wear Analysis. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-020-09451-0  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
May 22, 2020
Why People Ignore Facts in Medical Emergencies, Victorian-Era Credit Cards, and Adding a New Row to the Periodic Table
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Learn about why people tune out facts and trust their guts in medical emergencies; a Victorian-era version of credit cards; and how scientists are trying to add an eighth row to the periodic table of elements.  People tune out facts and trust their guts in medical emergencies by Kelsey Donk UTA study: In crisis, people trust feelings over facts. (2020). The University of Texas at Arlington. https://www.uta.edu/news/news-releases/2020/04/01/confidence-study  Freling, T. H., Yang, Z., Saini, R., Itani, O. S., & Rashad Abualsamh, R. (2020). When poignant stories outweigh cold hard facts: A meta-analysis of the anecdotal bias. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 160, 51–67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2020.01.006  Instead of credit cards, Victorian shoppers had credit coins by Steffie Drucker Olaechea, D. (2014, February 13). Who Issued the First Credit Card? - NerdWallet. NerdWallet. https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/credit-cards/issued-first-credit-card/  ‌MacDonald, J. (2017, July 11). The history of credit cards. CreditCards.Com; CreditCards.com. https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/history-of-credit-cards.php Frellick, M. (2011, June 14). The rise and fall of the credit card magnetic stripe. CreditCards.Com; CreditCards.com. https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/history-credit-card-magnetic-stripe-1273.php  Diners Club - Company history of Diners Club. (2020). Dinersclubus.Com. https://www.dinersclubus.com/home/about/dinersclub/story Sienna Kossman. (2017, August 29). 8 FAQs about EMV credit cards. CreditCards.Com; CreditCards.com. https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/emv-faq-chip-cards-answers-1264.php#1  Scientists are trying to add the eighth row to the periodic table by Cameron Duke Charley, S. (2012, January 13). How to Make an Element. Pbs.org; Nova. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/make-an-element/  Moskowitz, C. (2014, May 7). Superheavy Element 117 Points to Fabled “Island of Stability” on Periodic Table. Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/superheavy-element-117-island-of-stability/  Synthesizing new superheavy elements to open up the eighth period of the periodic table.  (2020, April 24). Phys.org. https://phys.org/news/2020-04-superheavy-elements-eighth-period-periodic.html Tanaka, T., Morita, K., Morimoto, K., Kaji, D., Haba, H., Boll, R. A., Brewer, N. T., Van Cleve, S., Dean, D. J., Ishizawa, S., Ito, Y., Komori, Y., Nishio, K., Niwase, T., Rasco, B. C., Roberto, J. B., Rykaczewski, K. P., Sakai, H., Stracener, D. W., & Hagino, K. (2020). Study of Quasielastic Barrier Distributions as a Step towards the Synthesis of Superheavy Elements with Hot Fusion Reactions. Physical Review Letters, 124(5). https://doi.org/10.1103/physrevlett.124.052502 Kelley, L. (2018, November 8). What Is the Island of Stability? Owlcation. https://owlcation.com/stem/What-is-the-Island-of-Stability  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY 
May 21, 2020
World of Warcraft Could Help Fight COVID-19, Social Rejection Can Fuel Creativity, and What Mouse Facial Expressions Teach Us About Emotion
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Learn about how studying World of Warcraft helped researchers learn how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic; how scientists described mouse facial expressions for the first time; and how social rejection can fuel creativity. Scientists studied a "pandemic" in World of Warcraft to learn how to fight a real virus by Grant Currin Fenlon, W. (2020, March 13). The researchers who once studied WoW’s Corrupted Blood plague are now fighting the coronavirus. Pcgamer; PC Gamer. https://www.pcgamer.com/the-researchers-who-once-studied-wows-corrupted-blood-plague-are-now-fighting-the-coronavirus/  World of Warcraft experienced a pandemic in 2005. That experience may help coronavirus researchers. (2020, April 9). The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/video-games/2020/04/09/world-warcraft-experienced-pandemic-2005-that-experience-may-help-coronavirus-researchers/  Lofgren, E. T., & Fefferman, N. H. (2007). The untapped potential of virtual game worlds to shed light on real world epidemics. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 7(9), 625–629. https://doi.org/10.1016/s1473-3099(07)70212-8  Scientists have described mouse facial expressions for the first time by Steffie Drucker The facial expressions of mice. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/m-tfe033120.php  Dolensek, N., Gehrlach, D. A., Klein, A. S., & Gogolla, N. (2020). Facial expressions of emotion states and their neuronal correlates in mice. Science, 368(6486), 89–94. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaz9468  In some people, social rejection can fuel creativity by Kelsey Donk Khazan, O. (2020, March 16). Are Weird People More Creative? The Atlantic; The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/04/the-perks-of-being-a-weirdo/606778/  Kim, S. H., Vincent, L. C., & Goncalo, J. A. (2013). Outside advantage: Can social rejection fuel creative thought? Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142(3), 605–611. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0029728  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY 
May 20, 2020
An Interstellar Object’s Origin Revealed, Why Superstitions Evolved, and How the Sense of Smell Is More Complicated Than We Thought
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Learn about why natural selection favors superstitions; why the way our noses smell is way more complicated than we thought; and where scientists think 'Oumuamua, the first interstellar object, came from. How natural selection favors superstitions by Cameron Duke Foster, K. R., & Kokko, H. (2008). The evolution of superstitious and superstition-like behaviour. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276(1654), 31–37. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2008.0981  Hájek, A. (2018). Pascal’s Wager (E. N. Zalta (Ed.)). Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy; Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/pascal-wager/index.htmlpascal-wager/index.html  Johnson, D. D. P., Blumstein, D. T., Fowler, J. H., & Haselton, M. G. (2013). The evolution of error: error management, cognitive constraints, and adaptive decision-making biases. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 28(8), 474–481. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2013.05.014  The way our noses smell is way more complicated than we thought by Cameron Duke Making sense of scents: 3-D videos reveal how the nose detects odor combinations. (2020, April 9). Phys.org. https://phys.org/news/2020-04-scents-d-videos-reveal-nose.html Xu, L., Li, W., Voleti, V., Zou, D.-J., Hillman, E. M. C., & Firestein, S. (2020). Widespread receptor-driven modulation in peripheral olfactory coding. Science, 368(6487). https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaz5390  Chess, A., Simon, I., Cedar, H., & Axel, R. (1994). Allelic inactivation regulates olfactory receptor gene expression. Cell, 78(5), 823–834. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0092-8674(94)90562-2  Morrison, J. (2014). Human nose can detect 1 trillion odours. Nature. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature.2014.14904 The Scent of a Molecule. (2017, November 17). Science History Institute. https://www.sciencehistory.org/distillations/the-scent-of-a-molecule We might finally know the origin of the first known interstellar object 'Oumuamua by Grant Currin Origin of the first known interstellar object ’Oumuamua. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/caos-oot041220.php  ‌In Depth | Oumuamua – NASA Solar System Exploration. (2019, December 19). NASA Solar System Exploration. https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/asteroids-comets-and-meteors/comets/oumuamua/in-depth Davis, N. (2020, April 13). Interstellar object ‘Oumuamua believed to be ‘active asteroid.’ The Guardian; The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/apr/13/interstellar-object-oumuamua-believed-to-be-active-asteroid  PSRD: Active Asteroids. (2019). Hawaii.edu. http://www.psrd.hawaii.edu/May19/active-asteroids.html  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY 
May 19, 2020
Therapy for Parents Can Ease Kids’ Anxiety, What Makes Fruit Mealy, and Lessons from the “Second Earth” Biosphere 2
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Learn about what makes fruit mealy; a new therapy technique for parents that could reduce their kids’ anxiety; and what scientists learned when they tried to build a second Earth, in the notorious story of “Biosphere 2.” What makes fruit mealy? by Andrea Michelson SciShow. (2020). What Makes Fruit Mealy? [YouTube Video]. In YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TckZ4WK5N6U  Christensen, E. (2009, September 16). Food Science: What Makes Apples Mealy. Kitchn; Apartment Therapy, LLC. https://www.thekitchn.com/food-science-what-makes-apples-95708  Mealy Fruit Chemistry — Renegade Kitchen. (2015, July 10). Renegade Kitchen. Renegade Kitchen. http://www.renegadekitchen.com/blog/mealy-fruit-chemistry  Builder, M. (2017, June 20). How to Store Nectarines and Peaches So They Don’t Get Mealy. Extra Crispy. https://www.myrecipes.com/extracrispy/how-to-store-nectarines-and-peaches-so-they-dont-get-mealy  Paniagua, C., Posé, S., Morris, V. J., Kirby, A. R., Quesada, M. A., & Mercado, J. A. (2014). Fruit softening and pectin disassembly: an overview of nanostructural pectin modifications assessed by atomic force microscopy. Annals of Botany, 114(6), 1375–1383. https://doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcu149  Brummell, D. A. (2004). Cell wall metabolism during the development of chilling injury in cold-stored peach fruit: association of mealiness with arrested disassembly of cell wall pectins. Journal of Experimental Botany, 55(405), 2041–2052. https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erh228  Nara, K., Kato, Y., & Motomura, Y. (2001). Involvement of terminal-arabinose and -galactose pectic compounds in mealiness of apple fruit during storage. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 22(2), 141–150. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0925-5214(00)00193-9  Giving parents therapy can help kids just as much as giving the kids therapy by Steffie Drucker New treatment for childhood anxiety works by changing parent behavior. (2020). ScienceDaily. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200402110133.htm  ‌New way to combat childhood anxiety: treat the parents. (2019, March 12). YaleNews. https://news.yale.edu/2019/03/12/new-way-combat-childhood-anxiety-treat-parents  CDC. (2020, April 3). Anxiety and depression in children: Get the facts. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/features/anxiety-depression-children.html  ‌Lebowitz, E. R., Marin, C., Martino, A., Shimshoni, Y., & Silverman, W. K. (2020). Parent-Based Treatment as Efficacious as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Childhood Anxiety: A Randomized Noninferiority Study of Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 59(3), 362–372. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2019.02.014  Love, S. (2020, April 16). Giving Parents Therapy Can Help Their Anxious Children. Vice; vice. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/4agzvm/giving-parents-therapy-can-help-their-anxious-children  What scientists learned when they tried to build a second Earth by Cameron Duke Climate Change: Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide | NOAA Climate.gov. (2000). Climate.Gov. https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-atmospheric-carbon-dioxide Keim, B. (2009, April 20). Biosphere 2 Not Such a Bust. Wired. https://www.wired.com/2009/04/biospheresci/ Jordan Fisher Smith. (2010, December 20). Life Under the Bubble. Discover Magazine; Discover Magazine. https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/life-under-the-bubble Nelson, M. (2018, August). Lessons from Biosphere 2. The Scientist Magazine®; The Scientist Magazine. https://www.the-scientist.com/reading-frames/lessons-from-biosphere-2-64464 Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY 
May 18, 2020
What Is the Grand Unified Field Theory? (w/ Dr. Adam Becker), Should You Wad or Fold Toilet Paper, and Why You Judge Your Own Hoarding Differently
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Learn about whether you should wad or fold toilet paper, according to science; why your brain evolved to hoard supplies but shame others for doing the same; and the purpose of grand unified field theory, with help from astrophysicist Adam Becker. Whether to wad or fold toilet paper, according to science by Andrea Michelson Myers, Q. (2019, March 12). Should You Fold or Wad Toilet Paper? A Physicist Settles the Debate for Good. MEL Magazine. https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/fold-or-wad-toilet-paper-physics  Your brain evolved to hoard supplies and shame others for doing the same by Stephanie Preston for The Conversation:https://theconversation.com/your-brain-evolved-to-hoard-supplies-and-shame-others-for-doing-the-same-134634  More from Dr. Adam Becker: Pick up “What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics” on Amazon https://amzn.to/2SYCFkt   Official website http://freelanceastrophysicist.com/ Follow @FreelanceAstro on Twitter https://twitter.com/FreelanceAstro Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY 
May 15, 2020
Where Our Emotions Come From and How to Hack Them (w/ Lisa Feldman Barrett) and Tarantula Venom Could Be an Opioid Alternative
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Learn about where your emotions come from and how you can hack them, with help from psychology researcher and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett. Plus: learn why tarantula venom could be an alternative to opioids. Maybe tarantula venom could be an alternative to opioids by Cameron Duke Agwa, A. J., Tran, P., Mueller, A., Tran, H. N. T., Deuis, J. R., Israel, M. R., McMahon, K. L., Craik, D. J., Vetter, I., & Schroeder, C. I. (2020). Manipulation of a spider peptide toxin alters its affinity for lipid bilayers and potency and selectivity for voltage-gated sodium channel subtype 1.7. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 295(15), 5067–5080. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.ra119.012281 Spider venom key to pain relief without side-effects. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/uoq-svk041320.php  ‌Viviane Richter. (2016, February 29). The tarantula’s bite that could stop pain. Cosmosmagazine.com; Cosmos Magazine. https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/tarantulas-bite-could-stop-pain  Understanding the Epidemic. (2019). CDC.gov; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html Additional resources from Lisa Feldman Barrett:  Watch our full, uncut interview with Lisa Feldman Barrett from the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting (#AAASmtg) on YouTube https://youtu.be/MY0ZqmBzd4g  Pick up “How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain” on Amazon https://amzn.to/3cpMyzl Official website https://lisafeldmanbarrett.com/ You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions (TED Talk) https://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_feldman_barrett_you_aren_t_at_the_mercy_of_your_emotions_your_brain_creates_them Follow @LFeldmanBarrett on Twitter https://twitter.com/LFeldmanBarrett Other publications by Lisa Feldman Barrett https://amzn.to/2WLC8U7  Citation for test anxiety study: Jamieson, J. P., Peters, B. J., Greenwood, E. J., & Altose, A. J. (2016). Reappraising Stress Arousal Improves Performance and Reduces Evaluation Anxiety in Classroom Exam Situations. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7(6), 579–587. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550616644656  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY 
May 14, 2020
How Antibiotics in Agriculture Changed How We Eat (w/ Maryn McKenna), When Daydreaming Goes Wrong, and Dogs Recognize Faces in Photos
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Learn about the impact of maladaptive daydreaming, then learn about whether dogs can recognize our faces in photographs. Then, author Maryn McKenna will explain how antibiotics created modern agriculture and changed the way the world eats. People with 'maladaptive daydreaming' spend up to 4 hours a day lost in their imaginations by Kelsey Donk People with “Maladaptive Daydreaming” spend an average of four hours a day lost in their imagination. (2018, June 25). Research Digest; Research Digest. https://digest.bps.org.uk/2018/06/25/people-with-maladaptive-daydreaming-spend-an-average-of-four-hours-a-day-lost-in-their-imagination/  Soffer-Dudek, N., & Somer, E. (2018). Trapped in a Daydream: Daily Elevations in Maladaptive Daydreaming Are Associated With Daily Psychopathological Symptoms. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00194  Pietkiewicz, I. J., Nęcki, S., Bańbura, A., & Tomalski, R. (2018). Maladaptive daydreaming as a new form of behavioral addiction. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 7(3), 838–843. https://doi.org/10.1556/2006.7.2018.95  Dogs can recognize our faces in photographs by Grant Currin Eatherington, C. J., Mongillo, P., Lõoke, M., & Marinelli, L. (2020). Dogs (Canis familiaris) recognise our faces in photographs: implications for existing and future research. Animal Cognition. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10071-020-01382-3  Additional resources from acclaimed journalist Maryn McKenna:  Watch our full, uncut interview with Maryn McKenna from the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting (#AAASmtg) on YouTube https://youtu.be/2QO7DkiN4e8  Pick up “Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats” on Amazon https://amzn.to/3fDOrL0 Official website https://marynmckenna.com/ Follow @marynmck on Twitter https://twitter.com/marynmck TED Talk: What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more? [VIDEO] https://www.ted.com/talks/maryn_mckenna_what_do_we_do_when_antibiotics_don_t_work_any_more Other publications by Maryn McKenna https://amzn.to/2xRHPaI  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY 
May 13, 2020
The Universe Might Expand Unevenly, Using a Camera to De-Clutter Your House, and 3 Hominins Lived in the Same Place and Time
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Learn about a surprising tip for de-cluttering your house; 3 extinct relatives of humans that lived in the same place and time; and why the possibility that the universe might not be expanding at the same rate everywhere is a huge deal. What's The First Step for De-Cluttering Your House? by Reuben Westmas The Ohio State University. (2017, June 26). Scientists Find Clever Way to Help You De-Clutter Your Home; The Ohio State University. https://news.osu.edu/scientists-find-clever-way-to-help-you-de-clutter-your-home/  Taking Photos of Experiences Boosts Visual Memory, Impairs Auditory Memory. (2017). Association for Psychological Science - APS. https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/taking-photos-of-experiences-boosts-visual-memory-impairs-auditory-memory.html#.WVKmQBPyufW  Three different hominins lived in the same place and time by Grant Currin In South Africa, three hominins, including earliest Homo erectus, lived during same period. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/aaft-isa033020.php  Herries, A. I. R., Martin, J. M., Leece, A. B., Adams, J. W., Boschian, G., Joannes-Boyau, R., Edwards, T. R., Mallett, T., Massey, J., Murszewski, A., Neubauer, S., Pickering, R., Strait, D. S., Armstrong, B. J., Baker, S., Caruana, M. V., Denham, T., Hellstrom, J., Moggi-Cecchi, J., … Menter, C. (2020). Contemporaneity of Australopithecus, Paranthropus, and early Homo erectus in South Africa. Science, 368(6486), eaaw7293. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaw7293  The universe might not be expanding at the same rate everywhere by Grant Currin Doubts about basic assumption for the universe. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/uob-dab040820.php  Migkas, K., Schellenberger, G., Reiprich, T. H., Pacaud, F., Ramos-Ceja, M. E., & Lovisari, L. (2020). Probing cosmic isotropy with a new X-ray galaxy cluster sample through the LX–T scaling relation. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 636, A15. https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201936602  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY 
May 12, 2020
Pigeons Can Be Superstitious, Why Allergy Drugs Make You Sleepy, and The 5 Ages of the Universe
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Learn about how a psychologist named B.F. Skinner proved that pigeons can be superstitious; the science of histamines and why allergy medications make us sleepy; and the 5 ages of the universe, including the Stelliferous Era we’re in right now. Pigeons Can Be Superstitious — And a Psychologist Once Proved It by Ashley Hamer Superstitious behavior | Comparative Cognition Laboratory | Psychological and Brain Sciences. (2020). Uiowa.edu. https://psychology.uiowa.edu/comparative-cognition-laboratory/glossary/superstitious-behavior  ‌Classics in the History of Psychology -- Skinner (1948). (2020). Yorku.ca. http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Skinner/Pigeon/  Inglis-Arkell, E. (2011, January 31). How pigeons get to be superstitious. io9. https://io9.gizmodo.com/how-pigeons-get-to-be-superstitious-5746904  Why do allergy medications make us sleepy? by Cameron Duke Basophils - an overview | ScienceDirect Topics. (2013). Sciencedirect.com. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/basophils Castro, J. (2013, December 16). Why Do Antihistamines Make You Drowsy? Livescience.Com; Live Science. https://www.livescience.com/41999-antihistamines-drowsy-benadryl-allergies.html  Diez-Garcia, A., & Garzon, M. (2017). [Regulation of the phases of the sleep-wakefulness cycle with histamine]. Revista De Neurologia, 64(6), 267–277. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28272728  Jutel, M., Blaser, K., & Akdis, C. A. (2006). The role of histamine in regulation of immune responses. Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 91, 174–187. https://doi.org/10.1159/000090280  Thakkar, M. M. (2011). Histamine in the regulation of wakefulness. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 15(1), 65–74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2010.06.004  Regenerative Medicine Partnership in Education. (2020). Duq.edu. http://sepa.duq.edu/regmed/immune/histamine.html  There are 5 ages of the universe, and we're in the Stelliferous Era by Grant Currin Physics offers glimpse into the universe’s dark era. (1997, January 13). University of Michigan News. https://news.umich.edu/physics-offers-glimpse-into-the-universe-s-dark-era/  Adler, D. (2020, March 24). The Degenerate Era: When the universe stops making stars. Astronomy.com. https://astronomy.com/news/2020/03/the-degenerate-era-when-the-universe-stops-making-stars  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY 
May 11, 2020
Play a Game to Help Cure Alzheimer’s, Building the Perfect Swear Word, and May’s Curiosity Challenge
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Learn what researchers found when they tried to build the perfect profanity, then learn how playing an online game called Stall Catchers can help scientists speed up Alzheimer’s research. Then, test your knowledge with Curiosity Challenge trivia questions. A new study tried to build the perfect swear word by Kelsey Donk Neuroskeptic. (2020, March 31). Building the Perfect Profanity. Discover Magazine; Discover Magazine. https://www.discovermagazine.com/mind/building-the-perfect-profanity  Reilly, J., Kelly, A., Zuckerman, B. M., Twigg, P. P., Wells, M., Jobson, K. R., & Flurie, M. (2020). Building the perfect curse word: A psycholinguistic investigation of the form and meaning of taboo words. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 27(1), 139–148. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-019-01685-8  Thousands of volunteers are speeding up Alzheimer's research by playing an online game by Steffie Drucker Join a global game that’s trying to cure Alzheimer’s. (2019). Stall Catchers. https://stallcatchers.com/ Cavalier, D. (2020, April 9). How Thousands of People are Helping Find a Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease. Discover Magazine; Discover Magazine. https://www.discovermagazine.com/mind/how-thousands-of-people-are-helping-find-a-treatment-for-alzheimers-disease  Alzheimer’s Statistics. (2019). Alzheimers.net. https://www.alzheimers.net/resources/alzheimers-statistics/  Brain blood flow finding gives hope for Alzheimer’s therapy | Cornell Chronicle. (2019). Cornell Chronicle. https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/02/brain-blood-flow-finding-gives-hope-alzheimers-therapy  Curiosity Challenge episodes: Why Stress Makes You Eat Differently, Humpback Whales Hunt with Bubble Nets, and the Surprising Genetic Reason Females Outlive Males https://curiositydaily.com/why-stress-makes-you-eat-differently-humpback-whales-hunt-with-bubble-nets-and-the-surprising-genetic-reason-females-outlive-males/ Astronauts Grew Lettuce in Space, Why Smelling a Dirty Shirt Can Help You Sleep, and Early Animals That Acted Like an Ancient Internet https://curiositydaily.com/astronauts-grew-lettuce-in-space-why-smelling-a-dirty-shirt-can-help-you-sleep-and-early-animals-that-acted-like-an-ancient-internet/  Using Lava Lamps to Generate Randomness (w/ Matt Parker), How Ritalin Makes You Focus, and What Bacteria Beneath the Sea Floor Means for Life on Mars https://curiositydaily.com/using-lava-lamps-to-generate-randomness-w-matt-parker-how-ritalin-makes-you-focus-and-what-bacteria-beneath-the-sea-floor-means-for-life-on-mars/ Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
May 08, 2020
Gut Neurons Influence Brain Neurons, Why We Still Use the QWERTY Keyboard, and Why You “Shoot the Messenger”
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Learn about why people can’t help but “shoot the messenger;” how neurons in your gut influence neurons in your brain thanks to the gut-brain axis; and why we still use the QWERTY keyboard, along with information on Dvorak and Colemak layouts. People can't help but "shoot the messenger" by Kelsey Donk We Really Do Shoot the Messengers of Bad News, Research Suggests. (2019, April 16). Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2019/04/research-confirms-when-receiving-bad-news-we-shoot-the-messenger  John, L. K., Blunden, H., & Liu, H. (2019). Shooting the messenger. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 148(4), 644–666. https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0000586  Neurons in your gut influence neurons in your brain by Andrea Michelson Gut communicates with the entire brain through cross-talking neurons. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/uoic-gcw040220.php  Parker, C. G., Dailey, M. J., Phillips, H., & Davis, E. A. (2020). Central sensory-motor crosstalk in the neural gut-brain axis. Autonomic Neuroscience, 225, 102656. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autneu.2020.102656  The Brain-Gut Connection. (2020). https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-brain-gut-connection  Mittal, R., Debs, L. H., Patel, A. P., Nguyen, D., Patel, K., O’Connor, G., Grati, M., Mittal, J., Yan, D., Eshraghi, A. A., Deo, S. K., Daunert, S., & Liu, X. Z. (2017). Neurotransmitters: The Critical Modulators Regulating Gut-Brain Axis. Journal of Cellular Physiology, 232(9), 2359–2372. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcp.25518  Hadhazy, A. (2010, February 12). Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being. Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/  Here's Why We Still Use the QWERTY Keyboard by Trevor English Liebowitz, S. J., & Margolis, S. (1996, June). Typing Errors. Reason.com; Reason. https://reason.com/1996/06/01/typing-errors/  ‌Yasuoka, K., & Yasuoka, M. (2011). On the Prehistory of QWERTY. ZINBUN, 42, 161–174. https://doi.org/0084-5515  Hoffman, C. (2014, May 18). Alternative Keyboard Layouts Explained: Should You Switch to Dvorak or Colemak? How-To Geek; How-To Geek. https://www.howtogeek.com/189270/alternative-keyboard-layouts-explained-dvorak-colemak-and-whether-you-should-care/  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
May 07, 2020
Using Urine to Build a Moon Base, Musicians and Audiences Sync Brain Activity, and Why “Size Matters” for Narwhal Tusks
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Learn about how astronauts may build the first moon base with help from their own urine; how musicians and audiences synchronize their brain activity; and more than you ever thought you wanted to know about narwhal tusks. Astronauts may use their own urine to help build the first moon base by Cameron Duke Astronaut urine to build moon bases. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/f-sf-aut032720.php  How to build a Moon base. (2018). Nature.com. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07107-4  Pilehvar, S., Arnhof, M., Pamies, R., Valentini, L., & Kjøniksen, A.-L. (2020). Utilization of urea as an accessible superplasticizer on the moon for lunar geopolymer mixtures. Journal of Cleaner Production, 247, 119177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.119177  What is Artemis? (2019). NASA. https://www.nasa.gov/what-is-artemis  Musicians and their audiences sync their brain activity by Grant Currin Young, E. (2020, March 23). Musicians and Their Audiences Show Synchronised Patterns of Brain Activity. Research Digest; British Psychological Society. https://digest.bps.org.uk/2020/03/23/musicians-and-their-audiences-show-synchronised-patterns-of-brain-activity/  ‌Hou, Y., Song, B., Hu, Y., Pan, Y., & Hu, Y. (2020). The averaged inter-brain coherence between the audience and a violinist predicts the popularity of violin performance. NeuroImage, 211, 116655. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.116655  Taylor, J.M. (2016, July 25). Mirror Neurons After a Quarter Century: New light, new cracks. Science in the News. Harvard University. http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2016/mirror-neurons-quarter-century-new-light-new-cracks/  Why do male narwhals have tusks? Because the ladies love 'em by Grant Currin For narwhals, the “unicorn of the seas,” size matters for sexual selection. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/asu-fnt031220.php  The longer the better: evidence that narwhal tusks are sexually selected | Biology Letters. (2020). Biology Letters. https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsbl.2019.0950  ‌Narwhal Tusk Research -- Anatomy and Morphology of the Tusk. (2012). Narwhal.org. https://www.narwhal.org/anatomy.html  Sexual Selection | Learn Science at Scitable. (2010). Nature.com. https://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/sexual-selection-13255240/  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
May 06, 2020
Early Career Choices Influence Your Personality, Why We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and Psychedelic Effects from Placebos
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Learn about the Battle of Puebla, the real reason why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo; how placebos of psychedelics can have psychedelic effects; and how early career choices may influence your personality. What You Think You Know About Cinco De Mayo Is Wrong by Reuben Westmaas  History.com Editors. (2010, March 3). Outnumbered Mexican army defeats French at Battle of Puebla. HISTORY. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/cinco-de-mayo  Battle of Puebla | Mexican-French history [1862] | Britannica. (2020). In Encyclopædia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/event/Battle-of-Puebla  Placebos of psychedelics can have psychedelic effects by Grant Currin The placebo effect and psychedelic drugs: tripping on nothing? (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/mu-tpe033020.php  ‌Olson, J. A., Suissa-Rocheleau, L., Lifshitz, M., Raz, A., & Veissière, S. P. L. (2020). Tripping on nothing: placebo psychedelics and contextual factors. Psychopharmacology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00213-020-05464-5  Early career choices appear to influence personality by Kelsey Donk Study: Early career choices appear to influence personality. (2018). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-12/uoia-sec121018.php  Golle, J., Rose, N., Göllner, R., Spengler, M., Stoll, G., Hübner, N., Rieger, S., Trautwein, U., Lüdtke, O., Roberts, B. W., & Nagengast, B. (2018). School or Work? The Choice May Change Your Personality. Psychological Science, 30(1), 32–42. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797618806298  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
May 05, 2020
Null Misadventures (w/ Matt Parker), Why Reheated Coffee Tastes Bad, and the Ancestor of Most Living Animals
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Learn why coffee tastes bad when you reheat it; and how researchers found the ancestor of most living animals. Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker will also explain why the word “null” causes so many problems for computer programmers. Why does coffee taste bad when you reheat it? by Andrea Michelson Shields, J. (2017, April 14). Can Science Explain Why Microwaved Coffee Tastes So Terrible? HowStuffWorks. https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/food-science/why-microwaved-coffee-tastes-bad.htm  Underwood,‌ K. (2018, May 23). This is the best way to reheat coffee. Death Wish Coffee Company. https://www.deathwishcoffee.com/blogs/news/best-way-to-reheat-coffee  Gaterman, L. (2015, September 11). This is the Best Way to Reheat Coffee. The Daily Meal. https://www.thedailymeal.com/drink/best-way-reheat-coffee  We just found the ancestor of most living animals by Cameron Duke Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils. (2020, March 23). Phys.org. https://phys.org/news/2020-03-ancestor-animals-australian-fossils.html  Balter, M. (2015, March 9). Oldest known sponge pushes back date for key split in animal evolution. Science | AAAS. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/03/oldest-known-sponge-pushes-back-date-key-split-animal-evolution  Evans, S. D., Hughes, I. V., Gehling, J. G., & Droser, M. L. (2020). Discovery of the oldest bilaterian from the Ediacaran of South Australia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2001045117  Jellyfish and Comb Jellies. (2019, March 22). Smithsonian Ocean. https://ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/invertebrates/jellyfish-and-comb-jellies  Werner, E. (2012). The Origin, Evolution and Development of Bilateral Symmetry in Multicellular Organisms. ArXiv:1207.3289 [Cs, q-Bio]. https://arxiv.org/abs/1207.3289  Additional resources from Matt Parker, stand-up mathematician: Pick up “Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World” on Amazon https://amzn.to/3c3xwi9  Matt Parker’s official website http://standupmaths.com/ Subscribe to Matt Parker’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/standupmaths Follow @standupmaths on Twitter https://twitter.com/standupmaths Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
May 04, 2020
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May 03, 2020
Why We Get Warning Fatigue, Prehistoric Monkeys Crossed the Atlantic on Rafts, and Why New Lovebirds Feel So Familiar
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Learn about a bias in your brain that makes you ignore security warnings; why people who fall in love feel like they’ve known each other for years; and a crew of prehistoric monkeys that crossed the Atlantic Ocean on rafts. You ignore more than just your browser security warnings because of "warning fatigue" by Grant Currin Waugh, R. (2013, July 15). “Warning fatigue” means browser users ignore up to 70% of security alerts | WeLiveSecurity. WeLiveSecurity. https://www.welivesecurity.com/2013/07/15/warning-fatigue-means-browser-users-ignore-up-to-70-of-security-alerts/  Ancker, J. S., Edwards, A., Nosal, S., Hauser, D., Mauer, E., & Kaushal, R. (2017). Effects of workload, work complexity, and repeated alerts on alert fatigue in a clinical decision support system. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 17(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12911-017-0430-8  Mackie, B. (2014). Warning fatigue : Insights from the Australian Bushfire Context. Canterbury.ac.nz. https://doi.org/http://hdl.handle.net/10092/9029  Why do people in love feel like they've known each other for years? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Jonathan) Murray, S. L., Holmes, J. G., & Griffin, D. W. (1996). The self-fulfilling nature of positive illusions in romantic relationships: Love is not blind, but prescient. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 71(6), 1155–1180. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.71.6.1155  Murray, S. L., Holmes, J. G., & Griffin, D. W. (1996). The benefits of positive illusions: Idealization and the construction of satisfaction in close relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70(1), 79–98. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.70.1.79  Parkinson, C., Kleinbaum, A. M., & Wheatley, T. (2018). Similar neural responses predict friendship. Nature Communications, 9(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-017-02722-7  Why You Click with Certain People. (2018). Greater Good. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_you_click_with_certain_people  Crew of prehistoric monkeys rafted across the Atlantic to South America by Grant Currin Ancient teeth from Peru hint now-extinct monkeys crossed Atlantic from Africa. (2020). ScienceDaily. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200409141528.htm  Isabelle Catherine Winder, & Shaw, V. (2020, April 9). Monkey teeth fossils hint several extinct species crossed the Atlantic. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/monkey-teeth-fossils-hint-several-extinct-species-crossed-the-atlantic-135961  Seiffert, E. R., Tejedor, M. F., Fleagle, J. G., Novo, N. M., Cornejo, F. M., Bond, M., de Vries, D., & Campbell, K. E. (2020). A parapithecid stem anthropoid of African origin in the Paleogene of South America. Science, 368(6487), 194–197. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aba1135  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
May 01, 2020
5 Coronavirus Myths Debunked, Why You Shouldn’t Get Your News on Social Media, and the Discovery of a Black Hole Missing Link
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Learn about why people are less likely to verify their sources on social media; and why it’s a huge deal that researchers found an intermediate-mass black hole. We’ll also debunk five myths about the coronavirus. Jumbling of sources on social media makes you less likely to verify their validity by Kelsey Donk The Ohio State University. (2020, March 30). How social media makes it difficult to identify real news. How Social Media Makes It Difficult to Identify Real News; The Ohio State University. https://news.osu.edu/how-social-media-makes-it-difficult-to-identify-real-news/  Pearson, G. (2020). Sources on social media: Information context collapse and volume of content as predictors of source blindness. New Media & Society, 146144482091050. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444820910505  Hubble found a black hole "missing link" by Grant Currin Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-size black hole. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/eic-hfb033120.php  Lin, D., Strader, J., Romanowsky, A. J., Irwin, J. A., Godet, O., Barret, D., Webb, N. A., Homan, J., & Remillard, R. A. (2020). Multiwavelength Follow-up of the Hyperluminous Intermediate-mass Black Hole Candidate 3XMM J215022.4−055108. The Astrophysical Journal, 892(2), L25. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8213/ab745b  5 myths about the coronavirus by Kelsey Donk Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters. (2018). WHO.int. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters  White, T. (2020, March 23). Coronavirus misperceptions widespread in early weeks, according to Stanford study - Scope. Scope. http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2020/03/23/coronavirus-misperceptions-widespread-in-early-weeks-according-to-stanford-study/  No, the coronavirus wasn’t made in a lab. A genetic analysis shows it’s from nature. (2020, March 26). Science News. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/coronavirus-covid-19-not-human-made-lab-genetic-analysis-nature  Landon, E. (2020, April 14). COVID-19: What we know so far about the 2019 novel coronavirus. Uchicagomedicine.Org; UChicago Medicine. https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/forefront/prevention-and-screening-articles/wuhan-coronavirus  Coronavirus Vaccine Development: Scientific Challenges and Timelines with Dr. Julia Schaletzky (COVID-19 Bonus Episode) – Curiosity Daily. (2020, March 29). Curiosity Daily. https://curiositydaily.com/coronavirus-vaccine-development-scientific-challenges-and-timelines-with-dr-julia-schaletzky-covid-19-bonus-episode/ Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
Apr 30, 2020
Why Soft Drinks Taste Different Out of Cans, Why Housecats Are Dangerous for Wildlife, and 100 Minor Planets Discovered Beyond Neptune
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Learn about why housecats are deadlier for local wildlife than wild predators; why soft drinks taste better from a can than they do from a plastic bottle (especially when it comes to Cody and his Mountain Dew habits); and how astronomers just found 100 new minor planets beyond Neptune. Housecats have up to 10x larger effect on local wildlife than wild predators by Grant Currin Keeping cats indoors could blunt adverse effects to wildlife. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/ncsu-kci030920.php  Kays, R., Dunn, R. R., Parsons, A. W., Mcdonald, B., Perkins, T., Powers, S. A., Shell, L., McDonald, J. L., Cole, H., Kikillus, H., Woods, L., Tindle, H., & Roetman, P. (2020). The small home ranges and large local ecological impacts of pet cats. Animal Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12563  Craft, T., Greenspan, S., and Klein, A. (2012) “Cats: Indoors or Outdoors?” University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/sites/g/files/dgvnsk491/files/inline-files/Cats-Indoors_or_Outdoors.pdf  Why do soft drinks taste better from a can than they do from a bottle? by Grant Currin Palmer, B. (2009, July 23). Why does the carbonation taste different in bottles and cans of soda? Slate Magazine; Slate. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2009/07/why-does-the-carbonation-taste-different-in-bottles-and-cans-of-soda.html  Cantor, D. (2009, July 31). Why Does Coke From a Glass Bottle Taste Different? Popular Science; Popular Science. https://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2009-07/why-does-coke-glass-bottle-plastic-bottle-and-aluminum-can-taste-different/  Snyder, C. (2018, March 30). Why soda tastes different in a can or bottle - Business Insider. Business Insider; Business Insider. https://www.businessinsider.com/why-soda-tastes-different-can-glass-bottle-flavor-carbonation-container-2018-3  LICCIARDELLO, F., CORIOLANI, C., & MURATORE, G. (2018). Improvement of CO2 retention of PET bottles for carbonated soft drinks. Unimore.It, Special issue, 115–117. https://doi.org/MIUR-ALTRI-IRIS  Astronomers discover 100 new minor planets beyond Neptune by Grant Currin Rocheleau, J. (2011, June 8). Planet Facts. http://planetfacts.org/trans-neptunian-object/  Researchers find new minor planets beyond Neptune. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uop-rfn031120.php  Bernardinelli, P. H., Bernstein, G. M., Sako, M., Liu, T., Saunders, W. R., Khain, T., Lin, H. W., Gerdes, D. W., Brout, D., Adams, F. C., Belyakov, M., Somasundaram, A. I., Sharma, L., Locke, J., Franson, K., Becker, J. C., Napier, K., Markwardt, L., Annis, J., … Zhang, Y. (2020). Trans-Neptunian Objects Found in the First Four Years of the Dark Energy Survey. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 247(1), 32. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4365/ab6bd8  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
Apr 29, 2020
The Battle of Brains vs Brawn in Aging, Perils of Ultra-Processed Food, and Bats Surviving White-Nose Syndrome
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Learn about how ultra-processed food took over your shopping cart; which you lose first, brain or brawn; and how bats are showing resistance to a once deadly white-nose syndrome epidemic. The perils of ultra-processed food by Kelsey Donk Monteiro, C. A., Cannon, G., Moubarac, J.-C., Levy, R. B., Louzada, M. L. C., & Jaime, P. C. (2017). The UN Decade of Nutrition, the NOVA food classification and the trouble with ultra-processing. Public Health Nutrition, 21(1), 5–17. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1368980017000234  Fiolet, T., Srour, B., Sellem, L., Kesse-Guyot, E., Allès, B., Méjean, C., Deschasaux, M., Fassier, P., Latino-Martel, P., Beslay, M., Hercberg, S., Lavalette, C., Monteiro, C. A., Julia, C., & Touvier, M. (2018). Consumption of ultra-processed foods and cancer risk: results from NutriNet-Santé prospective cohort. BMJ, k322. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k322  Hall, K. D., Ayuketah, A., Brychta, R., Cai, H., Cassimatis, T., Chen, K. Y., Chung, S. T., Costa, E., Courville, A., Darcey, V., Fletcher, L. A., Forde, C. G., Gharib, A. M., Guo, J., Howard, R., Joseph, P. V., McGehee, S., Ouwerkerk, R., Raisinger, K., … Zhou, M. (2019). Ultra-Processed Diets Cause Excess Calorie Intake and Weight Gain: An Inpatient Randomized Controlled Trial of Ad Libitum Food Intake. Cell Metabolism, 30(1), 67-77.e3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cmet.2019.05.008  Wilson, B. (2020, February 13). How ultra-processed food took over your shopping basket. The Guardian; The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/feb/13/how-ultra-processed-food-took-over-your-shopping-basket-brazil-carlos-monteiro  Which do we lose first: brain or brawn? by Kelsey Donk Brain or muscles, what do we lose first? (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/udg-bom032420.php  Cheval, B., Orsholits, D., Sieber, S., Courvoisier, D., Cullati, S., & Boisgontier, M. P. (2020). Relationship between decline in cognitive resources and physical activity. Health Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/hea0000857  We have the first genetic evidence that some bats are resistant to white-nose syndrome by Grant Currin First genetic evidence of resistance in some bats to white-nose syndrome, a devastating fungal disease. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/uom-fge021820.php  Auteri, G. G., & Knowles, L. L. (2020). Decimated little brown bats show potential for adaptive change. Scientific Reports, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-59797-4  White-Nose Syndrome. (2020). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. https://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/static-page/what-is-white-nose-syndrome  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
Apr 28, 2020
Using Lava Lamps to Generate Randomness (w/ Matt Parker), How Ritalin Makes You Focus, and What Bacteria Beneath the Sea Floor Means for Life on Mars
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Learn about how drugs like Ritalin and Adderall actually make you “focus,” how tech companies are using lava lamps to make computers more secure, and why new life discovered at the bottom of the ocean opens up new possibilities for finding life on Mars. Scientists figured out how Ritalin actually makes you focus by Grant Currin Ritalin and similar medications cause brain to focus on benefits of work, not costs. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/bu-ras031820.php  Westbrook, A., van den Bosch, R., Määttä, J. I., Hofmans, L., Papadopetraki, D., Cools, R., & Frank, M. J. (2020). Dopamine promotes cognitive effort by biasing the benefits versus costs of cognitive work. Science, 367(6484), 1362–1366. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaz5891  Additional resources from Matt Parker, stand-up mathematician: Pick up “Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World” on Amazon https://amzn.to/3c3xwi9  Matt Parker’s official website http://standupmaths.com/ Subscribe to Matt Parker’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/standupmaths Follow @standupmaths on Twitter https://twitter.com/standupmaths Liebow-Feeser, J. (2017, November 6). LavaRand in Production: The Nitty-Gritty Technical Details. The Cloudflare Blog; The Cloudflare Blog. https://blog.cloudflare.com/lavarand-in-production-the-nitty-gritty-technical-details/ Scott, T. (2020). The Lava Lamps That Help Keep The Internet Secure [YouTube Video]. In YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cUUfMeOijg  US5732138A - Method for seeding a pseudo-random number generator with a cryptographic hash of a digitization of a chaotic system - Google Patents. (1996, January 29). Google.com. https://patents.google.com/patent/US5732138 Researchers discover bacteria living in rock beneath the sea floor (which is good news for life on Mars) by Cameron Duke Discovery of life in solid rock deep beneath sea may inspire new search for life on Mars. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/uot-dol033020.php  Suzuki, Y., Yamashita, S., Kouduka, M., Ao, Y., Mukai, H., Mitsunobu, S., Kagi, H., D’Hondt, S., Inagaki, F., Morono, Y., Hoshino, T., Tomioka, N., & Ito, M. (2020). Deep microbial proliferation at the basalt interface in 33.5–104 million-year-old oceanic crust. Communications Biology, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-020-0860-1  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY 
Apr 27, 2020
Quarantine Survival Tips (w/ Dr. Renée Lertzman and “Deadliest Catch” Captains Sig & Keith) and Why We Have Birthmarks
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Learn about fun (but practical) tips for surviving a quarantine from psychologist Renée Lertzman and “Deadliest Catch” Captains Sig Hansen and Keith Colburn. Plus: learn about why we have birthmarks. Why do we have birthmarks? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Taha) Germ layer | biology | Britannica. (2020). In Encyclopædia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/science/germ-layer  Birthmarks. (2020). Medlineplus.Gov; National Library of Medicine. https://medlineplus.gov/birthmarks.html  Neural Crest - Melanocyte Development - Embryology. (2020). Unsw.Edu.Au. https://embryology.med.unsw.edu.au/embryology/index.php/Neural_Crest_-_Melanocyte_Development  Cichorek, M., Wachulska, M., Stasiewicz, A., & Tymińska, A. (2013). Skin melanocytes: biology and development. Advances in Dermatology and Allergology, 1, 30–41. https://doi.org/10.5114/pdia.2013.33376  Genetics Home Reference. (2017). Are moles determined by genetics? Genetics Home Reference. https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/traits/moles  Family Health Team. (2018, May 3). Melanoma: When Should You Worry About a Mole? Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic; Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/melanoma-when-should-you-worry-about-a-mole/  Learn more about Deadliest Catch, Tuesdays at 8 PM ET/PT on Discovery Official website https://www.discovery.com/shows/deadliest-catch Watch Deadliest Catch https://go.discovery.com/tv-shows/deadliest-catch Follow @DeadliestCatch on Twitter https://twitter.com/DeadliestCatch Follow Keith Colburn on Twitter https://twitter.com/crabwizard Additional resources from Dr. Renée Lertzman TED Talk: How to turn climate anxiety into action https://www.ted.com/talks/renee_lertzman_how_to_turn_climate_anxiety_into_action Official website https://reneelertzman.com/ Follow @reneelertzman on Twitter https://twitter.com/reneelertzman/ Window of Tolerance https://www.nicabm.com/trauma-how-to-help-your-clients-understand-their-window-of-tolerance/ Purchase “Environmental Melancholia: Psychoanalytic dimensions of engagement (Psychoanalytic Explorations)” on Amazon https://amzn.to/3czFPCK  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
Apr 24, 2020
Anniversary Episode! Supersonic Packing Tape, Chronological vs. Biological Age, Why Mirrors Are Next to Elevators, and Anti-Asteroid Spacecraft
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Learn about how screeching tape travels at supersonic speeds when you peel it; how Americans are aging more slowly than ever; how the HAMMER spacecraft could save our planet from killer asteroids; and why there are mirrors next to elevators. How screeching tape travels at supersonic speeds by Cameron Duke Yuen Yiu. (2019, February 27). The Supersonic Physics Behind Screechy Peeling Tape. Discover Magazine; Discover Magazine. https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-supersonic-physics-behind-screechy-peeling-tape  Garisto, D. (2019). Focus: Microscopic Theory for Peeling Tape. Physics, 12. https://physics.aps.org/articles/v12/16  De Zotti, V., Rapina, K., Cortet, P.-P., Vanel, L., & Santucci, S. (2019). Bending to Kinetic Energy Transfer in Adhesive Peel Front Microinstability. Physical Review Letters, 122(6). https://doi.org/10.1103/physrevlett.122.068005  The first ever episode of Curiosity Daily: https://curiositydaily.com/0423-daily/ Americans Are Aging More Slowly Than Ever by Reuben Westmaas Levine, M. E., & Crimmins, E. M. (2018). Is 60 the New 50? Examining Changes in Biological Age Over the Past Two Decades. Demography, 55(2), 387–402. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13524-017-0644-5  Basaraba, S. (2012, November 28). How Lifestyle and Habits Affect Biological Aging. Verywell Health; Verywell Health. https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-is-biological-age-2223375  Find Out Your Real Age - Sharecare. (2019). Sharecare. https://www.sharecare.com/static/realage  Michael Roizen, MD | Cleveland Clinic. (2018). Cleveland Clinic. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/staff/6161-michael-roizen  Survey Content Brochure. (1999). https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhanes/survey_content_99_16.pdf  Older Americans are experiencing ‘delayed aging’ — and better health. (2018, March 15). USC News. https://news.usc.edu/138495/older-americans-experiencing-delayed-aging-better-health/  The HAMMER Spacecraft Could Save the World from Killer Asteroids by Elizabeth Howell OSIRIS-REx. (2016). NASA. https://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex  Barbee, B. W., Syal, M. B., Dearborn, D., Gisler, G., Greenaugh, K., Howley, K. M., Leung, R., Lyzhoft, J., Miller, P. L., Nuth, J. A., Plesko, C., Seery, B. D., Wasem, J., Weaver, R. P., & Zebenay, M. (2018). Options and uncertainties in planetary defense: Mission planning and vehicle design for flexible response. Acta Astronautica, 143, 37–61. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2017.10.021  Scientists design conceptual asteroid deflector  and evaluate it against massive potential threat | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. (2018). Llnl.gov. https://www.llnl.gov/news/scientists-design-conceptual-asteroid-deflector-and-evaluate-it-against-massive-potential  Planetary Defense Coordination Office. (2011). NASA. https://www.nasa.gov/planetarydefense/overview  Planetary Defense Frequently Asked Questions. (2011). NASA. https://www.nasa.gov/planetarydefense/faq  JPL Small-Body Database Browser. (2020). Nasa.gov. https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi  There Are Mirrors Next to Elevators for a Specific Reason by Joanie Faletto Opinion | Why Waiting Is Torture. (2012, August 18). The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/opinion/sunday/why-waiting-in-line-is-torture.html  Wald, C. (2015, March 5). Why Your Brain Hates Slowpokes. Nautilus. http://nautil.us/issue/22/slow/why-your-brain-hates-slowpokes  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
Apr 23, 2020
Dealing with Uncertainty During the Coronavirus Pandemic (w/ Dr. Renée Lertzman) and One Dog Year Doesn’t Equal Seven Human Years
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Dr. Renée Lertzman will help you understand uncertainty and how to work through the feelings you might be feeling thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. You’ll also learn why one dog year doesn’t equal seven human years. One Dog Year Doesn't Equal Seven Human Years by Ashley Hamer The Seven-Year Glitch. (2008, August 29). WSJ; The Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB121997338176882143  Crockett, Z. (2010). The Mythology of Dog Years. Priceonomics. https://priceonomics.com/the-mythology-of-dog-years/  Stuart, A. (2010, March 17). How to Figure Out Your Dog’s Age. WebMD; WebMD. https://pets.webmd.com/dogs/how-to-calculate-your-dogs-age  Additional resources from Dr. Renée Lertzman TED Talk: How to turn climate anxiety into action https://www.ted.com/talks/renee_lertzman_how_to_turn_climate_anxiety_into_action Official website https://reneelertzman.com/ Follow @reneelertzman on Twitter https://twitter.com/reneelertzman/ Window of Tolerance https://www.nicabm.com/trauma-how-to-help-your-clients-understand-their-window-of-tolerance/ Purchase “Environmental Melancholia: Psychoanalytic dimensions of engagement (Psychoanalytic Explorations)” on Amazon https://amzn.to/3czFPCK  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
Apr 22, 2020
Fishing Science (w/ “Deadliest Catch” Captains Sig & Keith) and the Psychology of Sour Grapes
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Captains Keith Colburn and Sig Hansen from the award-winning documentary series “Deadliest Catch” share some surprising science lessons from the fishing world. Plus: learn about the psychology behind “sour grapes.” When people can't get something they want, they decide it's not worthy of desire by Kelsey Donk Sjåstad, H., Baumeister, R. F., & Ent, M. (2020). Greener grass or sour grapes? How people value future goals after initial failure. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 88, 103965. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2020.103965 Learn more about Deadliest Catch, Tuesdays at 8 PM ET/PT on Discovery Official website https://www.discovery.com/shows/deadliest-catch Watch Deadliest Catch https://go.discovery.com/tv-shows/deadliest-catch Follow @DeadliestCatch on Twitter https://twitter.com/DeadliestCatch Follow Keith Colburn on Twitter https://twitter.com/crabwizard Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
Apr 21, 2020
Stealing Money with Salami Slicing Attacks (w/ Matt Parker), You Don’t Know the Back of Your Hand, and Tylenol Eases Social Exclusion
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Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker explains real-life “salami slicing” attacks like the one in the movie Office Space. You’ll also learn about how Tylenol can help ease the pain of social rejection; and why you probably don’t know the back of your hand very well at all. Tylenol and forgiveness may ease the pain of social exclusion by Grant Currin Hamer, A. Tylenol May Actually Ease Your Heartache. (2017). Curiosity.com. https://curiosity.com/topics/tylenol-may-actually-ease-your-heartache-curiosity   DeWall, C. N., MacDonald, G., Webster, G. D., Masten, C. L., Baumeister, R. F., Powell, C., Combs, D., Schurtz, D. R., Stillman, T. F., Tice, D. M., & Eisenberger, N. I. (2010). Acetaminophen Reduces Social Pain. Psychological Science, 21(7), 931–937. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797610374741   ‌A prescription for the pain of rejection: Acetaminophen and forgiveness - UCLA Health - Los Angeles, CA. (2017). UCLAHealth.org. https://www.uclahealth.org/body.cfm?id=1397&action=detail&ref=4327&fr=true   Slavich, G. M., Shields, G. S., Deal, B. D., Gregory, A., & Toussaint, L. L. (2019). Alleviating Social Pain: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Forgiveness and Acetaminophen. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 53(12), 1045–1054. https://doi.org/10.1093/abm/kaz015   Harvard Health Publishing. (2018, October 23). Acetaminophen safety: Be cautious but not afraid. Harvard Health. https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/acetaminophen-safety-be-cautious-but-not-afraid  Additional resources from Matt Parker Pick up “Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World” on Amazon https://amzn.to/3c3xwi9  Matt Parker’s official website http://standupmaths.com/ Subscribe to Matt Parker’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/standupmaths Follow @standupmaths on Twitter https://twitter.com/standupmaths How well do you know the back of your hand? Probably not very well at all by Cameron Duke D’Amour, S., & Harris, L. R. (2020). The perceived size of the implicit representation of the dorsum and palm of the hand. PLOS ONE, 15(3), e0230624. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0230624 How well do you know the back of your hand, really? (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/yu-hw032320.php Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY 
Apr 20, 2020
Do Masks Prevent Coronavirus, How Tuvan Throat Singers Sing Two Notes at Once, and Predicting Viral Content by Measuring Brain Activity
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Learn about how scientists are predicting viral content by measuring people’s brain activity; how Tuvan throat singers are able to produce two notes at once; and how effective facemasks are in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. How our brains forecast what goes viral online by Kelsey Donk Stanford researchers find our brains are powerful – but secretive – forecasters of video virality. (2020, March 9). Stanford.Edu. https://news.stanford.edu/press/view/32654  Tong, L. C., Acikalin, M. Y., Genevsky, A., Shiv, B., & Knutson, B. (2020). Brain activity forecasts video engagement in an internet attention market. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(12), 6936–6941. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1905178117  How does Tuvan Throat singing work? by Cameron Duke Bergevin, C., Chandan Narayan, Williams, J., Mhatre, N., Jennifer KE Steeves, Joshua GW Bernstein, & Story, B. (2020, February 12). Overtone focusing in biphonic tuvan throat singing. ELife; eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd. https://elifesciences.org/articles/5047  P. Cosi and G. Tisato. (2003) On the magic of overtone singing. Voce, Parlato. Studi in onore di Franco Ferrero, 83-100 https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Piero_Cosi/publication/228780318_ON_THE_MAGIC_OF_OVERTONE_SINGING/links/09e4150a363d7236ff000000/ON-THE-MAGIC-OF-OVERTONE-SINGING.pdf Renaud, J. (2020, March 10). Researchers solve mystery of Tuvan throat singing. Phys.org. https://phys.org/news/2020-03-mystery-tuvan-throat.html  UNESCO. (2020). The Mongolian traditional art of Khöömei [YouTube Video]. In YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV8EJOvvPvY  A tangentially related video of a Mongolian folk metal band (Just for fun): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1UhoGJ2PwA How effective are masks for preventing Coronavirus by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Likhit) WHO | What can I do? (2015). WHO.int. https://doi.org//entity/csr/disease/swineflu/frequently_asked_questions/what/en/index.html  Interim Guidance for the Use of Masks to Control Seasonal Influenza Virus Transmission. (2020). https://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/infectioncontrol/maskguidance.htm  Advice on the use of masks in the community, during home care and in healthcare settings in the context of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (2018). WHO.int. https://www.who.int/publications-detail/advice-on-the-use-of-masks-in-the-community-during-home-care-and-in-healthcare-settings-in-the-context-of-the-novel-coronavirus-(2019-ncov)-outbreak  ‌Romney, M. G. (2001). Surgical face masks in the operating theatre: re-examining the evidence. Journal of Hospital Infection, 47(4), 251–256. https://doi.org/10.1053/jhin.2000.0912  Davies, A., Thompson, K.-A., Giri, K., Kafatos, G., Walker, J., & Bennett, A. (2013). Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks: Would They Protect in an Influenza Pandemic? Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 7(4), 413–418. https://doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2013.43  CDC. (2020, February 11). Use Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow Spread. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
Apr 17, 2020
Why Stress Makes You Eat Differently, Humpback Whales Hunt with Bubble Nets, and the Surprising Genetic Reason Females Outlive Males
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Learn about why you eat differently when you’re stressed; how humpback whales use “bubble nets” to catch fish; and the surprising genetic reason why females outlive males. Why do we eat differently when stressed? by Steffie Drucker How to Manage Stress Eating (or Not Eating). (2020, March 25). The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/well/how-to-manage-stress-eating-or-not-eating.html  Harvard Health Publishing. (2018, July 18). Why stress causes people to overeat. Harvard Health; Harvard Health. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/why-stress-causes-people-to-overeat  Adam, T. C., & Epel, E. S. (2007). Stress, eating and the reward system. Physiology & Behavior, 91(4), 449–458. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2007.04.011  Rutledge, T., & Linden, W. (1998). Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 21(3), 221–240. https://doi.org/10.1023/a:1018784015771  Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress. (2018). Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/exercise-and-stress/art-20044469  Humpback whales use 'bubble nets' to catch fish by Cameron Duke How humpback whales catch prey with bubble nets. (n.d.). ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 26, 2020, from https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110624083516.htm Humpback whales use their flippers and bubble “nets” to catch fish. (2019, October 15). Science News. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/humpback-whales-bubble-nets Kosma, M. M., Werth, A. J., Szabo, A. R., & Straley, J. M. (2019). Pectoral herding: an innovative tactic for humpback whale foraging. Royal Society Open Science, 6(10), 191104. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.191104 Trifonovitch, K. (n.d.). Whale bubble-net feeding documented by UH researchers through groundbreaking video | University of Hawaiʻi System News. Retrieved March 26, 2020, from https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2019/10/13/whale-bubble-net-feeding-video/ The surprising genetic reason females outlive males by Cameron Duke Inherited Colour Vision Deficiency - Colour Blind Awareness. (2019). Colour Blind Awareness. http://www.colourblindawareness.org/colour-blindness/inherited-colour-vision-deficiency/  Why do men — and other male animals — tend to die younger? It’s all in the Y chromosome. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uons-wdm030320.php  Xirocostas, Z. A., Everingham, S. E., & Moles, A. T. (2020). The sex with the reduced sex chromosome dies earlier: a comparison across the tree of life. Biology Letters, 16(3), 20190867. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2019.0867 Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY
Apr 16, 2020
Parents Rarely Pass Their Politics to Their Kids, Source of Peanut Allergies Found in the Gut, and Why Stars Don’t Make the Night Sky Bright
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Learn about the perception-adoption model, which says that most parents don’t pass their political ideology to their kids; how researchers found the source of peanut allergies in the human gut; and Olbers’ Paradox, which asks why the night sky is so dark if stars are so bright. Most parents don't successfully transmit their political ideology to their kids by Kelsey Donk Dolan, E. W. (2020, March 8). Most parents do not successfully transmit their political values to their children, study finds. PsyPost; PsyPost. https://www.psypost.org/2020/03/most-parents-do-not-successfully-transmit-their-political-values-to-their-children-study-finds-56032   Hatemi, P. K., & Ojeda, C. (2020). The Role of Child Perception and Motivation in Political Socialization. British Journal of Political Science, 1–22. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0007123419000516   Ojeda, C., & Hatemi, P. K. (2015). Accounting for the Child in the Transmission of Party Identification. American Sociological Review, 80(6), 1150–1174. https://doi.org/10.1177/0003122415606101   Researchers find source of peanut allergies in the human gut by Grant Currin Severe peanut allergy may be a “gut reaction.” (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/aaft-spa030220.php  Pattillo, A. (2020, March 5). The source of peanut allergies has been found in a surprising place. Inverse; Inverse. https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/what-causes-a-severe-peanut-allergy-study-points-to-the-gut  Wesemann, D. R., & Nagler, C. R. (2020). Origins of peanut allergy-causing antibodies. Science, 367(6482), 1072–1073. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aba8974  Hoh, R. A., Joshi, S. A., Lee, J.-Y., Martin, B. A., Varma, S., Kwok, S., Nielsen, S. C. A., Nejad, P., Haraguchi, E., Dixit, P. S., Shutthanandan, S. V., Roskin, K. M., Zhang, W., Tupa, D., Bunning, B. J., Manohar, M., Tibshirani, R., Fernandez-Becker, N. Q., Kambham, N., … Boyd, S. D. (2020). Origins and clonal convergence of gastrointestinal IgE+ B cells in human peanut allergy. Science Immunology, 5(45), eaay4209. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciimmunol.aay4209  Olbers' Paradox Asks Why the Night Sky Isn't Blazing With Light by Trevor English Olbers’ Paradox. (2020). Ucr.edu. http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Relativity/GR/olbers.html  The Olbers’ Paradox: Why is the Night Sky Dark? (2013, November 15). Futurism; Futurism. https://futurism.com/the-olbers-paradox-why-is-the-night-sky-dark  ‌J.D. Knight. (2016). Nebulae - Celestial Objects on Sea and Sky. Seasky.org. http://www.seasky.org/celestial-objects/nebulae.html  How many stars are there in the Universe? (2020). Esa.Int. https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/Herschel/How_many_stars_are_there_in_the_Universe  The Expanding Universe. (2020). Sdss.org. http://skyserver.sdss.org/dr1/en/astro/universe/universe.asp  Lii, P. (2020). The Universe Adventure - The Solution to Olber’s Paradox. Universeadventure.org. https://universeadventure.org/big_bang/popups/conseq-dtrh-olbersbigbang.htm  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://curiosity.im/podcast-flash-briefing
Apr 15, 2020
Blame Evolution for Back Pain, Showing Off Your Status Doesn’t Make Friends, and Make Babies Smarter by Pretending to Understand Them
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Learn about why signaling your status makes it harder to make new friends; the evolutionary reason why humans have so much back pain; and how pretending to understand babies can make them smarter. Signaling your status makes it harder to make new friends by Steffie Drucker Forget the bling: High status-signaling deters new friendships. (2018, August). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/sfpa-ftb081518.php  Garcia, S. M., Weaver, K., & Chen, P. (2018). The Status Signals Paradox. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10(5), 690–696. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550618783712  Pinsker, J. (2018, September 27). The Misconceptions People Have About Luxury Purchases. The Atlantic; The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/09/buying-luxury-goods-value/571525/  Why do humans have so much back pain? Thank evolution by Grant Currin Human Evolution: Gain Came With Pain. (2013, February 16). Human Evolution: Gain Came With Pain. Science | AAAS. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2013/02/human-evolution-gain-came-pain#  Your back pain may be due to evolution and spine shape. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/sfu-ybp030420.php  Plomp, K. A., Viðarsdóttir, U. S., Weston, D. A., Dobney, K., & Collard, M. (2015). The ancestral shape hypothesis: an evolutionary explanation for the occurrence of intervertebral disc herniation in humans. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-015-0336-y  Plomp, K. A., Dobney, K., Weston, D. A., Strand Viðarsdóttir, U., & Collard, M. (2019). 3D shape analyses of extant primate and fossil hominin vertebrae support the ancestral shape hypothesis for intervertebral disc herniation. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 19(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-019-1550-9  Plomp, K. A., Dobney, K., & Collard, M. (2020). Spondylolysis and spinal adaptations for bipedalism. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2020(1), 35–44. https://doi.org/10.1093/emph/eoaa003  Spondylolysis. (2020). https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/spondylolysis  Keep Pretending To Understand Babies—It Makes Them Smarter by Anna Todd https://curiosity.com/topics/keep-pretending-to-understand-babiesit-makes-them-smarter-curiosity Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://curiosity.im/podcast-flash-briefing
Apr 14, 2020
The Skyscraper-Shaking Fitness Class (w/ Matt Parker), When Hanger Is Most Likely to Strike, and Studying the Human Brain’s Jiggle
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Learn about when you’re most likely to feel hangry (and how to avoid it); what scientists can learn from watching the human brain jiggle; and how resonant frequencies helped a fitness class shake an entire skyscraper — with help from stand-up mathematician Matt Parker. Scientists Determined When Hanger Is Most Likely to Strike by Annie Hartman https://curiosity.com/topics/scientists-determined-when-hanger-is-most-likely-to-strike-curiosity What can scientists learn from watching the human brain jiggle? by Cameron Duke Diameter of a Human Hair - The Physics Factbook. (n.d.). Hypertextbook.com. Retrieved March 26, 2020, from https://hypertextbook.com/facts/1999/BrianLey.shtml hippocampus | Definition, Location, Function, & Facts | Britannica. (2019). In Encyclopædia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/science/hippocampus Mosher, C. P., Wei, Y., Kamiński, J., Nandi, A., Mamelak, A. N., Anastassiou, C. A., & Rutishauser, U. (2020). Cellular Classes in the Human Brain Revealed In Vivo by Heartbeat-Related Modulation of the Extracellular Action Potential Waveform. Cell Reports, 30(10), 3536–3551.e6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2020.02.027 Scientists categorize neurons by the way the brain jiggles during a heartbeat. (n.d.). Medicalxpress.com. Retrieved March 26, 2020, from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-03-scientists-categorize-neurons-brain-jiggles.html Additional resources from Matt Parker: Pick up “Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World” on Amazon https://amzn.to/3c3xwi9  Matt Parker’s official website http://standupmaths.com/ Subscribe to Matt Parker’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/standupmaths Follow @standupmaths on Twitter https://twitter.com/standupmaths Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://curiosity.im/podcast-flash-briefing
Apr 13, 2020
Why So Many Outbreaks (Like the Coronavirus) Come from Bats, Older Siblings’ Surprising Influence, and April’s Curiosity Challenge
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Learn about why bats are the source of so many deadly virus outbreaks; and the surprisingly strong influence older siblings can have on their brothers and sisters — just in time for Siblings Day. Then, test your knowledge from this podcast with a Curiosity Challenge trivia game. Why bats are the source of so many deadly virus outbreaks by Andrea Michelson Coronavirus outbreak raises question: Why are bat viruses so deadly? (2020, February 11). University of California. https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/coronavirus-outbreak-raises-question-why-are-bat-viruses-so-deadly  Brook, C. E., Boots, M., Chandran, K., Dobson, A. P., Drosten, C., Graham, A. L., Grenfell, B. T., Müller, M. A., Ng, M., Wang, L.-F., & van Leeuwen, A. (2020). Accelerated viral dynamics in bat cell lines, with implications for zoonotic emergence. ELife, 9. https://doi.org/10.7554/elife.48401 Xie, J., Li, Y., Shen, X., Goh, G., Zhu, Y., Cui, J., Wang, L.-F., Shi, Z.-L., & Zhou, P. (2018). Dampened STING-Dependent Interferon Activation in Bats. Cell Host & Microbe, 23(3), 297-301.e4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chom.2018.01.006  ‌How Do Bats Live With So Many Viruses? (2020, January 28). The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/28/science/bats-coronavirus-Wuhan.html  Older Siblings Might Be More Influential to a Child Than Parents by Anna Todd https://curiosity.com/topics/siblings-shape-our-close-relationships-curiosity Hear the answers to today’s trivia questions in these episodes of Curiosity Daily: Memory’s Role in Social Anxiety, The First Synthetic Self-Replicating Genome, and Penguins Can Call Underwater https://curiositydaily.com/memorys-role-in-social-anxiety-the-first-synthetic-self-replicating-genome-and-penguins-can-call-underwater/  Speed Listening’s Effects on Emotion, Surprising Differences Between White and Brown Rice, and Pi Almost Legally Changed to 3.2 https://curiositydaily.com/speed-listenings-effects-on-emotion-surprising-differences-between-white-and-brown-rice-and-pi-almost-legally-changed-to-3-2/  Dr. Amesh Adalja Explains Social Distancing for COVID-19, Birds Won’t Spread Fake News, and Using Auroras to Find Exoplanets https://curiositydaily.com/dr-amesh-adalja-explains-social-distancing-for-covid-19-birds-wont-spread-fake-news-and-using-auroras-to-find-exoplanets/  Pick up “Wanderers: A Novel” by Chuck Wendig on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Xvx20x  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://curiosity.im/podcast-flash-briefing
Apr 10, 2020
Anticipatory Grief During a Pandemic, the Smallest Dinosaur Ever (Maybe), and How Your Brain Processes Music and Speech Differently
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Learn about how to cope with “anticipatory grief” you’re probably feeling during the coronavirus pandemic; the controversy around Oculudentavis khaungraae, which may be the smallest dinosaur ever discovered; and how researchers discovered that music and speech are encoded in separate brain hemispheres. When you mourn something before you've lost it, that's anticipatory grief by Kelsey Donk That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief. (2020, March 23). Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief  Types of Grief and Loss - NHPCO. (2019). NHPCO. https://www.nhpco.org/patients-and-caregivers/grief-and-loss/the-grief-experience/types-of-grief-and-loss/  Eldridge, L. (2013, January 14). How Anticipatory Grief Differs From Grief After Death. Verywell Health; Verywell Health. https://www.verywellhealth.com/understanding-anticipatory-grief-and-symptoms-2248855  Scientists claim to have discovered the smallest known dinosaur of the Mesosoic by Cameron Duke March 2020, L. G.-A. E. 11. (n.d.). Trapped in amber, this could be the smallest dinosaur ever found. Livescience.Com. Retrieved March 27, 2020, from https://www.livescience.com/smallest-dinosaur-of-mesozoic.html  Xing, L., O’Connor, J. K., Schmitz, L., Chiappe, L. M., McKellar, R. C., Yi, Q., & Li, G. (2020).  Hummingbird-sized dinosaur from the Cretaceous period of Myanmar. Nature, 579(7798), 245–249. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2068-4  Wang, W.; Zhiheng, L.; Hu, Y.; Wang, M.; Hongyu, Y.; Lu, J. (2020). "The "smallest dinosaur in history" in amber may be the largest mix-up in history" (in Chinese). Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology. http://ivpp.cas.cn/kxcb/kpdt/202003/t20200313_5514594.html Smallest-ever fossil dinosaur found trapped in amber. (2020, March 11). Nationalgeographic.com. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/03/smallest-ever-fossil-dinosaur-found-trapped-in-amber/  Scientists found how music and speech are encoded in separate brain hemispheres by Andrea Michelson Using a cappella to explain speech and music specialization. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/mu-ua022420.php  Spectro Temporal Modulations Experiment. (2020). Mcgill.Ca. https://www.zlab.mcgill.ca/spectro_temporal_modulations/  Albouy, P., Benjamin, L., Morillon, B., & Zatorre, R. J. (2020). Distinct sensitivity to spectrotemporal modulation supports brain asymmetry for speech and melody. Science, 367(6481), 1043–1047. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaz3468  Shmerling, R. H. (2017, August 25). Right brain/left brain, right? - Harvard Health Blog. Harvard Health Blog. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/right-brainleft-brain-right-2017082512222  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://curiosity.im/podcast-flash-briefing
Apr 09, 2020
How Wildlife Crossings Work (w/ Beth Pratt of #SaveLACougars) and Get Happy by Doing One Creative Thing a Day
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Beth Pratt, leader of the Save LA Cougars campaign, explains how wildlife crossings work and the unique engineering behind the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing. Plus: learn how doing one creative thing every day can boost your happiness. Additional resources from Beth Pratt, California Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation and leader of the #SaveLACougars Campaign: The #SaveLACougars campaign and the Liberty Canyon wildlife crossing https://savelacougars.org/ P-22 - Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service). (2016). NPS.gov. https://www.nps.gov/samo/learn/nature/p-22.htm  The Secret Life of L.A.’s Wildlife in Pictures | Los Angeles Magazine — https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/cougar-town-the-secret-lives-of-l-a-s-mountain-lions/ Beth Pratt’s website http://www.bethpratt.com/ Follow @BethPratt on Twitter https://twitter.com/bethpratt  Do One Creative Thing Every Day to Increase Your Overall Happiness by Rachel Bertsche Levine https://curiosity.com/topics/want-to-be-happier-do-one-creative-thing-a-day-curiosity Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://curiosity.im/podcast-flash-briefing
Apr 08, 2020
Building the World’s Largest Wildlife Crossing to Save P-22 (w/ Beth Pratt of #SaveLACougars) and the Health Benefits of the “Helper’s High”
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Beth Pratt, leader of the Save LA Cougars campaign, tells the story of mountain lion P-22 and how he inspired a campaign to build the world’s largest wildlife crossing. Plus: learn about the health benefits of the helper’s high you get when you volunteer.  Ever Experienced A "Helper's High"? There's A Reason For That by Anna Todd https://curiosity.com/topics/ever-experienced-a-helpers-high-theres-a-reason-for-that-curiosity GiveDirectly: COVID-19 response https://www.givedirectly.org/covid-19/ Additional resources from Beth Pratt, California Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation and leader of the #SaveLACougars Campaign: The #SaveLACougars campaign and the Liberty Canyon wildlife crossing https://savelacougars.org/ P-22 - Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service). (2016). NPS.gov. https://www.nps.gov/samo/learn/nature/p-22.htm  The Secret Life of L.A.’s Wildlife in Pictures | Los Angeles Magazine — https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/cougar-town-the-secret-lives-of-l-a-s-mountain-lions/ Beth Pratt’s website http://www.bethpratt.com/ Follow @BethPratt on Twitter https://twitter.com/bethpratt  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://curiosity.im/podcast-flash-briefing
Apr 07, 2020
Why Women Feel More Pain than Men, Why Toothpaste Makes Food Taste Bad, and Earth Formed Way Faster Than We Thought
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Learn about why things taste bad after you brush your teeth; a new discovery about how fast the Earth formed that may mean good things about life in the universe; and why women may experience more pain than men.  Why does toothpaste make food taste bad? by Andrea Michelson Schultz, C. (2014, October 13). The Science of Why Toothpaste Makes Food Taste Funny. Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-why-toothpaste-makes-food-taste-funny-180953001/  Carter, C. (2019). Why does toothpaste make everything taste horrible? BBC Science Focus Magazine. https://www.sciencefocus.com/the-human-body/why-does-toothpaste-make-everything-taste-horrible/   Berthold, Emma. (2018, July 31). How do our tastebuds work? Australian Academy of Science. https://www.science.org.au/curious/people-medicine/how-do-our-tastebuds-work   Munger, S. D. (2015, July 7). That neat and tidy map of tastes on the tongue you learned in school is all wrong. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/that-neat-and-tidy-map-of-tastes-on-the-tongue-you-learned-in-school-is-all-wrong-44217   Biggart, A. (2019, March 30). The 3 Best SLS-Free Toothpastes. Bustle. https://www.bustle.com/p/the-3-best-sls-free-toothpastes-16977453  The Earth formed much faster than previously thought by Kelsey Donk The Earth formed much faster than previously thought. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/uoct-tef022020.php  Schiller, M., Bizzarro, M., & Siebert, J. (2020). Iron isotope evidence for very rapid accretion and differentiation of the proto-Earth. Science Advances, 6(7), eaay7604. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aay7604  Scientists have identified a hormone that makes women experience more pain than men by Andrea Michelson UArizona study identifies hormone that causes women to experience more pain than men. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uoah-usi030420.php   ‌Chen, Y., Moutal, A., Navratilova, E., Kopruszinski, C., Yue, X., Ikegami, M., Chow, M., Kanazawa, I., Bellampalli, S. S., Xie, J., Patwardhan, A., Rice, K., Fields, H., Akopian, A., Neugebauer, V., Dodick, D., Khanna, R., & Porreca, F. (2020). The prolactin receptor long isoform regulates nociceptor sensitization and opioid-induced hyperalgesia selectively in females. Science Translational Medicine, 12(529), eaay7550. https://doi.org/10.1126/scitranslmed.aay7550   Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://curiosity.im/podcast-flash-briefing
Apr 06, 2020
Where Does Mold Come From? Plus: Torture Scenes in Movies vs. Real Life and Why the World’s Smelliest Fruit Smells So Bad
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Learn about the shocking prevalence of torture scenes in movies; why durian, the world’s smelliest fruit, smells so bad; and where mold comes from. Torture is prevalent and effective in movies (but not in real life) by Kelsey Donk Torture Prevalent, Effective in Popular Movies, Study Finds – University of Alabama News | The University of Alabama. (2020). Ua.Edu. https://www.ua.edu/news/2020/01/torture-prevalent-effective-in-popular-movies-study-finds/  Delehanty, C., & Kearns, E. (2019). Wait, There’s Torture in Zootopia?: Examining the Prevalence of Torture in Popular Movies. SSRN Electronic Journal. https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3342908  Scientists discovered why durian is the world's smelliest fruit by Kelsey Donk A Love Letter to a Smelly Fruit. (2013, December 3). The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/08/travel/a-love-letter-to-a-smelly-fruit.html   Discovering what makes durian stink. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/lfla-dwm022820.php   Identification of an Important Odorant Precursor in Durian: First Evidence of Ethionine in Plants. (2019). Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jafc.9b07065   Maninang, J. S., Lizada, M. C. C., & Gemma, H. (2009). Inhibition of aldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme by Durian (Durio zibethinus Murray) fruit extract. Food Chemistry, 117(2), 352–355. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2009.03.106   Ethanethiol - American Chemical Society. (2020). American Chemical Society. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/molecule-of-the-week/archive/e/ethanethiol.html  Where does mold come from? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Tim) USDA FSIS. (2013). Molds on Food: Are They Dangerous? https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/a87cdc2c-6ddd-49f0-bd1f-393086742e68/Molds_on_Food.pdf?MOD=AJPERES  Stradley, L. (2016, April 5). Food Molds – Are Molds Dangerous. What’s Cooking America. https://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/Mold.htm  Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. (2019). BAM Chapter 18. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/food/laboratory-methods-food/bam-yeasts-molds-and-mycotoxins  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://curiosity.im/podcast-flash-briefing
Apr 03, 2020
Astronauts Grew Lettuce in Space, Why Smelling a Dirty Shirt Can Help You Sleep, and Early Animals That Acted Like an Ancient Internet
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Learn about how your lover’s clothing could improve your sleep; how astronauts grew vegetables in space for the first time; and ancient animals that were connected by a crude version of the internet. Smelling your lover’s shirt could improve your sleep by Kelsey Donk 3 Reasons to Give Your Valentine a Smelly, Unwashed T-Shirt. (2020). Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/202002/3-reasons-give-your-valentine-smelly-unwashed-t-shirt  Smelling your lover’s shirt could improve your sleep. (2020, February 13). UBC News. https://news.ubc.ca/2020/02/13/smelling-your-lovers-shirt-could-improve-your-sleep/  Reed, D. L., & Sacco, W. P. (2016). Measuring Sleep Efficiency: What Should the Denominator Be? Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine : JCSM : Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 12(2), 263–266. https://doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.5498  We grew lettuce in space! by Grant Currin Space lettuce. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/f-sl022720.php   Khodadad, C. L. M., Hummerick, M. E., Spencer, L. E., Dixit, A. R., Richards, J. T., Romeyn, M. W., Smith, T. M., Wheeler, R. M., & Massa, G. D. (2020). Microbiological and Nutritional Analysis of Lettuce Crops Grown on the International Space Station. Frontiers in Plant Science, 11. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.00199   What do astronauts eat in space? (2019, April 28). Royal Museums Greenwich. https://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/space-stargazing/space-exploration/what-do-astronauts-eat-in-space  Half-billion-year-old fern-like animals acted like an ancient internet by Cameron Duke Half billion-year-old “social network” observed in early animals. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uoc-hb030320.php   Quaglia, S. (2020, March 5). Half-billion-year-old, fern-like animals may be the first social network. Inverse; Inverse. https://www.inverse.com/science/ancient-fern-animals-may-be-first-social-network   Liu, A. G., & Dunn, F. S. (2020). Filamentous Connections between Ediacaran Fronds. Current Biology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.01.052   Taylor, J. W., Hann-Soden, C., Branco, S., Sylvain, I., & Ellison, C. E. (2015). Clonal reproduction in fungi. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(29), 8901–8908. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1503159112   Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://curiosity.im/podcast-flash-briefing
Apr 02, 2020
Ducks Are Employees at a Vineyard, the Victorian Version of Spotify, and A Mathematical Theorem for Cutting a Ham Sandwich
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Learn about why hundreds of ducks are employees at a wine vineyard; a musical invention that was the Spotify of the Victorian era; and a delicious mathematical principle known as the ham sandwich theorem. Hundreds of Ducks Are Employees at a Vineyard by Joanie Faletto https://curiosity.com/topics/hundreds-of-ducks-are-employees-at-a-vineyard-curiosity  The Telharmonium was the Victorian version of Spotify by Steffie Drucker McClure’s magazine  v.27 1906 May-Oct. (2017). HathiTrust. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015027895930&view=1up&seq=297  Morton, E. (2015, November 24). The Telharmonium Was the Spotify of 1906. Atlas Obscura; Atlas Obscura. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-telharmonium-was-the-spotify-of-1906  Stubbs, D. (2018, November 16). The World’s First Synthesizer Was a 200-Ton Behemoth. Smithsonian Magazine; Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/worlds-first-synthesizer-was-200-ton-behemoth-180970828/  ‌Weidenaar, R. (1995). Magic Music from the Telharmonium. Google Books. https://books.google.com/books?id=Gr2kq-598-YC&lpg=PP1&dq=telharmonium&pg=PA71#v=snippet&q=helmholtz&f=false  Davidson, R. (2014). 9XM Talking: The Early History of WHA Radio. Wisconsin Public Radio. http://www.portalwisconsin.org/archives/9xm.cfm#:~:text= The Ham Sandwich Theorem Is a Delicious and Puzzling Mathematical Principle by Ashley Hamer https://curiosity.com/topics/the-ham-sandwich-theorem-is-a-delicious-and-puzzling-mathematical-principle-curiosity Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://curiosity.im/podcast-flash-briefing
Apr 01, 2020
The Invisible Harm of Thirdhand Smoke, Why Whales Get Lost During Solar Storms, and A Massive Virus That Blurs the Line Between Life and Non-Life
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Learn about the invisible harms of thirdhand smoke; massive viruses that blur the line between the living and non-living; and why whales get lost during solar storms. Moviegoers contaminate nonsmoking movie theater with 'thirdhand' cigarette smoke by Kelsey Donk Moviegoers contaminate nonsmoking movie theater with “thirdhand” cigarette smoke. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/aaft-mcn030220.php  Thirdhand smoke wafting off moviegoers hurts air quality in theaters. (2020, March 5). Science News. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/thirdhand-smoke-fumes-air-quality-movie-theaters  Sheu, R., Stönner, C., Ditto, J. C., Klüpfel, T., Williams, J., & Gentner, D. R. (2020). Human transport of thirdhand tobacco smoke: A prominent source of hazardous air pollutants into indoor nonsmoking environments. Science Advances, 6(10), eaay4109. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aay4109  Massive viruses that blur the line between living and non-living by Cameron Duke Al-Shayeb, B., Sachdeva, R., Chen, L.-X., Ward, F., Munk, P., Devoto, A., Castelle, C. J., Olm, M. R., Bouma-Gregson, K., Amano, Y., He, C., Méheust, R., Brooks, B., Thomas, A., Lavy, A., Matheus-Carnevali, P., Sun, C., Goltsman, D. S. A., Borton, M. A., … Banfield, J. F. (2020). Clades of huge phages from across Earth’s ecosystems. Nature, 578(7795), 425–431. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2007-4  Huge bacteria-eating viruses close gap between life and non-life: Large bacteriophages carry bacterial genes, including CRISPR and ribosomal proteins. (2020, February 12). ScienceDaily. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200212131458.htm  Solar storms blind whales because they mess with magnetoreception by Cameron Duke Solar storms may leave gray whales “blind” and stranded. (2020). ScienceDaily. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200224111356.htm  Granger, J., Walkowicz, L., Fitak, R., & Johnsen, S. (2020). Gray whales strand more often on days with increased levels of atmospheric radio-frequency noise. Current Biology, 30(4), R155–R156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.01.028  Johnsen, S., & Lohmann, K. J. (2008). Magnetoreception in animals. Physics Today, 61(3), 29–35. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2897947  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://curiosity.im/podcast-flash-briefing
Mar 31, 2020
Laughter Might Be the Best Medicine, How Your Romantic Style Affects Your Finances, and Why Some Amphibians Glow
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Learn about how your romantic attachment style affects your finances; the surprising reason why some amphibians glow; and why laughter might really be the best medicine.

How Your Romantic Style Affects Your Finances by Kelsey Donk

Why Some Amphibians Glow by Cameron Duke

Laughter Might Really Be The Best Medicine by Ashley Hamer 

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Mar 30, 2020
Coronavirus Vaccine Development: Scientific Challenges and Timelines with Dr. Julia Schaletzky (COVID-19 Bonus Episode)
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Dr. Julia Schaletzky explains what it takes to develop vaccines for viruses like COVID-19. Dr. Schaletzky is the Executive Director of the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases, the Drug Discovery Center, and the Immunotherapy and Vaccine Research Institute at UC Berkeley.

In this special coronavirus coverage from Curiosity Daily, Dr. Schaletzky discusses:

  • What science needs to be done in order to make a new vaccine a reality?
  • Why can’t we grow a live virus vaccine for COVID-19?
  • What are the challenges associated with animal testing?
  • How long does it take to complete clinical trials and why are they so important?
  • What are the differences between ebola vaccine development and coronavirus vaccine development?
  • Why do we update vaccines for the seasonal flu, and will we have to update a COVID-19 vaccine after it’s been developed?
  • What zoonotic viruses have we identified besides COVID-19 and how can we protect humans from them in the future?
  • What is it about a bat’s immune system that increases risk of virus transmission to humans?
  • How long should it take to create a vaccine, and will it happen before we’ve developed herd immunity?
  • What’s the difference between a live virus vaccine, a recombinant vaccine, and an mRNA vaccine, and which might be most effective against coronavirus?
  • How long does it take to be sure a vaccine is safe for humans?
  • Why can’t everyone in the US get a serological test to see if they’ve already had COVID-19?
  • What can the coronavirus pandemic teach us about policies and funding that impacts scientific research in the future?

Additional resources from Dr. Julia Schaletzky, Executive Director of the Henry Wheeler Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases at University of California, Berkeley:

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Mar 29, 2020
Coronavirus Test Shortages Explained (w/ Dr. Julia Schaletzky), Anonymous Anime Fan Helps Solve 25-Year-Old Math Mystery, and Can Ketamine Help with Depression?
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Dr. Julia Schaletzky explains why the U.S. is having a hard time testing everyone for the coronavirus. Plus: learn about how ketamine can help with depression and anxiety; and how an anonymous Anime fan on 4chan helped solve a 25-year-old math puzzle.

Additional resources from Dr. Julia Schaletzky, Executive Director of the Henry Wheeler Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases at University of California, Berkeley:

How can ketamine treat anxiety? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Brock in Utah)

An anonymous 4chan post helped solve a 25-year-old math puzzle by Grant Currin

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Mar 27, 2020
How a Coronavirus Vaccine Might Work (w/ Dr. Julia Schaletzky) and Why We Call Steak “Beef” and Not “Cow”
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Learn about how we make vaccines to fight viruses like the coronavirus, with help from Julia Schaletzky, Executive Director of the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases at UC Berkeley. You’ll also learn about the weird history behind why we call steak “beef” and not “cow.”

Additional resources from Dr. Julia Schaletzky, Executive Director of the Henry Wheeler Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases at University of California, Berkeley:

The Norman Conquest Is Why Steak Is "Beef" and Not "Cow" by Ashley Hamer

https://curiosity.com/topics/the-norman-conquest-is-why-steak-is-beef-and-not-cow-curiosity

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Mar 26, 2020
Memory’s Role in Social Anxiety, The First Synthetic Self-Replicating Genome, and Penguins Can Call Underwater
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Learn about new research into how social anxiety works in the brain; how scientists developed the first synthetic self-replicating genome; and the adorable sounds penguins make underwater. 

It's harder for people with social anxiety to remember encounters that ended positively by Kelsey Donk

Scientists just created the first synthetic self-replicating genome by Cameron Duke

Penguins can call underwater by Steffie Drucker

Fun videos from Chicago’s Museum Campus:

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Mar 25, 2020
No One Born Blind Has Had Schizophrenia, Bacteria Engineered to Protect Honeybees, and The Surprising Way WWI Helmets Beat Modern Ones
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Learn about a medical mystery involving blindness and schizophrenia; a new bacteria scientists developed to help protect honeybees; and the surprising strength of helmets used in World War I.

No person who was born blind has ever been diagnosed with schizophrenia by Andrea Michelson

Scientists have engineered bacteria to protect honeybees from colony collapse by Grant Currin

WWI helmets protected against shock waves as well as modern ones by Steffie Drucker

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Mar 24, 2020
First Animal That Doesn’t Breathe Oxygen, Biggest Explosion in the Universe’s History, and Improving Memory with the Brain’s Immune System
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Learn about the first animal scientists have ever discovered that doesn’t breathe oxygen; how we might be able to hijack the brain’s immune system to improve memory; and the biggest explosion in the history of the universe.

Scientists discover first animal that doesn't breathe oxygen by Cameron Duke

  • Specktor, B. (2020, February 24). Scientists discover first known animal that doesn’t breathe. Livescience.com; Live Science. https://www.livescience.com/first-non-breathing-animal.html  
  • Yahalomi, D., Atkinson, S. D., Neuhof, M., Chang, E. S., Philippe, H., Cartwright, P., Bartholomew, J. L., & Huchon, D. (2020). A cnidarian parasite of salmon (Myxozoa: Henneguya) lacks a mitochondrial genome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201909907. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1909907117

We might be able to hijack the brain's immune system to improve memory by Grant Currin

Astronomers detect biggest explosion in the history of the universe by Grant Currin

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Mar 23, 2020
How to Clean Your Phone, More Info About a New Disease Won’t Comfort You, and the Best Workout Music According to Research
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Learn about how to choose the best music for your workout playlist; why learning more about a new disease like coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) won’t comfort you; and how to clean your phone.

For the best workout playlist, go for deep bass and fast tempos by Mae Rice

More info about a disease won’t comfort you by Steffie Drucker

How to clean your phone by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Linda)

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Mar 20, 2020
Robot Workers May Change Prejudices, Hormonal Changes in Dads-to-Be, and How Salamanders Regrow Their Limbs
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Learn about why a rising robot workforce may make humans less prejudiced towards other people; how studying a salamander that can regrow lost limbs could help us figure out how to help humans heal faster; and hormonal changes that happen in dads-to-be. 

A rising robot workforce may make humans less prejudiced by Kelsey Donk

Can knowing how salamanders regrow their limbs help humans do the same? by Andrea Michelson

  • Regeneration: The amphibian’s opus. (2020, January). Knowable Magazine | Annual Reviews. https://www.knowablemagazine.org/article/living-world/2020/axolotl-limb-regeneration  
  • Elizabeth Preston, Quanta Magazine. (2018, July 7). Salamander’s Genome Guards Secrets of Limb Regrowth. Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/salamander-rsquo-s-genome-guards-secrets-of-limb-regrowth/  
  • Currie, J. D., Kawaguchi, A., Traspas, R. M., Schuez, M., Chara, O., & Tanaka, E. M. (2016). Live Imaging of Axolotl Digit Regeneration Reveals Spatiotemporal Choreography of Diverse Connective Tissue Progenitor Pools. Developmental Cell, 39(4), 411–423. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.devcel.2016.10.013  
  • Smith, J. J., Timoshevskaya, N., Timoshevskiy, V. A., Keinath, M. C., Hardy, D., & Voss, S. R. (2019). A chromosome-scale assembly of the axolotl genome. Genome Research, 29(2), 317–324. https://doi.org/10.1101/gr.241901.118  
  • Nowoshilow, S., Schloissnig, S., Fei, J.-F., Dahl, A., Pang, A. W. C., Pippel, M., Winkler, S., Hastie, A. R., Young, G., Roscito, J. G., Falcon, F., Knapp, D., Powell, S., Cruz, A., Cao, H., Habermann, B., Hiller, M., Tanaka, E. M., & Myers, E. W. (2018). The axolotl genome and the evolution of key tissue formation regulators. Nature, 554(7690), 50–55. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature25458  
  • Gerber, T., Murawala, P., Knapp, D., Masselink, W., Schuez, M., Hermann, S., Gac-Santel, M., Nowoshilow, S., Kageyama, J., Khattak, S., Currie, J. D., Camp, J. G., Tanaka, E. M., & Treutlein, B. (2018). Single-cell analysis uncovers convergence of cell identities during axolotl limb regeneration. Science, 362(6413), eaaq0681. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaq0681 

Dads-to-Be Experience Hormonal Changes, Too by Ashley Hamer 

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Mar 19, 2020
Hearing Loss and Technology (w/ David Owen) and the Psychology of Reacting to a Crisis (Like COVID-19)
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Author David Owen discusses what happens once you’ve lost your hearing — and how much technology can actually help. Then, learn about the psychology behind our reactions to a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Additional resources from David Owen:

"Adjustment reaction" and how to cope when first learning about a crisis by Kelsey Donk 

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Mar 18, 2020
Coronavirus Myths and FAQs with Dr. Amesh Adalja, Epidemiologist
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Epidemiologist Amesh Adalja answers frequently asked questions about COVID-19 in this special bonus episode. Dr. Adalja is a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, and will help you understand what we know and what we don’t know as of this week.

In this episode, Dr. Amesh Amalja answers these frequently asked questions about COVID-19:

  • What do we know for sure in terms of transmissibility, symptoms, severity of symptoms, mortality rate, incubation period — or is our understanding about everything evolving?
  • What do we know about risk factors for specific comorbidities?
  • Why comparisons to the seasonal flu are fair to make?
  • If the virus isn’t as risky to children, then why are we closing schools?
  • What is going to be accomplished by discouraging or limiting large groups of people getting together?
  • Are you at a higher risk for more severe symptoms if you have had exposures to multiple different people who are carrying the virus?
  • Why don’t we just expose young and healthy people to the virus to build up immunity?
  • How much safer are we if everyone practices hand hygiene and social distancing?
  • Any other coronavirus myths worth discussing?
  • How long will it take for us to see the full impact of the pandemic and how will we reassess the extent of the damage in the future?
  • Will this virus die off in the summer?
  • What are the best medical sources to follow for coronavirus updates?

Additional resources recommended by Dr. Amesh Adalja, an expert in emergency medicine and infectious diseases such as coronavirus disease 2019:

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Mar 18, 2020
Dr. Amesh Adalja Explains Social Distancing for COVID-19, Birds Won’t Spread Fake News, and Using Auroras to Find Exoplanets
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Dr. Amesh Adalja, Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, explains how today’s unprecedented closures can help save lives from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Plus: learn how birds avoid spreading fake news and how astronomers are using auroras to find distant exoplanets. 

Birds alter the spread of information based on its trustworthiness by Kelsey Donk

Astronomers are finding distant exoplanets by looking for auroras in their home stars by Grant Currin

Additional resources recommended by Dr. Amesh Adalja:

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Mar 17, 2020
New Antibiotic Discovered by AI, How to Handle Traumatic Memories, and Why Extreme Temperatures Mess with Your Batteries
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Learn about how to use focused attention to ease the memory of a traumatic event; why extreme temperatures mess with your batteries, and what you can do about it; and how researchers used machine learning to discover a powerful antibiotic for the first time. 

Researchers ease the memory of traumatic events by having patients focus on neutral details by Kelsey Donk

Why Extreme Temperatures Mess With Your Batteries by Ashley Hamer: https://curiosity.com/topics/heres-why-extreme-temperatures-drain-your-batteries-curiosity

A powerful antibiotic was discovered using machine learning for the first time by Grant Currin

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Mar 16, 2020
Speed Listening’s Effects on Emotion, Surprising Differences Between White and Brown Rice, and Pi Almost Legally Changed to 3.2
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Learn about how speed listening to podcasts (or "podfasting") affects our emotions; the health differences between white and brown rice; and the time pi was once almost legally changed to 3.2.

Speed listening’s effects on emotion by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from S.P.)

The health differences between white and brown rice are dead even by Steffie Drucker

Pi Was Once Almost Legally Changed to 3.2 by Ashley Hamer: https://curiosity.com/topics/happy-pi-day-how-pi-was-almost-legally-changed-to-32-curiosity

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Mar 13, 2020
Myths and Science of Binaural Beats, How to Talk About Historical Injustices, and Australian Dingos Evolved from Pet Dogs
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Learn about whether binaural beats are worth the hype; how Australian dingos evolved from domesticated animals; and how to navigate some unexpected consequences of talking about historical injustices.

Are binaural beats worth the hype? by Andrea Michelson

Dingos descended from domesticated dogs by Cameron Duke

Bringing up historical injustices makes majority groups defensive, but there's a way around it  by Kelsey Donk

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Mar 12, 2020
Protecting Yourself from Hearing Loss (w/ David Owen) and Why Woolly Mammoths Went Extinct
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Learn about some of the most common causes for hearing loss and how you can protect your ears from them, from author David Owen. You’ll also learn about how woolly mammoth DNA has given us new insight into what made them go extinct. Additional resources from David Owen: Part 1 of our interview https://curiositydaily.com/its-never-too-early-to-protect-your-hearing-w-david-owen-and-why-you-should-work-in-90-minute-spurts/ Pick up “Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World” on Amazon https://amzn.to/32l0dU5  Additional publications by David Owen https://amzn.to/2vW2xoy  Official website https://www.davidowen.net/ Articles by David Owen in The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/contributors/david-owen  Mammoth DNA gives clues as to what wiped them out by Grant Currin Study resurrects mammoth DNA to explore the cause of their extinction. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/oupu-srm020720.php   Fry, E., Kim, S. K., Chigurapti, S., Mika, K. M., Ratan, A., Dammermann, A., Mitchell, B. J., Miller, W., & Lynch, V. J. (2020). Functional architecture of deleterious genetic variants in the genome of a Wrangel Island mammoth. Genome Biology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evz279   Timeline of the human condition. (2016). Southampton.ac.uk. http://www.southampton.ac.uk/~cpd/history.html   Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://curiosity.im/podcast-flash-briefing
Mar 11, 2020
Why Yoga Reduces Depression, Why Plastic Bag Fees Work So Well, and How Bumblebees Can Carry So Much
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Learn about why plastic bag fees have such a big influence on your behavior; how bumblebees are able to fly around while carrying up to 80 percent of their own body weight; and the neuroscience behind why yoga reduces depression.

How plastic bag and coffee cup surcharges go beyond money to influence your decisions by Kelsey Donk

Bumblebees are more efficient the heavier they are by Grant Currin

Why does yoga reduce depression? Researchers say GABA might be the link by Grant Currin

  • Cramer, H., Anheyer, D., Lauche, R., & Dobos, G. (2017). A systematic review of yoga for major depressive disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 213, 70–77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2017.02.006 
  • Researchers identify link between decreased depressive symptoms, yoga and the neurotransmitter GABA. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/buso-ril020320.php 
  • Streeter, C. C., Gerbarg, P. L., Brown, R. P., Scott, T. M., Nielsen, G. H., Owen, L., Sakai, O., Sneider, J. T., Nyer, M. B., & Silveri, M. M. (2020). Thalamic Gamma Aminobutyric Acid Level Changes in Major Depressive Disorder After a 12-Week Iyengar Yoga and Coherent Breathing Intervention. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2019.0234 

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Mar 10, 2020
Pop Songs Are Getting Sadder, Mysterious Radio Signals from Outer Space, and It Pays to “Just Be Yourself”
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Learn about why pop songs are getting sadder; a mysterious radio signal coming from outer space every 16 days; and why it pays to be yourself when you’re in a high-stakes situation.

Pop songs are getting sadder by Kelsey Donk

A newly detected fast radio burst appears to be repeating in a 16-day cycle by Grant Currin

It pays to be yourself in job interviews by Kelsey Donk

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Mar 09, 2020
Astronomy’s Problem with Starslink (w/ Vivienne Baldassare) and Why Toilet Paper Is White
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Learn about Starlink’s unintended consequences for astronomy from astrophysicist Vivienne Baldassare, NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University. Then, learn why toilet paper is white.

If you think the night sky should be included in assessments of the environmental impact of government projects, you can get involved in the Council on Environmental Quality’s Proposal to Update its NEPA Implementing Regulations. Comments should be submitted on or before March 10, 2020. 

Read the document and submit comments here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CEQ-2019-0003-0001

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Why toilet paper is white by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Gerald)

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Mar 06, 2020
Boost Self-Control by Asking for Support, Gene-Stealing Organisms, and How Lipreading Works in the Brain
623

Learn about a research-backed way to achieve better self control by asking for help from others; how Ambystoma salamanders “steal” DNA from other species via kleptogenesis; and how your brain can process visual information as sound.

For better self control, ask for support from others by Kelsey Donk

Kleptogenesis is evolution's weirdest breeding technique by Cameron Duke

Lip reading without sound lights up your auditory cortex, and scientists now know why by Grant Currin

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Mar 05, 2020
It’s Never Too Early to Protect Your Hearing (w/ David Owen) and Why You Should Work in 90-Minute Spurts
685

Author David Owen discusses how hearing works and why it’s important to protect even when you’re young. Plus: learn how to be more productive by tapping into your “ultradian rhytms.” 

For Better Productivity, Work in 90-Minute Spurts by Ashley Hamer: https://curiosity.com/topics/for-better-productivity-work-in-90-minute-spurts-curiosity 

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Mar 04, 2020
Fonts Can Send Political Messages, Don’t Always Trust Your First Instinct, and Nucleic Acids Beyond DNA and RNA
627

Learn about how certain fonts can send political messages; why the “first instinct fallacy” says you shouldn’t always go with your first instinct; and why DNA and RNA are just two of millions of possible genetic molecules.

Fonts can send political messages by Kelsey Donk

The "first instinct fallacy" says your gut response isn't always right by Steffie Drucker

DNA and RNA are only two of millions of possible genetic molecules by Grant Currin

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Mar 03, 2020
History’s Average Commute Time, Fight Procrastination with Emotions, and the Largest Ever Study of Cancer Genomes
627

Learn about how little the average commute time has changed throughout human history; what researchers learned from the largest-ever study of cancer genomes; and why procrastination is about managing emotions, not time.

The Marchetti Constant by Kelsey Donk

Scientists have released the largest-ever study of cancer genomes by Grant Currin

Procrastination is about managing emotions, not time by Kelsey Donk

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Mar 02, 2020
Quitting Smoking May Reawaken Healthy Cells, Why You Yawn During Exercise, and Telling the Age of Crime Scene Fingerprints
688

Learn about how quitting smoking may reawaken healthy cells; how researchers figured out how to tell the age of crime scene fingerprints to help investigators; and why you sometimes yawn while exercising or singing. 

Quitting smoking doesn’t just slow lung damage, but can also reawaken undamaged cells by Grant Currin

  • Gallagher, J. (2020, January 29). Lungs “magically” heal damage from smoking. BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51279355 
  • Pfeifer, G. P. (2020, January 29). Smoke signals in the DNA of normal lung cells. Nature, 578(7794), 224–226. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-00165-7 
  • Yoshida, K., Gowers, K. H. C., Lee-Six, H., Chandrasekharan, D. P., Coorens, T., Maughan, E. F., Beal, K., Menzies, A., Millar, F. R., Anderson, E., Clarke, S. E., Pennycuick, A., Thakrar, R. M., Butler, C. R., Kakiuchi, N., Hirano, T., Hynds, R. E., Stratton, M. R., Martincorena, I., … Campbell, P. J. (2020, January 29). Tobacco smoking and somatic mutations in human bronchial epithelium. Nature, 578(7794), 266–272. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-1961-1 

It's been impossible to tell the age of crime scene fingerprints — until now by Grant Currin

Why we yawn during exercise by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Kate in Pennsylvania)

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Feb 28, 2020
Lying to Seem Honest, The Physics of the ‘Cheerios Effect,’ and Wasps that Recognize Faces
751

Learn about why sometimes people lie to seem more honest; how researchers finally figured out how to explain the Cheerios effect; and what we learned about evolution from studying Northern paper wasps, which can recognize each other’s faces.  

 Sometimes, People Lie to Seem Honest by Kelsey Donk

Researchers Finally Explain the "Cheerios Effect" by Andrea Michelson

Wasps Can Recognize Each Others' Faces by Cameron Duke

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Feb 27, 2020
Pablo Escobar's Hippos Overtaking Colombia, More Phytoplankton Is Good for the Planet, and Seeing Climate Change in Daily Weather
761

Learn about why a predicted increase in phytoplankton is good news for our environment; how researchers can detect evidence of climate change from just one day of global weather conditions; and how Pablo Escobar's hippos became an invasive species in Colombia. 

Oceanographers Predict an Increase in Phytoplankton by Andrea Michelson

The Signal of Human-Caused Climate Change Has Emerged in Everyday Weather by Grant Currin

Pablo Escobar's Hippos Have Become an Invasive Species in Colombia by Grant Currin

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Feb 26, 2020
Katherine Johnson’s Legacy, The World’s First Living Robots, and Zinc Doesn’t Cure Colds
666

Learn about the legacy of the trailblazing NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson; how scientists recently built xenobots, the world’s first living robots; and why zinc probably isn’t as good for colds as you think. 

Katherine Johnson Is the Human 'Computer' Who Helped Us Go to Space by Ashley Hamer

Xenobots: the World’s First Assembled Organisms by Cameron Duke

Zinc Probably Isn't as Good for Colds as You Think by Grant Currin

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Feb 25, 2020
Your Dance Style Is as Unique as Your Fingerprint, the Myth of Muscle Confusion, and How Animals Get Color Without Pigment
598

Learn about whether the exercise trend of “muscle confusion” really works; how structural colors give animals their vibrant hues; and why the way you dance is just as unique as your fingerprint. 

The Myth of Muscle Confusion by Kelsey Donk

How Animals Get Color Without Pigment by Grant Currin

Your Dance Style Is as Unique as Your Fingerprint by Steffie Drucker

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Feb 24, 2020
Why Brussels Sprouts Taste Better Now, Luxury Buying Makes People Feel Fake, and Whether People Think in Words or Pictures
856

Learn about whether people think in words or in pictures; why brussels sprouts really are tastier than they used to be; and why buying luxury items might make you feel like an impostor.

Whether People Think in Words or Pictures by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Alicia)

Why Brussels Sprouts Taste Better Now by Steffie Drucker

Luxury Buying Makes People Feel Fake by Kelsey Donk

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Feb 21, 2020
GPS’s Past and Future (w/ Hugo Fruehauf) and Why It's OK to Nap Without Falling Asleep
764

Hugo Fruehaf, one of the inventors of GPS, discusses the dark origins of GPS and how far we’ve come since. Plus: learn why quiet wakefulness makes it okay to take a nap without actually falling asleep. 

Benefits of Napping Without Actually Falling Asleep by Kelsey Donk

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Feb 20, 2020
How Beauty Sleep Boosts Beauty, Plants Talk to Worms for Self-Defense, and Fighting Deepfakes with Heart Rate
596

Learn about why “beauty sleep” has real benefits for your skin; how plants learn the chemical language of pests to use for self-defense; and a new algorithm that’s fighting deepfakes by looking at heart rates.

How Beauty Sleep Boosts Beauty by Mae Rice

Plants Talk to Worms for Self-Defense by Grant Currin

Fighting Deepfakes with Heart Rate by Grant Currin

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Feb 19, 2020
Tips for Happy, Healthy Aging (w/ Daniel Levitin) and a Massive Collision Helped Us Judge the Milky Way’s Age
658

Learn about research-based advice for staying happy in your later years, from neuroscientist and author Daniel Levitin. Then, you’ll learn about how a faraway star helped researchers figure out when the Milky Way was formed. 

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A Massive Collision Helped Us Judge the Milky Way’s Age by Grant Currin

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Feb 18, 2020
Employees Should Surf the Web at Work, Hear a 3,000-Year-Old Mummy’s Voice, and Being Cold Makes Us Crave Social Contact
599

Learn about why bosses should let employees surf the web at work; how researchers made it possible for you to hear a mummy’s voice after 3,000 years; and why cold weather makes us crave social contact. 

Employees Should Surf the Web at Work by Kelsey Donk

Hear a 3,000-Year-Old Mummy’s Voice by Cameron Duke

Being Cold Makes Us Crave Social Contact by Steffie Drucker

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Feb 17, 2020
Opposites Don’t Attract, We Like What’s Physically Close to Us, and the History of Last Names
679

Learn about why opposites don’t really attract; the “propinquity effect” and how physical distance affects the way we feel about other people; and the history of when and why we started using last names. 

Opposites Don’t Attract by Kelsey Donk

We Like What’s Physically Close to Us by Mae Rice

The History of Last Names by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Gregory)

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Feb 14, 2020
How GPS Clocks Work (w/ Hugo Fruehauf) and Why Stress Turns Hair Gray
752

Learn how atomic clocks and how GPS clocks work, with help from the engineer who made GPS clocks possible: Hugo Fruehauf. But first, you’ll learn about how Harvard researchers finally figured out why stress can turn your hair gray. 

Why Stress Turns Hair Gray by Grant Currin

  • Zhang, B., Ma, S., Rachmin, I., He, M., Baral, P., Choi, S., Gonçalves, W. A., Shwartz, Y., Fast, E. M., Su, Y., Zon, L. I., Regev, A., Buenrostro, J. D., Cunha, T. M., Chiu, I. M., Fisher, D. E., & Hsu, Y.-C. (2020). Hyperactivation of sympathetic nerves drives depletion of melanocyte stem cells. Nature, 577(7792), 676–681. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-1935-3 
  • Clark, S. A., & Deppmann, C. D. (2020). How the stress of fight or flight turns hair white. Nature, 577(7792), 623–624. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-019-03949-8 

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Feb 13, 2020
The Academic Benefits of Emotional Intelligence, Atoms Split in Uneven Shapes, and Wolf Puppies Can Play Fetch
658

Learn about why students with higher emotional intelligence do better in school; how scientists solved an 80-year mystery of how atoms split; and an adorable discovery that changes what we know about the canine brain. Spoiler: it involves wolf puppies.

The Academic Benefits of Emotional Intelligence by Kelsey Donk

Atoms Split in Uneven Shapes by Grant Currin

Wolf Puppies Can Play Fetch by Steffie Drucker 

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Feb 12, 2020
A Reason to Reveal Your Failures, the Time Tulips Cost More Than Houses, and the Death of Planet WASP-12b
692

Learn about why successful people should reveal their failures; the extreme story of the death of planet WASP-12b; and why tulips used to cost more than houses during a period known as “tulip mania.”

A Reason to Reveal Your Failures by Kelsey Donk

The Death of Planet WASP-12b by Grant Currin

Tulips Cost More Than Houses During Dutch "Tulip Mania" by Cody Gough

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Feb 11, 2020
Stanford Technique for Picking Creative Ideas, Why Whales Are So Big (But Not Bigger), and the First Medical Diagnosis and Treatment in Space from Earth
595

Learn about how doctors on Earth diagnosed and treated an astronaut’s medical problem in space for the first time; a new study that explains why whales are so big, but not bigger; and a Stanford technique for getting better at picking creative ideas. 

The First Medical Diagnosis and Treatment in Space from Earth by Mae Rice

Why Whales Are So Big (But Not Bigger) by Steffie Drucker

Stanford Technique for Picking Creative Ideas by Steffie Drucker

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Feb 10, 2020
Measuring the Deadliness of Viruses (Like Coronavirus), Why We Do the Potty Dance, and Depression’s Cousin “Acedia”
628

Learn about how scientists measure the contagiousness and deadliness of diseases like coronavirus; the history of acedia, an emotion that is similar to (but distinct from) depression; and why it helps to do a “potty dance” when you really have to go to the bathroom. 

Measuring the Deadliness of Viruses (Like Coronavirus) by Ashley Hamer

Depression’s Cousin “Acedia” by Mae Rice

Why We Do the Potty Dance by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Stewart C.)

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Feb 07, 2020
The Invention of GPS (w/ Hugo Fruehauf) and Planning Cheat Days to Achieve Your Goals
729

Hugo Fruehauf, one of the inventors of GPS and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, tells the surprising story of how GPS was invented. Plus: learn about how planning cheat days could make your next goal easier to achieve.

Planning Cheat Days to Achieve Your Goals by Mae Rice

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Feb 06, 2020
Criminal Profiling Doesn’t Work, Exoplanets’ Magma Oceans Eat Their Skies, and Superhuman Red Blood Cells for Drug Delivery
537

Learn about why criminal profiling doesn’t seem to work in real life; planets with oceans of molten rock that basically eat the sky; and superhuman red blood cells that could be used to deliver life-saving drugs.

Criminal Profiling Probably Doesn’t Work by Kelsey Donk

Some Exoplanets’ Magma Oceans Eat Their Skies by Grant Currin

Superhuman Red Blood Cells for Drug Delivery by Cameron Duke

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Feb 05, 2020
The 13 Emotions Music Evokes, Surprising Things Pregnancy Does to the Body, and Solving the Tiny T. Rex Mystery
621

Learn about the 13 categories of emotions that music makes you feel; how scientists solved the mystery of two strangely small tyrannosaurus rex fossils; and surprising things that happen to a pregnant person’s body. 

Research Suggests That Music Evokes 13 Key Emotions by Kelsey Donk

Two Tiny T-Rexes Turned Out to Be Teenagers by Mae Rice

Surprising Things Pregnancy Does to the Body by Kelsey Donk

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Feb 04, 2020
Your Romantic Relationships Are All Similar, Why Cuttlefish Wore 3-D Glasses, and the Oldest Material on Earth
623

Learn about why your next relationship will probably be like your last one; what scientists learned by studying the oldest material on Earth; and what researchers learned when they had cuttlefish wear 3-D glasses. 

Why Your Next Relationship Will Probably Be Like Your Last by Kelsey Donk

Scientist Discovered the Oldest Material on Earth by Grant Currin

Why Scientists Put Cuttlefish in 3-D Glasses by Grant Currin

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Feb 03, 2020
Why Deadhead Logs Are So Rare and Valuable (w/ Kevin O’Connor) and Why Traveling Makes You Tired
590

Learn about why deadhead logs so rare and valuable, people actually risk their lives looking for them, from author and TV host Kevin O’Connor. Then, we’ll answer a listener question about why you feel tired after you take a long trip. 

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Why Traveling Makes You Tired by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Samuel in London)

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Jan 31, 2020
The Invention of the Two-by-Four (w/ Kevin O’Connor) and Common Mistakes You Make in the Shower
604

Learn about common mistakes people make in the shower. Then, learn about the history and science of the two-by-four from author Kevin O’Connor, host of the home renovation television series This Old House.

5 Common Mistakes People Make In The Shower by Anna Todd

http://www.curiosity.com/topics/5-common-mistakes-people-make-in-the-shower-curiosity 

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Jan 30, 2020
Why Overheard Phone Conversations Are So Distracting, How Big Black Holes Get, and Why Anesthesia Is Risky on Marijuana
590

Learn about why an overheard phone conversation is so distracting; how big or small a black hole can get; and why you should definitely tell your anesthesiologist if you smoke marijuana. 

Why an Overheard Phone Conversation Is so Incredibly Distracting by Anna Todd

https://curiosity.com/topics/why-an-overheard-phone-conversation-is-so-incredibly-distracting-curiosity 

How Big (or Small) Can a Black Hole Get? by Matthew Francis

https://curiosity.com/topics/how-big-or-small-can-a-black-hole-get-curiosity 

Why You Should Definitely Tell Your Anesthesiologist If You Smoke Marijuana by Ashley Hamer

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Jan 29, 2020
You Learn Better from Success than Failure, Ravens Plan Ahead, and Absolute Zero Is Impossible
621

Learn about why we actually learn better from success than failure; why ravens are so smart, they’re making us re-think the way brains work; and why reaching a temperature of absolute zero is absolutely impossible.

You Learn Better from Success than Failure by Kelsey Donk

Ravens Can Plan Ahead Just As Well As Apes Can by Ashley Hamer

https://curiosity.com/topics/ravens-can-plan-ahead-just-as-well-as-apes-can-curiosity 

It's Finally Settled: Absolute Zero Is Impossible by Joanie Faletto

https://curiosity.com/topics/its-finally-settled-absolute-zero-is-impossible-curiosity 

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Jan 28, 2020
Think of Sadness as a Person, Neanderthals Using Aspirin, and Cow Voices
598

Learn about a trick for conquering sadness by thinking of it as a person; how Neanderthals may have releived their pain with a familiar drug; and the surprising science of how cows each use a unique “voice” to talk to each other. 

Think of Sadness as a Person by Kelsey Donk

Neanderthals Treated Pain With A Form Of Aspirin by Ashley Hamer https://curiosity.com/topics/neanderthals-treated-pain-with-a-form-of-aspirin-curiosity 

Cow Voices by Kelsey Donk

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Jan 27, 2020
Earth Is Greener Than Before, Job-Matching with Your Tweets, and Why Blue Means Sad
604

Learn about how AI and Twitter could help you find the perfect job, and how the world is actually a greener place than it was 20 years ago. We’ll also answer a listener question about why we use the color “blue” to say we’re sad.

Job-Matching with Your Tweets by Kelsey Donk

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Earth Is Greener Than Before by Kelsey Donk

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Story 3 by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Becky and Britni)

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Jan 24, 2020
Most Lying Is Done by a Few People, Storing Vaccine History with Invisible Dye, and Emotion Words Vary Across Cultures
585

Learn about how most of the world’s lying comes from a small group of people; an invisible dye that stores vaccine history in the skin; and how language shows us that the ways we feel emotions are not universal. 

Most Lying Is Done by a Few People by Steffie Drucker

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Storing Vaccine History with Invisible Dye by Mae Rice

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Emotion Words Vary Across Cultures by Kelsey Donk

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Jan 23, 2020
Live Longer by Appreciating Art, Betelgeuse Might Go Supernova, and Birds’ Freaky-Fast Vision
716

Learn about how being a patron of the arts could help you live longer; an upcoming supernova we may be able to see with the naked eye; and the superhuman speed of bird vision.

Live Longer by Appreciating Art by Kelsey Donk

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Betelgeuse Might Go Supernova by Steffie Drucker

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The Freaky-Fast Vision of Birds of Prey by Kelsey Donk

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Jan 22, 2020
Saving the Ozone Layer Slowed Climate Change, the Largest Lifeforms on Earth, and Tips for Avoiding Distractions at Work
710

Learn about how the 1987 Montreal Protocol inadvertently slowed global warming; where you can find giant Sequoias, the biggest lifeforms on the planet; and some pro tips from the Harvard Business Review on how to avoid distractions at work.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about how giant sequoias are the biggest lifeforms on the planet: https://curiosity.com/topics/giant-sequoias-are-the-biggest-lifeforms-on-the-planet-curiosity

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Jan 21, 2020
Real Effects of Paying it Forward, Gorillas Humming Food Songs, and New Crowdsourced Exoplanet Names
625

Learn about why paying it forward has very real effects; musical animals that could help us understand how speech evolved in humans; and newly announced names for exoplanets that were crowdsourced from people just like you.

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Jan 20, 2020
Why Pets Get the Zoomies, How to Avoid Giving Up After a Mistake, and Why Vision Is Important for Babies in the Womb
625

Learn about cat and dog “zoomies” and why pets sprint around the house; how to avoid the abstinence violation effect that makes you give up after a mistake; and why vision is surprisingly important for babies in the womb.

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Jan 17, 2020
2 Forces Determine What a Group Can Accomplish (w/ Safi Bahcall) and the Taste Receptors Beyond Your Tongue
645

Learn about why your taste buds aren’t the only part of your body that help you enjoy the flavor of food. Then, learn about the two major forces that determine what a group of people can accomplish, with physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall.

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Jan 16, 2020
The 3-Encounter Rule, Why Weak Passwords Survive, and Saturn’s Rings Aren’t as Old as We Thought
649

Learn about how your weak passwords can get approved even when they shouldn’t; why Saturn’s rings might not be as old as we thought; and how much time you should spend with someone to know if you really enjoy their company.

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Jan 15, 2020
Positive vs. Negative Goal-Setting, Kids Read More with Dogs, and Why Teleportation Is (Probably) Impossible
678

Learn about why we’ll probably never be able to teleport; how to set “approach goals” so you’re more likely to achieve your dreams; and how dogs can help improve kids’ reading skills.

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Jan 14, 2020
What if Earth Stopped Turning, Why We Blurt Things Out, and the Little Black Dots on Your Windshield
542

Learn about why we blurt things out at inappropriate times; what would happen if Earth stopped turning; and what those little black dots are around your windshield.

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Jan 13, 2020
Why Women Started Shaving, Universal Features of Music, and “Split-Brain” Studies
626

Learn about why music really is universal to humans; what studying “split-brain” patients taught scientists about the brain; and when in human history society decided that women should shave their bodies.

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Jan 10, 2020
Why Good Teams Kill Great Ideas (w/ Safi Bahcall) and the Medieval History of Almond Milk
649

Learn about the surprising Medieval history of almond milk. Then, learn how some basic physics principles can help us understand why good teams kill great ideas, with physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall.

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Jan 09, 2020
The Germs Lurking in Your Makeup, Why Progress Feels Better Than Achieving a Goal, and What Horsepower Really Means
625

Learn about why you’re happier before achieving a goal than you are after; why horsepower probably doesn’t mean what you think it means; and how to keep your skin safe from the potentially harmful bacteria in your makeup bag.

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Jan 08, 2020
How Cats Land on Their Feet (w/ Greg Gbur) and Why Most People’s Favorite Color Is Blue
702

Learn about why most peoples’ favorite color is blue. Then, you’ll learn why the mystery of how how cats always land on their feet puzzled scientists for centuries, with help from author Greg Gbur.

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Jan 07, 2020
Financial Infidelity, Saving Coral Reefs with Sounds, and Weird Winter Weather Phenomena Explained
692

Learn about how to avoid committing “financial infidelity;” how scientists are fighting the effects of climate change by playing sounds underwater; and the science between weird winter weather phenomena, including “sea smoke” and thundersnow.

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Jan 06, 2020
It’s OK to Only Exercise on Weekends, Difference Between Brown and White Eggs, and Setting Expectations for Star Wars
650

Learn about why it’s okay to only exercise on weekends; the real difference between brown and white eggs; and, how you can use a little psychology to enjoy the latest Star Wars movie more.

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Jan 03, 2020
Where Good Ideas Come From (w/ Safi Bahcall), Why Illness Puts Your Brain in a Fog, and a Place on Earth that Supports No Life
726

Entrepreneur, physicist, and author Safi Bahcall explains “loonshots” and how Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry, can help us understand where good ideas come from. Plus: learn about why illness puts your brain in a fog, and new research that found a place on Earth where there’s no life. 

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Jan 02, 2020
Strengthen Your New Year’s Resolutions, Rethinking How We Judge a Planet’s Age, and the Truth About Apple Cider Vinegar and Health
615

Learn about how “implementation intentions” could strengthen your New Year’s resolution and help you achieve long-term goals; whether apple cider vinegar is really a health tonic; and why Australia’s Wolfe Creek Crater could force us to rethink how we judge a planet’s age.

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Jan 01, 2020
Carl Zimmer on Defining Life, Learning Myths Even Educators Believe, and The Truth About “Dessert Stomach”
552

Learn about common misconceptions around learning that even educators believe; why sensory-specific satiety makes you feel like you always have more room for dessert; and how science writer Carl Zimmer responded when we asked him “what is life?”

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Dec 31, 2019
Heredity Isn’t What You Think (w/ Carl Zimmer), How Nudge Theory Changes Behaviors, and Could Cockroaches Survive a Nuclear Blast?
604

Learn what it means when you have something “in your genes” with help from award-winning author Carl Zimmer; whether cockroaches really can survive a nuclear apocalypse; and how to change behaviors using a subtle suggestion. 

Carl Zimmer, award-winning author and columnist for The New York Times, explains how our growing knowledge of genetics could change the way we understand ourselves.  

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Dec 30, 2019
How the Medicine You Take Knows Where to Go, The Amazing Physics of Baseball, and Boosting Productivity with the Pomodoro Technique
440

Learn about the surprising physics involved in hitting a baseball; a productivity hack to stop procrastination; and how viruses and medicines know where to go in your body.

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Dec 27, 2019
Chimps Can Play Rock Paper Scissors, a Metamaterial Blocks Sound Without Blocking Light, and Staying Creative by Switching Tasks
436

Learn about a new material that blocks sound while letting in light and air; how chimpanzees performed when scientists taught them how to play rock, paper, scissors; and how to be more creative by scheduling when you switch between tasks.

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Dec 26, 2019
History of Kissing, The Unbelievable True Story of the First Chiropractor, and Moons That Leave Their Planets Are Called “Ploonets”
470

Learn about ploonets, which are moons that leave their planets; the unbelievable true story of D.D. Palmer, the first chiropractor; and why humans kiss.

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Dec 25, 2019
A Trick for Unblocking Creativity, Hitting Snooze Can Ruin Your Morning, and How We Know What Color Dinosaurs Were
435

Learn about how a 4-year-old can help you unblock your creativity; how we figured out what color dinosaurs were; and why you should never hit the snooze button.

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Dec 24, 2019
Earth’s Atmosphere Extends Beyond the Moon, Hearing Damage from Concerts, and How Music Affects Productivity
515

Learn about why the Earth’s atmosphere extends beyond the moon; whether you should listen to music while you work; and whether your muffled hearing after a concert means you damaged your ears.

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Dec 23, 2019
Staying Motivated in the Face of Adversity (w/ Safi Bahcall), Why Things Sound Louder in the Morning, and Winter Solstice Science
645

Entrepreneur, physicist, and author Safi Bahcall shares a simple trick for staying motivated in the face of adversity. You’ll also learn about why things sound louder in the morning and the science of the winter solstice.

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Dec 20, 2019
Shaming People Online Can Backfire, the Most Energetic Explosion Ever Observed, and the Link Between Teeth Brushing and Heart Health
544

Learn about why shaming people online often backfires; what caused GRB 190114C, the most energetic explosion ever observed; and how brushing your teeth can protect your heart.

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Dec 19, 2019
Grizzlies Are Real-Life Superheroes (w/ “Man Vs Bear” Host Casey Anderson) and How People Really Pick Gifts
626

“Man Vs Bear” host Casey Anderson explains why it’s important to put grizzly bears on TV. Then, you’ll learn about the real reason why people choose gifts — and it’s not to satisfy the giftees.

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Dec 18, 2019
Tool-Using Animals (w/ “Man Vs Bear” Host Casey Anderson) and Trees Syncing Seed Production
607

“Man Vs Bear” host Casey Anderson explains why grizzly bears are such fascinating animals, and the clever tricks they and other animals use to survive. You’ll also learn about “mast years” when trees sync their seed production.

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Dec 17, 2019
Should You Avoid Fever-Reducing Drugs? Plus: Teeth-Replacing Dinosaurs and “Phantosmia” Smell Hallucinations
568

Learn about whether you should avoid fever reducing drugs; why some dinosaurs replaced their teeth as much as sharks do; and how the smelling disorder “phantosmia” can make you hallucinate with smell.

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Dec 16, 2019
Remembering Words on the Tip of Your Tongue, Parkways vs. Driveways, and A Flapping Spacecraft to Explore Venus
604

Learn about why we drive on parkways and park on driveways; a flapping spacecraft that’s being designed to explore Venus; and why recalling a word on the tip of your tongue ensures that you’ll forget it next time. 

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Dec 13, 2019
You Don’t Need to “Warm Up” Your Car, Buy Less Instead of Buying Green, and Antarctica’s Ancient Forests
571

Learn about why you don’t need to “warm up” your car, even when it’s freezing; fossils proving that Antarctica used to be covered in forests; and research that shows why buying less is better than buying green.

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Dec 12, 2019
Customized Medicine (w/ Lauren Black) and How to Tell Someone’s Sick by Looking at Them
649

Lauren Black, Distinguished Scientist in the Scientific advisory services at Charles River Labs, shares the story of how doctors came up with a customized drug to treat one specific patient with Batten disease. Plus: learn about how you really can tell if someone’s sick just by looking at them.

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Dec 11, 2019
Cutting Sodium by Adding MSG, Measuring When People Give Up on Books, and How Giving Advice May Mean You Crave Power
585

Learn about how replacing salt with MSG can actually help you cut back on sodium; the Hawking index, a mathematical measure of when people give up on books; and why giving too much advice might mean that you crave power.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about the Hawking Index, a mathematical measure of when people give up on books: https://curiosity.im/33dFRLB 

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Dec 10, 2019
Close the Lid Before You Flush, How Men and Women Feel About Their Exes, and a Trait That Makes You More Likely to Exercise
701

Learn about why you should close the lid before you flush the toilet; the “planfulness” personality trait that makes you more likely to exercise; and how men and women have different attitudes toward their exes.

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Dec 09, 2019
You Can Discover History by Going Low-Tech (w/ Justin Fornal and Emiliano Ruprah), Plus: Nuclear Explosions in Space
622

Learn about how you can discover history by going low-tech, from explorers Justin Fornal and Emiliano Ruprah, hosts of “Unexplained and Unexplored” on Science Channel. Then, learn about how nuclear explosions work in space.

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Dec 06, 2019
Why Feet Stink, How NASA Knows Where to Dig for Life On Mars, and Why Ice Is Luxurious
597

Learn about why feet smell bad; how NASA knows where to dig on its next mission to find evidence of life on Mars; and why you associate cold temperatures with luxury.

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Dec 05, 2019
An Effective Way to Correct Misinformation, an Artificial Leaf that Turns CO2 into Fuel, and the Dino Fossil Death Pose
590

Learn about an effective way to correct misinformation; why dinosaur fossils throw their necks back in a “death” pose; and an artificial leaf that turns atmospheric carbon dioxide into fuel.

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Dec 04, 2019
Saving Cats from Kidney Disease with AI (w/ Kay O’Donnell) and Eye Contact Reduces Lying
592

Learn about why eye contact can make you more honest. Then, you’ll learn about RenalTech, the first AI-based diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine, and how it could enable early prediction of chronic kidney disease to save cats’ lives, from special guest Kay O’Donnell.

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Dec 03, 2019
Evolution of the Violin Hole, Why Static Shock Is Worse in Winter, and How “Sleeping on It” Solves Problems
524

Learn about how to hack your sleep to help solve your problems; why the holes in violins are shaped the way they are; and why static shock is worse in the winter.

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Dec 02, 2019
History’s Extravagant Gifts (w/ Justin Jampol), Why You Wake Up Hungry After Overeating, and Why Birds Have Hollow Bones
621

Learn why you wake up hungry after overeating. Then, Travel Channel’s “Lost Secrets” host and historian Justin Jampol discusses what state gifts and other artifacts can tell us about the past. You’ll also learn why birds have hollow bones — and it’s not to make them lighter.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about why birds have hollow bones — and it’s not to make them lighter: https://curiosity.im/2ql9qgC 

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Nov 29, 2019
Food Coma Science, How to Avoid Raising Materialistic Kids, and 3M on Building a Circular Economy
707

Learn about why you get sleepy after you eat, and how to prevent that inevitable food coma; an easy way to avoid raising materialistic kids; and current efforts to save the world by creating a circular economy, with 3M Chief Sustainability Officer Gayle Schueller.

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Nov 28, 2019
Self-Control Without Sacrificing Pleasure, Why You Think You Do All the Work, and Why Scientists Use Weather Balloons
693

Learn about why you don’t have to sacrifice pleasure to maintain self-control; why modern scientists still use old-timey weather balloons; and how to overcome the phenomenon of overclaiming, which is the feeling that you’re the one doing all the work.

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Nov 27, 2019
Feeding Birds May Cause a Deformity, Busting the “Only Child” Stereotype, and Why Everyone Draws a Coffee Cup the Same Way
626

Learn about a new study that busts the myth of the self-centered only child; why feeding birds in the park may be more destructive than you think; and why the canonical perspective makes everyone draw a coffee cup the same way. 

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Nov 26, 2019
Steven Strogatz Helps You Get Excited About Math (Plus: How Scientists Predict Asteroid Impacts)
586

Learn about how scientists predict whether an asteroid will hit our planet. Then, learn about at least one reason to get excited about math, from popular mathematics writer and Cornell University Professor Steven Strogatz.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about how scientists predict whether an asteroid will hit Earth: https://curiosity.im/32UduSd 

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Nov 25, 2019
Cell Phone Radiation, Why It’s OK to Contaminate Other Worlds, and Types of Human Goals
607

Learn about how human goals fall into 4 categories; why NASA’s Planetary Protection Independent Review Board (PPRIB) says we don’t need to be so careful about infecting other worlds; and whether cell phone radiation is actually dangerous.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about why a NASA panel says we don’t need to be so careful about infecting other worlds: https://curiosity.im/2K3gzJg 

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Nov 22, 2019
Phone Typing Is Speeding Up, A Supernova May Be Why Humans Walk Upright, and Rain on Antarctica
633

Learn about how the average phone typing speed is catching up to the keyboard; how it can drizzle in Antarctica even when it’s cold enough for water to freeze; and, how an ancient supernova could be the reason why humans walk upright.

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Nov 21, 2019
Sneezing with Your Eyes Open, How to Think About Wealth, and Why Bird Poop is 2 Colors
611

Learn about what would happen if you sneezed with your eyes open; why bird poop is two different colors; and, the right and wrong way to think about wealth.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about what would happen if you sneezed with your eyes open: https://curiosity.im/34KjE9a

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Nov 20, 2019
How to Stop Overspending on Groceries, Tattoos May Toughen Up Your Immune System, and How Physical Activity Boosts Kids’ Learning
557

Learn about why you overspend at the grocery store, and how to avoid it; how tattoos may toughen up your immune system; and how adding physical activity to the classroom could help kids learn more effectively.

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Nov 19, 2019
Can Calculus Solve Quantum Physics? (w/ Steven Strogatz), Full Moon Behavior, and Why You Complain About “Kids These Days”
623

Learn about why if you complain about “kids these days,” your memory may be to blame; whether a full moon really leads to strange behavior; and whether calculus can help us solve the mysteries of quantum mechanics, with special guest Steven Strogatz.

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Nov 18, 2019
Maps as Weapons and Art (w/ Justin Fornal and Emiliano Ruprah) and Fidgeting Explained
715

Explorers Justin Fornal and Emiliano Ruprah from the Science Channel’s “Unexplained and Unexplored” discuss the surprising roles that maps have played throughout history. You’ll also learn about why people fidget.

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Nov 15, 2019
Your Internal Compass, How Long a Flu Virus Survives, and the Creativity/Mental Illness Link
693

Learn about whether humans have an internal compass; how long a flu virus can last in the environment; and whether creativity and mental illness actually go hand in hand.

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Nov 14, 2019
Tracking and Adventuring 101 (w/ Forrest Galante) and Plagiarizing Without Realizing It
689

Forrest Galante, host of “Extinct or Alive” on Animal Planet, explains how to become an adventurer, survive extreme conditions, and find extinct animals. Then, you’ll learn about how “cryptomnesia” can make you plagiarize without realizing it.

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Nov 13, 2019
Foods to Curb Sleep Deprivation, Light Levels Affect How Cold You Feel, and Kangaroo Pouches
556

Learn about why the amount of light you see affects how cold you feel; what’s inside a kangaroo’s pouch; and, foods that can curb the effects of sleep deprivation.

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Nov 12, 2019
How Calculus Is Different (w/ Steven Strogatz), Distraction Can Alter Your Memory, and Why the Hindenburg Used Hydrogen
717

Popular mathematics writer and Cornell University Professor Steven Strogatz discusses the difference between calculus and algebra, and what calculus can do that other math can’t. Plus: learn about how distraction can alter your memory, and the science behind the Hindenburg disaster of 1937.

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Nov 11, 2019
History Is About the Present (w/ Justin Jampol), What Makes the Wind, and Blaming Games for Society’s Problems
725

Learn about the long tradition of blaming games for society’s decline; and, what makes the wind. You’ll also learn about why history is so complicated from historian Justin Jampol, host of “Lost Secrets” on Travel Channel.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about how blaming games for society’s decline has been popular for millennia: https://curiosity.im/32cZOBK 

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Nov 08, 2019
Babies’ Heads Smell Distinct, Illegal Drugs That Used to be Medicine, and Lemming Myths
667

Learn about why newborn babies’ heads each smell distinct; why lemmings have a reputation for blindly following others; and, 5 illegal drugs that you used to be able to buy as medicine.

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Nov 07, 2019
Finding “Extinct” Animals (w/ Forrest Galante) and How Bacteria Cooperate to Survive
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Forrest Galante, host and star of “Extinct or Alive” on Animal Planet, explains what happens when you find an extinct animal. Then, learn about how bacteria don’t compete to survive — they cooperate.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about how bacteria don’t compete to survive — they cooperate: https://curiosity.im/2BLCRKU 

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Nov 06, 2019
Smartphones Impair You Even When They’re Off, Eco-Friendly Laundry, and How Babies Laugh
623

Learn about how smartphones hurt your mental performance even when they’re off; how babies and adults laugh differently; and, a simple change you can make to your laundry routine to cut down on pollution.

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Nov 05, 2019
Why You Should Care About Calculus (w/ Steven Strogatz) and Why Lying to Kids Is Harmful
693

Learn from popular mathematics writer and Cornell University Professor Steven Strogatz why calculus matters and what exactly calculus is. Plus, learn a surprising reason why you shouldn’t lie to your kids. 

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about why kids who are told lies by their parents are more likely to lie when they grow up: https://curiosity.im/2NeyYUk 

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Nov 04, 2019
How to Have Fun with Simple Curiosity (w/ Alan Alda) and How Toilets Work
707

Renowned science communicator Alan Alda talks to Curiosity Daily hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer about curiosity inspires him — and how you can let your curiosity guide you, too. Plus, learn how toilets actually work.

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Nov 01, 2019
How Long a Decapitated Head Stays Conscious, Autumn Leaf Chemistry, The Batman Effect
603

Learn about why pretending to be Batman can make kids work harder; how long a decapitated head remains conscious; and, the chemistry behind autumn’s color-changing leaves.

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Oct 31, 2019
What to Say When Someone’s Upset with You, Bermuda Triangle Myths, Tardigrade Superpowers
717

Learn about what to do when someone gets upset with you, from author Lee Hartley Carter. Then, learn about how tardigrades survive deadly radiation and why the Bermuda Triangle isn’t actually a mystery.

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Oct 30, 2019
Persuading Others When Facts Don’t Seem to Matter (w/ Lee Hartley Carter), Cross-Dressing Cuttlefish
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Learn about how some male cuttlefish “cross-dress” to woo the ladies. You’ll also learn how to persuade people in a world where facts don’t seem to matter, with help from author Lee Hartley Carter.

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Oct 29, 2019
Types of Psychotherapy, Your Urge to Nibble Baby Feet, and Why Animals Don’t Have 3 Legs
537

Learn about why your urge to nibble on baby feet is totally normal; why there are no animals with three legs; and, the different types of psychotherapy and why they work even when you feel like they don’t.

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Oct 28, 2019
Alan Alda on Communicating Better, Believing in Science, and Building Connections and Empathy
638

Alan Alda talks to Curiosity Daily hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer about to how to connect better with others, what’s stopping people from believing in science (and how to change their minds), exercises he uses to build empathy, and more.

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Oct 27, 2019
Alan Alda on How to Communicate Better by Making Connections (Plus: Why Oceans Don’t Sink)
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Alan Alda talks to Curiosity Daily hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer about how to be a better communicator by making human connections. Plus, learn about why oceans don’t sink into the Earth.

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Oct 25, 2019
How to Tell When Someone’s Lying, Out-of-Body Experiences, and Healthiest Way to Cook Broccoli
489

Learn about an easy way to catch someone in a lie; a possible scientific explanation for why your vestibular system may be to blame for out-of-body experiences; and the healthiest way to prepare broccoli, according to science.

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Oct 24, 2019
Gold Mining (w/ Gold Rush Stars Rick Ness and Tony Beets) and Why Musical Tastes Change
593

Learn about modern-day gold mining from Rick Ness and Tony Beets, two of the stars of Discovery’s #1 TV show, “Gold Rush.” In that vein, Curiosity Daily hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer explain sluice boxes, resistivity surveys, and other gold mining techniques. They also discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about why you stop liking new music as you get older: https://curiosity.im/33G3ixC 

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Oct 23, 2019
Sleep Better by Walking More, How Animals Mourn Their Dead, and Words from Backformation
545

Learn about why backformation can make you invent new words without realizing it; how animals mourn their dead; and how you can get better sleep by walking more.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Oct 22, 2019
Focus on the Ending, How to Deal with Impostor Syndrome, and Sit Less or Exercise More?
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Learn about the best way to deal with impostor syndrome; whether it’s more important to sit less or exercise more; and why the peak end rules says experiences are all about the ending.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Oct 21, 2019
Why People Love (or Hate) Horror Movies, Stopping Overpopulation, and Orionids Meteor Shower
595

Learn about the scientific reasons why people either love or hate horror movies; the surprising way life expectancy affects population growth; and, where you can catch the Orionids meteor shower this weekend.

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Oct 18, 2019
Types of Teen Popularity, Milky Way’s Black Holes, and Are Conspiracy Theories on the Rise?
604

Learn about whether conspiracy theories are really on the rise; why there may be tens of thousands of black holes in the center of the Milky Way; and, the 3 versions of teen popularity, according to research.

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Oct 17, 2019
Cherenkov Radiation, How to Be More Extroverted, and Changing Your Perception of Time
544

Learn about how introverts can be happier by tapping into the powers of extroverts; how something can produce Cherenkov radiation by going faster than the speed of light; and, how the language you speak changes your perception of time.

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Oct 16, 2019
How to Deal with Having Too Many Choices, Wormhole Shadows, and a Language “Wug Test”
639

Learn about why having too many choices stresses us out; how wormholes might cast a visible shadow; and the adorable Wug Test that measures how well children understand the rules of language.

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Oct 15, 2019
Quitting Smoking Doesn’t Lead to Food Cravings, Narcissism Over Time, and Seeing Photons
600

Learn about how people become less narcissistic as they get older; how it’s possible that we can see a single photon with the naked eye; and, new research that says cigarette smokers won’t crave more food if they quit smoking.

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Oct 14, 2019
The Science of Cooking Meat with ButcherBox Head Chef Yankel Polak (Special Episode)
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Learn about how to choose the right cooking method for different cuts of meat; how to figure out the perfect temperature for your meat; pro tips for searing and tempering; and the best way to capture that juicy flavor, including the science of what’s actually happening to those juices while you’re cooking.

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Oct 13, 2019
Women’s Restroom Lines, Superhuman Memory, and Is Bamboo Good for the Environment?
604

Learn about the surprising reasons why the women’s restroom line is always longer; HSAM, the incredibly rare condition of having superhuman memory; and, how bamboo products impact the environment.

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Oct 11, 2019
Cure for the Common Cold, What Really Killed the Dinosaurs, and Beatboxing in MRI Machines
540

Learn about how researchers may have figured out a way to cure the common cold; what exactly happened when the dinosaur-killing asteroid struck the Earth; and, why researchers have been putting beatboxers in a real-time MRI machine.

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Oct 10, 2019
We Don’t Know How Gravity Works (w/ Sean Carroll) and the Milky Way’s Bubble Mystery
613

Learn from theoretical physicist Sean Carroll why we don’t understand how gravity works — and how we can figure it out. You’ll also learn about enormous balloon-like structures that scientists have discovered in the center of our galaxy.

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Oct 09, 2019
Many Worlds Theory Explains the Universe (w/ Sean Carroll) and What Causes Static Electricity
648

Learn how friction causes static electricity. Then, learn from renowned theoretical physicist Sean Carroll why understanding the Many Worlds Theory could be the best way for us to understand the universe.

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Oct 08, 2019
Signals Dogs Use to Talk to You, NASA’s Lost Moon Photos, and the Sugar Rush Is a Myth
597

Learn about why there’s no such thing as a sugar rush; why it took more than 40 years to see NASA’s high-resolution images of the Moon; and, how dogs use referential signals to communicate with humans.

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Oct 07, 2019
Where Dogs Get Their Personalities, How Smells Work, and a Skill that Improves with Age
586

Learn about how dogs’ personalities are rooted in their DNA; one skill that doesn’t get worse as you get older; and how your sense of smell works.

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Oct 04, 2019
Destroying Space-Time for Power (w/ Randall Munroe), Hourglass Figure Myths, Clown Science
602

Learn how to power your house by destroying the fabric of space-time, with help from xkcd creator Randall Munroe. Then, learn about the surprising reasons why hourglass figures are considered attractive; and, the scientific reason why clowns creep us out.

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Oct 03, 2019
Predict the Weather Using Facebook Photos (w/ Randall Munroe) and Spoken Data Speeds
609

Learn about how quickly different languages can transmit information. Then, learn how you can predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos, with some help from Randall Munroe, creator of the popular geek webcomic xkcd.

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Oct 02, 2019
How to Pick a Profile Photo, Handedness, and Gravitational Wave Detectors Seeking Dark Matter
595

Learn about why you’re bad at choosing good pictures of yourself; how scientists could use gravitational wave detectors to detect dark matter particles; and, a questionnaire to help you figure out how left- or right-handed you are.

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Oct 01, 2019
Personalities Associated with Certain Names, Working Less to Save the Earth, and Superbolts
601

Learn about the big impact we could have on our planet by cutting work hours; the strange behavior of superbolts of lightning; and, which personalities people associate with the sounds of certain names.

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Sep 30, 2019
Pure Chance of Political Positions, Why Earth Has Oxygen, Infrared and Ultraviolet in Rainbows
605

Learn about why political parties may arrive at their positions by pure chance, with some help from opinion cascades; why the Great Oxygenation Event led to a bigger die-off than the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs; and, whether infrared and ultraviolet light show up in rainbows.

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Sep 27, 2019
Cutting Back on Plastic in Your Home (w/ Will McCallum) and How Shapes Can Be Angry
598

Learn tips for using less plastic to help keep our planet clean, from Greenpeace UK’s Head of Oceans, Will McCallum. Then, you’ll learn about whether shapes can be angry, with some help from the spectral centroid.

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Sep 26, 2019
How to Save the World from Plastic (w/ Will McCallum) and Your Puppies Love Baby Talk
605

Learn why puppies really do love your “who’s a good boy?” voice. You’ll also learn about small changes you can make in your daily routine to help us clean up the world’s oceans, with help from special guest Will McCallum.

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Sep 25, 2019
Constellations Across Cultures, Female vs. Male Hurricanes, and Animals Scientists Study
606

Learn about whether hurricanes with female names are deadlier than those with male names; research into why so many different cultures see the same things in constellations; and, animals besides lab rats that are essential to science.

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In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Sep 24, 2019
A Mutation That Makes You Need Less Sleep, Why “Like” Isn’t Lazy Language, and Zealandia
581

Learn about a genetic mutation that makes people need less sleep; a lost, sunken continent at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean called Zealandia; and why the word “like” is not just a lazy language filler.

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In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Sep 23, 2019
3D Printed Fashion (w/ Dana Thomas), Difference Between THC and CBD, Quiet Smart People
594

Learn about how 3D printing could shape the future of fashion, from best-selling author Dana Thomas. You’ll also learn about the difference between THC and CBD when it comes to cannabis; and, why the smartest people in the room are often the quietest.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about the difference between THC and CBD when it comes to cannabis: https://curiosity.im/2Lwa0jH

Additional resources from Dana Thomas:

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Sep 20, 2019
The Price of Fast Fashion (w/ Dana Thomas) and Why You Miss What’s Right in Front of You
585

Learn why inattentional blindness makes you miss what’s right in front of you. Then, learn from author Dana Thomas about the environmental costs of “fast fashion” and what you can do to help.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about why you sometimes miss what’s right in front of you: https://curiosity.im/32IFhWe 

Additional resources from Dana Thomas:

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Sep 19, 2019
Dark DNA, Why Married Couples Slept in Twin Beds, and Do Baths Get You Clean?
606

Learn about whether taking a bath actually gets you clean; “dark DNA,” the genetic code that should be there, but isn’t; and why married couples used to sleep in twin beds.

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In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Sep 18, 2019
Don’t Use Your Phone on Breaks, How to Stop Being Materialistic, and Why We Roll Our Eyes
571

Learn about why using your phone during a break is a bad idea; why we roll our eyes; and how the material values scale can help you measure your materialism so you can see how much you’re influenced by consumer culture.

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Sep 17, 2019
You Can Enjoy Play Before Work, Life After Asteroid Impacts, and an Eyepatch Eyesight Hack
606

Learn about why it’s okay to put play before work; a surprising reason why pirates may have worn eyepatches; and how life bounced back surprisingly quickly after the asteroid killed the dinosaurs.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Sep 16, 2019
Your Brain on Books vs. Podcasts, How Hard Babies Kick in the Womb, and Fart Humor History
605

Learn about why scientists measured how hard babies kick in the womb; the difference in brain scans between people when they were reading a book versus listening to a podcast; and how long humans have thought farts were funny.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Sep 13, 2019
Your Body’s Electromagnetic Field, Winning Pep Talk Tips, and Brightly Colored Ancient Statues
535

Learn about your body’s electromagnetic field; why you probably never learned that ancient Greek and Roman statues used to be brightly colored; and the surprising trick to a winning pep talk.

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In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Sep 12, 2019
You Don’t Run Out of Willpower, What Came Before the Big Bang, and Hookah Health Risks
613

Learn about why inflation theory says the Big Bang wasn’t actually the beginning of the universe; why hookah may be worse for you than cigarettes; and why you don’t actually run out of willpower, even if you think you do.

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In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Sep 11, 2019
Emoji Around the World (w/ Gretchen McCulloch) and Plants May Have a Sense of Sight
601

Learn about how some plants may have a sense of sight. Then, learn about how emoji reflect cultural differences around the world, in the final edition of our “Hashtag Tuesdays” mini-series with internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about how some plants may have a sense of sight: https://curiosity.im/2KMMgHw 

Additional resources from Gretchen McCullough:

Download the FREE 5-star Curiosity app for Android and iOS at https://curiosity.im/podcast-app. And Amazon smart speaker users: you can listen to our podcast as part of your Amazon Alexa Flash Briefing — just click “enable” here: https://curiosity.im/podcast-flash-briefing

Sep 10, 2019
Beliefs That Boost Grades, Optimism for Better Sleep, and Planets More Habitable Than Earth
582

Learn about why there could be planets even more habitable than Earth; an online class that boosted grades by changing students’ beliefs; and why optimism may lead to better sleep.

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In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Sep 09, 2019
Sibling Rivalry Benefits, Why The Universe Has No Center, and How to Know Yourself Better
538

Learn about the Johari window, a method to get to know yourself better; why sibling rivalry can actually be a good thing; and why there’s no center of the universe.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Sep 06, 2019
Why Birds Sing, Why Bruises Change Color, and America’s Largest Asteroid Impact
603

Learn about new insights into the Chesapeake Bay impact crater, which was created by America’s largest asteroid impact; why birds sing; and why your bruises change colors while they heal.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Sep 05, 2019
Sleep Better with a Bath, Questions That Stump Computers, and the Ghost Ship Mary Celeste
604

Learn about how scientists came up with a thousand questions that stump computers; what happened to the ghost ship Mary Celeste; and why a warm bath can help you sleep better.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Sep 04, 2019
International Internet Languages (w/ Gretchen McCulloch), Chances of Rain, and Mars in Spain
548

Learn about how you can go on a simulated mission to Mars (in Spain); and, what the weather forecast really means when it says there’s a chance of rain. You’ll also learn about how people around the world talk differently online, with internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

Additional resources from Gretchen McCullough:

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Sep 03, 2019
Censoring Information Backfires, Social Media’s Mental Health Benefits, and Tailgating Myths
605

Learn about why social media may not be as bad for mental health as we thought; why the Streisand effect says censoring information will probably backfire; and why tailgating at the light won’t get you through any faster.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Sep 02, 2019
Pets Can Be Allergic to You, Why Insecure People Brag, and an Algorithm’s Science Discovery
605

Learn about how an algorithm made new scientific discoveries by reading old studies; how your pets can be allergic to you; and, how the psychological theory of symbolic self-completion explains why insecure people brag so much.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Aug 30, 2019
Control Your Spending Without a Budget, How Toxo Controls Mice, and Trial By Fire Brilliance
606

Learn about how the Toxo parasite manipulates mice to get into cats; how the trial by fire was a surprisingly accurate test of guilt; and a trick for figuring out how to spend your money that’s easier than budgeting.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Aug 29, 2019
Gratitude Must Be Learned, You Go Blind Every Day, and Passive Echolocation of Dolphins
603

Learn about how dolphins and whales may experience the world as a group; why you go blind thousands of times a day; and why kids are more prone to grudges than gratitude.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Aug 28, 2019
Online Boomer Speak (w/ Gretchen McCulloch) and Is “Money Can’t Buy Happiness” True?
606

Learn why the phrase “money can’t buy happiness” isn’t always true. Then, learn how different generations write differently online, with some help from internet linguist and author Gretchen McCulloch.

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In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about why the saying “money can’t buy happiness” isn’t always true: https://curiosity.im/2KoFAiP 

Additional resources from Gretchen McCullough:

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Aug 27, 2019
Surprising Things in Libraries (w/ Alex Lent), Better Brainstorming Tips, and Prairie Vole Love
599

Learn about how debate can be good for brainstorms; a little rodent that can teach humans how to love; and the surprising things you can find in libraries, with special guest Alex Lent.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com — with some help from librarian Alex Lent — to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

More from Alex Lent:

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Aug 26, 2019
Does Blowing on Food Make It Cooler? Plus: How to Acquire Tastes, and Carnivore Adaptation
605

Learn about why cougars and coyotes outlived dire wolves and saber-toothed cats; how exactly you can “acquire” a taste; and, whether blowing on hot food really makes it cooler.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

Additional resources discussed:

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Aug 25, 2019
Inside the Human Eye (w/ Dr. Anthony St. Leger), Dating-App Addiction, and Old-Timey Bicycles
667

Learn about how studying the eye microbiome can improve human health, with help from Dr. Anthony St. Leger; why old-timey penny-farthing bicycles had one giant wheel; and, how to avoid the dangers of dating-app addiction.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

Additional resources from Dr. Anthony St. Leger:

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Aug 23, 2019
Your Eye Microbiome (w/ Dr. Anthony St. Leger) and What Children’s Drawings Say About Gender
591

Learn about what children’s drawings over the years can tell us about society’s views on gender. Plus: Dr. Anthony St. Leger explains why researchers are beginning to study the eye microbiome.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about how the way children draw men and women has changed in the last 50 years: https://curiosity.im/31G6SXy 

Additional resources from Dr. Anthony St. Leger:

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Aug 22, 2019
Canned Laughter Makes Dad Jokes Funnier, Animals Use Economics, and AI on Rubik’s Cubes
580

Learn about a research-backed way to make dad jokes funnier with canned laughter; how animals use principles of economics in the wild; and how quickly an AI taught itself to solve a Rubik’s cube.

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In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Aug 21, 2019
Is Internet Language Bad? (w/ Gretchen McCulloch) and How to Remember More Dreams
606

Learn about what you can do to remember more of your dreams. You’ll also learn about the difference between internet language and regular language, in the first edition of our “Hashtag Tuesdays” mini-series with internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about how you can remember more of your dreams: https://curiosity.im/31y2Y37 

Additional resources from Gretchen McCullough:

Download the FREE 5-star Curiosity app for Android and iOS at https://curiosity.im/podcast-app. And Amazon smart speaker users: you can listen to our podcast as part of your Amazon Alexa Flash Briefing — just click “enable” here: https://curiosity.im/podcast-flash-briefing

Aug 20, 2019
Is Bee Venom Therapy Safe? Plus: Teeth Cleaning History and How to Change Bad Habits
533

Learn about whether bee venom therapy is safe; how people cleaned their teeth throughout history; and how you can use the Fogg Method to change your bad habits.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Aug 19, 2019
How Food Nutrients Are Calculated, Why Wrappers Are So Loud, and How to Make Small Talk
511

Learn the scientific reason why it’s so hard to quietly unwrap candy; the FORD method for keeping conversations flowing; and, how the nutrients in food are calculated.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

Additional resources discussed:

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Aug 18, 2019
Getting Rid of Mosquitoes (w/ Timothy Winegard), the Sargasso Sea, and Leonid Rogozov
604

Learn about how we might get rid of mosquitoes in the future, with author Tim Winegard; why the Sargasso Sea has no coastline; and, the story of how Russian surgeon Leonid Rogozov removed his own appendix.

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In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

Additional resources from Timothy Winegard:

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Aug 16, 2019
History-Changing Mosquitoes (w/ Timothy Winegard) and Stimulating Neurons to Produce Images
604

Learn about how scientists stimulated mouse neurons to make them see things that weren’t there; and, why mosquitoes are so dangerous and how they’ve shaped human history, with Dr. Timothy Winegard.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about how scientists stimulated mouse neurons to make them see things that weren’t there: https://curiosity.im/2KiCcpB 

Additional resources from Timothy Winegard:

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Aug 15, 2019
Big Five Personality Traits Are WEIRD, Why Mouth Wounds Heal So Quickly, and Snake Island
517

Learn about why the Big Five personality traits may not be reliable in developing countries; why Brazil's Ilha da Queimada Grande island is full of outrageously venomous snakes; and why wounds in your mouth heal so quickly.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Aug 14, 2019
Improve Your Self-Control, Replace Your Kitchen Sponge, and Naming Our Sun and Moon
556

Learn about why the sun and moon don’t have names; why kitchen sponges are grosser than you think (and what to do about it); and how you can improve your self-control with the right feelings of guilt.

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In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Aug 13, 2019
Bystanders Help More Often Than You Thought, Avoiding Failure, and Cause and Effect Crows
448

Learn about why bystanders help would-be victims more often than we thought; how you should think about past failures to avoid future failures; and how crows passed an ancient test from Aesop’s Fables. 

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Aug 12, 2019
Achieve Your Goals Faster, Why We Eat 3 Meals a Day, and the NATO Phonetic Alphabet
596

Learn about the complicated history of the NATO phonetic alphabet; why we eat three meals a day; and how you can use a technique called Functional Imagery Training to achieve your goals faster.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

Additional resources discussed:

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Aug 11, 2019
Cultivate Green Space in Your Home (w/ Summer Rayne Oakes) and Brains of Octopus Arms
590

Learn about how octopus arms literally have minds of their own; and, the benefits of having plants and how to get started, with environmental scientist and author Summer Rayne Oakes.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about how octopus arms have minds of their own: https://curiosity.im/31ijdB4 

Read more about the benefits of “forest bathing” — https://curiosity.im/2Ko0wXb 

Additional resources from Summer Rayne Oakes:

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Aug 09, 2019
Prevent Pit Stains, Medieval Rap Battles, and Why Airplane Boarding Takes So Long
563

Learn about flyting, the Medieval version of rap battles; the chemistry behind what causes yellow pit stains, and how to prevent them; and why it takes so long to board an airplane.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Aug 08, 2019
Melt Glass at Home (w/ Nick Uhas), How Matches Make Fire, and Odd Animal Sizes on Islands
572

Learn about how a struck match creates fire; why "the island rule" makes some animals huge and other animals tiny; and how you can melt glass at home, with some help from Netflix reality glassblowing competition “Blown Away” host Nick Uhas.

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In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Aug 07, 2019
Wireless Charging May Be Bad for Your Battery, “Alpha Dog” Myths, and Penicillin’s Full Origins
583

Learn about the true history of penicillin; why wireless charging may be bad for your battery; and why the “alpha dog” is a canine myth.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:

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Aug 06, 2019
Future of Cell-Sized Robots (w/ Cornell University) and Transferring Data Through Music
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Learn about how scientists found a way to transfer data through music. Then, learn about the world of possibilities for cell-sized robots, in the final edition of our Microscale Mondays mini-series with Cornell physicists Itai Cohen and Paul McEuen.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about how scientists found a way to transfer data through music: https://curiosity.im/2SFglLi 

Additional resources from Cornell University:

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Aug 05, 2019
Respecting Others with Hanlon’s Razor, What If the World Went Vegan, and Dancing Cockatoos
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Learn about a cockatoo that proves humans aren’t the only animals who can dance; mental models like Hanlon’s razor for reducing anxiety and getting along better with others, with some help from authors Gabriel Weinberg and Lauren McCann; and, what would happen if the world went vegan.

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about a cockatoo that proves humans aren’t the only animals who can dance: https://curiosity.im/2SD85vB  

Additional resources from Gabriel Weinberg and Lauren McCann:

Other resources discussed:

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Aug 04, 2019
Bioprinting (w/ Zach Weinersmith), Giant Underground Cities, and Miniature Pigeon Cameras
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Learn about bioprinting from Zach Weinersmith, creator of “Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.” You’ll also learn about Derinkuyu, an ancient underground city; and, Dr. Neubronner’s miniature pigeon camera that predated drone photography.

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