BrainStuff

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 Feb 25, 2020

Josh
 Feb 8, 2020
Used to be good but the last episode I listened to had 2 minutes of ads in an episode less than 6 mins long. If you can get past the ads the content is great.


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Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science in the world around us.

Episode Date
BrainStuff Classics: How Do Fire Extinguishers Work?
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Fire extinguishers are nearly ubiquitous, and they can be invaluable, life-saving devices. Learn what’s inside those little red cylinders, and how they can stop a fire, in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 05, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: What the Heck is GDP?
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GDP, GNP – what does it all mean? Learn what economists are saying when they bring up these common economic indicators in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 04, 2020
Why Was 'The Last Supper' the Masterpiece Leonardo da Vinci Didn't Want to Paint?
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The mural 'The Last Supper' made da Vinci famous, but it wasn't what he wanted to work on at the time. Learn the history of the painting (and what historians still argue about within it) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 03, 2020
What Is Entropy?
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It's OK if you're confused by the concept of entropy -- it can mean different things in different situations and disciplines. Learn about the second law of thermodynamics in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 02, 2020
How Do Ventilators Work?
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When a person is having trouble breathing on their own, ventilators can help keep them alive until the underlying problem can be treated. Learn how they work and how they're being improved in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 01, 2020
How Does Ghee Work?
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Ghee is a shelf-stable, nutty-flavored type of clarified butter. Learn how to make it and cook with it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 31, 2020
What Famous Places Can You Explore from Home?
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Because being a globetrotter isn't always practical, many cultural sites and museums have virtual tours available online. Learn about a few of our favorites in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 30, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: Do Animals Laugh?
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It’s no secret that some animal species are highly intelligent – but can they “get” jokes? Can they laugh? Are laughter and intelligence even related? Learn about animal laughter in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 29, 2020
How Will a New Solar Orbiter Teach Us About the Sun?
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A recently launched spacecraft called the Solar Orbiter, or SolO, is en route to the sun to capture images from angles we've never achieved before. Learn how this will help us learn new things about our star in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 28, 2020
How Will Food Banks Meet Demand Related to COVID-19?
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Food banks and pantries, community kitchens, and the like help feed millions -- but many more may need help during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Learn what these organizations are doing to keep up (and keep safe) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 27, 2020
Why Are Fruit Flies Science Superstars?
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Fruit flies are pests in our kitchens but glorious in genetics labs. Learn why -- and why they're not dangerous, even if they're annoying -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 26, 2020
Can You Start Your Own Bank?
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The U.S. is the only industrialized nation in the world where anyone with the funds, plan, and motivation can start their own bank. Learn how the process works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 25, 2020
Do You Have an Inner Monologue?
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It's hard to imagine other people's inner thoughts -- but we may be just as hard-pressed to explain our own. Learn how researchers have studied inner monologues and other modes of thought in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 25, 2020
Why Does the U.S. Sell Soda in Liters but Milk in Gallons?
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In America, many products -- including milk -- are sold in imperial ounces or gallons. But not so soda -- we often buy that in 1- or 2-liter bottles. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 23, 2020
Why Does Hand Washing Beat Hand Sanitizer Hands Down?
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Washing your hands is way more effective than hand sanitizer at getting rid of germs because soap is scientifically amazing stuff. Learn why -- and how to use both -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 23, 2020
How Can Social Distancing Save Lives?
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When infectious diseases have the potential to break out, keeping your distance from other people means you’re helping protect everyone -- and helps our medical system not get overwhelmed. Learn why -- and how to do it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 22, 2020
How Long Can Viruses Last on Surfaces?
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Every virus is different, and research into the novel Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is ongoing -- but learn about how long viruses can remain infectious in the air or on surfaces in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
FunStuff Playlist 03: Do Dogs Use Facial Expressions to 'Talk' to Us?
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It seems that dogs make more expressive faces when humans are watching. Are they trying to communicate? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
FunStuff Playlist 09: How Did Desi Arnaz Change Television?
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Lucille Ball's ex-husband wasn't just her 'I Love Lucy' co-star and writing partner -- Desi Arnaz changed the way television is produced and watched. Learn about his contributions to the industry in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
FunStuff Playlist 08: Can Absurdly Big Numbers Be Useful?
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The bigger that numbers get, the harder they are for us to conceive of -- but that doesn't mean they can't be useful. Learn about some just ridiculously huge numbers in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
FunStuff Playlist 02: Why Are Some Words Funny?
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Words like 'poop' and 'wiggle' are inherently humorous, and science may have figured out why. Learn what science has to say about why some words tickle us in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
FunStuff Playlist 01: Why Do Flying Squirrels Glow Hot Pink in UV Light?
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As it turns out, most flying squirrels glow hot pink in ultraviolet light. Learn what researchers think may be the reason in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
FunStuff Playlist 04: Do Humans and Bananas Really Share Half Their DNA?
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You may have heard that people share about 50 percent of their DNA with bananas, and while there's a seed of truth to that, it's not quite right. Learn about our genetic similarity to fruit and other life forms in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
FunStuff Playlist 07: Why Do Books Smell So Good?
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Researchers have set out to catalog the scent compounds that make books and libraries smell so welcoming. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
FunStuff Playlist 06: Did Pirates Really Talk Like That?
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One guy is responsible for what we think pirates sounded like. Learn how actor Robert Newton changed the world in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
FunStuff Playlist 05: Why Do We Sing in the Shower?
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It's somewhere between tempting and inevitable to break into song in the shower. But why? Learn about the psychology and physiology of shower singing in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
FunStuff Playlist 10: Will the Paper of the Future Be Made of Poop?
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It might sound gross, but it's eco-friendly: Paper is made from plant pulp. Animals that eat plants excrete plant pulp. Learn why some scientists have high hopes for poo-pyrus in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
Were Turtles Once the Size of Cars?
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Spoiler alert: Yep. A prehistoric species of freshwater sea turtles was a hundred times heavier than its modern relatives. Learn more about this giant in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
Farts Can Be Silent, But Can They Be Deadly?
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It's highly unlikely that most farts spread disease, but there is one strange case in the medical records. Learn why passing gas is almost always safe (except for our noses) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 18, 2020
Why Are Four-Leaf Clovers Considered Lucky?
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Four-leaf clovers have long been held as a symbol of good fortune. Learn why they're so rare (and why Saint Patrick used three-leaf clovers in his teachings) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 17, 2020
Is Old Faithful Becoming Less Faithful?
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The famous Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park has been changing its eruption patterns over the past few decades -- but it's still incredibly predictable. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 17, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: How Do Bed Bugs Work?
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These insects live in your furniture, drink your blood, and stain your sheets. Learn how they thrive -- and how to get rid of them -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 15, 2020
Introducing: Personology
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A psychological examination of historically significant lives. We will peak into the minds of our subject to answer, what made them tick? Uncovering the personal motivations that drove their public acts and how those acts in turn changed all our lives. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 14, 2020
What Is Pi?
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Today is Pi Day -- a celebration of the number pi (and pies, and mathematics in general). Learn what pi is and how this holiday came about in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 14, 2020
Why Are We Afraid of Friday the 13th?
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Many Westerners are wary of any Friday that falls on the 13th of a month for reasons rooted in pop culture and ancient theology alike. Learn how these ancient memes got started in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 13, 2020
How Does Saturn Work?
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Saturn is our solar system's second-biggest planet, the most elliptical in shape, and has a stunning set of rings. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 12, 2020
Why Do Cars Have Alarms If We Ignore Them?
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People who live in areas that depend on cars for transportation may be so used to car alarms that they ignore them completely -- but that doesn't mean the alarms aren't useful. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 11, 2020
What Else Did Shel Silverstein Write?
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Most people know Shel Silverstein for his books of children's poetry like "Where the Sidewalk Ends," but he was a prolific writer. Learn more about Silverstein's life in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 10, 2020
What Is Coronavirus?
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There's a lot of (valid, understandable) fear about novel Coronavirus in the news -- it can be deadly, but you can protect yourself and your community. Learn how -- and what Coronavirus is -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 09, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: How Does Jet Lag Work?
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Our bodies are used to fairly regular patterns of sleep and wakefulness, and moving across time zones can mess that up royally. Learn why -- and what you can do to prevent it -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 08, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: Can We See the Stuff Astronauts Left on the Moon?
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Astronauts have left over a hundred items on the moon's surface. Learn what telescopes are powerful enough to spot them in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 07, 2020
Do Other Animals Have Blood Types Too?
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We humans have blood types that help determine what transfusions we can give and receive -- and other animals do too. Learn about cat, dog, and horse blood types, among others, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 06, 2020
Why Are Legal Pads Yellow?
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Legal pads' defining characteristics all date back to the turn of the 20th century. Learn how they came about in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 05, 2020
How Did an Enslaved Man Help Save Colonial Boston from Smallpox?
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Smallpox epidemics swept the colonies several times, but one African-American man known as Onesimus helped save Boston from the brunt of it. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 04, 2020
Is There a Best Time of Day for Making Decisions?
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Everyone's brain works a little differently, but research shows that there's a time of day when most of us make decisions quickly, and another when most of us make decisions accurately. Learn when both occur in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 03, 2020
Could Sonic the Hedgehog Survive His Own Speeds?
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Most hedgehog bodies are not meant for supersonic speeds, but most hedgehogs are not Sonic. Learn how Sonic's speed compares with other animals and how he might survive in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 03, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: What Would Space Do to the Human Body?
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All the times a character in science fiction has gotten tossed out an airlock got us wondering: What would really happen to the human body if it were exposed to space without a protective suit? Learn what we found in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 01, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Get Brain Freeze?
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You're enjoying a delicious frozen treat, and then, suddenly, it hits: brain freeze! Learn why this short, stabbing pain occurs in today's classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 29, 2020
Who Put the Baby in King Cake?
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King cake is a tasty part of Mardi Gras celebrations today, but the traditions behind it go way back. Learn about the history of king cake, and why many now come with a small plastic baby, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 28, 2020
Could We Turn Air Pollution Into Ink?
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Air pollution can carry the same compound that we use to make ink -- so why not capture that pollution and turn it into art? Learn how an innovative technology is making it possible in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 27, 2020
What Was the First Cat in Space?
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You may have heard of other animals' trips into space, but France's spacefaring cat, Félicette, has been all but lost to history. Learn about her journey in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 26, 2020
Can You Put Emoji on License Plates?
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Vermont is considering a bill that would allow its drivers to add emoji to license plates -- and Queensland, Australia already has that option. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 25, 2020
Why Is Black History Month During February?
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Black History Month helps celebrate the achievements and contextualize the experiences of black people in America, past and present. Learn the history behind it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 24, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: Is WiFi Safe?
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You may have heard rumors that wireless internet is a health hazard, but, spoiler alert: It's probably just fine. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 23, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: How Do Car Horns Work?
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Car horns are both important safety feature and an instrument of rage. Learn the physics behind the honk in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 22, 2020
How Did Indigo Help Start America's Slave Trade?
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Crops like sugar and cotton are notoriously tied to slavery in the U.S. (and around the world), but indigo deserves infamy, too. Learn the dark history of this natural dye in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 21, 2020
What's the History of the Tooth Fairy?
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Throughout history, different cultures have had all kinds of ceremonies surrounding the loss of a first baby tooth. Learn where the Tooth Fairy fits in in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 20, 2020
How Do Scientists Know What's Inside Dinosaur Eggs?
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For dinosaur eggs to have survived until now, they must have fossilized -- which makes cracking them open to see what's inside a difficult prospect. Learn how researchers tackle it (and when they don't have to) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 19, 2020
Are Humans Built to Drink Milk as Adults?
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Lactose intolerance is rare in the U.S., but worldwide it's way more common. Learn what causes this and how researchers explain the divide in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 18, 2020
What Do People Get Wrong About Rosa Parks?
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Though we've all heard about how Rosa Parks' small act of resistance on a Montgomery bus sparked a boycott that spurred the civil rights movement, a lot of us get the details wrong. Learn the real story of Rosa Parks in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 17, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: What Is the Birthday Paradox?
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The so-called Birthday Paradox isn't a true paradox -- it's a fascinating example of how bad humans are at off-the-cuff probability. Learn what the Birthday Paradox is and how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 16, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Get Morning Breath?
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Our breath can smell bad for a number of reasons, but it tends to be worse first thing in the morning. Learn why in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 15, 2020
Does Chocolate Give You a Happy High?
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Many humans enjoy eating chocolate -- but is it because of the taste, or because of compounds in the candy that simulate happiness in our brains? Learn about how chocolate affects us in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 14, 2020
Why Do Cats Knead?
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Cats seem to love kneading at soft things with their front paws -- but why do they do it? Learn about this (sometimes very pointy) behavior in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 13, 2020
What Is Balut, and How Do You Eat It?
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Balut is a street food delicacy found in Southeastern Asia -- and around the world. Learn about this eggy treat in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 12, 2020
Are Single-Use Plastics Really That Bad?
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Single-use plastics are plastics made to be thrown away after one use. Learn why they're so damaging and how we can do better in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 11, 2020
How Did Georgia Tech's Most Famous Student Never Exist?
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George P. Burdell has received several degrees, flown missions in several wars, hosted countless campus balls, and ordered countless pizzas -- but he's never technically existed. Learn about Georgia Tech's legendary student in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 10, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: How Does Crooke's Radiometer Work?
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Crooke's radiometer is a device containing vanes that appear to spin because they're pushed by light itself, but that's not quite right. Learn what's really happening in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 09, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: What Is White Noise?
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White noise generators are useful for masking all kinds of annoying sounds -- but what is white noise, and how does it work? Learn about white noise (and other 'colors') in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 08, 2020
How Do Wine, Cars, and Clothes Defy Economics?
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With most goods and services, as their price goes up, demand goes down -- but not so with luxury items from diamonds to college educations. Learn how Veblen goods work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 08, 2020
Why Can a Mongoose Take on a Cobra?
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Mongooses are small, weasely mammals that can -- and do -- kill and eat big, venomous king cobras. Learn how they manage to come out on top in this grudge match in today's episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 07, 2020
Why Are Scientists Asking Hikers to Stop Stacking Rocks?
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Stacks of rocks called cairns have long been used for navigation and decoration, but scientists are now asking hikers to stop making them. Learn how simply moving rocks can be hugely destructive (even if you put them back) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 05, 2020
Why Do People Say 'Holy Cow'?
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The phrase 'holy cow' is an example of a minced oath -- a substitute for a taboo phrase. Learn how baseball was involved in its popularity in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 04, 2020
Would King Kong Be Considered an Endangered Species?
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Land animals tend to have an upper limit of size, beyond which they risk extinction. Learn why (and how King Kong is a great example of this) in today's episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 03, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: Is a 'Dog Year' Really 7 Years?
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Sure, dogs age differently than humans -- but is a year for us really like seven years for them? Learn the truth about your dog's age in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 02, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: What is 'Ranch' Flavor?
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Ranch is the most popular salad dressing in the United States, but what is that flavor supposed to be? Learn the history and modern make-up of ranch flavor in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 01, 2020
Are Super Bowl Ads Really Worth $30 Million?
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The most expensive 30-second commercial slot in this weekend's Super Bowl sold for $5.6 million, but the total cost to make these ads is more like $30 million. Learn what kind of return on investment companies hope to make in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 31, 2020
How Did White House Press Briefings Go From Daily to Done?
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Press briefings have been a regular event at the White House since the late 1800s, so why has the Trump administration cancelled them? Learn about the history behind the practice (and what's replaced them) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 30, 2020
Could Electric Motors Save Classic Cars?
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Replacing vintage engines with electric motors can help keep classic cars on the road (though don't worry, we're not coming for your collector's items). Learn why companies like Jaguar and Volkswagen are leading the charge in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 29, 2020
Is There a Science to Aging Beer?
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Some beers develop in interesting and pleasant ways as they age -- but it's a science experiment with a lot of variables. Learn how to embark on the art and science of aging beer in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 28, 2020
What's the Best Kind of Dog Leash?
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Taking your dog out on walks is great for it (and you!), but certain kinds of leashes can help keep you both safer. Learn why an expert recommends braided leather leashes (and when they recommend harnesses) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 27, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: How Does Radiation Sickness Work?
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Most of us don't have to worry about ionizing radiation -- that is, the kind of radiation that can make you sick. Learn why (and what ionizing radiation can do) in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 26, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: What Is Fracking?
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You’ve heard of fracking, and you’re pretty sure lots of people don’t like it, but do you know what it really entails? Learn what goes into the fracking process in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 25, 2020
How Do Bengal Cats Work?
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Bengal cats are a hybrid of domestic cats and a small, wild type of leopard cat. Learn how this breed began and why they're an intensive pet in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 24, 2020
What's the Difference Between Avenues, Roads, and Boulevards?
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Yes, there is a difference! Roadways in the United States are given designations based on what lines them and how they connect. Learn the differences between these and other passages in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 23, 2020
Why Are Bananas Berries, but Strawberries Aren't?
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Botanically speaking, bananas are berries and strawberries are not. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 22, 2020
Do Monkeys Lack the Brains or the Vocal Anatomy for Human Speech?
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For a long time, scientists thought monkeys and non-human apes simply lacked the vocal anatomy for human speech, but new research indicates otherwise. Learn what was found in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 21, 2020
Are We Running Out of Cork?
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There's a myth that the trees that cork comes from are endangered, but they're doing just fine. Learn how the rumors may have started in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 20, 2020
Why Is the Exclamation Point on the Rise?
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The exclamation point, once scorned by most, is appearing more and more in online communication — even in professional settings. Learn the history of this punchy punctuation in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 19, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: How Do Microwave Ovens Work?
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It may seem like magic, but microwave ovens employ the physics of the electromagnetic spectrum to heat your food. Learn how in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 19, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: What If the Moon Disappeared?
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If the moon suddenly disappeared from existence, Earth would be missing more than just our nightlight. Learn how the moon affects the Earth in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 18, 2020
Are Pringles Really Potato Chips?
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It took a series of British courts to decide whether Pringles count as potato chips (or, rather, potato crisps). Learn why -- and what they decided -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 16, 2020
Could There Be a Fifth Fundamental Force?
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Scientists have been studying the four fundamental forces (gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force, and the weak force) since the 1950s, but new research indicates that there may be a fifth. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 15, 2020
What's the Difference Between Toilet Paper and Facial Tissues?
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We often use the two interchangeably (especially in times of need), but toilet paper and facial tissues are composed differently. Learn why you shouldn't flush tissues in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 14, 2020
Could Your Next Car Say 'No' to Drunk Driving?
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The technology already exists to put Breathalyzers in cars to prevent drunk driving, and some lawmakers are working towards mandating it. Learn how it might work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 14, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: Does Your Name Determine Your Future?
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What's in a name? Research shows that your name can indeed influence your career and your behavior. Learn how in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 12, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: What Does the Tab on a Rearview Mirror Really Do?
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Pushing the tab on a car's rearview mirror seems to dim the headlights of the car behind you -- but how? Learn how rearview mirrors work in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 11, 2020
How Does the Wayback Machine Work?
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The internet's Wayback Machine isn't a time machine in the traditional sense, but it does archive web pages to provide a living history for users to explore. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 10, 2020
Can 'Reef DJs' Bring Fish Back to Damaged Reefs?
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When fish abandon unhealthy coral reefs, the whole ecosystem can collapse -- but new research shows that playing sounds from healthy reefs can lure fish back, helping stabilize the reef. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 09, 2020
Can Hair Dyes and Straighteners Cause Cancer?
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New research indicates that permanent hair dyes and hair straighteners can increase women's risk of breast cancer. Remember, cancers are caused by many genetic & environmental factors -- but learn what the researchers found in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 08, 2020
What's So American About Apple Pie?
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When something or someone is particularly emblematic of the U.S., we often say they're 'as American as apple pie'. Learn the history of apple pie, plus how that phrase got started, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 07, 2020
Should School Buses Have Seat Belts?
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School buses are much safer than other vehicles on the road, statistically speaking, but they'd be even safer with seat belts. Learn why they haven't traditionally had them, and how that might change, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 06, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Looked Like?
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Museums and movies alike feature representations of dinosaurs, but how can we reconstruct their appearance from a bunch of million-year-old fossils? Learn what we can (and can't) glean from the fossil record in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 05, 2020
BrainStuff Classics: What Happens When I Have A Hangover?
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One unpleasant effect of drinking alcohol can be the collection of symptoms known as a hangover -- a pulsing headache, dry mouth, nausea, and more. Learn what's actually happening to your body -- and whether there's any way to fix or prevent it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 04, 2020
What's the Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder?
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The two aren't interchangeable -- baking powder consists of baking soda plus other stuff. Learn how both work -- and how to make baking powder from soda -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 03, 2020
Was the Grinch Based on Dr. Seuss?
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Spoiler alert: Yep, Dr. Seuss modeled the Grinch on himself. Learn how the generally joyful writer created such an infamous sourpuss in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 02, 2020
What Makes Champagne Champagne?
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Champagne is a type of sparkling wine made under a particular set of rules to protect it from imitators -- but it wasn't always so prized. Learn the history and science of what goes into a bottle of bubbles in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 01, 2020
Why Do We Drop a Ball on New Year's Eve?
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The tradition of dropping a ball in Times Square to mark the beginning of a new year only goes back about a century. Learn about the history -- plus four weird things that other cities drop instead -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 31, 2019
Who Created the Peace Sign (and Why)?
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Though it started as a symbol of nuclear disarmament, the peace sign has grown to apply to (and be applied to) all kinds of things -- but the creator didn't mind; he'd hoped it'd take off. Learn the history of the peace sign in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 30, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: What Is Synesthesia?
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It’s true – some people hear colors, or taste words. Learn how synesthesia works in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 29, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: What Determines Your Hair Color?
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There's a lot of natural variation in the color of human hair. Learn the physical explanation for the difference in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 28, 2019
How Can Closing Your Door at Night Save Your Life?
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We all know "stop, drop, and roll," but a new fire safety tip is equally important: "close before you doze". Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 27, 2019
What's in the Secret Apartment Atop the Eiffel Tower?
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Yes, there's a secret apartment atop the Eiffel tower -- and it's filled with science! Learn how it came to be -- and how it actually saved the tower from destruction -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 26, 2019
Why Are We Dreaming of a White Christmas?
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Bing Crosby and hundreds of other singers have expressed their desire to see snow on Christmas, by why? Learn the history of this popular holiday song in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 25, 2019
Why Does Rudolph's Nose Glow Red?
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How could a reindeer have developed a glowing red nose, and how does it work? Learn the science behind Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer's distinctive feature in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 24, 2019
Why Do Men Have Nipples?
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Male humans very rarely lactate, so why do they have nipples? Learn why evolution didn't edit that feature out in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 23, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Did the Brontosaurus Exist?
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You may have heard that the Brontosaurus never existed, but that isn't quite right. Learn how a feud between ex-friends created confusion surrounding this dinosaur in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 22, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Some Noises Drive Me Crazy?
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If the sound of gum being chewed or the crinkle of plastic fills you with inarticulate, homicidal fury (or any other inexplicable emotion), you may be experiencing misophonia. Learn how researchers think it works in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 21, 2019
Who Was Physicist Hedwig Kohn?
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As a German Jewish woman who came of age around WWI, Hedwig Kohn defeated all odds against her to live a long, successful life as a physicist. Learn her story in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 20, 2019
Can Camping Help Us Sleep Better?
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Our use of electric lights after dark can mess with our circadian rhythms and make it harder to get a good night's sleep. Learn how a mere weekend of camping might help you reset in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 19, 2019
What Is Florida's Red Tide?
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You may have heard about a red tide menacing ocean beaches, but what causes it -- and can it be stopped? Learn about the algae that cause Florida's red tide in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 19, 2019
Why Doesn't My Sushi Come with Real Wasabi?
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Outside of Japan and the fanciest restaurants, most "wasabi" served with sushi is an imitation of the real thing. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 17, 2019
Why Wasn't 'Groom of the Stool' a Crappy Job?
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First, yes, there was once a job in royal courts called Groom of the Stool, and yes, it involved dealing with the king's poop. Learn why it was actually a covetable position in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 16, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Are Pop Rocks Dangerous?
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Did Pop Rocks really blow the door off of a delivery van? Has anyone ever died from eating this unique (and uniquely loud) candy? Learn the truth behind the rumors surrounding Pop Rocks in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 15, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Are Humans Still Evolving?
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We may not have mutant powers like the X-Men, but natural selection is still changing humanity… for the better. Learn about some of humanity's most useful modern mutations in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 14, 2019
When Is Moldy Food Safe to Eat?
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Spoiler alert: Sometimes! Not all molds are harmful, and some are even helpful -- but it's not always OK to cut away spots of mold and eat the food it was growing on. Learn when it is in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 13, 2019
Why Does Ancient Roman Concrete Outlast Our Own?
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Modern concrete crumbles when exposed to the elements, but ancient Roman concrete only gets stronger over time. Learn how this is possible -- and why we're not using their recipe -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 12, 2019
Why Do People Still Use Fax Machines?
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We live in the incredible future of scanners, internet connectivity, and digital signatures -- so why do people still use fax machines? Learn why faxing perseveres in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 11, 2019
How Did a Comma Decide a Court Case?
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There's no call to be pedantic, but sometimes a tiny punctuation mark can make a huge difference in meaning. Learn how the Oxford comma changed a judge's decision in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 10, 2019
Why Do Noises Other People Make Seem Louder Than Our Own?
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Humans and other animals tend to tune out the noises they themselves make. Learn how and why this happens in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 10, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: How Long Would It Take To Walk Around The World?
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This is a more complicated question than it seems because oceans definitely get in the way, but there are a few ways to attempt to walk around the entire globe -- and a few people who have tried. Learn about them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 08, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Does the Human Body Really Replace Itself Every 7 Years?
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Short answer: Nope! Learn how long it really takes, plus how nuclear weapons helped scientists find the answer, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 07, 2019
Why Are Macadamia Nuts So Expensive?
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Macadamias are delicious and nutritious in small servings, but they're also the most expensive nuts in the world. Learn what they are and how they're grown in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 06, 2019
Why Do Bees Beard?
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Honeybees can heat and cool their hives to keep the temperature comfortable. Learn about one method -- bearding -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 05, 2019
How Can a Sea Slug Use Solar Power?
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Researchers have found a sea slug that incorporates pieces of algae cells into its body to live off of photosynthesis. Learn more about it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 04, 2019
Will There Always Be a North Star?
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The star Polaris, when viewed in the Northern Hemisphere, points you almost due north. Learn how it's aided navigators for centuries, but why it won't always do so, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 03, 2019
How Did a Mad King Design Disney's Castle?
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Walt Disney based Sleeping Beauty's castle -- the centerpiece of Disneyland and the Disney logo -- on a real castle in the Bavarian Alps of Germany. Learn about Neuschwanstein Castle's strange and tragic history in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 02, 2019
Do You Or Your Dishwasher Get Dishes Cleaner?
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OK, this one is no contest: Your dishwasher can get dishes cleaner, but that doesn't necessarily mean that using one is healthier. Learn about the science behind the suds in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 29, 2019
How Does Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Work?
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Thousands of participants and millions of viewers turn out every year for the spectacle that is the Macy's Parade. Learn its history and what goes into running it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 28, 2019
Would Turkey Be So Popular Without Thanksgiving?
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Americans eat a LOT of turkey around the winter holidays, but why? Learn about turkey's festive history and when we eat the most of it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 27, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: How Dirty Is Soap?
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It’s good hygiene to wash your hands after touching shared bathroom surfaces. But bars of soap are also a shared surface. Learn why soap is pretty clean in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 26, 2019
Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?
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Spoiler alert: Yep, all placental mammals have belly buttons, but dogs' and cats' look a little different than ours. Learn how belly buttons work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 26, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Are Plants Conscious?
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Researchers have found evidence that plants have senses, memories, and can even communicate with each other. But does this mean they're conscious? Learn what science has to say in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 26, 2019
How Did Turducken Become a Thing?
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A chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey. Yep. Learn the history of the turducken and what it takes to prepare one in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 25, 2019
Can Your Brain Get Tired Like Your Muscles Do?
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We've all felt it: the dreaded brain drain after a long or taxing day. Learn why this occurs -- and what you can do to help prevent burnout -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 22, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Why is Bird Poop White?
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Bird poop: It’s the bane of cars, statues, and occasional hapless pedestrians across the world. But what is this stuff anyway? Learn about birds' amazingly efficient waste systems (and why their waste is white) in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 22, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Will Soda Really Ruin My Teeth?
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Soda may not dissolve teeth in 12 hours flat, but it can cause damage to your pearly whites. Learn how -- and how to avoid it without giving up your favorite drink -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 21, 2019
How Did the Ancient Land Blob Called Gondwana Become Today's Southern Continents?
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Just looking at a world map makes it clear that today's continents were once a single mass, but scientists are still researching how they came together and apart. Learn about the history of the Southern Hemisphere's continents in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 21, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: How Does Sleepwalking Work?
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Researchers don't entirely understand why we humans sometimes walk around (or doing any number of other things) in our sleep, but there are a few myths that they can dispell. Learn more about sleepwalking, aka somnambulism, in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 20, 2019
Why Don't Evergreen Trees Lose Their Needles?
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Evergreens' needles are their leaves, so why don't they change color and drop in the fall? Learn how evergreen leaves work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 20, 2019
Do Humans and Bananas Really Share Half Their DNA?
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You may have heard that people share about 50 percent of their DNA with bananas, and while there's a seed of truth to that, it's not quite right. Learn about our genetic similarity to fruit and other life forms in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 19, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Dogs Yawn?
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Dogs communicate by yawning, and it's complex to figure out what they might mean. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 19, 2019
BrainStuff Classic: What Creates the Northern Lights?
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There are lots of misconceptions out there about what causes the stunning Aurora Borealis. Learn what's really up with the Northern Lights in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 18, 2019
How Do You Deep Fry a Turkey?
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Deep frying anything is a science -- but perhaps especially a whole turkey. Learn how to do it (and why it works) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 18, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do I Need a Passport to Travel?
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The vast (vast!) majority of humans need a passport in order to travel internationally. Learn why -- and who doesn't -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 15, 2019
Can 'Hypoallergenic' Dogs Still Trigger Allergies?
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Spoiler alert: Yes, breeds of dogs said to be hypoallergenic can still set off your allergies -- but they may be better for you than other breeds. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 15, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Are Less Experienced People More Confident?
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You may have heard about the supposed inverse relationship between confidence and knowledge -- but is it true? Learn more about the Dunning-Kruger effect in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 14, 2019
Could We Recycle Excess Subway Heat?
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Heating homes and other human hangouts requires a huge carbon footprint -- but meanwhile, we're wasting heat every day (and sweating) in systems like subways. Learn how one project hopes to use that excess heat for the greater good in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 14, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Why Is Bacon Considered a Breakfast Food?
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Bacon and eggs are a traditional breakfast -- but that tradition only goes back about a century. Learn how Sigmund Freud's nephew invented public relations and changed the way we eat breakfast in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 14, 2019
Can We Win the War on Cockroaches?
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Cockroaches are, if nothing else, admirably persistent -- they can spring back from a 90% population loss just a couple generations. Learn how hardy they are in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 13, 2019
How Do Wolverines Work?
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Wolverines may not have adamantium-reinforced skeletons, but this species of weasel boasts a few superpowers of its own. Learn more about wolverines in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 12, 2019
Why Should You Stop Raking Fall Leaves?
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Something has to be done with all those fall leaves, but the best option for the environment (and your lawn) isn't raking, it's mulching. Learn why, and how to get started, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 12, 2019
What's the Difference Between Hornets and Wasps?
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We often use the terms 'wasp' and 'hornet' interchangeably, but that's not quite right, and knowing the difference can save you a sting. Learn about these insects in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 08, 2019
How Can a Hen Turn into a Rooster?
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In cases of spontaneous sex reversal, an animal born male can become female, or vice versa, due to genetic or hormonal changes. Learn the story of how one hen became a rooster in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 07, 2019
How Could Artificial Glaciers Hydrate the Himalayas?
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Farmers in the Himalayas depend on yearly snow melts to water their crops, but climate change means they're not getting enough snowfall to replenish natural glaciers. Learn how artificial glaciers are helping in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 06, 2019
What's the Science Behind Applause?
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The way that applause starts and moves through a large crowd is scientifically predictable. Learn what the research shows about the influence of sound and psychology in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 05, 2019
Could Science Create a Better Blood Supply?
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Millions of lives are saved by blood transfusions every year, but sometimes donations are in short supply. Learn how researchers are hoping to make more blood universally transferable in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 04, 2019
Introducing: History Vs. Theodore Roosevelt
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In History Vs., a new podcast from Mental Floss and iHeartRadio, we’ll explore how larger-than-life historical figures faced off against their greatest foes. In this inaugural season, we’re looking at Theodore Roosevelt’s incredible life using a convention that he, as a boxer, would have appreciated. Each episode, we’ll analyze how Roosevelt took on a particular challenge, from his debilitating childhood asthma and conflict within his family to conquering the hours of the day and preserving the world for the next generation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 02, 2019
Did Humans Evolve To Be Superstitious?
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Humans and other animals often hold superstitions -- but why? Could it have been biologically advantageous to our ancestors? Learn more about superstition in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 01, 2019
What Is Eye of Newt?
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The witches in Macbeth describe a disturbing brew -- eye of newt, toe of frog, etc. -- but that was just code for common plants. Learn what eye of newt really is in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 31, 2019
What Exactly Is Candy Corn?
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Americans buy some 9 billion kernels of candy corn every year. Learn this candy's history plus how it's made in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 30, 2019
What's Happening During A Near-Death Experience?
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Some patients brought back from cardiac arrest describe seeing a bright light at the end of a tunnel, or other phenomena known as a near-death experience. Learn how some researchers have tried to explain this in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 29, 2019
What Is the Legend of the Hawaiian Night Marchers?
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Hawaiian folklore tells of the huaka'i pō, or night marchers -- ghostly warriors whose sense of duty has kept them on guard even after death. Learn the legend (and what to do if you hear them coming) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 28, 2019
Introducing The Next Big Idea
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Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. How can you process it all? You can start with The Next Big Idea. Host Rufus Griscom and legendary thought leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Dan Pink, and Susan Cain, will be your personal “idea” curators. Open your mind and get ready for something big, because the right idea--at the right moment--has the power to transform your life. Listen now on http://wondery.fm/TNBIBrainstuff Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 26, 2019
Can We 3-D Print Meat in Space?
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Lab-created meat may help prevent harm to animals here on Earth, but it'd be even more helpful for feeding people in space. But can tech like 3-D printers work in space? Learn about the potential future of space burgers in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 25, 2019
How Do Sea Urchins Work?
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Spiny on the outside and gooey on the inside, sea urchins are a weird and wonderful animal -- and delicacy. Learn more about them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 24, 2019
How Does Venus Work?
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Venus is the hottest planet, its years are shorter than its days, and its atmospheric pressure is 92 times greater than that on Earth. Learn how researchers think Venus got this way in today’s episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 23, 2019
What Is Dead Butt Syndrome?
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Sitting too much and not getting the right kinds of exercise can lead to gluteal tendinopathy — dead butt syndrome. Learn why (and what can be done about it) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 22, 2019
How Do Ecosystems Work?
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Nothing in our environment exists in a vacuum -- everything is interconnected. Learn how the study of ecosystems attempts to learn about things through those connections in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 22, 2019
Were the Dyatlov Pass Hikers Murdered?
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The mystery of what happened to nine hikers one wintery night has gone unsolved for 60 years. Learn what evidence has been found -- and what's still unknown -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 18, 2019
How Does Photosynthesis Power Life on Earth?
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Plants turn sunlight into food via photosynthesis, which is pretty amazing -- and its evolution is fairly mysterious. Learn how researchers think it happened in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 17, 2019
Can Red Flag Laws Help Prevent Mass Shootings?
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In the wake of America's many mass shootings, some states are enacting laws that allow police to confiscate citizens' firearms when a concern about violence is reported. Learn how these red flag laws work in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 16, 2019
How Can 3-D Printing Help Save Animals?
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Prostheses for humans are already in use, so why not for other animals? Learn how veterinarians are using 3-D printed limbs, fins, beaks, bones, and shells to help injured animals in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 15, 2019
Why Are Some Americans Cancelling Columbus Day?
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Some U.S. cities and states have officially changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day. Learn why -- and why some Americans disagree with the change -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 14, 2019
Does Our Solar System Contain a Primordial Black Hole?
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Astronomers think there's an object in the far reaches of our solar system that's six times as massive as Earth. Learn why some think it's a planet and others propose it's a type of black hole in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 11, 2019
How Did the Shar-Pei Get Its Wrinkles?
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This dog breed is known for its distinctive wrinkles, and genetic researchers have figured out why those wrinkles occur. Learn about it (plus whether a Shar-Pei might be a good dog for you) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 10, 2019
Should Cities Require Green Roofs?
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Planting gardens, grasses, or wildflowers on urban roofs can solve a lot of problems, but it can cause a few along the way. Learn more about green roofs in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 09, 2019
How Did Bobcats Come Back from the Brink?
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Bobcat populations weren't doing so well a few decades ago, but these resilient wild cats are on the rebound. Learn about bobcats in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 08, 2019
What's the Best Strategy for Finding a Parking Spot?
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There are a couple mathematically tested strategies for finding a parking spot that costs you the least time in terms of searching and walking to your destination. Learn what science has to say about parking in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 07, 2019
Who Wore High-Heeled Shoes First?
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Although shoes with high heels are often coded feminine in modern culture, men wore them first -- military men, specifically. Learn the history of high heels in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 04, 2019
How Rare Are All-Black Chickens?
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A few types of chickens are so pigmented that not just their feathers but their very flesh is a deep blue-black color. Learn how researchers think this came about in today's episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 03, 2019
How Young Is Too Young to Face Arrest?
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In the United States, many states don't put a lower age limit on arrests, and children as young as six years of age have been arrested by police. Learn why, and how some lawyers and lawmakers are trying to change that, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 02, 2019
How Can You Escape a Sinking Car?
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Being trapped in a car is a scary thought, but safety experts say that being prepared for emergencies saves lives. Learn what devices can help and how to use them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 01, 2019
How Often Should You Wash Your Coffee Mug?
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Not every bacterium is an enemy, but illness-causing germs are out there -- and some love your coffee cup. Learn how often research indicates you should wash that reusable cup in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 30, 2019
How Are Maine Coons Different From Other Cats?
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The Maine Coon breed of cats has a reputation for being more doglike than catlike. Learn about how they stand out in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 27, 2019
What's the Difference Between Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophen?
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These over-the-counter medications all do fairly similar jobs of relieving aches and pains, but there's a best (and a worst) way to use each type. Learn the differences between pain relievers in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 26, 2019
Why Are Blueprints Blue?
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The traditional color of blueprints wasn't chosen because it's pretty -- it's a result of a chemical copying process. Learn the history of blueprints in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 25, 2019
How Can I Become a Mermaid?
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With the help of specially made fins (and some swim lessons), anyone can become a mermaid or merman — there are even mer-professionals. Learn how mermaiding works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 24, 2019
Did Lyme Disease Start as a Bioweapon?
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There’s been a call for investigation into the history of Lyme disease, and whether it might’ve been an accidentally released bioweapon. Learn both sides of the debate in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 23, 2019
What's the History of the Statue of Liberty?
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The Statue of Liberty is so iconic that it's hard to imagine New York City without it, but plans for the statue got started less than 200 years ago. Learn how Lady Liberty was created in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 20, 2019
How Can Gingko Leaves Help Track Climate Change?
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Gingko biloba trees have changed so little over the past few hundred million years that researchers can use their leaves to track how the environment has changed over that time. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 19, 2019
How Would Authorities Handle a Murder in Space?
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Investigating murders right here on planet Earth can be tricky -- how would it be handled in space? Who would even be in charge? (Do we need space cops??) Learn what current and future laws may apply in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 18, 2019
Could Maggots End World Hunger?
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Maggots are undeniably gross, but black soldier fly maggots are a more efficient source of protein than anything else on the planet. Learn how researchers hope to get more people eating insects in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 17, 2019
Do Fish Experience Thirst?
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Fish live in water, but, just as our land-dwelling bodies have to carefully regulate our water and salt levels, so do fish bodies. Learn how fish stay hydrated in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 17, 2019
Does Sigmund Freud Still Matter?
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Though he was the father of psychoanalysis, Freud and his theories don't hold up so well today. Learn about his famous Oedipus complex concept and what modern psychiatrists and psychologists think in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 13, 2019
Why Is Declawing Cats Controversial?
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New York state recently banned cat declawing. Learn what the process entails and why veterinary groups recommend against it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 12, 2019
What Is the U.S. Presidential Seal?
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American presidents can opt to affix the presidential seal to official documents and have used it as an official decoration. Learn the how and why the seal was created, plus the symbolism behind it, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 11, 2019
What's the Buzz on Alcohol in Space?
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There hasn't been any official research into the effects of alcohol on the body in space, but at least a few astronauts and cosmonauts have imbibed. Learn about the history and potential future of booze in space in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 10, 2019
Can Automated Lights Really Stop Burglars?
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Motion-activated porch lights and app-controlled interior lights are commonly used to prevent burglaries, but do they really work? Learn what burglars themselves say in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 10, 2019
How Can We Film Giant Squid?
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These legends of the deep are notoriously shy, but researchers have recently captured images and video of living giant squid. Learn how they did it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 06, 2019
How Does Cobalt Work?
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The element cobalt is responsible for brilliant blue paints and rechargeable batteries alike. Learn how it works and why its supply is uncertain in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 05, 2019
Can Going Sockless Be Bad for Your Feet?
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Socks aren't just a fashion accessory -- they can help keep your feet healthy! Learn how to stay safe while sockless in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 04, 2019
What's the Oldest Active Building Project in the World?
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The Sagrada Familia Basilica was started by Antoni Gaudí in 1882 and is still undergoing its initial construction today. Learn more about the architect and his long-running project in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 03, 2019
How Can Jupiter Have 79 Moons While Other Planets Have None?
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If you guessed 'gravity' you're right -- but a few specific factors make Jupiter so much moonier than planets like Earth. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 02, 2019
Who Was Marjory Stoneman Douglas?
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Long before scientists fully understood how important the Everglades are to Florida's weather and ecosystem, Marjory Stoneman Douglas campaigned to preserve them. Learn about this journalist and activist in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 30, 2019
Should You Really Punch an Animal in the Nose If Attacked?
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Rumor has it that a jab to the nose will stop anything from a shark to a bear from attacking you, but how effective would that really be? Learn the circumstances under which nose punching might actually help in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 29, 2019
How Are Animal and Plant Cells Different?
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The cells that make up plants and animals are incredibly similar considering how different a carrot is from a corgi. Learn the small factors that make all the difference in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 28, 2019
Does Aging Always Increase Risk of Death?
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For most mammals, aging increases our probability of dying -- it seems like a given. Learn about one animal, the naked mole rat, for which age has no impact on mortality in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 27, 2019
What's the World's Biggest Food Fight?
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On the last Wednesday in August every year, up to 30,000 people participate in La Tomatina, a massive tomato fight in Buñol, Spain. Learn how it goes down in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 26, 2019
Why Is Building Muscle Important for Everyone?
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The fancy science word for building muscle is hypertrophy, but it's not inaccessible. Learn how hypertrophy works and why building muscle keeps us healthy in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 23, 2019
What Can You Do If Your U.S. Money Gets Mangled?
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Shredded, chewed, exhumed, or burnt American bills aren't necessarily lost -- a service of the Department of Treasury may reimburse you for their cash value. Learn about the Mutilated Currency Redemption Service in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 22, 2019
How Did Fish & Chips Become England's National Dish?
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Light and tender fried fish plated with crisp fried potatoes is a classic English comfort meal, but it's only a little over a century old. Learn the history of fish and chips in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 21, 2019
Why Is the Ocean Different Colors?
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Ocean water can appear many dazzling shades of blue and green depending on where you are. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 20, 2019
How Do Starling Murmurations Work?
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Starlings flock in swooping, harmonious groups of thousands of birds called murmurations. Learn how these birds pull off such an amazing feat through simple actions in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 19, 2019
Is Sparkling Water Good For You?
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More people are drinking fizzy water, both plain and in a boggling array of flavors. Learn about the different types of sparkling water and what you should watch out for in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 16, 2019
Why Is There a Rhino-Shaped Cave in Washington State?
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Yes, there’s a cave shaped like a rhinoceros in Washington State. Learn how it was created and discovered in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 15, 2019
How Many Trees Would We Need to Plant to Slow Climate Change?
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Trees pull and store carbon, but lots of land that could support them is deforested. Learn how researchers think planting trees could help mitigate climate change in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 14, 2019
Why Aren’t There Female CPR Mannequins?
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Research shows that women are less likely to receive CPR when they need it, and fixing that might require introducing training mannequins with breasts. Learn about a project that’s trying to help in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 13, 2019
Do Beaches Need Seashells?
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Seashells are a pretty sight on beaches, but it turns out that they play an important role in seaside structures and ecosystems. Learn why -- and why shell poaching is a problem -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 12, 2019
Introducing: Parklandia
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A married couple packed up everything from their home in Chicago and bought an RV to travel the country full-time, with one goal: to visit as many national parks as possible along the way. With each stop in each park, Brad and Matt Kirouac immerse themselves and the listeners – and the Kirouac’s dog Finn! – in these beautiful, larger-than-life places and share our discoveries about what makes them truly special, from the intimidating wildlife of the Everglades to the cinematic lore of Redwood, all with a dash of what it’s really like to live in an RV full time. The first three episodes of Parklandia are now available! Listen here.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 10, 2019
What's the History of Paternity Testing?
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Humans have only very recently developed scientific ways of proving who a child's biological father is, but that didn't stop us from trying beforehand. Learn the weird history of paternity tests in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 09, 2019
How Do Blue Whales Work?
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The blue whale is the largest known animal to ever grace the planet -- they may be twice as big as Megalodon was! Learn what science knows (and doesn't know) about blue whales in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 08, 2019
What Is Peyote?
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In brief, peyote is a cactus with hallucinogenic properties that's been used in religious ceremonies for centuries. Learn how it works and why it's endangered in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 07, 2019
Why Does America Use Fahrenheit Instead of Celsius?
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Most of the rest of the world uses the Celsius scale to describe temperature, but the U.S. uses Fahrenheit. Learn the origins and histories of these two scales in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 06, 2019
How Are Ethnicity and Race Different?
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The concepts of ethnicity and race are both human inventions with no basis in science, but these concepts have huge impacts on us and our world. Learn the difference between ethnicity and race in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 05, 2019
What Is the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon?
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Also called the frequency illusion or recency illusion, the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon occurs when you learn something new, then notice instances of it everywhere. Learn how it works and how it got its name in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 02, 2019
Could Frozen Zoo DNA Stave Off Species' Extinction?
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As human civilization encroaches on wild animals' habitats, some face extinction. Learn how researchers hope to someday use frozen DNA sample taken from zoo animals to replenish wild populations in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 01, 2019
How Does the Hippocampus Work?
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Without the hippocampus, our brains have serious trouble recalling and recording certain types of long-term memories. Learn how this brain structure works in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 31, 2019
Is Permafrost Really Permanent?
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Despite its name, permafrost doesn't necessarily last forever -- and when it melts, it can have a negative effect on the environment. Learn how permafrost works (and how it preserves long-dead creatures so well) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 30, 2019
What's the Difference Between Coroners and Medical Examiners?
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These two types of professional death investigators often work together, but their jobs are usually distinct. Learn the difference in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 30, 2019
How Do Animals Get Their Scientific Names?
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The person who discovers a new species gets to name it -- but what do 'new' and 'discover' mean here? And do all names get approved? Learn how scientific naming and taxonomy work in this episode of BrainStuff (plus, meet a fish named after Greedo). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 26, 2019
Should You Rent Grass-Mowing Goats?
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Goats were the original weed wackers, and they're still super effective at controlling lawns and brush today. Learn why they're gaining popularity again in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 25, 2019
How Will Exploring Saturn's Moon Titan Be Different?
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NASA recently announced that they're sending a rotorcraft to explore Saturn's giant moon Titan from the land and air. Learn how the Dragonfly mission will be different than other otherworldly explorations in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 24, 2019
Does the Military Teach a Sleep Meditation Technique?
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According to the guy who popularized a famous meditation technique for getting to sleep fast, the results are excellent. Learn its history and how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 23, 2019
How Do Food Forests Help Fight Hunger?
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Food forests are free, edible community gardens that make the most of the land by following nature's lead on design. Learn how they work and how they may help end food deserts in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 23, 2019
How Do Birds Sing?
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Birds are the only creature in the world that have the specially evolved organ called the syrinx, and it's what lets them sing. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 19, 2019
How Do Tidal Bores Work?
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Tidal bores are huge, fast waves that travel the wrong way up rivers, and they only form during very specific circumstances. Learn how they work in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 18, 2019
How Could Hypersonic Missiles Work?
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There's a new global arms race: to build missiles that could travel at hypersonic speeds. Learn where the technology stands and what it might be capable of in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 17, 2019
How Health-Helpful Is Turmeric?
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Adding turmeric to recipes and taking supplements with it (or its active ingredient, curcumin) has become a global trend. Learn what science has to say about turmeric's medicinal properties in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 16, 2019
How Do We Find Asteroids Inside Earth's Orbit?
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Although researchers think we've found most large asteroids whose orbits bring them near Earth, some are still surprising us. Learn why -- and how we find them -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 15, 2019
Can You Live Without a Working Amygdala?
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The amygdala is a part of the brain that handles fear -- so would having one that doesn't fully function be a good thing or a bad thing? Learn about how fear hurts and helps us in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 12, 2019
What Is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?
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American soldiers have stood guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every minute of every day since July 2, 1937. Learn what this monument means and who's interred there in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 11, 2019
Who Was History's Most Successful Pirate?
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In the early 1800s, a woman known as Mrs. Cheng or Ching Shih commanded the world's largest-ever pirate crew -- and she managed to retire and live a long, peaceful life. Learn about Mrs. Cheng's pirate empire in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 10, 2019
Is Raw Milk Better Than Pasteurized Milk?
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Proponents of raw milk (that is, milk that isn't pasteurized or homogenized) say it's healthier and tastes better, but the U.S. government still classifies raw milk as potentially hazardous. Learn both sides of the issue in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 09, 2019
Why Do Cats Chase Laser Pointers?
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Something about the bright dot of a laser pointer is irresistible to many cats -- but why? And does this kind of play provide good entertainment for cats? Learn about lasers and the benefits of play for cats in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 09, 2019
How Do Spaghetti Plots Help Predict Storms?
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There are as many ways to attempt to predict a storm's behavior, and none are perfect. Spaghetti plots help researchers visualize the probabilities of different predictions. Learn how they work in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 05, 2019
Who Was Alan Turing, and What's the Turing Test?
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Alan Turing was the brilliant mathematician who designed a legendary test of artificial intelligence before computers as we know them even existed. Learn about his life and legacy in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 04, 2019
Is Canned Food Really Worse Than Fresh or Frozen?
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Canning foods preserves them, but the texture and nutritive value can suffer -- and what about the potential dangers of BPA and botulism? Learn what's true and what's myth when it comes to canned food in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 03, 2019
Could the Electoral College Become Obsolete?
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U.S. presidents are voted into office by the electoral college, made up of representatives from each state. Learn how changing the way electors choose a candidate – from the state’s popular vote winner to the national popular vote winner – could change elections in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 02, 2019
How (And Why) Do Chameleons Change Color?
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Chameleons don't change color to blend it -- they change to stand out. Learn how they create those colorful patterns in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 02, 2019
Can You Lactate from Areas Outside Your Breasts?
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Short answer: Yes. Ectopic lactation can occur when mammary tissue grows in different areas of your body. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 28, 2019
Why Doesn't Alcohol Have Nutrition Labels?
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Alcohol contains calories and ingredients like any other beverage, but only rarely does its packaging list those ingredients and nutrition facts. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 27, 2019
How Did Alchemy Create Chemistry?
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Alchemists may have never turned lead into gold, but they did create the field of chemistry. Learn how the study of alchemy worked in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 26, 2019
How Has the Korean War Changed History?
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The Korean War began 70 years ago today, and remains unresolved. Learn how this war shaped the future of the powers involved in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 25, 2019
Where's the Line Between Cultural Appropriation and Appreciation?
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The line between appreciating and appropriating someone else's cultural products can be a blurry one. Learn how respect and research can go a long way in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 24, 2019
How Does the U.S. Presidential Motorcade Work?
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The American president's motorcade includes multiple armored vehicles driving in a virtual ballet to ensure its passengers' safety. Learn what goes into creating the presidential motorcade in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 21, 2019
How Do Isotopes Work?
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Isotopes are variations on the same chemical element that have different numbers of neutrons. Learn how these variants can behave differently -- and why chemists, physicists, and paleontologists are all interested in them -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 20, 2019
How Was André the Giant Larger than Life?
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Professional wrestler and actor André the Giant had a reputation for kindness that outgrew his impressive stature. Learn about André Roussimoff's life and legacy in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 19, 2019
Why Are Camel Spiders Harmless?
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Camel spiders have a fearsome reputation, but despite being large and fast, they're not a threat to humans. (Or camels. They're also technically not spiders.) Learn more about these fascinating creatures in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 18, 2019
What Happens If You Ignore a Subpoena?
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Subpoenas are orders that help courts and Congress obtain information necessary to cases and investigations -- and they're legally binding. So can you really ignore one? Learn what could happen if you do in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 17, 2019
Can the Same Animal Evolve Twice?
460
Remote islands are excellent laboratories for observing evolution at work -- and in the case of a flightless bird called the Aldabra rail, we can observe how its evolution happened twice. Learn about iterative evolution in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 14, 2019
What Is a Swedish Death Clean?
400
We humans tend to accumulate a lot of stuff -- to the point that it's a burden on our mental health. Learn about a method for lightening your life (and removing a future burden on your loved ones) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 13, 2019
What Is an Oligarchy (and Are We One)?
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An oligarchy is a society ruled by a few wealthy, powerful people – the media has applied the term to countries from Saudi Arabia to Brazil to the United States. Learn about oligarchies and whether the U.S. has become one in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 12, 2019
What Are Honey Badgers Really Like?
383
The honey badger is internet famous, but it’s actually a fairly mysterious creature. Learn what we know (and don’t know) about honey badgers in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 11, 2019
How Does NASA Schedule Space Launches?
429
To launch a spacecraft successfully, the stars (and moon, and planets) must literally align. Learn about all the factors that are taken into account to schedule a space launch in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 10, 2019
Why Should You Bring Ear Plugs to Music Festivals?
353
Of all the accessories you might think of bringing to a music festival, ear plugs might not be high on your list. Learn why they should be -- and how else you can prevent hearing damage -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 07, 2019
Could the Great Depression Happen Again?
575
There were many factors that led to the depth and length of the Great Depression, but some of these mistakes are being repeated today. Learn what historians and economists are saying we should watch out for in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 06, 2019
How Did Clickers Save Lives on D-Day?
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Tiny, handheld boxes that make a sharp clicking noise saved countless American lives during the confusion of D-Day in WWII. Learn how they were used and what to do if you have one in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 05, 2019
Do Dogs Experience Puberty Like We Do?
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Dogs do indeed go through emotional changes and gain independence during puberty -- it just happens within the first couple years of their life. Learn how you can help your 'teen' pup grow up in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 04, 2019
Could Earthly Lava Structures Help Us Colonize Space?
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Tunnels made from lava flows in Hawaii and Iceland are being studied by researchers in fields from geology to astrobiology. Learn how these lava tubes could help us explore space and even find extraterrestrial life in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 04, 2019
How Bad Is Prison Food?
424
Serving inmates low-quality food is cheap in the short term, but it can lead all kinds of health problems that prisons (and taxpayers) pay for in the long run. Learn how cheap American prison food is and why that's a problem in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 31, 2019
Why Did Victorians Collect Hair?
392
In the mid-1800s, many people saved loved ones' hair -- but the collection of Peter A. Browne went much, much further than that. Learn why he thought it had scientific merit -- and why it actually does today -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 30, 2019
Should You Be Afraid of Wolf Spiders?
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Short answer: Nope! Although wolf spiders may sound (and look) fearsome, they're excellent helpers around your house, getting rid of more bothersome pests. Learn about wolf spiders in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 29, 2019
How Did Jane Goodall Get Her Start(s)?
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In July of 1960, 26-year-old Jane Goodall began setting up her field station at Gombe, which would become the site of the longest-running wildlife research project in history. Learn more about Jane Goodall's life and legacy in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 29, 2019
Are There Winners and Losers in a Trade War?
488
On May 10, 2019, the Trump administration increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports from 10 percent to 25 percent. But what does that mean for the global economy? Learn about trade wars in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 28, 2019
How Many Legs Do Millipedes Have?
316
Millipedes don't literally have a thousand legs, but how many do they really have? Learn about these fascinating arthropods in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 24, 2019
How Hazardous Is Peeing in the Pool?
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Urinating in chlorinated swimming pools isn't just sorta gross -- it's actually a health hazard. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 23, 2019
Can Galaxies Exist Without Dark Matter?
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We previously thought that all galaxies form with the help of dark matter, but researchers just found a galaxy that doesn't seem to contain any. Learn why that's so weird and what it might mean in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 22, 2019
Why and How Are Documents Redacted?
432
Court and other government documents are often presented with redactions -- that is, with some text blacked out or otherwise made unreadable. Learn how this is done -- and why -- in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 21, 2019
Why Does Measles Reset Your Immune System?
465
After the measles vaccine spread, researchers noticed that the death toll from many other diseases dropped. Learn how the measles destroys your immunity to other diseases, and why the vaccine is safe for most people, in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 20, 2019
Introducing: Math & Magic
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How do the smartest marketers cut through the noise? And how do they manage to do it again and again? Join iHeartMedia Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman as he analyzes the Math and Magic of marketing—sitting down with today's most gifted disruptors. Listen to the first two episodes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 18, 2019
What Is Relative Humidity?
345
Relative humidity can make pleasant temperatures unbearable (and vice versa). Learn why -- and what the dew point has to do with it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 17, 2019
Could Transplanted Organs Be Reused?
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People who receive organ transplants often die with that organ working perfectly, but today, those organs are rarely retransplanted. Learn why -- and how some researchers are hoping to change that -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 16, 2019
What Is Agnosticism?
475
Some people think that there are no effective differences between religious agnosticism and atheism, but the two standpoints are distinct. Learn how both work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 15, 2019
How Does Henry Ford's Feud with the Dodge Brothers Affect Businesses Today?
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The legal feud between carmakers Henry Ford and the Dodge brothers wasn't just deeply personal -- it changed the way Americans do business. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 14, 2019
Has Anyone Been Buried on the Moon?
305
Spoiler alert: Yes. But just one person. Learn who Eugene Shoemaker was and how his friends and family got him interred on the moon in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 13, 2019
What Happened at America's Secret Atomic City?
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When the U.S. was building atomic bombs during World War II, it set up a secret city -- Oak Ridge, Tennessee -- to produce the uranium-235 it needed. Learn how this city worked and what it's used for today in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 10, 2019
Why Do Some People Eat Dirt?
461
The craving for and practice of eating earth is more widespread than you might think. Learn why researchers think people engage in pica (a.k.a geophagy) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 09, 2019
Why Is the Blobfish Blobby?
307
The blobfish has been voted the World's Ugliest Animal based on above-water photos, but its gelatinous features make it perfectly adapted for life deep in the ocean. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 08, 2019
What Does the Word 'Caucasian' Really Mean?
408
Caucasian' is sometimes used to mean 'white', but the word comes from an old, incorrect scientific hypothesis and has been used to perpetuate prejudice. Learn why it would be better left in the past in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 07, 2019
What Can Marsquakes Teach Us?
248
Seismic activity has been recorded on Mars, and researchers hope to use the data to learn lots about the history and current state of the red planet. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 06, 2019
Introducing: Sleepwalkers
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This is Sleepwalkers. With secret labs and expert guests, Oz Woloshyn and Karah Preiss explore the thrill of the AI revolution hands-on, to see how we can stay in control of our future. Sleepwalkers is now available. Subscribe here.  For behind the scenes information, check out the Sleepwalkers Instagram here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 04, 2019
Why Are Grocery Store Tomatoes So Meh?
428
Many tomatoes found in large grocery stores are mealy and lack flavor. Learn why -- and what researchers are doing about it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 03, 2019
What Is the Humboldt Ocean Current?
301
This cold Pacific current runs along South America's coast, creating some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Learn how it works and who it was named for in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 02, 2019
What's the Controversy Behind 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'?
410
No, it's not the lyrics -- the author of this nursery rhyme is what's in question. Learn why -- and how Henry Ford is involved -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 01, 2019
How Often Should You Change Your Oil?
400
You may have heard differing advice on how often to have your car's oil changed. Learn how to figure out what's right for you and your car in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 30, 2019
Were Some Viking Warriors Women?
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The bones of what appears to be high-ranking Viking warrior have been proven to belong to a genetically female person. Learn the story behind this ancient grave and its occupant in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 30, 2019
Can All Plants Be Preserved in Seed Banks?
254
Seed banks ensure that in case of disaster, Earth's plant life can be regrown from stored seeds -- but it turns out that lots of plants can't withstand conventional storage. Learn how researchers are working to solve this in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 26, 2019
Do Truly Unselfish Acts Really Exist?
485
Neurologists and philosophers alike may argue that altruism doesn't exist because no act is ever completely unselfish. Learn why -- and why humans may have evolved this way -- in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 25, 2019
How Unlikely Is a Hole-in-One?
245
If golf is hard (and it is), sinking a hole-in-one seems practically impossible -- but it does happen. Learn the odds of getting a hole-in-one in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2019
Why Do People Plagiarize?
574
Everyone borrows and builds on other people's ideas, but plagiarism is outright stealing without giving credit. Learn why plagiarism hurts both parties -- and how it might be stopped -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 23, 2019
What Can an Image of a Black Hole Teach Us?
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Researchers have rendered the first-ever image of a black hole. Learn how they did it and how it helps prove Einstein right in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 22, 2019
What Did NASA's Twin Study Find?
335
NASA has been following intercellular changes in the bodies of an astronaut and his Earth-faring twin. The results are in! Learn what they found, and what further research is needed, in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 19, 2019
What Was the Emu War?
430
Following World War II, Australia became embroiled in another war -- with a population of emu. Learn how the Emu War unfolded in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 18, 2019
What Weird Pets Have Lived in the White House?
381
Dogs and cats aren't the only pets presidents have kept. Learn about some of the strangest presidential pets -- from a raccoon to alleged alligators -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 17, 2019
How Do Paleoartists Create Dinosaur Drawings?
408
Short answer: Very carefully. Learn about the history and modern practices of paleoart in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 16, 2019
Do Modern Cars Still Need Tuneups?
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Regular tuneups can keep some car engines running safely and smoothly, but the engines of most modern cars don't need them. Learn how car maintenance has changed in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 15, 2019
Why Are Opossums Awesome?
426
They eat trash and they look a little freaky, but the North American opossum is a smart, clean, disease-fighting, and all-around fascinating creature. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 12, 2019
What If the Meteor that Helped Wipe out the Dinosaurs Had Missed Earth?
362
After the Chicxulub meteor hit what's now the Yucatan Peninsula about 65 million years ago, over half of the species living on Earth went extinct. Learn how prehistory may have unfolded without the Chicxulub impact in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 11, 2019
Are Windowless Airplanes the Future of Flight?
370
The view out an airplane window is one of the perks of flying, but some airlines are experimenting with windowless planes -- and advanced digital displays. Learn how these planes hope to deliver better-than-real views in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 10, 2019
Can a Medicine's Inactive Ingredients Be Harmful?
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Though we take medicines for their active ingredients, the inactive ones can affect us, too -- from allergens to sugars to animal-based gelatin capsules. Learn how a compounding pharmacy can help in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 09, 2019
How Common Is Postpartum Depression in Dads?
384
Men can experience postpartum depression, too. Learn why researchers think it happens -- and why it's so important to get treatment -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 08, 2019
Why Is Cramming the Worst Way to Study?
371
Cramming for a test or other deadline may give you decent short-term results, but research shows it sacrifices long-term comprehension and memory. Learn why study methods like spacing and interleaving are better in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 05, 2019
How Does the Pollen Count Work?
427
Your local weather report may include a pollen count, but what does that mean, and how do they calculate it? Learn the science behind this sneeze factor in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 04, 2019
Why Don't Snakes Have Legs?
297
Some snakes still carry the genes necessary to grow legs -- so why don't they? Learn how snakes may have lost their legs, evolutionarily speaking, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 03, 2019
How Do Mail Carriers Get Their Routes?
383
Delivering mail to all 372 million Americans along all 214,000 postal routes is no easy task. Learn how the U.S. Postal Service designs those routes in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 02, 2019
What Can Babies See in the Womb?
315
A human fetus doesn't develop retinas until around gestational week 28. Learn how researchers have tried to figure out what babies can see in the few remaining weeks before they're born in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 01, 2019
Should We Retest Licensed Drivers Periodically?
445
Although some driving skills can deteriorate with age, experienced drivers tend to be the safest drivers. To an extent. Learn when and how experts think drivers should be retested in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 29, 2019
Why is Horseshoe Crab Blood So Expensive?
537
Horseshoe crab blood is one of the most valuable fluids on Earth due to it's ability to detects endotoxins released by bacteria. But what does this mean for the species? Learn what the future may hold for these primitive animals in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 28, 2019
Could California Get an Autobahn?
345
California legislators are considering creating speed-limit-free areas on some of their roadways. Learn how this might work (and why it might NOT work) on today's episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 27, 2019
What Is the Mandela Effect?
406
When many people share a false memory, that's the Mandela Effect in action -- but how does it happen? Learn how our individual brains misremember stuff and how false memories can spread in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 26, 2019
What Happens to Donated Blood?
340
After you donate blood, it goes through a complex system of testing, processing, and storage before it can be delivered to patients who need it. Learn how the system works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 25, 2019
What Would 'Medicare for All' Really Mean?
555
Some liberal U.S. politicians are promoting concepts of 'Medicare for All'. Learn how these proposals are different than the current American health care system (and how they compare to other countries' systems) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 22, 2019
Why Does Cashmere Cost So Much?
461
Cashmere can be more expensive than other wools because producing it is such an intensive process -- for the goats that grow it and the humans who care for them. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 22, 2019
How Did Sealab Work?
391
In the 1960s, advances in technology allowed brave aquanauts to explore deeper into the ocean than ever before, but the project was shut down. Learn how Sealab worked -- and how that technology is still used today -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2019
What Can Earth's Deserts Teach Us About Martian Life?
371
To prepare for the search for microbial life on Mars, researchers are probing some of the harshest environments on Earth -- like the Atacama Desert. Learn how this work will inform future space missions in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2019
How Did Desi Arnaz Change Television?
293
Lucille Ball's ex-husband wasn't just her 'I Love Lucy' co-star and writing partner -- Desi Arnaz changed the way television is produced and watched. Learn about his contributions to the industry in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 18, 2019
Why Is Our Galaxy Warped?
269
Our galaxy isn't a flat disk -- it's warped like melted vinyl record. Learn how researchers discovered this and why they think it happened in today's episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 15, 2019
Can an Insurance Company Label an ER Visit 'Avoidable'?
449
A U.S. insurance companies has started cracking down on expensive emergency room visits by labeling some 'avoidable' and kicking the bills to the patients. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 14, 2019
What's the History (and Future) of Toilets?
378
The 'modern' toilet was invented in the 1700s. So what was it like in the past, and how could we improve on it in the future? Learn more about waste technologies in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 13, 2019
Are We Living in a New Epoch?
405
Some geologists say that humans have had a big enough impact on the Earth that we should declare a new epoch -- the Anthropocene. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 12, 2019
How Are Airlines Cracking Down on Emotional Support Animals?
409
Emotional support animals are a real and useful therapy tool, but not all of them are trained to deal with the crowds and stresses of air travel. Learn what airlines can and can't do to prevent accidents in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 11, 2019
Can the Fear of Public Speaking Be Conquered?
447
As many as 7 in every 10 Americans have a fear of public speaking. Learn how this type of social anxiety develops -- and what you can do to fight it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 08, 2019
How Long Can Animals Hold Their Breath?
271
Humans tend to max out at a couple minutes of breath holding, but some air-breathing reptiles and even mammals have evolved to spend extreme lengths of time underwater. Learn how long (and how they manage it) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 07, 2019
What's in Movie Theater Popcorn?
356
The salty, buttery popcorn sold in movie theaters is nigh irresistible, but there's zero butter involved. Learn what it's made of in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 06, 2019
Why Is NASA Going Back to the Moon?
339
NASA is planning a new series of moon missions, with the goal of sending astronauts back by 2028. Learn what they're hoping to build and study there in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 05, 2019
Where Do Sandman Myths Come From?
349
People have been telling stories about the Sandman -- named for his magic sand, which you may find crusting your eyelashes when you wake up -- for centuries. Learn some of the oldest known stories and how they may have emerged in today’s BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 04, 2019
How Has the HANS Device Improved Car Racing?
256
The HANS device supports a driver's head and neck in the event of a race car crash, saving lives. Learn its history in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 01, 2019
Have We Hit Peak Recycling?
365
Recycling rates seem to have plateaued in the United States, which is bad news for the environment. Learn why this happened -- and what might be done to help fix it -- in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 28, 2019
Why Do Flying Squirrels Glow Hot Pink in UV Light?
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As it turns out, most flying squirrels glow hot pink in ultraviolet light. Learn what researchers think may be the reason in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 27, 2019
How Can You Help a Friend with Depression?
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We all know we're supposed to reach out to friends and family experiencing depression, but it's an intimidating prospect. Learn how to get a conversation started in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 26, 2019
Why Isn't Arkansas Pronounced 'Ar-Kansas'?
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Kansas and Arkansas are spelled similarly but pronounced very differently. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 25, 2019
Why Can't 911 Find You If Lyft Can?
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Smartphone apps like Lyft and even Facebook seem able to identify our location with near-perfect accuracy, but the 911 emergency service still struggles. Learn why -- and what's being done about it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 22, 2019
What's Really Happening on Plum Island?
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The research facility on New York's Plum Island holds some of the most dangerous livestock diseases known to humankind. Learn about its history (and uncertain future) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 21, 2019
How Does a 500-Year Experiment Work?
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Bacteria can survive way longer than humans under the right conditions, so a team of researchers designed an experiment on microbes that will take 500 years to complete. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 20, 2019
Should You Be Squatting More?
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Short answer: Yeah, probably. Most Westerners have traded squatting for sitting and standing, to the detriment of our backs and joints. Learn the benefits of a good squat -- and how you can incorporate them into your day -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 19, 2019
What Did the Opportunity Rover Teach Us?
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After 15 years, NASA has officially ended the mission of the Mars rover Opportunity. Learn what the little-robot-that-could helped us discover about the planet (and interplanetary missions) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 19, 2019
Was Earth's Oldest Rock Found on the Moon?
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The oldest known intact Earth rock was collected on the moon in the 1970s. Learn how researchers think it got there it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 15, 2019
Could Genetics Grow a Square Tomato?
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Researchers have found genes that help determine the shapes of fruits and vegetables. Learn how this could (and couldn't) change what you see at the grocery store in today's episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 14, 2019
Why a Gaggle of Geese? Where Do Collective Nouns Come From?
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About 500 years ago, creating clever collective nouns for groups of animals, objects, and people was trendy, and some of those nouns of assemblage stuck. Learn the history of this quirk of the English language in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 13, 2019
Why Are People Fascinated with the Number 23?
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Some people hold that the number 23 has near-magical significance, but how did this fascination start? And can mere coincidences have real meaning? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 13, 2019
Why Are Sloths' Toilet Habits So Dangerous?
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Sloths only defecate once a week or so, and more sloths die during the process than at any other time. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 12, 2019
Why Are Suburbs So Unwalkable?
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Many modern cities feature grided streets made for walking, but suburbs' wide, winding roads require cars to get around. Learn why, plus how it might change, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 08, 2019
What's Up with the New 'Tesla Tower'?
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A company has built a tower in Texas that resembles Nikola Tesla's famed Wardenclyffe Tower. Learn what we know (and don't know) about it so far in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 07, 2019
Why Are Whales Big (But Not Bigger)?
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Whales are some of the largest creatures on Earth -- but why? And why aren't they bigger? Learn a whale of a tale about ocean mammals in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 06, 2019
Is Quinoa Unhealthy For Its Producers?
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Quinoa is hailed as a healthy, high-protein substitute for grains, but some reports have indicated that its popularity hasn't been good for the people who farm it. Learn why, and what researchers are doing about it, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 05, 2019
Are Electric Cars or Gasoline-Powered Cars Faster?
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A car's quickness and overall speed depend on both the power of the engine and the way that energy is routed throughout the vehicle. Learn why electric vehicles can be quicker (but aren't as fast) as gas-powered cars in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 04, 2019
Why Are Peat Bogs So Good at Preserving Human Remains?
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Human bodies buried in bogs can retain some features -- like perfectly preserved skin, right down to forehead wrinkles -- for thousands of years. Learn how this natural mummification process works in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 01, 2019
Will Saturn's Rings Last Forever?
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Short answer: Nope! As it turns out, Saturn's rings are fairly new, and they'll only be around a while longer. Relatively speaking. Learn how researchers discovered this in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 31, 2019
Why Don't Penguin Feet Freeze?
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Standing barefoot on a glacier, human feet would freeze solid -- but penguin feet are fine. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 30, 2019
What Is Light?
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Is light a particle or a wave? Or both? Or neither? Learn how humans have defined light throughout history -- including our best attempts today -- in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 29, 2019
How Many People Really Have Food Allergies?
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There's a lot of confusion over food allergies, intolerances, and other disorders with similar symptoms. So how can you tell the difference, and how many of us should be concerned? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 29, 2019
Can We Save the World's Coral?
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Much of the world's coral is in danger, but a recently developed farming technique could help it regrow. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 25, 2019
Why Do Coffee Drinks Often Have Italian Names?
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Many popular coffee drinks in America have Italian (or faux-Italian) names, but why? Learn the history behind these names in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 24, 2019
How Can a Star Become a Giant Crystal?
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After our sun dies, it and many other stars will eventually crystallize. Learn how astrophysicists figured this out -- and how it works -- in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 23, 2019
Do Footballs Fly Farther in Denver?
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Denver's Mile High Stadium sits a full mile above sea level -- is that distance really enough to make a difference in the air compared with other stadiums, and thus in how footballs fly there? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 22, 2019
Are the Dare Stones Forgeries or the Key to the Roanoke Mystery?
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In the 1930s, stones surfaced that might explain what happened to the settlers of the lost colony of Roanoke. Learn their story -- plus how modern science might help determine whether they're real -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 21, 2019
Could a Vaccine Help Save Honey Bees?
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Honey bees are dying off due to a number of dangers, including bacterial diseases. Learn how researchers are hoping to help these important pollinators in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 18, 2019
How Did the 'Green Book' Change Life for Black Travelers?
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Before the Civil Rights Act made racial discrimination illegal, black Americans faced even greater dangers while on the road. Learn how a Bronx mailman made travel safer and supported black entrepreneurs in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 17, 2019
Why Is Lobster So Expensive?
356
Lobster hasn't always been a luxury -- and prices have the potential to drop again. Learn the history and politics behind these tasty crustaceans in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 16, 2019
What's the Biggest Building on Earth?
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To create the biggest-ever airplanes, Boeing created the biggest-ever building. (Before they learned to control the temperature, clouds formed near its ceiling.) Learn more about this mammoth structure in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 15, 2019
Why Do Bruises Change Color?
280
Bruises can turn a rainbow of colors before they heal -- but why? Learn the science behind color-changing contusions in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 14, 2019
Could Hemp Become America's Biggest Crop?
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New legislation in the United States allows farmers to grow hemp -- cannabis's non-psychoactive cousin. Learn why this could become big business in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 11, 2019
What's the History of Nail Polish?
338
The nail polishes popular today owe their existence to the automotive industry, but the history of nail colors and varnishes goes back millennia. Learn the history of nail polish in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 10, 2019
What Makes Some Lakes Explode?
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Given the right depth, temperature, and access to volcanic gases, lakes can explode and kill thousands in the process. Learn how these limnic eruptions happen in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 09, 2019
Why Do Scorpions Glow Under Black Light?
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Scorpions light up a glowing green under ultraviolet light. Science isn't entirely sure how but has a few theories on why. (Y'know, aside from "Scorpions are metal.") Learn more about scorpions' fluorescence in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 08, 2019
Skim Versus Whole Milk: Which Spoils Faster?
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Some food safety charts claim that whole milk goes off more quickly than skim milk, but the scientific evidence is mixed. Learn more about milk science in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 07, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Why Does Gasoline Smell So Good?
255
Some of you are giving this episode title serious side-eye, but believe us: some other folks think gasoline smells excellent. Delicious, even. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 06, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Does Eating Before Bed Give You Nightmares?
329
Popular wisdom holds that eating before bed -- and especially eating spicy or 'strange' food, however you define strange -- will doom you to nightmares. But is there any science behind that? Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 05, 2019
Is the Earth Humming to Us?
320
Our planet Earth produces a constant hum too quiet for our ears to detect, but researchers have finally captured a recording of it. Learn more about the sound, called permanent free oscillations, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 04, 2019
How Do Cold-Blooded Animals Survive the Winter?
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Reptiles and amphibians have all sorts of adaptations for surviving cold weather, even in places where temperatures dip below freezing. Learn how they manage the cold in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 03, 2019
Are Restaurants' Michelin Stars Related to Michelin Tires?
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Receiving one or more Michelin stars is one of the highest honors in the restaurant industry. Learn how a tire company started this prestigious tradition in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 02, 2019
Why Does Helium Make Your Voice Squeaky?
347
If you take a pull of air from a helium balloon, you'll sound like a cartoon version of yourself for a few seconds. Learn why helium makes you so high pitched in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 01, 2019
How Can We Make Better Resolutions?
328
Humans have been making New Years' resolutions for millennia, but we're still bad at keeping them. Learn some science behind building better resolutions in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 31, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Don't Humans Have Tails?
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Lots of other mammals make great use of their tales, so why don't humans have them? Learn about the science of tails in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 30, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Is There A Noise Loud Enough To Kill You?
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You've probably experienced a noise loud enough that it hurt your ears, but could a noise be so loud that it could actually kill you? Spoiler alert: Yes. Learn more in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 29, 2018
Do Whales Have Pop Songs?
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Whale songs are eerie, beautiful, and -- as it turns out -- completely on-trend. Learn how humpback whales share tunes among herds in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 28, 2018
Why Are Some Words Funny?
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Words like 'poop' and 'wiggle' are inherently humorous, and science may have figured out why. Learn what research has to say about why some words tickle us in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 27, 2018
Why Does Beer Foam Last Longer Than Soda Foam?
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Beer and soda both form sudsy bubbles when you pour them, so why does soda's foam dissipate while beer's forms a head? Learn about foam physics in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 26, 2018
What Exactly Are Frankincense and Myrrh?
355
Frankincense and myrrh play a part not only in the story of Christmas, but in lots of other religious traditions as well -- and a few practical ones, too. Learn more about these aromatic substances in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 25, 2018
Why Are Christmas Trees That Shape?
236
Most of the trees decorated for Christmas don't naturally grow in a perfect cone shape -- so how do they get that way, and why did we decide on that shape in the first place? Learn about the history of Christmas trees in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 24, 2018
Why Is Holly a Christmas Decoration?
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Why exactly do folks deck the halls with boughs of holly during the Christmas season? Learn about the history and legends behind holly in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 23, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Do Accents Work?
292
Everybody has an accent -- some are just considered neutral by native speakers. Learn how accents develop and how they influence us in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 22, 2018
What Happens When Elevator Cables Break?
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Elevators cables are inspected on the regular, but what happens when one breaks? Learn about the ingenious systems that keep elevators safe when even the worst happens in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 21, 2018
Why Do We Sing in the Shower?
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It's somewhere between tempting and inevitable to break into song in the shower. But why? Learn about the psychology and physiology of shower singing in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 20, 2018
Why Is Palm Oil in So Many Things?
394
Palm oil is in lots of foods, cosmetics, and household products -- and that's a very serious thing. Learn the problems (and solutions) that palm oil presents in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 19, 2018
Do Dogs Get Embarrassed When We Put Them in Costumes?
318
The photos on social media are arguably the cutest, but how do dogs feel when we dress them up? Can dogs feel emarrassment? Learn what science has to say in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 18, 2018
When We Lose Weight, Where Does It Go?
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When we lose weight, it doesn't just vanish. Learn how our bodies shrink fat cells in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 17, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: What Is The Oldest Living Thing?
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To be fair, the answer to this question depends on what you consider 'living' and 'thing' to mean. Learn a few possible answers in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 16, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Sleep?
397
We spend somewhere around a third of our lives sleeping, but why? Learn what happens when you sleep (and what happens when you don't) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 15, 2018
Why Are Stop Signs Red?
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Stop signs were always the red octagons we know today -- so how was the color chosen, and why has it stuck? Learn about the history and psychology of red traffic signals in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 14, 2018
Who Is Krampus?
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This horned holiday demon has entered our pop culture consciousness, but where do Krampus legends come from? Learn about the history of Krampusnacht in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 13, 2018
How Have Funerals Changed Since the '60s?
315
The ways we think about funerals are bound to change over time, but the 1960s was a real turning point. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 12, 2018
Could Neanderthals Laugh?
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Neanderthals were more like us than we previously thought, but could they laugh? Learn why researchers think they could in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 11, 2018
How Does Gelatin Work?
382
Gelatin makes Jell-O wiggle and provides texture to all sorts of products, but what is it made of? Learn what's happening on a molecular level when you use gelatin in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 10, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do People Go Bald?
367
Humans are one of the only mammals to commonly experience balding. Learn the science behind thinning hair in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 09, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do You Hate the Sound of Your Own Voice?
219
Your voice sounds different in recordings than it does to your own ears, but why? Learn the science behind this phenomena in today's classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 08, 2018
How Do We Define the Kilogram?
315
The kilogram used to be measured against an agreed-upon chunk of metal stored in France, but no longer. Learn the new measure of this standard unit of measurement in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 07, 2018
How Can I Donate My Brain to Science?
209
Researchers, like zombies, are interested in brains of all kinds. Learn a few basics about how donating your brain to science works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 06, 2018
Could Cheap Magnets Help Save Sharks?
282
The fishing industry accidentally kills millions of sharks every year, but researchers think they've found a seriously inexpensive solution. Learn how it could work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 05, 2018
Why Do We Test Middle Schoolers' Fitness?
362
From the outdated Presidential Fitness Test to today's FITNESSGRAM, Americans have been giving standardized fitness tests to middle school kids for decades. Learn the past and present of these exams in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 04, 2018
What Can Probiotics Really Do?
338
Some claims make it sound like probiotics are a cure-all, but what has research found so far? Learn more about these supplements for your microbiome in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 03, 2018
Will Amazon's Corporate Megadeal Change How Business Works?
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Why are some politicians so eager for large businesses to set up shop in their districts? What are those businesses' real motivations in making selections? Learn what some researchers think about corporate megadeals in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 02, 2018
Is the Meaning of Life '137'?
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Both scientists and mystics revere the number 137, but why? Learn the significance of this seemingly humble number in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 01, 2018
How Did the Inca Knot Language Work?
307
The Inca never developed a system of writing, but they kept records and told stories through intricate knotwork. Learn what researchers know -- and what they're still looking to find out -- about Inca khipu in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 30, 2018
Can Cheese Actually Make Wine Taste Better?
216
Spoiler alert: Yes! Learn the science that makes wine and cheese go so well together in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 29, 2018
Why Did London Once Have a Train for the Dead?
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When a city's cemeteries start filling up, one solution is to take the funerary show on the road. Learn about London's Necropolis Railway of 1854-1941 in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 28, 2018
Why Do Dogs' Paws Smell Like Corn Chips?
224
Dog enthusiasts sometimes revel in how their pup's paws smell gloriously of corn chips, but what causes this scent? Learn the science behind Frito paws in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 27, 2018
Are E-Cigarette Liquids Safe?
325
The flavorings added to vape liquids are considered safe for ingestion, but what happens when we breathe them in? Learn what researchers can and can't say about the safety of vaping in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 26, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Does Saliva Work?
483
Your saliva is a serious multitasker -- it keeps bacteria at bay, helps you digest your food, and even makes your food taste better. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 25, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Fart?
347
We all pass gas, but why? Learn what's happening in your digestive system when you fart in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 24, 2018
Is Black Friday the Busiest Shopping Day?
329
It's true that millions of Americans go shopping the day after Thanksgiving, but it's not the biggest shopping day of the year. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 23, 2018
Does Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?
274
You may have heard that the tryptophan in turkey causes holiday naps, but it might not be the real culprit. Learn some turkey science in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 22, 2018
Is There a Best Way to Load the Dishwasher?
292
Which way should the plates face? What about the silverware -- handles up or down? Do you need to pre-rinse? Learn how to make your dishwashing machine work its best in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 21, 2018
Why Does Hot Food Seem More Satisfying?
308
Warm foods can feel more filling than chilled foods, but why? Learn the possible explanations behind the cravings in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 20, 2018
Does Apple Cider Vinegar Really Help With Weight Loss?
345
Some proponents say that drinking apple cider vinegar is the 'secret' to losing weight. Learn what science has to say in this episode of BrainStuff. And hey, take care of yourself, OK? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 19, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Does LASIK Work?
394
It’s one of the common vision correction surgeries accomplished with lasers, but how does it work? Is it really safe? Learn about LASIK eye surgery in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 18, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Do You Really Need to Wash Your Jeans?
374
It may seem like an obvious ‘yes’, but denim producers often recommend washing your jeans as little as possible — if at all. Learn why (and what they recommend instead) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 17, 2018
Do Carrots Really Help Your Eyesight?
269
Conventional wisdom says that eating carrots will give you better vision, but how true is that? Learn where the idea came from in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 16, 2018
Will Temperature Changes Make You Sick?
233
When the temperature drops (or bounces), are you more likely to get sick? Learn the science behind the old wives’ tale in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 15, 2018
Why Are Dogs’ Noses Wet?
244
Dogs’ noses are often wet, but why? And does a dry nose mean your pup is sick? Learn what science has to say about dogs’ noses in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 14, 2018
Could We Build A Real Gundam?
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Science fiction tells us our future depends on giant, humanoid robots protecting us and punching monsters. But could we really build those machines? Learn how close we are in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 13, 2018
Why Does Ice Get Cloudy?
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Water usually appears clear, but ice cubes and ice on lakes often looks cloudy. Learn what has to happen for ice to freeze clear (like black ice does on roads) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 12, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Does Silica Gel Work?
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What is silica gel? Why are packets of it included in lots of packaging? And what would happen if you ate it? Learn how silica gel keeps moisture at bay in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 11, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: What Causes Chapped Lips?
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For some, winter means a daily battle against cracking, peeling lips. Learn what causes this -- and what you can do to prevent it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 10, 2018
How Should You Answer When Asked 'What Are Your Salary Requirements'?
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It's a dreaded part of job interviews: "What did you make at your last job? What are your salary requirements?" Learn the science behind navigating this tricky topic in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 09, 2018
The End Of The World with Josh Clark Series Preview
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The End Of The World with Josh Clark is a 10-part podcast series on existential risks – threats that could bring humanity to a sudden and untimely end in the near future. Check out this preview, featuring a clip about our potential to spread from Earth. Listen and subscribe at Apple Podcasts, or on the iHeartRadio app, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 08, 2018
How Effective Are Bulletproof Vests?
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Bulletproof vests have certainly saved lives, but exactly how bulletproof are they? Learn what they're made of and how they can fail to protect wearers in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 08, 2018
Are Yeti Just a Bunch of Bears?
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Genetics says "probably." In this episode of BrainStuff, learn what researchers found when they submitted supposed Yeti samples for genetic testing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 07, 2018
Does Syncing Traffic Lights Reduce Traffic?
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Computer systems can indeed help traffic flow better by syncing stop lights' cycles. But how well does it work, and what does it take to implement? Learn how researchers hope to get you out of traffic jams in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 06, 2018
Does CBD Oil Really Work?
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Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, derived from cannabis, is being touted as a treatment for everything from migraines to insomnia. But how effective is it? Learn what research has (and hasn't) shown in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 05, 2018
How Did a Family Feud Spawn Adidas and Puma?
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A battle between two brothers created the second- and third-largest sneaker companies in the world. Learn the story of the brothers Dassler in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 04, 2018
What Are Sea Cucumbers?
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Besides weird. Or, including weird? Learn some of the strangest features of sea cucumbers in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 03, 2018
Why Did Fruit Evolve in Different Colors?
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Brightly colored fruit stands out against green leaves, but why is some red or pink, while others skew yellow or purple? And why are some fruits smellier than others? Learn what new research says about fruits' evolution in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 02, 2018
Why Is Elephants' Skin So Wrinkly?
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Elephants have a thick hide that's wrinkled from birth, but why? Learn about the new research that's revealed the secrets to elephant skin in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 01, 2018
Why Do We Trick-Or-Treat on Halloween?
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The American practice of kids dressing up and demanding candy from neighbors on October 31st is fairly new, but it's based in centuries of evolving beliefs and traditions. Learn the history of trick-or-treating in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 31, 2018
Are Any Superstitions Universal?
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Do you knock on wood or avoid particular numbers? People around the world adhere to superstitions to attempt to change their luck -- and some of those superstitions are remarkably similar. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 30, 2018
Would You Really Stay Conscious After Being Decapitated?
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For everything we know about the human brain, consciousness is still mysterious. Could reports of people remaining conscious after being executed by decapitation be true? Learn what science has to say in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 29, 2018
Would Cannibalism Have Been Calorically Worthwhile?
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Our paleolithic ancestors ate people sometimes. But did they partake because they were really that hungry, or for some other, cultural reason? Learn what researchers think in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 28, 2018
Why Is the Winchester House Built So Strangely?
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We can't prove whether the Winchester Mystery House is really haunted, but it was definitely built for ghosts. Lean the story of how its strange construction was one woman's unending quest in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 27, 2018
Why Do We Carve Pumpkins Around Halloween?
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The tradition of carving jack-o'-lanterns around Halloween goes back centuries to a folktale about a stingy man who outwits the devil. Learn the tale (and why pumpkins weren't the original carving vegetables) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 26, 2018
Why Do We Make Our Monsters Cute?
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Pop culture loves making horrific figures adorable, from Cthulhu plushies to 'cute' Freddy Krueger costumes. But why? Learn what researchers think about the spectrum of cute to monstrous in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 25, 2018
Would Psychic Powers Really Cause Nosebleeds?
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You've seen the trope: a character strains their psychic powers and gets a nosebleed to show for it. But would this actually happen if psychic powers were real? Learn the hypothetical science in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 24, 2018
Were Unicorns Always Sweet?
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The modern image of the elegant, gentle unicorn is a relatively recent invention. Learn about the history of unicorn myths and legends in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 23, 2018
Do Boomers and Gen-Xers Really Work Harder Than Millennials?
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Millennials approach their jobs differently than previous generations, but research shows it's not how they were raised -- it's a mark of their youth. Learn how age and generational differences intersect in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 22, 2018
Why Did People Once Rob Graves for Science?
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In the United Kingdom in the 1800s, anatomists wanted to study real bodies, but laws and cultural stigma made bodies hard to come by. Learn how the shocking Burke & Hare murder trials changed that in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 21, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Does Déjà vu Work?
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If you've ver gotten the strange feeling that you’re repeating an experience, researchers have about 40 theories for what was going on in your brain. Learn how déjà vu might work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 20, 2018
How Do Animals Survive Big Storms?
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Sadly, not all animals make it through major storms like hurricanes, but some have impressive survival skills. Learn how they manage in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 19, 2018
How Often Have Supreme Court Nominees Been Rejected?
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Many presidents' nominations of justices to the Supreme Court go through uncontested, but some have gotten seriously sticky. Learn the history of Supreme Court nominations in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 18, 2018
Is Physics as We Know It About to Change?
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Newly researched cosmic rays seem to behave differently than the laws of physics say they should. Learn how this could help us fill in some blanks about our universe in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 17, 2018
Why Can't You Reach the End of a Rainbow?
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Rainbows may look like they touch the ground somewhere off in the distance, but it's impossible to find that spot. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 16, 2018
Is Coconut Oil a 'Superfood' or 'Pure Poison'?
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Recent guidelines from the American Heart Association warn that coconut oil is not a healthy food, despite popular claims that it's a miracle worker. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 15, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Men Have Deeper Voices?
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Of course, everybody's voice varies, but in general male humans develop lower-pitched voices than female humans starting around puberty. Learn why in this classic episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 14, 2018
How Can Sunlight Make You Sneeze?
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Sudden exposure to bright light makes some people sneeze -- but why? Learn the leading theory in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 13, 2018
What Was the First Computer?
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The first machine for computation was designed in the 1800s! Learn how its creators, Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace, set about inventing it in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 12, 2018
Why Is Blackface So Controversial?
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It may seem like folks make too big of a deal over blackface, but its history puts that outrage into perspective. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 11, 2018
How Do Our Bones Grow?
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We humans are fairly squishy, and we eat fairly squishy food. So how do we grow hard bones? Learn how it happens in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 10, 2018
What's the History of Southern Biscuits?
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Fluffy biscuits are a cornerstone of Southern cuisine, but they're a relatively recent invention. Learn the history behind this baked good in today's episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 09, 2018
Could a Giant Squid Take Down a Submarine?
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Tales of squid attacking ships go way back, and there are some known instances of squid attacking subs, but could a cephalopod really take down a modern vessel? Learn what researchers think in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 08, 2018
Why Are Ice Pops Called Quiescently Frozen Confections?
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You won't find the word 'popsicle' on the packaging for some ice pops -- instead, they're called 'quiescently frozen confections'. Learn why this sciencey term is used instead of the more simple one in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 07, 2018
What Happens to Balloons When You Release Them?
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How high can helium balloons go before they burst? Do they always burst? Learn about the physics of escaped balloons in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 06, 2018
What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?
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When concepts are as intertwined as weather and climate, it can be easy to mix them up. Learn the difference, and why it matters so much in discussions about the environment, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 05, 2018
Was George Washington Almost King of the United States?
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Did the generals of the Revolutionary War really try to hand George Washington a monarchy? Learn the truth behind this slightly tall tale in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 04, 2018
What Is Nuclear Pasta?
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No, it's not radioactive noodles -- nuclear pasta is the term for weird material produced in neutron stars. Learn why astrophysicists are so interested in how it works in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 03, 2018
What Would Happen If You Wrecked a Car on a Test-Drive?
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If you wreck a car during a test-drive, would you have to pay for it? Learn how car dealers handle this surprisingly rare occurance in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 02, 2018
Does Milk Really Make Mucus Worse?
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There's a millennia-old idea that milk causes mucus production, and therefore that you should avoid milk if you're sick. Learn whether there's any truth to this snotty tale in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 01, 2018
Why Do We Get Hiccups?
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What's happening when you get hiccups, and how can you stop them? Learn how hiccups work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 30, 2018
Is Printing with Sound the Wave of the Future?
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It's hard to print with stuff like liquid metals and living cells using traditional inkjet-style machines, but new tech that uses sound waves may make it easier. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 29, 2018
Could Jupiter Have Water After All?
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Astronomers have long suspected that Jupiter contains lots of water, but they've never been able to prove it. Learn about the new research that could help -- and thus solve lots of questions about our solar system -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 28, 2018
Who Is The Laughing Buddha?
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Statues of this jolly fellow adorn the register counters of many Chinese American restaurants, but he's not the Buddha. Learn about this Buddhist diety in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 27, 2018
What Was The Great Pox?
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You've heard of smallpox, but what was the great pox? And did Shakespeare have it? Learn about the spread of (spoiler alert) syphilis in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 26, 2018
Can Side Sleeping Help Prevent Snoring?
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Snoring can root from a number of causes, but sleeping on your side can usually help prevent it. Learn the science of snores in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 25, 2018
Why Do We Drink So Much Bottled Water?
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Water is essentially free, so why do Americans spend billions on bottles of it? Learn the history behind bottled water's popularity, from marketing to health scares, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 24, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Itch?
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The sensation of itchiness can be maddening. Learn what's going on in your nerves and brain when you itch -- and when you scratch that itch -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 23, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Movie Theaters Sell Popcorn?
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For millions of moviegoers, memories visiting the local theater automatically conjures the smell of popcorn. But this wasn’t always the case – so why, out of all snacks, did popcorn become #1 for film? Learn the history in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 22, 2018
Why Is Alzheimers's So Difficult to Treat?
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Despite being a widespread condition, Alzheimer's is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat. Learn why (plus how researchers hope to make it easier) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 21, 2018
How Do Migrating Birds Navigate?
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Birds can migrate thousands of miles and back home again with no prior knowledge or assistance thanks to their superpowered vision. Learn about magnetoreception in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 20, 2018
Did Pirates Really Talk Like That?
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One guy is responsible for what we think pirates sounded like. For Talk Like A Pirate Day, learn how Robert Newton changed the world in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 19, 2018
Are Artists Hardwired To Be Poor?
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Research shows that artists' brains don't respond to monetary motivation the way that other people's do. Learn why this might be -- and whether it means we create types are doomed to poverty -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 18, 2018
Why Are Hydrogen Peroxide Bottles Brown?
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Most hydrogen peroxide sold to consumers comes in opaque brown bottles. Learn why in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 17, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do So Many Price Tags End in .99?
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It’s very common to see the number 9 at the right end of a price tag. But why? Learn about the psychology of pricing -- and nines in particular -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 16, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Can't People Remember Being Born?
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You probably remember your last birthday, but not your first – or your zeroth. Learn why scientists think we lose those early memories in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 15, 2018
What Are Food Deserts?
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In the United States, 17.6 million American lack access to healthy food because there aren't any grocery stores or other establishments that sell fresh food in their area. Learn about food deserts and how we can fix them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 14, 2018
How Could We Get Into Space Without Big Rockets?
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Large rockets are great at getting delicate equipment (and people) into space, but at a huge financial cost. Learn about some of the potential alternatives to ground-launched rockets in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 13, 2018
Why Do Dogs Love Rolling in Stinky Stuff?
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Dogs are pretty much guaranteed to find the smelliest stuff to roll in -- but why? Learn what may be behind this gross instinct in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 12, 2018
Why Does Skin Tan and Freckle?
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When you freckle or tan, your skin is trying to protect you from damage. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 11, 2018
How Do New Religions Take Root?
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Hundreds of new religions pop up every year, but only a few survive and become widespread. Learn why some religions have staying power while others don't in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 10, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Do Tattoo Machines Work?
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Tattoo machines (sometimes called tattoo guns) haven’t changed much since the 1890s because they’re such elegant devices. Learn how the most common types work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 09, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Does Hair Dye Work?
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Some hair dyes are basically fine-grained paint, but dyes that stick with you for more than a couple weeks physically and chemically change each hair. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 08, 2018
How Can an Ancient Pregnancy Test Actually Work?
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An ancient Egyptian pregnancy test has been found to work with about 70% accuracy. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 07, 2018
Does Playing with Toy Guns Lead to Violent Behavior?
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Some parents and advocacy groups recommend against allowing children to play with toys that resemble weapons, like toy guns. But is there any science to back that up? Learn about play, parenting, and aggression in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 06, 2018
Why Do You Stop Noticing Scents After a While?
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Smells seem to disappear after a while because our brains lie to us. Not maliciously -- they think they're helping. Learn about olfactory adaptation in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 05, 2018
Can Cannabis Help Break Opioid Addiction?
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Medical marijuana is now FDA-approved for some uses even though it's still illegal federally. Some researchers and journalists, including Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN, believe it could help solve the opioid crisis. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 04, 2018
What's the History of Lemonade?
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Who were the first people to drink lemonade? How did it turn pink? Learn the folklore behind lemonade in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 03, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: What Are Eye Boogers?
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The gunk that builds up at the inner corners of our eyes is residue of our eyeballs' protective coatings. Learn what it’s made of and why it turns to sand overnight in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 02, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Do You Find Water In The Wild?
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In case you ever get stranded in the wild without an obvious source of fresh water, learn a few things you can do to collect some in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 01, 2018
Why Did NASA Send Sperm Into Orbit?
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Research on the International Space Station studies all aspects of how humans would fare on long space missions -- including reproduction. Learn about NASA's latest reproductive science experiments in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 31, 2018
What States Failed to Become Part of the U.S.?