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May 18, 2019
Introducing: Math & Magic
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
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May 17, 2019
What Is Relative Humidity?
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
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5 min
May 16, 2019
Could Transplanted Organs Be Reused?
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
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5 min
May 15, 2019
What Is Agnosticism?
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
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7 min
May 14, 2019
How Does Henry Ford's Feud with the Dodge Brothers Affect Businesses Today?
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
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5 min
May 13, 2019
Has Anyone Been Buried on the Moon?
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
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5 min
May 10, 2019
What Happened at America's Secret Atomic City?
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
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9 min
May 9, 2019
Why Do Some People Eat Dirt?
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
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7 min
May 8, 2019
Why Is the Blobfish Blobby?
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
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5 min
May 7, 2019
What Does the Word 'Caucasian' Really Mean?
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
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6 min
May 6, 2019
What Can Marsquakes Teach Us?
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
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4 min
May 4, 2019
Introducing: Sleepwalkers
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
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1 min
May 3, 2019
Why Are Grocery Store Tomatoes So Meh?
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
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7 min
May 2, 2019
What Is the Humboldt Ocean Current?
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
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5 min
May 1, 2019
What's the Controversy Behind 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'?
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
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6 min
April 30, 2019
How Often Should You Change Your Oil?
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
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6 min
April 30, 2019
Were Some Viking Warriors Women?
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
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5 min
April 26, 2019
Can All Plants Be Preserved in Seed Banks?
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
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4 min
April 25, 2019
Do Truly Unselfish Acts Really Exist?
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
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8 min
April 24, 2019
How Unlikely Is a Hole-in-One?
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
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4 min
April 23, 2019
Why Do People Plagiarize?
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
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9 min
April 22, 2019
What Can an Image of a Black Hole Teach Us?
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
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5 min
April 19, 2019
What Did NASA's Twin Study Find?
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
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5 min
April 18, 2019
What Was the Emu War?
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
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7 min
April 17, 2019
What Weird Pets Have Lived in the White House?
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
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6 min
April 16, 2019
How Do Paleoartists Create Dinosaur Drawings?
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
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6 min
April 15, 2019
Do Modern Cars Still Need Tuneups?
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
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4 min
April 12, 2019
Why Are Opossums Awesome?
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
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7 min
April 11, 2019
What If the Meteor that Helped Wipe out the Dinosaurs Had Missed Earth?
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
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6 min
April 10, 2019
Are Windowless Airplanes the Future of Flight?
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
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6 min
April 9, 2019
Can a Medicine's Inactive Ingredients Be Harmful?
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
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3 min
April 8, 2019
How Common Is Postpartum Depression in Dads?
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
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6 min
April 5, 2019
Why Is Cramming the Worst Way to Study?
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
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6 min
April 4, 2019
How Does the Pollen Count Work?
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
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7 min
April 3, 2019
Why Don't Snakes Have Legs?
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
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4 min
April 2, 2019
How Do Mail Carriers Get Their Routes?
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
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6 min
April 1, 2019
What Can Babies See in the Womb?
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
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5 min
March 29, 2019
Should We Retest Licensed Drivers Periodically?
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
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7 min
March 28, 2019
Why is Horseshoe Crab Blood So Expensive?
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
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8 min
March 27, 2019
Could California Get an Autobahn?
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
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5 min
March 26, 2019
What Is the Mandela Effect?
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
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6 min
March 25, 2019
What Happens to Donated Blood?
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
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5 min
March 22, 2019
What Would 'Medicare for All' Really Mean?
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
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9 min
March 22, 2019
Why Does Cashmere Cost So Much?
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
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7 min
March 20, 2019
How Did Sealab Work?
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
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6 min
March 19, 2019
What Can Earth's Deserts Teach Us About Martian Life?
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
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6 min
March 18, 2019
How Did Desi Arnaz Change Television?
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
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4 min
March 15, 2019
Why Is Our Galaxy Warped?
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
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4 min
March 14, 2019
Can an Insurance Company Label an ER Visit 'Avoidable'?
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
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7 min
March 13, 2019
What's the History (and Future) of Toilets?
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
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6 min
March 12, 2019
Are We Living in a New Epoch?
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
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6 min
March 11, 2019
How Are Airlines Cracking Down on Emotional Support Animals?
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
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6 min
March 8, 2019
Can the Fear of Public Speaking Be Conquered?
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
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7 min
March 7, 2019
How Long Can Animals Hold Their Breath?
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
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4 min
March 6, 2019
What's in Movie Theater Popcorn?
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
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5 min
March 5, 2019
Why Is NASA Going Back to the Moon?
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
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5 min
March 4, 2019
Where Do Sandman Myths Come From?
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
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5 min
March 1, 2019
How Has the HANS Device Improved Car Racing?
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
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4 min
February 28, 2019
Have We Hit Peak Recycling?
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
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6 min
February 27, 2019
Why Do Flying Squirrels Glow Hot Pink in UV Light?
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
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4 min
February 26, 2019
How Can You Help a Friend with Depression?
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
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7 min
February 25, 2019
Why Isn't Arkansas Pronounced 'Ar-Kansas'?
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
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6 min
February 22, 2019
Why Can't 911 Find You If Lyft Can?
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
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5 min
February 21, 2019
What's Really Happening on Plum Island?
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
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7 min
February 20, 2019
How Does a 500-Year Experiment Work?
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
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4 min
February 19, 2019
Should You Be Squatting More?
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
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5 min
February 19, 2019
What Did the Opportunity Rover Teach Us?
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
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5 min
February 15, 2019
Was Earth's Oldest Rock Found on the Moon?
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
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6 min
February 14, 2019
Could Genetics Grow a Square Tomato?
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
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6 min
February 13, 2019
Why a Gaggle of Geese? Where Do Collective Nouns Come From?
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
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6 min
February 13, 2019
Why Are People Fascinated with the Number 23?
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
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7 min
February 12, 2019
Why Are Sloths' Toilet Habits So Dangerous?
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
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4 min
February 8, 2019
Why Are Suburbs So Unwalkable?
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
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5 min
February 7, 2019
What's Up with the New 'Tesla Tower'?
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
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5 min
February 6, 2019
Why Are Whales Big (But Not Bigger)?
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
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4 min
February 5, 2019
Is Quinoa Unhealthy For Its Producers?
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
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5 min
February 4, 2019
Are Electric Cars or Gasoline-Powered Cars Faster?
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
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6 min
February 1, 2019
Why Are Peat Bogs So Good at Preserving Human Remains?
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
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7 min
January 31, 2019
Will Saturn's Rings Last Forever?
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
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5 min
January 30, 2019
Why Don't Penguin Feet Freeze?
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
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3 min
January 29, 2019
What Is Light?
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
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6 min
January 29, 2019
How Many People Really Have Food Allergies?
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
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6 min
January 25, 2019
Can We Save the World's Coral?
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
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5 min
January 24, 2019
Why Do Coffee Drinks Often Have Italian Names?
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
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5 min
January 23, 2019
How Can a Star Become a Giant Crystal?
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
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6 min
January 22, 2019
Do Footballs Fly Farther in Denver?
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
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6 min
January 21, 2019
Are the Dare Stones Forgeries or the Key to the Roanoke Mystery?
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
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6 min
January 18, 2019
Could a Vaccine Help Save Honey Bees?
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
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4 min
January 17, 2019
How Did the 'Green Book' Change Life for Black Travelers?
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
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5 min
January 16, 2019
Why Is Lobster So Expensive?
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
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5 min
January 15, 2019
What's the Biggest Building on Earth?
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
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5 min
January 14, 2019
Why Do Bruises Change Color?
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
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4 min
January 11, 2019
Could Hemp Become America's Biggest Crop?
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
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5 min
January 10, 2019
What's the History of Nail Polish?
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
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5 min
January 9, 2019
What Makes Some Lakes Explode?
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
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6 min
January 8, 2019
Why Do Scorpions Glow Under Black Light?
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
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4 min
January 7, 2019
Skim Versus Whole Milk: Which Spoils Faster?
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
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5 min
January 6, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Why Does Gasoline Smell So Good?
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
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4 min
January 5, 2019
BrainStuff Classics: Does Eating Before Bed Give You Nightmares?
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
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5 min
January 4, 2019
Is the Earth Humming to Us?
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
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5 min
January 3, 2019
How Do Cold-Blooded Animals Survive the Winter?
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
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6 min
January 2, 2019
Are Restaurants' Michelin Stars Related to Michelin Tires?
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
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3 min
January 1, 2019
Why Does Helium Make Your Voice Squeaky?
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
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5 min
December 31, 2018
How Can We Make Better Resolutions?
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
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5 min
December 30, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Don't Humans Have Tails?
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
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4 min
December 29, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Is There A Noise Loud Enough To Kill You?
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
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5 min
December 28, 2018
Do Whales Have Pop Songs?
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
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3 min
December 27, 2018
Why Are Some Words Funny?
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
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7 min
December 26, 2018
Why Does Beer Foam Last Longer Than Soda Foam?
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
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4 min
December 25, 2018
What Exactly Are Frankincense and Myrrh?
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
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5 min
December 24, 2018
Why Are Christmas Trees That Shape?
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
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3 min
December 23, 2018
Why Is Holly a Christmas Decoration?
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
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5 min
December 22, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Do Accents Work?
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
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4 min
December 21, 2018
What Happens When Elevator Cables Break?
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
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5 min
December 20, 2018
Why Do We Sing in the Shower?
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
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3 min
December 19, 2018
Why Is Palm Oil in So Many Things?
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
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6 min
December 18, 2018
Do Dogs Get Embarrassed When We Put Them in Costumes?
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
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5 min
December 17, 2018
When We Lose Weight, Where Does It Go?
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
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5 min
December 16, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: What Is The Oldest Living Thing?
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
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5 min
December 15, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Sleep?
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
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6 min
December 14, 2018
Why Are Stop Signs Red?
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
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4 min
December 13, 2018
Who Is Krampus?
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
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7 min
December 12, 2018
How Have Funerals Changed Since the '60s?
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
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5 min
December 11, 2018
Could Neanderthals Laugh?
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
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4 min
December 10, 2018
How Does Gelatin Work?
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
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6 min
December 9, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do People Go Bald?
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
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6 min
December 8, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do You Hate the Sound of Your Own Voice?
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
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3 min
December 7, 2018
How Do We Define the Kilogram?
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
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5 min
December 6, 2018
How Can I Donate My Brain to Science?
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
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3 min
December 5, 2018
Could Cheap Magnets Help Save Sharks?
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
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4 min
December 4, 2018
Why Do We Test Middle Schoolers' Fitness?
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
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6 min
December 3, 2018
What Can Probiotics Really Do?
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
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5 min
December 2, 2018
Will Amazon's Corporate Megadeal Change How Business Works?
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
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6 min
December 1, 2018
Is the Meaning of Life '137'?
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
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6 min
November 30, 2018
How Did the Inca Knot Language Work?
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
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5 min
November 29, 2018
Can Cheese Actually Make Wine Taste Better?
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
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3 min
November 28, 2018
Why Did London Once Have a Train for the Dead?
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
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4 min
November 27, 2018
Why Do Dogs' Paws Smell Like Corn Chips?
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
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3 min
November 26, 2018
Are E-Cigarette Liquids Safe?
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
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5 min
November 25, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Does Saliva Work?
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
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8 min
November 24, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Fart?
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
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5 min
November 23, 2018
Is Black Friday the Busiest Shopping Day?
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
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5 min
November 22, 2018
Does Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?
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
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4 min
November 21, 2018
Is There a Best Way to Load the Dishwasher?
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
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4 min
November 20, 2018
Why Does Hot Food Seem More Satisfying?
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
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5 min
November 19, 2018
Does Apple Cider Vinegar Really Help With Weight Loss?
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
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5 min
November 18, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Does LASIK Work?
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
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6 min
November 17, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Do You Really Need to Wash Your Jeans?
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
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6 min
November 16, 2018
Do Carrots Really Help Your Eyesight?
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
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4 min
November 15, 2018
Will Temperature Changes Make You Sick?
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
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3 min
November 14, 2018
Why Are Dogs’ Noses Wet?
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
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4 min
November 13, 2018
Could We Build A Real Gundam?
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
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6 min
November 12, 2018
Why Does Ice Get Cloudy?
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
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6 min
November 11, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Does Silica Gel Work?
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
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4 min
November 10, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: What Causes Chapped Lips?
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
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4 min
November 9, 2018
How Should You Answer When Asked 'What Are Your Salary Requirements'?
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
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5 min
November 8, 2018
The End Of The World with Josh Clark Series Preview
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
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4 min
November 8, 2018
How Effective Are Bulletproof Vests?
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
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4 min
November 7, 2018
Are Yeti Just a Bunch of Bears?
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
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4 min
November 6, 2018
Does Syncing Traffic Lights Reduce Traffic?
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
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6 min
November 5, 2018
Does CBD Oil Really Work?
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
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8 min
November 4, 2018
How Did a Family Feud Spawn Adidas and Puma?
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
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5 min
November 3, 2018
What Are Sea Cucumbers?
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
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5 min
November 2, 2018
Why Did Fruit Evolve in Different Colors?
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
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4 min
November 1, 2018
Why Is Elephants' Skin So Wrinkly?
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
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4 min
October 31, 2018
Why Do We Trick-Or-Treat on Halloween?
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
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4 min
October 30, 2018
Are Any Superstitions Universal?
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
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3 min
October 29, 2018
Would You Really Stay Conscious After Being Decapitated?
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
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7 min
October 28, 2018
Would Cannibalism Have Been Calorically Worthwhile?
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
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3 min
October 27, 2018
Why Is the Winchester House Built So Strangely?
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
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7 min
October 26, 2018
Why Do We Carve Pumpkins Around Halloween?
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
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3 min
October 25, 2018
Why Do We Make Our Monsters Cute?
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
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5 min
October 24, 2018
Would Psychic Powers Really Cause Nosebleeds?
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
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5 min
October 23, 2018
Were Unicorns Always Sweet?
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
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6 min
October 22, 2018
Do Boomers and Gen-Xers Really Work Harder Than Millennials?
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
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5 min
October 21, 2018
Why Did People Once Rob Graves for Science?
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
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6 min
October 20, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Does Déjà vu Work?
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
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6 min
October 19, 2018
How Do Animals Survive Big Storms?
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
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6 min
October 18, 2018
How Often Have Supreme Court Nominees Been Rejected?
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
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7 min
October 17, 2018
Is Physics as We Know It About to Change?
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
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5 min
October 16, 2018
Why Can't You Reach the End of a Rainbow?
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
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4 min
October 15, 2018
Is Coconut Oil a 'Superfood' or 'Pure Poison'?
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
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5 min
October 14, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Men Have Deeper Voices?
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
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6 min
October 13, 2018
How Can Sunlight Make You Sneeze?
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
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4 min
October 12, 2018
What Was the First Computer?
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
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6 min
October 11, 2018
Why Is Blackface So Controversial?
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
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7 min
October 10, 2018
How Do Our Bones Grow?
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
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5 min
October 9, 2018
What's the History of Southern Biscuits?
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
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4 min
October 8, 2018
Could a Giant Squid Take Down a Submarine?
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
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5 min
October 7, 2018
Why Are Ice Pops Called Quiescently Frozen Confections?
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
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5 min
October 6, 2018
What Happens to Balloons When You Release Them?
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
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4 min
October 5, 2018
What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?
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
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6 min
October 4, 2018
Was George Washington Almost King of the United States?
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
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5 min
October 3, 2018
What Is Nuclear Pasta?
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
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4 min
October 2, 2018
What Would Happen If You Wrecked a Car on a Test-Drive?
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
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5 min
October 1, 2018
Does Milk Really Make Mucus Worse?
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
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3 min
September 30, 2018
Why Do We Get Hiccups?
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
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4 min
September 29, 2018
Is Printing with Sound the Wave of the Future?
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
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4 min
September 28, 2018
Could Jupiter Have Water After All?
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
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5 min
September 27, 2018
Who Is The Laughing Buddha?
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
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5 min
September 26, 2018
What Was The Great Pox?
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
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3 min
September 25, 2018
Can Side Sleeping Help Prevent Snoring?
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
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3 min
September 24, 2018
Why Do We Drink So Much Bottled Water?
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
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7 min
September 23, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Itch?
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
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5 min
September 22, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Movie Theaters Sell Popcorn?
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
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5 min
September 21, 2018
Why Is Alzheimers's So Difficult to Treat?
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
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6 min
September 20, 2018
How Do Migrating Birds Navigate?
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
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4 min
September 19, 2018
Did Pirates Really Talk Like That?
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
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4 min
September 18, 2018
Are Artists Hardwired To Be Poor?
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
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4 min
September 17, 2018
Why Are Hydrogen Peroxide Bottles Brown?
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
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3 min
September 16, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do So Many Price Tags End in .99?
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
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5 min
September 15, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Can't People Remember Being Born?
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
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5 min
September 14, 2018
What Are Food Deserts?
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
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5 min
September 13, 2018
How Could We Get Into Space Without Big Rockets?
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
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7 min
September 12, 2018
Why Do Dogs Love Rolling in Stinky Stuff?
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
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4 min
September 11, 2018
Why Does Skin Tan and Freckle?
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
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5 min
September 10, 2018
How Do New Religions Take Root?
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
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7 min
September 9, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Do Tattoo Machines Work?
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
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5 min
September 8, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Does Hair Dye Work?
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
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5 min
September 7, 2018
How Can an Ancient Pregnancy Test Actually Work?
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
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4 min
September 6, 2018
Does Playing with Toy Guns Lead to Violent Behavior?
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
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7 min
September 5, 2018
Why Do You Stop Noticing Scents After a While?
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
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5 min
September 4, 2018
Can Cannabis Help Break Opioid Addiction?
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
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9 min
September 3, 2018
What's the History of Lemonade?
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
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6 min
September 2, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: What Are Eye Boogers?
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
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5 min
September 1, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Do You Find Water In The Wild?
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
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6 min
August 31, 2018
Why Did NASA Send Sperm Into Orbit?
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
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6 min
August 30, 2018
What States Failed to Become Part of the U.S.?
There are a few United States that never were. Learn their stories in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
August 29, 2018
Are Chimps Cleaner Than Us?
A study investigating the microbes and bugs in chimpanzee beds versus human beds showed that chimps are cleaner than we are. Learn about the study's results in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
August 28, 2018
How Bad Is It to Run Your Car on Empty?
Your car's empty-tank light can sneak up on you, and it's easy to put off filling up for another day. But are you damaging your car when you do? Learn why it's not good to run your car on empty in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
August 27, 2018
Should You Really Take Fish Oil Pills?
Conventional wisdom has long said fish oil pills are a great nutritional boost, but recent research shows they don't have the cardiovascular benefits we once thought. Learn who should still consider taking them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
August 26, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Some People Faint At The Sight of Blood?
Even though only 3-4% of people have a phobia of seeing blood, about 15% of people will faint at the sight. Learn why in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
August 25, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Do Crosswalk and "Close Door" Buttons Really Do Anything?
Are the buttons we push to cross streets, close elevator doors, and nudge the office thermostat really connected to anything? Some aren’t! Learn how these placebo buttons (don’t) work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
August 24, 2018
What Is Breakup Bootcamp?
We have retreats for everything else, so why not survival post-breakup? Learn how these camps hope to help the broken hearted, plus what emotional work they won't cover, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
August 23, 2018
How Can Squid 'Speak' With Their Skin?
Squid can communicate via patterns they flash on their skin, and the way they create those patterns is stranger than anyone thought. Learn what researchers are learning about it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
August 22, 2018
Is Hangry a Real Emotion?
If you've ever had to apologize for what you said when you were hungry, you may be comforted to know that hanger is real. Learn what causes is -- and how you can stop or even prevent it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
August 21, 2018
What Happens When Hurricanes Hit Volcanoes?
In a phrase: big bada-boom. Learn how hurricanes and volcanoes intensify each other in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
August 20, 2018
Do Doctors' Biases Affect Health Care?
Implicit biases change the way we act without us even realizing it, and doctors aren't immune. Learn how researchers are trying to help us all identify and change our unconscious biases in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
August 19, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Does Lucid Dreaming Work?
Science has proven that we can be aware of our dreams while we’re in them. But can we really control our dreams? We break it to you gently in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
August 18, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: What Causes Red Eye in Photos?
How can a camera's flash make your eyes glow red? Tune in to learn how it works -- and how to prevent it -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
August 17, 2018
Yes, Your Dog Wants to Help When You're Upset
Confirming what dog owners already know, new research shows that dogs really do want to help us when we're sad or upset. Learn how the experiments worked in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
August 16, 2018
Why Is Head Scratching a Gesture of Thought?
Some gesticulations come naturally -- scratching your head when you're thinking is so common that it's basically a cliche. But why? Learn what researchers have to say in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
August 15, 2018
Could Spending Money on Experiences Save the World?
Research shows that spending money on experiences instead of objects can make you happier, but can it make you a better person? Learn what scientists have found in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
August 14, 2018
How Do Nutrients Get into the World's Oceans?
Phytoplankton are responsible for a lot of the oxygen we breathe, and their wellbeing is made possible by... deserts. Yes. Learn how the Saraha Desert and other dusty debris feeds our oceans in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
August 13, 2018
Who Does the Real Magic: Magicians, or Assistants?
The gender roles of traditional stage magicians and 'lovely assistants' can seem outdated, but behind the scenes, the work has always been pretty equal. Learn how being a magician's assistant works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
August 12, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Do Laugh Tracks Work?
Sitcoms use laugh tracks all the time. But where do they come from? Do they really make us laugh along? Learn about the origins and psychology of laugh tracks in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
August 11, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads?
Is this adorable behavior rooted in sensory necessity or purposeful gesticulation? We explore what may be the cutest research ever in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
August 10, 2018
Why Do Books Smell So Good?
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
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4 min
August 9, 2018
Can You Train a Bee?
Spoiler alert: Totally. Bees and other insects can learn, and thus be trained, using scents. Learn how they could sniff out everything from bombs to cancer in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
August 8, 2018
What If Bandages Could Monitor Your Wound?
Today's bandages work pretty well, but is it time for an upgrade? Learn how researchers are creating smart bandages in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
August 7, 2018
What Makes Stars Twinkle?
On a clear night, the stars seem to wink and twinkle in the sky. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
August 6, 2018
Can We Make Roads Out of Recycled Plastic?
Plastics clog our ecosystems and our roads need maintenance -- could fixing one problem help solve the other? Learn how researchers are recycling plastics into useful materials in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
August 5, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Does Aspirin Work?
How does aspirin target your pain? The plants that aspirin were derived from have been used as medicine for about 6000 years, we finally discovered how it works in 1971, and we explain it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
August 4, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Do One-Way Mirrors Work?
How can a single piece of glass look like a mirror from one side but a window from the other? Learn how materials technology makes it possible in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
August 3, 2018
Can Different Species of Birds Understand Each Other?
Birds and other animals can learn to "talk" to one another, and even work together to spread warnings about predators nearby. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
August 2, 2018
Can Absurdly Big Numbers Be Useful?
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
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6 min
August 1, 2018
Why Shouldn't You Hold in a Sneeze?
Better out than in. Learn why a politely covered sneeze beats holding one back in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
July 31, 2018
What Did Our Ancestors Really Eat?
Figuring out what foods were on ancient menus can be tricky, but a mummy called Ötzi the Iceman was preserved with his last meal still intact. Learn what scientists found out about his eating habits in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
July 30, 2018
Could Recycled Urine Make Sustainable Fertilizer?
Sports stadiums have a lot of grass that needs to be fertilized, and a lot of urine to dispose of. Learn how researchers are working to solve both problems at once in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
July 29, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Do Erasers Erase?
Erasers lift our mistakes right off the page, but it's not magic -- it's the microscopic physics of stickiness. Learn how erasers work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
July 28, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: How Do Antiperspirants Work?
Every day, millions of people safeguard themselves against excessive sweat with a quick roll of antiperspirant. But what does this stuff do, exactly? Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
July 27, 2018
Why Does It Feel So Good To Be Scared?
Plenty of things are scary these days, so why do people pay good money to see horror movies and go to 'haunted' houses? Learn why psychologists say these fearful experiences are helpful in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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8 min
July 26, 2018
What Are Macronutrients and Micronutrients?
Fitness enthusiasts often talk about macros and micros. Learn what they are and how much you should be eating in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
July 25, 2018
What Kind of Dinos Did Today's Birds Evolve From?
The hypothesis that today's birds evolved from dinosaurs isn't new, but recent research has filled in clues about exactly how that happened. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
July 24, 2018
When Do Presidential Approval Ratings Really Matter?
A president's approval rating may seem like just another number, but statistically speaking, it can have a huge impact on American politics. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
July 23, 2018
What's the History of Toothpaste?
Toothpaste actually predates the toothbrush in dental hygiene's history. Learn the long history behind this everyday item in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
July 22, 2018
Why Do Hounds Have Floppy Ears?
Sure, scent hounds' noses are powerful tools -- but their ears may be the secret to their success. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
July 21, 2018
BrainStuff Classics: What Is American Cheese Really Made Of?
Process cheese, often called American cheese, is super inexpensive, consistent, shelf-stable, and orange. Learn how this science cheese is made in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
July 20, 2018
Should You Really Eat Activated Charcoal?
Celebrities and Instagrammers have been singing the praises of activated charcoal as a health supplement, but why? Can it really help make you healthier? Learn the science behind the activated charcoal fad in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
July 19, 2018
What Is the Museum of Broken Relationships?
Museums collect all kinds of art and artifacts -- this one collects pieces of broken hearts. Learn about some of the items and stories held in the Museum of Broken Relationships in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
July 18, 2018
No, There's No 'Secret' Cure for Cancer
Like many fringe theories, the idea that there's a massive conspiracy to conceal a known cure for cancer is mostly misplaced wishful thinking. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
July 17, 2018
What Are Vampire Squid?
Despite their name and their somewhat scary appearance, 'Vampyroteuthis infernalis' squid aren't blood-suckers. Learn why they're pretty cool anyway in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
July 16, 2018
How Close Are We to Recycling Carbon Dioxide Emissions?
Carbon dioxide is a waste product of gasoline- and coal-burning engines, and it's a serious pollutant. But what if we could capture that carbon and recycle it into usable fuel? Learn why researchers say we're getting close in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
July 13, 2018
How Did the U.S.-Mexico Border Become Such a Flashpoint?
The border between the United States and Mexico is at the center of much political and social debate in 2018 -- but how did we get here? How much crime really crosses the border? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
July 12, 2018
Why Did Victorians Think Green Tea Causes Hallucinations?
We attribute lots of potential health effects to green tea, but the Victorians had a strange one: they thought it caused hallucinations. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
July 11, 2018
Do Boys and Girls Bully Differently?
From a young age, male and female bullies develop different ways of getting under their targets' skin. Learn more -- plus how to help kids combat girl-style bullying -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
July 10, 2018
How Can Robots Help Catch Poachers?
Robotic animals can help law enforcement agents catch poachers in the act -- but only if the robots are convincing enough. Learn a few things engineers are doing to make their robots more realistic in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
July 9, 2018
Are We Still Discovering Human Organs?
Some researchers are calling a previously overlooked type of tissue a new human organ. Learn what it does and why it was never identified before in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
July 6, 2018
Who Was the First Fashion Designer?
Fashion designers and their work are everywhere these days, from our closets to the runways. But one man started it all: Charles Frederick Worth. Learn who he was and how he created haute couture in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
July 5, 2018
How Can We Prevent Suicides While Protecting Gun Rights?
Over two-thirds of gun-related deaths in America are suicides. This stunning fact is bringing gun rights and gun control advocates together for a common cause. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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8 min
July 4, 2018
Could the Waterbed Make a Comeback?
Waterbeds were a mainstay of opulent '80s culture, but why did they fall out of fashion? How have they evolved since then? Could they climb back from the pits of public disfavor? Explore in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
July 3, 2018
What's Killing Ancient Baobab Trees?
Spoiler alert: The answer is probably 'climate change' -- but some of the world's oldest and hardiest baobab trees are dying, and researchers aren't entirely sure why. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
July 2, 2018
Why Do We Feel Hungry When We're Not?
Feeling hungry doesn't just happen when our bodies need calories (lots of things, from boredom to advertisements, can trigger hunger) and there's no one way that we feel hunger to begin with. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
June 29, 2018
Boxer Crabs Use Anemones as Weapons
Researchers have observed a species of crab clutching anemones and using them as weapons. Even weirder: The crabs clone their anemones. Weirder still: The anemones might be otherwise extinct. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
June 28, 2018
Can Beaches Be Saved by Adding Sand?
Beaches around the world are erode faster than we've ever seen. Some efforts to save them involve adding more sand from offshore -- but can that really work? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
June 27, 2018
When Will Arlington Cemetery Run Out of Space?
The U.S.'s most honored national cemetery is vast, but it only has so much space -- and it's running out. Learn some of the proposed solutions in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
June 26, 2018
How Can the Fashion Industry Better Serve People with Disabilities?
Finding something to wear can be especially challenging for people with limited dexterity or mobility, but some fashion designers are starting to change that. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
June 25, 2018
Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible?
Although doctors have long believed that Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition, research shows that it can be reversed -- and that with work to maintain weight loss, former patients can live without medication. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
June 22, 2018
What Is Music's 'Word' for Death?
Composers use musical references to classics in their own work to help create mood -- and as a wink at other music lovers. Learn how one such reference, 'Dies Irae', or 'The Day of Wrath', is often used in film soundtracks in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
June 21, 2018
Can Copper Create Mummies?
After anthropologists discovered a child's mummified hand, they discovered that a copper coin might be responsible for the preservation. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
June 20, 2018
Do Dogs Use Facial Expressions to Communicate with Us?
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
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3 min
June 19, 2018
Is Life on Earth of Alien Origin?
The idea that life on Earth was seeded from outer space is called Panspermia, and some researchers are looking into how (and when) it could've happened. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
June 18, 2018
Is Cockroach Milk the Next Big Thing?
The food industry has brought us all kinds of non-dairy milk alternatives, but researchers are working on what's arguably the weirdest yet: cockroach milk. Learn how (and why) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
June 15, 2018
Are We Moving Closer to 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'?
We build memories through our experiences. But what if we could transfer memories to other people? It's happening -- in snails. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
June 14, 2018
Why Does Microwaved Coffee Taste So Bad?
Once a cup of coffee goes cold, it'll never taste the same -- but why? Learn the science behind the weird flavors of microwaved coffee in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
June 13, 2018
The Man Behind Rube Goldberg Machines
Who was Rube Goldberg, and how did he come up with his famously weird contraptions? Learn the history behind this classic American cartoonist in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
June 12, 2018
Can You Really Catch Up on Sleep?
Good news, fellow weekend sleep-in-ers: recent research shows that 'catching up' on sleep on your off days can help you stay healthy. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
June 11, 2018
How Do Sea Spiders Breathe Through Their Legs?
Sea spiders have way more leg than body, and scientists have never been able to pinpoint how they breathe -- until now. Learn what they found in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
June 8, 2018
How One Blood Donor Saved Over 2 Million Babies
A man with a rare antibody in his blood spent 63 years donating, and has touched millions of lives. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
June 7, 2018
Does Spicy Food Burn Your Tastebuds?
Hot chili peppers can make you feel like your mouth is on fire, but are they actually doing any damage? Learn about the science of spice in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
June 6, 2018
Could a Plastic-Eating Enzyme Help Save the Planet?
We humans produce a LOT of plastics that wind up as harmful waste, but researchers have isolated an enzyme that may help reduce the problem. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
June 5, 2018
What Can't You Name Your Baby?
The possibilities for a baby's name aren't quite as endless as they seem -- some national and local governments restrict what you can legally name your baby. Learn what some of those restrictions are (and why they exist) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
June 4, 2018
What Happens to Red Carpet Dresses?
After celebrities wear a gown to a glitzy award show or festival, it's often archived, but sometimes sold, reproduced, or even stolen. Learn the life story of red carpet fashion in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
June 1, 2018
Will the Paper of the Future Be Made from Poop?
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 researchers have high hopes for poo-pyrus in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
May 31, 2018
Does Earth's Crust Have Its Own Tides?
You've probably seen ocean tides making the seas rise and fall, but solid land has tides, too. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
May 30, 2018
How Can You Be Your Own Twin?
In a genetic condition called chimerism, DNA from someone else (an unborn twin, an organ donor, or even your own baby) is at work in your body. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
May 29, 2018
Can You Microwave a Steak to Perfection?
While it may not be our first choice in cooking methods, yes, you can microwave a steak to a perfect medium-rare. Learn how, plus how microwaves work, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
May 28, 2018
Why Do Turtles Have Shells?
It seems obvious that turtles' shells would have evolved to protect them from predators, but researchers have found that they probably first evolved to help turtles dig. Learn what that's all about in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
May 25, 2018
Why Does Uranus Stink?
It's not a joke: Scientists have confirmed that Uranus stinks. Learn how they found out -- and why it's actually really cool -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
May 24, 2018
Is Coffee Good or Bad for You?
Will coffee really stunt your growth? Or give you heart problems? What about your teeth? Learn the truth behind common myths about that cuppa joe in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
May 23, 2018
How Do Snails Grow Their Shells?
A snail's shell is its permanent home -- but how do these wee, soft, slimy creatures grow hard, beautiful shells? Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
May 22, 2018
What Was Stephen Hawking's Final Project?
Days before his death, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking finished what would be his final research paper. Learn about his last take on the multiverse in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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10 min
May 21, 2018
Why Is Popping Zits So Satisfying?
Humans love popping zits so much precisely because it's gross. Learn about all the fascinating reasons why we find pimples so fascinating in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
May 18, 2018
Can We Save the Moai?
The beautiful moai statues of Rapa Nui (aka Easter Island) are in danger from rising sea levels and erosion -- but what can be done to save them? Learn what researchers are saying in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
May 17, 2018
Should Airplanes Have Shoulder Seat Belts?
Cars have shoulder seat belts to protect passengers, so why not large airplanes? Learn the physics involved, plus why buckling up on planes is important, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
May 16, 2018
How Easy Is It to Immigrate to the U.S.?
From the way some people talk, it may seem like immigrating to America is simple -- but the wait list can actually be more than 20 years long. Learn more about how immigration works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
May 15, 2018
What Are the Most-Believed Myths About Our Brains?
Over-simplifications about how our brains work abound, even among educators and neuroscientists. Discover what these myths are, and why it's important to fight them, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
May 14, 2018
City Birds Use Cigarette Butts as Bug Repellent
Birds everywhere add insect-repelling plants to their nests, but urban birds have to get a little creative. Learn how cigarette butts help city birds stay healthy in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
May 11, 2018
How Do We Define 'Suspicious Behavior' Without Bias?
If you see something, say something' works great -- until racial bias and other prejudices enter the picture. Learn what some organizations are doing to fight those prejudices (and what you can do, too) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
May 10, 2018
Will Ants Rescue Wounded Comrades?
Spoiler alert: Yep! Well, sometimes. In this episode of BrainStuff, learn how one African ant species nurses its wounded soldiers, yielding a surprising survival rate. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
May 9, 2018
What Is Red Snow?
Snow usually appears white, but it can come in a few other colors -- and in the case of red snow, that vibrant color may be a warning from Mother Nature. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
May 8, 2018
What Is Chinese Five Spice?
Including 'tasty' and 'not necessarily made up of five spices,' Chinese 5-spice powder can be a lot of things, but it's all rooted in ancient medicine -- and philosophy. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
May 7, 2018
What's the Happiest Country in the World?
The World Happiness Report usually ranks wealthy Nordic countries as the happiest, but what factors is it taking into account? Based on other data, Colombia and El Salvador come out on top. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
May 4, 2018
What's Chocolate's Carbon Footprint?
We're not asking anyone to give up chocolate, but researchers have posed an important question: How can we make it more environmentally friendly? Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
May 3, 2018
Can a New Egyptian Dinosaur Fossil Explain How the Continents Formed?
Scientists have figured out a lot about Earth's history, but there are still a few gaps. Learn how a dinosaur may help fill in one of those gaps in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
May 2, 2018
How Nuclear Weapons Testing Created New Minerals
The heat of nuclear weapons is enough to melt sand into glass. Learn the story of trinitite, the glass from the first atomic test site, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
May 1, 2018
Can Talking About Yourself in the Third Person Make You Feel Better?
It can sound off-putting, but it turns out that people who talk about themselves in the third person may be giving themselves a mental boost. ("You're nailing this episode description, Lauren!") Learn why in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
April 30, 2018
Do Happy Cows Really Make Better Milk?
OK, 'happy' might be a stretch, but researchers are looking into how cows given positive interactions (like back scritches) grow and produce milk versus less-content cows. Learn what the results say in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
April 27, 2018
How Can Your Birth Season Determine Your Allergies?
The season you were born in helps determine whether you'll have allergies, but science has never understood why. Learn what a team of researchers are discovering in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
April 26, 2018
Why Shouldn't Compressed Air Canisters Be Shaken?
Many spray canisters call for being shaken, but not compressed air. Learn how both types work (and the dangers of shaking the wrong type) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
April 25, 2018
Why Can't I Taste My Tongue?
Your tongue is an amazing sensory instrument -- so why can't it taste itself? Many philosophers have pondered the same thing. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
April 24, 2018
What Was the First Killer Robot?
Science fiction buzzes with evil robots and AI, but real-life machines are much less sinister -- if not less potentially deadly. Learn the real concerns (and possible solutions) about killer robots in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
April 23, 2018
Is Our Tipping System Gratuitous?
The way we tip and pay servers in North American restaurants fosters unfair and unequal paychecks for the whole staff. But it's so entrenched -- how can we fix it? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
April 20, 2018
Why Were Fruit Flies the First Animal in Space?
In 1947, U.S. military scientists launched the very first Earth animals into space: fruit flies. But why these diminutive bugs in particular? Learn about their trip to the final fronteir in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
April 19, 2018
Did an 19th-Century Man Predict Your Death?
In the 1820s, an insurance actuary by the name of Benjamin Gompertz wrote an equation that reliably predicts when people are going to die. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
April 18, 2018
Is the Human Brain Hardwired for Poetry?
Poems activate different parts of the human brain than other types of literature do, and our brains seem hardwired to enjoy the patterns in poetry. Learn why this may be in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
April 17, 2018
What Happens to Wine Grape Waste?
After winemakers extract grapes' juice, they're left with a lot of fruit skins and pulp. Learn what happens to all that goo in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
April 16, 2018
Why Are So Many People Nearsighted?
By 2050, half the world will be nearsighted. Researchers tracking the spread of this eye condition (also called myopia) have a few hypotheses about why it's happening. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
April 13, 2018
How Can a Plant Outsource Photosynthesis?
Plants use photosynthesis to survive, but some plants outsource that job to other living things, like fungus. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
April 12, 2018
How Much Electricity Can Urine Provide?
Researchers have created pee-powered fuel cells that can light outdoor portable bathrooms. Learn how (and why) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
April 11, 2018
Could Platypus Milk Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Disease?
For everything that's weird and wondrous about the platypus, we probably shouldn't be surprised that its milk may help save countless lives, but here we are. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
April 10, 2018
Does Diabetes Lead to Disordered Eating?
People with Type 1 diabetes are more likely to experience eating disorders, and the consequences can be serious. Learn why, and what can be done to help, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
April 9, 2018
What Makes Durian Fruit Smell So Bad?
Durian fruit is prized as a delicacy and staple -- and it smells like rotting. Learn how a group of cancer researchers mapped its genome to get to the bottom of this stench (and hopefully find something medicinally useful) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
April 6, 2018
Is There a Gene for Infidelity?
Some animals mate for life -- and others decidedly don't. Learn what researchers have discovered about cheating by studying voles and humans alike in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
April 5, 2018
How Much Salt Is Too Much?
You've probably heard you should cut back on salt, but we need it to survive -- we're hardwired to crave it. So why cut back? And how much is actually harmful? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
April 4, 2018
How Is New Laser Technology Discovering Ancient Ruins?
Ancient ruins, long grown over by massive forests, can now be found painlessly -- all thanks to lasers. Learn how LiDAR techology is preserving forests and uncovering lost Mayan infrastructure in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
April 3, 2018
Is Prozac Endangering Crabs' Survival?
When we take medications, we sometimes excrete chemicals that get flushed into our oceans. In the case of fluoxetine (Prozac), those chemicals seem to be chilling crabs out -- which is bad for the crabs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
April 2, 2018
Botox Exists Thanks to Bad Sausages
Botox wrinkle therapy contains a tiny dose of a deadly bacterial toxin, but the story of how it was discovered is even stranger than that fact. Learn the history of botulinum toxin, plus how it's used in non-cosmetic medicine, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
March 30, 2018
Can Your Face's Temperature Reveal Your Mood?
Research shows that parts of a person's face grow cooler depending on their mood and stress level. Could this be used to help people in stressful jobs, like pilots? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
March 29, 2018
What's the Difference Between Eggs of Different Colors?
Brown, white, blue, or green: Chicken eggs come in a spectrum of colors, but they all cook up the same. Learn what makes eggs different colors in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
March 28, 2018
What's the Most Dangerous Air Pollution?
The most hazardous air pollution may be particles too tiny to see, but it also may be easily avoided. Learn what researchers have found in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
March 27, 2018
What If Cockroaches Went Extinct?
Being surprised by a roach in your kitchen (which is very clean, thank you) can be enough to wish the whole genus would just go away. But what would the world be like if there were no cockroaches? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
March 26, 2018
How Did Spring Break Get Its Start?
College spring break has brought millions of students to Southern beaches and cities to party, but how did this tradition get started? And what are the alternatives? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
March 23, 2018
Can Losing Sleep Make You Gain Weight?
Research indicates that sleep is one of the many factors in how our bodies create, store, and burn fat. We explore (and offer a few tips for getting the most out of your sleep) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
March 22, 2018
What Happens to the Unclaimed Dead?
When people die without family, or without identification, their local government lays them to rest. Learn about these fascinating traditions and how they've developed over the centuries in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
March 21, 2018
Why Are the Oceans Salty?
Seawater is salty because of several quirks in Earth's water cycle. Learn the reasons why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
March 20, 2018
Could Technology Replace Animal Testing?
Trying potential medical treatments on animals was once the best that science could do, but new technologies could make animal testing obsolete. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
March 19, 2018
How Can We Recycle More, and Smarter?
China has long bought waste plastic for recycling from North America and Europe, but their policies are changing. What can we do with a surplus of waste, and how can we make the situation better in the future? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
March 16, 2018
What Can We Learn from Fish about Walking?
Some fish that strut the seafloor share a common ancestor with humans, so researchers are hoping that studying these fish could help us understand how we walk. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
March 15, 2018
Does Technology Make Us Worse Drivers?
Any high-tech car feature that takes your attention away from the road is a distraction, but are even our automatic safety systems actually making driving more dangerous? We explore in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
March 14, 2018
How Do Boogers Form?
Snot is a crucial part of our immune system and sinus health, and boogers are a byproduct of that system. Learn how they form (plus, why eating them might be advantageous) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
March 13, 2018
Why Are Mass Shootings Happening in U.S. Schools?
Beyond the U.S. gun control debate, another question deserves examination: Why are schools so frequently the sites of mass gun violence in America? We explore the psychology and potential solutions in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
March 12, 2018
Is Room-Temperature Pizza Safe to Eat?
Leftover pizza can be an excellent snack or even a staple -- if it's treated correctly. Learn why refrigerated leftovers are safer than slices left at room temp, plus what toppings hold up best, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
March 9, 2018
Is There a Better Alternative to Cash Bail?
Cash bail punishes the poor by setting a high price on freedom -- literally. But are there any better alternatives that won't break local governments' budgets? We explore in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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8 min
March 8, 2018
Cuttlefish Camouflage Is an Energy-Efficient Superpower
Researchers have found that cuttlefish's ability to change their color and texture at will is even more impressive than previously thought. Learn why -- and how technology might copy these abilities -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
March 7, 2018
Where Did Middle Names Come From?
Having a first, middle, and last name is common in the West, but this wasn't always the case. Learn the history of middle names in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
March 6, 2018
Why Are Stars and Planets Nearly Spherical?
Planets and stars are basically spheres, but why? We explore the science in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
March 6, 2018
Do Female Praying Mantises Really Decapitate Mates?
The female praying mantis: maneater or misaligned? Learn the science behind this popular semi-myth in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
March 2, 2018
Why Do Humans Dream?
The human brain is full of mysteries, and why we dream is a big one. Learn the leading theories about why we dream in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
March 2, 2018
Does Hot Yoga Need to Be So Hot?
Do students of hot yoga, who practice at 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius), reap more health benefits than room-temperature practitioners? Learn what the research says in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
March 1, 2018
Could Humans Control Volcanic Eruptions?
Spoiler alert: Not yet. But researchers are working on it. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
February 27, 2018
Sea Turtles Are Hatching Up to 99 Percent Female
A sea turtle's sex is determined by the temperatures in its hatching site, and global warming is making the Great Barrier Reef warmer than ever before. What could this mean for the future of sea turtles? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
February 26, 2018
Are We Getting Lonelier?
Experts are divided on whether modern lifestyle factors, like social media use and smaller family units, are leading to greater lonliness. Either way: What can we do about it? We explore in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
February 23, 2018
Could Human Waste Feed Astronauts?
It sounds gross, but stick with us: Researchers are working on recycling astronauts' waste into food for edible stuff. Learn how (and why) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
February 22, 2018
Can Autonomous Vehicles Break the Speed Limit?
In the incredible future, robots may be able to drive your car -- but will they be able to speed? Today's self-driving cars can. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
February 21, 2018
An Ice Cream that Doesn't Melt
Researchers and chefs in Japan have invented an ice cream that doesn't melt on sunny days -- and it's all thanks to deformed strawberries. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
February 21, 2018
Can Used Books Spread Germs?
Libraries are bastions of knowledge -- but are they also bastions of germs? Short answer: Nope! For the long answer, tune in to this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
February 19, 2018
Did Velociraptors Really Hunt in Packs?
Did real-life raptors work together they way they do in 'Jurassic Park' movies? Do we even have the right raptors? Learn the leading theories in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
February 16, 2018
How Can Technology Help Stop Rhino Poachers?
A database of rhinoceros DNA is helping catch violent poachers looking to sell rhino horns on the black market. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
February 16, 2018
Can Magic Mushrooms Help Stop Depression?
Although psychadelic drugs are largely recreational these days, scientists are looking into potential therapeutic uses -- especially in patients for whom nothing else works. Learn how psilocybin may fight depression in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
February 15, 2018
Can You Be Addicted to Love?
Feelings of euphoria leading to obsessive behavior and potentially life-ruining decisions: Love can be as powerful as any drug. Learn how love affects the brain in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
February 13, 2018
Do Automatic Toilets Waste Water?
Automatic-flush toilets are supposed to be more sanitary, but does that come at an environmental price? Learn why phantom flushes happen and what the industry is doing about it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
February 12, 2018
What Happens to Mardi Gras Beads?
Festive beads are key to New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebration, but they're also causing a major headache to the city's sanitation department. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
February 9, 2018
Can People Be Allergic to Water?
OK, it's not technically an allergy, but yes: People can have extreme skin reactions to water. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
February 8, 2018
How Much of the Internet Is Underwater?
Undersea internet cables connect continents and transmit virtual tons of data. Amidst concerns that these cables could be sabotaged, digital industry experts weigh in on this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
February 8, 2018
Are We in an Insect Armageddon?
A recent study found that bug biomass has been steadily decreasing -- in some areas, we may only have 25% of the insects that we had 30 years ago. But what's to blame, and what could this mean for the future? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
February 6, 2018
What on Earth Are Skyquakes?
There are plenty of potential reasons for a boom to rumble through the air, but skyquakes don't seem to be attached to any of the usual suspects. Learn more about these mysterious phenomena on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
February 5, 2018
Do Vegetarians' Farts Smell Worse?
Not all flatulence is created equal -- your diet has a huge impact on the gas you pass. So whose farts are smellier: vegetarians or omnivores? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
February 2, 2018
Are Wine Glasses Getting Bigger?
People are drinking more wine than they used to. Could the ever-increasing size of wine glasses be behind this trend? Learn how today's average serving stacks up against history's in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
February 1, 2018
Should You Give Cats Milk?
Pop culture often shows cats happily sipping saucers of milk, but giving a cat milk isn't actually the best treat for it -- or you. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
January 31, 2018
Which States Get the Most Money from the Federal Government?
Due to states' differing taxes and needs, some give the U.S. federal government far more money than they receive, and some receive far more than they pay. Interestingly, this tends to fall along party lines. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
January 30, 2018
How Do Astronauts React to Lunar Landing Conspiracy Theories?
Fringe theorists sometimes question whether the 1969 moon landing actually happened. In this episode of BrainStuff, we explore how astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin have reacted when asked whether it's all a conspiracy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
January 29, 2018
Could Drones Replace News Helicopters?
Flying robotic drones equipped with cameras are a lot cheaper than helicopters for catching events as they happen. But they do have downsides. Could they really replace news choppers? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
January 26, 2018
Do Some Fabrics Make Body Odor Worse?
Body odor happens when bacteria thrive in our sweat, so the ways your clothes deal with sweat can make a difference. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
January 25, 2018
What Is the 25th Amendment?
With some reports questioning the American president's mental stability, some pundits have asked whether the 25th Amendment might be enacted to remove him. But what does this Amendment say, and what can it really do? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
January 24, 2018
How Did a Parisian Lemonade Craze Fight the Plague?
While the black plague ravaged the rest of France, Paris remained relatively untouched -- and they may have had their fondness for lemonade to thank. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
January 24, 2018
Could Colonists Dig Up Ice on Mars?
Spoiler Alert: Yes. Researchers have found nearly pure water ice just below the surface of Mars, in regions easy to reach by human explorers or colonists. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
January 22, 2018
Can the Speed of Video Make Us Look More Innocent or Guilty?
Slow-motion video is often used to show jurors how a possibly criminal event took place, but is this practice fair to the accused? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
January 19, 2018
What Animal Has the Best Echolocation Abilities?
Bats, dolphins, and other animals all use sonar to navigate, but the narwhal has them all beat, and it's thanks to narwhals' distinctive horns. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
January 18, 2018
How Does Anxiety Cause Underarm Sweat?
Anxiety can cause sweaty palms and armpits -- but why? And how can you combat it? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
January 18, 2018
What Do (and Don't) We Know About the Pentagon's UFO Program?
Over the years, the U.S. government has funded several programs that investigate alleged UFO sightings. How much does the public know about what they found? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
January 16, 2018
How Green Is Your Favorite Superhero?
To draw attention to the average citizen's carbon footprint, a team of researchers calculated the eco-rating of a number of superheroes. Learn how they rank in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
January 15, 2018
Why Doesn't Airline Food Taste Good?
If you've ever noticed that airplane food is a little lackluster, the recipe isn't necessarily to blame. Learn how a plane's altitude and even engine noise can affect flavors in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
January 12, 2018
What Does Self-Defense Insurance Protect Gun Owners Against?
Several organizations now offer insurance policies to gun owners who may fire in self-defense, to help with legal decisions and fees. But how does this affect the gun control debate? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
January 12, 2018
Could You Legally Bury Someone in Your Backyard?
Home burials are largely a thing of the past, but they're perfectly legal in most states -- once you check a few boxes. Learn how home burials work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
January 10, 2018
Can Bats Jam Each Other's Sonar?
Bats use sonar to find food in the dark -- but they've got a lot of competition from other bats. Learn about echolocation and how bats go on the offensive in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
January 9, 2018
What Tech Will Replace the Smartphone?
Although it's an integral part of many people's lives today, the smartphone is bound to be replaced by the next big thing (and probably sooner than later). We explore what (and when) that might be. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
January 8, 2018
Did the Genes for Light Skin Colors Evolve in Europe?
A widescale genetic survey has shown that despite common misconceptions, race really is only skin deep. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
January 5, 2018
How Much Can Ice Tell Us About Climate Change?
Ice cores from glaciers are like fossils of ancient Earth's weather patterns. Tune in to learn how one such sample from Tibet may hold an important history lesson. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
January 4, 2018
Why Are Teens Cyberbullying Themselves?
A new study indicates that some teens bully themselves online, posting hateful messages from fake or anonymous accounts. Researchers are looking into why, and how to help. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
January 3, 2018
Could Some Microbes Live on Air Alone?
Researchers have found Antarctic microbes that appear to get all the nutrients they need from thin air. Could this change our search for extraterrestrial life? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
January 2, 2018
How Similar Is the Opioid Epidemic to the Crack Epidemic?
The War on Drugs being waged against opioids is very different than the one that was fought against crack. Learn more about the politics of race and addiction in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
January 1, 2018
Why Are Resolutions So Easy to Break?
Most of us break our New Years resolutions — and researchers have found a few reasons why. Learn how to build a better resolution with this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
December 29, 2017
Should Amazon Be Considered a Monopoly?
Although it doesn’t fall into our traditional definition of a monopoly, some researchers argue that Amazon’s scope calls for a new definition. Learn why in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
December 28, 2017
Could This Newly Discovered Planet Harbor Life?
An Earth-sized planet only 11 light years away might have the right conditions to sustain life as we know it, despite its star having some strange qualities. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
December 27, 2017
How Long Have We Been Keeping Dogs on Leashes?
A new find of very old artwork depicts dogs wearing leashes. Learn more about our history with man’s best friend in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
December 26, 2017
How Much Cardboard Does Online Shipping Use?
Online shipping is highly convenient, and it’s changing the way we use cardboard — but not necessarily for the worse. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
December 25, 2017
The Tale of the Christmas Truce
What was the Christmas Truce? Tune in to learn the story behind this small miracle from the Great War. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
December 22, 2017
What Can a Cache of Pterosaur Eggs Teach Us?
A huge cache of ancient pterosaur eggs has been unearthed in China. Learn what this find can tell us about these flying contemporaries of dinosaurs in this epiosde of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
December 21, 2017
Could You Outrun a Volcano?
Outrunning a volcanic eruption, like many things that look easy in movies or sound simple in theory, is more complicated in reality. Learn why you shouldn't attempt this feat in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
December 20, 2017
Will Bitcoin Remain the Biggest Cryptocurrency?
Bitcoin's booming value has everyone excited, but some financial experts are putting their money on other cryptocurrencies. Learn about the potential future of Bitcoin in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
December 19, 2017
Is There a Real Witches' Curse in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'?
You may have heard that the Bard's tragedy "Macbeth" is cursed. Learn how this superstition came about in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
December 18, 2017
There's Another Reason to Not Eat Raw Cookie Dough
Recent research has revealed another danger lurking in uncooked dough: tenacious E. coli can survive in dry flour. Learn how scientists figured it out in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
December 15, 2017
Why Can't Some People Sleep Without a Fan?
Some people find it impossible to sleep without background noise, like a fan whirring. Researchers have identified the possible culprit. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
December 14, 2017
Why Do People Get Adult-Onset Food Allergies?
New research indicates that adult-onset food allergies are more common than previously thought. But why do they happen? Learn more on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
December 13, 2017
Do We Need to Redefine the Four Seasons?
As climate change affects the planet's weather patterns, some parts of the world will see the seasons bleed together. Tune in to learn how we define the seasons now, and how some researchers think that should change. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
December 12, 2017
Did Giant Crabs Eat Amelia Earhart?
No, really, it's a serious question. In this episode, learn why -- and how -- researchers have investigated giant land crabs' potential role in the famous pilot's ultimate demise. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
December 11, 2017
How Much Does Getting Stuck in Traffic Cost Us?
When you add up all the wasted time and gasoline, traffic hotspots cost drivers billions of dollars. Learn how researchers are using technology to measure the problem -- and hopefully make it better. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
December 8, 2017
How Fast Can We Take a Picture of the Entire Sky?
A new robotic camera is set to change what we know about outer space by capturing huge images of the night sky. Learn more on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
December 7, 2017
Why Do We Find Symmetry So Pleasing?
What is it about the arrangement of petals on a flower or a perfectly symmetrical display of soup cans that catches our eye? Our brains seem wired for it, but why? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
December 6, 2017
How Does Salt Prevent Food Spoilage?
Salt has kept entire civilizations alive thanks to its abilities to preserve food and protect it from harmful germs. But how? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
December 5, 2017
Do Monkeys Have Superstitions?
We share a lot in common with monkeys, but are they just as superstitious? And could the belief in winning streaks carry an evolutionary advantage? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
December 4, 2017
What Is (and Isn't) Terrorism?
When is -- and isn't -- a crime considered terrorism? The legal, political and moral definitions are often at odds. We explore why on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
December 1, 2017
Why Are Leaf Blowers So Irritating?
If the sound of leaf blowers makes you angry, you're not alone -- and there's science behind why. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
November 30, 2017
Pretending To Be Batman Helps Kids Focus
The Batman Effect, as researchers have dubbed it, allows kids to separate themselves from temptation and stay on task. Learn more on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
November 29, 2017
Tips For Staying Safe In A Mass Shooting
We don't expect to ever be in a mass shooting, but assuming the worst can happen is the first step to being prepared. Find out more on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
November 28, 2017
Second Breakfasts Can Be Good For You
A second breakfast can be just as beneficial as a first breakfast. Find out why on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
November 27, 2017
Jellyfish Are Brainless, But Still Sleepy
Do jellyfish sleep? Learn more about a new study on the need for sleep in animals, and in jellyfish, in this BrainStuff episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
November 24, 2017
What's a Bump Fire Stock Do To A Gun?
Bump fire stocks enable a shooter like Las Vegas killer Steven Paddock to fire a semi-automatic rifle at nearly the rate of an automatic. How do they work? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
November 23, 2017
The Origins of Boston and New York’s Accents
What does Boston have against the letter 'R'? BrainStuff digs into the origins of 2 American accents. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
November 17, 2017
How Do Squirrels Organize Their Nuts?
A new study suggests squirrels use memory strategies to remember where they put the good nuts. Find out more on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
November 17, 2017
Can You Pass A Drug Test With Someone Else's Urine?
Have you ever tried to beat a drug test? OR Labs are usually able to bust people using someone else's urine. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
November 17, 2017
The Number Zero Might Be Older Than We Thought
A new analysis of the ancient Indian Bakhshali manuscript suggests the numerical symbol zero, as we use it today, may be centuries older than previously believed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
November 16, 2017
Albums Aren't Dead
Do you buy vinyl records? OR Do you still listen to music albums? In which format? Find out how vinyl and streaming complement each other. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
November 15, 2017
Great Archaic Ways To Insult Someone
Kim Jong-un called Donald Trump a dotard. Here are some equally entertaining out-of-date options the 45th president could've thrown back in his face. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
November 15, 2017
Wolves Are Smarter Than Dogs?
A new study put dogs and wolves head to head in the intelligence department. Guess which species won? Find out on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
November 14, 2017
What can we learn about ourselves from epic space missions?
Now that Cassini has met its end by plunging into Saturn, it's time to reflect on what we've learned over the decades. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
November 13, 2017
Less people are killed by lightning every year
In the 1940s and '50s, lightning strikes killed hundreds of Americans each year. Now, that number's dropped to only a few dozen. What's changed? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
November 10, 2017
Why Do Balloons Stick To Our Hair?
It's a hair-raising experience. BrainStuff explains the secrets of static electricity. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
November 9, 2017
Neanderthals Used Glue
Neanderthals distilled tar more than 100,000 years before modern humans created glue; archaeologists compared three potential ways this ancient tech was used. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
November 8, 2017
Getting a Doctorate Can Affect Your Mental Health
A new study shows doctoral programs can incite some serious psychiatric problems. Learn how getting a Ph.D. affects mental health on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
November 1, 2017
Why is the Caspian Sea Evaporating?
The largest lake in the world is gradually shrinking thanks to a changing climate, and beach towns could become landlocked. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
October 31, 2017
There Was a Brutal Prehistoric "Hell Ant"
Instead of a mouth, the hell ant had blades and a metal horn. Learn more about this prehistoric creature on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
October 31, 2017
Which Computer Keys Wear Out First?
As casual computer users shift to touchscreens, wear patterns on computer keyboards have evolved, affecting suppliers of replacement letters. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
October 30, 2017
Ruined City Under Tunisia's Waters
Archaeologists discovered what they believe to be ruins of the Roman city of Neapolis — underwater near Tunisia. Find out more on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
October 30, 2017
What Do Hurricane Categories Mean?
Hurricanes are the strongest storms on the planet. Learn more about how we categorize them from BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
October 27, 2017
Why Is a Brain-Shaped Blob In Canada?
The magnificent bryozoan is a colonial organism that lives in warm ponds and lakes usually east of the Mississippi River. So what's it doing in western Canada? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
October 27, 2017
What's the Best Way To Park?
Do people who back their cars into parking spaces slow down the flow? Or are they the smartest in the lot? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
October 26, 2017
Orange Peels Can Revive Landscapes
Decades after a company dumped truckloads of orange peels onto a degraded plot of land, the pasture is flourishing. Learn more on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
October 26, 2017
Voyager 1 is Traveling Through Interstellar Space
NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is celebrating its 40th year in space this year. Learn more about its journey on this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
October 25, 2017
How Do Researchers Preserve Smells?
Scents affect how we experience different culures and places, and researchers believe they have historical value. So, how are we preserving them? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
October 24, 2017
How Did Plesiosaurs Use Their Flippers to Swim?
A recent study suggests that these aquatic reptiles used all of their flippers to move efficiently underwater. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
October 23, 2017
The Mysteries Behind Abandoned Ships
Have you ever heard about ships that wash up on shores under strange circumstances and without a crew? Learn about abandoned ships on this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
October 20, 2017
Floating Fire Ant Rafts Are Both Dangerous and Cool
Learn about the dangers of floating fire ant colony rafts on this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
October 19, 2017
Why Did The T. Rex Have Tiny Little Arms?
Tyrannosaurus rex was a giant predator that roamed the earth, so why did it have such tiny arms? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
October 18, 2017
Is Not Having A Job Better Than A Bad Job?
Unemployment has negative health effects, but having a bad job can cause stress that's detrimental to well-being. Learn more in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
October 17, 2017
Do We Need Treatment Centers For Internet Addiction?
Internet addiction is classified as an epidemic in some Asian countries, but not in the U.S. This episode of BrainStuff looks at internet addiction treatment centers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
October 16, 2017
How Did a Dinosaur Killing Asteroid Change The Environment?
A new model describes in more detail how the Chicxulub asteroid affected our planet, from dropping temperatures to pausing photosynthesis, with soot playing an integral part. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
October 13, 2017
When Can You Use The Emergency Lane?
That driver who uses the highway shoulder in bad traffic could face penalties. Learn when driving in the emergency lane is legal in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
October 12, 2017
Do People Walk In Predictable Paths?
What guides the direction a person chooses to move? Learn about what habit and handedness have to do with it in this BrainStuff episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
October 11, 2017
How 'Fido' Became The Name For A Dog
Why is Fido shorthand for a friendly dog? Learn more about the origins of the dog name Fido in this BrainStuff episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
October 10, 2017
How Did The Grandfather Clock Get Its Name?
In this episode, we’ll look at the history behind how the grandfather clock got its name — and it's probably not what you expect. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
October 9, 2017
When is it Safe to Eat Raw Oysters?
In this episode, BrainStuff looks at if there's any truth behind the old wives' tale that you can't eat oysters in months without the letter 'R.' Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
October 4, 2017
How Gut Bacteria Could Become Your Next Sports Drink
Do microbes inside our body have their own circadian rhythms? Learn more about the gut microbiome and circadian rhythms in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
October 2, 2017
Einstein's Right Again
Astronomers have detected hints of Einstein's general relativity in the Milky Way's supermassive black hole. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
September 27, 2017
Defining Personal Space
How close is too close? In this episode, BrainStuff looks at personal space around the world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
September 25, 2017
Swift Lizard Evolution
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4 min
September 20, 2017
Should You Eat A 106-Year-Old Fruitcake?
What relics of South Pole expeditions have turned up? Learn more about Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic fruitcake in this BrainStuff episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
September 18, 2017
Why Goldfish Make Their Own Alcohol
How do goldfish survive in icy lakes and your poorly cleaned aquarium? Learn more about goldfish and alcohol on this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
September 13, 2017
Separating Ninja Facts From Ninja Fiction
A new ninja research center opened in Japan. This episode looks at the myth of the ninja and what the research center hopes to solve and study. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
September 11, 2017
Can NASA Hit An Asteroid with a DART?
In 2022, NASA is planning on ramming a spacecraft into an asteroid to knock it off course. Learn more about the DART mission on this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
September 6, 2017
Millennials Buy Homes For Their Dogs
Millennials are buying real estate, but not for reasons you'd expect. A third of them say they bought their house for their dog. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
September 5, 2017
How Many People Take and Misuse Prescription Opioids?
For the first time in our history, more adults are dying from overdoses than from car accidents or gun violence. New statistics shine a light on the reasons behind the tragic trend. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
August 30, 2017
Why Is Friday the 13th Considered Unlucky?
In countries like the United States, people have a superstitious fear of one particular date: Friday the 13th. But why? In this episode, Christian discusses the two main fears that have fueled the Friday the 13th superstitions, as well as their origins. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
August 28, 2017
Why Do We Have Eyebrows?
Eyebrows are prominent human features, but what purpose do they serve? Scientists think they help keep stuff out of our eyes and aid in nonverbal communication, among other things. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
August 23, 2017
Why Can't We Breathe Underwater?
Water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen, so why aren't we able to breathe underwater? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
August 21, 2017
Is Chocolate Poisonous To Dogs?
Under the right conditions, chocolate can indeed be deadly for dogs. Tune in to learn more about the compound in chocolate that makes it dangerous for dogs (and how much is too much) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
August 16, 2017
Why Are There 60 Minutes In An Hour Instead of 100?
Do clocks really follow a system inherited from ancient Sumeria? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
August 14, 2017
Why is Dry Ice Dangerous?
Dry ice is different from regular ice in several ways. Find out what makes dry ice so unique, along with why it can be dangerous, on this week's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
August 9, 2017
Is Dry Cleaning Actually Wet?
Spoiler Alert: No, dry cleaning isn't dry. Instead, it uses a petroleum solvent in place of water. Learn more about dry cleaning in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
August 7, 2017
Why Is It Painful To Bite Aluminum Foil?
When (dental) metal in your mouth comes in contact with aluminum foil, your teeth get a painful shock from the electricity produced. Christian Sager explains how the voltaic effect plays out in your mouth in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
August 2, 2017
Are Some People Immune To Mosquitoes?
Ugh. Mosquitoes, right? They’re the worst. They pester everyone… or do they? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
August 1, 2017
What are Sea Monkeys?
Sea Monkeys are a type of brine shrimp. These shrimp create remarkably resilient eggs called cysts. Check out this BrainStuff episode and learn more about the secret behind Sea Monkeys. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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2 min
July 26, 2017
What's the Best Place To Sit In A Movie Theater?
When it comes to where you should sit in a movie theater to get the best experience, it's mostly a matter of preference. Except when it comes to sound. Find out why -- and where you should sit -- in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
July 24, 2017
What is the Birthday Paradox?
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. Tune in to learn what the Birthday Paradox is and how it works. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
July 20, 2017
How Fuel Efficient Is An Airplane?
How much fuel does a 747 need to complete an international flight? How efficient are these aircraft? Join Christian as he asks how much fuel an international flight actually uses. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
July 17, 2017
Why Are You Farting?
Sure, flatulence is embarrassing. But why do we do it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
July 12, 2017
Where Do Bullets Go When Fired Into The Air?
When people fire guns into the air in a celebratory manner, those bullets have to go somewhere. Find out how high fired bullets can go -- and why they can be dangerous -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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2 min
July 10, 2017
Can Water Go Bad?
Many people store water for emergencies -- but is it true that water sitting for too long will go bad? Listen in as Christian explains it for you. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
July 5, 2017
Why Do People Talk Weird in Old Movies?
It’s not quite British, and it’s not quite American – so what gives? Why do all those actors of yesteryear have such a distinct and strange accent? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
July 3, 2017
Why is Blood Red?
Blood is always red... even when it's inside your body. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
June 28, 2017
How Does Anxiety Work?
Anxiety is a normal, healthy response for the human body. But when it interferes with daily life it can become a disorder. We investigate anxiety's symptoms and biochemistry to learn how it can become irrational... and how you treat it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
June 26, 2017
Can Animals Predict Natural Disasters?
Do animals have a sixth sense that can detect earthquakes and tsunamis? Or do they just make better use of their other senses than humans? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
June 21, 2017
Why Don't All Skeletons Become Fossils?
Skeletons of ancient animals sometimes become fossilized. But if this happened to every animal that ever lived, wouldn’t we be swimming in a sea of fossils right now? BrainStuff explains why only a fraction of animal bones turn into fossils. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
June 19, 2017
Does TV Resolution Matter?
You’ve heard all the hype about high-definition TV, ultra-high definition and more. But does this mad race to jam more pixels on a screen actually matter? Tune in to learn more about the human eye and digital resolution. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
June 14, 2017
What's The Most Expensive Book In The World?
Sometimes super-wealthy people like to spend millions on a single book. Which one cost the most? Hint: It’s about water and it's written backwards. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
June 12, 2017
How Will You Most Likely Die?
Death is the most mysterious and inevitable part of the human experience. But how will we go? Christian takes a closer look at the most common causes of death across the globe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
June 8, 2017
Did the Brontosaurus Exist?
The Brontosaurus technically hasn't existed in the living/breathing sense of the word for 150 million years. But did it ever exist? Was this iconic dinosaur the result of misclassification? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
June 5, 2017
Why is Bird Poop White?
Bird poop: It’s the bane of cars, statues, awnings and occasional hapless pedestrians across the world. But what is this stuff anyway? Why does it look so unnatural? Why is it white? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
May 31, 2017
Can Your Eyes Pop Out Of Your Head When You Sneeze?
You’ve heard that if you can keep your eyes open during a sneeze, you’ll be rewarded with the sensation of both eyeballs popping out of their sockets. Is that true? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
May 29, 2017
How Crowds Can Kill You
People mean well, but in high-density situations we begin to risk our safety. Learn how a crowd can turn into a deadly disaster. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
May 24, 2017
How Does Agoraphobia Work?
Agoraphobia is a complicated and difficult psychological condition that is easily misunderstood. Learn about life with agoraphobia in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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8 min
May 22, 2017
How Do Fire Extinguishers Work?
Fire extinguishers are nearly ubiquitous, and they can be an invaluable, life-saving device. But what’s inside those little red cylinders, and how does it stop a fire? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
May 17, 2017
Do Juice Cleanses Work?
Juice cleanses are all the rage. But do they actually provide any health benefits? Christian explains. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
May 15, 2017
What Is The Dwarf Planet Ceres?
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5 min
May 10, 2017
Why Does Coffee Make You Have To Poop?
Christian explains why coffee makes many people have to go to the bathroom. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
May 8, 2017
How Does The Placebo Effect Work?
A placebo is a phony drug used to test the efficacy of real drugs in clinical trials… but here’s the weird part. Sometimes, placebos can make patients better. How? Why? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
May 3, 2017
How Do Antiperspirants Work?
Every day, millions of people safeguard themselves against excessive sweat with a quick roll of antiperspirant. But what does this stuff do, exactly? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
May 1, 2017
Can You Reach The End of a Rainbow?
The end of the rainbow may be the best place to raid a leprechaun stash, but it proves a strangely difficult destination to reach. Christian explains why you can’t get there, and why there really isn’t even a a “there” there. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
April 26, 2017
Why Are Some People Afraid of Clowns?
Clowns are usually brightly-colored, goofy, raucous characters designed to be the life of any party. However, it’s no secret that they’re not universally adored. In fact, some people find clowns downright frightening. But why? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
April 24, 2017
Is a "Dog Year" Really 7 Years?
You may have heard that dogs age differently than humans. But is it true? Get the facts on your pooch without having that ever-awkward “so… how old are you really?” conversation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
April 19, 2017
How Does Jet Lag Work?
Yeah, your sleeping pattern gets screwy when you fly to different time zones. But what are the symptoms of jet lag? What causes it? And how can you remedy it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
April 17, 2017
Why Does The Shower Get Hot When The Toilet Is Flushed?
Were you burned the last time someone flushed the toilet while you were showering? It's a simple plumbing fix. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
April 12, 2017
How Do You Find Water In The Wild?
In case you ever get stranded in the wild without an obvious source of fresh water, here are a few things you can do to collect some. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
April 10, 2017
What Are Eye Boogers?
The gunk builds up at the inner corners of our eyes is residue of the stuff the coats and protects our eyeballs all the time. Learn what it’s made of and why it turns to sand overnight. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
April 5, 2017
Why Do We Get Morning Breath?
Every morning we wake up with bad breath. What does bacteria and a lack of saliva have to do with it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
April 3, 2017
Do Animals Laugh?
It’s no secret that some animal species are highly intelligent – but do they also “get” jokes? Can they laugh? Are laughter and intelligence even related? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
March 29, 2017
How Much Does It Cost To Run For President?
There’s a big difference between running for President and actually winning the election. So how much money will you need to have a decent shot at being Commander-in-Chief? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
March 27, 2017
Can I See the Stuff Astronauts Left On the Moon?
Astronauts left over a hundred items on the moon's surface. But are today's telescopes powerful enough to see what's there? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
March 22, 2017
What Would Space Do To The Human Body?
Space without a suit? You’ll probably die from the lack of pressure in a vacuum. But other extreme hazards won’t help either. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
March 20, 2017
Does "Power Dressing" Actually Work?
Dressing up to feel powerful may have been a fashion fad of the 1980s, but do we still think differently if we wear formal clothes? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
March 15, 2017
How Dirty Is Soap?
It’s good hygiene to wash your hands after touching shared bathroom surfaces. But bars of soap are a shared surface. Does soap really help get you clean? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
March 13, 2017
How Does Hair Dye Work?
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 with Christian Sager. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
March 8, 2017
How Do Tattoo Machines Work?
Tattoo machines (sometimes called guns) haven’t changed much since the 1890s because they’re such elegant devices. Tune in to learn how the most common types work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
March 6, 2017
Could Alien Life Exist?
What makes a planet ideal for sustaining life? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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9 min
March 1, 2017
Does the Human Body Really Replace Itself Every 7 Years?
The short answer is “no.” Tune in to learn how long it really takes, plus how nuclear weapons led scientists to the solution. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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3 min
February 27, 2017
Are Plants Conscious?
Scientists have found evidence that plants have senses, memories, and can even communicate with each other. But does this mean they're conscious? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
February 22, 2017
Why Are There So Many Different Kinds of Milk?
Christian explains the difference between common types of milk, looking at calories, fat and the rest of their composition. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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8 min
February 20, 2017
What Happens When You Get Ringing In Your Ears?
Tinnitus is what makes your ears ring after a loud noise. And it's really annoying. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
February 15, 2017
Why Do We Get Brain Freeze?
We all know what an ice cream headache feels like. Christian's here to explain why they happen. It involves temperature (duh), nerves and lots of blood. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
February 13, 2017
What is Synesthesia?
It’s true – some people hear colors, or taste words. But what produces synesthesia? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
February 8, 2017
Why Is It So Difficult To Chug A Gallon of Milk?
It's one of the strangest - and potentially grossest - challenges out there. But what happens when you drink milk? Why does it make you throw up? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
February 7, 2017
How Does Vocal Fry Work?
You’ve probably heard people complaining about vocal fry, and you’ve certainly heard it used in conversation, but what causes it? Christian explains the science of fry and creak in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
February 1, 2017
How Does Aspirin Work?
How does aspirin target your pain? The plants that aspirin were derived from have been used as medicine for about 6000 years, we finally discovered how it works in 1971, and Christian explains it to you now. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
January 30, 2017
How Long Would It Take To Walk Around The World?
Christian explains what goes into calculating how long it would take to traverse the globe on foot, and tells us about some intrepid explorers who've tried to do it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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7 min
January 25, 2017
How Does Déjà vu Work?
Ever gotten the strange feeling that you’re repeating an experience? Researchers have over 40 theories about what’s going on in the brain during déjà vu, and Christian is here to explain the most popular ones. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
January 23, 2017
How Does Crooke's Radiometer Work?
Christian explains the science behind this seemingly magical gizmo. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
January 18, 2017
What the Heck is GDP?
GDP, GNP – what does it all mean? Jonathan explains what economists mean when they bring up these common economic indicators. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
January 16, 2017
What Determines Your Hair Color?
There's a lot of natural variation in the color of human hair. What's the physical explanation for the difference? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
January 11, 2017
Why Is Bacon Considered A Breakfast Food?
Sure, everyone knows that bacon and eggs are a traditional breakfast - but why? Listen in to learn how Freud's nephew invented PR and changed the way America eats breakfast. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
January 9, 2017
What Are Brain Orgasms And ASMR Whisperers?
Christian delves into the euphoric sensations of the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) and reveals what triggers it and how science has responded so far. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
January 5, 2017
The Way We Think About Sugar Is Going To Change
The FDA recently changed their Nutrition Facts label to include added sugars. But why? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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8 min
January 2, 2017
How Do Erasers Erase?
Erasers lift our mistakes right off the page, but it's not magic - it's the microscopic physics of stickiness. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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4 min
December 28, 2016
Why Do Some People Faint At The Sight of Blood?
Christian explains the science of why people faint at the sight of blood. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
December 26, 2016
Do Crosswalk and "Close Door" Buttons Really Do Anything?
Are the buttons we push to cross streets, close elevator doors, and nudge the office thermostat really connected to anything? Some aren’t! Learn how these placebo buttons (don’t) work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
December 21, 2016
How Is An Autopsy Performed?
When you need someone to exam a corpse to determine a cause of death, how do they conduct the autopsy? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
December 19, 2016
Why Do Helicopter Blades Look Weird On Video?
Helicopter blades and other fast spinning objects often produce strange effects on camera. Christian explains why. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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6 min
December 14, 2016
What Is American Cheese Really Made Of?
Processed American cheese is super cheap, consistent, shelf-stable, and orange. Christian explains how this science cheese is made. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
December 12, 2016
Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads?
Is this adorable behavior rooted in sensory necessity or purposeful gesticulation? We explore what may be the cutest research ever. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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5 min
December 7, 2016
Why Do So Many Price Tags End in .99?
It’s very common