BrainStuff

BrainStuff

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

Episodes

BrainStuff Classics: How Did the Grandfather Clock Get Its Name?

What we now call grandfather clocks were around for a long time before they got that name. Learn how a pop song renamed them -- and a few legends that may have inspired the song -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/07/205m 11s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Did the T. Rex Have Such Tiny Arms?

The Tyrannosaurus rex was a giant predator, but its arms weren't much bigger than a human being's. Learn a few hypotheses about T. rex's arms in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
04/07/205m 17s

Will the Fires That Made Centralia a Ghost Town Ever Go Out?

Coal fires have burned beneath this Pennsylvania town for decades, driving away inhabitants with continual smoke, ash, and cave-ins. Learn how coal-seam fires work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
03/07/208m 23s

Why Is Real Vanilla So Expensive?

Real vanilla is much more expensive than synthetic vanilla. Learn about the delicate orchid that vanilla comes from and why most vanilla flavoring is synthetic in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
02/07/207m 33s

Why Isn't Washington, D.C. a State?

A new bill aims to make Washington, D.C. the U.S.'s 51st state -- but why wasn't it created as a state to begin with, and why have similar bills failed in the past? Learn the history of the District of Columbia in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
01/07/2011m 27s

Why Does the Hellbender Salamander Need Our Help?

The hellbender salamander isn't nearly as scary as it sounds. Learn why they're mostly harmless -- and some of their populations are in danger -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
30/06/205m 7s

How Does the 'Streisand Effect' Make Cover-ups Go Viral?

The 'Streisand Effect' is when some powerful entity tries to repress information, but winds up publicizing it instead. Learn the history of the term and how the effect works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
29/06/208m 47s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Get Bags Under Our Eyes?

All humans eventually develop bags under our eyes -- but why? Learn how it happens -- and about some inexpensive, unobtrusive home remedies -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff.​ Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
28/06/206m 55s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do People Talk Weird in Old Movies?

There's a distinct accent of yesteryear that's not quite British, and not quite American – so what gives? Learn about the Transatlantic accent, or Mid-Atlantic accent, in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
27/06/204m 48s

What Was the Tulsa Race Massacre?

The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 is the worst incident of interracial violence in U.S. history, yet it wasn't discussed for decades, and historians are still unearthing its details. Learn why, and what we do know about it, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
26/06/208m 26s

Why Is Carmine, a Dye Made from Bugs, So Popular?

Carmine is a vibrant, long-lasting red dye that's extracted from crushed cochineal insects. Learn about the intriguing history and modern use of carmine in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/06/206m 5s

How Many Continents Are There?

Nailing down what makes a continent a continent is a surprisingly tricky business. Learn more about how we humans have defined landmasses, past and present, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
24/06/205m 49s

Why Was a Doctor Once Ridiculed for Recommending Hand Washing?

Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis asked fellow 19th-century doctors to wash their hands between conducting autopsies and delivering babies -- and was ridiculed for it. Learn how he and other sanitation pioneers helped save lives anyway in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/06/2010m 29s

What Is Commensalism?

In commensal biological relationships, one organism benefits from another's work without harming (or, often, even alerting) the worker organism. Learn more about commensalism in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/06/205m 39s

BrainStuff Classics: Is Dry Cleaning Actually Wet?

Spoiler Alert: Yep, dry cleaning isn't dry. Instead, it uses a petroleum solvent in place of water. Learn more about dry cleaning in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
21/06/203m 49s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Can't We Breathe Underwater?

Water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen, but in a form that we can't breathe. Learn more about how water works in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
20/06/204m 56s

How Did Juneteenth Get Started?

Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating Black American independence and commemorating the ongoing struggle for equality. Learn the history of Juneteenth in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/06/207m 35s

Can You Train Yourself to Become Ambidexterous?

Preference for using one hand over the other is both genetic and learned during childhood -- but can we change that later in life? Learn about how handedness and ambidexterity work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
18/06/207m 42s

What Is Intersectionality?

Though it started as an obscure legal term, intersectionality has become the matter of some debate. Learn what it means and how it can help everyone out in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/06/2010m 6s

How Do Roly-Poly Bugs Work?

These small, grey garden critters go by many names and are more helpful than you might think. Learn about roly-poly 'bugs' (they're actually land crustaceans!) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
16/06/204m 7s

What Would It Take to Postpone a Presidential Election?

The United States has never postponed a presidential election. Learn why it would be extremely difficult to do so in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
15/06/207m 25s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Have Eyebrows?

What are eyebrows really good for, evolutionarily speaking -- and what would we look like if we hadn't developed them? Learn about eyebrows, sweat, and nonverbal communication in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/06/203m 39s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Are There 60 Minutes In An Hour Instead of 100?

Lots of human mathematics are based around multiples of the number 10 -- so why do we measure time in multiples of 12? Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
13/06/204m 42s

What Were Jim Crow Laws?

The term 'Jim Crow laws' refers to laws enacted after the U.S. Civil War to prevent emancipated slaves and other people of color from accessing their full rights as citizens. Learn the history of the term and how these laws affected society in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
12/06/2011m 7s

When Has a Single Vote Decided an Election?

Voting is an incredibly important way to make your voice heard, but it's very rare for a candidate to win or lose by just one vote. Learn how rare -- and about a few times that it's happened -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
11/06/208m 11s

How Were Squeaky Floors Used for Security?

In Japan during the 1600s, some wealthy households installed purposefully squeaky floors as an alarm system. Learn how nightingale floors work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
10/06/203m 56s

Can a Star Survive a Black Hole Encounter?

In the long run, a black hole will consume any star that crosses its path -- but researchers have found one that should hang on for a few trillion years. Learn more about it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
09/06/204m 33s

Why Is Tear Gas Especially Dangerous During COVID-19?

Police use of tear gas at protests is controversial to begin with because it's so harmful, but these weapons may also help spread the novel coronavirus. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
08/06/207m 51s

BrainStuff Classics: What Is Russia's 'Dead Hand'?

We’ve all seen movies with supervillains building catastrophic Doomsday devices – but one exists in the real world, too. In this classic episode, learn how the Cold War led to the most dangerous nuclear system in history: Russia’s 'Dead Hand' Perimeter system. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
07/06/206m 59s

BrainStuff Classics: Does TV Resolution Matter?

There's a lot of hype about high-definition TV, ultra-high definition, and beyond. But does this race to jam more pixels into screens actually matter? Learn more about the human eye and digital resolution in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
06/06/206m 29s

Is It Safe to Swim During the COVID-19 Outbreak?

As public spaces begin to open, safety measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 are more important than ever. So how could a public pool or beach be safe? Learn about the CDC's recommendations in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/06/204m 17s

How Did the Mason-Dixon Line Come to Divide the North from the South?

The Mason-Dixon Line started as a tax-related land survey -- so how it come to stand as the barrier between slave states and free states during the Civil War? Learn the history of Mason and Dixon -- and how they contributed to science -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/06/206m 48s

How Many Americans Know Someone in Jail or Prison?

A study found that nearly half of all U.S. citizens have an immediate family member who's been incarcerated for at least one night. Learn how the numbers break down in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/06/204m 15s

How Was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Perceived During His Time?

Many myths about the Civil Rights movement have arisen in the past few decades, including the idea that MLK was always considered an American hero. Learn how public opinion was divided, and how that changed over time, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/06/207m 26s

What Is the World's Most Dangerous Tree?

The tropical manchineel tree bears apple-like fruit, but eating it -- or just touching its leaves or bark -- can cause a world of hurt. Learn about the 'apple of death' in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
01/06/204m 24s

BrainStuff Classics: What's the Most Expensive Book in the World?

Book collectors may spend thousands on signed copies or rare editions, but the biggest price tag in book-buying history was in the millions. Learn why the world's priciest book is essentially a treatise on plumbing in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
31/05/205m 21s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Is Our Blood Red?

Human blood is red -- yes, even when it's in your body. Learn why -- and why your veins appear blue through your skin -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
30/05/204m 19s

If You BBC Someone on an Email, Can Other Recipients Find Out?

Email systems are designed to keep BCC recipients hidden, but mistakes -- and attacks -- can happen. Learn about CCing, BCCing, etiquette, and email security in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
29/05/207m 12s

Can the Wind Knock You Off Your Feet?

There are indeed gusts of wind strong enough to knock a person off their feet, but for most of us, it'd take a lot of wind. Learn more about how wind works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
28/05/204m 37s

Is Shangri-La A Real Place?

Shangri-La began as a work of fiction, but it's loosely based in Buddhist mythology and has borne a couple namesakes in the real world. Learn about Shangri-La in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
27/05/206m 19s

What Is NASA's Odor Panel?

NASA tests everything it sends into space for a lot of things -- including stinkiness. Learn who NASA's odor volunteers are and what they do in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
26/05/207m 13s

Why Do We Observe Memorial Day?

Since the Civil War, Americans have taken a day in late May to honor fallen soldiers. Learn two theories on how this tradition began in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/05/205m 33s

BrainStuff Classics: How Can You Fix the Shower Going Hot When a Toilet Flushes?

If you've ever gotten a hot shock from someone flushing a toilet while you were taking a shower, there's an easy fix for that. Learn why it happens and how to fix it in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
24/05/204m 38s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Can Helicopter Blades Look Weird on Video?

Depending on the camera settings and recording technology used to film helicopters, the blades can appear to bend, fragment, stand still, or move backwards. Learn why in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/05/206m 54s

Who Was Karl Marx, and What Were His Philosophies?

Karl Marx was one of the most influential (and, ultimately, destructive) thinkers in history. Learn about his life, what he wrote, and why his ideas are still worthwhile in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/05/2010m 20s

How Does Uranus Work?

The eighth planet in our solar system is fairly mysterious: Why is it tilted on its side? Why is it so much colder than similar planet? Learn what we know -- and what we don't know -- about Uranus in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
21/05/208m 17s

How Do Cuttlefish Work?

Cuttlefish are clever cephalopods that communicate with color. Learn the basics about cuttlefish in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
20/05/206m 59s

How Did a Court Case End Japanese Internment?

Together, Mitsuye Endo and James C. Purcell -- a Japanese-American woman and her lawyer -- brought down Executive Order 9066, which interred Japanese Americans during WWII. Learn about the order and its demise in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/05/209m 7s

How Do Chia Pets Work?

From an uncertain start to an empire of kitsch, Chia Pets have become an American icon. Learn the history behind the trend in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
18/05/206m 25s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Can't You Tickle Yourself?

It’s almost impossible to trick your brain in order to tickle yourself. Learn why, and how tickling works to begin with, in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/05/205m 4s

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Anxiety Work?

Anxiety is a normal, healthy response in the human body, but when it interferes with daily life it can become a disorder. Learn about anxiety's symptoms and biochemistry -- and how you treat it -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff.. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
16/05/205m 55s

What Are Antibodies, and Why Are We Testing for Them?

Antibodies are an important part of our immune system's toolkit in identifying and fighting infections. Learn how they work -- and what antibody tests can tell us -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
15/05/208m 1s

What Is NASA's Astronaut Beach House?

Yes, NASA has a beach house, and yes, it's the setting for some fabulous stories. Learn the history of the the Kennedy Space Center Beach House and Conference Center in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/05/207m 27s

What Were African American Spirituals, and What's Their Musical Legacy?

African American folk spirituals were participatory music meant not just to comfort but to convey messages among enslaved people. Learn how historians think they worked -- and how they influenced modern music -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
13/05/208m 11s

Why Do Birds Mob?

If you've ever heard a group of birds cawing their little lungs out for minutes on end, you may have heard a bird mob. Learn how bird mobs work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
12/05/205m 6s

What Were Samurai and Ninja Really Like?

Tales of honorable samurai and unscrupulous ninja abound, but are these legends based in reality? (Spoiler alert: uh, sorta.) Learn about the real history of samurai and how the stories came about in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
11/05/209m 5s

BrainStuff Classics: Can Your Eyes Pop Out Of Your Head When You Sneeze?

You may have heard that if you keep your eyes open during a sneeze, they could pop out of their sockets -- but is that true? Learn the science of how your eyes stay in your head -- and why they can pop out -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
10/05/206m 16s

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Night Vision Work?

Sure, night vision looks cool in the movies - but what is it, exactly? Learn how can a scope or a pair of goggles help you see in near-absolute darkness in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
09/05/204m 33s

What Are The World's Biggest, Baddest Jigsaw Puzzles?

The largest jigsaw puzzles in the world have hundreds of thousands of pieces, but the hardest have less than a dozen. Learn about record-breaking jigsaw puzzles -- including the first one in history -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
08/05/207m 44s

How Can You Keep Your Car in Shape During Shelter-in-Place

Motor vehicles need to be driven to keep them in working order. Learn how just 20 minutes a week can help, plus other tips for maintenance, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
07/05/205m 2s

Could We Be Entering an Era of Commercialized Space Exploration?

NASA has announced the first launch of American astronauts from U.S. soil in almost a decade -- and it will be on a privately developed spacecraft. Learn about the mission and what it could mean in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
06/05/208m 6s

Introducing: Flashback - Isaac Newton’s ‘Year of Wonders’

Each of us handles social distancing in our own way. Some are doing virtual yoga classes. Others are turning to art. And then there are those truly rare birds... like Sir Issac Newton. He once turned his time in quarantine into an opportunity to change the way we understand the world around us. Learn about history’s unintended consequences on Flashback, a new podcast from OZY and iHeart Radio Podcast Network. Find out how some of the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong or prove unexpectedly magnificent.   Subscribe wherever you get your podcast! megaphone.link/flashbackhuc Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
06/05/204m 11s

Why Is Plankton Our Tiniest Unsung Hero?

Plankton can barely be seen with the naked eye, but they're responsible for the air we breathe and the energy we use. Learn more about these tiny aquatic organisms in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/05/206m 50s

What Was New England's Vampire Panic?

In the late 17- and early 1800s, rumors of vampires ran rampant through New England. Learn what happened (and why tuberculosis was to blame) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
04/05/207m 49s

BrainStuff Classics: Are Some People Immune to Mosquitoes?

Some people seem to attract tons of mosquito bites -- others, none at all. Learn what factors attract more mosquitoes -- and why they 'bite' us in the first place -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
03/05/207m 44s

BrainStuff Classics: 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 what research has found in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
02/05/205m 36s

Why Was the Mad Hatter Mad?

Long before Lewis Carroll wrote 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,' hatters had a reputation for health issues -- mental and physical. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
01/05/204m 53s

Is the Tasmanian Tiger Really Extinct?

This Australian marsupial has officially been deemed extinct since 1936, but reports of sightings continue to this day. Learn about the uncertain existence of the thylacine in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
30/04/208m 29s

How Did Emmett Till's Murder Shake the U.S.?

Although thousands of lynchings were committed after the American Civil War, Emmett Till's shook America's conscience and became a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
29/04/208m 2s

Why Do Pistachios' Color Depend on the Iran Hostage Crisis?

Before the late 1970s, almost all pistachios found in the U.S. were dyed bright red. Learn why -- and why a famous diplomatic standoff changed that -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
28/04/204m 59s

How Does Neptune Work?

This distant blue ice giant boasts incredible winds, storms, and moons. Learn why the coldest planet is so cool in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
27/04/208m 14s

BrainStuff Classics: 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
26/04/209m 4s

Introducing: Here's Something Good

Each day we aspire to bring you the good news. Because there is good happening in the world, every day, everywhere — we just need to look for it and share it. Here’s Something Good is a short daily podcast that offers inspiring stories, helpful tips and shared experiences to motivate and inspire you every day. We’re letting you in on the best advice we’ve gotten, the news that’s brightening our day, and practical insights from experts and leaders you know and some that you may not, including ordinary people making an extraordinary difference. Here’s Something Good comes to you Monday through Friday — it’s a great way to start your day on the positive side of life.  Here’s Something Good is a production of the Seneca Women Podcast Network and iHeartRadio, with support from Founding Partner P&G and Bank of America. For more information on Seneca Women, visit our website senecawomen.com and download the Seneca Women app free in the App Store. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/04/201m 6s

BrainStuff Classics: Do Juice Cleanses Actually Work?

Juice can contain good stuff, and cleansing sounds like a good thing -- but can juice cleanses deliver the results they promise? Learn about how your body uses nutrients and removes toxins in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/04/205m 2s

What Do We Get Wrong About Cleopatra?

Cleopatra is a fascinating historical figure, but a lot of stories about her were misinformation spread by her enemies. Learn what historians think the real Cleopatra was like in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
24/04/207m 58s

Why Is the Sky Blue?

It seems like a simple question, but the answer involves a combination of physics, geometry, electromagnetic radiation, and biology. Learn why we perceive the sky as blue in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
24/04/205m 52s

How Does the New York Times Crossword Puzzle Work?

For nearly 80 years, the New York Times Crossword puzzle has been an institution -- but the paper didn't even want to publish one at first. Learn the history and modern workings of the puzzle in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/04/207m 50s

Can a Cell Phone Make a Gas Pump Explode?

There's a modern myth that using your cell phone while pumping gasoline may cause a fire or explosion, but it's been debunked. Learn why (and why static electricity may have started the myth) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
21/04/204m 36s

How Is Our Food Supply Chain Changing?

Don't worry, there isn't any kind of shortage of food in the United States due to COVID-19 -- but our supply chain is changing. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
20/04/2010m 47s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Don't All Skeletons Become Fossils?

If every animal that ever lived became fossilized, we'd be swimming in seas of fossils right now. Learn why we aren't in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/04/206m 19s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Can It Be Painful To Bite Aluminum Foil?

If you've ever gotten a painful shock from biting down on a piece of aluminum foil, it's becauce dental metal in your mouth formed a type of battery with the foil. Learn how it works in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
18/04/203m 51s

How Was the Golden Gate Bridge Designed?

A bridge connecting San Francisco to the Marin Headlands was proposed 60 years before construction actually began. Learn how it finally happened (and why you shouldn't call the iconic Golden Gate Bridge 'red') in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/04/209m 22s

What's the Difference Between Turtles and Tortoises?

Tortoises are a type of turtle, but the differences among these reptiles aren't always clear. Learn more about these shelled reptiles in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
16/04/206m 31s

Why Do Stores Keep Running Out of Toilet Paper?

Of all things to run low on during a pandemic: Why toilet paper? Learn the reasons behind the perceived shortage and empty shelves in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
16/04/209m 11s

Is Glass a Liquid or a Solid?

Glass isn't a liquid, but it's not quite a normal solid, either. Learn why glass is an amorphous solid (and why old window panes have ripples) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/04/203m 50s

How Did Gregor MacGregor Swindle People into Moving to a Country that Didn't Exist?

In the early 1800s, one swindler tricked hundreds of people into investing in a nonexistent country -- and even into moving there. Learn about Gregor MacGregor's invented kingdom of Poyais in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
13/04/205m 32s

BrainStuff Classics: Does 'Power Dressing' Actually Work?

Dressing up to feel powerful may have been a fashion fad of the 1970s and '80s, but do we really think and act differently if we wear formal clothes? Learn the psychology of power dressing in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
12/04/205m 24s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Are Some People Afraid of Clowns?

Clowns are usually goofy, raucous characters designed to be the life of any party. But they’re not universally adored. Learn why some people find clowns downright frightening in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
11/04/206m 3s

Why Is American Money Used Around the World?

The American dollar has been the de facto world currency for decades. Learn why -- and what would need to happen for that to change -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
10/04/206m 52s

What's the First Nation with Totally Dark Skies?

The tiny South Pacific island nation of Niue is the first in the world to designated an International Dark Sky Place. Learn how it achieved this -- and why it's more than a title -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
09/04/204m 15s

Why Are We Still Talking About Plato After 2100 Years?

With the world changing so quickly, it may seem strange that Plato is still so often required reading in philosophy and education programs. Learn why his work has survived in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
08/04/208m 23s

Why Is One Manta Ray Neon Pink?

The reef manta rays of eastern Australia are normally black and white, but one specimen is a shocking bight pink. Learn about the manta ray nicknamed Inspector Clouseau in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
08/04/204m 15s

How Can You Safely Unpack Your Groceries Amidst COVID-19?

COVID-19 is not a foodborne illness, but to be careful, you might want to disinfect food packaging and fresh produce using a doctor-approved modified sterile technique. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
06/04/207m 51s

BrainStuff Classics: How Do Fire Extinguishers Work?

Fire extinguishers are nearly ubiquitous, and they can be invaluable, life-saving devices. Learn what’s inside those little red cylinders, and how they can stop a fire, in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/04/206m 17s

BrainStuff Classics: What the Heck is GDP?

GDP, GNP – what does it all mean? Learn what economists are saying when they bring up these common economic indicators in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
04/04/206m 47s

Why Was 'The Last Supper' the Masterpiece Leonardo da Vinci Didn't Want to Paint?

The mural 'The Last Supper' made da Vinci famous, but it wasn't what he wanted to work on at the time. Learn the history of the painting (and what historians still argue about within it) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
03/04/206m 53s

What Is Entropy?

It's OK if you're confused by the concept of entropy -- it can mean different things in different situations and disciplines. Learn about the second law of thermodynamics in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
02/04/208m 5s

How Do Ventilators Work?

When a person is having trouble breathing on their own, ventilators can help keep them alive until the underlying problem can be treated. Learn how they work and how they're being improved in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
01/04/208m 55s

How Does Ghee Work?

Ghee is a shelf-stable, nutty-flavored type of clarified butter. Learn how to make it and cook with it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
31/03/205m 57s

What Famous Places Can You Explore from Home?

Because being a globetrotter isn't always practical, many cultural sites and museums have virtual tours available online. Learn about a few of our favorites in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
30/03/206m 59s

BrainStuff Classics: Do Animals Laugh?

It’s no secret that some animal species are highly intelligent – but can they “get” jokes? Can they laugh? Are laughter and intelligence even related? Learn about animal laughter in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
29/03/204m 54s

How Will a New Solar Orbiter Teach Us About the Sun?

A recently launched spacecraft called the Solar Orbiter, or SolO, is en route to the sun to capture images from angles we've never achieved before. Learn how this will help us learn new things about our star in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
28/03/205m 0s

How Will Food Banks Meet Demand Related to COVID-19?

Food banks and pantries, community kitchens, and the like help feed millions -- but many more may need help during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Learn what these organizations are doing to keep up (and keep safe) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
27/03/208m 37s

Why Are Fruit Flies Science Superstars?

Fruit flies are pests in our kitchens but glorious in genetics labs. Learn why -- and why they're not dangerous, even if they're annoying -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
26/03/206m 8s

Can You Start Your Own Bank?

The U.S. is the only industrialized nation in the world where anyone with the funds, plan, and motivation can start their own bank. Learn how the process works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/03/206m 55s

Do You Have an Inner Monologue?

It's hard to imagine other people's inner thoughts -- but we may be just as hard-pressed to explain our own. Learn how researchers have studied inner monologues and other modes of thought in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/03/207m 53s

Why Does the U.S. Sell Soda in Liters but Milk in Gallons?

In America, many products -- including milk -- are sold in imperial ounces or gallons. But not so soda -- we often buy that in 1- or 2-liter bottles. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/03/206m 2s

Why Does Hand Washing Beat Hand Sanitizer Hands Down?

Washing your hands is way more effective than hand sanitizer at getting rid of germs because soap is scientifically amazing stuff. Learn why -- and how to use both -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/03/207m 46s

How Can Social Distancing Save Lives?

When infectious diseases have the potential to break out, keeping your distance from other people means you’re helping protect everyone -- and helps our medical system not get overwhelmed. Learn why -- and how to do it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/03/207m 10s

How Long Can Viruses Last on Surfaces?

Every virus is different, and research into the novel Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is ongoing -- but learn about how long viruses can remain infectious in the air or on surfaces in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
20/03/209m 1s

FunStuff Playlist 10: Will the Paper of the Future Be Made of 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 scientists have high hopes for poo-pyrus in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/03/203m 59s

FunStuff Playlist 01: 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
19/03/204m 29s

FunStuff Playlist 03: Do Dogs Use Facial Expressions to 'Talk' to 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
19/03/203m 29s

FunStuff Playlist 04: Do Humans and Bananas Really Share Half Their DNA?

You may have heard that people share about 50 percent of their DNA with bananas, and while there's a seed of truth to that, it's not quite right. Learn about our genetic similarity to fruit and other life forms in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/03/207m 33s

FunStuff Playlist 07: 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
19/03/204m 38s

FunStuff Playlist 06: Did Pirates Really Talk Like That?

One guy is responsible for what we think pirates sounded like. Learn how actor Robert Newton changed the world in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/03/204m 42s

FunStuff Playlist 08: 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
19/03/206m 17s

FunStuff Playlist 02: Why Are Some Words Funny?

Words like 'poop' and 'wiggle' are inherently humorous, and science may have figured out why. Learn what science has to say about why some words tickle us in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/03/207m 51s

FunStuff Playlist 09: 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
19/03/204m 53s

FunStuff Playlist 05: 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
19/03/203m 44s

Were Turtles Once the Size of Cars?

Spoiler alert: Yep. A prehistoric species of freshwater sea turtles was a hundred times heavier than its modern relatives. Learn more about this giant in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/03/203m 55s

Farts Can Be Silent, But Can They Be Deadly?

It's highly unlikely that most farts spread disease, but there is one strange case in the medical records. Learn why passing gas is almost always safe (except for our noses) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
18/03/205m 17s

Why Are Four-Leaf Clovers Considered Lucky?

Four-leaf clovers have long been held as a symbol of good fortune. Learn why they're so rare (and why Saint Patrick used three-leaf clovers in his teachings) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/03/206m 58s

Is Old Faithful Becoming Less Faithful?

The famous Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park has been changing its eruption patterns over the past few decades -- but it's still incredibly predictable. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/03/207m 34s

BrainStuff Classics: How Do Bed Bugs Work?

These insects live in your furniture, drink your blood, and stain your sheets. Learn how they thrive -- and how to get rid of them -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
15/03/205m 6s

Introducing: Personology

A psychological examination of historically significant lives. We will peak into the minds of our subject to answer, what made them tick? Uncovering the personal motivations that drove their public acts and how those acts in turn changed all our lives. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/03/202m 5s

What Is Pi?

Today is Pi Day -- a celebration of the number pi (and pies, and mathematics in general). Learn what pi is and how this holiday came about in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/03/206m 3s

Why Are We Afraid of Friday the 13th?

Many Westerners are wary of any Friday that falls on the 13th of a month for reasons rooted in pop culture and ancient theology alike. Learn how these ancient memes got started in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
13/03/207m 13s

How Does Saturn Work?

Saturn is our solar system's second-biggest planet, the most elliptical in shape, and has a stunning set of rings. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
12/03/209m 1s

Why Do Cars Have Alarms If We Ignore Them?

People who live in areas that depend on cars for transportation may be so used to car alarms that they ignore them completely -- but that doesn't mean the alarms aren't useful. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
11/03/206m 42s

What Else Did Shel Silverstein Write?

Most people know Shel Silverstein for his books of children's poetry like "Where the Sidewalk Ends," but he was a prolific writer. Learn more about Silverstein's life in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
10/03/205m 40s

What Is Coronavirus?

There's a lot of (valid, understandable) fear about novel Coronavirus in the news -- it can be deadly, but you can protect yourself and your community. Learn how -- and what Coronavirus is -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
09/03/207m 15s

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Jet Lag Work?

Our bodies are used to fairly regular patterns of sleep and wakefulness, and moving across time zones can mess that up royally. Learn why -- and what you can do to prevent it -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
08/03/207m 17s

BrainStuff Classics: Can We See the Stuff Astronauts Left on the Moon?

Astronauts have left over a hundred items on the moon's surface. Learn what telescopes are powerful enough to spot them in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
07/03/204m 12s

Do Other Animals Have Blood Types Too?

We humans have blood types that help determine what transfusions we can give and receive -- and other animals do too. Learn about cat, dog, and horse blood types, among others, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
06/03/204m 30s

Why Are Legal Pads Yellow?

Legal pads' defining characteristics all date back to the turn of the 20th century. Learn how they came about in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/03/204m 30s

How Did an Enslaved Man Help Save Colonial Boston from Smallpox?

Smallpox epidemics swept the colonies several times, but one African-American man known as Onesimus helped save Boston from the brunt of it. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
04/03/207m 29s

Is There a Best Time of Day for Making Decisions?

Everyone's brain works a little differently, but research shows that there's a time of day when most of us make decisions quickly, and another when most of us make decisions accurately. Learn when both occur in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
03/03/204m 43s

Could Sonic the Hedgehog Survive His Own Speeds?

Most hedgehog bodies are not meant for supersonic speeds, but most hedgehogs are not Sonic. Learn how Sonic's speed compares with other animals and how he might survive in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
03/03/204m 27s

BrainStuff Classics: What Would Space Do to the Human Body?

All the times a character in science fiction has gotten tossed out an airlock got us wondering: What would really happen to the human body if it were exposed to space without a protective suit? Learn what we found in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
01/03/205m 26s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Get Brain Freeze?

You're enjoying a delicious frozen treat, and then, suddenly, it hits: brain freeze! Learn why this short, stabbing pain occurs in today's classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
29/02/204m 36s

Who Put the Baby in King Cake?

King cake is a tasty part of Mardi Gras celebrations today, but the traditions behind it go way back. Learn about the history of king cake, and why many now come with a small plastic baby, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
28/02/207m 10s

Could We Turn Air Pollution Into Ink?

Air pollution can carry the same compound that we use to make ink -- so why not capture that pollution and turn it into art? Learn how an innovative technology is making it possible in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
27/02/205m 7s

What Was the First Cat in Space?

You may have heard of other animals' trips into space, but France's spacefaring cat, Félicette, has been all but lost to history. Learn about her journey in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
26/02/204m 25s

Can You Put Emoji on License Plates?

Vermont is considering a bill that would allow its drivers to add emoji to license plates -- and Queensland, Australia already has that option. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/02/204m 4s

Why Is Black History Month During February?

Black History Month helps celebrate the achievements and contextualize the experiences of black people in America, past and present. Learn the history behind it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
24/02/204m 33s

BrainStuff Classics: Is WiFi Safe?

You may have heard rumors that wireless internet is a health hazard, but, spoiler alert: It's probably just fine. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/02/205m 52s

BrainStuff Classics: How Do Car Horns Work?

Car horns are both important safety feature and an instrument of rage. Learn the physics behind the honk in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/02/204m 23s

How Did Indigo Help Start America's Slave Trade?

Crops like sugar and cotton are notoriously tied to slavery in the U.S. (and around the world), but indigo deserves infamy, too. Learn the dark history of this natural dye in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
21/02/206m 18s

What's the History of the Tooth Fairy?

Throughout history, different cultures have had all kinds of ceremonies surrounding the loss of a first baby tooth. Learn where the Tooth Fairy fits in in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
20/02/207m 34s

How Do Scientists Know What's Inside Dinosaur Eggs?

For dinosaur eggs to have survived until now, they must have fossilized -- which makes cracking them open to see what's inside a difficult prospect. Learn how researchers tackle it (and when they don't have to) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/02/206m 3s

Are Humans Built to Drink Milk as Adults?

Lactose intolerance is rare in the U.S., but worldwide it's way more common. Learn what causes this and how researchers explain the divide in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
18/02/204m 36s

What Do People Get Wrong About Rosa Parks?

Though we've all heard about how Rosa Parks' small act of resistance on a Montgomery bus sparked a boycott that spurred the civil rights movement, a lot of us get the details wrong. Learn the real story of Rosa Parks in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/02/207m 15s

BrainStuff Classics: 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. Learn what the Birthday Paradox is and how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
16/02/203m 49s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Get Morning Breath?

Our breath can smell bad for a number of reasons, but it tends to be worse first thing in the morning. Learn why in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
15/02/204m 2s

Does Chocolate Give You a Happy High?

Many humans enjoy eating chocolate -- but is it because of the taste, or because of compounds in the candy that simulate happiness in our brains? Learn about how chocolate affects us in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/02/207m 4s

Why Do Cats Knead?

Cats seem to love kneading at soft things with their front paws -- but why do they do it? Learn about this (sometimes very pointy) behavior in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
13/02/204m 4s

What Is Balut, and How Do You Eat It?

Balut is a street food delicacy found in Southeastern Asia -- and around the world. Learn about this eggy treat in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
12/02/205m 57s

Are Single-Use Plastics Really That Bad?

Single-use plastics are plastics made to be thrown away after one use. Learn why they're so damaging and how we can do better in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
11/02/207m 30s

How Did Georgia Tech's Most Famous Student Never Exist?

George P. Burdell has received several degrees, flown missions in several wars, hosted countless campus balls, and ordered countless pizzas -- but he's never technically existed. Learn about Georgia Tech's legendary student in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
10/02/208m 54s

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Crooke's Radiometer Work?

Crooke's radiometer is a device containing vanes that appear to spin because they're pushed by light itself, but that's not quite right. Learn what's really happening in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
09/02/205m 30s

BrainStuff Classics: What Is White Noise?

White noise generators are useful for masking all kinds of annoying sounds -- but what is white noise, and how does it work? Learn about white noise (and other 'colors') in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
08/02/204m 55s

How Do Wine, Cars, and Clothes Defy Economics?

With most goods and services, as their price goes up, demand goes down -- but not so with luxury items from diamonds to college educations. Learn how Veblen goods work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
08/02/207m 13s

Why Can a Mongoose Take on a Cobra?

Mongooses are small, weasely mammals that can -- and do -- kill and eat big, venomous king cobras. Learn how they manage to come out on top in this grudge match in today's episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
07/02/204m 57s

Why Are Scientists Asking Hikers to Stop Stacking Rocks?

Stacks of rocks called cairns have long been used for navigation and decoration, but scientists are now asking hikers to stop making them. Learn how simply moving rocks can be hugely destructive (even if you put them back) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/02/204m 22s

Why Do People Say 'Holy Cow'?

The phrase 'holy cow' is an example of a minced oath -- a substitute for a taboo phrase. Learn how baseball was involved in its popularity in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
04/02/204m 43s

Would King Kong Be Considered an Endangered Species?

Land animals tend to have an upper limit of size, beyond which they risk extinction. Learn why (and how King Kong is a great example of this) in today's episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
03/02/205m 34s

BrainStuff Classics: Is a 'Dog Year' Really 7 Years?

Sure, dogs age differently than humans -- but is a year for us really like seven years for them? Learn the truth about your dog's age in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
02/02/205m 3s

BrainStuff Classics: What is 'Ranch' Flavor?

Ranch is the most popular salad dressing in the United States, but what is that flavor supposed to be? Learn the history and modern make-up of ranch flavor in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
01/02/205m 14s

Are Super Bowl Ads Really Worth $30 Million?

The most expensive 30-second commercial slot in this weekend's Super Bowl sold for $5.6 million, but the total cost to make these ads is more like $30 million. Learn what kind of return on investment companies hope to make in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
31/01/206m 18s

How Did White House Press Briefings Go From Daily to Done?

Press briefings have been a regular event at the White House since the late 1800s, so why has the Trump administration cancelled them? Learn about the history behind the practice (and what's replaced them) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
30/01/206m 48s

Could Electric Motors Save Classic Cars?

Replacing vintage engines with electric motors can help keep classic cars on the road (though don't worry, we're not coming for your collector's items). Learn why companies like Jaguar and Volkswagen are leading the charge in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
29/01/206m 34s

Is There a Science to Aging Beer?

Some beers develop in interesting and pleasant ways as they age -- but it's a science experiment with a lot of variables. Learn how to embark on the art and science of aging beer in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
28/01/206m 56s

What's the Best Kind of Dog Leash?

Taking your dog out on walks is great for it (and you!), but certain kinds of leashes can help keep you both safer. Learn why an expert recommends braided leather leashes (and when they recommend harnesses) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
27/01/205m 22s

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Radiation Sickness Work?

Most of us don't have to worry about ionizing radiation -- that is, the kind of radiation that can make you sick. Learn why (and what ionizing radiation can do) in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
26/01/208m 40s

BrainStuff Classics: What Is Fracking?

You’ve heard of fracking, and you’re pretty sure lots of people don’t like it, but do you know what it really entails? Learn what goes into the fracking process in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/01/205m 27s

How Do Bengal Cats Work?

Bengal cats are a hybrid of domestic cats and a small, wild type of leopard cat. Learn how this breed began and why they're an intensive pet in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
24/01/206m 46s

What's the Difference Between Avenues, Roads, and Boulevards?

Yes, there is a difference! Roadways in the United States are given designations based on what lines them and how they connect. Learn the differences between these and other passages in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/01/204m 43s

Why Are Bananas Berries, but Strawberries Aren't?

Botanically speaking, bananas are berries and strawberries are not. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/01/204m 32s

Do Monkeys Lack the Brains or the Vocal Anatomy for Human Speech?

For a long time, scientists thought monkeys and non-human apes simply lacked the vocal anatomy for human speech, but new research indicates otherwise. Learn what was found in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
21/01/205m 48s

Are We Running Out of Cork?

There's a myth that the trees that cork comes from are endangered, but they're doing just fine. Learn how the rumors may have started in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
20/01/205m 4s

Why Is the Exclamation Point on the Rise?

The exclamation point, once scorned by most, is appearing more and more in online communication — even in professional settings. Learn the history of this punchy punctuation in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/01/207m 5s

BrainStuff Classics: How Do Microwave Ovens Work?

It may seem like magic, but microwave ovens employ the physics of the electromagnetic spectrum to heat your food. Learn how in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/01/204m 49s

BrainStuff Classics: What If the Moon Disappeared?

If the moon suddenly disappeared from existence, Earth would be missing more than just our nightlight. Learn how the moon affects the Earth in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
18/01/204m 54s

Are Pringles Really Potato Chips?

It took a series of British courts to decide whether Pringles count as potato chips (or, rather, potato crisps). Learn why -- and what they decided -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
16/01/204m 6s

Could There Be a Fifth Fundamental Force?

Scientists have been studying the four fundamental forces (gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force, and the weak force) since the 1950s, but new research indicates that there may be a fifth. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
15/01/208m 5s

What's the Difference Between Toilet Paper and Facial Tissues?

We often use the two interchangeably (especially in times of need), but toilet paper and facial tissues are composed differently. Learn why you shouldn't flush tissues in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/01/204m 34s

Could Your Next Car Say 'No' to Drunk Driving?

The technology already exists to put Breathalyzers in cars to prevent drunk driving, and some lawmakers are working towards mandating it. Learn how it might work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/01/207m 54s

BrainStuff Classics: Does Your Name Determine Your Future?

What's in a name? Research shows that your name can indeed influence your career and your behavior. Learn how in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
12/01/205m 23s

BrainStuff Classics: What Does the Tab on a Rearview Mirror Really Do?

Pushing the tab on a car's rearview mirror seems to dim the headlights of the car behind you -- but how? Learn how rearview mirrors work in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
11/01/203m 40s

How Does the Wayback Machine Work?

The internet's Wayback Machine isn't a time machine in the traditional sense, but it does archive web pages to provide a living history for users to explore. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
10/01/207m 22s

Can 'Reef DJs' Bring Fish Back to Damaged Reefs?

When fish abandon unhealthy coral reefs, the whole ecosystem can collapse -- but new research shows that playing sounds from healthy reefs can lure fish back, helping stabilize the reef. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
09/01/204m 28s

Can Hair Dyes and Straighteners Cause Cancer?

New research indicates that permanent hair dyes and hair straighteners can increase women's risk of breast cancer. Remember, cancers are caused by many genetic & environmental factors -- but learn what the researchers found in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
08/01/204m 23s

What's So American About Apple Pie?

When something or someone is particularly emblematic of the U.S., we often say they're 'as American as apple pie'. Learn the history of apple pie, plus how that phrase got started, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
07/01/205m 20s

Should School Buses Have Seat Belts?

School buses are much safer than other vehicles on the road, statistically speaking, but they'd be even safer with seat belts. Learn why they haven't traditionally had them, and how that might change, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
06/01/205m 6s

BrainStuff Classics: How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Looked Like?

Museums and movies alike feature representations of dinosaurs, but how can we reconstruct their appearance from a bunch of million-year-old fossils? Learn what we can (and can't) glean from the fossil record in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/01/204m 25s

BrainStuff Classics: What Happens When I Have A Hangover?

One unpleasant effect of drinking alcohol can be the collection of symptoms known as a hangover -- a pulsing headache, dry mouth, nausea, and more. Learn what's actually happening to your body -- and whether there's any way to fix or prevent it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
04/01/208m 3s

What's the Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder?

The two aren't interchangeable -- baking powder consists of baking soda plus other stuff. Learn how both work -- and how to make baking powder from soda -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
03/01/205m 28s

Was the Grinch Based on Dr. Seuss?

Spoiler alert: Yep, Dr. Seuss modeled the Grinch on himself. Learn how the generally joyful writer created such an infamous sourpuss in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
02/01/204m 33s

What Makes Champagne Champagne?

Champagne is a type of sparkling wine made under a particular set of rules to protect it from imitators -- but it wasn't always so prized. Learn the history and science of what goes into a bottle of bubbles in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
01/01/208m 5s

Why Do We Drop a Ball on New Year's Eve?

The tradition of dropping a ball in Times Square to mark the beginning of a new year only goes back about a century. Learn about the history -- plus four weird things that other cities drop instead -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
31/12/195m 37s

Who Created the Peace Sign (and Why)?

Though it started as a symbol of nuclear disarmament, the peace sign has grown to apply to (and be applied to) all kinds of things -- but the creator didn't mind; he'd hoped it'd take off. Learn the history of the peace sign in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
30/12/196m 16s

BrainStuff Classics: What Is Synesthesia?

It’s true – some people hear colors, or taste words. Learn how synesthesia works in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
29/12/196m 8s

BrainStuff Classics: What Determines Your Hair Color?

There's a lot of natural variation in the color of human hair. Learn the physical explanation for the difference in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
28/12/195m 0s

How Can Closing Your Door at Night Save Your Life?

We all know "stop, drop, and roll," but a new fire safety tip is equally important: "close before you doze". Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
27/12/195m 46s

What's in the Secret Apartment Atop the Eiffel Tower?

Yes, there's a secret apartment atop the Eiffel tower -- and it's filled with science! Learn how it came to be -- and how it actually saved the tower from destruction -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
26/12/194m 12s

Why Are We Dreaming of a White Christmas?

Bing Crosby and hundreds of other singers have expressed their desire to see snow on Christmas, by why? Learn the history of this popular holiday song in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/12/194m 16s

Why Does Rudolph's Nose Glow Red?

How could a reindeer have developed a glowing red nose, and how does it work? Learn the science behind Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer's distinctive feature in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
24/12/195m 35s

Why Do Men Have Nipples?

Male humans very rarely lactate, so why do they have nipples? Learn why evolution didn't edit that feature out in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/12/194m 5s

BrainStuff Classics: Did the Brontosaurus Exist?

You may have heard that the Brontosaurus never existed, but that isn't quite right. Learn how a feud between ex-friends created confusion surrounding this dinosaur in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/12/196m 6s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Some Noises Drive Me Crazy?

If the sound of gum being chewed or the crinkle of plastic fills you with inarticulate, homicidal fury (or any other inexplicable emotion), you may be experiencing misophonia. Learn how researchers think it works in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
21/12/195m 50s

Who Was Physicist Hedwig Kohn?

As a German Jewish woman who came of age around WWI, Hedwig Kohn defeated all odds against her to live a long, successful life as a physicist. Learn her story in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
20/12/194m 45s

Can Camping Help Us Sleep Better?

Our use of electric lights after dark can mess with our circadian rhythms and make it harder to get a good night's sleep. Learn how a mere weekend of camping might help you reset in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/12/193m 56s

What Is Florida's Red Tide?

You may have heard about a red tide menacing ocean beaches, but what causes it -- and can it be stopped? Learn about the algae that cause Florida's red tide in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/12/196m 16s

Why Doesn't My Sushi Come with Real Wasabi?

Outside of Japan and the fanciest restaurants, most "wasabi" served with sushi is an imitation of the real thing. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/12/194m 45s

Why Wasn't 'Groom of the Stool' a Crappy Job?

First, yes, there was once a job in royal courts called Groom of the Stool, and yes, it involved dealing with the king's poop. Learn why it was actually a covetable position in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
16/12/197m 37s

BrainStuff Classics: Are Pop Rocks Dangerous?

Did Pop Rocks really blow the door off of a delivery van? Has anyone ever died from eating this unique (and uniquely loud) candy? Learn the truth behind the rumors surrounding Pop Rocks in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
15/12/195m 20s

BrainStuff Classics: Are Humans Still Evolving?

We may not have mutant powers like the X-Men, but natural selection is still changing humanity… for the better. Learn about some of humanity's most useful modern mutations in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/12/195m 59s

When Is Moldy Food Safe to Eat?

Spoiler alert: Sometimes! Not all molds are harmful, and some are even helpful -- but it's not always OK to cut away spots of mold and eat the food it was growing on. Learn when it is in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
13/12/195m 1s

Why Does Ancient Roman Concrete Outlast Our Own?

Modern concrete crumbles when exposed to the elements, but ancient Roman concrete only gets stronger over time. Learn how this is possible -- and why we're not using their recipe -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
12/12/193m 49s

Why Do People Still Use Fax Machines?

We live in the incredible future of scanners, internet connectivity, and digital signatures -- so why do people still use fax machines? Learn why faxing perseveres in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
11/12/197m 19s

How Did a Comma Decide a Court Case?

There's no call to be pedantic, but sometimes a tiny punctuation mark can make a huge difference in meaning. Learn how the Oxford comma changed a judge's decision in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
10/12/194m 48s

Why Do Noises Other People Make Seem Louder Than Our Own?

Humans and other animals tend to tune out the noises they themselves make. Learn how and why this happens in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
10/12/195m 34s

BrainStuff Classics: How Long Would It Take To Walk Around The World?

This is a more complicated question than it seems because oceans definitely get in the way, but there are a few ways to attempt to walk around the entire globe -- and a few people who have tried. Learn about them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
08/12/197m 41s

BrainStuff Classics: Does the Human Body Really Replace Itself Every 7 Years?

Short answer: Nope! Learn how long it really takes, plus how nuclear weapons helped scientists find the answer, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
07/12/194m 26s

Why Are Macadamia Nuts So Expensive?

Macadamias are delicious and nutritious in small servings, but they're also the most expensive nuts in the world. Learn what they are and how they're grown in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
06/12/197m 49s

Why Do Bees Beard?

Honeybees can heat and cool their hives to keep the temperature comfortable. Learn about one method -- bearding -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/12/195m 3s

How Can a Sea Slug Use Solar Power?

Researchers have found a sea slug that incorporates pieces of algae cells into its body to live off of photosynthesis. Learn more about it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
04/12/194m 1s

Will There Always Be a North Star?

The star Polaris, when viewed in the Northern Hemisphere, points you almost due north. Learn how it's aided navigators for centuries, but why it won't always do so, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
03/12/196m 39s

How Did a Mad King Design Disney's Castle?

Walt Disney based Sleeping Beauty's castle -- the centerpiece of Disneyland and the Disney logo -- on a real castle in the Bavarian Alps of Germany. Learn about Neuschwanstein Castle's strange and tragic history in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
02/12/198m 29s

Do You Or Your Dishwasher Get Dishes Cleaner?

OK, this one is no contest: Your dishwasher can get dishes cleaner, but that doesn't necessarily mean that using one is healthier. Learn about the science behind the suds in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
29/11/194m 10s

How Does Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Work?

Thousands of participants and millions of viewers turn out every year for the spectacle that is the Macy's Parade. Learn its history and what goes into running it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
28/11/197m 37s

Would Turkey Be So Popular Without Thanksgiving?

Americans eat a LOT of turkey around the winter holidays, but why? Learn about turkey's festive history and when we eat the most of it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
27/11/195m 13s

BrainStuff Classics: How Dirty Is Soap?

It’s good hygiene to wash your hands after touching shared bathroom surfaces. But bars of soap are also a shared surface. Learn why soap is pretty clean in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
26/11/195m 31s

Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?

Spoiler alert: Yep, all placental mammals have belly buttons, but dogs' and cats' look a little different than ours. Learn how belly buttons work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
26/11/194m 11s

BrainStuff Classics: Are Plants Conscious?

Researchers have found evidence that plants have senses, memories, and can even communicate with each other. But does this mean they're conscious? Learn what science has to say in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
26/11/196m 43s

How Did Turducken Become a Thing?

A chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey. Yep. Learn the history of the turducken and what it takes to prepare one in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/11/196m 30s

Can Your Brain Get Tired Like Your Muscles Do?

We've all felt it: the dreaded brain drain after a long or taxing day. Learn why this occurs -- and what you can do to help prevent burnout -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/11/197m 32s

BrainStuff Classics: Why is Bird Poop White?

Bird poop: It’s the bane of cars, statues, and occasional hapless pedestrians across the world. But what is this stuff anyway? Learn about birds' amazingly efficient waste systems (and why their waste is white) in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/11/194m 32s

BrainStuff Classics: Will Soda Really Ruin My Teeth?

Soda may not dissolve teeth in 12 hours flat, but it can cause damage to your pearly whites. Learn how -- and how to avoid it without giving up your favorite drink -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
21/11/195m 20s

How Did the Ancient Land Blob Called Gondwana Become Today's Southern Continents?

Just looking at a world map makes it clear that today's continents were once a single mass, but scientists are still researching how they came together and apart. Learn about the history of the Southern Hemisphere's continents in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
21/11/197m 14s

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Sleepwalking Work?

Researchers don't entirely understand why we humans sometimes walk around (or doing any number of other things) in our sleep, but there are a few myths that they can dispell. Learn more about sleepwalking, aka somnambulism, in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
20/11/195m 24s

Why Don't Evergreen Trees Lose Their Needles?

Evergreens' needles are their leaves, so why don't they change color and drop in the fall? Learn how evergreen leaves work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
20/11/193m 47s

Do Humans and Bananas Really Share Half Their DNA?

You may have heard that people share about 50 percent of their DNA with bananas, and while there's a seed of truth to that, it's not quite right. Learn about our genetic similarity to fruit and other life forms in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/11/197m 33s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Dogs Yawn?

Dogs communicate by yawning, and it's complex to figure out what they might mean. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/11/194m 36s

BrainStuff Classic: What Creates the Northern Lights?

There are lots of misconceptions out there about what causes the stunning Aurora Borealis. Learn what's really up with the Northern Lights in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
18/11/196m 52s

How Do You Deep Fry a Turkey?

Deep frying anything is a science -- but perhaps especially a whole turkey. Learn how to do it (and why it works) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
18/11/199m 16s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do I Need a Passport to Travel?

The vast (vast!) majority of humans need a passport in order to travel internationally. Learn why -- and who doesn't -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
15/11/196m 0s

Can 'Hypoallergenic' Dogs Still Trigger Allergies?

Spoiler alert: Yes, breeds of dogs said to be hypoallergenic can still set off your allergies -- but they may be better for you than other breeds. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
15/11/196m 4s

BrainStuff Classics: Are Less Experienced People More Confident?

You may have heard about the supposed inverse relationship between confidence and knowledge -- but is it true? Learn more about the Dunning-Kruger effect in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/11/194m 53s

Could We Recycle Excess Subway Heat?

Heating homes and other human hangouts requires a huge carbon footprint -- but meanwhile, we're wasting heat every day (and sweating) in systems like subways. Learn how one project hopes to use that excess heat for the greater good in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/11/194m 9s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Is Bacon Considered a Breakfast Food?

Bacon and eggs are a traditional breakfast -- but that tradition only goes back about a century. Learn how Sigmund Freud's nephew invented public relations and changed the way we eat breakfast in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/11/194m 50s

Can We Win the War on Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are, if nothing else, admirably persistent -- they can spring back from a 90% population loss just a couple generations. Learn how hardy they are in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
13/11/194m 31s

How Do Wolverines Work?

Wolverines may not have adamantium-reinforced skeletons, but this species of weasel boasts a few superpowers of its own. Learn more about wolverines in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
12/11/196m 7s

Why Should You Stop Raking Fall Leaves?

Something has to be done with all those fall leaves, but the best option for the environment (and your lawn) isn't raking, it's mulching. Learn why, and how to get started, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
12/11/194m 7s

What's the Difference Between Hornets and Wasps?

We often use the terms 'wasp' and 'hornet' interchangeably, but that's not quite right, and knowing the difference can save you a sting. Learn about these insects in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
08/11/197m 4s

How Can a Hen Turn into a Rooster?

In cases of spontaneous sex reversal, an animal born male can become female, or vice versa, due to genetic or hormonal changes. Learn the story of how one hen became a rooster in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
07/11/196m 31s

How Could Artificial Glaciers Hydrate the Himalayas?

Farmers in the Himalayas depend on yearly snow melts to water their crops, but climate change means they're not getting enough snowfall to replenish natural glaciers. Learn how artificial glaciers are helping in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
06/11/197m 34s

What's the Science Behind Applause?

The way that applause starts and moves through a large crowd is scientifically predictable. Learn what the research shows about the influence of sound and psychology in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/11/195m 53s

Could Science Create a Better Blood Supply?

Millions of lives are saved by blood transfusions every year, but sometimes donations are in short supply. Learn how researchers are hoping to make more blood universally transferable in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
04/11/195m 57s

Introducing: History Vs. Theodore Roosevelt

In History Vs., a new podcast from Mental Floss and iHeartRadio, we’ll explore how larger-than-life historical figures faced off against their greatest foes. In this inaugural season, we’re looking at Theodore Roosevelt’s incredible life using a convention that he, as a boxer, would have appreciated. Each episode, we’ll analyze how Roosevelt took on a particular challenge, from his debilitating childhood asthma and conflict within his family to conquering the hours of the day and preserving the world for the next generation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
02/11/193m 9s

Did Humans Evolve To Be Superstitious?

Humans and other animals often hold superstitions -- but why? Could it have been biologically advantageous to our ancestors? Learn more about superstition in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
01/11/194m 46s

What Is Eye of Newt?

The witches in Macbeth describe a disturbing brew -- eye of newt, toe of frog, etc. -- but that was just code for common plants. Learn what eye of newt really is in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
31/10/193m 54s

What Exactly Is Candy Corn?

Americans buy some 9 billion kernels of candy corn every year. Learn this candy's history plus how it's made in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
30/10/194m 43s

What's Happening During A Near-Death Experience?

Some patients brought back from cardiac arrest describe seeing a bright light at the end of a tunnel, or other phenomena known as a near-death experience. Learn how some researchers have tried to explain this in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
29/10/195m 17s

What Is the Legend of the Hawaiian Night Marchers?

Hawaiian folklore tells of the huaka'i pō, or night marchers -- ghostly warriors whose sense of duty has kept them on guard even after death. Learn the legend (and what to do if you hear them coming) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
28/10/196m 48s

Introducing The Next Big Idea

Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. How can you process it all? You can start with The Next Big Idea. Host Rufus Griscom and legendary thought leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Dan Pink, and Susan Cain, will be your personal “idea” curators. Open your mind and get ready for something big, because the right idea--at the right moment--has the power to transform your life. Listen now on http://wondery.fm/TNBIBrainstuff Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
26/10/195m 42s

Can We 3-D Print Meat in Space?

Lab-created meat may help prevent harm to animals here on Earth, but it'd be even more helpful for feeding people in space. But can tech like 3-D printers work in space? Learn about the potential future of space burgers in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/10/194m 9s

How Do Sea Urchins Work?

Spiny on the outside and gooey on the inside, sea urchins are a weird and wonderful animal -- and delicacy. Learn more about them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
24/10/196m 5s

How Does Venus Work?

Venus is the hottest planet, its years are shorter than its days, and its atmospheric pressure is 92 times greater than that on Earth. Learn how researchers think Venus got this way in today’s episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/10/197m 40s

What Is Dead Butt Syndrome?

Sitting too much and not getting the right kinds of exercise can lead to gluteal tendinopathy — dead butt syndrome. Learn why (and what can be done about it) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/10/194m 3s

How Do Ecosystems Work?

Nothing in our environment exists in a vacuum -- everything is interconnected. Learn how the study of ecosystems attempts to learn about things through those connections in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/10/197m 59s

Were the Dyatlov Pass Hikers Murdered?

The mystery of what happened to nine hikers one wintery night has gone unsolved for 60 years. Learn what evidence has been found -- and what's still unknown -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
18/10/1911m 32s

How Does Photosynthesis Power Life on Earth?

Plants turn sunlight into food via photosynthesis, which is pretty amazing -- and its evolution is fairly mysterious. Learn how researchers think it happened in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/10/197m 42s

Can Red Flag Laws Help Prevent Mass Shootings?

In the wake of America's many mass shootings, some states are enacting laws that allow police to confiscate citizens' firearms when a concern about violence is reported. Learn how these red flag laws work in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
16/10/196m 39s

How Can 3-D Printing Help Save Animals?

Prostheses for humans are already in use, so why not for other animals? Learn how veterinarians are using 3-D printed limbs, fins, beaks, bones, and shells to help injured animals in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
15/10/193m 59s

Why Are Some Americans Cancelling Columbus Day?

Some U.S. cities and states have officially changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day. Learn why -- and why some Americans disagree with the change -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/10/197m 43s

Does Our Solar System Contain a Primordial Black Hole?

Astronomers think there's an object in the far reaches of our solar system that's six times as massive as Earth. Learn why some think it's a planet and others propose it's a type of black hole in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
11/10/198m 5s

How Did the Shar-Pei Get Its Wrinkles?

This dog breed is known for its distinctive wrinkles, and genetic researchers have figured out why those wrinkles occur. Learn about it (plus whether a Shar-Pei might be a good dog for you) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
10/10/195m 50s

Should Cities Require Green Roofs?

Planting gardens, grasses, or wildflowers on urban roofs can solve a lot of problems, but it can cause a few along the way. Learn more about green roofs in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
09/10/196m 56s

How Did Bobcats Come Back from the Brink?

Bobcat populations weren't doing so well a few decades ago, but these resilient wild cats are on the rebound. Learn about bobcats in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
08/10/196m 15s

What's the Best Strategy for Finding a Parking Spot?

There are a couple mathematically tested strategies for finding a parking spot that costs you the least time in terms of searching and walking to your destination. Learn what science has to say about parking in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
07/10/196m 42s

Who Wore High-Heeled Shoes First?

Although shoes with high heels are often coded feminine in modern culture, men wore them first -- military men, specifically. Learn the history of high heels in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
04/10/196m 20s

How Rare Are All-Black Chickens?

A few types of chickens are so pigmented that not just their feathers but their very flesh is a deep blue-black color. Learn how researchers think this came about in today's episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
03/10/194m 46s

How Young Is Too Young to Face Arrest?

In the United States, many states don't put a lower age limit on arrests, and children as young as six years of age have been arrested by police. Learn why, and how some lawyers and lawmakers are trying to change that, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
02/10/196m 54s

How Can You Escape a Sinking Car?

Being trapped in a car is a scary thought, but safety experts say that being prepared for emergencies saves lives. Learn what devices can help and how to use them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
01/10/195m 23s

How Often Should You Wash Your Coffee Mug?

Not every bacterium is an enemy, but illness-causing germs are out there -- and some love your coffee cup. Learn how often research indicates you should wash that reusable cup in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
30/09/195m 10s

How Are Maine Coons Different From Other Cats?

The Maine Coon breed of cats has a reputation for being more doglike than catlike. Learn about how they stand out in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
27/09/194m 59s

What's the Difference Between Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophen?

These over-the-counter medications all do fairly similar jobs of relieving aches and pains, but there's a best (and a worst) way to use each type. Learn the differences between pain relievers in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
26/09/197m 47s

Why Are Blueprints Blue?

The traditional color of blueprints wasn't chosen because it's pretty -- it's a result of a chemical copying process. Learn the history of blueprints in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/09/196m 10s

How Can I Become a Mermaid?

With the help of specially made fins (and some swim lessons), anyone can become a mermaid or merman — there are even mer-professionals. Learn how mermaiding works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
24/09/195m 42s

Did Lyme Disease Start as a Bioweapon?

There’s been a call for investigation into the history of Lyme disease, and whether it might’ve been an accidentally released bioweapon. Learn both sides of the debate in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/09/199m 3s

What's the History of the Statue of Liberty?

The Statue of Liberty is so iconic that it's hard to imagine New York City without it, but plans for the statue got started less than 200 years ago. Learn how Lady Liberty was created in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
20/09/198m 21s

How Can Gingko Leaves Help Track Climate Change?

Gingko biloba trees have changed so little over the past few hundred million years that researchers can use their leaves to track how the environment has changed over that time. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/09/194m 22s

How Would Authorities Handle a Murder in Space?

Investigating murders right here on planet Earth can be tricky -- how would it be handled in space? Who would even be in charge? (Do we need space cops??) Learn what current and future laws may apply in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
18/09/198m 26s

Could Maggots End World Hunger?

Maggots are undeniably gross, but black soldier fly maggots are a more efficient source of protein than anything else on the planet. Learn how researchers hope to get more people eating insects in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/09/194m 53s

Do Fish Experience Thirst?

Fish live in water, but, just as our land-dwelling bodies have to carefully regulate our water and salt levels, so do fish bodies. Learn how fish stay hydrated in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/09/196m 41s

Does Sigmund Freud Still Matter?

Though he was the father of psychoanalysis, Freud and his theories don't hold up so well today. Learn about his famous Oedipus complex concept and what modern psychiatrists and psychologists think in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
13/09/197m 6s

Why Is Declawing Cats Controversial?

New York state recently banned cat declawing. Learn what the process entails and why veterinary groups recommend against it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
12/09/196m 40s

What Is the U.S. Presidential Seal?

American presidents can opt to affix the presidential seal to official documents and have used it as an official decoration. Learn the how and why the seal was created, plus the symbolism behind it, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
11/09/195m 45s

What's the Buzz on Alcohol in Space?

There hasn't been any official research into the effects of alcohol on the body in space, but at least a few astronauts and cosmonauts have imbibed. Learn about the history and potential future of booze in space in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
10/09/196m 48s

Can Automated Lights Really Stop Burglars?

Motion-activated porch lights and app-controlled interior lights are commonly used to prevent burglaries, but do they really work? Learn what burglars themselves say in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
10/09/195m 37s

How Can We Film Giant Squid?

These legends of the deep are notoriously shy, but researchers have recently captured images and video of living giant squid. Learn how they did it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
06/09/195m 4s

How Does Cobalt Work?

The element cobalt is responsible for brilliant blue paints and rechargeable batteries alike. Learn how it works and why its supply is uncertain in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/09/1910m 0s

Can Going Sockless Be Bad for Your Feet?

Socks aren't just a fashion accessory -- they can help keep your feet healthy! Learn how to stay safe while sockless in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
04/09/194m 26s

What's the Oldest Active Building Project in the World?

The Sagrada Familia Basilica was started by Antoni Gaudí in 1882 and is still undergoing its initial construction today. Learn more about the architect and his long-running project in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
03/09/197m 42s

How Can Jupiter Have 79 Moons While Other Planets Have None?

If you guessed 'gravity' you're right -- but a few specific factors make Jupiter so much moonier than planets like Earth. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
02/09/196m 57s

Who Was Marjory Stoneman Douglas?

Long before scientists fully understood how important the Everglades are to Florida's weather and ecosystem, Marjory Stoneman Douglas campaigned to preserve them. Learn about this journalist and activist in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
30/08/195m 54s

Should You Really Punch an Animal in the Nose If Attacked?

Rumor has it that a jab to the nose will stop anything from a shark to a bear from attacking you, but how effective would that really be? Learn the circumstances under which nose punching might actually help in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
29/08/194m 11s

How Are Animal and Plant Cells Different?

The cells that make up plants and animals are incredibly similar considering how different a carrot is from a corgi. Learn the small factors that make all the difference in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
28/08/195m 57s

Does Aging Always Increase Risk of Death?

For most mammals, aging increases our probability of dying -- it seems like a given. Learn about one animal, the naked mole rat, for which age has no impact on mortality in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
27/08/194m 30s

What's the World's Biggest Food Fight?

On the last Wednesday in August every year, up to 30,000 people participate in La Tomatina, a massive tomato fight in Buñol, Spain. Learn how it goes down in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
26/08/195m 29s

Why Is Building Muscle Important for Everyone?

The fancy science word for building muscle is hypertrophy, but it's not inaccessible. Learn how hypertrophy works and why building muscle keeps us healthy in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/08/196m 31s

What Can You Do If Your U.S. Money Gets Mangled?

Shredded, chewed, exhumed, or burnt American bills aren't necessarily lost -- a service of the Department of Treasury may reimburse you for their cash value. Learn about the Mutilated Currency Redemption Service in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/08/194m 37s

How Did Fish & Chips Become England's National Dish?

Light and tender fried fish plated with crisp fried potatoes is a classic English comfort meal, but it's only a little over a century old. Learn the history of fish and chips in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
21/08/197m 38s

Why Is the Ocean Different Colors?

Ocean water can appear many dazzling shades of blue and green depending on where you are. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
20/08/196m 9s

How Do Starling Murmurations Work?

Starlings flock in swooping, harmonious groups of thousands of birds called murmurations. Learn how these birds pull off such an amazing feat through simple actions in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/08/198m 40s

Is Sparkling Water Good For You?

More people are drinking fizzy water, both plain and in a boggling array of flavors. Learn about the different types of sparkling water and what you should watch out for in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
16/08/195m 26s

Why Is There a Rhino-Shaped Cave in Washington State?

Yes, there’s a cave shaped like a rhinoceros in Washington State. Learn how it was created and discovered in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
15/08/196m 28s

How Many Trees Would We Need to Plant to Slow Climate Change?

Trees pull and store carbon, but lots of land that could support them is deforested. Learn how researchers think planting trees could help mitigate climate change in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/08/197m 50s

Why Aren’t There Female CPR Mannequins?

Research shows that women are less likely to receive CPR when they need it, and fixing that might require introducing training mannequins with breasts. Learn about a project that’s trying to help in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
13/08/196m 2s

Do Beaches Need Seashells?

Seashells are a pretty sight on beaches, but it turns out that they play an important role in seaside structures and ecosystems. Learn why -- and why shell poaching is a problem -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
12/08/196m 35s

Introducing: Parklandia

A married couple packed up everything from their home in Chicago and bought an RV to travel the country full-time, with one goal: to visit as many national parks as possible along the way. With each stop in each park, Brad and Matt Kirouac immerse themselves and the listeners – and the Kirouac’s dog Finn! – in these beautiful, larger-than-life places and share our discoveries about what makes them truly special, from the intimidating wildlife of the Everglades to the cinematic lore of Redwood, all with a dash of what it’s really like to live in an RV full time. The first three episodes of Parklandia are now available! Listen here.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
10/08/192m 21s

What's the History of Paternity Testing?

Humans have only very recently developed scientific ways of proving who a child's biological father is, but that didn't stop us from trying beforehand. Learn the weird history of paternity tests in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
09/08/197m 34s

How Do Blue Whales Work?

The blue whale is the largest known animal to ever grace the planet -- they may be twice as big as Megalodon was! Learn what science knows (and doesn't know) about blue whales in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
08/08/199m 5s

What Is Peyote?

In brief, peyote is a cactus with hallucinogenic properties that's been used in religious ceremonies for centuries. Learn how it works and why it's endangered in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
07/08/197m 22s

Why Does America Use Fahrenheit Instead of Celsius?

Most of the rest of the world uses the Celsius scale to describe temperature, but the U.S. uses Fahrenheit. Learn the origins and histories of these two scales in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
06/08/196m 44s

How Are Ethnicity and Race Different?

The concepts of ethnicity and race are both human inventions with no basis in science, but these concepts have huge impacts on us and our world. Learn the difference between ethnicity and race in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/08/1910m 0s

What Is the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon?

Also called the frequency illusion or recency illusion, the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon occurs when you learn something new, then notice instances of it everywhere. Learn how it works and how it got its name in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
02/08/194m 14s

Could Frozen Zoo DNA Stave Off Species' Extinction?

As human civilization encroaches on wild animals' habitats, some face extinction. Learn how researchers hope to someday use frozen DNA sample taken from zoo animals to replenish wild populations in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
01/08/195m 24s

How Does the Hippocampus Work?

Without the hippocampus, our brains have serious trouble recalling and recording certain types of long-term memories. Learn how this brain structure works in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
31/07/197m 37s

Is Permafrost Really Permanent?

Despite its name, permafrost doesn't necessarily last forever -- and when it melts, it can have a negative effect on the environment. Learn how permafrost works (and how it preserves long-dead creatures so well) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
30/07/197m 40s

What's the Difference Between Coroners and Medical Examiners?

These two types of professional death investigators often work together, but their jobs are usually distinct. Learn the difference in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
30/07/197m 12s

How Do Animals Get Their Scientific Names?

The person who discovers a new species gets to name it -- but what do 'new' and 'discover' mean here? And do all names get approved? Learn how scientific naming and taxonomy work in this episode of BrainStuff (plus, meet a fish named after Greedo). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
26/07/196m 21s

Should You Rent Grass-Mowing Goats?

Goats were the original weed wackers, and they're still super effective at controlling lawns and brush today. Learn why they're gaining popularity again in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/07/194m 26s

How Will Exploring Saturn's Moon Titan Be Different?

NASA recently announced that they're sending a rotorcraft to explore Saturn's giant moon Titan from the land and air. Learn how the Dragonfly mission will be different than other otherworldly explorations in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
24/07/196m 44s

Does the Military Teach a Sleep Meditation Technique?

According to the guy who popularized a famous meditation technique for getting to sleep fast, the results are excellent. Learn its history and how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/07/195m 35s

How Do Food Forests Help Fight Hunger?

Food forests are free, edible community gardens that make the most of the land by following nature's lead on design. Learn how they work and how they may help end food deserts in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/07/195m 22s

How Do Birds Sing?

Birds are the only creature in the world that have the specially evolved organ called the syrinx, and it's what lets them sing. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/07/194m 42s

How Do Tidal Bores Work?

Tidal bores are huge, fast waves that travel the wrong way up rivers, and they only form during very specific circumstances. Learn how they work in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
18/07/196m 31s

How Could Hypersonic Missiles Work?

There's a new global arms race: to build missiles that could travel at hypersonic speeds. Learn where the technology stands and what it might be capable of in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/07/196m 55s

How Health-Helpful Is Turmeric?

Adding turmeric to recipes and taking supplements with it (or its active ingredient, curcumin) has become a global trend. Learn what science has to say about turmeric's medicinal properties in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
16/07/195m 42s

How Do We Find Asteroids Inside Earth's Orbit?

Although researchers think we've found most large asteroids whose orbits bring them near Earth, some are still surprising us. Learn why -- and how we find them -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
15/07/195m 25s

Can You Live Without a Working Amygdala?

The amygdala is a part of the brain that handles fear -- so would having one that doesn't fully function be a good thing or a bad thing? Learn about how fear hurts and helps us in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
12/07/197m 29s

What Is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?

American soldiers have stood guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every minute of every day since July 2, 1937. Learn what this monument means and who's interred there in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
11/07/197m 44s

Who Was History's Most Successful Pirate?

In the early 1800s, a woman known as Mrs. Cheng or Ching Shih commanded the world's largest-ever pirate crew -- and she managed to retire and live a long, peaceful life. Learn about Mrs. Cheng's pirate empire in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
10/07/197m 11s

Is Raw Milk Better Than Pasteurized Milk?

Proponents of raw milk (that is, milk that isn't pasteurized or homogenized) say it's healthier and tastes better, but the U.S. government still classifies raw milk as potentially hazardous. Learn both sides of the issue in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
09/07/198m 12s

Why Do Cats Chase Laser Pointers?

Something about the bright dot of a laser pointer is irresistible to many cats -- but why? And does this kind of play provide good entertainment for cats? Learn about lasers and the benefits of play for cats in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
09/07/196m 8s

How Do Spaghetti Plots Help Predict Storms?

There are as many ways to attempt to predict a storm's behavior, and none are perfect. Spaghetti plots help researchers visualize the probabilities of different predictions. Learn how they work in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/07/195m 49s

Who Was Alan Turing, and What's the Turing Test?

Alan Turing was the brilliant mathematician who designed a legendary test of artificial intelligence before computers as we know them even existed. Learn about his life and legacy in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
04/07/198m 59s

Is Canned Food Really Worse Than Fresh or Frozen?

Canning foods preserves them, but the texture and nutritive value can suffer -- and what about the potential dangers of BPA and botulism? Learn what's true and what's myth when it comes to canned food in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
03/07/198m 38s

Could the Electoral College Become Obsolete?

U.S. presidents are voted into office by the electoral college, made up of representatives from each state. Learn how changing the way electors choose a candidate – from the state’s popular vote winner to the national popular vote winner – could change elections in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
02/07/199m 7s

How (And Why) Do Chameleons Change Color?

Chameleons don't change color to blend it -- they change to stand out. Learn how they create those colorful patterns in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
02/07/195m 41s

Can You Lactate from Areas Outside Your Breasts?

Short answer: Yes. Ectopic lactation can occur when mammary tissue grows in different areas of your body. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
28/06/194m 21s

Why Doesn't Alcohol Have Nutrition Labels?

Alcohol contains calories and ingredients like any other beverage, but only rarely does its packaging list those ingredients and nutrition facts. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
27/06/194m 50s

How Did Alchemy Create Chemistry?

Alchemists may have never turned lead into gold, but they did create the field of chemistry. Learn how the study of alchemy worked in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
26/06/197m 28s

How Has the Korean War Changed History?

The Korean War began 70 years ago today, and remains unresolved. Learn how this war shaped the future of the powers involved in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/06/1910m 18s

Where's the Line Between Cultural Appropriation and Appreciation?

The line between appreciating and appropriating someone else's cultural products can be a blurry one. Learn how respect and research can go a long way in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
24/06/197m 26s

How Does the U.S. Presidential Motorcade Work?

The American president's motorcade includes multiple armored vehicles driving in a virtual ballet to ensure its passengers' safety. Learn what goes into creating the presidential motorcade in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
21/06/197m 21s

How Do Isotopes Work?

Isotopes are variations on the same chemical element that have different numbers of neutrons. Learn how these variants can behave differently -- and why chemists, physicists, and paleontologists are all interested in them -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
20/06/197m 59s

How Was André the Giant Larger than Life?

Professional wrestler and actor André the Giant had a reputation for kindness that outgrew his impressive stature. Learn about André Roussimoff's life and legacy in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/06/196m 11s

Why Are Camel Spiders Harmless?

Camel spiders have a fearsome reputation, but despite being large and fast, they're not a threat to humans. (Or camels. They're also technically not spiders.) Learn more about these fascinating creatures in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
18/06/196m 7s

What Happens If You Ignore a Subpoena?

Subpoenas are orders that help courts and Congress obtain information necessary to cases and investigations -- and they're legally binding. So can you really ignore one? Learn what could happen if you do in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/06/197m 3s

Can the Same Animal Evolve Twice?

Remote islands are excellent laboratories for observing evolution at work -- and in the case of a flightless bird called the Aldabra rail, we can observe how its evolution happened twice. Learn about iterative evolution in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
14/06/197m 40s

What Is a Swedish Death Clean?

We humans tend to accumulate a lot of stuff -- to the point that it's a burden on our mental health. Learn about a method for lightening your life (and removing a future burden on your loved ones) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
13/06/196m 40s

What Is an Oligarchy (and Are We One)?

An oligarchy is a society ruled by a few wealthy, powerful people – the media has applied the term to countries from Saudi Arabia to Brazil to the United States. Learn about oligarchies and whether the U.S. has become one in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
12/06/197m 28s

What Are Honey Badgers Really Like?

The honey badger is internet famous, but it’s actually a fairly mysterious creature. Learn what we know (and don’t know) about honey badgers in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
11/06/196m 23s

How Does NASA Schedule Space Launches?

To launch a spacecraft successfully, the stars (and moon, and planets) must literally align. Learn about all the factors that are taken into account to schedule a space launch in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
10/06/197m 9s

Why Should You Bring Ear Plugs to Music Festivals?

Of all the accessories you might think of bringing to a music festival, ear plugs might not be high on your list. Learn why they should be -- and how else you can prevent hearing damage -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
07/06/195m 53s

Could the Great Depression Happen Again?

There were many factors that led to the depth and length of the Great Depression, but some of these mistakes are being repeated today. Learn what historians and economists are saying we should watch out for in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
06/06/199m 35s

How Did Clickers Save Lives on D-Day?

Tiny, handheld boxes that make a sharp clicking noise saved countless American lives during the confusion of D-Day in WWII. Learn how they were used and what to do if you have one in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/06/195m 4s

Do Dogs Experience Puberty Like We Do?

Dogs do indeed go through emotional changes and gain independence during puberty -- it just happens within the first couple years of their life. Learn how you can help your 'teen' pup grow up in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
04/06/194m 29s

Could Earthly Lava Structures Help Us Colonize Space?

Tunnels made from lava flows in Hawaii and Iceland are being studied by researchers in fields from geology to astrobiology. Learn how these lava tubes could help us explore space and even find extraterrestrial life in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
04/06/196m 46s

How Bad Is Prison Food?

Serving inmates low-quality food is cheap in the short term, but it can lead all kinds of health problems that prisons (and taxpayers) pay for in the long run. Learn how cheap American prison food is and why that's a problem in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
31/05/197m 4s

Why Did Victorians Collect Hair?

In the mid-1800s, many people saved loved ones' hair -- but the collection of Peter A. Browne went much, much further than that. Learn why he thought it had scientific merit -- and why it actually does today -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
30/05/196m 32s

Should You Be Afraid of Wolf Spiders?

Short answer: Nope! Although wolf spiders may sound (and look) fearsome, they're excellent helpers around your house, getting rid of more bothersome pests. Learn about wolf spiders in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
29/05/195m 36s

How Did Jane Goodall Get Her Start(s)?

In July of 1960, 26-year-old Jane Goodall began setting up her field station at Gombe, which would become the site of the longest-running wildlife research project in history. Learn more about Jane Goodall's life and legacy in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
29/05/197m 25s

Are There Winners and Losers in a Trade War?

On May 10, 2019, the Trump administration increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports from 10 percent to 25 percent. But what does that mean for the global economy? Learn about trade wars in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
28/05/198m 8s

How Many Legs Do Millipedes Have?

Millipedes don't literally have a thousand legs, but how many do they really have? Learn about these fascinating arthropods in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
24/05/195m 16s

How Hazardous Is Peeing in the Pool?

Urinating in chlorinated swimming pools isn't just sorta gross -- it's actually a health hazard. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/05/193m 53s

Can Galaxies Exist Without Dark Matter?

We previously thought that all galaxies form with the help of dark matter, but researchers just found a galaxy that doesn't seem to contain any. Learn why that's so weird and what it might mean in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/05/195m 34s

Why and How Are Documents Redacted?

Court and other government documents are often presented with redactions -- that is, with some text blacked out or otherwise made unreadable. Learn how this is done -- and why -- in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
21/05/197m 12s

Why Does Measles Reset Your Immune System?

After the measles vaccine spread, researchers noticed that the death toll from many other diseases dropped. Learn how the measles destroys your immunity to other diseases, and why the vaccine is safe for most people, in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
20/05/197m 45s

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
18/05/192m 1s

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
17/05/195m 45s

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
16/05/195m 28s

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
15/05/197m 55s

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
14/05/195m 56s

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
13/05/195m 5s

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
10/05/199m 29s

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
09/05/197m 41s

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
08/05/195m 7s

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
07/05/196m 48s

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
06/05/194m 8s

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
04/05/191m 56s

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
03/05/197m 8s

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
02/05/195m 1s

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
01/05/196m 50s

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
30/04/196m 40s

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
30/04/195m 47s
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