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: Does Earth's Crust Have Its Own Tides?

You've probably seen ocean tides making the seas rise and fall, but solid land has tides, too. Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geology/rising-rock-earths-crust-has-its-own-tides.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/09/218m 42s

BrainStuff Classics: Can You Microwave a Steak to Perfection?

While it may not be our first choice in cooking methods, yes, you can microwave a steak to a perfect medium-rare. Learn how, plus how microwaves work, in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/tools-and-techniques/can-microwave-steak-to-perfect-medium-rare.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/09/217m 22s

How Do Red Squirrels Work?

American red squirrels are smaller than their local grey counterparts, but they pack a lot of attitude. Learn about these cute but aggressive animals in today's episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/red-squirrel.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/09/218m 16s

How Do You Sleep When Sailing 4,000 Miles Solo?

Mini Transat sailors race small yachts alone across the Atlantic -- surviving three to four weeks sleeping only 20 minutes at a time. Learn what sleep researchers learned about this feat in today's episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/mental-health/sleep/disorders/sleep-when-sailing-solo-4000-miles.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/09/216m 1s

How Does Steganography Work?

Steganography involves not just encrypting messages, but hiding the fact that there's a message being sent at all. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/future-tech/steganography.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/09/216m 37s

What's at the Bottom of the Fosse Dionne Spring?

France's beautiful Fosse Dionne spring has been keeping its secrets close for centuries -- no one has ever found its source. Learn the myths and history surrounding it in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/fosse-dionne-spring.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/08/216m 17s

Who Investigates Deaths in Antarctica?

Antarctica belongs to no one nation -- so who has jurisdiction when someone dies under mysterious or criminal circumstances? Learn why it's messy in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://people.howstuffworks.com/whos-charge-investigating-deaths-antarctica.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/08/217m 36s

BrainStuff Classics: Will the Paper of the Future Be Made from Poop?

It might sound gross, but it's eco-friendly: Paper is made from plant pulp. Animals that eat plants excrete plant pulp. Learn why some researchers have high hopes for poo-pyrus in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/poo-pyrus-eco-friendly-paper-made-from-poop.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/08/215m 41s

BrainStuff Classics: How Can You Be Your Own Twin?

In a genetic condition called chimerism, DNA from someone else (an unborn twin, an organ donor, or even your own baby) is at work in your body. Learn how it works in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/genetic/chimerism-be-own-twin.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/08/217m 40s

What's the Difference Between Lox, Gravlax, and Nova Salmon?

Preservation techniques like curing and smoking create tasty, longer-lasting dishes like lox, gravlax, and nova. Learn the difference between these salmon preparations in today's episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/tools-and-techniques/lox-gravlax-nova-whats-difference.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/08/216m 5s

Why Are Noncompete Agreements So Common?

Businesses say noncompete agreements protect their interests -- but when they apply to everyone from VPs to janitors, are they overkill? Learn how noncompetes work in this episode of BrainStuff: https://money.howstuffworks.com/noncompete-agreements-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/08/2110m 4s

How Do Space Hurricanes Work?

We're all too familiar with hurricanes here on Earth, but scientists have discovered storms with similar patterns right near the edge of space. Learn about space hurricanes in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/climate-weather/atmospheric/space-hurricane.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/08/219m 49s

How Did the Battle for the 19th Amendment Work?

Originally, the only Americans granted the right to vote were white male landowners. Learn how white women gained suffrage in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://history.howstuffworks.com/american-history/19th-amendment.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/08/218m 55s

BrainStuff Classics: Is Coffee Good or Bad for You?

Will coffee really stunt your growth? Or give you heart problems? What about your teeth? Learn the truth behind common myths about that cuppa joe in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/edible-innovations/coffee-stunt-growth.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/08/218m 29s

BrainStuff Classics: How Do Snails Grow Their Shells?

A snail's shell is its permanent home -- but how do these wee, soft, slimy creatures grow hard, beautiful shells? Learn how it works in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/marine-life/do-snails-get-shells.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/08/217m 29s

How Did Chopsticks Become Such a Popular Eating Utensil?

Whole swaths of the world's population use chopsticks for their daily meals. Learn where they originated and how they evolved in this episode of BrainStuff: https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/chopsticks.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/08/217m 40s

How Do Breakthrough Infections Work?

Breakthrough infections happen when, like with the flu or COVID-19, a vaccinated person still gets infected. Learn why this is normal -- and why breakthrough infections are much less deadly -- in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/infectious/breakthrough-infections-COVID-19-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/08/2111m 5s

What Trees Have Been to the Moon and Back?

There are trees all over the U.S. (and the world) grown from seeds that orbited the Moon. Learn about NASA's moon trees in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/nasa-moon-trees.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/08/216m 28s

How Did Bonnie and Clyde Die?

Bonnie and Clyde, the infamous power couple of Depression-era crime, had their luck run out eventually. Learn how it happened in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/bonnie-and-clyde.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/08/218m 7s

Why Is South Florida Overrun with Green Iguanas?

Green iguanas can really thrive in ecosystems where they don't belong -- and that can be a real problem. Learn more about these large reptiles in today's episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/animal-facts/iguana.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/08/2110m 2s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Does Uranus Stink?

It's not a joke: Scientists have confirmed that Uranus stinks. Learn how they found out -- and why it's actually really cool -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/scientists-confirm-uranus-stinks.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/08/216m 58s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Is Popping Zits So Satisfying?

Humans love popping zits so much precisely because it's gross. Learn about all the reasons why we find pimples so fascinating in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/problems/treating/why-do-love-to-pop-zits.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/08/217m 27s

How Can Rivers Actually Protect Fossils?

Some startling fossils are being found in the world's rivers, but it takes dangerous diving teams to extract them. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geology/underwater-fossil-hunting.htm?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=feed Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/08/219m 15s

What Exactly Is a Blue Moon?

The term 'blue moon' was figurative a long time before astronomers assigned various definitions. Learn why blue moons aren't blue and what they can mean in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/is-blue-moon-really-blue.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/08/217m 17s

How Do Broken Bones Heal?

When you break a bone, it's best to go to a doctor -- though your body begins the healing process before you even get there. Learn how broken bones heal (with medical help) in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/systems/musculoskeletal/heal-broken-bones.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/08/218m 51s

What Are the Predictions for Hurricane Season 2021?

The Atlantic Ocean's 2021 hurricane season started strong and is expected to end the same way. Learn how the predictions are made and what they're saying in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/climate-weather/storms/2021-atlantic-hurricane-season-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/08/216m 29s

How Did Two Tortoises Beat Apollo to the Moon?

The Apollo space mission brought the first humans to the Moon -- but two tortoises from Russia were the first vertebrates to orbit Earth's satellite. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/space-tortoises.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/08/217m 14s

BrainStuff Classics: What Was Stephen Hawking's Final Project?

Days before his death, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking finished what would be his final research paper. Learn about his last take on the multiverse in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/dictionary/famous-scientists/physicists/stephen-hawkings-last-paper-takes-on-multiverse.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/08/2111m 42s

What Is an Abscessed Tooth?

Some toothaches are caused by an abscess -- an infection that can spread beyond the mouth. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/oral-care/problems/absecessed-tooth.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/08/216m 35s

How Does Racketeering Work?

Racketeering is a type of crime that can be difficult to prosecute because the people at the top don't get their hands dirty. Learn how rackets and RICO work in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://people.howstuffworks.com/racketeering.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/08/219m 48s

How Can an Animal Breathe Without Oxygen?

Animals need oxygen in order to live -- or so we thought. Learn about a tiny parasite that evolved to do without it in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/cellular-microscopic/animal-doesnt-need-oxygen.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/08/217m 29s

Why Are Airbnb, VRBO Fees Skyrocketing?

If you've tried to rent a vacation spot through services like Airbnb in the past year, you may have felt blindsided by the final fee tally. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://money.howstuffworks.com/airbnb-vrbo-prices-skyrocketed-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/08/218m 56s

How Do Box Jellyfish Work?

Box jellyfish may look ethereal (or a little goofy), but they're some of the most dangerous animals in the world. Learn more about them in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/marine-life/box-jellyfish.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/08/217m 51s

BrainStuff Classics: What Are the Most-Believed Myths About Our Brains?

Over-simplifications about how our brains work abound. Learn what these myths are, and why it's important to fight them, in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/everyday-myths/even-educators-believe-common-myths-about-learning-study-shows.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/08/216m 47s

BrainStuff Classics: How Do City Birds Benefit from Cigarette Butts?

Birds everywhere add insect-repelling plants to their nests, but urban birds have to get a little creative. Learn how cigarette butts help city birds stay healthy in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/birds/urban-birds-oust-bugs-with-butts.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/07/215m 28s

How Has the U.S. Prevented Citizens from Voting?

Both throughout American history and today, governments and other groups have made it more difficult for particular people to vote. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://people.howstuffworks.com/10-ways-us-has-kept-citizens-from-voting.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/07/2111m 10s

How Do Astronauts Sleep in Space?

Sleep can be elusive here on Earth, so how do astronauts manage it in space? Learn what it takes in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/sleep-in-space.htm/printable Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/07/217m 42s

What Is the World's Largest Bee?

Wallace's giant bee is rarely sighted, but is five times the size of the honeybees we're familiar with. Learn more about it in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/insects/wallaces-giant-bee-worlds-largest-rediscovered.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/07/216m 11s

How Does Ransomware Work?

Ransomeware attacks have been targeting larger organizations with more to lose if they don't pay up. Learn how these attacks work in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://computer.howstuffworks.com/ransomware-attacks-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/07/2110m 16s

Why Are Pistachios Sold in Their Shells?

Unlike many other nuts, pistachios are often sold roasted and seasoned in their shells. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/why-pistachios-are-sold-in-their-shells.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/07/216m 38s

BrainStuff Classics: Will Ants Rescue Wounded Comrades?

Spoiler alert: Yep! Well, sometimes. Learn how one African ant species nurses its wounded soldiers, yielding a surprising survival rate, in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/insects/ants-rescue-treat-wounded-comrades.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/07/215m 24s

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Chinese Five Spice Work?

Chinese 5-spice powder can contain a lot of things (including more than five spices), but it's all rooted in ancient medicine and philosophy. Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/food-facts/chinese-five-spice-powder-tasty-and-not-necessarily-five-spices.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/07/216m 39s

How Far Can a Plane Glide Without Engines?

It's rare that all of a plane's engines fail, but when they do, a pilot can still glide the aircraft to a safe landing. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/transport/flight/modern/how-far-can-plane-go-no-engines.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/07/217m 31s

Why Are We So Obsessed with Owls?

These nocturnal feathered predators have been capturing our imaginations for millennia. Learn about how owls work in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/birds/owls.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/07/218m 6s

Why Is There a Semiconductor Shortage?

A shortage of microchips is driving up the cost of everything from consumer electronics to used cars. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/semiconductor-shortage-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/07/2110m 27s

How Did Earth Gain a New Ocean?

After much debate, the world officially has a fifth ocean: the Southern Ocean, surrounding Antarctica. Learn about it in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/oceanography/southern-ocean-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/07/215m 42s

How Bad Is America's Infrastructure?

Infrastructure -- all the pipes, roads, rails, and everything else that makes civilization work -- must be maintained and replaced as it ages. Learn how the U.S. ranks in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/engineering/civil/americas-infrastructure-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/07/2110m 49s

BrainStuff Classics: How Did Nuclear Weapons Testing Create New Minerals?

The heat of nuclear weapons is enough to melt sand into glass. Learn the story of trinitite, the glass from the first atomic test site, in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/trinitite-first-nuclear-bomb-turned-sand-to-glass.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/07/215m 53s

BrainStuff Classics: Can Talking About Yourself in the Third Person Make You Feel Better?

It turns out that people who talk about themselves in the third person may be giving themselves a mental boost. ("You're nailing this episode description, Lauren!") Learn why in today's classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/emotions/benefits-talking-like-egomaniac.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/07/217m 38s

Are Bug Zappers a Bad Idea?

It turns out that bug zappers are too effective -- they kill a lot of helpful insects along with the pests they target. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/conservation/issues/bug-zappers-are-bad-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/07/216m 2s

Will Sharks Die If They Stop Moving?

It's true that some sharks breathe most easily when they're swimming, but that doesn't mean they can't find ways to rest. Learn about buccal pumping, ram ventilation, and more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/fish/sharks/shark-drown.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/07/219m 6s

How Does Bastille Day Work?

This French national holiday celebrates a lot more than the Storming of the Bastille. Learn about le Quatorze Juillet (July 14th) in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays-other/bastille-day.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/07/218m 23s

What Animals Are the Deadliest in the Wild?

The animals that kill the most people every year aren't the ones featured in scary movies or sensational documentaries. Learn about the world's most dangerous animals in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://adventure.howstuffworks.com/dangerous-animals.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/07/218m 12s

Is Paul Bunyan Based on a Real Person?

Tall tales about the logger Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox, Babe, are American classics. Learn about the real people they're based on and how they got so popular in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/real-paul-bunyan.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/07/217m 36s

BrainStuff Classics: Do Happy Cows Really Make Better Milk?

OK, 'happy' is a stretch, but researchers are looking into how cows given positive interactions (like back scritches) grow and produce milk versus less-content cows. Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/07/215m 59s

BrainStuff Classics: How Can Your Birth Season Determine Your Allergies?

The season you were born in helps determine whether you'll have allergies, but science has never understood why. Learn what a team of researchers discovered in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/07/216m 32s

How Much Money Is There in the World?

With all the different types of currency in the world, it's nigh impossible to count it all -- but there are estimates. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://money.howstuffworks.com/how-much-money-is-in-the-world.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/07/217m 33s

What's the Difference Between Brown and Black Bears?

Black and brown bears are two different species, and they're easy to tell apart -- from a safe distance, even. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/brown-bear.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/07/217m 24s

How Do Coronavirus Variants Work?

Mutations of the virus that causes COVID-19, called variants, can be even more dangerous than the original. Learn about delta and other SARS-CoV-2 variants in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/infectious/delta-variant-coronavirus-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/07/2110m 11s

Why Is Pink the World's Oldest Color?

Before the oceans were blue, they were pink. Learn about the cyanobacteria that caused this coloration in today's episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/cellular-microscopic/earths-oldest-color-was-pink.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/07/214m 41s

Is Drought the New Normal for the Western U.S.?

Drought has no singular definition, but it seems that the standard for rainfall is changing in some places. Learn what that means in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/natural-disasters/western-us-drought-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/07/218m 3s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Shouldn't Compressed Air Canisters Be Shaken?

Many spray canisters call for being shaken, but not compressed air. Learn how both types work (and the dangers of shaking the wrong type) in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/07/214m 13s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Can't I Taste My Tongue?

Your tongue is an amazing sensory instrument -- so why can't it taste itself? Many philosophers have pondered the same thing. Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/07/214m 46s

Why Are Gasoline Prices Higher in the Summer?

U.S. drivers pay more at the pump during the summer because of supply and demand, but also because the blends of gasoline sold change with the seasons. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://auto.howstuffworks.com/fuel-efficiency/fuel-consumption/summer-fuel.htm/printable Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/07/217m 55s

How Do Muons Work?

The muon is a type of subatomic particle that researchers are still learning about -- and what they're learning may change our concept of physics as we know it. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/muon.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/07/217m 38s

Why Don't Ground Bees Sting?

Honey bees are the type of bee most of us are familiar with, but most of the world's bees don't live and behave in the same ways. Learn about ground bees in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/insects/ground-nesting-bees.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/06/217m 8s

How Did Fannie Lou Hamer Work?

Fannie Lou Hamer was an iconic Civil Rights and voting rights activist who still inspires us today. Learn about her life and her work in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/fannie-lou-hamer.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/06/218m 2s

How Did Pride Parades Get Their Start?

Heat stroke is a serious medical issue, and as temperatures reach record highs this summer, heat safety could save lives. Learn how to keep cool and what to watch for in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/natural-disasters/5-tips-for-heat-wave-safety.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/06/216m 32s

BrainStuff Classics: Is Our Tipping System Gratuitous?

The way we tip and pay servers in North American restaurants fosters unfair and unequal paychecks for the whole staff. But it's so entrenched -- how can we fix it? Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://money.howstuffworks.com/when-will-reach-tipping-point-for-tipping.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/06/217m 54s

BrainStuff Classics: What Happens to Wine Grape Waste?

After winemakers extract grapes' juice, they're left with a lot of fruit skins and pulp. Learn what happens to all that goo in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-tech/sustainable/what-do-winemakers-do-with-grape-waste.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/06/214m 43s

What Is a Coup D'Etat, and Could It Happen In America?

A number of factors can contribute to a military taking over its government. Learn about them, and why it's unlikely to happen in the U.S., in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://people.howstuffworks.com/coup.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/06/219m 12s

How Could Lab-Grown Meat Change the Pet Food World?

Our dogs' and cats' diets aren't very environmentally friendly, but lab-grown meat could change that. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/lab-grown-meat-pet-food-world.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/06/218m 36s

What's the Deadliest Spider in the World?

Most spiders are completely harmless to humans, but a few can do damage. Learn which ones are the most potentially dangerous in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/arachnids/deadliest-spider.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/06/216m 32s

Why Did England and Spain Go to War Over an Ear?

In the 1700s, a war was (technically) started over a lost ear. Learn about the War of Jenkins' Ear in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/jenkins-ear.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/06/217m 43s

How Does the Summer Solstice Work?

In the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of daylight in the year happens every June. Learn what causes this and how it works in today's episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/5-things-didnt-know-about-summer-solstice.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/06/215m 40s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Were Fruit Flies the First Animal in Space?

In 1947, U.S. military scientists launched the very first Earth animals into space: fruit flies. Learn about their trip to the final frontier in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/why-fruit-flies-were-first-animals-in-space.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/06/215m 13s

BrainStuff Classics: 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 classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://history.howstuffworks.com/american-civil-war/juneteeth.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/06/218m 26s

Is Vaccine Hesitancy a New Phenomenon?

Vaccine hesitancy has existed for as long as vaccines have. Learn why it's normal and how to help people calm their concerns in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/preventive-care/vaccine-hesitancy-not-new-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/06/2110m 11s

What Happens to Whales When They Die?

When whales die, they can either wash up on the shore (and explode!) or sink to the bottom of the ocean and feed entire ecosystems. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on these articles: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/beached-whales-explode.htm and https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/whale-death.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/06/218m 29s

Why Does the Monthly Jobs Report Matter?

On the first Friday of every month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its Employment Situation Summary for the previous month. Learn what the jobs report contains and why it's important in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://money.howstuffworks.com/monthly-jobs-report-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/06/219m 33s

How Do Lyres Work?

These stringed instruments had their heyday thousands of years ago and are still played today. Learn about the history and mythology behind the lyre in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/lyre.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/06/218m 48s

What Was the Tulsa Massacre?

In 1921, white citizens of Tulsa stormed the prosperous Black district of the city, destroying homes and businesses and murdering a number of people still unknown today. Learn what's being done to recover and reintroduce this history in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://history.howstuffworks.com/american-history/tulsa-race-massacre.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/06/2110m 39s

BrainStuff Classics: Is the Human Brain Hardwired for Poetry?

Poems activate different parts of the human brain than other types of literature do, and our brains seem hardwired to enjoy the patterns in poetry. Learn why in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/how-poetry-affects-human-brain.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/06/217m 16s

BrainStuff Classics: How Much Electricity Can Urine Provide?

Researchers have created pee-powered fuel cells that can light outdoor portable bathrooms. Learn how (and why) in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://home.howstuffworks.com/public-toilet-electricity-light-urine-chemical-reaction.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/06/214m 12s

How Can You Stop an Opioid Overdose?

Opioid drugs (like fentanyl) can cause death due to overdose -- but there is an antidote to opioid overdose, and it's easy and safe to administer. Learn how naloxone (including brands Narcan and Evzio) works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/06/217m 26s

How Do Plate Tectonics Work?

Plate tectonics are responsible not just for the shape of Earth's continents, but for life as we know it. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geology/plate-tectonics.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/06/218m 34s

Are Pentagon-Confirmed UFOs a Threat to National Security?

The U.S. military has been collecting reports of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) for years. Learn what the public knows about them so far in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/space/aliens-ufos/ufos-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/06/219m 17s

Why Do Seabirds Eat Plastic?

One of the problems with plastic trash ending up in our oceans is that some seabirds will eat it. But why? Learn what researchers have found in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/birds/theres-a-stinky-reason-seabirds-eat-plastic.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/06/214m 36s

Have the Olympic Games Ever Been Canceled?

The 2020 Olympic games were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but as of yet they haven't been canceled. Learn when the Olympics were canceled in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/olympics-skipped.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/06/217m 41s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Are So Many People Nearsighted?

By 2050, half the world will be nearsighted. Researchers tracking this eye condition (also called myopia) have a few hypotheses about why it's happening. Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/systems/eye/half-the-world-will-be-nearsighted-2050.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/06/215m 13s

BrainStuff Classics: Could Platypus Milk Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Disease?

For everything that's weird and wondrous about the platypus, we probably shouldn't be surprised that its milk may help save countless lives, but here we are. Learn how in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/platypus-milk-best-hope-against-post-antibiotic-future.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/06/215m 50s

What Can Modern Hearing Aids Do?

Today's hearing aids incorporate all kinds of smart technology to help the deaf and hard of hearing community. Learn about the tech in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/systems/ear/modern-hearing-aids.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/06/217m 37s

How Does the Westminster Dog Show Work?

The Westminster Dog Show has been educating and enchanting the public for 145 years. Learn how it's going to be different this year in today's episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/westminster-dog-show.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/06/218m 35s

How Did Pride Parades Get Their Start?

The LGBTQ+ Pride parades that happen throughout the U.S. every June are joyful celebrations today, but got their start as riots and protests against persecution. Learn the history of Pride in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/cultural-traditions/pride-parades.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/06/217m 54s

How Do Macaws Work?

Macaws are beautiful birds that can talk (yes, including bad words) and can make excellent pets for the right person. Learn about them in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/birds/macaw.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/06/218m 22s

Should You Wear White Clothes to Stay Cool?

Common sense dictates that since light-colored clothing is more reflective than dark, it'll help keep you cooler in hot weather. Learn why this myth doesn't hold water in today's episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/everyday-myths/light-colored-clothes-in-hot-weather.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/05/214m 11s

BrainStuff Classics: How Can Diabetes Lead to Disordered Eating?

People with Type 1 diabetes are more likely to experience eating disorders, and the consequences can be serious. Learn why, and what can be done to help, in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/diabetes/why-diabulimia-is-so-dangerous.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/05/215m 38s

BrainStuff Classics: How Can a Plant Outsource Photosynthesis?

Plants use photosynthesis to survive, but some plants outsource that job to other living things, like fungus. Learn how it works in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/botany/underground-plant-outsources-photosynthesis-fungus.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/05/213m 55s

How Do Jackalopes Work?

Jackalopes are mythical creatures with the body of a jackrabbit and the horns of a deer or pronghorn. Learn how tales about them got started in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/strange-creatures/jackalope.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/05/218m 16s

Does Your Diet Really Affect Your Dreams?

You might blame scary or surreal dreams on your bedtime snacks, but is there any scientific evidence to back that up? Learn about research into diet and dreams in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/pizza-nightmares-diet-determine-dreams.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/05/216m 27s

Why Is There a Chlorine Shortage?

A perfect storm of events in 2020 led to a chlorine shortage across America that has continued into 2021. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/us-chlorine-shortage-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/05/217m 25s

How Did Allosaurus Work?

This massive Jurassic-era predator may have grazed on flesh the way we pick at cheese plates. Learn about the allosaurus in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/dinosaurs/allosaurus.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/05/219m 11s

Can You Make Weedkillers at Home?

If you struggle with weeds in your home garden or landscaping, you don't have to turn to hazardous commercial herbicides. Learn how to make safer weedkillers at home in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://home.howstuffworks.com/green-living/natural-weed-killers.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/05/216m 46s

BrainStuff Classics: What Makes Durian Fruit Smell So Bad?

Durian fruit is prized as a delicacy and staple -- and it smells like rotting. Learn how researchers mapped its genome to get to the bottom of this stench (and hopefully find something medicinally useful) in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/genetic/durian-smell-origin-genome.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/05/215m 3s

BrainStuff Classics: Is There a Gene for Infidelity?

Some animals mate for life -- and others decidedly don't. Learn what researchers have discovered about cheating by studying voles and humans alike in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/genetic/good-excuse-or-is-there-actually-cheating-gene.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/05/215m 58s

How Do Humpback Whales Work?

Humpback whales are back from the brink of extinction thanks to conservation efforts. Learn about their songs, acrobatics, and life cycle in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/humpback-whale.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/05/217m 38s

How Does Hematite Work?

Hematite is a mineral that we've been using for pigments, as a source of iron, and in other applications for pretty much ever. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geology/hematite.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/05/216m 18s

Do We Really Swallow Spiders in Our Sleep?

You may have heard that we swallow eight spiders a year in our sleep, but is that really true? We debunk this myth in today's episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/arachnids/do-we-swallow-spiders-in-sleep.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/05/213m 56s

How Can Cryptocurrency Clean Up Its Act?

Cryptocurrency has many benefits, but currently comes at a high energy cost -- and a huge, negative environmental impact. Learn what the industry is doing about it in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/conservation/issues/cryptocurrency-climate-change-news.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/05/218m 13s

How Have Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Helped Shape Civil and Workers' Rights?

Though they were denied the ability to even apply for citizenship for decades, Asians and Pacific Islanders helped shape civil rights and workers' rights in America. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/cultural-traditions/asian-american-history.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/05/217m 44s

BrainStuff Classics: How Is New Laser Technology Discovering Ancient Ruins?

Ancient ruins, long grown over by massive forests, can be found painlessly -- thanks to lasers. Learn how LiDAR is preserving forests and uncovering lost Mayan infrastructure in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/future-tech/scientists-use-lidar-to-discover-massive-lost-mayan-city.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/05/216m 45s

BrainStuff Classics: How Much Salt Is Too Much?

You've probably heard you should cut back on salt, but we need it to survive -- we're hardwired to crave it. Learn how to reduce sodium and why in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/healthy-eating/salt-breaking-up-is-hard-to-do.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/05/216m 21s

How Did Edgar Allan Poe Work?

Poe was a writer known for his eerie and mysterious stories, but his own life ended just as strangely. Learn about him in this special episode of BrainStuff, with a reading of his poem 'The Raven' in iHeart 3D, based on this article: https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/edgar-allan-poe.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/05/2117m 3s

Will Some Port Cities Start Banning Cruise Ships?

Tourism has taken a serious hit during COVID-19, but some port cities are glad for the loss of the crowding and pollution that the cruise industry brings. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://money.howstuffworks.com/cruise-ships-bans.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/05/218m 12s

Was a Whaling Captain Once Buried in Rum?

The story goes that one Captain Sluman Gray died during a voyage in the 1860s, and was laid to rest in a barrel of rum then shipped back home for burial -- barrel and all. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/ballad-pickled-whaling-captain-from-connecticut.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/05/214m 14s

How Could the World's Whitest Paint Fight Climate Change?

Researchers are developing a paint that can reflect over 98 percent of sunlight, which could help keep buildings cool during hot summers. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-tech/sustainable/ultra-white-paint.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/05/216m 33s

Can Some Animals Be Half Male and Half Female?

Rare animals called bilateral gynandromorphs can exhibit male traits on one side of their bodies and female traits on the other. Learn more about chimeras in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/animal-facts/yes-half-male-and-half-female-animals-do-exist.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/05/214m 40s

BrainStuff Classics: How Did Botox Come from Bad Sausages?

Botox wrinkle therapy contains a tiny dose of a deadly bacterial toxin originally found in spoiled sausages. Learn the history of botulinum toxin, plus how it's used in non-cosmetic medicine, in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/systems/digestive/rotten-sausages-botox-botulism.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/05/215m 8s

BrainStuff Classics: Is Prozac Endangering Crabs' Survival?

When we take medications, we sometimes excrete chemicals that get flushed into our oceans. Learn how fluoxetine (Prozac) is chilling crabs out -- which isn't great -- in this classic BrainStuff episode, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/prozac-water-ocean-crab-behavior.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/05/214m 18s

How Did Early Facial Prostheses Work?

Before modern surgical techniques and materials, artists sometimes created realistic face masks for veterans and other patients. Learn about the work of Anna Coleman Ladd in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/anna-coleman-ladd-helped-disfigured-soldiers-live-better-lives.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/05/217m 22s

Who Were Oscar, Tony and Emmy?

The American film, television, and music industries host award galas every year -- but how did these awards get their names? Learn the history in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/oscar-tony-emmy-award-names.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/05/215m 6s

Do the Beale Ciphers Contain Directions to Hidden Treasure?

In the 1850s, a newspaper published anonymous details about a mysterious set of encoded papers that supposedly point to buried treasure -- but they've never been cracked. Learn about the Beale Ciphers in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://adventure.howstuffworks.com/beale-ciphers.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/05/219m 20s

How Does Paprika Work?

Paprika is a lot more than a just pretty topping. Learn how paprika is made and where it comes from in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/food-facts/paprika.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/05/214m 44s

Why Do Elephants Seldom Get Cancer?

Elephants get cancer so rarely that researchers went looking for a genetic reason, and they found one. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/zombie-gene-protects-elephants-from-cancer.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/05/217m 19s

BrainStuff Classics: What's the Difference Between Eggs of Different Colors?

Chicken eggs come in a spectrum of colors, but they all cook up the same. Learn how they're created in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/animal-facts/white-brown-green-chicken-eggs-whats-difference.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/05/215m 15s

BrainStuff Classics: What's the Most Dangerous Air Pollution?

The most hazardous air pollution may be particles too tiny to see, but it also may be easily avoided. Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/when-it-comes-to-air-pollution-tiniest-particles-might-be-worst.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/05/215m 51s

Do Koalas Smell Like Cough Drops?

Koalas eat nothing but eucalyptus, which is poisonous to many mammals in large amounts. Learn how they do it (and how they smell) in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/koala-smell-like-cough-drop.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/04/216m 41s

How Do Astronauts Play Music in Space?

Lots of astronauts have performed music in space, just for fun or for wider audiences. Learn what considerations it takes in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/astronauts-play-music-in-space.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/04/215m 50s

Why Do We Talk About the First 100 Days?

Lots of attention is paid to an American president's first 100 days in office, but why? Learn the history (and why we have FDR to thank) in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://people.howstuffworks.com/why-do-we-care-the-first-100-days.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/04/217m 10s

How Do Whistled Languages Work?

In some situations, whistling just makes more sense than talking. Learn about whistled languages in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://people.howstuffworks.com/whistled-languages.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/04/216m 12s

How Does Mesa Verde National Park Work?

Mesa Verde National Park, the only national park devoted primarily to a historic cultural site, is home to dwellings built impressively into steep cliffs. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://adventure.howstuffworks.com/mesa-verde-national-park-ga.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/04/217m 18s

BrainStuff Classics: What If Cockroaches Went Extinct?

Being surprised by a roach in your kitchen (which is very clean, thank you) can be enough to wish the whole genus would just go away. Learn what the world would be like if it did in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/what-if/what-if-there-were-no-cockroaches.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/04/214m 10s

BrainStuff Classics: Can Losing Sleep Make You Gain Weight?

Research indicates that sleep is one of the many factors in how our bodies create, store, and burn fat. We explore in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/sleep-obesity.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/04/216m 35s

What Is 'Chutzpah'?

The Yiddish word 'chutzpah' has come to mean that someone has a lot of nerve, but in a way you respect. Learn the word's history and usage in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://people.howstuffworks.com/chutzpah.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/04/214m 51s

Could We Ever Find Noah's Ark?

The hunt for Noah's Ark is ongoing, probably futile, and always intriguing. Learn how researchers have tried to unravel the real history of this biblical myth in today's episode of BrainStuff, based on this episode: https://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/hunt-noahs-ark-podcast.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/04/216m 0s

How Does the U.S. Secret Service Work?

The United States Secret Service does a lot more than protect the president and other political bigwigs. Learn about its origins with the Treasury and other work in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://people.howstuffworks.com/secrets-about-secret-service.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/04/218m 20s

What Causes the Smell After a Rain?

Petrichor is the name for that fresh, sweet, earthy smell after it rains. Learn what causes petrichor in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/climate-weather/atmospheric/question479.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/04/215m 9s

How Do Garter Snakes Work?

These small-to-medium snakes are everywhere in North America -- luckily they're mostly harmless, and even good for your garden. Learn more about garter snakes in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/snakes/garter-snakes.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/04/214m 38s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Are the Oceans Salty?

Seawater is salty because of several quirks in Earth's water cycle. Learn the reasons why in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/oceanography/why-is-seawater-salty.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/04/213m 52s

BrainStuff Classics: Could Technology Replace Animal Testing?

Trying potential medical treatments on animals was once the best that science could do, but new technologies could make animal testing obsolete. Learn how in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://auto.howstuffworks.com/tech-transport/does-technology-make-us-drive-worse.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/04/217m 0s

Why Do Ordinary People Commit Espionage?

It takes a particular kind of person to go from average citizen to amateur spy. Learn what history and psychology have taught us in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://people.howstuffworks.com/why-do-ordinary-people-commit-acts-of-espionage.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/04/218m 36s

How Do Emus Work?

These large, leggy birds can run fast and make friends faster. Learn more about them in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/emu.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/04/217m 39s

How Can Herd Immunity Help Keep a Population Safe?

Herd immunity can help keep a population healthier, but achieving it can be difficult. Learn about vaccines and vaccination reluctance in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/cellular-microscopic/herd-immunity.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/04/2110m 44s

How Did Oregon Enforce a White-Only Population Until 1926?

In the 1850s, Oregon voted to outlaw slavery in their state -- but also to outlaw free Black people from living there. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-events/racial-history-oregon-was-whites-only-until-1926.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/04/215m 34s

How Is Climate Changing the French Wine Industry?

Climate change is affecting French wine-producing regions -- for the worse and for the better. Learn how grape growers and winemakers may have to adjust in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/food-facts/climate-change-is-affecting-french-wines-good-bad.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/04/216m 14s

BrainStuff Classics: What Can We Learn from Fish about Walking?

Some fish that strut the seafloor share a common ancestor with humans, so researchers are hoping that studying these fish could help us understand how we walk. Learn how in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/extinct-animals/ancient-fish-strutted-seafloor-before-land-animals.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/04/215m 19s

BrainStuff Classics: Does Technology Make Us Worse Drivers?

Any high-tech car feature that takes your attention away from the road is a distraction, but are even our automatic safety systems making driving more dangerous? We explore in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://auto.howstuffworks.com/tech-transport/does-technology-make-us-drive-worse.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/04/217m 12s

Did Lucille Ball Use Her Fillings to Spy?

Rumor has it that Lucille Ball once picked up a spy's radio signal with her fillings -- but could it be true? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/lucille-ball-fillings-spy.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/04/214m 26s

How Do Spider Webs Work?

Different kinds of spiders build all sorts of different webs, from beautiful bug-catchers to protective egg sacs to clever trap doors. Learn about them in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/arachnids/spiders-spin-webs.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/04/217m 49s

Is It Better to Shower in the Morning or Evening?

Showering first thing or last thing in your day is largely a personal preference, but a few factors might sway you one way or the other. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/daily/tips/morning-vs-evening-showers-discuss.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/04/215m 56s

Why Is Coal Ash Such a Problem?

One of the results of burning coal to produce energy is the creation of coal ash, a toxic product that can wreak havoc when it spills into nearby ecosystems. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/deadly-problem-coal-ash.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/04/219m 17s

How Does Budget Reconciliation Work?

Once a year, the U.S. government can use a process called reconciliation to fast-track big budget legislation through Congress. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://people.howstuffworks.com/reconciliation.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/04/215m 14s

BrainStuff Classics: How Do Boogers Form?

Snot is a crucial part of our immune system, and boogers are a byproduct of that system. Learn how they form (plus, why eating them might be advantageous) in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/systems/nose-throat/boogers-form-in-nose.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/04/214m 3s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Are Some Sea Turtles Hatching Almost All Female?

A sea turtle's sex is determined by the temperature where it hatches, and the Great Barrier Reef is warmer than ever before. Learn what this could mean in today's classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/oceanography/sea-turtles-great-barrier-reef-turning-99-percent-female.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/04/214m 35s

Why Do Most People Have 46 Chromosomes?

Chromosomes contain the DNA that codes our very existence, and most people have 23 pairs. Learn how they work in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/genetic/23-pairs-chromosomes.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/04/217m 12s

What Was the Great Moon Hoax of 1835?

In the early 1800s, a set of newspaper articles had people across America believing a civilization had been found on the moon. Learn how it happened in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-events/ridiculous-history-the-great-moon-hoax-1835.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/04/215m 4s

How Do Capybaras Work?

This characteristically chill, friendly animal is the largest rodent in the world. Learn more about the capybara in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/capybara.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/03/215m 41s

How Does Tabasco Sauce Work?

Tabasco brand hot sauce is the most popular in the U.S., and it's been made pretty much the same way for 150 years. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/tabasco-sauce-red-stick.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/03/214m 46s

How Did Jean Macnamara Help Vanquish Polio?

In the early 1900s, Australian doctor Jean Macnamara helped the world learn how polio works -- and helped patients rehabilitate. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/-jean-macnamara.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/03/214m 53s

BrainStuff Classics: Is There a Better Alternative to Cash Bail?

Cash bail punishes the poor by setting a high price on freedom -- literally. But are there any better alternatives? We explore in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://money.howstuffworks.com/cash-bail-punishes-poor-but-whats-alternative.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/03/219m 14s

BrainStuff Classics: Where Did Middle Names Come From?

Having a first, middle, and last name is common in the West, but this wasn't always the case. Learn the history of middle names in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://people.howstuffworks.com/why-do-have-middle-names.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/03/213m 44s

When Was a Battle Fought Over Eggs?

During the Gold Rush, San Francisco's food supply chains couldn't keep up -- and enterprising hunters turned to the eggs of a seabird called the common murre. Learn about the resulting Egg War in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-events/history-1850s-farallones-san-francisco-egg-war.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/03/215m 41s

How Did Anna May Wong Fight Racism On- and Off-Screen?

Anna May Wong was one of the film industry's first Chinese-American actresses, but her success was hard-won. Learn about Wong's life and work in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/anna-may-wong.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/03/216m 38s

Why Do 17-Year Cicadas Appear Almost Every Year?

Some groups of cicadas spend 13 or even 17 years underground in between massive, noisy emergences. Learn about their life cycle and how cicada broods work in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/insects/why-17-year-cicadas-come-more-than-17-years.htm/printable Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/03/218m 39s

Why Was 1816 the Year With No Summer?

In 1815, a massive volcanic eruption kicked off three years of climate chaos across the Northern hemisphere. Learn about some of the surprising effects in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/climate-weather/atmospheric/200-years-ago-we-had-a-year-a-summer.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/03/215m 19s

What Is the World's Oldest Book?

Books are both fragile physical objects and conceptual works as eternal as storytelling itself. Learn about the quest to find the oldest book in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/arts/literature/oldest-book-in-the-world.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/03/216m 48s

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Cuttlefish Camouflage Work?

Researchers have found that cuttlefish's ability to change their color and texture at will is incredibly energy efficient. Learn why -- and how technology might copy this ability -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/fish/cuttlefish-masters-camouflage-have-newly-discovered-super-power.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/03/216m 57s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Are Stars and Planets Nearly Spherical?

Planets and stars are basically spheres, but why? We explore the science in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/why-are-planets-almost-spherical.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/03/216m 11s

How Do Belly Buttons Work?

We're not just navel gazing -- belly buttons are seriously fascinating. Learn how they work in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/parts/5-things-didnt-know-about-belly-button.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/03/216m 16s

The Firm vs. the Family: How Does the British Monarchy Work?

The British monarchy is both a family and a sweeping institution with economic and political ties. Learn more about it in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/genealogy/firm-vs-royal-family.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/03/218m 46s

How Has COVID-19 Changed How We Mourn?

Not being able to conduct the normal rituals of grieving during the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way our society considers grief altogether. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/emotions/covid-19-mourn.htm Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/03/217m 24s

What Reptiles Are Most Endangered?

Cute, fuzzy mammals often get all the attention (and funding) when they land on endangered species lists, but now reptiles are getting an equal spotlight. Learn about the effort to identify and preserve these animals in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/03/214m 27s

Who Was Ada Lovelace, the Enchantress of Numbers?

Ada Lovelace was the world's first computer programmer. Learn about her life and work with Charles Babbage on an analytical engine in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/03/214m 43s

BrainStuff Classics: Do Female Praying Mantises Really Decapitate Mates?

The female praying mantis: maneater or misaligned? Learn the science behind this popular semi-myth in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/03/214m 20s

BrainStuff Classics: Could Humans Control Volcanic Eruptions?

Spoiler alert: Not yet. But researchers are working on it. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/03/216m 58s

Who Invented Macaroni and Cheese?

People like pasta and people like cheese, so is there a single origin story for mac and cheese? Learn how this dish was developed in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/03/214m 58s

Can We Tell Whether a Dinosaur Was Male or Female?

We can learn a lot from dinosaur fossils, but the sex of the animal in question is frequently a mystery. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/03/216m 16s

How Does the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Work?

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine for COVID-19 is a one-dose viral vector vaccine that's about as effective as the mRNA vaccines available. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/03/217m 17s

Why Did Germany Have to Sacrifice Sausages to Fly Zeppelins?

During World War I, German forces flew menacing zeppelin airships into war zones -- but they had to give up a lot of sausages to do it. Learn why zeppelins and sausage were both made with cow intestines in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/03/217m 18s

Who Was Sacagawea?

At the age of 17 and toting her infant son, Sacagawea was instrumental to the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the early 1800s. Learn more about her life in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/03/219m 48s

BrainStuff Classics: Does Hot Yoga Need to Be So Hot?

Do students of hot yoga, who practice at 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius), reap more health benefits than room-temperature practitioners? Learn what the research says in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/03/214m 41s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Humans Dream?

The human brain is full of mysteries, and why we dream is a big one. Learn the leading theories about why we dream in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/03/215m 5s

How Do Badgers Work?

The term 'badger' refers to a number of animals in the weasel family with some amazing skills. Learn more about badgers in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/03/216m 40s

Did Women Really Burn Their Bras During Protests?

If you picture a demonstration for the Women's Liberation movement of the 1960s and '70s, do you picture protestors burning their bras? Learn how this myth got started in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/03/214m 22s

What Happens When Plants Bloom Early?

Warm winters and early springs can lead to trees and other flowering plants blooming earlier than expected. Learn why a subsequent frost is the real danger, and how to protect against it, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/03/216m 1s

How Does Breadfruit Work?

Breadfruit is a starchy staple food in tropical areas where it grows, delicious in both savory and sweet dishes. Learn more about breadfruit in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/03/216m 37s

What Does It Take to Freeze a Waterfall?

Even large waterfalls like Niagara can appear to ice over, but it takes prolonged, extremely cold weather to actually freeze a falls. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/03/215m 20s

BrainStuff Classics: Can Autonomous Vehicles Break the Speed Limit?

In the incredible future, robots may be able to drive your car -- but will they be able to speed? Today's self-driving cars can. Learn why in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/02/214m 37s

BrainStuff Classics: How Could an Ice Cream Not Melt?

Researchers and chefs in Japan have invented an ice cream that doesn't melt on sunny days -- and it's all thanks to deformed strawberries. Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/02/214m 8s

Introducing: Black Cowboys

Zaron Burnett’s dad didn’t want slavery to be his son’s only image of Black people in American history. So every night, he filled Zaron’s dreams with these incredible stories of Black cowboys. Despite what Hollywood taught us, one-in-four cowboys were Black. Their stories tell a bigger, braver, more honest history of America.  Find Black Cowboys on the iHeartRadio App, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/02/211m 47s

How Accurate Is 'Bridgerton'?

The Netflix series 'Bridgerton' portrays life and love in Regency England. Learn what it got right about the era and what it took liberties with in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/02/217m 59s

What If the Earth Stopped Spinning?

Our planet would be a very different place if it didn't rotate. Learn why the Earth spins -- and what it might look like if it slowly stopped -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/02/218m 18s

What Is the Wilhelm Scream?

Movies and other media often use stock sound effects to avoid the cost of recording new ones, but a particular scream has become a Hollywood in-joke. Learn where the Wilhelm scream comes from in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/02/215m 36s

How Smart Are Dolphins?

Dolphins are incredibly intelligent -- in some ways, they can mentally outperform chimpanzees. Learn about some of their amazing capabilities in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/02/214m 51s

Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Your Head?

Ever had a song or commercial jingle on repeat in your head for days? Learn how earworms work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/02/215m 11s

BrainStuff Classics: Could Human Waste Feed Astronauts?

It sounds gross, but stick with us: Researchers are working on recycling astronauts' waste into food for edible stuff. Learn how (and why) in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/02/215m 24s

BrainStuff Classics: Can Magic Mushrooms Help Stop Depression?

Although psychedelic drugs are largely recreational these days, scientists are looking into potential therapeutic uses -- especially in patients for whom nothing else works. Learn how psilocybin may fight depression in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/02/215m 1s

Can a Dripping Faucet Really Prevent Pipe Damage?

Yes, keeping a faucet dripping can help prevent pipes from bursting during freezing weather. Learn why -- and how to best accomplish this -- in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/02/214m 41s

When Can You Claim Defamation?

When something you write or say causes harm to someone else, that's defamation -- maybe. Learn about the legal considerations and qualifications involved in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/02/218m 46s

How Can Pit Vipers 'See' Heat?

Pit vipers are a category of snakes that have specialized organs that can sense infrared radiation (heat!) from nearby animals. Learn more about these fascinating snakes in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/02/217m 26s

Where Does the Vice President Live?

The White House famously houses the U.S. president, but the VP has a historical place to call home, too. Learn about Number One Observatory Drive in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/02/218m 20s

Will a Second Bump to the Head Really Cure Amnesia?

Spoiler alert: Nope. Learn where the pervasive myth about a blow to the skull causing and curing amnesia came from in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/02/216m 11s

BrainStuff Classics: Can You Be Addicted to Love?

Feelings of euphoria leading to obsessive behavior and potentially life-ruining decisions: Love can be as powerful as any drug. Learn how love affects the brain in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/02/214m 53s

BrainStuff Classics: Did Velociraptors Really Hunt in Packs?

Did real-life raptors work together they way they do in 'Jurassic Park' movies? Do we even have the right raptors? Learn the leading theories in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/02/218m 3s

Should We All Be Wearing Two Face Masks?

There's now scientific proof that one good mask will help stop us from spreading and catching COVID-19. Two masks might be even better, but only if worn correctly. Learn more about mask-wearing and the coronavirus in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/02/218m 54s

Does Closure Really Exist?

In pop psychology, people often talk about wanting closure to a relationship that's ended -- but psychologists say closure doesn't (and shouldn't!) exist. Learn why, plus what's recommended instead, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/02/216m 49s

What's the Difference Between Dukes, Earls, and Other British Peers?

The British peerage system gives formal ranks to people through one of five titles: duke, marquess, earl, viscount, or baron. Learn about the differences and how these ranks are granted in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/02/217m 19s

How Do Axolotls Work?

These amphibians spend their entire lives in the water and can regrow any part of their body. Learn more about the axolotl in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/02/217m 40s

Who Were the Black Loyalists of the American Revolution?

When American colonists rebelled against the British Empire, the British encouraged enslaved people to rise up and fight for the crown. Learn about the Black Loyalists in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/02/218m 40s

BrainStuff Classics: Are We in an Insect Armageddon?

A study found that bug biomass has been steadily -- and in some places, dramatically -- decreasing. Learn what may be to blame and what this could this mean for the future in today's classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/02/215m 38s

BrainStuff Classics: Can People Be Allergic to Water?

OK, it's not technically an allergy, but yes: People can have extreme skin reactions to water. Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/02/214m 22s

How Does Xanthan Gum Work?

This substance helps provide thick, smooth textures in homemade foods and industrial products alike. Learn about how xanthan gum is used and how it's made in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/02/217m 8s

How Were Neanderthals Smarter Than We Think?

Neanderthals have been portrayed as much less intelligent than humans, but they developed technologies and cultural practices similar to ours -- and sometimes much earlier. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/02/215m 0s

How Do Roadrunners Work?

These birds are the subject of a lot of myths, ancient and modern. Learn what roadrunners are really like in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/02/216m 16s

How Did Human-Skin Shoes Feature in a Politician's Wardrobe?

In the late 1800s, a doctor who autopsied a criminal had the man's skin made into human leather. Learn the macabre story in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/02/214m 24s

How Do Unrelated Species Develop Similar Traits?

Some traits and abilities -- like flight, for example -- are so useful that completely different species evolved them independently over time. Learn about convergent evolution (and divergent evolution) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/02/217m 12s

BrainStuff Classics: What on Earth Are Skyquakes?

There are plenty of potential reasons for a boom to rumble through the air, but skyquakes don't seem to be attached to any of the usual suspects. Learn more about these mysterious phenomena on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/01/215m 43s

BrainStuff Classics: How Do We Find Planets That Might Harbor Life?

Ross 128 b is an Earth-sized planet only 11 light years away that might have the right conditions to sustain life as we know it. Learn how scientists are studying it in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/01/216m 22s

How Often Should You Wash Your Pillow?

The pillows we sleep on can collect grime aplenty, but they can't all be washed the same way. Learn what the experts recommend in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/01/214m 47s

What's the Difference Between Burrata and Mozzarella?

These two cheeses look similar on the outside, but it's what inside that counts. Learn about the differences between buratta and mozzarella, and how to use them, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/01/215m 3s

Why Do We See Faces in Inanimate Objects?

If you've ever seen a face in a cloud or thought your electrical outlet was looking at you funny, you've experienced pareidolia. But why does this happen so often? Learn more about how the eyes and brain work together in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/01/218m 56s

How Did 'The Green Book' Work?

For decades, 'The Green Book' was a lifeline connecting Black travelers in the U.S. with businesses that were happy to serve them. Learn how it got started in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/01/216m 55s

How Do Astronauts Shower in Space?

The two things that make showers on Earth delightful are hot water and gravity, but in space, both are in limited supply. Learn how astronauts have made do over the years in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/01/214m 52s

BrainStuff Classics: Should You Give Cats Milk?

Pop culture often shows cats happily sipping saucers of milk, but giving a cat milk isn't actually the best treat for it -- or you. Learn why in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/01/213m 50s

BrainStuff Classics: How Did a Parisian Lemonade Craze Fight the Plague?

While the black plague ravaged the rest of France, Paris remained relatively untouched -- and they may have had their fondness for lemonade to thank. Learn why in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/01/215m 18s

How Do Presidential Pardons Work?

U.S. presidents have the power to pardon anyone from punishment surrounding a federal crime, no questions asked. Learn how this clemency works in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/01/219m 20s

What Astronomy Events Are Happening in 2021?

Whatever else happens, 2021 is going to be a year with some amazing astronomical events. Learn when they're happening and how to watch them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/01/217m 19s

Have Inaugurations Always Involved Celebrities?

There have always been parties surrounding U.S. presidential inaugurations, but the events themselves didn't become star-studded until fairly recently. Learn about the history of performances surrounding inaugurations in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/01/215m 46s

How Can Nasal Breathing Help Keep You Healthier?

Breathing through your nose instead of your mouth can help your heart, immune system, and even your anxiety levels. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/01/215m 50s

How Did Martin Luther King Influence 'Star Trek'?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy is profound -- his activism changed the course of history. Including, oddly enough, 'Star Trek'. Learn how he inspired Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Uhura, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/01/215m 15s

BrainStuff Classics: Do Vegetarians' Farts Smell Worse?

Not all flatulence is created equal -- your diet has a huge impact on the gas you pass. So whose farts are smellier: vegetarians or omnivores? Learn the answer in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/01/214m 6s

BrainStuff Classics: How Do Astronauts React to Lunar Landing Conspiracy Theories?

Fringe theorists sometimes question whether the 1969 moon landing actually happened. In this classic episode of BrainStuff, we explore how astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin have reacted when asked whether it's all a conspiracy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/01/217m 0s

How Might Universal Basic Income Work?

Universal basic income is a form of monthly payments to citizens from their government with the idea that financial security makes people (and maybe even economies) healthier. Learn more about UBI and guaranteed income in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/01/2110m 36s

Does Dry January Lead to Binging in February?

After abstaining from alcohol in January, research shows that drinkers consume less in the following months, too. Learn more about Dry January in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/01/216m 4s

What Is Populism?

Populist leaders have been coming into power all over the world over the past few years. Learn what populism is -- and why it concerns political scientists -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/01/2110m 9s

What Is Worcestershire Sauce?

This savory sauce with a difficult name dates back to the early 1800s. Learn about its history and ingredients in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/01/215m 41s

Who Was the First Person in Space?

Yuri Gagarin was the Soviet cosmonaut who braved the first flight into space in 1961. Learn about his life (and tragic early death) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/01/218m 36s

BrainStuff Classics: What Animal Has the Best Echolocation Abilities?

Bats, dolphins, and other animals all use sonar to navigate, but the narwhal has them all beat, and it's thanks to narwhals' distinctive horns. Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/01/214m 34s

BrainStuff Classics: What Is the 25th Amendment?

People are again asking whether the 25th Amendment might be enacted to remove the current president. But what does this Amendment say, and what can it really do? Learn about it in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/01/216m 8s

How Does Damascus Steel Work?

If you've seen rippling patterns in the blades of knives or swords, that's Damascus steel. Learn its history and how it's made today in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/01/217m 34s

How Do Penguins Work?

Flightless birds that live in brutal Antarctic temperatures and partner up for life -- penguins are cool (pun absolutely intended). Learn more about them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/01/217m 4s

What Did the Arecibo Radio Telescope Help Us Learn?

For decades, the Arecibo Radio Telescope has let us investigate parts of our universe near and far. Learn its history -- and why it had to be shut down -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/01/217m 26s

Do 'I Voted' Stickers Do Anything?

Many local governments pass out stickers to the voters who cast a ballot on election day. It might seem silly, but those stickers have a real effect. Learn about the psychology behind 'I Voted!' stickers in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/01/216m 14s

Why Would the Creator of Graham Crackers Be Horrified by Them Today?

Graham crackers are a sweetened, mass-produced baked good today, but they started out as a homemade, ascetic-diet food. Learn about Sylvester Graham and the history of his crackers in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/01/217m 31s

BrainStuff Classics: Do Some Fabrics Make Body Odor Worse?

Body odor happens when bacteria thrive in our sweat, so the ways your clothes deal with sweat can make a difference. Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/01/217m 17s

BrainStuff Classics: How Green Is Your Favorite Superhero?

To draw attention to the average citizen's carbon footprint, a team of researchers calculated the eco-rating of a number of superheroes. Learn how they rank in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/01/214m 28s

How Did a South Carolina Monkey Farm Help Defeat Polio?

A farm in South Carolina ensured the health and welfare of the monkeys that were instrumental in the development of polio vaccines. Learn the history of Okatie Farms in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/01/217m 17s

What Does 'Auld Lang Syne' Mean?

Auld Lang Syne' is the most popular New Year's Eve song in the English-speaking world, but not all of its lyrics (including that title) are in English. Learn about the history and meaning of this song in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/12/204m 51s

One of Our Favorite Podcasts of 2020 - The Ten News

🤔 Is Dr. Anthony Fauci a cat or a dog person? 📰 What’s happening with the Covid vaccine? 👨‍⚕️ When will kids be able to get the vaccine? 🧪 And when does the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, think it might be ok to have sleepovers again? Plus, see if you can guess the answer to the Trivia Question of the Day: Way before he became a leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Fauci was a leader in school. Which teams was he captain of in high school? 👨‍⚕️ Uncover everything there is to know about Dr. Anthony Fauci! 🤔 Learn the best ways to protect yourself & others from COVID-19 👩🏾‍🔬 Brush up on your knowledge of the coronavirus and watch this informative video to learn more ✏️Get some helpful tips on how to talk about Covid with your kids Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/12/2018m 24s

How Do Lionfish Work?

The lionfish is beautiful, fascinating, invasive, and venomous. Learn more about lionfish in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/12/207m 7s

Why Is Snow White?

Snow is made up of ice crystals, which are mostly clear -- so why does snow appear white? Learn how particle physics gives us those dazzling white snow drifts in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/12/204m 43s

How Does Kwanzaa Work?

Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday celebrating Pan-African culture, and the unity, creativity, and determination of its peoples. Learn the basics about Kwanzaa in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/12/208m 38s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Are Resolutions So Easy to Break?

Most of us break our New Years resolutions — and researchers have found a few reasons why. Learn how to build a better resolution in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/12/205m 30s

BrainStuff Classics: What Tech Will Replace the Smartphone?

Although it's an integral part of many people's lives today, the smartphone is bound to be replaced by the next big thing. We explore what (and when) that might be in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/12/206m 2s

When Did Christmas Become an American Holiday?

When the Puritans began colonizing North America, they did not bring Christmas traditions with them. Learn why celebrating was not widespread and sometimes even illegal in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/12/206m 47s

How Does Santa's Sleigh Work?

Santa Claus is known for getting gifts to every child in the world on Christmas Eve, but how could such a quick, efficient sleigh work? With all due respect to the reindeer, we propose an antimatter engine in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/12/206m 25s

Why Is There a Pooping Figure in Catalonian Nativity Sets?

In a traditional Nativity scene in Catalonia, you're likely to find a figure of 'el caganer' -- a person squatting with a pile of poop. Learn how this sometimes cheeky tradition may have gotten started in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/12/205m 9s

How Do Obelisks Work?

In many cities, the most ancient monuments are obelisks taken from Egypt. Learn more about why and how these architectural masterpieces were constructed (and moved) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/12/208m 12s

What Was the Biggest Nuclear Weapon Ever Built?

The Soviet Union's Tsar Bomba, tested in 1961, was thousands of times more powerful than even the large nuclear weapons of its time. Learn more about this bomb and why such large designs were abandoned in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/12/209m 1s

BrainStuff Classics: What Was the Christmas Truce?

During one Christmas in WWI, enemy soldiers called an unofficial ceasefire and even shared holiday treats with each other. Learn the story behind this small miracle from the Great War in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/12/204m 18s

BrainStuff Classics: Can Bats Jam Each Other's Sonar?

Bats use sonar to find food in the dark -- but they've got a lot of competition from other bats. Learn about echolocation and how bats go on the offensive in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/12/204m 23s

What Is the Great Conjunction?

Once every 20 years, Saturn and Jupiter appear very close together in the sky from Earth's point of view, but this year they're closer than they've been in 800 years. Learn more about this astonomical event in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/12/204m 49s

How Did Manischewitz Become the Biggest Name in Kosher Wine?

The Manischewitz Company produces all kinds of kosher foods, but is most famous for its sweet, inexpensive wines. Learn how the company got started in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/12/206m 5s

Introducing Anupam Cares

We could all use a little something to lift our spirits right now... and that is exactly what Anupam Kher has set out to do. You may know him from 500+ Bollywood films, and Hollywood hits like Silver Linings Playbook, The Big Sick, or Bend It Like Beckham. But in his podcast, he wanted to try something new. Here, Anupam shares the stories that happened off-screen. You’ll hear about his childhood mischief in the hills of Shimla, the highs and lows of his early career, and the lessons learned along the way. And each episode, you’ll also hear stories of unsung heroes from around the world that, despite being miles or generations apart, were learning the same lessons and living the same truths. Join Anupam Kher in celebrating the everyday victories and the things that make us smile. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
17/12/204m 14s

How Did Galileo Become the First Superstar Scientist?

Galileo Galilei is famous today for defying the Catholic Church in the 1600s with his (correct) astronomical hypotheses. Learn more about his work and how he became famous in his own time in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/12/208m 28s

How Does the Larynx Work?

The larynx contains the voice box or vocal cords, and it's one of the organs that helps humans speak. Learn more about it in this episode of BrainStuff Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/12/206m 7s

What Are Wine Diamonds?

If you've ever seen crystals at the bottom of a wine bottle, glass, or cork, don't worry -- they're considered a sign of quality. Learn what so-called wine diamonds are and how they form in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/12/204m 30s

BrainStuff Classics: Did the Genes for Light Skin Colors Evolve in Europe?

A widescale genetic survey has shown that despite common misconceptions, race really is only skin deep. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/12/205m 59s

BrainStuff Classics: What Can a Cache of Pterosaur Eggs Teach Us?

A huge cache of ancient pterosaur eggs has been unearthed in China. Learn what this find can tell us about these flying contemporaries of dinosaurs in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/12/207m 35s

How Did the Truman Doctrine Change U.S. Foreign Policy?

After World War II, what came to be known as the Truman Doctrine pulled the U.S. out of its previously isolationist stance and into global relationships that endure today. Learn more about it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/12/208m 53s

How Deadly Are Black Widow Spiders?

The venom of black widow spiders can indeed be deadly, but they almost always avoid attacking -- and they don't often eat each other, either. Learn more about these arachnids in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/12/208m 31s

How Did the Lazy Susan Get Its Name?

This simple spinning device helps keep object at hand on tabletops and in tight cabinets -- but why is it called a lazy susan? Learn a few of the hypotheses in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/12/205m 11s

What Is the Immigrant Paradox?

Immigrants to the United States tend to have better physical and mental health outcomes than people who were born here. Learn about assimilation, acculturation, and collectivism in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/12/207m 57s

How Does Pimento Cheese Work?

This cheese-and-sweet-pepper spread is a Southern staple, but it was actually developed in New York. Learn about the history and popularity of pimento cheese in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/12/206m 19s

BrainStuff Classics: Could Some Microbes Live on Air Alone?

Researchers have found Antarctic microbes that appear to get all the nutrients they need from thin air. Could this change our search for extraterrestrial life? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/12/204m 13s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Are Teens Cyberbullying Themselves?

A new study indicates that some teens bully themselves online, posting hateful messages from fake or anonymous accounts. Researchers are looking into why, and how to help. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/12/206m 26s

How Could COVID-19 Vaccines Change the World?

Obviously, vaccines for the coronavirus that's causing this pandemic would help life get back to normal -- but their development is also set to improve the way we make all vaccines. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/12/2011m 35s

Why Do Kangaroos Hop?

Kangaroos put an enormous amount of power into every hop -- and conserve energy in the process. Learn how they do it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/12/206m 33s

What Is the McRib Made Of?

McDonald's McRib sandwich has a cult following -- but what's it actually made of? Learn about the history and composition of the McRib in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/12/204m 30s

Why Is It So Hard to Remember What Day It Is?

If you get the days of the week mixed up, you're not alone. Learn about the psychology of Tuesday in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/12/205m 7s

Introducing: The Frost Tapes

Police brutality. Government corruption. A struggle for gender equality. The fight for a free press. You know how they say history repeats itself? Fifty years ago, legendary television host David Frost interviewed the most influential thinkers, politicians, activists, and cultural icons of their time. And most of those tapes have been lost for a generation. Until now. The Frost Tapes takes you on a deep dive into David Frost’s archives featuring guests like Black Panthers Huey Newton and Stokely Carmichael; the future chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes; the first Black woman in Congress, Shirley Chisholm. The podcast also brings you Robert Kennedy’s last longform interview; never-before aired material from Frost’s famous interview with President Richard Nixon; and a bonus episode of selections from an intimate 3-hour conversation with Joe Biden from 1987 that has never been broadcast. You won’t find these tapes anywhere else.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
01/12/203m 55s

What's the White Stuff in Soil Mixes?

Potting soil often contains perlite, which is a type of volcanic rock that helps keep soil light and airy. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/11/206m 43s

BrainStuff Classics: Could You Outrun a Volcano?

Outrunning a volcanic eruption, like many things that look easy in movies or sound simple in theory, is more complicated in reality. Learn why you shouldn't attempt this feat in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/11/204m 33s

BrainStuff Classics: How Long Have We Been Keeping Dogs on Leashes?

A new(ish) find of very old artwork depicts dogs wearing leashes. Learn more about our history with man’s best friend in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/11/204m 19s

Did the Native American Great Law of Peace Inspire the U.S. Constitution?

The writers of the U.S. Constitution were, in part, influenced by the confederation of Native American nations called the Haudenosaunee (or the Iroquois). Learn about the Haudenosaunee Great Law in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/11/206m 33s

Where Did Pumpkin Pie Come From?

Sure it's tasty, but how exactly did spiced squash in a pie crust become part of American holiday celebrations? Learn about the history of pumpkin pie in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/11/207m 6s

What's Really in the Flu Vaccine?

There are lots of rumors about potentially harmful ingredients in vaccines, but once you understand what those ingredients are and how little are used in vaccines, it's easy to see why vaccines are safe. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/11/209m 42s

How Does the Maillard Reaction Make Food Tastier?

The Maillard reaction gives foods from toast to coffee to seared steak some of their flavors. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/11/205m 5s

Who's the Only Woman to Receive a Medal of Honor?

After the Civil War, surgeon Mary Edwards Walker was awarded the Medal of Honor for her service. Learn her story in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/11/208m 17s

BrainStuff Classics: Is There Another Reason You Shouldn't Eat Raw Cookie Dough?

Research has revealed another danger lurking in uncooked dough: Tenacious E. coli can survive in dry flour. Learn how scientists figured it out in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/11/204m 4s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Find Symmetry So Pleasing?

What is it about the arrangement of petals on a flower or a perfectly symmetrical display of soup cans that catches our eye? Learn how our brains seem wired for it in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/11/205m 46s

How Has 'A Wrinkle in Time' Inspired Real Scientists?

The story 'A Wrinkle in Time' by Madeline L'Engle has been inspiring young scientists for generations. We spoke with three for this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/11/206m 16s

Why Is It So Difficult to Overturn a Guilty Verdict?

Sometimes innocent people wind up in prison, and even if genetic evidence comes to light, it can still take years (and a lot of money) to secure their freedom. Learn how the Innocence Project helps in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/11/209m 25s

Should We All Be in the Same Time Zone?

Time zones sometimes seem to cause more confusion than they fix. Learn how they came about -- and why some researchers want to get rid of them -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/11/207m 21s

Why Would We Need Artificial Gravity in Space?

Long-term space missions would need to figure out a way to create artificial gravity for their astronauts. Learn why -- and how it may be possible -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/11/208m 30s

What Are the Differences Between COVID-19 and the Flu?

Symptoms of influenza and the novel coronavirus are fairly similar, but there are a few key differences you should look for -- and each should be treated a little differently. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/11/206m 31s

BrainStuff Classics: Is There a Real Witches' Curse in 'Macbeth'?

You may have heard that Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth" is cursed. Learn how this superstition came about in today's classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/11/204m 33s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Can't Some People Sleep Without a Fan?

Some people find it impossible to sleep without background noise, like a fan whirring. Researchers have identified the possible culprit. Learn how it works in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/11/204m 21s

Why Did Bootleggers Once Smuggle Margarine?

Due in large part to pressure from the diary industry, margarine was once outlawed in Canada and parts of the United States. Learn more about the Oleo Wars in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/11/206m 4s

What Is the World's Longest-Living Vertebrate?

Spoiler alert: There are Greenland sharks alive today that were likely born in the 1600s. Learn more about these fascinating sharks in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/11/207m 17s

How Does the Nitrogen Cycle Work?

Living things need nitrogen in order for our cells to function, and there's plenty in the air, but it's impossible for most of us to access. Learn how the nitrogen cycle brings it to us in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/11/205m 51s

How Big Was Giganatosaurus?

Giganatosaurus is one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs that ever lived, rivaling the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Learn more about these dinos in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/11/207m 1s

What's the Difference Between Gold and Pyrite?

Pyrite is often called fool's gold, but it's easy to tell the two apart if you know what to look for. Learn more about these two minerals in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/11/206m 48s

BrainStuff Classics: Do We Need to Redefine the Four Seasons?

As climate change affects the planet's weather patterns, some parts of the world will see the seasons bleed together. Tune in to learn how we define the seasons now, and how some researchers think that should change. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/11/205m 24s

BrainStuff Classics: Are Other Animals Superstitious?

Humans have all kinds of superstitious beliefs -- so are other animals superstitious, too? Learn more about superstition works in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/11/204m 5s

How Is 1968's Poor People's Campaign Reviving Today?

In the 1960s, civil rights leaders organized the Poor People's Campaign to bring awareness and change to economic injustices in the United States. Learn how it began and how it's being revived today in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/11/208m 34s

How Do Cats and Dogs Perceive Time?

Cats and dogs know their humans' schedules, but do they really have a sense of time similar to ours? Learn about how non-human animals perceive time in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/11/208m 43s

When Is Paranoia Normal, and When Is It a Problem?

Many people experience paranoid feelings sometimes, but more rarely, those feelings can seem to take over a person's life. Learn about what paranoia is and how it's treated in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/11/209m 11s

Why Does the U.S. Hold Elections on Tuesdays?

The United States holds elections the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November because that was deemed most convenient for the citizen farmers of the 1800s, when election dates were written into law. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/11/206m 31s

How Will the PROTEUS Underwater Station Work?

Fabien Cousteau, one of Jacques Cousteau's grandsons and himself an aquanaut, is helping plan the largest, most advanced underwater research station yet. Learn how the PROTEUS station will work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/11/205m 57s

BrainStuff Classics: Was George Washington Almost King of the United States?

Did the generals of the Revolutionary War really try to hand George Washington a monarchy? Learn the truth behind this slightly tall tale in today's classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/11/206m 29s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Carve Pumpkins Around Halloween?

The tradition of carving jack-o'-lanterns around Halloween goes back centuries to a folktale about a stingy man who outwits the devil. Learn the tale (and why pumpkins weren't the original carving vegetables) in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/10/204m 16s

How Does Samhain Work?

Samhain is a pagan holiday celebrated between the fall equinox and winter solstice that helped form modern, secular Halloween celebrations. Learn about Samhain in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/10/206m 38s

How Do You Sense Your Own Body -- And How Can That Go Wrong?

There's a sixth sense that we're not often aware of -- the sense of controlling and owning our own bodies. Learn how proprioception works -- and what happens to people when it doesn't work -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/10/208m 6s

Who Pressed Records onto Human X-Ray Vinyl?

The USSR banned lots of music after WWII, but young Soviet culture hounds called stilyagi bootlegged black market records onto discarded X-ray sheets. Learn about these bone records in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/10/204m 11s

Is There a Real Legend About Nosferatu?

There are vampire legends all over the world, but 'nosferatu' isn't a word from any of them. Learn where Bram Stoker may have gotten it, and how 'Dracula' popularized it, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/10/209m 8s

Why Was Speed Surgery a Thing, and How Fast Could It Get?

Before modern anesthesiology, sterilization, and other medical technology, the quicker a surgery was the better your odds for survival. Learn about Robert Liston, an infamously fast surgeon, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/10/205m 39s

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Salt Prevent Food Spoilage?

Salt has kept entire civilizations alive thanks to its abilities to preserve food and protect it from harmful germs. Learn how in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/10/204m 8s

BrainStuff Classics: Is There a Better Alternative to Cash Bail?

Cash bail punishes the poor by setting a high price on freedom -- literally. But are there any better alternatives that won't break local governments' budgets? We explore in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/10/209m 7s

Could Hand Sanitizer Help Preserve Insects for Science?

Hand sanitizer is a good alternative to hand washing when running water isn't available, but as it turns out, it's also great at preserving the DNA in insect samples. Learn how this may help citizen science in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/10/205m 25s

Introducing: The Ten News

The TEN News is 10 minutes of news and information for curious kids ages 8-12 (and their parents are allowed to listen, too 🤪). Each episode looks at what's happening in the world and provides context and reporting on the stories kids want to know more about. 🙌🏽 Informative and fun, The Ten News is hosted by Bethany Van Delft and comes out every Tuesday and Thursday. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/10/201m 45s

How Can We Detect Tornadoes Earlier?

We often receive very little warning about impending tornadoes, making these storms all the more dangerous. Learn how researchers are figuring out how to use infrasound to detect tornadoes long before they form in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/10/204m 39s

What Are Some of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Harshest Dissents?

During her time as a Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't always agree with the majority opinion of the Court. Learn about a few of her dissents in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/10/2011m 7s

How Do Sea Snakes Work?

The most venomous snakes in the world live in the oceans, but they still breathe air, drink fresh water, and some can even crawl on land. Learn about sea snakes in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/10/207m 35s

Is the Nebra Sky Disk the Oldest Star Chart?

A bronze disk found near Nebra, Germany may be the oldest know scientific depiction of the night sky -- or it may be a thousand years younger than that. Learn the story of this mysterious disk in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/10/205m 25s

BrainStuff Classics: What Is (and Isn't) Terrorism?

When is -- and isn't -- a crime considered terrorism? The legal, political and moral definitions are often at odds. We explore why in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/10/206m 21s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Are Leaf Blowers So Annoying?

If the sound of leaf blowers makes you angry, you're not alone -- and there's science behind why. Learn about it in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/10/205m 59s

Are Cats Actually Good at Catching Rats?

There's an assumption that cats can help control pesky rodent populations, but it turns out that they're pretty bad at catching rats. Learn why, and why cats can make a rat infestation appear lesser, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/10/204m 52s

How Does Anhedonia Work?

Anhedonia is a disorder in which a person doesn't experience pleasure from usually pleasurable things, like music or friendship or the sense of taste. Learn what researchers know (and don't know) about anhedonia in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/10/204m 50s

How Has Knitting Been Used for Subterfuge?

During the two World Wars, knitting became an important way to encode and send messages in secret. Learn about the history of wartime knitting in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/10/207m 51s

How Can the Dutch Reach Save Cyclists' Lives?

When cyclists collide with a carelessly opened car door, the results can be deadly. Learn how the simple Dutch Reach can save lives in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/10/205m 26s

What Foods Should Be Kept Out of the Fridge?

The refrigerator is perfect for keeping some foods fresh and tasty -- but it'll do other foods more harm than good. Learn what foods are best kept out of the fridge in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/10/205m 43s

BrainStuff Classics: How Do Glow Stick Work?

Glow sticks use a chemical reaction to create that soft, colorful glow. Learn how it works -- and how to make your glow sticks last longer -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/10/204m 40s

BrainStuff Classics: How Can a Black Hole Help Prove General Relativity?

Astronomers detected hints of Einstein's theory of general relativity in the Milky Way's supermassive black hole. Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/10/205m 28s

How Does Mortgage Forbearance Work?

Mortgage forbearance can help keep a homeowner in their home, but it's not a permanent free pass on mortgage payments. Learn why it's good for both borrowers and banks -- and how to get one if you need it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/10/207m 36s

Is Betelgeuse About to Go Supernova?

Betelguese is one of the brightest stars in the night sky, but in 2019 it dimmed -- a lot. Learn what researchers think caused this and what it could mean in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/10/206m 39s

What's the Difference Between Hispanic, Latino, and Latinx?

The official U.S. government definitions of 'Hispanic' and 'Latino' differ from how people often refer to themselves in real life -- and new terms like 'Latinx' are gaining popularity, too. Learn what these terms mean and how language is evolving in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/10/208m 24s

Does the Community of Lily Dale Reconnect the Living and the Dead?

Spiritualism is a 19th-century belief system that holds that the living can communicate with spirits of the dead through mediums. Learn about the community where spiritualism is famously practiced, Lily Dale, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/10/207m 29s

How Did the Bear-Sized Beaver, Castoroides, Work?

A couple million years ago, species of bear-sized beavers roamed North America. Learn more about how Castoroides lived in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/10/205m 9s

BrainStuff Classics: Did Neanderthals Use Glue?

Neanderthals distilled tar more than 100,000 years before modern humans created glue. Learn how archaeologists compared three potential ways they might've done it in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/10/205m 38s

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Captain America's Shield Work?

Captain America's indestructible shield may be a work of fiction, but that won't stop us from trying to figure out how it might work in the real world. Learn more about the history and science behind Cap's shield in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/10/205m 59s

What's It Like to Live and Work in Antarctica?

The South Pole's frigid desert continent bears very little natural life, but hundreds of researchers and support staff live and work there. Learn what that's like in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/10/206m 51s

What's Up With America's European Replica Towns?

Scattered throughout the U.S. are small towns built to look like old-timey European villages. Learn the stories behind a few such towns in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/10/206m 5s

Did the Pilgrims Really Land at Plymouth Rock Because They Ran Out of Beer?

The Pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower were supposed to start their colony further south, but dwindling rations made them settle for Plymouth Rock. Learn why beer was so key in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/09/204m 56s

Why Do People Store Art in Freeports?

Some of the world's most precious antiquities and works of art aren't in museums or private homes -- they're stored away in freeports. Learn how freeports work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/09/208m 17s

Does Element 115 Really Have a Connection With UFOs?

Element 115, also known as moscovium, was first created by humans in 2003 -- but does it have any connection with the element by the same name rumored to have been worked with in Area 51? Learn the stories behind both in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/09/208m 40s

BrainStuff Classics: What Have the Voyager Spacecraft Taught Us?

Voyager 1 and 2 have left the solar system, but we're still learning about ourselves and our galaxy from the information they've sent. Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/09/205m 50s

BrainStuff Classics: Can Simple Fruit Peels Revive Dead Land?

Decades after a truckloads of orange peels were added to a degraded plot of land, the pasture is flourishing. Learn more about this experiment in today's classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/09/205m 23s

Why Do Dogs Love Belly Rubs But Cats Don't?

Going in for a belly rub can garner a significantly different reaction from a cat versus a dog. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/09/205m 27s

How Have Hispanic Americans Helped Shape the U.S.?

The United States has grown and thrived thanks to the contributions of Hispanic Americans. Learn about a few key moments in American history made possible by its Hispanic citizens in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/09/206m 21s

Is Stainless Steel Really Stainless?

No, stainless steel isn't completely stain-proof or damage-proof, but this category of steels is very tough and versatile. Learn more about types of stainless steel and how to care for them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/09/207m 50s

What Are Some of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Landmark Cases?

As a Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped decide some truly landmark cases, resulting in a more just world for all Americans. Learn about a few of them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/09/208m 50s

How Do Mantis Shrimp Work?

These crustaceans are so powerful that they can kill prey with a single blow -- and they communicate in ways no other animals can. Learn more about the amazing mantis shrimp in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/09/207m 36s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Are Lightning Strikes Killing Fewer People?

In the U.S., deaths from lightning strikes have declined a lot in recent years -- but why? Learn how technology has made us collectively safer in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/09/205m 20s

BrainStuff Classics: Do Jellyfish Sleep?

Jellyfish don't have brains, but (spoiler alert) they do seem to sleep. Learn how this may teach us more about human sleep in today's classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/09/204m 50s

Who Does the Cooking for Cooking Shows?

Lots of the prep and plating that we see on cooking shows happens off camera. Learn more about how cooking shows work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/09/204m 34s

How Does the Great Green Wall Work?

The Great Green Wall is an African environmental project that's both massive and locally led, and it stands to help communities create and restore healthy land like never before. Learn more about it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/09/207m 21s

Is It Safe to Drive Without a Gas Cap?

Modern cars have lots of failsafes to help you remember to reattach your gas cap after feuling -- but what if you drive off without it? Learn what can happen and what to do about it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/09/204m 17s

What Happens If a Dog Loses Its Sense of Smell?

Like humans, dogs can lose some of all of their sense of smell due to illness or injury. Learn the common causes os anosmia in dogs -- and why afflicted pups usually do just fine -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/09/207m 23s

Can Foods Really Boost Your Immune System?

Eating particular foods can indeed help your immune system -- but it's not exactly a boost. Learn how certain nutrients help your body fight infections (and how to get those nutrients) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/09/207m 15s

BrainStuff Classics: Can Playing Pretend Help Kids Focus?

When kids pretend to be a hero like Batman, it lets them separate themselves from temptation and stay on task. Learn more about the Batman Effect in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/09/205m 11s

BrainStuff Classics: What Can Space Missions Teach Us About Ourselves?

NASA's epic Cassini mission taught us a lot about Saturn and its moons -- and about ourselves, too. Learn more about it in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/09/205m 8s

Why Does Grief Sometimes Come in Waves?

A grief attack, sometimes called a Sudden (or Subsequent) Temporary Upsurge in Grief, can feel debilitating -- but they are temporary. Learn more about STUGs in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/09/208m 30s

How Did Triceratops Work?

These gigantic, plant-eating, three-horned dinosaurs were some of the last that walked the Earth. Learn more about Triceratops in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/09/208m 0s

How Are Hot Dogs Made?

What actually goes into these sausages that American eat by the billion? Learn how hot dogs work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/09/205m 18s

How Does the Butterfly Effect Work?

The term 'butterfly effect' was coined in the 1960s to help explain how complicated weather is, but it can be applied to many complex or chaotic systems. Learn more about the butterfly effect (and what we often get wrong about it) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/09/208m 10s

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Labor Day signals the end of summer in the United States and Canada, but it began as a celebration of workers and their hard-earned rights. Learn about the history of Labor Day in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/09/207m 20s

BrainStuff Classics: How Did Boston and New York's Accents Develop?

These two American English accents were influenced by British English accents -- but were British accents influenced by them? And what does Boston have against the letter 'R'? Learn more about these accents in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/09/204m 46s

BrainStuff Classics: What Made the Prehistoric 'Hell Ant' So Diabolical?

Instead of a mouth, the hell ant had blades and a metal horn. Learn more about this prehistoric creature on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/09/204m 4s

Why Is a Universal Flu Vaccine So Difficult to Develop?

Today's flu vaccines can absolutely prevent or lessen an influenza infection, but they have to be taken yearly and don't always work. Learn why -- and what researchers are doing about it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/09/208m 27s

Did Paintings Portray Food More Realistically Than Instagram?

People have been depicting wildly lavish foods for a lot longer than Instagram has been around. Learn about the history of what people eat versus what they show in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/09/205m 14s

Are Most Words Already Trademarked?

Spoiler alert: Yep, most of the commonly used words (and names!) in the English language are already trademarked. Learn more about how trademarks work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/09/204m 47s

What Does It Mean to Be a Modern-Day Explorer?

The planet Earth is fairly well charted at this point, but we humans still have a drive to explore. Learn how modern-day exploration works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/09/207m 22s

How Can You Help After a Natural Disaster?

Seeing footage after a hurricane or other natural disaster makes us want to help, but some actions are a better use of time and money than others. Learn how to make your aid go the furthest in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/08/206m 3s

BrainStuff Classics: How Do Squirrels Organize Their Nuts?

Research suggests that squirrels use memory strategies to remember where they put the good nuts. Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/08/205m 39s

BrainStuff Classics: How Old Is the Number Zero?

An analysis of the ancient Indian Bakhshali manuscript suggests the numerical symbol zero, as we use it today, may be centuries older than previously believed. Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/08/204m 19s

What Do the Numbers on Interstate Signs Mean?

American interstates aren't given those numbers randomly. Learn how information is coded into every number -- and how this high-speed road system got its start -- in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/08/208m 23s

What's the Largest Lake in the World?

Siberia's Lake Baikal is so massive that it contains islands that have their own lakes. Learn about this ocean in the making, its amazing wildlife, and the myths about it in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/08/206m 33s

How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

Hurricanes weren't always given names. Learn how the tradition began and how the names rotate from year to year in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/08/205m 10s

Who Were the First Cowboys?

The cowboy is an American icon, but the profession originated with Native American workers tending Spanish horses and cattle in Central America. Learn about the vaquero in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/08/206m 47s

What Were the World's Last Woolly Mammoths?

Early humans did help hunt woolly mammoths to extinction, but the last surviving pockets of these animals were remote from humans. Learn more about them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/08/204m 20s

BrainStuff Classics: Are Wolves Smarter Than Dogs?

A new study put dogs and wolves head to head in the intelligence department. Guess which species won? Find out on BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/08/204m 46s

BrainStuff Classics: What Ruined City Lies Under Tunisia's Waters?

Archaeologists discovered what they believe to be ruins of the Roman city of Neapolis in the Mediterranean, near Tunisia. Learn what they found out about it in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/08/205m 17s

How Do Trebuchets Work?

Trebuchets are a type of catapult that crushed castles in the Middle Ages. Learn how these siege engines helped kingdoms wage war in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/08/209m 15s

How Micro Are Microclimates?

We often think of climate on the global scale, but trends in weather can be much smaller -- a whole climate can be tracked on the surface of a leaf. Learn more about microclimates in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/08/208m 5s

How Does Jane Elliott's Blue Eyes/Brown Exercise Work?

In the 1960s, a Midwestern elementary school teacher became famous -- or infamous -- for walking her third-grade class through an exercise about racial discrimination. Learn about Jane Elliott and her blue eyes/brown eyes exercise in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/08/207m 14s

Who Insures Race Cars and Their Drivers?

Yes, race cars and race car drivers buy insurance, too -- and yes, it works a little differently. Learn about how NASCAR teams are insured in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/08/204m 30s

Why Does Fertilizer Sometimes Explode?

We usually think of fertilizer as being a good thing -- so how can it cause so much destruction? Learn why ammonium nitrate can cause deadly explosions in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/08/206m 12s

BrainStuff Classics: Can Getting a Doctorate Affect Your Mental Health?

Research shows that doctoral programs can incite some serious problems. Learn how getting a Ph.D. affects mental health in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/08/205m 17s

BrainStuff Classics: Why Is a Brain-Shaped Blob In Canada?

The magnificent bryozoan is a colonial organism that usually lives in warm ponds and lakes east of the Mississippi River. Learn what it's doing in western Canada in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/08/204m 54s

How Can Hair Be Tougher than Razor Blades?

Hair is much softer than steel. So how can shaving cause a razor blade to dull? Learn how a few researchers figured out the answer -- and how they may provide a solution -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/08/204m 12s

What Family Has Won the Most Nobel Prizes?

Spoiler alert: Marie and Pierre Curie started the family that has won more Nobel prizes than any other in history. Learn the Curie family's story in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/08/2010m 41s

Who Owns the Rights to Dinosaur Fossils?

In some countries, important fossils are considered shared cultural heritage and can't be privately owned; in others, private sellers can make millions off dino fossils at auction. Learn more about owning dinosaur remains in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/08/207m 47s

Why Does the White House Have a Rose Garden?

The White House's Rose Garden is a presidential sanctuary and event space for gatherings big and small -- but how did it get started? Learn about the history of the Rose Garden in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/08/207m 19s

What Are Daddy Longlegs, Anyway?

There's an urban myth that daddy longlegs are the world's most venomous spiders, but most creatures by this name are neither venomous nor spiders. Learn more about daddy longlegs in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/08/206m 20s

BrainStuff Classics: What Do Hurricane Categories Mean?

Hurricanes are the strongest storms on the planet, but there's a big difference between a Category 1 and a Category 5 (and all the storms in between). Learn more about how we classify hurricanes in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/08/205m 9s

BrainStuff Classics: How Did Plesiosaurs Swim So Efficiently?

Ancient Plesiosaurs moved through the water unlike any other animal since. Learn what recent research found about them in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/08/204m 48s

How Did the Saltwater Underground Railroad Work?

In America, most of the Underground Railroad moved enslaved people north to freedom -- but Florida's Saltwater Underground Railroad moved people south, to the Bahamas. Learn how it worked in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/08/206m 22s

Are You Putting on Enough Sunscreen?

We all know sunscreen can help save our skin, but new research indicates that most of us aren't using it correctly. Learn how to get the most out of your UV protection in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/08/206m 45s

Where Should You Go on a Science Road Trip?

There are adventures to be had everywhere, but we've picked a few of our favorite science-themed road trip destinations to spark your curiosity. Learn about beautiful places to explore fossils, geology, and rocket science in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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