Useful Science

Useful Science

www.usefulscience.org
Science is useful, but its usefulness isn’t always obvious.


26: The Science of Pets
Oct 4 • 56 min
This week we’re talking about the science of pets.
25: Smartphones
Sep 6 • 85 min
This week we’re talking about smartphones,
24: Having a Useful Summer
Aug 5 • 60 min
This week we’re talking about having a useful summer.
23: Pop Music
Jul 4 • 46 min
This week we’re talking about pop music.
22: The Science of Love
Jun 7 • 69 min
This week we’re talking about the science of love.
21: Sleep
Mar 26 • 66 min
This week we’re talking about sleep.
20: Going Outside
Aug 28, 2018 • 54 min
This week we’re talking about going outside.
19: Audio Quality
Jun 8, 2018 • 62 min
This week we’re talking about expensive headphones and audio quality.
18: Green spaces
Nov 20, 2017 • 47 min
This week we learn about the benefits and risks of urban green spaces.
17: Bad science reporting
Oct 13, 2017 • 50 min
This week we learn about sleep habits, Fitbit lawsuits, and bad science reporting.
Interview: Social impact, documentaries, VR, and empathy with Harmony Institute
Sep 30, 2016 • 55 min
Interview: Social impact, documentaries, VR, and empathy with Harmony Institute.
16: Art museums, napping, and male and female brains
Sep 7, 2016 • 65 min
This week we learn about art museums, napping, and male and female brains.
15: Getting out the vote, ADHD, and self-compassion
Jul 21, 2016 • 64 min
Interview: Defending science in the classroom with Josh Rosenau
Jun 30, 2016 • 42 min
Guest Josh Rosenau, Programs and Policy Director of the National Center for Science Education, talks about the mission of the NCSE and the history of attacks against evolution and climate science in public schools.
14: BMI, classroom humor, and poop
Jun 23, 2016 • 51 min
This week we learn about body shape index, humor in the classroom, and squatting while pooping.
13: Online dating, marathon runners, and pizza
Jun 8, 2016 • 69 min
This week we learn about online dating, marathon runners, and pizza.
12: Getting drunk, getting full, and attracting mosquitos
May 3, 2016 • 55 min
This week we learn about getting drunk on diet soda, getting full on imaginary food, and attracting mosquitos with your genes.
11: Ambient noise, email checking frequency, and academic tracking
Mar 11, 2016 • 65 min
This week we learn about ambient noise for creative thinking, email checking frequency, and academic tracking, which is separating students into different classes or schools according to their academic ability.
10: Male faces, sex frequency, and organic beef
Feb 9, 2016 • 88 min
This week we learn about attractive male faces, sex frequency, and organic, grass fed, hormone free, non-gmo beef.
9: Adolescent brains, legal drinking ages, and antibacterial soap
Jan 25, 2016 • 65 min
This week we learn about adolescent brains, legal drinking ages, and antibacterial soap.
8: Misconceptions, math anxiety, and healthy personalities
Jan 4, 2016 • 57 min
This week we learn about the effect of old misconceptions on learning new concepts, painful math anxiety, and healthy personalities.
7: Malleable intelligence, merit badges, and depressed roommates
Dec 17, 2015 • 91 min
This week we cover articles from the education section of our site. We learn about teaching children that intelligence is malleable, merit badges, and depressed roommates. We also have an interview with Derek Muller of Veritasium and Snatoms.
6: Fast food, 6-year-old justice, and HIV prevention
Dec 7, 2015 • 87 min
This week we learn about eating fast food after a workout, xenophobic 6 year olds, and HIV prevention.
5: Placebos
Nov 25, 2015 • 103 min
This week we’re talking about placebos. We cover placebo clothing, placebo surgeries, and how placebos are getting stronger over time.
4: Music, napping, and video games
Nov 5, 2015 • 64 min
This week we learn about the benefits of napping, how music makes you smarter, and why you should be playing more video games.
3: Wealth equality, antidepressants, and happiness
Oct 24, 2015 • 72 min
This week, all of our topics come from the happiness section of our site. We learn about how the wealth of others affects your happiness, the effectiveness of anti-depressant drugs, and why being happy all the time may not make you happy all the time.
2: Power posing, arguing with teenagers, and creative walking
Oct 7, 2015 • 72 min
This week we learn about how walking enhances creativity, power posing, and why arguing with your teenager may be a good idea.
1: Gift giving, vocal fry, and love
Sep 23, 2015 • 82 min
This week, all of our topics come from the persuasion section of our site. We learn about why people suck at giving gifts, all about vocal fry, and how to create love in an hour… in a lab at least.
0: Sleep paralysis, cool 13-year-olds, toxoplasmosis, and Wikipedia reliability
Sep 9, 2015 • 100 min
This week we learn about sleep paralysis, whether cool 13 year olds have already washed out by the age of 22, is your cat’s poop affecting your behavior, and how reliable is medical information on Wikipedia.