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Elephants Get Drunk (and They’re Lightweights), Pigeons Helped Win Wars, and Night Owls May Struggle to Regulate Their Emotions
May 25 • 11 min
Learn about why it might actually be pretty easy to drink an elephant under the table; how carrier pigeons like Cher Ami helped win the world wars; and why night owls may have worse emotion regulation than morning people.
Marijuana Categories Aren’t Based in Science, Scientists Staged Bronze-Age Swordfights, and How Clean Are Your Clothes, Really?
May 22 • 10 min
Learn about why the marijuana classifications of indica and sativa aren’t based in science; how clean your washing machine really gets your clothes; and why researchers staged sword fights to learn about the Bronze Age.
Why People Ignore Facts in Medical Emergencies, Victorian-Era Credit Cards, and Adding a New Row to the Periodic Table
May 21 • 11 min
Learn about why people tune out facts and trust their guts in medical emergencies; a Victorian-era version of credit cards; and how scientists are trying to add an eighth row to the periodic table of elements.
World of Warcraft Could Help Fight COVID-19, Social Rejection Can Fuel Creativity, and What Mouse Facial Expressions Teach Us About Emotion
May 20 • 9 min
Learn about how studying World of Warcraft helped researchers learn how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic; how scientists described mouse facial expressions for the first time; and how social rejection can fuel creativity.
An Interstellar Object’s Origin Revealed, Why Superstitions Evolved, and How the Sense of Smell Is More Complicated Than We Thought
May 19 • 10 min
Learn about why natural selection favors superstitions; why the way our noses smell is way more complicated than we thought; and where scientists think Oumuamua, the first interstellar object, came from.
Therapy for Parents Can Ease Kids’ Anxiety, What Makes Fruit Mealy, and Lessons from the “Second Earth” Biosphere 2
May 18 • 10 min
Learn about what makes fruit mealy; a new therapy technique for parents that could reduce their kids’ anxiety; and what scientists learned when they tried to build a second Earth, in the notorious story of “Biosphere 2.”
What Is the Grand Unified Field Theory? (w/ Dr. Adam Becker), Should You Wad or Fold Toilet Paper, and Why You Judge Your Own Hoarding Differently
May 15 • 12 min
Learn about whether you should wad or fold toilet paper, according to science; why your brain evolved to hoard supplies but shame others for doing the same; and the purpose of grand unified field theory, with help from astrophysicist Adam Becker.
Where Our Emotions Come From and How to Hack Them (w/ Lisa Feldman Barrett) and Tarantula Venom Could Be an Opioid Alternative
May 14 • 10 min
Learn about where your emotions come from and how you can hack them, with help from psychology researcher and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett. Plus: learn why tarantula venom could be an alternative to opioids.
How Antibiotics in Agriculture Changed How We Eat (w/ Maryn McKenna), When Daydreaming Goes Wrong, and Dogs Recognize Faces in Photos
May 13 • 12 min
Learn about the impact of maladaptive daydreaming, then learn about whether dogs can recognize our faces in photographs. Then, author Maryn McKenna will explain how antibiotics created modern agriculture and changed the way the world eats.
The Universe Might Expand Unevenly, Using a Camera to De-Clutter Your House, and 3 Hominins Lived in the Same Place and Time
May 12 • 10 min
Learn about a surprising tip for de-cluttering your house; 3 extinct relatives of humans that lived in the same place and time; and why the possibility that the universe might not be expanding at the same rate everywhere is a huge deal.
Pigeons Can Be Superstitious, Why Allergy Drugs Make You Sleepy, and The 5 Ages of the Universe
May 11 • 10 min
Learn about how a psychologist named B.F. Skinner proved that pigeons can be superstitious; the science of histamines and why allergy medications make us sleepy; and the 5 ages of the universe, including the Stelliferous era we’re in right now.
Play a Game to Help Cure Alzheimer’s, Building the Perfect Swear Word, and May’s Curiosity Challenge
May 8 • 10 min
Learn what researchers found when they tried to build the perfect profanity, then learn how playing an online game called Stall Catchers can help scientists speed up Alzheimer’s research. Then, test your knowledge with Curiosity Challenge trivia questions.
Gut Neurons Influence Brain Neurons, Why We Still Use the QWERTY Keyboard, and Why You “Shoot the Messenger”
May 7 • 11 min
Learn about why people can’t help but “shoot the messenger;” how neurons in your gut influence neurons in your brain thanks to the gut-brain axis; and why we still use the QWERTY keyboard.
Using Urine to Build a Moon Base, Musicians and Audiences Sync Brain Activity, and Why “Size Matters” for Narwhal Tusks
May 6 • 9 min
Learn about how astronauts may build the first moon base with help from their own urine; how musicians and audiences synchronize their brain activity; and more than you ever thought you wanted to know about narwhal tusks.
Early Career Choices Influence Your Personality, Why We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and Psychedelic Effects from Placebos
May 5 • 10 min
Learn about the Battle of Puebla, the real reason why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo; how placebos of psychedelics can have psychedelic effects; and how early career choices may influence your personality.
Null Misadventures (w/ Matt Parker), Why Reheated Coffee Tastes Bad, and the Ancestor of Most Living Animals
May 4 • 9 min
Learn why coffee tastes bad when you reheat it; and how researchers found the ancestor of most living animals. Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker will also explain why the word “null” causes so many problems for computer programmers.
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May 3 • 1 min
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Why We Get Warning Fatigue, Prehistoric Monkeys Crossed the Atlantic on Rafts, and Why New Lovebirds Feel So Familiar
May 1 • 11 min
Learn about a bias in your brain that makes you ignore security warnings; why people who fall in love feel like they’ve known each other for years; and a crew of prehistoric monkeys that crossed the Atlantic Ocean on rafts.
5 Coronavirus Myths Debunked, Why You Shouldn’t Get Your News on Social Media, and the Discovery of a Black Hole Missing Link
Apr 30 • 10 min
Learn about why people are less likely to verify their sources on social media; and why it’s a huge deal that researchers found an intermediate-mass black hole. We’ll also debunk five myths about the coronavirus.
Why Soft Drinks Taste Different Out of Cans, Why Housecats Are Dangerous for Wildlife, and 100 Minor Planets Discovered Beyond Neptune
Apr 29 • 12 min
Learn about why housecats are deadlier for local wildlife than wild predators; why soft drinks taste better from a can than they do from a plastic bottle; and how astronomers just found 100 new minor planets beyond Neptune.
The Battle of Brains vs Brawn in Aging, Perils of Ultra-Processed Food, and Bats Surviving White-Nose Syndrome
Apr 28 • 10 min
Learn about how ultra-processed food took over your shopping cart; which you lose first, brain or brawn; and how bats are showing resistance to a once deadly white-nose syndrome epidemic.
Using Lava Lamps to Generate Randomness (w/ Matt Parker), How Ritalin Makes You Focus, and What Bacteria Beneath the Sea Floor Means for Life on Mars
Apr 27 • 11 min
Learn about how drugs like Ritalin and Adderall actually make you “focus,” how tech companies are using lava lamps to make computers more secure, and why new life discovered at the bottom of the ocean opens up new possibilities for finding life on Mars.
Quarantine Survival Tips (w/ Dr. Renée Lertzman and “Deadliest Catch” Captains Sig & Keith) and Why We Have Birthmarks
Apr 24 • 12 min
Learn about fun (but practical) tips for surviving a quarantine from psychologist Renée Lertzman and “Deadliest Catch” Captains Sig Hansen and Keith Colburn. Plus: learn about why we have birthmarks.
Anniversary Episode! Supersonic Packing Tape, Chronological vs. Biological Age, Why Mirrors Are Next to Elevators, and Anti-Asteroid Spacecraft
Apr 23 • 13 min
Learn about how screeching tape travels at supersonic speeds when you peel it; how Americans are aging more slowly than ever; how the HAMMER spacecraft could save our planet from killer asteroids; and why there are mirrors next to elevators.
Dealing with Uncertainty During the Coronavirus Pandemic (w/ Dr. Renée Lertzman) and One Dog Year Doesn’t Equal Seven Human Years
Apr 22 • 12 min
Dr. Renée Lertzman will help you understand uncertainty and how to work through the feelings you might be feeling thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. You’ll also learn why one dog year doesn’t equal seven human years.
Fishing Science (w/ “Deadliest Catch” Captains Sig & Keith) and the Psychology of Sour Grapes
Apr 21 • 11 min
Captains Keith Colburn and Sig Hansen from the award-winning documentary series “Deadliest Catch” share some surprising science lessons from the fishing world. Plus: learn about the psychology behind “sour grapes.”
Stealing Money with Salami Slicing Attacks (w/ Matt Parker), You Don’t Know the Back of Your Hand, and Tylenol Eases Social Exclusion
Apr 20 • 14 min
Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker explains real-life “salami slicing” attacks like the one in the movie Office Space. You’ll also learn about how Tylenol can help ease the pain of social rejection; and why you probably don’t know the back of your hand…
Do Masks Prevent Coronavirus, How Tuvan Throat Singers Sing Two Notes at Once, and Predicting Viral Content by Measuring Brain Activity
Apr 17 • 13 min
Learn about how scientists are predicting viral content by measuring people’s brain activity; how Tuvan throat singers are able to produce two notes at once; and how effective facemasks are in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Why Stress Makes You Eat Differently, Humpback Whales Hunt with Bubble Nets, and the Surprising Genetic Reason Females Outlive Males
Apr 16 • 12 min
Learn about why you eat differently when you’re stressed; how humpback whales use “bubble nets” to catch fish; and the surprising genetic reason why females outlive males.
Parents Rarely Pass Their Politics to Their Kids, Source of Peanut Allergies Found in the Gut, and Why Stars Don’t Make the Night Sky Bright
Apr 15 • 12 min
Learn about the perception-adoption model, which says that most parents don’t pass their political ideology to their kids; how researchers found the source of peanut allergies in the human gut; and Olbers’ Paradox, which asks why the night sky is so dark…
Blame Evolution for Back Pain, Showing Off Your Status Doesn’t Make Friends, and Make Babies Smarter by Pretending to Understand Them
Apr 14 • 9 min
Learn about why signaling your status makes it harder to make new friends; the evolutionary reason why humans have so much back pain; and how pretending to understand babies can make them smarter.
The Skyscraper-Shaking Fitness Class (w/ Matt Parker), When Hanger Is Most Likely to Strike, and Studying the Human Brain’s Jiggle
Apr 13 • 12 min
Learn about when you’re most likely to feel hangry (and how to avoid it); what scientists can learn from watching the human brain jiggle; and how a fitness class shook an entire skyscraper — with help from stand-up mathematician Matt Parker.
Why So Many Outbreaks (Like the Coronavirus) Come from Bats, Older Siblings’ Surprising Influence, and April’s Curiosity Challenge
Apr 10 • 12 min
Learn about why bats are the source of so many deadly virus outbreaks; and the surprisingly strong influence older siblings can have on their brothers and sisters. Then, test your knowledge from this podcast with a Curiosity Challenge trivia game.
Anticipatory Grief During a Pandemic, the Smallest Dinosaur Ever (Maybe), and How Your Brain Processes Music and Speech Differently
Apr 9 • 11 min
Learn about how to cope with “anticipatory grief” you’re probably feeling during the coronavirus pandemic; the controversy around Oculudentavis khaungraae, which may be the smallest dinosaur ever discovered; and how researchers discovered that music and…
How Wildlife Crossings Work (w/ Beth Pratt of #SaveLACougars) and Get Happy by Doing One Creative Thing a Day
Apr 8 • 12 min
Beth Pratt, leader of the Save LA Cougars campaign, explains how wildlife crossings work and the unique engineering behind the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing. Plus: learn how doing one creative thing every day can boost your happiness.
Building the World’s Largest Wildlife Crossing to Save P-22 (w/ Beth Pratt of #SaveLACougars) and the Health Benefits of the “Helper’s High”
Apr 7 • 12 min
Beth Pratt, leader of the Save LA Cougars campaign, tells the story of mountain lion P-22 and how he inspired a campaign to build the world’s largest wildlife crossing. Plus: learn about the health benefits of the helper’s high you get when you volunteer.
Why Women Feel More Pain than Men, Why Toothpaste Makes Food Taste Bad, and Earth Formed Way Faster Than We Thought
Apr 6 • 10 min
Learn about why things taste bad after you brush your teeth; a new discovery about how fast the Earth formed that may mean good things about life in the universe; and why women may experience more pain than men.
Where Does Mold Come From? Plus: Torture Scenes in Movies vs. Real Life and Why the World’s Smelliest Fruit Smells So Bad
Apr 3 • 10 min
Learn about the shocking prevalence of torture scenes in movies; why durian, the world’s smelliest fruit, smells so bad; and where mold comes from.
Astronauts Grew Lettuce in Space, Why Smelling a Dirty Shirt Can Help You Sleep, and Early Animals That Acted Like an Ancient Internet
Apr 2 • 9 min
Learn about how your lover’s clothing could improve your sleep; how astronauts grew vegetables in space for the first time; and ancient animals that were connected by a crude version of the internet.
Ducks Are Employees at a Vineyard, the Victorian Version of Spotify, and A Mathematical Theorem for Cutting a Ham Sandwich
Apr 1 • 12 min
Learn about why hundreds of ducks are employees at a wine vineyard; a musical invention that was the Spotify of the Victorian era; and a delicious mathematical principle known as the ham sandwich theorem.
The Invisible Harm of Thirdhand Smoke, Why Whales Get Lost During Solar Storms, and A Massive Virus That Blurs the Line Between Life and Non-Life
Mar 31 • 11 min
Learn about the invisible harms of thirdhand smoke; massive viruses that blur the line between the living and non-living; and why whales get lost during solar storms.
Laughter Might Be the Best Medicine, How Your Romantic Style Affects Your Finances, and Why Some Amphibians Glow
Mar 30 • 9 min
Learn about how your romantic attachment style affects your finances; the surprising reason why some amphibians glow; and why laughter might really be the best medicine.
Coronavirus Vaccine Development: Scientific Challenges and Timelines with Dr. Julia Schaletzky (COVID-19 Bonus Episode)
Mar 29 • 48 min
Dr. Julia Schaletzky explains what it takes to develop vaccines for viruses like COVID-19. Dr. Schaletzky is the Executive Director of the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases, the Drug Discovery Center, and the Immunotherapy and Vaccine Research…
Coronavirus Test Shortages Explained (w/ Dr. Julia Schaletzky), Anonymous Anime Fan Helps Solve 25-Year-Old Math Mystery, and Can Ketamine Help with Depression?
Mar 27 • 15 min
Dr. Julia Schaletzky explains why the U.S. is having a hard time testing everyone for the coronavirus. Plus: learn about how ketamine can help with depression and anxiety; and how an anonymous Anime fan on 4chan helped solve a 25-year-old math puzzle.
How a Coronavirus Vaccine Might Work (w/ Dr. Julia Schaletzky) and Why We Call Steak “Beef” and Not “Cow”
Mar 26 • 12 min
Learn about how we make vaccines to fight viruses like the coronavirus, with help from Julia Schaletzky, Executive Director of the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases at UC Berkeley. You’ll also learn about the weird history behind why we call…
Memory’s Role in Social Anxiety, The First Synthetic Self-Replicating Genome, and Penguins Can Call Underwater
Mar 25 • 11 min
Learn about new research into how social anxiety works in the brain; how scientists developed the first synthetic self-replicating genome; and the adorable sounds penguins make underwater.
No One Born Blind Has Had Schizophrenia, Bacteria Engineered to Protect Honeybees, and The Surprising Way WWI Helmets Beat Modern Ones
Mar 24 • 9 min
Learn about a medical mystery involving blindness and schizophrenia; a new bacteria scientists developed to help protect honeybees; and the surprising strength of helmets used in World War I.
First Animal That Doesn’t Breathe Oxygen, Biggest Explosion in the Universe’s History, and Improving Memory with the Brain’s Immune System
Mar 23 • 10 min
Learn about the first animal scientists have ever discovered that doesn’t breathe oxygen; how we might be able to hijack the brain’s immune system to improve memory; and the biggest explosion in the history of the universe.
How to Clean Your Phone, More Info About a New Disease Won’t Comfort You, and the Best Workout Music According to Research
Mar 20 • 14 min
Learn about how to choose the best music for your workout playlist; why learning more about a new disease like coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) won’t comfort you; and how to clean your phone.
Robot Workers May Change Prejudices, Hormonal Changes in Dads-to-Be, and How Salamanders Regrow Their Limbs
Mar 19 • 10 min
Learn about why a rising robot workforce may make humans less prejudiced towards other people; how studying a salamander that can regrow lost limbs could help us figure out how to help humans heal faster; and hormonal changes that happen in dads-to-be.
Hearing Loss and Technology (w/ David Owen) and the Psychology of Reacting to a Crisis (Like COVID-19)
Mar 18 • 12 min
Author David Owen discusses what happens once you’ve lost your hearing — and how much technology can actually help. Then, learn about the psychology behind our reactions to a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus Myths and FAQs with Dr. Amesh Adalja, Epidemiologist
Mar 18 • 19 min
Epidemiologist Amesh Adalja answers frequently asked questions about COVID-19 in this special bonus episode. Dr. Adalja is a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, and will help you understand what we know and what we…
Dr. Amesh Adalja Explains Social Distancing for COVID-19, Birds Won’t Spread Fake News, and Using Auroras to Find Exoplanets
Mar 17 • 13 min
Dr. Amesh Adalja, Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, explains how today’s unprecedented closures can help save lives from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Plus: learn how birds avoid spreading fake news and how…
New Antibiotic Discovered by AI, How to Handle Traumatic Memories, and Why Extreme Temperatures Mess with Your Batteries
Mar 16 • 9 min
Learn about how to use focused attention to ease the memory of a traumatic event; why extreme temperatures mess with your batteries, and what you can do about it; and how researchers used machine learning to discover a powerful antibiotic for the first…
Speed Listening’s Effects on Emotion, Surprising Differences Between White and Brown Rice, and Pi Almost Legally Changed to 3.2
Mar 13 • 13 min
Learn about how speed listening to podcasts affects our emotions; the health differences between white and brown rice; and the time pi was once almost legally changed to 3.2.
Myths and Science of Binaural Beats, How to Talk About Historical Injustices, and Australian Dingos Evolved from Pet Dogs
Mar 12 • 12 min
Learn about whether binaural beats are worth the hype; how Australian dingos evolved from domesticated animals; and how to navigate some unexpected consequences of talking about historical injustices.
Protecting Yourself from Hearing Loss (w/ David Owen) and Why Woolly Mammoths Went Extinct
Mar 11 • 10 min
Learn about some of the most common causes for hearing loss and how you can protect your ears from them, from author David Owen. You’ll also learn about how woolly mammoth DNA has given us new insight into what made them go extinct.
Why Yoga Reduces Depression, Why Plastic Bag Fees Work So Well, and How Bumblebees Can Carry So Much
Mar 10 • 9 min
Learn about why plastic bag fees have such a big influence on your behavior; how bumblebees are able to fly around while carrying up to 80 percent of their own body weight; and the neuroscience behind why yoga reduces depression.
Pop Songs Are Getting Sadder, Mysterious Radio Signals from Outer Space, and It Pays to “Just Be Yourself”
Mar 9 • 11 min
Learn about why pop songs are getting sadder; a mysterious radio signal coming from outer space every 16 days; and why it pays to be yourself when you’re in a high-stakes situation.
Astronomy’s Problem with Starlink (w/ Vivienne Baldassare) and Why Toilet Paper Is White
Mar 6 • 13 min
Learn about Starlink’s unintended consequences for astronomy from astrophysicist Vivienne Baldassare, NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University. Then, learn why toilet paper is white.
Boost Self-Control by Asking for Support, Gene-Stealing Organisms, and How Lipreading Works in the Brain
Mar 5 • 10 min
Learn about a research-backed way to achieve better self control by asking for help from others; how Ambystoma salamanders “steal” DNA from other species via kleptogenesis; and how your brain can process visual information as sound.
It’s Never Too Early to Protect Your Hearing (w/ David Owen) and Why You Should Work in 90-Minute Spurts
Mar 4 • 11 min
Author David Owen discusses how hearing works and why it’s important to protect even when you’re young. Plus: learn how to be more productive by tapping into your “ultradian rhytms.”
Fonts Can Send Political Messages, Don’t Always Trust Your First Instinct, and Nucleic Acids Beyond DNA and RNA
Mar 3 • 10 min
Learn about how certain fonts can send political messages; why the “first instinct fallacy” says you shouldn’t always go with your first instinct; and why DNA and RNA are just two of millions of possible genetic molecules.
History’s Average Commute Time, Fight Procrastination with Emotions, and the Largest Ever Study of Cancer Genomes
Mar 2 • 10 min
Learn about how little the average commute time has changed throughout human history; what researchers learned from the largest-ever study of cancer genomes; and why procrastination is about managing emotions, not time.
Quitting Smoking May Reawaken Healthy Cells, Why You Yawn During Exercise, and Telling the Age of Crime Scene Fingerprints
Feb 28 • 11 min
Learn about how quitting smoking may reawaken healthy cells; how researchers figured out how to tell the age of crime scene fingerprints to help investigators; and why you sometimes yawn while exercising or singing.
Lying to Seem Honest, The Physics of the ‘Cheerios Effect,’ and Wasps that Recognize Faces
Feb 27 • 12 min
Learn about why sometimes people lie to seem more honest; how researchers finally figured out how to explain the Cheerios effect; and what we learned about evolution from studying Northern paper wasps, which can recognize each other’s faces.
Pablo Escobar’s Hippos Overtaking Colombia, More Phytoplankton Is Good for the Planet, and Seeing Climate Change in Daily Weather
Feb 26 • 12 min
Learn about why a predicted increase in phytoplankton is good news for our environment; how researchers can detect evidence of climate change from just one day of global weather conditions; and how Pablo Escobar’s hippos became an invasive species in…
Katherine Johnson’s Legacy, The World’s First Living Robots, and Zinc Doesn’t Cure Colds
Feb 25 • 11 min
Learn about the legacy of the trailblazing NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson; how scientists recently built xenobots, the world’s first living robots; and why zinc probably isn’t as good for colds as you think.
Your Dance Style Is as Unique as Your Fingerprint, the Myth of Muscle Confusion, and How Animals Get Color Without Pigment
Feb 24 • 9 min
Learn about whether the exercise trend of “muscle confusion” really works; how structural colors give animals their vibrant hues; and why the way you dance is just as unique as your fingerprint.
Why Brussels Sprouts Taste Better Now, Luxury Buying Makes People Feel Fake, and Whether People Think in Words or Pictures
Feb 21 • 14 min
Learn about whether people think in words or in pictures; why brussels sprouts really are tastier than they used to be; and why buying luxury items might make you feel like an impostor.
GPS’s Past and Future (w/ Hugo Fruehauf) and Why It’s OK to Nap Without Falling Asleep
Feb 20 • 12 min
Hugo Fruehaf, one of the inventors of GPS, discusses the dark origins of GPS and how far we’ve come since. Plus: learn why quiet wakefulness makes it okay to take a nap without actually falling asleep.
How Beauty Sleep Boosts Beauty, Plants Talk to Worms for Self-Defense, and Fighting Deepfakes with Heart Rate
Feb 19 • 9 min
Learn about why “beauty sleep” has real benefits for your skin; how plants learn the chemical language of pests to use for self-defense; and a new algorithm that’s fighting deepfakes by looking at heart rates.
Tips for Happy, Healthy Aging (w/ Daniel Levitin) and a Massive Collision Helped Us Judge the Milky Way’s Age
Feb 18 • 10 min
Learn about research-based advice for staying happy in your later years, from neuroscientist and author Daniel Levitin. Then, you’ll learn about how a faraway star helped researchers figure out when the Milky Way was formed.
Employees Should Surf the Web at Work, Hear a 3,000-Year-Old Mummy’s Voice, and Being Cold Makes Us Crave Social Contact
Feb 17 • 9 min
Learn about why bosses should let employees surf the web at work; how researchers made it possible for you to hear a mummy’s voice after 3,000 years; and why cold weather makes us crave social contact.
Opposites Don’t Attract, We Like What’s Physically Close to Us, and the History of Last Names
Feb 14 • 11 min
Learn about why opposites don’t really attract; the “propinquity effect” and how physical distance affects the way we feel about other people; and the history of when and why we started using last names.
How GPS Clocks Work (w/ Hugo Fruehauf) and Why Stress Turns Hair Gray
Feb 13 • 12 min
Learn how atomic clocks and GPS clocks work, with help from the engineer who made GPS clocks possible: Hugo Fruehauf. But first, you’ll learn about how Harvard researchers finally figured out why stress can turn your hair gray.
The Academic Benefits of Emotional Intelligence, Atoms Split in Uneven Shapes, and Wolf Puppies Can Play Fetch
Feb 12 • 10 min
Learn about why students with higher emotional intelligence do better in school; how scientists solved an 80-year mystery of how atoms split; and an adorable discovery that changes what we know about the canine brain. Spoiler: it involves wolf puppies.
A Reason to Reveal Your Failures, the Time Tulips Cost More Than Houses, and the Death of Planet WASP-12b
Feb 11 • 11 min
Learn about why successful people should reveal their failures; the extreme story of the death of planet WASP-12b; and why tulips used to cost more than houses during a period known as “tulip mania.”
Stanford Technique for Picking Creative Ideas, Why Whales Are So Big (But Not Bigger), and the First Medical Diagnosis and Treatment in Space from Earth
Feb 10 • 9 min
Learn about how doctors on Earth diagnosed and treated an astronaut’s medical problem in space for the first time; a new study that explains why whales are so big, but not bigger; and a Stanford technique for getting better at picking creative ideas.
Measuring the Deadliness of Viruses (Like Coronavirus), Why We Do the Potty Dance, and Depression’s Cousin “Acedia”
Feb 7 • 10 min
Learn about how scientists measure the contagiousness and deadliness of diseases like coronavirus; the history of acedia, an emotion that is similar to (but distinct from) depression; and why it helps to do a “potty dance” when you really have to go to…
The Invention of GPS (w/ Hugo Fruehauf) and Planning Cheat Days to Achieve Your Goals
Feb 6 • 12 min
Hugo Fruehauf, one of the inventors of GPS and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, tells the surprising story of how GPS was invented. Plus: learn about how planning cheat days could make your next goal easier to achieve.
Criminal Profiling Doesn’t Work, Exoplanets’ Magma Oceans Eat Their Skies, and Superhuman Red Blood Cells for Drug Delivery
Feb 5 • 8 min
Learn about why criminal profiling doesn’t seem to work in real life; planets with oceans of molten rock that basically eat the sky; and superhuman red blood cells that could be used to deliver life-saving drugs.
The 13 Emotions Music Evokes, Surprising Things Pregnancy Does to the Body, and Solving the Tiny T. Rex Mystery
Feb 4 • 10 min
Learn about the 13 categories of emotions that music makes you feel; how scientists solved the mystery of two strangely small tyrannosaurus rex fossils; and surprising things that happen to a pregnant person’s body.
Your Romantic Relationships Are All Similar, Why Cuttlefish Wore 3-D Glasses, and the Oldest Material on Earth
Feb 3 • 10 min
Learn about why your next relationship will probably be like your last one; what scientists learned by studying the oldest material on Earth; and what researchers learned when they had cuttlefish wear 3-D glasses.
Why Deadhead Logs Are So Rare and Valuable (w/ Kevin O’Connor) and Why Traveling Makes You Tired
Jan 31 • 9 min
Learn about why deadhead logs so rare and valuable, people actually risk their lives looking for them, from author and TV host Kevin O’Connor. Then, we’ll answer a listener question about why you feel tired after you take a long trip. Additional resources…
The Invention of the Two-by-Four (w/ Kevin O’Connor) and Common Mistakes You Make in the Shower
Jan 30 • 10 min
Learn about common mistakes people make in the shower. Then, learn about the history and science of the two-by-four from author Kevin O’Connor, host of the home renovation television series This Old House. 5 Common Mistakes People Make In The Shower by…
Why Overheard Phone Conversations Are So Distracting, How Big Black Holes Get, and Why Anesthesia Is Risky on Marijuana
Jan 29 • 9 min
Learn about why an overheard phone conversation is so distracting; how big or small a black hole can get; and why you should definitely tell your anesthesiologist if you smoke marijuana. Why an Overheard Phone Conversation Is so Incredibly Distracting by…
You Learn Better from Success than Failure, Ravens Plan Ahead, and Absolute Zero Is Impossible
Jan 28 • 10 min
Learn about why we actually learn better from success than failure; why ravens are so smart, they’re making us re-think the way brains work; and why reaching a temperature of absolute zero is absolutely impossible. You Learn Better from Success than…
Think of Sadness as a Person, Neanderthals Using Aspirin, and Cow Voices
Jan 27 • 9 min
Learn about a trick for conquering sadness by thinking of it as a person; how Neanderthals may have releived their pain with a familiar drug; and the surprising science of how cows each use a unique “voice” to talk to each other. Think of Sadness as a…
Earth Is Greener Than Before, Job-Matching with Your Tweets, and Why Blue Means Sad
Jan 24 • 10 min
Learn about how AI and Twitter could help you find the perfect job, and how the world is actually a greener place than it was 20 years ago. We’ll also answer a listener question about why we use the color “blue” to say we’re sad. Job-Matching with Your…
Most Lying Is Done by a Few People, Storing Vaccine History with Invisible Dye, and Emotion Words Vary Across Cultures
Jan 23 • 9 min
Learn about how most of the world’s lying comes from a small group of people; an invisible dye that stores vaccine history in the skin; and how language shows us that the ways we feel emotions are not universal. Most Lying Is Done by a Few People by…
Live Longer by Appreciating Art, Betelgeuse Might Go Supernova, and Birds’ Freaky-Fast Vision
Jan 22 • 11 min
Learn about how being a patron of the arts could help you live longer; an upcoming supernova we may be able to see with the naked eye; and the superhuman speed of bird vision. Live Longer by Appreciating Art by Kelsey Donk Sources: Engaging with the arts…
Saving the Ozone Layer Slowed Climate Change, the Largest Lifeforms on Earth, and Tips for Avoiding Distractions at Work
Jan 21 • 11 min
Learn about how the 1987 Montreal Protocol inadvertently slowed global warming; where you can find giant Sequoias, the biggest lifeforms on the planet; and some pro tips from the Harvard Business Review on how to avoid distractions at work. In this…
Real Effects of Paying it Forward, Gorillas Humming Food Songs, and New Crowdsourced Exoplanet Names
Jan 20 • 10 min
Learn about why paying it forward has very real effects; musical animals that could help us understand how speech evolved in humans; and newly announced names for exoplanets that were crowdsourced from people just like you. Sources: Small acts of kindness…
Why Pets Get the Zoomies, How to Avoid Giving Up After a Mistake, and Why Vision Is Important for Babies in the Womb
Jan 17 • 10 min
Learn about cat and dog “zoomies” and why pets sprint around the house; how to avoid the abstinence violation effect that makes you give up after a mistake; and why vision is surprisingly important for babies in the womb. Sources: Viral Snow-Loving Pup…
2 Forces Determine What a Group Can Accomplish (w/ Safi Bahcall) and the Taste Receptors Beyond Your Tongue
Jan 16 • 10 min
Learn about why your taste buds aren’t the only part of your body that help you enjoy the flavor of food. Then, learn about the two major forces that determine what a group of people can accomplish, with physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall. Additional…
The 3-Encounter Rule, Why Weak Passwords Survive, and Saturn’s Rings Aren’t as Old as We Thought
Jan 15 • 10 min
Learn about how your weak passwords can get approved even when they shouldn’t; why Saturn’s rings might not be as old as we thought; and how much time you should spend with someone to know if you really enjoy their company. Sources: The Top 100 Worst…
Positive vs. Negative Goal-Setting, Kids Read More with Dogs, and Why Teleportation Is (Probably) Impossible
Jan 14 • 11 min
Learn about why we’ll probably never be able to teleport; how to set “approach goals” so you’re more likely to achieve your dreams; and how dogs can help improve kids’ reading skills. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
What if Earth Stopped Turning, Why We Blurt Things Out, and the Little Black Dots on Your Windshield
Jan 13 • 9 min
Learn about why we blurt things out at inappropriate times; what would happen if Earth stopped turning; and what those little black dots are around your windshield. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
Why Women Started Shaving, Universal Features of Music, and “Split-Brain” Studies
Jan 10 • 10 min
Learn about why music really is universal to humans; what studying “split-brain” patients taught scientists about the brain; and when in human history society decided that women should shave their bodies. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Why Good Teams Kill Great Ideas (w/ Safi Bahcall) and the Medieval History of Almond Milk
Jan 9 • 10 min
Learn about the surprising Medieval history of almond milk. Then, learn how some basic physics principles can help us understand why good teams kill great ideas, with physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
The Germs Lurking in Your Makeup, Why Progress Feels Better Than Achieving a Goal, and What Horsepower Really Means
Jan 8 • 10 min
Learn about why you’re happier before achieving a goal than you are after; why horsepower probably doesn’t mean what you think it means; and how to keep your skin safe from the potentially harmful bacteria in your makeup bag. In this podcast, Cody Gough…
How Cats Land on Their Feet (w/ Greg Gbur) and Why Most People’s Favorite Color Is Blue
Jan 7 • 11 min
Learn about why most peoples’ favorite color is blue. Then, you’ll learn why the mystery of how how cats always land on their feet puzzled scientists for centuries, with help from author Greg Gbur. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Financial Infidelity, Saving Coral Reefs with Sounds, and Weird Winter Weather Phenomena Explained
Jan 6 • 11 min
Learn about how to avoid committing “financial infidelity;” how scientists are fighting the effects of climate change by playing sounds underwater; and the science between weird winter weather phenomena, including “sea smoke” and thundersnow. In this…
It’s OK to Only Exercise on Weekends, Difference Between Brown and White Eggs, and Setting Expectations for Star Wars
Jan 3 • 10 min
Learn about why it’s okay to only exercise on weekends; the real difference between brown and white eggs; and, how you can use a little psychology to enjoy the latest Star Wars movie more. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
Where Good Ideas Come From (w/ Safi Bahcall), Why Illness Puts Your Brain in a Fog, and a Place on Earth that Supports No Life
Jan 2 • 12 min
Entrepreneur, physicist, and author Safi Bahcall explains “loonshots” and how Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry, can help us understand where good ideas come from. Plus: learn about why illness puts your brain in a fog, and new research that…
Strengthen Your New Year’s Resolutions, Rethinking How We Judge a Planet’s Age, and the Truth About Apple Cider Vinegar and Health
Jan 1 • 10 min
Learn about how “implementation intentions” could strengthen your New Year’s resolution and help you achieve long-term goals; whether apple cider vinegar is really a health tonic; and why Australia’s Wolfe Creek Crater could force us to rethink how we…
Carl Zimmer on Defining Life, Learning Myths Even Educators Believe, and The Truth About “Dessert Stomach”
Dec 31, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about common misconceptions around learning that even educators believe; why sensory-specific satiety makes you feel like you always have more room for dessert; and how science writer Carl Zimmer responded when we asked him “what is life?” In this…
Heredity Isn’t What You Think (w/ Carl Zimmer), How Nudge Theory Changes Behaviors, and Could Cockroaches Survive a Nuclear Blast?
Dec 30, 2019 • 10 min
Learn what it means when you have something “in your genes” with help from award-winning author Carl Zimmer; whether cockroaches really can survive a nuclear apocalypse; and how to change behaviors using a subtle suggestion. Carl Zimmer, award-winning…
How the Medicine You Take Knows Where to Go, The Amazing Physics of Baseball, and Boosting Productivity with the Pomodoro Technique
Dec 27, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about the surprising physics involved in hitting a baseball; a productivity hack to stop procrastination; and how viruses and medicines know where to go in your body. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
Chimps Can Play Rock Paper Scissors, a Metamaterial Blocks Sound Without Blocking Light, and Staying Creative by Switching Tasks
Dec 26, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about a new material that blocks sound while letting in light and air; how chimpanzees performed when scientists taught them how to play rock, paper, scissors; and how to be more creative by scheduling when you switch between tasks. In this podcast,…
History of Kissing, The Unbelievable True Story of the First Chiropractor, and Moons That Leave Their Planets Are Called “Ploonets”
Dec 25, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about ploonets, which are moons that leave their planets; the unbelievable true story of D.D. Palmer, the first chiropractor; and why humans kiss. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help…
A Trick for Unblocking Creativity, Hitting Snooze Can Ruin Your Morning, and How We Know What Color Dinosaurs Were
Dec 24, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about how a 4-year-old can help you unblock your creativity; how we figured out what color dinosaurs were; and why you should never hit the snooze button. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com…
Earth’s Atmosphere Extends Beyond the Moon, Hearing Damage from Concerts, and How Music Affects Productivity
Dec 23, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why the Earth’s atmosphere extends beyond the moon; whether you should listen to music while you work; and whether your muffled hearing after a concert means you damaged your ears. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Staying Motivated in the Face of Adversity (w/ Safi Bahcall), Why Things Sound Louder in the Morning, and Winter Solstice Science
Dec 20, 2019 • 10 min
Entrepreneur, physicist, and author Safi Bahcall shares a simple trick for staying motivated in the face of adversity. You’ll also learn about why things sound louder in the morning and the science of the winter solstice. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Shaming People Online Can Backfire, the Most Energetic Explosion Ever Observed, and the Link Between Teeth Brushing and Heart Health
Dec 19, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why shaming people online often backfires; what caused GRB 190114C, the most energetic explosion ever observed; and how brushing your teeth can protect your heart. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
Grizzlies Are Real-Life Superheroes (w/ “Man Vs Bear” Host Casey Anderson) and How People Really Pick Gifts
Dec 18, 2019 • 10 min
“Man Vs Bear” host Casey Anderson explains why it’s important to put grizzly bears on TV. Then, you’ll learn about the real reason why people choose gifts — and it’s not to satisfy the giftees. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Tool-Using Animals (w/ “Man Vs Bear” Host Casey Anderson) and Trees Syncing Seed Production
Dec 17, 2019 • 10 min
“Man Vs Bear” host Casey Anderson explains why grizzly bears are such fascinating animals, and the clever tricks they and other animals use to survive. You’ll also learn about “mast years” when trees sync their seed production. In this podcast, Cody Gough…
Should You Avoid Fever-Reducing Drugs? Plus: Teeth-Replacing Dinosaurs and “Phantosmia” Smell Hallucinations
Dec 16, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about whether you should avoid fever reducing drugs; why some dinosaurs replaced their teeth as much as sharks do; and how the smelling disorder “phantosmia” can make you hallucinate with smell. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss…
Remembering Words on the Tip of Your Tongue, Parkways vs. Driveways, and A Flapping Spacecraft to Explore Venus
Dec 13, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why we drive on parkways and park on driveways; a flapping spacecraft that’s being designed to explore Venus; and why recalling a word on the tip of your tongue ensures that you’ll forget it next time. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
You Don’t Need to “Warm Up” Your Car, Buy Less Instead of Buying Green, and Antarctica’s Ancient Forests
Dec 12, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why you don’t need to “warm up” your car, even when it’s freezing; fossils proving that Antarctica used to be covered in forests; and research that shows why buying less is better than buying green. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Customized Medicine (w/ Lauren Black) and How to Tell Someone’s Sick by Looking at Them
Dec 11, 2019 • 10 min
Lauren Black, Distinguished Scientist in the Scientific advisory services at Charles River Labs, shares the story of how doctors came up with a customized drug to treat one specific patient with Batten disease. Plus: learn about how you really can tell if…
Cutting Sodium by Adding MSG, Measuring When People Give Up on Books, and How Giving Advice May Mean You Crave Power
Dec 10, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how replacing salt with MSG can actually help you cut back on sodium; the Hawking index, a mathematical measure of when people give up on books; and why giving too much advice might mean that you crave power. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Close the Lid Before You Flush, How Men and Women Feel About Their Exes, and a Trait That Makes You More Likely to Exercise
Dec 9, 2019 • 11 min
Learn about why you should close the lid before you flush the toilet; the “planfulness” personality trait that makes you more likely to exercise; and how men and women have different attitudes toward their exes. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
You Can Discover History by Going Low-Tech (w/ Justin Fornal and Emiliano Ruprah), Plus: Nuclear Explosions in Space
Dec 6, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how you can discover history by going low-tech, from explorers Justin Fornal and Emiliano Ruprah, hosts of “Unexplained and Unexplored” on Science Channel. Then, learn about how nuclear explosions work in space. Learn more about Unexplained…
Why Feet Stink, How NASA Knows Where to Dig for Life On Mars, and Why Ice Is Luxurious
Dec 5, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why feet smell bad; how NASA knows where to dig on its next mission to find evidence of life on Mars; and why you associate cold temperatures with luxury. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
An Effective Way to Correct Misinformation, an Artificial Leaf that Turns CO2 into Fuel, and the Dino Fossil Death Pose
Dec 4, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about an effective way to correct misinformation; why dinosaur fossils throw their necks back in a “death” pose; and an artificial leaf that turns atmospheric carbon dioxide into fuel. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Saving Cats from Kidney Disease with AI (w/ Kay O’Donnell) and Eye Contact Reduces Lying
Dec 3, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why eye contact can make you more honest. Then, you’ll learn about RenalTech, the first AI-based diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine, and how it could enable early prediction of chronic kidney disease to save cats’ lives, from special guest…
Evolution of the Violin Hole, Why Static Shock Is Worse in Winter, and How “Sleeping on It” Solves Problems
Dec 2, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about how to hack your sleep to help solve your problems; why the holes in violins are shaped the way they are; and why static shock is worse in the winter. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
History’s Extravagant Gifts (w/ Justin Jampol), Why You Wake Up Hungry After Overeating, and Why Birds Have Hollow Bones
Nov 29, 2019 • 10 min
Learn why you wake up hungry after overeating. Then, Travel Channel’s “Lost Secrets” host and historian Justin Jampol discusses what state gifts and other artifacts can tell us about the past. You’ll also learn why birds have hollow bones — and it’s not…
Food Coma Science, How to Avoid Raising Materialistic Kids, and 3M on Building a Circular Economy
Nov 28, 2019 • 11 min
Learn about why you get sleepy after you eat, and how to prevent that inevitable food coma; an easy way to avoid raising materialistic kids; and current efforts to save the world by creating a circular economy, with 3M Chief Sustainability Officer Gayle…
Self-Control Without Sacrificing Pleasure, Why You Think You Do All the Work, and Why Scientists Use Weather Balloons
Nov 27, 2019 • 11 min
Learn about why you don’t have to sacrifice pleasure to maintain self-control; why modern scientists still use old-timey weather balloons; and how to overcome the phenomenon of overclaiming, which is the feeling that you’re the one doing all the work. In…
Feeding Birds May Cause a Deformity, Busting the “Only Child” Stereotype, and Why Everyone Draws a Coffee Cup the Same Way
Nov 26, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about a new study that busts the myth of the self-centered only child; why feeding birds in the park may be more destructive than you think; and why the canonical perspective makes everyone draw a coffee cup the same way. In this podcast, Cody Gough…
Steven Strogatz Helps You Get Excited About Math (Plus: How Scientists Predict Asteroid Impacts)
Nov 25, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how scientists predict whether an asteroid will hit our planet. Then, learn about at least one reason to get excited about math, from popular mathematics writer and Cornell University Professor Steven Strogatz. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Cell Phone Radiation, Why It’s OK to Contaminate Other Worlds, and Types of Human Goals
Nov 22, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how human goals fall into 4 categories; why NASA’s Planetary Protection Independent Review Board (PPRIB) says we don’t need to be so careful about infecting other worlds; and whether cell phone radiation is actually dangerous. In this podcast,…
Phone Typing Is Speeding Up, A Supernova May Be Why Humans Walk Upright, and Rain on Antarctica
Nov 21, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how the average phone typing speed is catching up to the keyboard; how it can drizzle in Antarctica even when it’s cold enough for water to freeze; and, how an ancient supernova could be the reason why humans walk upright. In this podcast,…
Sneezing with Your Eyes Open, How to Think About Wealth, and Why Bird Poop is 2 Colors
Nov 20, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about what would happen if you sneezed with your eyes open; why bird poop is two different colors; and, the right and wrong way to think about wealth. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from Curiosity.com about…
How to Stop Overspending on Groceries, Tattoos May Toughen Up Your Immune System, and How Physical Activity Boosts Kids’ Learning
Nov 19, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why you overspend at the grocery store, and how to avoid it; how tattoos may toughen up your immune system; and how adding physical activity to the classroom could help kids learn more effectively. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Can Calculus Solve Quantum Physics? (w/ Steven Strogatz), Full Moon Behavior, and Why You Complain About “Kids These Days”
Nov 18, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why if you complain about “kids these days,” your memory may be to blame; whether a full moon really leads to strange behavior; and whether calculus can help us solve the mysteries of quantum mechanics, with special guest Steven Strogatz.…
Maps as Weapons and Art (w/ Justin Fornal and Emiliano Ruprah) and Fidgeting Explained
Nov 15, 2019 • 11 min
Explorers Justin Fornal and Emiliano Ruprah from the Science Channel’s “Unexplained and Unexplored” discuss the surprising roles that maps have played throughout history. You’ll also learn about why people fidget. We’re nominated for an award! Please vote…
Your Internal Compass, How Long a Flu Virus Survives, and the Creativity/Mental Illness Link
Nov 14, 2019 • 11 min
Learn about whether humans have an internal compass; how long a flu virus can last in the environment; and whether creativity and mental illness actually go hand in hand. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
Tracking and Adventuring 101 (w/ Forrest Galante) and Plagiarizing Without Realizing It
Nov 13, 2019 • 11 min
Forrest Galante, host of “Extinct or Alive” on Animal Planet, explains how to become an adventurer, survive extreme conditions, and find extinct animals. Then, you’ll learn about how “cryptomnesia” can make you plagiarize without realizing it. Please vote…
Foods to Curb Sleep Deprivation, Light Levels Affect How Cold You Feel, and Kangaroo Pouches
Nov 12, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why the amount of light you see affects how cold you feel; what’s inside a kangaroo’s pouch; and, foods that can curb the effects of sleep deprivation. Please vote for Curiosity Daily in the 2019 Discover Pods Awards! We’re a finalist for Best…
How Calculus Is Different (w/ Steven Strogatz), Distraction Can Alter Your Memory, and Why the Hindenburg Used Hydrogen
Nov 11, 2019 • 11 min
Popular mathematics writer and Cornell University Professor Steven Strogatz discusses the difference between calculus and algebra, and what calculus can do that other math can’t. Plus: learn about how distraction can alter your memory, and the science…
History Is About the Present (w/ Justin Jampol), What Makes the Wind, and Blaming Games for Society’s Problems
Nov 8, 2019 • 12 min
Learn about the long tradition of blaming games for society’s decline; and, what makes the wind. You’ll also learn about why history is so complicated from historian Justin Jampol, host of “Lost Secrets” on Travel Channel. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Babies’ Heads Smell Distinct, Illegal Drugs That Used to be Medicine, and Lemming Myths
Nov 7, 2019 • 11 min
Learn about why newborn babies’ heads each smell distinct; why lemmings have a reputation for blindly following others; and, 5 illegal drugs that you used to be able to buy as medicine. Please vote for Curiosity Daily in the 2019 Discover Pods Awards!…
Finding “Extinct” Animals (w/ Forrest Galante) and How Bacteria Cooperate to Survive
Nov 6, 2019 • 12 min
Forrest Galante, host and star of “Extinct or Alive” on Animal Planet, explains what happens when you find an extinct animal. Then, learn about how bacteria don’t compete to survive — they cooperate. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss…
Smartphones Impair You Even When They’re Off, Eco-Friendly Laundry, and How Babies Laugh
Nov 5, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how smartphones hurt your mental performance even when they’re off; how babies and adults laugh differently; and, a simple change you can make to your laundry routine to cut down on pollution. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Why You Should Care About Calculus (w/ Steven Strogatz) and Why Lying to Kids Is Harmful
Nov 4, 2019 • 11 min
Learn from popular mathematics writer and Cornell University Professor Steven Strogatz why calculus matters and what exactly calculus is. Plus, learn a surprising reason why you shouldn’t lie to your kids. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
How to Have Fun with Simple Curiosity (w/ Alan Alda) and How Toilets Work
Nov 1, 2019 • 11 min
Renowned science communicator Alan Alda talks to Curiosity Daily hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer about curiosity inspires him — and how you can let your curiosity guide you, too. Plus, learn how toilets actually work. Additional resources from Alan…
How Long a Decapitated Head Stays Conscious, Autumn Leaf Chemistry, The Batman Effect
Oct 31, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why pretending to be Batman can make kids work harder; how long a decapitated head remains conscious; and, the chemistry behind autumn’s color-changing leaves. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
What to Say When Someone’s Upset with You, Bermuda Triangle Myths, Tardigrade Superpowers
Oct 30, 2019 • 11 min
Learn about what to do when someone gets upset with you, from author Lee Hartley Carter. Then, learn about how tardigrades survive deadly radiation and why the Bermuda Triangle isn’t actually a mystery. Please support our sponsors! Visit…
Persuading Others When Facts Don’t Seem to Matter (w/ Lee Hartley Carter), Cross-Dressing Cuttlefish
Oct 29, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about how some male cuttlefish “cross-dress” to woo the ladies. You’ll also learn how to persuade people in a world where facts don’t seem to matter, with help from author Lee Hartley Carter. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Types of Psychotherapy, Your Urge to Nibble Baby Feet, and Why Animals Don’t Have 3 Legs
Oct 28, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why your urge to nibble on baby feet is totally normal; why there are no animals with three legs; and, the different types of psychotherapy and why they work even when you feel like they don’t. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Alan Alda on Communicating Better, Believing in Science, and Building Connections and Empathy
Oct 27, 2019 • 10 min
Alan Alda talks to Curiosity Daily hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer about to how to connect better with others, what’s stopping people from believing in science (and how to change their minds), exercises he uses to build empathy, and more. Additional…
Alan Alda on How to Communicate Better by Making Connections (Plus: Why Oceans Don’t Sink)
Oct 25, 2019 • 10 min
Alan Alda talks to Curiosity Daily hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer about how to be a better communicator by making human connections. Plus, learn about why oceans don’t sink into the Earth. Additional resources from Alan Alda: Alan Alda Center for…
How to Tell When Someone’s Lying, Out-of-Body Experiences, and Healthiest Way to Cook Broccoli
Oct 24, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about an easy way to catch someone in a lie; a possible scientific explanation for why your vestibular system may be to blame for out-of-body experiences; and the healthiest way to prepare broccoli, according to science. In this podcast, Cody Gough…
Gold Mining (w/ Gold Rush Stars Rick Ness and Tony Beets) and Why Musical Tastes Change
Oct 23, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about modern-day gold mining from Rick Ness and Tony Beets, two of the stars of Discovery’s #1 TV show, “Gold Rush.” In that vein, Curiosity Daily hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer explain sluice boxes, resistivity surveys, and other gold mining…
Sleep Better by Walking More, How Animals Mourn Their Dead, and Words from Backformation
Oct 22, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why backformation can make you invent new words without realizing it; how animals mourn their dead; and how you can get better sleep by walking more. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com…
Focus on the Ending, How to Deal with Impostor Syndrome, and Sit Less or Exercise More?
Oct 21, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about the best way to deal with impostor syndrome; whether it’s more important to sit less or exercise more; and why the peak end rules says experiences are all about the ending. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
Why People Love (or Hate) Horror Movies, Stopping Overpopulation, and Orionids Meteor Shower
Oct 18, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about the scientific reasons why people either love or hate horror movies; the surprising way life expectancy affects population growth; and, where you can catch the Orionids meteor shower this weekend. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Types of Teen Popularity, Milky Way’s Black Holes, and Are Conspiracy Theories on the Rise?
Oct 17, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about whether conspiracy theories are really on the rise; why there may be tens of thousands of black holes in the center of the Milky Way; and, the 3 versions of teen popularity, according to research. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Cherenkov Radiation, How to Be More Extroverted, and Changing Your Perception of Time
Oct 16, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how introverts can be happier by tapping into the powers of extroverts; how something can produce Cherenkov radiation by going faster than the speed of light; and, how the language you speak changes your perception of time. Please support…
How to Deal with Having Too Many Choices, Wormhole Shadows, and a Language “Wug Test”
Oct 15, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why having too many choices stresses us out; how wormholes might cast a visible shadow; and the adorable Wug Test that measures how well children understand the rules of language. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Quitting Smoking Doesn’t Lead to Food Cravings, Narcissism Over Time, and Seeing Photons
Oct 14, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how people become less narcissistic as they get older; how it’s possible that we can see a single photon with the naked eye; and, new research that says cigarette smokers won’t crave more food if they quit smoking. In this podcast, Cody Gough…
The Science of Cooking Meat with ButcherBox Head Chef Yankel Polak (Special Episode)
Oct 13, 2019 • 20 min
Learn about how to choose the right cooking method for different cuts of meat; how to figure out the perfect temperature for your meat; pro tips for searing and tempering; and the best way to capture that juicy flavor, including the science of what’s…
Women’s Restroom Lines, Superhuman Memory, and Is Bamboo Good for the Environment?
Oct 11, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about the surprising reasons why the women’s restroom line is always longer; HSAM, the incredibly rare condition of having superhuman memory; and, how bamboo products impact the environment. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Cure for the Common Cold, What Really Killed the Dinosaurs, and Beatboxing in MRI Machines
Oct 10, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how researchers may have figured out a way to cure the common cold; what exactly happened when the dinosaur-killing asteroid struck the Earth; and, why researchers have been putting beatboxers in a real-time MRI machine. In this podcast, Cody…
We Don’t Know How Gravity Works (w/ Sean Carroll) and the Milky Way’s Bubble Mystery
Oct 9, 2019 • 10 min
Learn from theoretical physicist Sean Carroll why we don’t understand how gravity works — and how we can figure it out. You’ll also learn about enormous balloon-like structures that scientists have discovered in the center of our galaxy. Please support…
Many Worlds Theory Explains the Universe (w/ Sean Carroll) and What Causes Static Electricity
Oct 8, 2019 • 10 min
Learn how friction causes static electricity. Then, learn from renowned theoretical physicist Sean Carroll why understanding the Many Worlds Theory could be the best way for us to understand the universe. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Signals Dogs Use to Talk to You, NASA’s Lost Moon Photos, and the Sugar Rush Is a Myth
Oct 7, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why there’s no such thing as a sugar rush; why it took more than 40 years to see NASA’s high-resolution images of the Moon; and, how dogs use referential signals to communicate with humans. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss…
Where Dogs Get Their Personalities, How Smells Work, and a Skill that Improves with Age
Oct 4, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how dogs’ personalities are rooted in their DNA; one skill that doesn’t get worse as you get older; and how your sense of smell works. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you…
Destroying Space-Time for Power (w/ Randall Munroe), Hourglass Figure Myths, Clown Science
Oct 3, 2019 • 10 min
Learn how to power your house by destroying the fabric of space-time, with help from xkcd creator Randall Munroe. Then, learn about the surprising reasons why hourglass figures are considered attractive; and, the scientific reason why clowns creep us out.…
Predict the Weather Using Facebook Photos (w/ Randall Munroe) and Spoken Data Speeds
Oct 2, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how quickly different languages can transmit information. Then, learn how you can predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos, with some help from Randall Munroe, creator of the popular geek webcomic xkcd. In this…
How to Pick a Profile Photo, Handedness, and Gravitational Wave Detectors Seeking Dark Matter
Oct 1, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why you’re bad at choosing good pictures of yourself; how scientists could use gravitational wave detectors to detect dark matter particles; and, a questionnaire to help you figure out how left- or right-handed you are. Please support our…
Personalities Associated with Certain Names, Working Less to Save the Earth, and Superbolts
Sep 30, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about the big impact we could have on our planet by cutting work hours; the strange behavior of superbolts of lightning; and, which personalities people associate with the sounds of certain names. Please support our sponsors! Get 10% off your first…
Pure Chance of Political Positions, Why Earth Has Oxygen, Infrared and Ultraviolet in Rainbows
Sep 27, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why political parties may arrive at their positions by pure chance, with some help from opinion cascades; why the Great Oxygenation Event led to a bigger die-off than the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs; and, whether infrared and…
Cutting Back on Plastic in Your Home (w/ Will McCallum) and How Shapes Can Be Angry
Sep 26, 2019 • 9 min
Learn tips for using less plastic to help keep our planet clean, from Greenpeace UK’s Head of Oceans, Will McCallum. Then, you’ll learn about whether shapes can be angry, with some help from the spectral centroid. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
How to Save the World from Plastic (w/ Will McCallum) and Your Puppies Love Baby Talk
Sep 25, 2019 • 10 min
Learn why puppies really do love your “who’s a good boy?” voice. You’ll also learn about small changes you can make in your daily routine to help us clean up the world’s oceans, with help from special guest Will McCallum. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Constellations Across Cultures, Female vs. Male Hurricanes, and Animals Scientists Study
Sep 24, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about whether hurricanes with female names are deadlier than those with male names; research into why so many different cultures see the same things in constellations; and, animals besides lab rats that are essential to science. Please support this…
A Mutation That Makes You Need Less Sleep, Why “Like” Isn’t Lazy Language, and Zealandia
Sep 23, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about a genetic mutation that makes people need less sleep; a lost, sunken continent at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean called Zealandia; and why the word “like” is not just a lazy language filler. Please support our sponsors! Get 10% off your first…
3D Printed Fashion (w/ Dana Thomas), Difference Between THC and CBD, Quiet Smart People
Sep 20, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how 3D printing could shape the future of fashion, from best-selling author Dana Thomas. You’ll also learn about the difference between THC and CBD when it comes to cannabis; and, why the smartest people in the room are often the quietest. In…
The Price of Fast Fashion (w/ Dana Thomas) and Why You Miss What’s Right in Front of You
Sep 19, 2019 • 9 min
Learn why inattentional blindness makes you miss what’s right in front of you. Then, learn from author Dana Thomas about the environmental costs of “fast fashion” and what you can do to help. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Dark DNA, Why Married Couples Slept in Twin Beds, and Do Baths Get You Clean?
Sep 18, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about whether taking a bath actually gets you clean; “dark DNA,” the genetic code that should be there, but isn’t; and why married couples used to sleep in twin beds. Please support our sponsors! Get 10% off your first order from Saturday Morning…
Don’t Use Your Phone on Breaks, How to Stop Being Materialistic, and Why We Roll Our Eyes
Sep 17, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why using your phone during a break is a bad idea; why we roll our eyes; and how the material values scale can help you measure your materialism so you can see how much you’re influenced by consumer culture. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
You Can Enjoy Play Before Work, Life After Asteroid Impacts, and an Eyepatch Eyesight Hack
Sep 16, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why it’s okay to put play before work; a surprising reason why pirates may have worn eyepatches; and how life bounced back surprisingly quickly after the asteroid killed the dinosaurs. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Your Brain on Books vs. Podcasts, How Hard Babies Kick in the Womb, and Fart Humor History
Sep 13, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why scientists measured how hard babies kick in the womb; the difference in brain scans between people when they were reading a book versus listening to a podcast; and how long humans have thought farts were funny. In this podcast, Cody Gough…
Your Body’s Electromagnetic Field, Winning Pep Talk Tips, and Brightly Colored Ancient Statues
Sep 12, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about your body’s electromagnetic field; why you probably never learned that ancient Greek and Roman statues used to be brightly colored; and the surprising trick to a winning pep talk. Please support our sponsors! Get 10% off your first order from…
You Don’t Run Out of Willpower, What Came Before the Big Bang, and Hookah Health Risks
Sep 11, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why inflation theory says the Big Bang wasn’t actually the beginning of the universe; why hookah may be worse for you than cigarettes; and why you don’t actually run out of willpower, even if you think you do. Please support our sponsors!…
Emoji Around the World (w/ Gretchen McCulloch) and Plants May Have a Sense of Sight
Sep 10, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how some plants may have a sense of sight. Then, learn about how emoji reflect cultural differences around the world, in the final edition of our “Hashtag Tuesdays” mini-series with internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch. In this podcast, Cody…
Beliefs That Boost Grades, Optimism for Better Sleep, and Planets More Habitable Than Earth
Sep 9, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why there could be planets even more habitable than Earth; an online class that boosted grades by changing students’ beliefs; and why optimism may lead to better sleep. Please support our sponsors! Get two months of unlimited access to over…
Sibling Rivalry Benefits, Why The Universe Has No Center, and How to Know Yourself Better
Sep 6, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about the Johari window, a method to get to know yourself better; why sibling rivalry can actually be a good thing; and why there’s no center of the universe. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
Why Birds Sing, Why Bruises Change Color, and America’s Largest Asteroid Impact
Sep 5, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about new insights into the Chesapeake Bay impact crater, which was created by America’s largest asteroid impact; why birds sing; and why your bruises change colors while they heal. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
Sleep Better with a Bath, Questions That Stump Computers, and the Ghost Ship Mary Celeste
Sep 4, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how scientists came up with a thousand questions that stump computers; what happened to the ghost ship Mary Celeste; and why a warm bath can help you sleep better. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
International Internet Languages (w/ Gretchen McCulloch), Chances of Rain, and Mars in Spain
Sep 3, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how you can go on a simulated mission to Mars (in Spain); and, what the weather forecast really means when it says there’s a chance of rain. You’ll also learn about how people around the world talk differently online, with internet linguist…
Censoring Information Backfires, Social Media’s Mental Health Benefits, and Tailgating Myths
Sep 2, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why social media may not be as bad for mental health as we thought; why the Streisand effect says censoring information will probably backfire; and why tailgating at the light won’t get you through any faster. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Pets Can Be Allergic to You, Why Insecure People Brag, and an Algorithm’s Science Discovery
Aug 30, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how an algorithm made new scientific discoveries by reading old studies; how your pets can be allergic to you; and, how the psychological theory of symbolic self-completion explains why insecure people brag so much. In this podcast, Cody Gough…
Control Your Spending Without a Budget, How Toxo Controls Mice, and Trial By Fire Brilliance
Aug 29, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how the Toxo parasite manipulates mice to get into cats; how the trial by fire was a surprisingly accurate test of guilt; and a trick for figuring out how to spend your money that’s easier than budgeting. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
Gratitude Must Be Learned, You Go Blind Every Day, and Passive Echolocation of Dolphins
Aug 28, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how dolphins and whales may experience the world as a group; why you go blind thousands of times a day; and why kids are more prone to grudges than gratitude. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
Online Boomer Speak (w/ Gretchen McCulloch) and Is “Money Can’t Buy Happiness” True?
Aug 27, 2019 • 10 min
Learn why the phrase “money can’t buy happiness” isn’t always true. Then, learn how different generations write differently online, with some help from internet linguist and author Gretchen McCulloch. Please support this episode’s sponsor! Get your first…
Surprising Things in Libraries (w/ Alex Lent), Better Brainstorming Tips, and Prairie Vole Love
Aug 26, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how debate can be good for brainstorms; a little rodent that can teach humans how to love; and the surprising things you can find in libraries, with special guest Alex Lent. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
Does Blowing on Food Make It Cooler? Plus: How to Acquire Tastes, and Carnivore Adaptation
Aug 25, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why cougars and coyotes outlived dire wolves and saber-toothed cats; how exactly you can “acquire” a taste; and, whether blowing on hot food really makes it cooler. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories…
Inside the Human Eye (w/ Dr. Anthony St. Leger), Dating-App Addiction, and Old-Timey Bicycles
Aug 23, 2019 • 11 min
Learn about how studying the eye microbiome can improve human health, with help from Dr. Anthony St. Leger; why old-timey penny-farthing bicycles had one giant wheel; and, how to avoid the dangers of dating-app addiction. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Your Eye Microbiome (w/ Dr. Anthony St. Leger) and What Children’s Drawings Say About Gender
Aug 22, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about what children’s drawings over the years can tell us about society’s views on gender. Plus: Dr. Anthony St. Leger explains why researchers are beginning to study the eye microbiome. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Canned Laughter Makes Dad Jokes Funnier, Animals Use Economics, and AI on Rubik’s Cubes
Aug 21, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about a research-backed way to make dad jokes funnier with canned laughter; how animals use principles of economics in the wild; and how quickly an AI taught itself to solve a Rubik’s cube. Please support our sponsors! Visit capterra.com/curiosity…
Is Internet Language Bad? (w/ Gretchen McCulloch) and How to Remember More Dreams
Aug 20, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about what you can do to remember more of your dreams. You’ll also learn about the difference between internet language and regular language, in the first edition of our “Hashtag Tuesdays” mini-series with internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch. In…
Is Bee Venom Therapy Safe? Plus: Teeth Cleaning History and How to Change Bad Habits
Aug 19, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about whether bee venom therapy is safe; how people cleaned their teeth throughout history; and how you can use the Fogg Method to change your bad habits. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com…
How Food Nutrients Are Calculated, Why Wrappers Are So Loud, and How to Make Small Talk
Aug 18, 2019 • 8 min
Learn the scientific reason why it’s so hard to quietly unwrap candy; the FORD method for keeping conversations flowing; and, how the nutrients in food are calculated. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
Getting Rid of Mosquitoes (w/ Timothy Winegard), the Sargasso Sea, and Leonid Rogozov
Aug 16, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how we might get rid of mosquitoes in the future, with author Tim Winegard; why the Sargasso Sea has no coastline; and, the story of how Russian surgeon Leonid Rogozov removed his own appendix. Please support our sponsors! Get two months of…
History-Changing Mosquitoes (w/ Timothy Winegard) and Stimulating Neurons to Produce Images
Aug 15, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how scientists stimulated mouse neurons to make them see things that weren’t there; and, why mosquitoes are so dangerous and how they’ve shaped human history, with Dr. Timothy Winegard. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Big Five Personality Traits Are WEIRD, Why Mouth Wounds Heal So Quickly, and Snake Island
Aug 14, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why the Big Five personality traits may not be reliable in developing countries; why Brazil’s Ilha da Queimada Grande island is full of outrageously venomous snakes; and why wounds in your mouth heal so quickly. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Improve Your Self-Control, Replace Your Kitchen Sponge, and Naming Our Sun and Moon
Aug 13, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why the sun and moon don’t have names; why kitchen sponges are grosser than you think (and what to do about it); and how you can improve your self-control with the right feelings of guilt. Please support today’s sponsor, Skura! Visit…
Bystanders Help More Often Than You Thought, Avoiding Failure, and Cause and Effect Crows
Aug 12, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about why bystanders help would-be victims more often than we thought; how you should think about past failures to avoid future failures; and how crows passed an ancient test from Aesop’s Fables. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss…
Achieve Your Goals Faster, Why We Eat 3 Meals a Day, and the NATO Phonetic Alphabet
Aug 11, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about the complicated history of the NATO phonetic alphabet; why we eat three meals a day; and how you can use a technique called Functional Imagery Training to achieve your goals faster. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Cultivate Green Space in Your Home (w/ Summer Rayne Oakes) and Brains of Octopus Arms
Aug 9, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how octopus arms literally have minds of their own; and, the benefits of having plants and how to get started, with environmental scientist and author Summer Rayne Oakes. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story…
Prevent Pit Stains, Medieval Rap Battles, and Why Airplane Boarding Takes So Long
Aug 8, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about flyting, the Medieval version of rap battles; the chemistry behind what causes yellow pit stains, and how to prevent them; and why it takes so long to board an airplane. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
Melt Glass at Home (w/ Nick Uhas), How Matches Make Fire, and Odd Animal Sizes on Islands
Aug 7, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how a struck match creates fire; why “the island rule” makes some animals huge and other animals tiny; and how you can melt glass at home, with some help from Netflix reality glassblowing competition “Blown Away” host Nick Uhas. Please support…
Wireless Charging May Be Bad for Your Battery, “Alpha Dog” Myths, and Penicillin’s Full Origins
Aug 6, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about the true history of penicillin; why wireless charging may be bad for your battery; and why the “alpha dog” is a canine myth. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter…
Future of Cell-Sized Robots (w/ Cornell University) and Transferring Data Through Music
Aug 5, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how scientists found a way to transfer data through music. Then, learn about the world of possibilities for cell-sized robots, in the final edition of our Microscale Mondays mini-series with Cornell physicists Itai Cohen and Paul McEuen. In…
Respecting Others with Hanlon’s Razor, What If the World Went Vegan, and Dancing Cockatoos
Aug 4, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about a cockatoo that proves humans aren’t the only animals who can dance; mental models like Hanlon’s razor for reducing anxiety and getting along better with others, with some help from authors Gabriel Weinberg and Lauren McCann; and, what would…
Bioprinting (w/ Zach Weinersmith), Giant Underground Cities, and Miniature Pigeon Cameras
Aug 2, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about bioprinting from Zach Weinersmith, creator of “Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.” You’ll also learn about Derinkuyu, an ancient underground city; and, Dr. Neubronner’s miniature pigeon camera that predated drone photography. Please support…
Space Elevators (w/ Zach Weinersmith) and Why Get Off Your Phone When You Watch TV
Aug 1, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about new research that shows why you might enjoy watching TV more if you put your phone away. Then, learn about space elevators with Zach Weinersmith, creator of the popular geek webcomic “Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.” In this podcast, Cody…
You Have A Type, Harmful Shark Myths, and Why Airplane Engines Have Spirals
Jul 31, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about the truth behind harmful myths about sharks to help you celebrate Shark Week; the surprising purpose of the spiral on airplane engines; and how you can supercharge your relationships with research that shows you really do have a “type.” Please…
Measure Your Beliefs About the World, the Overview Effect, and a Mercury-Spewing Fountain
Jul 30, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how the overview effect changes your perspective when you leave Earth; why the Calder Mercury Fountain in Barcelona pumps out pure liquid mercury; and, how researchers came up with a set of core beliefs that measure how you feel about the…
Communicating with Cell-Sized Robots (w/ Cornell University) and Uncanny Valley Science
Jul 29, 2019 • 9 min
Learn from Cornell University physicists Paul McEuen and Itai Cohen how cell-sized robots actually communicate with each other and move around. You’ll also learn about the “uncanny valley” and how scientists figured out what part of your brain gets…
Why We Kiss, Ploonets, and The Unbelievable True Story of D.D. Palmer, the First Chiropractor
Jul 28, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about ploonets, which are moons that leave their planets; the unbelievable true story of D.D. Palmer, the first chiropractor; and, why humans kiss. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help…
You May Have Eaten Glass (w/ Nick Uhas), Using Positive Stress, and Identifying Screams
Jul 26, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how you’ve probably eaten glass, with Netflix’s “Blown Away” host Nick Uhas. You’ll also learn about how to tap into a positive kind of stress called eustress; and, how your unique screams can identify you. Please support today’s sponsor,…
Forcing Functions and “Super Thinking,” Rosalind Franklin’s Story, and Dogs Smelling Fear
Jul 25, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about the truth behind Rosalind Franklin’s contributions to science; a mental model called “forcing functions” you can use to be more thoughtful and produce better results; and, whether dogs can smell fear. Please support today’s sponsor, Skura!…
Your Nightmares Help You Survive, Tin Whiskers Break Your Gadgets, and Every Map Is Lying
Jul 24, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about “tin whiskers,” the mysterious reason why your gadgets suddenly stop working; threat simulation theory and how your nightmares might be helping you survive; and why every map is lying to you. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
S’more History, How “Text Speak” Affects Literacy Skills, and What Lead Does to Your Body
Jul 23, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about whether “text speak” harms your literacy skills; why the s’mores recipe isn’t as old as you think; and what lead does to the human body. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you…
Microscale Machine Manufacturing (w/ Cornell University) and Stopping Hiccups with Science
Jul 22, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about how researchers are manufacturing robots that are half the width of a human hair, in the second edition of our Microscale Mondays mini-series. You’ll also learn about a science-backed way to stop the hiccups. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Pomodoro Technique to Stop Procrastination, Where Medicine Goes, and Baseball Physics
Jul 21, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about the physics of hitting a baseball; a productivity hack to stop procrastination; and, how viruses and medicines know where to go in your body. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help…
Simple Quantum Physics (w/ George Greenstein), Parachute-less Falling, and Dog Adoption
Jul 19, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about a simple way to explain quantum physics, with a special guest, astrophysicisist George Greenstein. You’ll also learn about how to survive falling without a parachute, and how to avoid “speed-dating mistakes” when adopting a dog. Please support…
EPR Paradox and Quantum Strangeness (w/ George Greenstein) and Temperatures for Sleep
Jul 18, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why room temperature is so important for getting a good night’s sleep. Plus, learn about the EPR paradox and a famous debate from the world of quantum physics with a special guest, astrophysicist George Greenstein. In this podcast, Cody Gough…
Self-Defense Amputations, Unique English Words, and How Puppy-Dog Eyes Evolved
Jul 17, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how animals evolved to amputate their limbs in self-defence; how dogs literally have human friendship in their DNA; and English words that don’t exist in other languages. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
A Normal Body Temperature Isn’t 98.6 Degrees, Fettuccine-Like Rocks, and Toothbrush Tips
Jul 16, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why a normal temperature isn’t really 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit; why Mars rovers should search for rocks that look like fettuccine; and how often you should replace your toothbrush. Please support today’s sponsor, ButcherBox! To get FREE bacon…
Cell-Sized Robots (w/ Cornell University), Learning Styles Don’t Exist, and Why Pulsars Matter
Jul 15, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about the woman who discovered pulsars and why they matter; and, why learning styles don’t exist. You’ll also learn about cell-sized robots, in the the first edition of our Microscale Mondays mini-series with Cornell physicists Itai Cohen and Paul…
Songs in Tonal Languages (w/ James Kirby) and Neanderthal DNA in Human Chromosomes
Jul 14, 2019 • 11 min
Learn how researchers found ancient Neanderthal DNA in human chromosomes. Plus, linguist James Kirby will answer a question about how musicians write songs in tonal languages. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from…
Smartphone Technology and the Future of Innovation
Jul 13, 2019 • 18 min
Learn about the dielectrics, metals, and other components from EMD Performance Materials that make your smartphone possible. Plus: the unique challenges of advancing technology on a microscopic level, the future of virtual and augmented reality, and…
Surprising Science of Glass (w/ Nick Uhas), Satellite Tethers, and Map Coloring Math
Jul 12, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about futuristic tethers that could help us stop making a mess in space; how we finally solved a deceptively simple mathematics mystery; and, the surprising science of glass, with special guest Nick Uhas. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
AI Translating Babies’ Cries, Being Suckered by the Barnum Effect, and City of Lies and Truth
Jul 11, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about how scientists are using artificial intelligence to translate babies’ cries; test your skills with the City of Lies and Truth logic puzzle; and learn how to avoid falling prey to a common psychological phenomenon called the Barnum effect.…
Finding What You Love to Do (w/ David Epstein) and How to Deliver Bad News
Jul 10, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how to find what you love doing and excel at it, from author David Epstein. You’ll also learn about why you should always present good news along with bad news. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from…
Why Generalists Triumph (w/ David Epstein) and What Causes Puffy Eyes After Crying
Jul 9, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why your eyes get puffy when you cry. You’ll also learn about the benefits of being a generalist instead of a specialist from a special guest: author David Epstein. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story from…
Never Hit the Snooze Button, Unblock Your Creativity with a 4-Year-Old, and Dinosaur Colors
Jul 8, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about how a 4-year-old can help you unblock your creativity; how we figured out what color dinosaurs were; and why you should never hit the snooze button. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com…
Black Hole Edges (w/ Ralph Crewe), Your Brain’s Backup Plan, and Healthy Tanning Tips
Jul 7, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how to get your best tan with the least amount of damage; the surprising relationship between short-term and long-term memories; and whether black holes have “edges,” with some help from special guest Ralph Crewe from the podcast Science,…
Spontaneous Human Combustion, Your Terrible Creep Radar, and Employee Honesty
Jul 5, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why your creep radar is probably terrible; the science of spontaneous human combustion; and the one belief that determines employee honesty. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help…
Fireworks Technology, Human Body’s Energy Limit, and Making Meat-Like Burgers from Plants
Jul 4, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about the energy limit of the human body; how they make meat-like burgers from plants; and the surprisingly advanced technology behind your favorite fireworks shows. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
Admit What You Don’t Know, Moral Dilemmas of Self-Driving Cars, and Revolving Door Origins
Jul 3, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about the weird reason why revolving doors were invented; why people who can admit what they don’t know tend to know more; and why a thought experiment called the trolley problem may be more relevant than ever. Please support our sponsors! Get your…
Individuals Really Can Slow Climate Change, Muscle Memory Is Real, and Penguin Waddles
Jul 2, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why it’s good news that muscle memory is real; why a penguin’s waddle has some advantages over the way we humans walk; and new research that shows how individuals can have a bigger impact on slowing climate change than we thought. In this…
Sweat is Not Detoxifying, How to Educate People About GMOs, and Mascara Mouth
Jul 1, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why you open your mouth when you apply mascara or put in contacts; how to educate people if you want them to trust GMOs; and why sweat really is not detoxifying. Please support today’s sponsor, ButcherBox! To get FREE bacon in EVERY box for…
Without Space, We Die (w/ Kevin J. DeBruin), Breeding New Apples, and Ceres’ Ice Volcano
Jun 30, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how agricultural experts make new types of apples; why the dwarf planet Ceres has a giant ice volcano; and why space matters, with some help from former NASA rocket scientist Kevin J. DeBruin. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Educating and Innovating for the Future with Sustainable Solutions
Jun 29, 2019 • 15 min
Learn how new technology is being developed to help the environment and our society as a whole, from liquid crystal windows to OLED displays. It’s all part of a commitment to innovation for improving global health, broadening minds, and developing…
Game Transfer Phenomena (w/ Angelica Ortiz de Gortari) and the Methane Spike on Mars
Jun 28, 2019 • 9 min
Learn how a newly detected methane spike on Mars may change our understanding of the red planet; and how you can participate in a new research study on game transfer phenomena, with researcher Angelica Ortiz de Gortari. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Nuclear Survival Guide, Physical Health Benefits of Being Kind to Yourself, Snakes and Ladders
Jun 27, 2019 • 9 min
Learn what Chutes and Ladders can tell us about the way culture can influence art; how to survive the aftermath of a nuclear explosion, according to science; and how being kind to yourself can make you physically healthier. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Weirdest Types of Lightning, Spotting Audio Lies Easily, and the Traveling Salesman Problem
Jun 26, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about some of the weirdest types of lightning; why nobody’s been able to solve the traveling salesman problem; and why it’s easier to spot a lie on a podcast or radio show than it is in other media. Please support our sponsors! Get two months of…
Find Out if You’re an Echoist, Pluto Swapping with Neptune, and Our Ancestors’ Healthy Living
Jun 25, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about whether our ancient ancestors were healthier than we are; why Neptune is sometimes further away from the sun than Pluto; and how to know if you’re an echoist, which is the polar opposite of a narcissist. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
History-Changing Chewing Gum, How to Spot Bad Nutrition Tips, and Why Dogs Love Humans
Jun 24, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how dogs may have evolved to love humans; how you can spot bad nutrition advice; and how 10-thousand year old chewing gum may change our understanding of ancient society. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
Godzilla’s Deeper Meaning, Exoplanets (w/ Ralph Crewe from SNaQ), and Turing Machines
Jun 23, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about the Turing machine, an imaginary device that’s the basis for all computers. Plus: what can Godzilla tell us about our collective anxiety? We’ll also discuss a listener question about exoplanets with a special guest, Ralph Crewe from the…
Planning for and Investing in New Technologies
Jun 22, 2019 • 13 min
Learn about developing cutting-edge technology, from photonic quantum computing to advanced artificial intelligence. Plus: the science behind making driverless cars as safe and reliable as we want them to be. This episode is sponsored by EMD Performance…
Fighting the Most Common Form of Prejudice, Autokinetic Effect, and Fermat’s Last Theorem
Jun 21, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about the optical illusion that makes stars look like UFOs; surprising facts about Fermat’s last theorem, one of math’s greatest mysteries; and why the most common form of prejudice may surprise you. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Developing Drugs to Fight Superbugs (w/ Dr. Matt McCarthy) and What Dark Mode Does
Jun 20, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about whether dark mode really is easier on your eyes, according to research. Then, learn about how new antibiotics are being developed with Dr. Matt McCarthy, author of the new book “Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic.” In this podcast, Cody…
Superbugs and Antibiotic Resistance (w/ Dr. Matt McCarthy) and Third-Person Pep Talks
Jun 19, 2019 • 8 min
Learn why talking to yourself in the third person can help you keep your emotions in check. Then, learn about “superbugs” (and why we need to stop them) with Dr. Matt McCarthy, author of the new book “Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic.” In this…
Boost Productivity with a Potted Plant, Why Coffee Makes You Poop, and Nuclear Semiotics
Jun 18, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why it could be hard to communicate with humans of the future; how a potted plant can help you boost your productivity; and why coffee makes you poop. Please support today’s sponsor, WSJwine! Order now and they’ll add to your case 2 bonus…
Overcoming the Incredible Power of Exclusion (w/ Vivian Zayas) and a One-Way Sound Device
Jun 17, 2019 • 13 min
Learn about how to feel less excluded and why it’s so important, with special guest Vivian Zayas, Director of the Personality, Attachment, and Control Laboratory at Cornell University. Plus, learn about a new device that makes sound go one-way. In this…
Difference Between 5G and 4G Networks (w/ Trace Dominguez) and Self-Repairing Batteries
Jun 16, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how scientists developed a self-repairing battery. Plus: science communicator Trace Dominguez answers a listener question about the difference between 4G and 5G networks. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following story…
How to Push the Limits of Innovation
Jun 15, 2019 • 17 min
Learn about the unbelievable level of purity and complexity that goes into producing new technologies. Also, what researchers are working on and how the world will look in the future thanks to their efforts. This episode is sponsored by EMD Performance…
Solar Sail Testing, Benefits of Debating Politics Online, and Tongue Map Mythbusting
Jun 14, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about an upcoming solar sail launch to test solar propulsion; why the tongue map you learned about in school is all wrong; and new research that says debating politics online may not be a total waste. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Wine Myths, The Case for Code-Switched Classes, and The Most Dangerous Tree in the World
Jun 13, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about how the way you talk could change your ability to learn; two of the biggest myths about wine; and why the manchineel tree is the most dangerous tree in the world. Please support today’s sponsor, WSJwine! Order now and they’ll add to your case…
Hairy Ball Theorem, the Secret to Effective Practice, and Disposable Water Bottle Dangers
Jun 12, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about the strangely-named hairy ball theorem that explains why there’s always a storm brewing somewhere; new research into how you can practice more effectively; and why there are safer ways to be eco-friendly than by reusing your disposable water…
Leaders Can Be Too Extroverted, The Cutest Age for a Puppy, and Goldbach’s Conjecture
Jun 11, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about the Goldbach conjecture, a simple math problem that’s never been solved; why researchers studied the cutest age for a puppy; and why extroverted leaders can have too much of a good thing. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss…
How Badly We Need to Feel Socially Connected (w/ Vivian Zayas) and Work Commute Tips
Jun 10, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about the surprising power behind our need to feel socially connected, with guest Vivian Zayas, Director of the Personality, Attachment, and Control Laboratory at Cornell University. Plus, learn about how to make your commute a little happier.…
Why Itches Spread, Ancient Vending Machine, and Not Realizing When Your Beliefs Change
Jun 9, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about the world’s first vending machine that was invented nearly 2,000 years ago; why scratching an itch can make it spread; and, why you probably don’t realize it when your beliefs change. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
EMD and the Science Behind Today’s — and Tomorrow’s — Technology
Jun 8, 2019 • 15 min
Learn about EMD Performance Materials; why packaging innovation is a vital component in developing new technologies; and what it takes from a business standpoint to change the way we interact with computers and other devices in our daily lives. This…
Personality Test Role-Playing Game, Antimatter Double-Slit Science, and Asexual Reproduction
Jun 7, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about what happened when scientists put antimatter through the double-slit experiment; how a role-playing game could test your personality better than an actual personality test; and why more animals don’t reproduce asexually. In this podcast, Cody…
Life After Life Hacking (w/ Professor Joseph M. Reagle, Jr.) and White Hole Science
Jun 6, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about what happens after your life is “fully optimized” from a special guest: Professor Joseph M. Reagle Jr., author of the new book “Hacking Life: Systematized Living and Its Discontents.” You’ll also learn why white holes could explain some of the…
New Laser Uses Sound Waves, Get Your Kids to Eat Veggies, and Better-Than-Average Effect
Jun 5, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about a new phonon laser that uses sound instead of light; a counterintuitive trick to get your kids to eat vegetables; and a cognitive bias that explains why most people think they’re better than other people. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
Passion for Your Job Can Backfire, Ancient Greeks Knew Earth Was Round, and Hair in Food
Jun 4, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how the ancient Greeks knew the Earth was round; why being passionate about your job can backfire; and why you shouldn’t worry if you find a hair in your food. Please support our sponsors! Visit capterra.com/curiosity to find the best software…
What Determines How Others See You (w/ Vivian Zayas) and Don’t Ask for Too Much Advice
Jun 3, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about the factors that determine how other people see you with special guest Vivian Zayas, Director of the Personality, Attachment, and Control Laboratory at Cornell University. Plus, learn about why it’s possible to ask for too much advice. In this…
Ancient Cities Can Help Us Plan Modern Cities (w/ Monica L. Smith) and Where Light Goes
Jun 2, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about how studying ancient cities can help us plan modern cities from author Monica L. Smith, an archaeologist and professor in the department of anthropology at UCLA. Plus, learn what happens to light when you turn off the light switch. Get your…
Ingredients for New Friendships, Dark Matter Debate, and How to Make Decisions with Friends
May 31, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about the key ingredients for forging a friendship; why it’s so hard to make decisions with friends; and what it would mean if dark matter doesn’t exist and the law of gravity is wrong. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Drawbacks and Dangers of Life Hacking (w/ Joseph M. Reagle, Jr.) and Why Wet Fingers Prune
May 30, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about potential drawbacks to life hacking from Professor Joseph M. Reagle Jr., author of the new book “Hacking Life: Systematized Living and Its Discontents.” You’ll also learn why your fingers get pruney when they’re soaked in water. Get your copy…
What to Do if You Can’t Sleep, Diet Soda Weight Loss Myths, and Gold from Neutron Stars
May 29, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about how scientists traced some of Earth’s heaviest elements to an ancient star collision; what to do if you’re lying in bed and you can’t sleep; and whether diet soda can help you lose weight. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss…
Space Sustainability Rating System, the Chameleon Effect, and How to Blow Your Nose
May 28, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about new sustainability rules that could help us cut space debris; why you shouldn’t blow your nose when you have a cold; and why you unconsciously copy other people’s mannerisms. Please support our sponsors! Visit skillshare.com/curiosity for two…
Our Implicit Attitudes: New Research into Human Relationships (w/ Vivian Zayas)
May 27, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about new research into the implicit attitudes people have in close relationships with others (and more) from Vivian Zayas, Director of the Personality, Attachment, and Control Laboratory at Cornell University. Resources from Cornell University:…
Modern and Ancient Cities Faced the Same Problems (w/ Monica L. Smith), Ear Dominance
May 26, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about the similarities between problems facing ancient and modern cities from author Monica L. Smith, an archaeologist and professor in the department of anthropology at UCLA. You’ll also learn about whether you have a dominant ear. Get your copy of…
Smiling Can Make You Happier, Maybe Nobody Likes Black Coffee or Beer, and Entropy 101
May 24, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about the weird science behind why people like the taste of black coffee; how entropy keeps time flowing forward; and how smiling really can make you feel happier. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
How to Tell What Life Hacks Are Worth Trying (w/ Joseph Reagle) and Microwaves for Cooling
May 23, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how to tell whether a life hack is worth trying from a special guest: Professor Joseph M. Reagle Jr., author of the new book “Hacking Life: Systematized Living and Its Discontents.” You’ll also learn why there’s no such thing as a “reverse…
Reduce Arachnophobia with Spider-Man, Biggest Volcano Eruption Ever, and 100-Point Plan
May 22, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about how watching Spider-Man may reduce arachnophobia; how the biggest volcano eruption in history may have made one of the world’s most classic horror stories possible; and a 100-point plan to organize your day to get more done. In this podcast,…
Drying Laundry to Make It Soft, Why Sad People Listen to Sad Music, and Fossilist Mary Anning
May 21, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about Mary Anning, the famed female fossil hunter history almost forgot; why sad people seek out sad music; and how you can get your air-dried laundry as soft as your machine-dried laundry. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Mentally Representing Our Relationships (w/ Vivian Zayas) and a Passion Pursuit Regimen
May 20, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how researchers study how we mentally represent our relationships with special guest Vivian Zayas, Director of the Personality, Attachment, and Control Laboratory at Cornell University. Plus, learn about a regimen you can follow to help you…
Why Humans Built Cities in the First Place and What They Looked Like (w/ Monica L. Smith)
May 19, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about what the first cities looked like — and why humans built them — from author Monica L. Smith, an archaeologist and professor in the department of anthropology at UCLA. Then, learn what makes pedestrians run into each other. Get your copy of…
Pill Colors Influence Their Effectiveness, Bizarre Quark-Gluon Plasma Traits, and CEO Hobbies
May 17, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how the color of pills influences how well they’ll work on you; the weird things scientists are learning about a substance that made up the early universe; and the science behind why CEOs make time for hobbies. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Science’s Replication Crisis (w/ Joseph M. Reagle, Jr.) and Why Squinting Helps You See
May 16, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about the replication crisis facing researchers in the social and life sciences from a special guest: Professor Joseph M. Reagle Jr., author of the new book “Hacking Life: Systematized Living and Its Discontents.” You’ll also learn why squinting…
Birth Order Doesn’t Matter, Your Liver Grows and Shrinks Overnight, and Von Neumann Probes
May 15, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how we could use self-replicating machines to explore the universe; when and why your liver shrinks and grows dramatically; and what science says about how much your birth order really matters. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Why Smells Trigger Vivid Memories, Test Your Impostor Syndrome, and Trees Without Rings
May 14, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why smells trigger such vivid memories; why an ancient tree is changing our understanding of how trees evolved; and how you can find out if you suffer from impostor syndrome, along with ways to get over it. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Finding Life on Eyeball Planets, Our Shrinking Collective Attention Span, and Deep Work Skills
May 13, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why our collective attention span is shrinking; how you can increase your productivity by building “deep work” skills; and why eyeball planets may be our best bet for finding alien life. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Mother’s Day Origins, How Poor Vision Survived Natural Selection, and Muon Facts
May 12, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about what scientists know about the muon; how poor vision evolved; and why the founder of Mother’s Day Anna Jarvis regretted inventing it. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories to help you get smarter and learn…
Sickness Makes You Antisocial, Fruit Fly Facts (w/ Stephanie Mohr), and a Sting Pain Index
May 10, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about where fruit flies come from and what they do from special guest Stephanie Mohr, author of “First in Fly: Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery.” You’ll also learn about why your brain makes you extra antisocial when you’re sick, and how…
Best Position for Sleep, Better Learning by Arguing, and Universal Language of Honey Bees
May 9, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about new research that can help us understand and save the bees; the best sleeping position, according to science; and how you can learn learn something better by arguing with yourself. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Moviegoers Blink in Sync, Rain on the Sun, and Why Flamingos Stand on One Leg
May 8, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about a new discovery about rain on the sun; why flamingos stand on one leg; and why you blink the way you do when you’re watching a movie. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get…
A Town Where Wireless Signals Are Banned, Why Fish Stink, and a Personality Health Test
May 7, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why wireless signals are completely banned from Green Bank, West Virginia; why fish stinks but chicken doesn’t; and how to find out if you have a healthy personality. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories…
Medieval Dancing Plagues, Altruistic Indulgence, and Types of Human Species
May 6, 2019 • 8 min
Learn why you’re more likely to order junk food after your friends do; why we’re the only human species; and why people literally danced themselves to death during the Medieval Dancing Plague. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Analog and Digital Media Preservation (w/ Damon Krukowski) and the Wagon Wheel Illusion
May 5, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how we preserve analog and digital audio (and other media) with special guest Damon Krukowski, who is a musician, writer, and author of the new book “Ways of Hearing.” We’ll also answer a listener question about why quickly rotating objects…
New Treatments via Fruit Flies (w/ Stephanie Mohr), South Atlantic Anomaly, White Wine Perks
May 3, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about the incredible discoveries we’ve made from researching fruit flies with special guest Stephanie Mohr, author of “First in Fly: Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery.” You’ll also earn about how the South Atlantic Anomaly is messing with…
Weight Changes in Different Places, How Shoelaces Come Untied, and Longer Life Mentality
May 2, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why you don’t weigh the same everywhere on Earth; the personality traits shared by people who live past 90; and how researchers figured out how shoelaces come untied. Please support our sponsors! Visit skillshare.com/curiosity for two months…
Always Ask for a Deadline Extension, Leaded Gasoline, and What Makes Time Stand Still
May 1, 2019 • 7 min
Learn why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for an extension when you’re up against a deadline; why we used to use lead in gasoline; and what causes that feeling that time is standing still. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
Avoid Productivity Pitfalls, The Bandwagon Effect, and How Holograms Are Becoming A Reality
Apr 30, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why people do things because they’re popular; how “Star Wars”-style holograms are becoming a reality; and, how you can avoid four productivity pitfalls and assess how productive you actually are. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Meteorites Probably Don’t Land Hot, Break-Up Struggles, and Why Babies Hardly Ever Blink
Apr 29, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why meteorites probably aren’t hot when they land; why babies hardly ever blink; and why couples have such a hard time breaking up. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get…
How Digital Audio Has Changed Listening (w/ Damon Krukowski) and How Much You Can Know
Apr 28, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how digital technology is changing the way we listen to music and other audio from special guest Damon Krukowski, who is a musician, writer, and author of the new book “Ways of Hearing.” We’ll also answer a listener question about whether…
How Fruit Flies Are Like Humans, (w/ Stephanie Mohr), Your Changing Personality, and Pennies
Apr 26, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how and why we study fruit flies with some help from Stephanie Mohr, author of the new book “First in Fly: Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery.” You’ll also learn why we still make pennies here in the U.S., and why science says your…
Fresh, Canned, and Frozen Vegetable Nutrition, Staying in Bed for Science, and IQs on Iodine
Apr 25, 2019 • 8 min
Learn which is healthiest: fresh, canned, or frozen vegetables; how iodized salt accidentally increased the American IQ; and how you can apply to participate in a new NASA-backed study to help scientists learn about the effects of space travel. In this…
Achieve Goals with the 2-List Strategy, Temperature-Telling Crickets, and Lungs Make Blood
Apr 24, 2019 • 6 min
Learn about how researchers discovered that your lungs actually make blood; how you can tell the temperature from cricket chirps; and a strategy for maximizing your focus and achieving your goals that comes from billionaire business magnate Warren…
NASA’s New Planet-Hunting Telescope, the Light Triad, and Where You Spend Your Time
Apr 23, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about where NASA’s new planet-hunting telescope is looking for life first; the number of places where people spend most of their time; and, the new “Light Triad” of personality traits. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Never Wash Raw Chicken, Campaign for a 13-Month Calendar, and The Island of the Colorblind
Apr 22, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why you should never wash raw chicken; the story behind a place called The Island of the Colorblind; and the forgotten campaign to create a 13-month calendar. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
You’re Almost Entirely Empty Space, What Defines Seconds, and the Lyrid Meteor Shower
Apr 21, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why you’re almost completely made up of empty space; what defines a second of time; and where you can watch the Lyrid meteor shower this Tuesday. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to…
Fruit Fly Research Essentials (w/ Stephanie Mohr) and Why Doctors Work Long Hours
Apr 19, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how and why we study fruit flies with some help from Stephanie Mohr, author of the new book “First in Fly: Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery.” But first, learn why it’s actually a good thing that doctors work such long hours. Get…
Einstein’s Greatest Regret, Why Icing an Injury May Not Help It Heal, and Extinction Memories
Apr 18, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why icing an injury may not help it heal; the neurons that make old fears return; and how one of Einstein’s greatest regrets turned out to be useful after all. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
What’s Next for Quantum Computers (w/ Chris Bernhardt) and How to Make Yourself Luckier
Apr 17, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about qubits and quantum entanglement with some help from Chris Bernhardt, author of the new book “Quantum Computing for Everyone.” Plus, learn about how you can make yourself luckier. Get your copy of “Quantum Computing for Everyone” on Amazon:…
Benefits of Audiobooks vs. Reading, Bad Earthworms, and Phineas Gage’s Freak Accident
Apr 16, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about why earthworms are only good for the planet if they’re in the right place; whether it’s better to read books or listen to them; and the story of Phineas Gage’s freak accident from the 1800s that changed brain science forever. In this podcast,…
Conference Rooms Impair Your Mind, Get a “Toned” Look, and Overcome Friendship Jealousy
Apr 15, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why a “toned” appearance has nothing to do with muscle tone; how meetings literally impair your mind, and what you can do about it; and, how to be less jealous when your friend excels at your “thing.” In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
Control Butterflies in Your Stomach, Numbers in Other Languages, and the Titanic’s Savior
Apr 14, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about the RMS Carpathia, the ship that came to the Titanic’s rescue the night it sank; how to control that feeling when you get butterflies in your stomach; and how numbers are written in different languages. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
Black Hole Firewall Hypothesis, Polio Vaccine History, and Double Rainbow Science
Apr 12, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why there’s no patent for the polio vaccine; a hypothesis that says a black hole would incinerate you; and what causes “Alexander’s band,” the dark strip of sky inside a double rainbow. Please support our sponsors! Get two months of unlimited…
Why Older People Get Up Early, Why Hot Water Freezes Quickly, and Recapitulation Myths
Apr 11, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about the evolutionary reason why older people wake up early; new research that could explain why hot water can freeze faster than cold water; and the truth behind the recapitulation theory that embryos repeat evolution. In this podcast, Cody Gough…
Quantum Computing 101: Qubits and Entanglement (w/ Professor Chris Bernhardt)
Apr 10, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about qubits and quantum entanglement with some help from Chris Bernhardt, author of the new book “Quantum Computing for Everyone.” Plus, learn about 6 magic words for defusing conflict. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
How to Make Excuses and Keep Friends, Early Risers vs. Night People, and Escalator Science
Apr 9, 2019 • 9 min
Learn how to make an excuse without ruining your friendships; why we’d all move a lot faster if nobody walked on the escalator; and why you might not really know whether you’re a morning or a night person, along with a questionnaire to help you figure it…
Using Black Holes as Fuel, How to Run on Top of Water, and Origins of the World-Famous
Apr 8, 2019 • 7 min
Learn how we could look for advanced civilizations that are using tiny black holes as fuel; how fast you’d have to run on the Moon in order to stay on top of water; and which countries gave us the most world-famous magicians, pirates, and astronauts. In…
Spoilers Don’t Spoil Stories, Why Some Colors Look Brighter, and Pre-Dinosaur Fossil Finds
Apr 7, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how the first dinosaur fossil was named before we had a word for dinosaurs; why the “spoiler paradox” says we actually enjoy a story more when we know the ending; and why some colors look brighter than others. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
New Material Blocks Sound and Not Light, Task Switching to Boost Creativity, and Gamer Chimps
Apr 5, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about a new material that blocks sound while letting in light and air; how chimpanzees performed when scientists taught them how to play rock, paper, scissors; and how to be more creative by scheduling when you switch between tasks. In this podcast,…
The Reminiscence Bump, The Tetris Effect, and Why We Have Tree-Lined City Streets
Apr 4, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about the “reminiscence bump” that explains why you pine for your teens and 20s; the “Tetris Effect” that explains why things you focus on appear in your dreams; and the 19th-century doctor you can thank for tree-lined city streets. In this podcast,…
Human Networks Change How We Think (with Stanford Economist Matthew O. Jackson)
Apr 3, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about how social structures can shape how we think and behave from Matthew O. Jackson, the William D. Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University. Also in this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss a simple technique that will…
It’s Always Safer to Vaccinate (w/ Virologist Paul Duprex) and How to Use Facts to Beat Beliefs
Apr 2, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about the risks of being vaccinated with virologist Paul Duprex. Then, learn about how to overcome the backfire effect, a cognitive bias that pits your beliefs against facts. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss why contradictory…
New Curiosity Daily Host Chris Jericho Explains Science of Alkaline Water and Sharing Online
Apr 1, 2019 • 8 min
Learn from the new host of Curiosity Daily, Chris Jericho, about a simple trick for being more productive; whether alkaline water is actually good for you; and, how to share information online in a way that will not hurt your romantic relationship. Hear…
Internet Addiction, Dust in Space (w/ Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell), and Vacation Science
Mar 31, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about whether there’s actually such a thing as internet addiction; and, research-based tips for getting the most out of your next vacation. We’ll also answer a listener question about dust in space, with some help from astrophysicist Jonathan…
Advancing Innovation with TE Connectivity and rFlight (Special Episode)
Mar 30, 2019 • 24 min
In this special sponsored episode of Curiosity Daily, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer talk to Brent Lessard, the founder and lead project manager on rFlight, and Thierry Marin-Martinod, VP Engineering & CTO at TE Connectivity and a subject matter expert who…
“Breaking the Seal” Myths, Dine Under the Sea in the Maldives, and Tardigrade Superpowers
Mar 29, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how researchers could tap into a tardigrade superpower to protect medicines and vaccines; the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in the Maldives where you can dine with the fishes; and whether “breaking the seal” is a real thing when you’re drinking.…
How to Communicate About Science (w/ 3M’s Jayshree Seth) and Get Out of a Creative Rut
Mar 28, 2019 • 9 min
Learn how the 2019 State of Science Index suggests we talk about science differently, with a special guest: 3M Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate Jayshree Seth. Plus: learn a simple strategy for getting out of a creative rut. See the full…
3M’s 2019 State of Science Index (w/ Jayshree Seth) and How You Can Name Jupiter’s Moons
Mar 27, 2019 • 10 min
Learn what the 2019 State of Science Index tells us about the global perception of science with a special guest, 3M Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate Jayshree Seth. Plus: learn how you can name one of Jupiter’s moons. See the full State of…
The Four Predictors of Divorce, Why You Love Being Part of a Crowd, and Types of Loneliness
Mar 26, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about how to find out what type of loneliness you’re feeling so you can figure out how to deal with it; the psychological reason why you love being part of a crowd; and the four communication styles that can predict the end of a marriage. In this…
You’d Probably Survive A Plane Crash, Why People Still Fax, and How Spleens Can Multiply
Mar 25, 2019 • 9 min
Learn how people survive plane crashes; why and how your spleen can multiply into accessory spleens; and why people still use fax machines. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get…
The Active Learning Initiative Is Transforming Education (Julia Thom-Levy, Cornell University)
Mar 24, 2019 • 10 min
In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the innovative Active Learning Initiative with Cornell University’s Vice Provost for Academic Innovation Julia Thom-Levy, who is also a professor in their department of physics. Further reading: Cornell…
A Diet That’s Good for You and the World, Milk Temperatures, and the False-Consensus Effect
Mar 22, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why people around the world keep their milk at different temperatures; a diet that’s good for your health and for the health of the planet; and, a cognitive bias that might make you think that everyone agrees with you. In this podcast, Cody…
How Babies Handle Vaccines (w/ Paul Duprex), Sniffing Is Contagious, and Albino Ghost Trees
Mar 21, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why sniffing is contagious; and, how one biologist solved the mystery of a rare tree that scientifically shouldn’t exist, but does. Plus, virologist Paul Duprex explains how vaccines work in babies and in people with a weakened immune system.…
Equinox and Solstice Science, Foreign Accent Syndrome, and an 80-Year Harvard Study
Mar 20, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about what causes an equinox or a solstice; how a rare condition can give you a foreign accent; and, an 80-year Harvard study that found the greatest predictor of happiness in later life. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Metabolic Window Myths, Egg Entropy (w/ Ralph Crewe from SNaQ), and What’s in Tattoo Ink
Mar 19, 2019 • 10 min
Learn how important it really is to refuel right after a workout; and, why it’s important to learn about the chemicals in tattoo ink. We’ll also discuss a listener question about egg entropy with a special guest, Ralph Crewe from the podcast Science,…
Human Bones on the Red Market (w/ Brian Switek), Stop Venting Anger, and Asparagus Pee
Mar 18, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about the shadowy “red market” of bones, with help from author Brian Switek. You’ll also learn why venting your anger is unhealthy, and what you should do instead; and, why asparagus makes your pee smell weird. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
Why Hangovers Get Worse, How Quickly You’d Age at Light Speed, and Upright Neanderthals
Mar 17, 2019 • 7 min
Learn how quickly you’d age if you could move at the speed of light; how scientists discovered that Neanderthals actually walked upright; and why hangovers seem to get worse with age. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
Why Pockets Are Rare in Women’s Clothes, Why Earth Twinkles, and Where Life Originated
Mar 15, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why Earth twinkles from space; why pockets are so rare in women’s clothes; and whether the first life emerged on land or water. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get…
“What Is Life?” with Carl Zimmer, Why You Always Have Room for Dessert, and Learning Myths
Mar 14, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about common misconceptions around learning that even educators believe; the scientific reason why it feels like you always have more room for dessert; and how science writer Carl Zimmer responded when we asked him “what is life?” In this podcast,…
Myths About Your Vision, What Your Dog’s “Guilty” Look Really Means, and the Gaokao Exam
Mar 13, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about the truth behind common myths about vision; what that “guilty look” on your dog’s face actually means; and the nearly impossible Chinese college entrance exam, the gaokao. Please support our sponsors! Visit capterra.com/curiosity to find the…
How Vaccines in Africa Protect Everyone in the World (w/ Paul Duprex), and Semantic Satiation
Mar 12, 2019 • 9 min
Learn from virologist Paul Duprex how vaccines in developing countries in places like Africa and southeast Asia actually make you safer, and how modern medicine could some day completely eliminate the measles. Duprex is the director of the Center for…
Space Race Stories (w/ Dr. David Warmflash), Why Produce Sparks, and a 1-3-5 To-Do List
Mar 11, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why metals, fruit, and vegetables spark in the microwave, and the 1-3-5 method for arranging your to-do list. Plus, hear a couple lesser-known stories from the 20th-century space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, with some help from…
Bike Balancing, How Big Data Knows What You Like, and Millions of Copper Needles in Space
Mar 10, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why the US once launched millions of copper needles into space; why bikes don’t fall down when you ride them; and 3 ways big data can predict what you really like to watch or listen to. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Why Your Muscles Are Sore After Workouts, Daylight Saving Time Myths, and Taj Mahal History
Mar 8, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about what’s really going on when you feel sore after a workout; why we don’t know who designed the Taj Mahal; and the real reason why you have to change your clock for Daylight Saving Time. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Carl Zimmer on What’s “In Your Genes,” Nudge Theory, and Post-Apocalyptic Cockroach Myths
Mar 7, 2019 • 9 min
Learn what it means when you have something “in your genes” with help from award-winning author Carl Zimmer; whether cockroaches really can survive a nuclear apocalypse; and how to change behaviors using a subtle suggestion. Carl Zimmer, award-winning…
How Music Affects Your Work, Damage from Muffled Hearing, and Earth’s Gigantic Atmosphere
Mar 6, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why the Earth’s atmosphere extends beyond the moon; whether you should listen to music while you work; and whether your muffled hearing after a concert means you damaged your ears. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Natural vs. Artificial Ingredients, Why the Return Trip Feels Shorter, and Africa Splitting in Half
Mar 5, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about the difference between natural and artificial ingredients; why Africa is physically splitting into two continents; and why the return trip always feels shorter than the original trip. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Craving Healthy Foods, What Grew Astronomy (w/ Dr. David Warmflash), $1 Million Math Problems
Mar 4, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why starting an exercise routine might give you healthier food cravings; math problems that you could get a million dollars for solving; and the story of what drove the growth of astronomy in the Middle Ages, with some help from Dr. David…
Limitations of Science, Top Jobs for Psychopaths, and How Long It Takes to Make a Friend
Mar 3, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how many hours it takes to forge a new friendship, along with the health benefits they provide; the most popular jobs for psychopaths; and the limitations of science. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories…
Breathing Trick to Fall Asleep Faster, Wisdom Teeth Removal Revelations, and Lise Meitner
Mar 1, 2019 • 6 min
Learn about why getting your wisdom teeth removed might be pointless; Lise Meitner, the forgotten female physicist who helped us figure out nuclear power; and the 4-7-8 breathing technique to help you fall asleep faster. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Fountain of Youth Bacteria, Temperatures Making You Spend Money, and New Skills in 5 Hours
Feb 28, 2019 • 8 min
Learn why some scientists are comparing an ancient bacteria to the Fountain of Youth; how temperature might affect how you spend your money; and, a rule you can use to develop new skills in just a few hours a week. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
Communicate Using Simple Noises, Find Your House on Pangaea, and Kepler’s Legacy
Feb 27, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about how much you can say with simple noises called vocal bursts; why you might keep hearing about the Kepler Space Telescope even though it’s retired; and how you can find out where your house would’ve been on Pangaea. Please support our sponsors!…
Preserving Old Book Smells, Reacting Before Noticing, and Humans from Outer Space
Feb 26, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why researchers have broken down the smell of old books; new research that shows why your brain has a kind of Spider-sense; and the Panspermia theory that human life originally came from outer space. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
Narcissism Lessons, The War-Stopping Eclipse (w/ Dr. David Warmflash), and Toothed Tumors
Feb 25, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about the trait you can borrow from narcissists to boost your professional and academic success; the groundbreaking and potentially life-saving discovery that came from studying tumors that can grow teeth; and the story of how a solar eclipse…
Writer’s Block Solutions, Life on Europa (w/ SNaQ’s Ralph Crewe), and Why We Wear Pants
Feb 24, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about how to overcome 4 types of writer’s block; why we wear pants; and the probability of finding extraterrestrial life on Jupiter’s moon Europa, with some help from a special guest from Science News and Qs (also known as SNaQ), a Carnegie Science…
How to Form New Habits, Evolution on Why Love Is Blind, and Pinks in Your Sinks
Feb 22, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about the evolutionary reason why love is blind; the weird history of that pink color in your bathtub; and how to form new habits. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter…
How to Perform Under Pressure, Physiology of Staying Warm, and Psychology of Circles
Feb 21, 2019 • 7 min
Learn what the way you draw a circle says about you; how to stay warm, according to a physiologist; and a simple trick to keep you from choking under pressure. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com…
A New Robot Can Imagine Itself, Williams Syndrome, and The Great Compression
Feb 20, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why engineers designed a robot that can imagine itself; why the Great Compression was the best time to be alive, financially speaking; and the ups and downs of a rare genetic condition that makes you incredibly loving. In this podcast, Cody…
Elastic Thinking (w/ Leonard Mlodinow), How People Judge You, and Your Time Perspective
Feb 19, 2019 • 9 min
Learn how you can change your thinking to keep up with today’s fast-paced world, with some help from author Leonard Mlodinow. Plus: learn about the two criteria people use to judge you, and how you can measure your relationship with time. In this podcast,…
Saros Cycles (w/ Dr. David Warmflash), the Eiffel Tower’s Secret, and Announcing Alien Life
Feb 18, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about a secret apartment in the Eiffel Tower; the official protocol for announcing alien life to the world; and how Saros cycles have changed the way we’ve designed calendars throughout history, with some help from Dr. David Warmflash. In this…
How RNA Reads DNA (w/ SNaQ’s Ralph Crewe), How Envy Can Be Good, and Coriolis Effect
Feb 17, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why envy isn’t always a bad thing; how the Coriolis Effect affects the way things on the Earth rotate; and how RNA knows how to read DNA, with some help from a special guest from Science News and Qs (also known as SNaQ), a Carnegie Science…
New Algorithm Can Turn Thoughts Into Speech, Airplane Seat Belts, and the 40 Percent Rule
Feb 15, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about a breakthrough technology that can translate thought into speech; a Navy SEAL’s method for mental toughness; and why airplane seatbelts are the way that they are. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
A Romantic Way to Beat Stress, the Priest Behind the Big Bang Theory, and the Ivy Lee Method
Feb 14, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about how you can beat stress with some help from your significant other; the forgotten astronomer behind the Big Bang Theory; and a hundred-year-old productivity secret. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories…
How Time Can Flow Backward, Why Poisonous Pufferfish Are Delicious, and Undersea Cables
Feb 13, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about a quantum theory that says time can flow backward; why the Internet relies on huge undersea cables; and why people eat pufferfish, even though they’re incredibly poisonous. Please support our sponsors! Small business owners: visit…
Parsecs, the Difference Between Weather and Climate, and Scandinavian Life Philosophies
Feb 12, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about the difference between weather and climate; how astronomers actually use parsecs to measure distances; and some Scandinavian life philosophies that could make you happier. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
Best Ways to Overcome Challenges, What Your Appendix Does, and How You Use Information
Feb 11, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why you make decisions using less information than you think; why your appendix actually serves a purpose; and the best ways to overcome a challenge, according to science. Please support our sponsors! Visit skillshare.com/curiosity for two…
Too Much Sleep Can Be Harmful, Why You Can’t Tickle Yourself, and Black Hole Light Echoes
Feb 10, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why too much sleep may be just as harmful as too little; what light echoes detected by NASA might be able to teach us about how black holes evolve over time; and why you can’t tickle yourself. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Hubble Telescope Photobomb, Why Alcohol Burns, and Why Your Cat Puts Its Butt In Your Face
Feb 8, 2019 • 8 min
Learn why NASA compared a new scientific discovery to a game of “Where’s Waldo?”; why cats stick their butts in your face; and the surprising reason why your throat burns when you take a shot of hard liquor. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
How to Look Good in Photos, Trojan Asteroids, and a Technique to Avoid Stress and Stay Calm
Feb 7, 2019 • 8 min
Learn why the camera adds 10 pounds (and what you can do about it); why asteroids called Trojans could change what we know about the origins of our solar system; and a technique to help you avoid stress and stay calm. Please support our sponsors!…
What No-Kill Animal Shelters Really Mean, Having vs. Making Money, and Replacing Your Cells
Feb 6, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why your body doesn’t actually replace itself every 7 years; whether you should worry more about having money or making money; and, why the difference between kill and no-kill animal shelters isn’t as simple as you might think. In this…
Quitting Is Underrated, Most-Googled Scientific Misconceptions, and Starquakes in the Universe
Feb 5, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about what starquakes can tell us about our universe; why quitting is underrated; and the truth behind some of the most-Googled scientific misconceptions. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com…
What Wind Chill Really Means, Learning Skills Faster with a Workout, and the Hypatia Stone
Feb 4, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about how the mysterious Hypatia stone could change what we know about our solar system; what wind chill actually means; and how you can learn skills faster with a 15-minute workout. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
Specific Words to Use to Get What You Want (w/ Stella Grizont) and Tweeting Feelings
Feb 3, 2019 • 10 min
Learn why tweeting about negative feelings MIGHT make you feel better. Then, learn the specific words you should use to get what you want, with some help from a special guest: happiness expert Stella Grizont. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Win Debates by Beating the Gish Gallop, Improve Your VO2max, and 8 Years of Déjà Vu
Feb 1, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why you need a healthy VO2max, and how you can get it; a man who had déjà vu for eight years; and the Gish Gallop, a shady debate tactic for winning arguments. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
How to Advocate For Yourself (w/ Stella Grizont), Black Hole Travel Possible, and Fossil Licking
Jan 31, 2019 • 10 min
Learn how your tongue can tell the difference between a rock and a fossil; why you might be able to travel through some black holes without dying; and how you can do a better job of advocating for yourself, with some help from happiness expert Stella…
The Best Time to Break Bad News, Overcome Loss Aversion, and Coin Tosses Aren’t Random
Jan 30, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about the best time of day to break bad news; how to get over your brain’s habit of loss aversion; and why a coin toss is not as random or fair as it seems. Please support our sponsors! Visit https://www.capterra.com/curiosity for free, today, to…
Measure Your Mindfulness, Male vs. Female Pain, and Why the Laws of Physics May Be Aliens
Jan 29, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about how men and women remember pain differently; how to measure how mindful you are; and a theory about alien life and the laws of physics. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you…
Bacteria May Save You From the Flu, Red Steak Juice Isn’t Blood, and the Future of Encryption
Jan 28, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about nose and throat bacteria that might make you less likely to get the flu; the red juice in your steak dinner, which is actually not blood; and how encryption works, as well as why quantum computing could break it. In this podcast, Cody Gough…
How to Change Your Personality, Why You Jerk Awake While Falling Asleep, and Ainu History
Jan 27, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about new research into whether you can change your personality; why historians are stumped over the history of the Ainu, Japan’s indigenous people; and why you jerk awake while you’re falling asleep. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Why Uranus Is Sideways, What Blinking Means, and “The Blood Countess”
Jan 25, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why blinking communicates a lot more than you probably thought; why astronomers think Uranus is tipped over; and the story of “The Blood Countess,” a female murderer who may have inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Please support our sponsors!…
How to Improve Your Self-Control, Why You Shouldn’t Touch Your Plants, and Firehawk Raptors
Jan 24, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about whether you can improve your self-control; why certain types of birds set fires on purpose; and why you shouldn’t touch your plants. Please support our sponsors! Visitmovaglobes.com/curiosity and use coupon code CURIOSITY for 15% off your…
Become A CRISPR Connoisseur (w/ Synthego), Up-and-Coming Batteries, and Microsleep
Jan 23, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about 4 up-and-coming batteries that could overtake lithium-ion; how microsleep happens without you even knowing it; and what you’re getting wrong about CRISPR gene editing technology, and how to get smart about it — with a little help from Minu…
Wash Your Towels and Sheets More Often, Immortality’s Math Problem, and Australia’s Pink Lakes
Jan 22, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about the scientific reason why Australia has bubblegum pink lakes; why immortality is mathematically impossible; and how often you should wash your sheets, towels, and basically everything you own. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
The Phantom Time Hypothesis, Cybersecurity Tips, and New Schizophrenia Revelations
Jan 21, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about a modern study that supports a 100-year-old hypothesis about schizophrenia; the weird “Phantom Time Hypothesis” about the history of calendars, along with some actual facts about the Middle Ages; and some tips from a computer scientist for…
Are Women Colder Than Men? Plus: The Worst Year to Be Alive, and Heart Cancer Rarity
Jan 20, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about the worst year to be alive, according to at least one medieval historian; why you never hear about heart cancer; and why women prefer hotter showers than men do. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories to…
You Can’t Taste a Drink’s Strength, Soda Can Explosion Taps, and Our Galaxy’s Weird Planets
Jan 18, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about some of the weirdest types of planets in our galaxy; the right way to tap on a can of soda to keep it from exploding; and whether you can actually taste how strong a drink is. Please support our sponsors! Skillshare is offering Curiosity Daily…
Achieve Goals with the Pareto Principle, How to Think Creatively, and a Simple Sleep Fix
Jan 17, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about a surprisingly low-tech fix to the problem of sleep-deprived teens; how you can use the Pareto Principle to help you achieve your goals; and three tips for thinking more creatively. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
What to Tell Friends During a Crisis, the Deep Carbon Observatory, and Gravitational Lensing
Jan 16, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about how the Deep Carbon Observatory is transforming the way we understand life deep inside the Earth; how gravitational lensing can make gravity act like a magnifying glass to help astronomers see further away; and what to say to a friend who’s…
You Can’t (and Shouldn’t) Boost Your Immune System, Pupil Shapes, and CES 2019 Recap
Jan 15, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why you can’t really “boost” your immune system; the benefits of some weird pupils you can find in the animal kingdom; and what Cody and Ashley learned at CES 2019, the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Get More Done with Timeboxing, Self-Created Peer Pressure, and the Pitch Drop Experiment
Jan 14, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about why you might be causing your own peer pressure, and how to get over it; a 1927 experiment to prove that pitch is a liquid, and why it’s still going on; and how to get more done by trading your to-do list for “timeboxing.” In this podcast,…
Long Lines Are Good, Supernova Archaeology, Key Lime Pie History, and Pain Memory
Jan 13, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why it’s a good thing when you have to wait in a long line; new research that says an ancient supernova may have triggered a mass extinction on Earth; the delicious origin story of Key lime pie; and how and why we forget pain. In this podcast,…
Andros’ Unexplored Blue Holes, Folie à Deux, and How Your Brain Treats Curiosity Like Hunger
Jan 11, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about why your brain treats hunger for knowledge like hunger for food; why the unexplored blue holes of Andros in the Bahamas is home to one of the most unique ecosystems on Earth; and folie à deux, a type of mental illness that can be shared and…
Exercising at Night Won’t Mess with Your Sleep, Tonka Beans, and Non-Genome -Omes
Jan 10, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about the strange history of the word “genome” and other -omes; where you can taste the legendary tonka bean, and why it’s illegal in some places; and new research that says exercising at night won’t mess with your sleep. In this podcast, Cody Gough…
Your Wounds Heal Faster in the Daytime, Only Tame Foxes on Earth, and the Peter Principle
Jan 9, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about why your wounds heal faster in the daytime; the Peter Principle, which explains why so much goes wrong; and why there’s one tame population of foxes on Earth, and what they’ve taught us about evolution. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
A Trick for Being Taken More Seriously, Messy Office Traits, and Human Domestication
Jan 8, 2019 • 9 min
Learn about a simple trick for making people take you more seriously; what a messy office might say about its owner’s personality, and what you should do about it; and a strange theory about why humans are domesticated. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Overcome Learned Helplessness, Teach Your Kids How to Apologize, and Macrophage Attacks
Jan 7, 2019 • 8 min
Learn about macrophages and why your immune system tries to kill you sometimes (and why that might make you look at sickness in a new way); how and why you should teach your kids to apologize; and how to overcome learned helplessness to help you reach…
Why You’d Choose Your Biases Over Money, Coldest Inhabited Place on Earth, and Dark Fluid
Jan 6, 2019 • 10 min
Learn about why your biases are so strong, you’d choose them over making money; a new theory that “dark fluid” might mean that dark matter and dark energy are the same weird substance; and Oymyakon, one of the coldest places on Earth where people…
Become an Early Riser, How Temperature Affects Sound, and Do We See the Same Colors?
Jan 4, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about how you can become an early riser; whether we all see the same colors; and why sound carries farther on cold days. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn…
Working from Home FTW, Changing Narratives to Overcome Challenges, and Triple Point Chemistry
Jan 3, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about how working from home actually makes people more productive; how the “triple point” can make a liquid can boil and freeze at the same time; and how you can change your narrative to overcome your next life challenge. In this podcast, Cody Gough…
Choice Blindness, Maintaining Habits and Achieving Goals, and Don’t Give Up If Your Diet Fails
Jan 2, 2019 • 7 min
Learn about how your brain can trick you into changing your mind; how to set goals you can achieve to make your life better; and what to do if you’re on a diet and you start to slip up. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
Exercise Extravaganza: How to Stretch, Running to Help Your Knees, and Gym Class Myths
Jan 1, 2019 • 9 min
Learn why running may actually be good for your knees; how to stretch the right way so you’re less likely to hurt yourself; and some things gym class got wrong when you were a kid. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories…
Beating Procrastination, Sand Science (w/ Vince Beiser), and How to Use Your Vacation Days
Dec 31, 2018 • 7 min
Learn about microvacations, a trick for actually using your vacation days even when you’re super busy; the science behind why darkness is actually faster than the speed of light; and why sand is one of the most valuable resources in human civilization —…
How Humans Can Outsmart AI (w/ Unanimous AI), Pre-Big Bang Existence, and Beating Procrastination
Dec 30, 2018 • 9 min
Learn how humans can beat artificial intelligence by tapping into the wisdom of swarms (with some help from Dr. Louis Rosenberg, CEO of Unanimous AI). Plus: learn about what came before the Big Bang, and get a 5-minute hack for beating procrastination. In…
Incredible Benefits of Leaving Your Phone Out of Your Bedroom, Stopping Time, and “The Goblin” Dwarf Planet
Dec 28, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about what would happen if you could actually stop time, scientifically speaking; the incredible health and wellness benefits of leaving your phone out of your bedroom; and “The Goblin,” a new world beyond Pluto. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Hand and Eye Dominance Causes, Real vs. Fake Laughter, and Video Games for Teaching Empathy
Dec 27, 2018 • 8 min
Test how well you can tell real laughter from fake laughter; learn how scientists used a video game to teach children empathy; and learn what causes eye, hand, and foot dominance. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories…
Batch Tasks Instead of Multitasking, Mark Twain’s Procrastination Cure, and Diner Origins
Dec 26, 2018 • 7 min
Learn why classic diners are shaped like train cars; why multitasking is impossible, and what you should do to be productive instead; and how you can use a simple tip from Mark Twain called the Frog Rule to stop procrastinating on important tasks. In this…
You Like Talking to Strangers, NASA’s Golden Record, and Your Actual Friend Limit
Dec 25, 2018 • 7 min
Learn about how many friends you can have at one time, according to research; why you might like talking to strangers more than you realize; and the golden record NASA once launched into space. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
What “Pavlovian” Really Means, Wisconsin’s Ultimate Tourist Trap, and Why Cats Love Boxes
Dec 24, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about why the one thing you probably know about Pavlov and his dogs is wrong; why the House on the Rock is the tourist trap to end all tourist traps; and why researchers think cats love boxes. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Christmas Music Psychology, Rain Smell Science, Crocodile Paradox, and Pitching the NSF
Dec 23, 2018 • 9 min
Learn about why Christmas music sounds like Christmas; the Crocodile Paradox, an unsolvable dilemma that dates back to ancient Greece; what causes the smell of fresh rain; and why the National Science Foundation wants your idea for their next project. In…
The Most Influential Film Ever, Your Memory on Riding A Bike, and Mistletoe’s Poisonous Roots
Dec 21, 2018 • 10 min
Learn what scientists say was the most influential film of all time; the special way riding a bike is stored in your memory; and the truth behind mistletoe, a Christmas tradition that’s actually a poisonous parasite. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
Narwhal Adoption Mystery, Île Sainte-Marie’s Pirate Cemetery, and Solving the Candle Problem
Dec 20, 2018 • 7 min
Learn about how to solve a famous logic puzzle called the Candle Problem; Île Sainte-Marie, the only known pirate cemetery in the world; and why scientists are baffled by a narwhal that was adopted by a pod of belugas. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
You Believe Your Own Lies Very Quickly, How Dogs Understand Human Speech, and Where to See the Ursids
Dec 19, 2018 • 7 min
Learn how to see the Ursids, the last meteor shower of the year; how researchers figured out whether dogs can understand what you tell them; and how long it takes before you believe your own lies. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Voice Changes When You’re Charmed, Work Motivation Types, and Gin and Tonic Curing Malaria
Dec 18, 2018 • 7 min
Learn how your voice changes when you talk to someone attractive; how the cinchona cure for malaria turned into a popular cocktail; and how to figure out whether your work is a job, a career, or a calling. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Gene Editing with CRISPR and GMOs (w/ Synthego), Fast Radio Bursts, and Angel’s Trumpet
Dec 17, 2018 • 9 min
Learn about CRISPR technology and applications in GMOs; a hallucinogenic plant that’s both beautiful and deadly; and how scientists are working together to understand Fast Radio Bursts, which are one of the universe’s greatest mysteries. In this podcast,…
Donut-Shaped Planets, Hot Aluminum Foil, Why Fish Wiggle, and A Woman Who Can’t Feel Fear
Dec 16, 2018 • 10 min
Learn why fish never quit wiggling; how a donut-shaped planet is technically possible; what researchers have learned from “S.M.,” the woman who can’t feel fear; and why you can touch aluminum foil in a hot oven. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
Science-Based Tips for Better Meetings, Dinosaur Mythbusting, and Staying Awake for 11 Days
Dec 14, 2018 • 9 min
Learn about 12 science-based tips for better meetings; common dinosaur myths you should stop believing; and what happened when 17-year-old Randy Gardner stayed awake for 11 days, for science. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
The Problem With Making Sand (w/ Vince Beiser), Happiest Spouses, and How Pyramids Were Built
Dec 13, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about a new discovery into how the pyramids were built; why spouses who are also best friends see the most health and happiness benefits; and why we don’t just make more sand, with some help from a special guest, author Vince Beiser. In this…
How to Take A Compliment, Learn Anything in Four Steps, and Design a New Arecibo Message
Dec 12, 2018 • 8 min
Learn why compliments are so embarrassing, and how you can take them better; how you can help astronomers design a new Arecibo Message to send to extraterrestrials; and how you can learn anything in four steps with the Feynman Technique. In this podcast,…
Jet Lag Is Worse When You Travel East, Earth’s Wandering Poles, and Geminid Meteor Shower
Dec 11, 2018 • 8 min
Learn when you can catch the Geminid Meteor Shower this month, and why it’s unique; why jet lag is worse when you travel east; and research into how the Earth’s wandering poles may have caused our ice age. Please support our sponsors! Visit…
Kickstart Your Memory with the Jennifer Aniston Neuron, Black Hole Pictures, and Increasing Human Lifespans
Dec 10, 2018 • 8 min
Learn how fast human lifespans are increasing; why we’ve never seen a black hole; and recent research into the “Jennifer Aniston neuron” that could help you kickstart your memory. Please support our sponsors! Visitmovaglobes.com/curiosity and use coupon…
Why Humans Are Symmetrical, Fish Electrocution Physics, A Misplaced Equator Theme Park, and Silent Places
Dec 9, 2018 • 10 min
Learn about one of the only silent places in the United States; why fish aren’t electrocuted during lightning storms; why an equator theme park was built in the wrong place; and why humans are symmetrical. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Be Brave Using the Science of Vulnerability, Boost Productivity with Fika, and Burn Calories via the Afterburn Effect
Dec 7, 2018 • 7 min
Learn how to use the science of vulnerability to gather up the courage to do something risky; how your body burns calories even after you’re done exercising; and a Swedish tradition that could make you more productive. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Meteorite Hunting with The Aquarius Project, Roommate Drama In Space, and Language Based On Senses
Dec 6, 2018 • 10 min
Learn why scientists are worried about roommate drama in space and why your most important sense depends on the language you speak. Plus, Adler Planetarium’s Aubrey Henretty and Chris Bresky discuss The Aquarius Project, a teen-driven underwater ROV…
You Can Learn and Unlearn Emotions, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, and Loveland Castle’s Weird History
Dec 5, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle; the weird history of Loveland Castle, a Medieval structure in Ohio; and why you’re not born with emotions — you learn (and can unlearn) them. Please support our sponsors: buy the super-fun party game ANOMIA…
See if You’re a Covert Narcissist, Michelson-Morley Experiment, and The Monty Hall Problem
Dec 4, 2018 • 8 min
Learn why the Michelson-Morley Experiment is the most famous failed experiment in history; how to tell if you’re a covert narcissist; and the Monty Hall Problem, which is a probability puzzle that might break your brain. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
How Asteroids Can Have Rings, Spiders That Nurse Their Young, and “Lord of the Forest” Tāne Mahuta
Dec 3, 2018 • 7 min
Learn about why asteroids can have rings; spiders that actually nurse their young; and Tāne Mahuta, a massive tree that’s been known to bring visitors to tears. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com…
Why Everything Takes Longer Than You Think, Storm-Predicting Joints, Barber Pole Origins, and Mary Toft
Dec 2, 2018 • 10 min
Learn about whether you can actually feel a storm coming in your bones; an 18th-century woman who convinced doctors she was giving birth to rabbits; the 2 main reasons why everything takes longer than you think it will; and why barber shop poles are red,…
Keeping Secrets Makes Life Harder, Emotions Change Your Perception of Time, and How We Proved the Earth Rotates
Nov 30, 2018 • 8 min
Learn how keeping secrets can literally weigh you down; how we knew the Earth rotates before we had space travel thanks to the Foucault pendulum; and how your emotions can alter your perception of time. Please support our sponsors! Visit…
Exercising on an Empty Stomach, How to Measure Curiosity (w/ SurveyMonkey and INSEAD), and Effects of Relapsing with Your Ex
Nov 29, 2018 • 9 min
Learn about the pros and cons of exercising on an empty stomach. Plus: why sleeping with your ex doesn’t mean you’re getting back together. You’ll also learn how researchers measure and quantify curiosity, with help from special guests Jon Cohen, Chief…
Why You’re Bad at Fact-Checking, Reducing Anxiety with Horror Movies, and Why Urine is Yellow
Nov 28, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about the Moses Illusion, which shows how your brain processes information; why urine is yellow; and how watching horror movies can help reduce anxiety. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to…
Your Brain’s Binary Bias, How to Choose Charities, and Why Dogs Look Like Their Owners
Nov 27, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about why your brain jumps to extremes; how to choose the best charitable cause for your next donation; and why dogs really do look like their owners. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to…
Moral Dilemmas of Driverless Cars, How Many Friends You Can Have, and NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft
Nov 26, 2018 • 9 min
Learn about OSIRIS-REx, NASA’s first asteroid-sampling spacecraft, and why it’s about to make history; the moral dilemmas facing driverless car AI systems; and how many friends you can have at one time, despite what social media tells you. In this…
Why Hand Dryers Blow Bacteria, Color Meanings Around the World, Losing Your Foreign Accent, and Lesser-Known Body Parts
Nov 25, 2018 • 10 min
Learn about why hand dryers are blowing bacteria all over your hands; body parts you probably don’t know you have; what different colors mean around the world; and whether it’s possible to lose your foreign accent. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
Gifts Requiring Assembly Are More Treasured, Why You May Not Be Hard To Shop For, and Types of Perfectionists
Nov 23, 2018 • 10 min
Learn why people value an item more if they put it together themselves; why you might not be as hard to shop for as you think you are; and three types of perfectionism that might be ruining your life. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss…
Rival Sports Fans Experience Games Completely Differently, Mount Rushmore’s Secret Room, and World’s Shortest IQ Test
Nov 22, 2018 • 10 min
Learn about why rival sports fans experience the same game completely differently, and why there’s a secret room behind Mount Rusmore (and what’s inside it). Plus: take the world’s shortest IQ test. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Be the Best Host or Guest (w/ Jihan Murray-Smith), Avoid Conflict at Family Meals, and High Heels for Men
Nov 21, 2018 • 10 min
Learn about how to avoid conflict at family meals, and why high heels were originally meant for men. Plus, get some tips on how to host and be a polite guest from etiquette expert Jihan Murray-Smith — just in time for the holidays! In this podcast, Cody…
How to Like Bitter Flavors, Airplane Ticket Price Factors, and the Physics-Challenging Hubble Constant
Nov 20, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about how the universe’s rate of expansion could change our understand of physics; how the saliva in your body changes to enjoy bitter flavors; and the biggest factors that determine how much you pay for a flight, along with some tips on finding the…
We May Have Already Found Aliens (w/ Mike Wall), Arrow Method for Productivity, and ADHD Creativity
Nov 19, 2018 • 8 min
Learn how ADHD could make you more creative, and how to boost your productivity by scheduling your week with the Arrow Method. Plus, Mike Wall, author of “Out There: A Scientific Guide to Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel (For the Cosmically…
Expiration Dates Explained, How to Make A Great First Impression, Your Quantum Life, and Endangered Words
Nov 18, 2018 • 10 min
Learn how you experience the quantum world every day whenever you see or touch something; the one thing you should keep in mind if you want to make a great first impression; the next common English word that researchers say is going to go extinct; and how…
Relationship-Deepening TV, Elon Musk and Bill Gates’ Productivity Hacks, and Why You Don’t Hear Your Own Footsteps
Nov 16, 2018 • 8 min
Learn why watching TV together is good for your relationship; why you don’t hear your own footsteps; and how to schedule your day to be as productive as overachievers like Elon Musk and Bill Gates. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Why You Listen to Songs on Repeat, Aluminum Foil Wi-Fi Boosting, and High-Income Morning Routines
Nov 15, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about the evolutionary reason why you listen to some songs on repeat; the morning routines of high-income earners; and how you can boost your Wi-Fi signal with aluminum foil. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories…
Achieve Goals with the WOOP Method, What To Do During Layovers, and Megapixels In Your Eyes
Nov 14, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about how many megapixels your eye can see; some of the coolest airport activities you can find during your next layover; and the research-backed WOOP method for working toward and achieving your goals. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Measure Your Sleepiness, What Happens When Galaxies Collide, and Space Junk Damage
Nov 13, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about what it looks like when galaxies collide with one another; how to measure how sleepy you are using the Epworth Sleepiness Scale; and how much damage space junk the size of a pencil eraser can do. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Sniff Out Fake News with Machine Learning and Increase Productivity with Don’t-Do Lists and Morning Pages
Nov 12, 2018 • 7 min
Learn how to sniff out fake news with help from machine learning from MIT; how you can improve your to-do list with a “don’t-do” list; and how to maximize your creativity with a simple change in your morning routine. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
Nobody Is “Normal,” Quantum Bacteria, Déjà Rêvé, and Why You Might Smell Like Maple Syrup
Nov 11, 2018 • 10 min
Learn why there’s no such thing as “normal” according to Yale researchers; how scientists may have put bacteria in a state of quantum entanglement; why a thing called déjà rêvé might be weirder than déjà vu, and why your sweat might smell like maple…
Contacting Aliens with Lasers, African-American Polymath Benjamin Banneker, and The Seinfeld Strategy
Nov 9, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about Benjamin Banneker, an African-American polymath you need to know about; the Seinfeld Strategy for improving your productivity; and how an MIT student wants to contact aliens with a massive laser beam. Plus: professional wrestler Chris Jericho…
Curiosity in the Workplace (w/ Spencer Harrison), New Flying with Dandelions, and Physical Relationship Benefits
Nov 8, 2018 • 10 min
Learn how dandelions taught researchers a new way of flying that was previously unknown to science. Then, learn how a happy marriage can make you physically healthier. You’ll also learn about curiosity in the workplace — and some of the unseen benefits of…
Taurids and Leonids Meteor Showers, Willpower-Boosting Workouts, and Marie Curie’s Secret University
Nov 7, 2018 • 7 min
Learn where you can catch the Taurids and Leonids meteor showers this month; how working out could boost your willpower; and where the world’s billionaires got their fortunes. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
Prince Rupert’s Drop, Why Earth’s Core Is Younger Than Its Surface, and Newborn Babies May Be Super Smart
Nov 6, 2018 • 9 min
Learn why a Prince Rupert’s drop is both super-fragile and virtually unbreakable; why researchers think newborn babies are a lot smarter than they look; and why Earth’s core is younger than its surface. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss…
Scientific Method Inventor, America’s First Beach, and How Many Faces You Can Recognize
Nov 5, 2018 • 7 min
Learn about the man who invented the scientific method; the story of America’s first beach; and how many faces the average person can recognize. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get…
Acoustic Levitation, Stephen Hawking’s Science Bets, Helmholtz Resonance, and Where Your Body Feels Emotions
Nov 4, 2018 • 10 min
Learn about how scientists mapped where people feel emotions in their bodies; how scientists can make things levitate using sound; 3 times Stephen Hawking placed a bet on science; and why your car makes different noises when the windows are open. In this…
“Drunkard’s Walk” Sunlight, The Undiagnosed Diseases Network, and the Only Universal Word
Nov 2, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about why the sunlight you feel might be 50 million years old; learn about the Undiagnosed Diseases Network that has diagnosed hundreds of people with previously undiagnosable diseases; and the closest thing scientists have found to a “universal…
Real-Life Zombification (w/ author Matt Simon), Most Annoying Sounds, and Leaders Who Are Too Smart
Nov 1, 2018 • 9 min
Matt Simon, author of “Plight of the Living Dead,” discusses real-life zombification in nature. Plus, learn about the most annoying sounds ever, according to research, and why leaders who are too smart are actually less effective. In this podcast, Cody…
The First Telepathic Brainstorm, Ghost-Creating Toxic Mold, and Cropsey: the Real Boogeyman
Oct 31, 2018 • 8 min
In this Halloween episode, learn how scientists were able to get three people to communicate with each other using only the power of their brains, and why toxic mold might make you see ghosts. Plus, hear the story of “Cropsey,” a terrifying boogeyman who…
Measure Your Passionate Relationships, How to Spot Psychopaths and Narcissists, and the Car-Crushing Meteorite
Oct 30, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about the story of a meteorite that crushed a 1980 Chevy Malibu; a few red flags for spotting psychopaths and narcissists; and how you can measure your level of passionate love. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
Pink Noise Sleep Hack, Saturn’s Moon Dione Habitability, and Giving Versus Receiving Advice
Oct 29, 2018 • 7 min
Learn why scientists think Saturn’s moon Dione might be habitable; why new research shows that giving advice is better than receiving it; and how to get a deeper sleep and boost your memory by listening to “pink noise.” In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Exercising for Different Body Types, New England Vampire Panic, Non-Vertical List Benefits, and Constellations on Mars
Oct 28, 2018 • 10 min
Learn about how your body type affects the way you should exercise; the New England Vampire Panic; what our constellations would look like if we saw them from Mars; and the benefits of writing a better, non-vertical list to organize your thoughts. In this…
The Science of Hauntings, Sleep Deprivation Effects, and Maximizing Benefits From Nature
Oct 26, 2018 • 8 min
Learn how much your work suffers when you’re sleep deprived; the scientific reason why some places feel like they’re haunted by ghosts; and how to get the most benefits from being surrounded by nature. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss…
Mystery Code of The 4,000-Year-Old Phaistos Disk, The Necrobiome, and 7 Beliefs of Emotionally Healthy People
Oct 25, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about the mysterious 4,000-year-old Phaistos disk; how the necrobiome is helping forensic scientists; and the 7 beliefs of emotionally healthy people. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to…
Cooked vs. Uncooked Fruits and Veggies (w/ The Nutrition Wonk), Food Poisoning Facts, and Milky Way’s Second Life
Oct 24, 2018 • 9 min
Learn where food poisoning comes from (and how to avoid it); why we’re in the Milky Way’s second life.; and whether fruits and vegetables are healthier when they’re fresh or frozen. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
Greyson Near-Death Experience Scale, A Diet to Prevent Jet Lag, and Several States of Matter
Oct 23, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about several states of matter beyond the three or four you probably already know about; the military-tested Argonne diet designed to prevent jet lag; and the Near-Death Experience Scale. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
What If Mosquitoes Disappeared, Facebook Relationships, and Hidden Messages in Backwards Music
Oct 22, 2018 • 7 min
Learn what might happen if mosquitoes disappeared; why music played backward makes you hear hidden messages; and what people can tell about your relationships from your Facebook profile. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini’s Friendship, How to Read Food Labels, Jack-O’-Lantern Maintenance, and Declaring Sovereignty
Oct 21, 2018 • 10 min
Learn how Spiritualism made Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini fast friends — and how it caused their falling out; how to read food labels in the U.S.; how to keep your jack-o’-lantern from spoiling; and why it’s hard to declare yourself a sovereign…
The Habitable Epoch, Mars 2020’s Search for Life, and 4 Research-Based Personality Types
Oct 19, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about why the universe may have been teeming with life billions of years ago; why NASA’s Mars 2020 Martian rover mission is going to be a huge milestone; and four personality types people fit into, according to new research. In this podcast, Cody…
The Sinister Darkness Factor Trait, Why Pluto’s Definition Matters, and World Record Pumpkins
Oct 18, 2018 • 10 min
Learn about a personality trait called the D Factor that might be behind all the evil in the world; why the Pluto planet debate just won’t go away; and how much time it takes to grow giant, prize-worthy pumpkins. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
Adult Bedtime Benefits, Cerberin Toxin, and A Word to Convince Others You’re Not A Robot
Oct 17, 2018 • 7 min
Learn about why regular bedtimes aren’t just for kids; a toxin in the pong pong seeds of the Cerbera odollam tree that’s been called the perfect murder weapon; and the best word you can say to convince people you’re not a robot. In this podcast, Cody…
Moonmoons, Why You Get Sick When Seasons Change, and a Quiz Measuring Forgiveness
Oct 16, 2018 • 7 min
Learn how moons can have their own moons called moonmoons; how to tell whether you’re a forgiving person; and why you get sick when the seasons change. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help…
Your Exposome Germ Cloud, The Tree That Owns Itself, and Bosses Don’t Encourage Curiosity
Oct 15, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about your exposome, the friendly cloud of germs that surrounds you; why bosses don’t encourage curiosity as much as they think they do (and what that’s a bad thing); and the aptly named Tree That Owns Itself in Athens, Georgia. In this podcast,…
Where Online Lingo Comes From, How to Reinforce Good Habits, Gym Class Fallout, and Why Glue Doesn’t Stick to the Bottle
Oct 14, 2018 • 10 min
Learn about a massive Twitter analysis that shows where your favorite online lingo came from; how to reinforce good habits with temptation bundling; how gym class when you were a kid might affect your exercise habits today; and why glue doesn’t stick to…
2018 Ig Nobel Prizes, Flu Shots Don’t Make You Sick, and Setting Broad Goals for Longer Happiness
Oct 12, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about why the flu shot will not give you the flu; how you can set the right goals to make happiness can last longer; and the hilarious winners of the 2018 Ig Nobel Prizes. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories…
Time May Be Slowing Down, You Leave Good First Impressions, and Ouija Board Origins
Oct 11, 2018 • 9 min
Learn about why some physicists think time may be slowing down, and how it might eventually stop; new research that says you make a better first impression than you might think; and the true origin story of the Ouija board. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
Why Aliens May Be Under Ice, Transnistria, and How Exclamation Points Stress People Out
Oct 10, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about how punctuation and exclamation points are stressing people out; why ice might be stopping us from discovering an alien civilization; and Transnistria: a country that doesn’t exist! In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Measuring Your FOMO, Tashirojima “Cat Island,” and the Man Who Put His Head Inside A Particle Accelerator (and Survived!)
Oct 9, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about the real effects of FOMO, and how you can measure your fear of missing out; the story of Anatoli Bugorski, a Russian scientist who put his head inside a particle accelerator and survived; and the Japanese “Cat Island” of Tashirojima, where…
Schrödinger’s Second Cat, Asymmetric Insight, and Why You Should Study How You Study
Oct 8, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about a version of Schrödinger’s cat that might break quantum physics; a study hack that makes you think about how you study; and why you’re not as mysterious as you think you are, thanks to a cognitive bias called asymmetric insight. In this…
Nuclear Pasta, Belly Button Science, How Lighting Affects Learning and Memory, and the Worst Diet Fads Ever
Oct 7, 2018 • 10 min
Learn how the wrong lighting can make you less productive, and why “nuclear pasta” might be the strongest material in the universe. We’ll also dispel some myths about the worst diet fads in history, and answer a listener question about why there are…
3-Step Fear Control Method, Quantum Physics Changing the Past, and Red Meat Allergies from Tick Bites
Oct 5, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about a quantum physics quirk that might mean you can change the past; how a bite from a lone star tick could make you allergic to red meat; and a fear researcher’s three-step RIA method you can use to control your fears. In this podcast, Cody Gough…
First Moon Beyond Our Solar System Discovery, Jacuzzi of Despair, and The Winner Effect
Oct 4, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about how astronomers may have just discovered the first moon beyond our solar system; why the “jacuzzi of despair” kills everything that enters it; and why the winner effect says one win leads to even more wins. In this podcast, Cody Gough and…
A New World Beyond Pluto, Neuroscience’s Take on Free Will, and Blue Zones Where People Live Longer
Oct 3, 2018 • 7 min
Learn about a world beyond Pluto nicknamed “The Goblin” that astronomers just discovered; what neuroscience says about whether humans have free will; and “Blue Zones” where people live longer. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Plants That Light Up When Attacked, A 5-Minute Trick for Falling Asleep, and The Creepy Carleton Villa
Oct 2, 2018 • 9 min
Learn about why scientists made a plant that lights up when it’s attacked; the history of what might be the creepiest house in the United States; and a 5-minute trick to help you fall asleep faster. Plus: hear Cody and Ashley react to Curiosity Daily…
Flu Shot Timing, Space Experiment Requirements, and Relationship Deal Breakers, According to Research
Oct 1, 2018 • 8 min
Learn CASIS’ criteria for getting approval for a science experiment in space; when is the right time to get your flu shot; and the top 10 relationship deal breakers, according to research. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following…
Microwaveable Metals, Athlete Nature vs. Nurture, The House On The Rock, and Supernova-Skipping Stars
Sep 30, 2018 • 10 min
Learn about what we discovered when astronomers watched a star turn directly into a black hole; new science into how much your genes determine your athleticism; why some materials shouldn’t go in the microwave; and one of the strangest places in the…
Hank Green Talks About His Writing Process and His Debut Novel, “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing”
Sep 29, 2018 • 9 min
Renowned science communicator, entrepreneur, and author Hank Green discusses his debut novel, “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.” In this special episode of Curiosity Daily, he talks about his writing process, how he approached writing a novel from the…
How Adderall Hurts Studying, 3 Gym Class Mistakes, and How Much Coffee You Should Drink
Sep 28, 2018 • 10 min
Learn why you should think twice before using Adderall as a study tool; 3 things gym class got wrong; and the healthiest number of cups of coffee to drink per day, according to a huge umbrella review. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss…
5-Minute Hack to Beat Procrastination, Spider Benefits and Dangers, and Philosophical Disciplines
Sep 27, 2018 • 8 min
Learn a 5-minute hack for beating procrastination from Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom; why spiders are good for your home, and the most humane way to get rid of them; and a primer on a few philosophical disciplines to get you started in the world of…
Gardening with Martian Soil, How to Stop Overspending, and a Technique for Remembering Things
Sep 26, 2018 • 8 min
Learn how you can grow a garden in “regolith” Martian soil; how to stop spending too much money on frivolous purchases; and a memory technique you can use to remember pretty much everything. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
First All-Female North Pole Expedition, Humans on the Food Chain, and How to Measure Your Meaning in Life
Sep 25, 2018 • 9 min
Learn about the world’s first all-female expedition to the North Pole; where humans rank on the food chain; and why you should take a science-backed quiz to help you measure your meaning in life. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
How to Stop Procrastinating, Astronauts Seeing Cosmic Rays, and What Causes That Fresh Rain Smell
Sep 24, 2018 • 8 min
Learn what causes that fresh rain smell; how astronauts can actually see cosmic rays; and a trick you can use to stop procrastinating called the “frog rule.” In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to…
Sleep vs. Exercise, Milky Way Pictures, Military Method for Sleeping Anywhere, and Voice Recording Science (w/ Matthan Ring Black)
Sep 23, 2018 • 10 min
Learn which is more important, sleep or exercise; why you’ve never seen a picture of the whole Milky Way; a trick for falling asleep any time, anywhere, with a military-tested trick; and why your voice sounds different when you hear a recording of…
Hangover Impairment, Moon Landings in the 1600s, and Harmful Effects of 24/7 Workplaces
Sep 21, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about the impact of keeping employees available 24/7; a theologian who made plans to go to the moon in the 1600s; and new research into how being hungover can be just as dangerous as being drunk. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss…
Why There Are Monkeys If We Evolved From Them (w/ Natalia Reagan), Adult Chickenpox, and Disaster Survival Traits
Sep 20, 2018 • 7 min
Learn what personality traits it takes to survive a disaster, and why chickenpox is so much worse for adults. Plus, special guest Natalia Reagan answers the question: if we evolved from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys? In this podcast, Cody…
SpaceX’s First Private Passenger in Space, Running Myths Busted, and Bright-Line Rule Goal Setting
Sep 19, 2018 • 8 min
Learn about the first private passenger going to space, thanks to SpaceX; a trick for setting goals that you can actually stick to; and myths about running that we’ll bust so you can run with some peace of mind. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…