Curiosity Daily

Curiosity Daily

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Get smarter in just a few minutes every day. With a timely blend of cultural trends, life hacks, and developments in science and technology, you’ll learn about your mind and body, outer space and the depths of the sea, how history shaped the world into what it is today, and more. From the largest galaxies to your smallest brain cells, hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer from Curiosity.com will help you understand the world better.
You Believe Your Own Lies Very Quickly, How Dogs Understand Human Speech, and Where to See the Ursids
Dec 19 • 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 • 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 • 9 min
Learn about your memory and why riding a bike is like riding a bike; 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…
Donut-Shaped Planets, Hot Aluminum Foil, Why Fish Wiggle, and A Woman Who Can’t Feel Fear
Dec 16 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 9 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 9 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 9 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…
Why You Should Talk to Strangers, How to Find Your Strengths, and Words with Most Definitions
Sep 18 • 8 min
Learn about why you probably like talking to strangers more than you think (and why you should do it more often); how to discover your personal strengths; and the words with the most definitions in the English language, according to The Guinness Book of…
Doctors Beat AI with Swarm Intelligence (w/ Dr. Louis Rosenberg, Unanimous AI CEO); Plus, Hurricane Prediction Technology
Sep 17 • 8 min
Learn how technology is helping us get smarter when it comes to hurricane predictions. Then, Dr. Louis Rosenberg, CEO of Unanimous AI, explains how doctors were able to outsmart cutting-edge artificial intelligence by using swarm intelligence to combine…
Pretzel History, How Earth Got Its Water, Runner’s High Origins, and Words Named After People
Sep 16 • 9 min
Learn about where the water on Earth might have come from; the surprising history of the pretzel, including the monk who invented it; words you probably didn’t know are named after people; and where “runner’s high” comes from, and whether it’s genetic.…
Pavlov’s Dog Myths, Three Types of Perfectionism, and What The Universe Is Expanding Into
Sep 14 • 8 min
Learn about Ivan Pavlov’s dogs, and why you might not know them as well as you thought. Then, learn about the three types of perfectionism that are ruining your life. Plus: if the universe is expanding, then what is it expanding into? In this podcast,…
String Theory Primer, Night Owl and Morning Person Science, and All-Nighter Study Habits
Sep 13 • 8 min
Learn what makes someone a night owl or a morning person; get a quick primer on on string theory; and discover whether you should pull an all-nighter studying for a test. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
Saturn’s Hexagon Hurricane, Planned Obsolescence, and Kaizen for Continuous Improvement
Sep 12 • 8 min
Learn about a hexagon-shaped hurricane on Saturn; a Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement; and why products are only built to last for a few years. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to…
Odd Historical Overlaps, Closed Doors Save Lives, and Vacation Time Helps A Company’s Bottom Line
Sep 11 • 9 min
Learn about some surprising overlaps in time that’ll make you question your history skills; why keeping your bedroom door closed could save your life; and why vacation time is good for a company’s bottom line. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer…
Empathy-Teaching Video Games, Chile Pepper Origins, and A Simple Word Swap to Take Control
Sep 10 • 8 min
Learn about how scientists used video games to teach children empathy; a simple word swap that can help you keep your commitments in check; and an institute in New Mexico where all your favorite chiles came from. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
Contagious Yawning, Conformal Cyclic Cosmology, Exercising for Mental Health, and Why Glitches Are “Bugs”
Sep 9 • 10 min
Learn about a controversial theory that says our universe is one of many previous universes; why we call computer glitches “bugs”; and the largest study ever showing how much exercise you need to boost your mental health. We’ll also answer the question:…
What Would Happen if You Stopped Time, Secret Room of Mount Rushmore, and Dialect Benefits
Sep 7 • 8 min
Learn what would happen if you could stop time; why speaking multiple dialects of the same language is good for your brain; and why there’s a secret room behind Mount Rushmore. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories…
Lost National Museum of Brazil Artifacts, Swimming After You Eat, and Weird U.S. State Laws
Sep 6 • 7 min
Learn about what we lost in the blaze that destroyed the National Museum of Brazil; the myth that it’s dangerous to go swimming right after you eat; and some of the weirdest laws in U.S. states. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
NASA’s Voyager Golden Records, Why Cats Love Boxes, and Bacteria Hot Spots in Your Office
Sep 5 • 8 min
Learn about the golden records NASA launched into space with their Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes; the 5 most bacteria-ridden spots in your office; and why cats love boxes, according to science. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the…
Multitasking Is Impossible, How A Flat Earth Would Even Work, and Nearly Every Country’s Name Origin
Sep 4 • 8 min
Learn how a flat Earth would even work; why multitasking is impossible, and what you should do instead; and the four things that nearly every country on Earth is named after. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
What Came Before the Big Bang, Diner Designs, and The Ancient Greek Crocodile Paradox
Sep 3 • 7 min
Learn about why classic diners are shaped like train cars; what came before the Big Bang; and the crocodile paradox, an unsolvable dilemma dating back to ancient Greece. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from…
Infidelity Predictors, Buzz Aldrin’s Moon Mementos, Running May Be Good for Your Knees, and Hand/Eye Dominance
Sep 2 • 10 min
Learn about left and right hand and eye dominance, and how they’re related; why running might actually be good for your knees; why Buzz Aldrin claimed 33 dollars in travel expenses for his trip to the moon; and two traits that determine how whether you’re…
How Long to Date Before Marriage, The NSF 2026 Idea Machine, and Why Buses Cluster
Aug 31 • 7 min
Learn why late buses cluster in threes, and which one you should choose; how you could get funding from the National Science Foundation for your big idea; and how long you should date someone before getting married, according to research. In this podcast,…
Microvacations, Why Sand Matters and Why We’re Running Out of It (w/ Vince Beiser), and Savings Plan Tricks
Aug 30 • 7 min
Learn how to stay sane at work by taking a microvacation; an easy trick for building the best savings plan; and why sand is one of the most important materials in human civilization — and why we’re running out of it. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley…
Neural Networks, Why You Get Brain Freeze, and A Science-Based Trick for Learning a New Language
Aug 29 • 8 min
Learn about why you get brain freeze, just how advanced neural networks are these days, and a science-backed trick for learning a new language. In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get…
How to Get Over Burnout, Darkness is Faster than Light, and How Much Communication is Nonverbal
Aug 28 • 8 min
How much of communication really is nonverbal? Why is darkness faster than the speed of light? How can you tell if you’re burned out — and how do you recover? In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to…
Marilyn Monroe Murder Conspiracy, Using Monday to Achieve Your Goals, and Good and Bad Bacteria Don’t Exist
Aug 27 • 7 min
In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes: It’s Easier to Achieve Your Goals When You Start on a Monday There’s No Such Thing as Good…