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Science papers delivered weekly


What happened to the mice of Universe 25? (BONUS EPISODE)
May 21 • 67 min
Is solar reflective pavement the cure for hot cities?
May 14 • 36 min
This simple solution has a surprising unintended consequence.
What’s inside a Martian meteorite?
May 7 • 38 min
Organic compounds in a meteorite from Mars reveal its history.
Is eating sugar a gut instinct?
Apr 30 • 35 min
A new Nature paper shows why artificial sweeteners just don’t cut it.
What happened in the Stanford Prison Experiment? (Bonus episode)
Apr 23 • 52 min
Did Oumuamua come from a destroyed planet?
Apr 16 • 49 min
This interstellar asteroid’s origins may have been cataclysmic.
Does traffic spread like a virus?
Apr 9 • 40 min
What do traffic and COVID-19 have in common?
Why is Uranus losing its atmosphere?
Apr 2 • 43 min
Voyager 2 discovered a plasmoid with a story to tell.
Why do water balloons pop?
Mar 26 • 37 min
There’s advanced science behind this playground activity.
How can we suppress COVID-19?
Mar 19 • 43 min
Suppression methods could play a critical role in alleviating the virus’ impact.
Why do gray whales strand during solar storms?
Mar 12 • 30 min
A stunning correlation that asks more questions than it answers.
What has InSight discovered on Mars?
Mar 5 • 35 min
The lander has uncovered Marsquakes, dust devils, and more.
Can you stimulate consciousness?
Feb 27 • 37 min
Brain implants could put you in and out of deep sleep.
Why do extragalactic “fast radio bursts” repeat?
Feb 20 • 43 min
A new discovery has been made about these mysterious deep space signals.
Do penguins speak like humans?
Feb 13 • 39 min
Penguin songs surprisingly follow some universal linguistic laws.
How should you talk to babies?
Feb 6 • 49 min
“Parentese” is not just baby talk, it actually boosts child development.
How did Mount Vesuvius’ victims die?
Jan 30 • 41 min
The ancient volcanic eruption caused more suffering than previously thought.
How fast is the world’s fastest spin?
Jan 23 • 37 min
A tiny grain of sand got going 300 billion RPM, but why?
Does tongue fat cause sleep apnea?
Jan 16 • 39 min
What’s OSIRIS-REx doing at asteroid Bennu?
Jan 9 • 55 min
This “groundbreaking” satellite is already changing the way we see asteroids.
The best science of 2019
Jan 2 • 36 min
Christmas special - Why do we believe in Santa?
Dec 24, 2019 • 36 min
Who knew this was an active area of research?
Does Europa actually have water plumes?
Dec 19, 2019 • 47 min
We finally directly observed this elusive discovery.
Why does Enceladus have “tiger stripes”?
Dec 12, 2019 • 48 min
Saturn’s icy, life-promising moon has some intriguing scars.
Is eating healthier better for the planet?
Dec 5, 2019 • 46 min
Changing your diet could be a win-win situation.
How does hibernation work genetically?
Nov 28, 2019 • 42 min
Bears undergo some serious internal changes throughout the year.
Is there a universal “bit rate” of speech?
Nov 21, 2019 • 41 min
Talking faster might not mean saying more.
Can we save penguins from climate change?
Nov 14, 2019 • 43 min
Are the goals of the Paris Climate enough to save their breeding grounds?
Can lasers hack your voice devices?
Nov 7, 2019 • 35 min
Lasers might trick your smart home devices and impersonate you.
Did Google really achieve quantum supremacy?
Oct 31, 2019 • 36 min
A bold claim that could change the future of computing.
Could Skin-On make your smartphone ticklish?
Oct 24, 2019 • 46 min
You’ve heard of touch screens, get ready for skin interfaces.
Can physical exertion lead to mental burnout?
Oct 17, 2019 • 51 min
Training too hard could actually affect your brain function
Nobel Prize edition: what was the first exoplanet?
Oct 10, 2019 • 43 min
The far-out research behind the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics
Is Planet 9 actually a black hole?
Oct 3, 2019 • 46 min
A primordial black hole may be lurking in our solar system.
How is the “darkest black” created?
Sep 26, 2019 • 45 min
Carbon nanotubes are changing the way we (don’t) see
What’s the difference between vegetarians and meat-eaters?
Sep 19, 2019 • 35 min
The surprising healthy and unhealthy effects of going meatless
Is intermittent fasting healthy?
Sep 12, 2019 • 47 min
Can you find a supernova in Antarctic snow?
Sep 5, 2019 • 47 min
Are self-citations a problem for science?
Aug 29, 2019 • 44 min
How does an artificial tongue taste whiskey?
Aug 22, 2019 • 47 min
Can you hide secret messages in music?
Aug 15, 2019 • 45 min
Do you really need 10,000 steps a day?
Aug 8, 2019 • 41 min
How is Neuralink hacking the brain?
Aug 1, 2019 • 43 min
Was Stonehenge built using pig fat?
Jul 25, 2019 • 42 min
Can your brain see into the future?
Jul 18, 2019 • 42 min
How can you measure the expansion of the universe?
Jul 11, 2019 • 53 min
Does caffeine make you burn fat?
Jul 4, 2019 • 46 min
Can seals learn to sing and talk?
Jun 27, 2019 • 47 min
Is the Critical Brain Hypothesis correct?
Jun 20, 2019 • 45 min
Does human endurance have a hard limit?
Jun 13, 2019 • 43 min
Did supernovae make us walk upright?
Jun 6, 2019 • 54 min
How deep does “bomb carbon” go?
May 30, 2019 • 35 min
Are synthetic genomes in our future?
May 23, 2019 • 34 min
Are moonquakes reshaping the Moon?
May 16, 2019 • 43 min
How bad is the Replication Crisis? feat. Ood Gallifrey from Occultae Veritatis
May 9, 2019 • 54 min
Is there a wrong side of the time zone?
May 2, 2019 • 34 min
Can you bring a dead brain back to life?
Apr 25, 2019 • 39 min
Do mosquitoes hate Skrillex?
Apr 18, 2019 • 35 min
EDM could be a form of pest control.
How do you image a black hole?
Apr 11, 2019 • 47 min
The Event Horizon Telescope has achieved the seemingly impossible.
Are eggs really bad for you?
Apr 4, 2019 • 40 min
Does space affect male and female astronauts differently?
Mar 28, 2019 • 36 min
Did F-words come from a change in diet?
Mar 21, 2019 • 41 min
Why does pain hurt?
Mar 14, 2019 • 32 min
Is Titan’s organic atmosphere coming from inside?
Mar 7, 2019 • 34 min
How did tardigrades become immortal?
Feb 28, 2019 • 35 min
Are female brains really “more youthful?”
Feb 21, 2019 • 31 min
Can you understand talking brain waves?
Feb 14, 2019 • 29 min
How did the Curiosity rover weigh a mountain on Mars?
Feb 7, 2019 • 30 min
How can 3D printed filters improve chemotherapy?
Jan 31, 2019 • 23 min
Why is the giant ice disk in Maine spinning?
Jan 24, 2019 • 27 min
Can an LED control your nervous system?
Jan 17, 2019 • 27 min
Did Leonardo da Vinci have strabismus?
Jan 10, 2019 • 34 min
How often did humans breed with Neanderthals?
Jan 3, 2019 • 29 min
Does negative mass explain dark matter?
Dec 27, 2018 • 47 min
How does an “ion plane” actually fly?
Dec 20, 2018 • 35 min
Did climate change cause the “Great Dying?”
Dec 13, 2018 • 42 min
Could you prove you’re human in one word?
Dec 6, 2018 • 43 min
How hard was the InSight Mars landing?
Nov 29, 2018 • 47 min
Is paralysis a thing of the past?
Nov 22, 2018 • 36 min
Is Oumuamua an alien spacecraft?
Nov 15, 2018 • 42 min
Does cloud seeding work?
Nov 8, 2018 • 29 min
How many faces do you know?
Nov 1, 2018 • 38 min
Should we kill all the mosquitoes?
Oct 25, 2018 • 32 min
Can we terraform Mars?
Oct 18, 2018 • 45 min
Can you hear meteors?
Oct 11, 2018 • 34 min
Magnetic fields can blow up your lab
Oct 4, 2018 • 41 min
Are microwave weapons attacking the US embassy?
Sep 27, 2018 • 33 min
Can goats read your face?
Sep 20, 2018 • 39 min
Pollution is damaging your cognition
Sep 13, 2018 • 29 min
Saturn is whistling to Enceladus
Sep 6, 2018 • 31 min
How to find water on Mars
Aug 30, 2018 • 36 min
How do spiders fly?
Aug 30, 2018 • 42 min