Brainstuff

Brainstuff

Synopsis

Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science in the world around us.

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Episodes

  • When Is Moldy Food Safe to Eat?
    When Is Moldy Food Safe to Eat?
    Duration: 05min | 13/12/2019

    Spoiler alert: Sometimes! Not all molds are harmful, and some are even helpful -- but it's not always OK to cut away spots of mold and eat the food it was growing on. Learn when it is in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Does Ancient Roman Concrete Outlast Our Own?
    Why Does Ancient Roman Concrete Outlast Our Own?
    Duration: 04min | 12/12/2019

    Modern concrete crumbles when exposed to the elements, but ancient Roman concrete only gets stronger over time. Learn how this is possible -- and why we're not using their recipe -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Do People Still Use Fax Machines?
    Why Do People Still Use Fax Machines?
    Duration: 07min | 11/12/2019

    We live in the incredible future of scanners, internet connectivity, and digital signatures -- so why do people still use fax machines? Learn why faxing perseveres in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Did a Comma Decide a Court Case?
    How Did a Comma Decide a Court Case?
    Duration: 05min | 10/12/2019

    There's no call to be pedantic, but sometimes a tiny punctuation mark can make a huge difference in meaning. Learn how the Oxford comma changed a judge's decision in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Can We Hear Others Footsteps, But Not Our Own?
    Why Can We Hear Others' Footsteps, But Not Our Own?
    Duration: 06min | 10/12/2019

    You're walking down a deserted street and suddenly you hear footsteps. Someone might be following you, you think. Because, although the street is quiet, your own footsteps would never register with you — just those of a stranger's. So why is it we can't hear the noises we make ourselves? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • BrainStuff Classics: How Long Would It Take To Walk Around The World?
    BrainStuff Classics: How Long Would It Take To Walk Around The World?
    Duration: 08min | 08/12/2019

    This is a more complicated question than it seems because oceans definitely get in the way, but there are a few ways to attempt to walk around the entire globe -- and a few people who have tried. Learn about them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • BrainStuff Classics: Does the Human Body Really Replace Itself Every 7 Years?
    BrainStuff Classics: Does the Human Body Really Replace Itself Every 7 Years?
    Duration: 04min | 07/12/2019

    Short answer: Nope! Learn how long it really takes, plus how nuclear weapons helped scientists find the answer, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Are Macadamia Nuts So Expensive?
    Why Are Macadamia Nuts So Expensive?
    Duration: 07min | 06/12/2019

    Macadamias are delicious and nutritious in small servings, but they're also the most expensive nuts in the world. Learn what they are and how they're grown in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Do Bees Beard?
    Why Do Bees Beard?
    Duration: 05min | 05/12/2019

    Honeybees can heat and cool their hives to keep the temperature comfortable. Learn about one method -- bearding -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Can a Sea Slug Use Solar Power?
    How Can a Sea Slug Use Solar Power?
    Duration: 04min | 04/12/2019

    Researchers have found a sea slug that incorporates pieces of algae cells into its body to live off of photosynthesis. Learn more about it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Will There Always Be a North Star?
    Will There Always Be a North Star?
    Duration: 06min | 03/12/2019

    The star Polaris, when viewed in the Northern Hemisphere, points you almost due north. Learn how it's aided navigators for centuries, but why it won't always do so, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Did a Mad King Design Disneys Castle?
    How Did a Mad King Design Disney's Castle?
    Duration: 08min | 02/12/2019

    Walt Disney based Sleeping Beauty's castle -- the centerpiece of Disneyland and the Disney logo -- on a real castle in the Bavarian Alps of Germany. Learn about Neuschwanstein Castle's strange and tragic history in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Do You Or Your Dishwasher Get Dishes Cleaner?
    Do You Or Your Dishwasher Get Dishes Cleaner?
    Duration: 04min | 29/11/2019

    OK, this one is no contest: Your dishwasher can get dishes cleaner, but that doesn't necessarily mean that using one is healthier. Learn about the science behind the suds in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Does Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade Work?
    How Does Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Work?
    Duration: 07min | 28/11/2019

    Thousands of participants and millions of viewers turn out every year for the spectacle that is the Macy's Parade. Learn its history and what goes into running it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Would Turkey Be So Popular Without Thanksgiving?
    Would Turkey Be So Popular Without Thanksgiving?
    Duration: 05min | 27/11/2019

    Americans eat a LOT of turkey around the winter holidays, but why? Learn about turkey's festive history and when we eat the most of it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • BrainStuff Classics: How Dirty Is Soap?
    BrainStuff Classics: How Dirty Is Soap?
    Duration: 05min | 26/11/2019

    It’s good hygiene to wash your hands after touching shared bathroom surfaces. But bars of soap are also a shared surface. Learn why soap is pretty clean in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?
    Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?
    Duration: 04min | 26/11/2019

    Spoiler alert: Yep, all placental mammals have belly buttons, but dogs' and cats' look a little different than ours. Learn how belly buttons work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • BrainStuff Classics: Are Plants Conscious?
    BrainStuff Classics: Are Plants Conscious?
    Duration: 06min | 26/11/2019

    Researchers have found evidence that plants have senses, memories, and can even communicate with each other. But does this mean they're conscious? Learn what science has to say in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Did Turducken Become a Thing?
    How Did Turducken Become a Thing?
    Duration: 06min | 25/11/2019

    A chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey. Yep. Learn the history of the turducken and what it takes to prepare one in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can Your Brain Get Tired Like Your Muscles Do?
    Can Your Brain Get Tired Like Your Muscles Do?
    Duration: 07min | 22/11/2019

    We've all felt it: the dreaded brain drain after a long or taxing day. Learn why this occurs -- and what you can do to help prevent burnout -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • BrainStuff Classics: Why is Bird Poop White?
    BrainStuff Classics: Why is Bird Poop White?
    Duration: 04min | 22/11/2019

    Bird poop: It’s the bane of cars, statues, and occasional hapless pedestrians across the world. But what is this stuff anyway? Learn about birds' amazingly efficient waste systems (and why their waste is white) in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • BrainStuff Classics: Will Soda Really Ruin My Teeth?
    BrainStuff Classics: Will Soda Really Ruin My Teeth?
    Duration: 05min | 21/11/2019

    Soda may not dissolve teeth in 12 hours flat, but it can cause damage to your pearly whites. Learn how -- and how to avoid it without giving up your favorite drink -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Did the Ancient Land Blob Called Gondwana Become Todays Southern Continents?
    How Did the Ancient Land Blob Called Gondwana Become Today's Southern Continents?
    Duration: 07min | 21/11/2019

    Just looking at a world map makes it clear that today's continents were once a single mass, but scientists are still researching how they came together and apart. Learn about the history of the Southern Hemisphere's continents in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • BrainStuff Classics: How Does Sleepwalking Work?
    BrainStuff Classics: How Does Sleepwalking Work?
    Duration: 05min | 20/11/2019

    Researchers don't entirely understand why we humans sometimes walk around (or doing any number of other things) in our sleep, but there are a few myths that they can dispell. Learn more about sleepwalking, aka somnambulism, in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Dont Evergreen Trees Lose Their Needles?
    Why Don't Evergreen Trees Lose Their Needles?
    Duration: 03min | 20/11/2019

    Evergreens' needles are their leaves, so why don't they change color and drop in the fall? Learn how evergreen leaves work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Do Humans and Bananas Really Share Half Their DNA?
    Do Humans and Bananas Really Share Half Their DNA?
    Duration: 07min | 19/11/2019

    You may have heard that people share about 50 percent of their DNA with bananas, and while there's a seed of truth to that, it's not quite right. Learn about our genetic similarity to fruit and other life forms in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Dogs Yawn?
    BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Dogs Yawn?
    Duration: 04min | 19/11/2019

    Dogs communicate by yawning, and it's complex to figure out what they might mean. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • BrainStuff Classic: What Creates the Northern Lights?
    BrainStuff Classic: What Creates the Northern Lights?
    Duration: 06min | 18/11/2019

    There are lots of misconceptions out there about what causes the stunning Aurora Borealis. Learn what's really up with the Northern Lights in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Do You Deep Fry a Turkey?
    How Do You Deep Fry a Turkey?
    Duration: 09min | 18/11/2019

    Deep frying anything is a science -- but perhaps especially a whole turkey. Learn how to do it (and why it works) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • BrainStuff Classics: Why Do I Need a Passport to Travel?
    BrainStuff Classics: Why Do I Need a Passport to Travel?
    Duration: 06min | 15/11/2019

    The vast (vast!) majority of humans need a passport in order to travel internationally. Learn why -- and who doesn't -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can Hypoallergenic Dogs Still Trigger Allergies?
    Can 'Hypoallergenic' Dogs Still Trigger Allergies?
    Duration: 06min | 15/11/2019

    Spoiler alert: Yes, breeds of dogs said to be hypoallergenic can still set off your allergies -- but they may be better for you than other breeds. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • BrainStuff Classics: Are Less Experienced People More Confident?
    BrainStuff Classics: Are Less Experienced People More Confident?
    Duration: 04min | 14/11/2019

    You may have heard about the supposed inverse relationship between confidence and knowledge -- but is it true? Learn more about the Dunning-Kruger effect in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Could We Recycle Excess Subway Heat?
    Could We Recycle Excess Subway Heat?
    Duration: 04min | 14/11/2019

    Heating homes and other human hangouts requires a huge carbon footprint -- but meanwhile, we're wasting heat every day (and sweating) in systems like subways. Learn how one project hopes to use that excess heat for the greater good in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • BrainStuff Classics: Why Is Bacon Considered a Breakfast Food?
    BrainStuff Classics: Why Is Bacon Considered a Breakfast Food?
    Duration: 04min | 14/11/2019

    Bacon and eggs are a traditional breakfast -- but that tradition only goes back about a century. Learn how Sigmund Freud's nephew invented public relations and changed the way we eat breakfast in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can We Win the War on Cockroaches?
    Can We Win the War on Cockroaches?
    Duration: 04min | 13/11/2019

    Cockroaches are, if nothing else, admirably persistent -- they can spring back from a 90% population loss just a couple generations. Learn how hardy they are in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Do Wolverines Work?
    How Do Wolverines Work?
    Duration: 06min | 12/11/2019

    Wolverines may not have adamantium-reinforced skeletons, but this species of weasel boasts a few superpowers of its own. Learn more about wolverines in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Should You Stop Raking Fall Leaves?
    Why Should You Stop Raking Fall Leaves?
    Duration: 04min | 12/11/2019

    Something has to be done with all those fall leaves, but the best option for the environment (and your lawn) isn't raking, it's mulching. Learn why, and how to get started, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Whats the Difference Between Hornets and Wasps?
    What's the Difference Between Hornets and Wasps?
    Duration: 07min | 08/11/2019

    We often use the terms 'wasp' and 'hornet' interchangeably, but that's not quite right, and knowing the difference can save you a sting. Learn about these insects in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Can a Hen Turn into a Rooster?
    How Can a Hen Turn into a Rooster?
    Duration: 06min | 07/11/2019

    In cases of spontaneous sex reversal, an animal born male can become female, or vice versa, due to genetic or hormonal changes. Learn the story of how one hen became a rooster in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Could Artificial Glaciers Hydrate the Himalayas?
    How Could Artificial Glaciers Hydrate the Himalayas?
    Duration: 07min | 06/11/2019

    Farmers in the Himalayas depend on yearly snow melts to water their crops, but climate change means they're not getting enough snowfall to replenish natural glaciers. Learn how artificial glaciers are helping in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Whats the Science Behind Applause?
    What's the Science Behind Applause?
    Duration: 05min | 05/11/2019

    The way that applause starts and moves through a large crowd is scientifically predictable. Learn what the research shows about the influence of sound and psychology in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Could Science Create a Better Blood Supply?
    Could Science Create a Better Blood Supply?
    Duration: 05min | 04/11/2019

    Millions of lives are saved by blood transfusions every year, but sometimes donations are in short supply. Learn how researchers are hoping to make more blood universally transferable in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Introducing: History Vs. Theodore Roosevelt
    Introducing: History Vs. Theodore Roosevelt
    Duration: 03min | 02/11/2019

    In History Vs., a new podcast from Mental Floss and iHeartRadio, we’ll explore how larger-than-life historical figures faced off against their greatest foes. In this inaugural season, we’re looking at Theodore Roosevelt’s incredible life using a convention that he, as a boxer, would have appreciated. Each episode, we’ll analyze how Roosevelt took on a particular challenge, from his debilitating childhood asthma and conflict within his family to conquering the hours of the day and preserving the world for the next generation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Did Humans Evolve To Be Superstitious?
    Did Humans Evolve To Be Superstitious?
    Duration: 04min | 01/11/2019

    Humans and other animals often hold superstitions -- but why? Could it have been biologically advantageous to our ancestors? Learn more about superstition in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Is Eye of Newt?
    What Is Eye of Newt?
    Duration: 03min | 31/10/2019

    The witches in Macbeth describe a disturbing brew -- eye of newt, toe of frog, etc. -- but that was just code for common plants. Learn what eye of newt really is in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Exactly Is Candy Corn?
    What Exactly Is Candy Corn?
    Duration: 04min | 30/10/2019

    Americans buy some 9 billion kernels of candy corn every year. Learn this candy's history plus how it's made in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Whats Happening During A Near-Death Experience?
    What's Happening During A Near-Death Experience?
    Duration: 05min | 29/10/2019

    Some patients brought back from cardiac arrest describe seeing a bright light at the end of a tunnel, or other phenomena known as a near-death experience. Learn how some researchers have tried to explain this in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Is the Legend of the Hawaiian Night Marchers?
    What Is the Legend of the Hawaiian Night Marchers?
    Duration: 06min | 28/10/2019

    Hawaiian folklore tells of the huaka'i pō, or night marchers -- ghostly warriors whose sense of duty has kept them on guard even after death. Learn the legend (and what to do if you hear them coming) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Introducing The Next Big Idea
    Introducing The Next Big Idea
    Duration: 05min | 26/10/2019

    Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. How can you process it all? You can start with The Next Big Idea. Host Rufus Griscom and legendary thought leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Dan Pink, and Susan Cain, will be your personal “idea” curators. Open your mind and get ready for something big, because the right idea--at the right moment--has the power to transform your life. Listen now on http://wondery.fm/TNBIBrainstuff Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can We 3-D Print Meat in Space?
    Can We 3-D Print Meat in Space?
    Duration: 04min | 25/10/2019

    Lab-created meat may help prevent harm to animals here on Earth, but it'd be even more helpful for feeding people in space. But can tech like 3-D printers work in space? Learn about the potential future of space burgers in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Do Sea Urchins Work?
    How Do Sea Urchins Work?
    Duration: 06min | 24/10/2019

    Spiny on the outside and gooey on the inside, sea urchins are a weird and wonderful animal -- and delicacy. Learn more about them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Does Venus Work?
    How Does Venus Work?
    Duration: 07min | 23/10/2019

    Venus is the hottest planet, its years are shorter than its days, and its atmospheric pressure is 92 times greater than that on Earth. Learn how researchers think Venus got this way in today’s episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Is Dead Butt Syndrome?
    What Is Dead Butt Syndrome?
    Duration: 04min | 22/10/2019

    Sitting too much and not getting the right kinds of exercise can lead to gluteal tendinopathy — dead butt syndrome. Learn why (and what can be done about it) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Do Ecosystems Work?
    How Do Ecosystems Work?
    Duration: 07min | 22/10/2019

    Nothing in our environment exists in a vacuum -- everything is interconnected. Learn how the study of ecosystems attempts to learn about things through those connections in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Were the Dyatlov Pass Hikers Murdered?
    Were the Dyatlov Pass Hikers Murdered?
    Duration: 11min | 18/10/2019

    The mystery of what happened to nine hikers one wintery night has gone unsolved for 60 years. Learn what evidence has been found -- and what's still unknown -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Does Photosynthesis Power Life on Earth?
    How Does Photosynthesis Power Life on Earth?
    Duration: 07min | 17/10/2019

    Plants turn sunlight into food via photosynthesis, which is pretty amazing -- and its evolution is fairly mysterious. Learn how researchers think it happened in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can Red Flag Laws Help Prevent Mass Shootings?
    Can Red Flag Laws Help Prevent Mass Shootings?
    Duration: 06min | 16/10/2019

    In the wake of America's many mass shootings, some states are enacting laws that allow police to confiscate citizens' firearms when a concern about violence is reported. Learn how these red flag laws work in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Can 3-D Printing Help Save Animals?
    How Can 3-D Printing Help Save Animals?
    Duration: 03min | 15/10/2019

    Prostheses for humans are already in use, so why not for other animals? Learn how veterinarians are using 3-D printed limbs, fins, beaks, bones, and shells to help injured animals in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Are Some Americans Cancelling Columbus Day?
    Why Are Some Americans Cancelling Columbus Day?
    Duration: 07min | 14/10/2019

    Some U.S. cities and states have officially changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day. Learn why -- and why some Americans disagree with the change -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Does Our Solar System Contain a Primordial Black Hole?
    Does Our Solar System Contain a Primordial Black Hole?
    Duration: 08min | 11/10/2019

    Astronomers think there's an object in the far reaches of our solar system that's six times as massive as Earth. Learn why some think it's a planet and others propose it's a type of black hole in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Did the Shar-Pei Get Its Wrinkles?
    How Did the Shar-Pei Get Its Wrinkles?
    Duration: 05min | 10/10/2019

    This dog breed is known for its distinctive wrinkles, and genetic researchers have figured out why those wrinkles occur. Learn about it (plus whether a Shar-Pei might be a good dog for you) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Should Cities Require Green Roofs?
    Should Cities Require Green Roofs?
    Duration: 06min | 09/10/2019

    Planting gardens, grasses, or wildflowers on urban roofs can solve a lot of problems, but it can cause a few along the way. Learn more about green roofs in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Did Bobcats Come Back from the Brink?
    How Did Bobcats Come Back from the Brink?
    Duration: 06min | 08/10/2019

    Bobcat populations weren't doing so well a few decades ago, but these resilient wild cats are on the rebound. Learn about bobcats in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Whats the Best Strategy for Finding a Parking Spot?
    What's the Best Strategy for Finding a Parking Spot?
    Duration: 06min | 07/10/2019

    There are a couple mathematically tested strategies for finding a parking spot that costs you the least time in terms of searching and walking to your destination. Learn what science has to say about parking in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Who Wore High-Heeled Shoes First?
    Who Wore High-Heeled Shoes First?
    Duration: 06min | 04/10/2019

    Although shoes with high heels are often coded feminine in modern culture, men wore them first -- military men, specifically. Learn the history of high heels in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Rare Are All-Black Chickens?
    How Rare Are All-Black Chickens?
    Duration: 04min | 03/10/2019

    A few types of chickens are so pigmented that not just their feathers but their very flesh is a deep blue-black color. Learn how researchers think this came about in today's episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Young Is Too Young to Face Arrest?
    How Young Is Too Young to Face Arrest?
    Duration: 06min | 02/10/2019

    In the United States, many states don't put a lower age limit on arrests, and children as young as six years of age have been arrested by police. Learn why, and how some lawyers and lawmakers are trying to change that, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Can You Escape a Sinking Car?
    How Can You Escape a Sinking Car?
    Duration: 05min | 01/10/2019

    Being trapped in a car is a scary thought, but safety experts say that being prepared for emergencies saves lives. Learn what devices can help and how to use them in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Often Should You Wash Your Coffee Mug?
    How Often Should You Wash Your Coffee Mug?
    Duration: 05min | 30/09/2019

    Not every bacterium is an enemy, but illness-causing germs are out there -- and some love your coffee cup. Learn how often research indicates you should wash that reusable cup in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Are Maine Coons Different From Other Cats?
    How Are Maine Coons Different From Other Cats?
    Duration: 04min | 27/09/2019

    The Maine Coon breed of cats has a reputation for being more doglike than catlike. Learn about how they stand out in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Whats the Difference Between Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophen?
    What's the Difference Between Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophen?
    Duration: 07min | 26/09/2019

    These over-the-counter medications all do fairly similar jobs of relieving aches and pains, but there's a best (and a worst) way to use each type. Learn the differences between pain relievers in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Are Blueprints Blue?
    Why Are Blueprints Blue?
    Duration: 06min | 25/09/2019

    The traditional color of blueprints wasn't chosen because it's pretty -- it's a result of a chemical copying process. Learn the history of blueprints in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Can I Become a Mermaid?
    How Can I Become a Mermaid?
    Duration: 05min | 24/09/2019

    With the help of specially made fins (and some swim lessons), anyone can become a mermaid or merman — there are even mer-professionals. Learn how mermaiding works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Did Lyme Disease Start as a Bioweapon?
    Did Lyme Disease Start as a Bioweapon?
    Duration: 09min | 23/09/2019

    There’s been a call for investigation into the history of Lyme disease, and whether it might’ve been an accidentally released bioweapon. Learn both sides of the debate in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Whats the History of the Statue of Liberty?
    What's the History of the Statue of Liberty?
    Duration: 08min | 20/09/2019

    The Statue of Liberty is so iconic that it's hard to imagine New York City without it, but plans for the statue got started less than 200 years ago. Learn how Lady Liberty was created in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Can Gingko Leaves Help Track Climate Change?
    How Can Gingko Leaves Help Track Climate Change?
    Duration: 04min | 19/09/2019

    Gingko biloba trees have changed so little over the past few hundred million years that researchers can use their leaves to track how the environment has changed over that time. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Would Authorities Handle a Murder in Space?
    How Would Authorities Handle a Murder in Space?
    Duration: 08min | 18/09/2019

    Investigating murders right here on planet Earth can be tricky -- how would it be handled in space? Who would even be in charge? (Do we need space cops??) Learn what current and future laws may apply in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Could Maggots End World Hunger?
    Could Maggots End World Hunger?
    Duration: 04min | 17/09/2019

    Maggots are undeniably gross, but black soldier fly maggots are a more efficient source of protein than anything else on the planet. Learn how researchers hope to get more people eating insects in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Do Fish Experience Thirst?
    Do Fish Experience Thirst?
    Duration: 06min | 17/09/2019

    Fish live in water, but, just as our land-dwelling bodies have to carefully regulate our water and salt levels, so do fish bodies. Learn how fish stay hydrated in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Does Sigmund Freud Still Matter?
    Does Sigmund Freud Still Matter?
    Duration: 07min | 13/09/2019

    Though he was the father of psychoanalysis, Freud and his theories don't hold up so well today. Learn about his famous Oedipus complex concept and what modern psychiatrists and psychologists think in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Is Declawing Cats Controversial?
    Why Is Declawing Cats Controversial?
    Duration: 06min | 12/09/2019

    New York state recently banned cat declawing. Learn what the process entails and why veterinary groups recommend against it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Is the U.S. Presidential Seal?
    What Is the U.S. Presidential Seal?
    Duration: 05min | 11/09/2019

    American presidents can opt to affix the presidential seal to official documents and have used it as an official decoration. Learn the how and why the seal was created, plus the symbolism behind it, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Whats the Buzz on Alcohol in Space?
    What's the Buzz on Alcohol in Space?
    Duration: 06min | 10/09/2019

    There hasn't been any official research into the effects of alcohol on the body in space, but at least a few astronauts and cosmonauts have imbibed. Learn about the history and potential future of booze in space in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can Automated Lights Really Stop Burglars?
    Can Automated Lights Really Stop Burglars?
    Duration: 05min | 10/09/2019

    Motion-activated porch lights and app-controlled interior lights are commonly used to prevent burglaries, but do they really work? Learn what burglars themselves say in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Can We Film Giant Squid?
    How Can We Film Giant Squid?
    Duration: 05min | 06/09/2019

    These legends of the deep are notoriously shy, but researchers have recently captured images and video of living giant squid. Learn how they did it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Does Cobalt Work?
    How Does Cobalt Work?
    Duration: 10min | 05/09/2019

    The element cobalt is responsible for brilliant blue paints and rechargeable batteries alike. Learn how it works and why its supply is uncertain in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can Going Sockless Be Bad for Your Feet?
    Can Going Sockless Be Bad for Your Feet?
    Duration: 04min | 04/09/2019

    Socks aren't just a fashion accessory -- they can help keep your feet healthy! Learn how to stay safe while sockless in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Whats the Oldest Active Building Project in the World?
    What's the Oldest Active Building Project in the World?
    Duration: 07min | 03/09/2019

    The Sagrada Familia Basilica was started by Antoni Gaudí in 1882 and is still undergoing its initial construction today. Learn more about the architect and his long-running project in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Can Jupiter Have 79 Moons While Other Planets Have None?
    How Can Jupiter Have 79 Moons While Other Planets Have None?
    Duration: 06min | 02/09/2019

    If you guessed 'gravity' you're right -- but a few specific factors make Jupiter so much moonier than planets like Earth. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Who Was Marjory Stoneman Douglas?
    Who Was Marjory Stoneman Douglas?
    Duration: 05min | 30/08/2019

    Long before scientists fully understood how important the Everglades are to Florida's weather and ecosystem, Marjory Stoneman Douglas campaigned to preserve them. Learn about this journalist and activist in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Should You Really Punch an Animal in the Nose If Attacked?
    Should You Really Punch an Animal in the Nose If Attacked?
    Duration: 04min | 29/08/2019

    Rumor has it that a jab to the nose will stop anything from a shark to a bear from attacking you, but how effective would that really be? Learn the circumstances under which nose punching might actually help in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Are Animal and Plant Cells Different?
    How Are Animal and Plant Cells Different?
    Duration: 05min | 28/08/2019

    The cells that make up plants and animals are incredibly similar considering how different a carrot is from a corgi. Learn the small factors that make all the difference in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Does Aging Always Increase Risk of Death?
    Does Aging Always Increase Risk of Death?
    Duration: 04min | 27/08/2019

    For most mammals, aging increases our probability of dying -- it seems like a given. Learn about one animal, the naked mole rat, for which age has no impact on mortality in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Whats the Worlds Biggest Food Fight?
    What's the World's Biggest Food Fight?
    Duration: 05min | 26/08/2019

    On the last Wednesday in August every year, up to 30,000 people participate in La Tomatina, a massive tomato fight in Buñol, Spain. Learn how it goes down in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Is Building Muscle Important for Everyone?
    Why Is Building Muscle Important for Everyone?
    Duration: 06min | 23/08/2019

    The fancy science word for building muscle is hypertrophy, but it's not inaccessible. Learn how hypertrophy works and why building muscle keeps us healthy in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Can You Do If Your U.S. Money Gets Mangled?
    What Can You Do If Your U.S. Money Gets Mangled?
    Duration: 04min | 22/08/2019

    Shredded, chewed, exhumed, or burnt American bills aren't necessarily lost -- a service of the Department of Treasury may reimburse you for their cash value. Learn about the Mutilated Currency Redemption Service in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Did Fish  Chips Become Englands National Dish?
    How Did Fish & Chips Become England's National Dish?
    Duration: 07min | 21/08/2019

    Light and tender fried fish plated with crisp fried potatoes is a classic English comfort meal, but it's only a little over a century old. Learn the history of fish and chips in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Is the Ocean Different Colors?
    Why Is the Ocean Different Colors?
    Duration: 06min | 20/08/2019

    Ocean water can appear many dazzling shades of blue and green depending on where you are. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Do Starling Murmurations Work?
    How Do Starling Murmurations Work?
    Duration: 08min | 19/08/2019

    Starlings flock in swooping, harmonious groups of thousands of birds called murmurations. Learn how these birds pull off such an amazing feat through simple actions in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Is Sparkling Water Good For You?
    Is Sparkling Water Good For You?
    Duration: 05min | 16/08/2019

    More people are drinking fizzy water, both plain and in a boggling array of flavors. Learn about the different types of sparkling water and what you should watch out for in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Is There a Rhino-Shaped Cave in Washington State?
    Why Is There a Rhino-Shaped Cave in Washington State?
    Duration: 06min | 15/08/2019

    Yes, there’s a cave shaped like a rhinoceros in Washington State. Learn how it was created and discovered in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Many Trees Would We Need to Plant to Slow Climate Change?
    How Many Trees Would We Need to Plant to Slow Climate Change?
    Duration: 07min | 14/08/2019

    Trees pull and store carbon, but lots of land that could support them is deforested. Learn how researchers think planting trees could help mitigate climate change in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Aren’t There Female CPR Mannequins?
    Why Aren’t There Female CPR Mannequins?
    Duration: 06min | 13/08/2019

    Research shows that women are less likely to receive CPR when they need it, and fixing that might require introducing training mannequins with breasts. Learn about a project that’s trying to help in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Do Beaches Need Seashells?
    Do Beaches Need Seashells?
    Duration: 06min | 12/08/2019

    Seashells are a pretty sight on beaches, but it turns out that they play an important role in seaside structures and ecosystems. Learn why -- and why shell poaching is a problem -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Introducing: Parklandia
    Introducing: Parklandia
    Duration: 02min | 10/08/2019

    A married couple packed up everything from their home in Chicago and bought an RV to travel the country full-time, with one goal: to visit as many national parks as possible along the way. With each stop in each park, Brad and Matt Kirouac immerse themselves and the listeners – and the Kirouac’s dog Finn! – in these beautiful, larger-than-life places and share our discoveries about what makes them truly special, from the intimidating wildlife of the Everglades to the cinematic lore of Redwood, all with a dash of what it’s really like to live in an RV full time. The first three episodes of Parklandia are now available! Listen here.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Whats the History of Paternity Testing?
    What's the History of Paternity Testing?
    Duration: 07min | 09/08/2019

    Humans have only very recently developed scientific ways of proving who a child's biological father is, but that didn't stop us from trying beforehand. Learn the weird history of paternity tests in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Do Blue Whales Work?
    How Do Blue Whales Work?
    Duration: 09min | 08/08/2019

    The blue whale is the largest known animal to ever grace the planet -- they may be twice as big as Megalodon was! Learn what science knows (and doesn't know) about blue whales in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Is Peyote?
    What Is Peyote?
    Duration: 07min | 07/08/2019

    In brief, peyote is a cactus with hallucinogenic properties that's been used in religious ceremonies for centuries. Learn how it works and why it's endangered in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Does America Use Fahrenheit Instead of Celsius?
    Why Does America Use Fahrenheit Instead of Celsius?
    Duration: 06min | 06/08/2019

    Most of the rest of the world uses the Celsius scale to describe temperature, but the U.S. uses Fahrenheit. Learn the origins and histories of these two scales in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Are Ethnicity and Race Different?
    How Are Ethnicity and Race Different?
    Duration: 10min | 05/08/2019

    The concepts of ethnicity and race are both human inventions with no basis in science, but these concepts have huge impacts on us and our world. Learn the difference between ethnicity and race in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Is the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon?
    What Is the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon?
    Duration: 04min | 02/08/2019

    Also called the frequency illusion or recency illusion, the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon occurs when you learn something new, then notice instances of it everywhere. Learn how it works and how it got its name in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Could Frozen Zoo DNA Stave Off Species Extinction?
    Could Frozen Zoo DNA Stave Off Species' Extinction?
    Duration: 05min | 01/08/2019

    As human civilization encroaches on wild animals' habitats, some face extinction. Learn how researchers hope to someday use frozen DNA sample taken from zoo animals to replenish wild populations in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Does the Hippocampus Work?
    How Does the Hippocampus Work?
    Duration: 07min | 31/07/2019

    Without the hippocampus, our brains have serious trouble recalling and recording certain types of long-term memories. Learn how this brain structure works in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Is Permafrost Really Permanent?
    Is Permafrost Really Permanent?
    Duration: 07min | 30/07/2019

    Despite its name, permafrost doesn't necessarily last forever -- and when it melts, it can have a negative effect on the environment. Learn how permafrost works (and how it preserves long-dead creatures so well) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Whats the Difference Between Coroners and Medical Examiners?
    What's the Difference Between Coroners and Medical Examiners?
    Duration: 07min | 30/07/2019

    These two types of professional death investigators often work together, but their jobs are usually distinct. Learn the difference in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Do Animals Get Their Scientific Names?
    How Do Animals Get Their Scientific Names?
    Duration: 06min | 26/07/2019

    The person who discovers a new species gets to name it -- but what do 'new' and 'discover' mean here? And do all names get approved? Learn how scientific naming and taxonomy work in this episode of BrainStuff (plus, meet a fish named after Greedo). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Should You Rent Grass-Mowing Goats?
    Should You Rent Grass-Mowing Goats?
    Duration: 04min | 25/07/2019

    Goats were the original weed wackers, and they're still super effective at controlling lawns and brush today. Learn why they're gaining popularity again in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Will Exploring Saturns Moon Titan Be Different?
    How Will Exploring Saturn's Moon Titan Be Different?
    Duration: 06min | 24/07/2019

    NASA recently announced that they're sending a rotorcraft to explore Saturn's giant moon Titan from the land and air. Learn how the Dragonfly mission will be different than other otherworldly explorations in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Does the Military Teach a Sleep Meditation Technique?
    Does the Military Teach a Sleep Meditation Technique?
    Duration: 05min | 23/07/2019

    According to the guy who popularized a famous meditation technique for getting to sleep fast, the results are excellent. Learn its history and how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Do Food Forests Help Fight Hunger?
    How Do Food Forests Help Fight Hunger?
    Duration: 05min | 23/07/2019

    Food forests are free, edible community gardens that make the most of the land by following nature's lead on design. Learn how they work and how they may help end food deserts in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Do Birds Sing?
    How Do Birds Sing?
    Duration: 04min | 19/07/2019

    Birds are the only creature in the world that have the specially evolved organ called the syrinx, and it's what lets them sing. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Do Tidal Bores Work?
    How Do Tidal Bores Work?
    Duration: 06min | 18/07/2019

    Tidal bores are huge, fast waves that travel the wrong way up rivers, and they only form during very specific circumstances. Learn how they work in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Could Hypersonic Missiles Work?
    How Could Hypersonic Missiles Work?
    Duration: 06min | 17/07/2019

    There's a new global arms race: to build missiles that could travel at hypersonic speeds. Learn where the technology stands and what it might be capable of in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Health-Helpful Is Turmeric?
    How Health-Helpful Is Turmeric?
    Duration: 05min | 16/07/2019

    Adding turmeric to recipes and taking supplements with it (or its active ingredient, curcumin) has become a global trend. Learn what science has to say about turmeric's medicinal properties in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Do We Find Asteroids Inside Earths Orbit?
    How Do We Find Asteroids Inside Earth's Orbit?
    Duration: 05min | 15/07/2019

    Although researchers think we've found most large asteroids whose orbits bring them near Earth, some are still surprising us. Learn why -- and how we find them -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can You Live Without a Working Amygdala?
    Can You Live Without a Working Amygdala?
    Duration: 07min | 12/07/2019

    The amygdala is a part of the brain that handles fear -- so would having one that doesn't fully function be a good thing or a bad thing? Learn about how fear hurts and helps us in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?
    What Is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?
    Duration: 07min | 11/07/2019

    American soldiers have stood guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every minute of every day since July 2, 1937. Learn what this monument means and who's interred there in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Who Was Historys Most Successful Pirate?
    Who Was History's Most Successful Pirate?
    Duration: 07min | 10/07/2019

    In the early 1800s, a woman known as Mrs. Cheng or Ching Shih commanded the world's largest-ever pirate crew -- and she managed to retire and live a long, peaceful life. Learn about Mrs. Cheng's pirate empire in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Is Raw Milk Better Than Pasteurized Milk?
    Is Raw Milk Better Than Pasteurized Milk?
    Duration: 08min | 09/07/2019

    Proponents of raw milk (that is, milk that isn't pasteurized or homogenized) say it's healthier and tastes better, but the U.S. government still classifies raw milk as potentially hazardous. Learn both sides of the issue in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Do Cats Chase Laser Pointers?
    Why Do Cats Chase Laser Pointers?
    Duration: 06min | 09/07/2019

    Something about the bright dot of a laser pointer is irresistible to many cats -- but why? And does this kind of play provide good entertainment for cats? Learn about lasers and the benefits of play for cats in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Do Spaghetti Plots Help Predict Storms?
    How Do Spaghetti Plots Help Predict Storms?
    Duration: 05min | 05/07/2019

    There are as many ways to attempt to predict a storm's behavior, and none are perfect. Spaghetti plots help researchers visualize the probabilities of different predictions. Learn how they work in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Who Was Alan Turing, and Whats the Turing Test?
    Who Was Alan Turing, and What's the Turing Test?
    Duration: 08min | 04/07/2019

    Alan Turing was the brilliant mathematician who designed a legendary test of artificial intelligence before computers as we know them even existed. Learn about his life and legacy in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Is Canned Food Really Worse Than Fresh or Frozen?
    Is Canned Food Really Worse Than Fresh or Frozen?
    Duration: 08min | 03/07/2019

    Canning foods preserves them, but the texture and nutritive value can suffer -- and what about the potential dangers of BPA and botulism? Learn what's true and what's myth when it comes to canned food in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Could the Electoral College Become Obsolete?
    Could the Electoral College Become Obsolete?
    Duration: 09min | 02/07/2019

    U.S. presidents are voted into office by the electoral college, made up of representatives from each state. Learn how changing the way electors choose a candidate – from the state’s popular vote winner to the national popular vote winner – could change elections in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How (And Why) Do Chameleons Change Color?
    How (And Why) Do Chameleons Change Color?
    Duration: 05min | 02/07/2019

    Chameleons don't change color to blend it -- they change to stand out. Learn how they create those colorful patterns in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can You Lactate from Areas Outside Your Breasts?
    Can You Lactate from Areas Outside Your Breasts?
    Duration: 04min | 28/06/2019

    Short answer: Yes. Ectopic lactation can occur when mammary tissue grows in different areas of your body. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Doesnt Alcohol Have Nutrition Labels?
    Why Doesn't Alcohol Have Nutrition Labels?
    Duration: 04min | 27/06/2019

    Alcohol contains calories and ingredients like any other beverage, but only rarely does its packaging list those ingredients and nutrition facts. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Did Alchemy Create Chemistry?
    How Did Alchemy Create Chemistry?
    Duration: 07min | 26/06/2019

    Alchemists may have never turned lead into gold, but they did create the field of chemistry. Learn how the study of alchemy worked in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Has the Korean War Changed History?
    How Has the Korean War Changed History?
    Duration: 10min | 25/06/2019

    The Korean War began 70 years ago today, and remains unresolved. Learn how this war shaped the future of the powers involved in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Wheres the Line Between Cultural Appropriation and Appreciation?
    Where's the Line Between Cultural Appropriation and Appreciation?
    Duration: 07min | 24/06/2019

    The line between appreciating and appropriating someone else's cultural products can be a blurry one. Learn how respect and research can go a long way in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Does the U.S. Presidential Motorcade Work?
    How Does the U.S. Presidential Motorcade Work?
    Duration: 07min | 21/06/2019

    The American president's motorcade includes multiple armored vehicles driving in a virtual ballet to ensure its passengers' safety. Learn what goes into creating the presidential motorcade in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Do Isotopes Work?
    How Do Isotopes Work?
    Duration: 07min | 20/06/2019

    Isotopes are variations on the same chemical element that have different numbers of neutrons. Learn how these variants can behave differently -- and why chemists, physicists, and paleontologists are all interested in them -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Was André the Giant Larger than Life?
    How Was André the Giant Larger than Life?
    Duration: 06min | 19/06/2019

    Professional wrestler and actor André the Giant had a reputation for kindness that outgrew his impressive stature. Learn about André Roussimoff's life and legacy in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Are Camel Spiders Harmless?
    Why Are Camel Spiders Harmless?
    Duration: 06min | 18/06/2019

    Camel spiders have a fearsome reputation, but despite being large and fast, they're not a threat to humans. (Or camels. They're also technically not spiders.) Learn more about these fascinating creatures in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Happens If You Ignore a Subpoena?
    What Happens If You Ignore a Subpoena?
    Duration: 07min | 17/06/2019

    Subpoenas are orders that help courts and Congress obtain information necessary to cases and investigations -- and they're legally binding. So can you really ignore one? Learn what could happen if you do in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can the Same Animal Evolve Twice?
    Can the Same Animal Evolve Twice?
    Duration: 07min | 14/06/2019

    Remote islands are excellent laboratories for observing evolution at work -- and in the case of a flightless bird called the Aldabra rail, we can observe how its evolution happened twice. Learn about iterative evolution in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Is a Swedish Death Clean?
    What Is a Swedish Death Clean?
    Duration: 06min | 13/06/2019

    We humans tend to accumulate a lot of stuff -- to the point that it's a burden on our mental health. Learn about a method for lightening your life (and removing a future burden on your loved ones) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Is an Oligarchy (and Are We One)?
    What Is an Oligarchy (and Are We One)?
    Duration: 07min | 12/06/2019

    An oligarchy is a society ruled by a few wealthy, powerful people – the media has applied the term to countries from Saudi Arabia to Brazil to the United States. Learn about oligarchies and whether the U.S. has become one in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Are Honey Badgers Really Like?
    What Are Honey Badgers Really Like?
    Duration: 06min | 11/06/2019

    The honey badger is internet famous, but it’s actually a fairly mysterious creature. Learn what we know (and don’t know) about honey badgers in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Does NASA Schedule Space Launches?
    How Does NASA Schedule Space Launches?
    Duration: 07min | 10/06/2019

    To launch a spacecraft successfully, the stars (and moon, and planets) must literally align. Learn about all the factors that are taken into account to schedule a space launch in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Should You Bring Ear Plugs to Music Festivals?
    Why Should You Bring Ear Plugs to Music Festivals?
    Duration: 05min | 07/06/2019

    Of all the accessories you might think of bringing to a music festival, ear plugs might not be high on your list. Learn why they should be -- and how else you can prevent hearing damage -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Could the Great Depression Happen Again?
    Could the Great Depression Happen Again?
    Duration: 09min | 06/06/2019

    There were many factors that led to the depth and length of the Great Depression, but some of these mistakes are being repeated today. Learn what historians and economists are saying we should watch out for in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Did Clickers Save Lives on D-Day?
    How Did Clickers Save Lives on D-Day?
    Duration: 05min | 05/06/2019

    Tiny, handheld boxes that make a sharp clicking noise saved countless American lives during the confusion of D-Day in WWII. Learn how they were used and what to do if you have one in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Do Dogs Experience Puberty Like We Do?
    Do Dogs Experience Puberty Like We Do?
    Duration: 04min | 04/06/2019

    Dogs do indeed go through emotional changes and gain independence during puberty -- it just happens within the first couple years of their life. Learn how you can help your 'teen' pup grow up in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Could Earthly Lava Structures Help Us Colonize Space?
    Could Earthly Lava Structures Help Us Colonize Space?
    Duration: 06min | 04/06/2019

    Tunnels made from lava flows in Hawaii and Iceland are being studied by researchers in fields from geology to astrobiology. Learn how these lava tubes could help us explore space and even find extraterrestrial life in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Bad Is Prison Food?
    How Bad Is Prison Food?
    Duration: 07min | 31/05/2019

    Serving inmates low-quality food is cheap in the short term, but it can lead all kinds of health problems that prisons (and taxpayers) pay for in the long run. Learn how cheap American prison food is and why that's a problem in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Did Victorians Collect Hair?
    Why Did Victorians Collect Hair?
    Duration: 06min | 30/05/2019

    In the mid-1800s, many people saved loved ones' hair -- but the collection of Peter A. Browne went much, much further than that. Learn why he thought it had scientific merit -- and why it actually does today -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Should You Be Afraid of Wolf Spiders?
    Should You Be Afraid of Wolf Spiders?
    Duration: 05min | 29/05/2019

    Short answer: Nope! Although wolf spiders may sound (and look) fearsome, they're excellent helpers around your house, getting rid of more bothersome pests. Learn about wolf spiders in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Did Jane Goodall Get Her Start(s)?
    How Did Jane Goodall Get Her Start(s)?
    Duration: 07min | 29/05/2019

    In July of 1960, 26-year-old Jane Goodall began setting up her field station at Gombe, which would become the site of the longest-running wildlife research project in history. Learn more about Jane Goodall's life and legacy in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Are There Winners and Losers in a Trade War?
    Are There Winners and Losers in a Trade War?
    Duration: 08min | 28/05/2019

    On May 10, 2019, the Trump administration increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports from 10 percent to 25 percent. But what does that mean for the global economy? Learn about trade wars in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Many Legs Do Millipedes Have?
    How Many Legs Do Millipedes Have?
    Duration: 05min | 24/05/2019

    Millipedes don't literally have a thousand legs, but how many do they really have? Learn about these fascinating arthropods in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Hazardous Is Peeing in the Pool?
    How Hazardous Is Peeing in the Pool?
    Duration: 03min | 23/05/2019

    Urinating in chlorinated swimming pools isn't just sorta gross -- it's actually a health hazard. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can Galaxies Exist Without Dark Matter?
    Can Galaxies Exist Without Dark Matter?
    Duration: 05min | 22/05/2019

    We previously thought that all galaxies form with the help of dark matter, but researchers just found a galaxy that doesn't seem to contain any. Learn why that's so weird and what it might mean in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why and How Are Documents Redacted?
    Why and How Are Documents Redacted?
    Duration: 07min | 21/05/2019

    Court and other government documents are often presented with redactions -- that is, with some text blacked out or otherwise made unreadable. Learn how this is done -- and why -- in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Does Measles Reset Your Immune System?
    Why Does Measles Reset Your Immune System?
    Duration: 07min | 20/05/2019

    After the measles vaccine spread, researchers noticed that the death toll from many other diseases dropped. Learn how the measles destroys your immunity to other diseases, and why the vaccine is safe for most people, in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Introducing: Math  Magic
    Introducing: Math & Magic
    Duration: 02min | 18/05/2019

    How do the smartest marketers cut through the noise? And how do they manage to do it again and again? Join iHeartMedia Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman as he analyzes the Math and Magic of marketing—sitting down with today's most gifted disruptors. Listen to the first two episodes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Is Relative Humidity?
    What Is Relative Humidity?
    Duration: 05min | 17/05/2019

    Relative humidity can make pleasant temperatures unbearable (and vice versa). Learn why -- and what the dew point has to do with it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Could Transplanted Organs Be Reused?
    Could Transplanted Organs Be Reused?
    Duration: 05min | 16/05/2019

    People who receive organ transplants often die with that organ working perfectly, but today, those organs are rarely retransplanted. Learn why -- and how some researchers are hoping to change that -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Is Agnosticism?
    What Is Agnosticism?
    Duration: 07min | 15/05/2019

    Some people think that there are no effective differences between religious agnosticism and atheism, but the two standpoints are distinct. Learn how both work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Does Henry Fords Feud with the Dodge Brothers Affect Businesses Today?
    How Does Henry Ford's Feud with the Dodge Brothers Affect Businesses Today?
    Duration: 05min | 14/05/2019

    The legal feud between carmakers Henry Ford and the Dodge brothers wasn't just deeply personal -- it changed the way Americans do business. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Has Anyone Been Buried on the Moon?
    Has Anyone Been Buried on the Moon?
    Duration: 05min | 13/05/2019

    Spoiler alert: Yes. But just one person. Learn who Eugene Shoemaker was and how his friends and family got him interred on the moon in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Happened at Americas Secret Atomic City?
    What Happened at America's Secret Atomic City?
    Duration: 09min | 10/05/2019

    When the U.S. was building atomic bombs during World War II, it set up a secret city -- Oak Ridge, Tennessee -- to produce the uranium-235 it needed. Learn how this city worked and what it's used for today in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Do Some People Eat Dirt?
    Why Do Some People Eat Dirt?
    Duration: 07min | 09/05/2019

    The craving for and practice of eating earth is more widespread than you might think. Learn why researchers think people engage in pica (a.k.a geophagy) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Is the Blobfish Blobby?
    Why Is the Blobfish Blobby?
    Duration: 05min | 08/05/2019

    The blobfish has been voted the World's Ugliest Animal based on above-water photos, but its gelatinous features make it perfectly adapted for life deep in the ocean. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Does the Word Caucasian Really Mean?
    What Does the Word 'Caucasian' Really Mean?
    Duration: 06min | 07/05/2019

    Caucasian' is sometimes used to mean 'white', but the word comes from an old, incorrect scientific hypothesis and has been used to perpetuate prejudice. Learn why it would be better left in the past in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Can Marsquakes Teach Us?
    What Can Marsquakes Teach Us?
    Duration: 04min | 06/05/2019

    Seismic activity has been recorded on Mars, and researchers hope to use the data to learn lots about the history and current state of the red planet. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Introducing: Sleepwalkers
    Introducing: Sleepwalkers
    Duration: 01min | 04/05/2019

    This is Sleepwalkers. With secret labs and expert guests, Oz Woloshyn and Karah Preiss explore the thrill of the AI revolution hands-on, to see how we can stay in control of our future. Sleepwalkers is now available. Subscribe here.  For behind the scenes information, check out the Sleepwalkers Instagram here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Are Grocery Store Tomatoes So Meh?
    Why Are Grocery Store Tomatoes So Meh?
    Duration: 07min | 03/05/2019

    Many tomatoes found in large grocery stores are mealy and lack flavor. Learn why -- and what researchers are doing about it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Is the Humboldt Ocean Current?
    What Is the Humboldt Ocean Current?
    Duration: 05min | 02/05/2019

    This cold Pacific current runs along South America's coast, creating some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Learn how it works and who it was named for in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Whats the Controversy Behind Mary Had a Little Lamb?
    What's the Controversy Behind 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'?
    Duration: 06min | 01/05/2019

    No, it's not the lyrics -- the author of this nursery rhyme is what's in question. Learn why -- and how Henry Ford is involved -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Often Should You Change Your Oil?
    How Often Should You Change Your Oil?
    Duration: 06min | 30/04/2019

    You may have heard differing advice on how often to have your car's oil changed. Learn how to figure out what's right for you and your car in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Were Some Viking Warriors Women?
    Were Some Viking Warriors Women?
    Duration: 05min | 30/04/2019

    The bones of what appears to be high-ranking Viking warrior have been proven to belong to a genetically female person. Learn the story behind this ancient grave and its occupant in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can All Plants Be Preserved in Seed Banks?
    Can All Plants Be Preserved in Seed Banks?
    Duration: 04min | 26/04/2019

    Seed banks ensure that in case of disaster, Earth's plant life can be regrown from stored seeds -- but it turns out that lots of plants can't withstand conventional storage. Learn how researchers are working to solve this in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Do Truly Unselfish Acts Really Exist?
    Do Truly Unselfish Acts Really Exist?
    Duration: 08min | 25/04/2019

    Neurologists and philosophers alike may argue that altruism doesn't exist because no act is ever completely unselfish. Learn why -- and why humans may have evolved this way -- in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Unlikely Is a Hole-in-One?
    How Unlikely Is a Hole-in-One?
    Duration: 04min | 24/04/2019

    If golf is hard (and it is), sinking a hole-in-one seems practically impossible -- but it does happen. Learn the odds of getting a hole-in-one in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Do People Plagiarize?
    Why Do People Plagiarize?
    Duration: 09min | 23/04/2019

    Everyone borrows and builds on other people's ideas, but plagiarism is outright stealing without giving credit. Learn why plagiarism hurts both parties -- and how it might be stopped -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Can an Image of a Black Hole Teach Us?
    What Can an Image of a Black Hole Teach Us?
    Duration: 05min | 22/04/2019

    Researchers have rendered the first-ever image of a black hole. Learn how they did it and how it helps prove Einstein right in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Did NASAs Twin Study Find?
    What Did NASA's Twin Study Find?
    Duration: 05min | 19/04/2019

    NASA has been following intercellular changes in the bodies of an astronaut and his Earth-faring twin. The results are in! Learn what they found, and what further research is needed, in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Was the Emu War?
    What Was the Emu War?
    Duration: 07min | 18/04/2019

    Following World War II, Australia became embroiled in another war -- with a population of emu. Learn how the Emu War unfolded in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Weird Pets Have Lived in the White House?
    What Weird Pets Have Lived in the White House?
    Duration: 06min | 17/04/2019

    Dogs and cats aren't the only pets presidents have kept. Learn about some of the strangest presidential pets -- from a raccoon to alleged alligators -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Do Paleoartists Create Dinosaur Drawings?
    How Do Paleoartists Create Dinosaur Drawings?
    Duration: 06min | 16/04/2019

    Short answer: Very carefully. Learn about the history and modern practices of paleoart in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Do Modern Cars Still Need Tuneups?
    Do Modern Cars Still Need Tuneups?
    Duration: 04min | 15/04/2019

    Regular tuneups can keep some car engines running safely and smoothly, but the engines of most modern cars don't need them. Learn how car maintenance has changed in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Are Opossums Awesome?
    Why Are Opossums Awesome?
    Duration: 07min | 12/04/2019

    They eat trash and they look a little freaky, but the North American opossum is a smart, clean, disease-fighting, and all-around fascinating creature. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What If the Meteor that Helped Wipe out the Dinosaurs Had Missed Earth?
    What If the Meteor that Helped Wipe out the Dinosaurs Had Missed Earth?
    Duration: 06min | 11/04/2019

    After the Chicxulub meteor hit what's now the Yucatan Peninsula about 65 million years ago, over half of the species living on Earth went extinct. Learn how prehistory may have unfolded without the Chicxulub impact in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Are Windowless Airplanes the Future of Flight?
    Are Windowless Airplanes the Future of Flight?
    Duration: 06min | 10/04/2019

    The view out an airplane window is one of the perks of flying, but some airlines are experimenting with windowless planes -- and advanced digital displays. Learn how these planes hope to deliver better-than-real views in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can a Medicines Inactive Ingredients Be Harmful?
    Can a Medicine's Inactive Ingredients Be Harmful?
    Duration: 03min | 09/04/2019

    Though we take medicines for their active ingredients, the inactive ones can affect us, too -- from allergens to sugars to animal-based gelatin capsules. Learn how a compounding pharmacy can help in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Common Is Postpartum Depression in Dads?
    How Common Is Postpartum Depression in Dads?
    Duration: 06min | 08/04/2019

    Men can experience postpartum depression, too. Learn why researchers think it happens -- and why it's so important to get treatment -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Is Cramming the Worst Way to Study?
    Why Is Cramming the Worst Way to Study?
    Duration: 06min | 05/04/2019

    Cramming for a test or other deadline may give you decent short-term results, but research shows it sacrifices long-term comprehension and memory. Learn why study methods like spacing and interleaving are better in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Does the Pollen Count Work?
    How Does the Pollen Count Work?
    Duration: 07min | 04/04/2019

    Your local weather report may include a pollen count, but what does that mean, and how do they calculate it? Learn the science behind this sneeze factor in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Dont Snakes Have Legs?
    Why Don't Snakes Have Legs?
    Duration: 04min | 03/04/2019

    Some snakes still carry the genes necessary to grow legs -- so why don't they? Learn how snakes may have lost their legs, evolutionarily speaking, in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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