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The award-winning Curiosity Daily podcast from Curiosity.com will help you get smarter about the world around you — every day. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll get a unique mix of research-based life hacks, the latest science and technology news, and more. Discovery's Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer will help you learn about your mind and body, outer space and the depths of the sea, and how history shaped the world into what it is today.
 
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Learn about why you eat more when you’re tired; a legendary submerged Egyptian city; and a trick for keeping the peace. Lack Of Sleep Really Does Make You Eat More by Ashley Hamer Sleep Munchies: Why It’s Harder To Resist Snacks When We’re Tired. (2016, March 2). NPR.org. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/03/02/468933610/sleep-munchies-why-…
 
Learn about how to avoid getting dragged down by “Sludge”; how hybrid fruit like plumcots are made; and pirate parlance. Additional resources from Richard Thaler: Pick up "Nudge: The Final Edition" at your local bookstore: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780143137009 Faculty page: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/faculty/directory/t/richard-h-thaler T…
 
Nobel Prize-winning economist Richard Thaler explains how “Nudge” has changed the world. Plus: squirrel-inspired robots! Additional resources from Richard Thaler: Pick up "Nudge: The Final Edition" at your local bookstore: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780143137009 Faculty page: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/faculty/directory/t/richard-h-thaler F…
 
Learn about non-human animals that say hello and goodbye; life on Snowball Earth; and how to learn skills twice as fast. Apes use their own form of hello and goodbye, the first time we've seen that in non-human animals by Steffie Drucker Heesen, R., Bangerter, A., Zuberbühler, K., Iglesias, K., Neumann, C., Pajot, A., Perrenoud, L., Guéry, J.-P., R…
 
Learn how to tap into your “gut feeling,” which knows more than you think it does; and why Earth's core is growing lopsided. You do have a "gut feeling" — and it knows more than you think by Cameron Duke Annie Murphy Paul. (2021, July 29). Interoception: how to improve your “gut feeling.” Big Think; Big Think. https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/i…
 
Learn about why children write letters backward; how dogs know when you’re lying to them; and mountains on neutron stars. Children write letters backward because they haven't unlearned the rules of reality by Steffie Drucker Sigman, M. (2017, August 8). The fascinating reason that children write letters backwards. Ideas.ted.com. https://ideas.ted.c…
 
Learn why phonics is the best way to teach kids to read; and how false science benefits from people who “trust science.” Plus: this month’s Curiosity Challenge trivia game! Additional resources from Emily Oster: Pick up "The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early Years" at your local bookstore: https://www.indieboun…
 
Learn how parents can get smarter about making big decisions, with author Emily Oster; and electron-capture supernovas. Additional resources from Emily Oster: Pick up "The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early Years" at your local bookstore: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781984881755?aff=penguinrandom Website: h…
 
Learn why self-control isn’t always good for you; why you can’t win an argument using facts; and what SETI is looking for. More from Dr. Steven Novella: The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe http://www.theskepticsguide.org/ New England Skeptical Society http://www.theness.com/ NeuroLogica blog http://theness.com/neurologicablog/ Steven Novella facult…
 
Learn how Seabed 2030 will map the ocean floor; how our cells make soap; and how crows understand the concept of zero. More than half of Earth's surface is unmapped, but Seabed 2030 aims to map it by 2030 by Grant Currin Jacobs, F. (2021, July 19). More than half the world is still unmapped — but not for long. Big Think; Big Think. https://bigthink…
 
Learn about how guaranteed 8-hour work days came to the US; the liking gap; and the shocking defense systems of tomato plants. It took more than 70 years to guarantee 8-hour work days in the US by Steffie Drucker Lee, S. (2019, February 26). 40-hour work week: The history and evolution | Culture Amp. Culture Amp. https://www.cultureamp.com/blog/40-…
 
Learn how accurate fossil preparators must be; why electric cars are an old concept; and words on the tip of your tongue. Additional information about fossil preparators and other resources from Caitlyn Wylie: Pick up the open-access book "Preparing Dinosaurs: The Work Behind the Scenes": https://direct.mit.edu/books/monograph/5180/Preparing-Dinosa…
 
Learn how newborn mammals “dream” about the world before entering it; and what goes into prepping dinosaurs for research. Newborn mammals "dream" about the world they're about to experience before they open their eyes by Grant Currin Eyes wide shut: How newborn mammals dream the world they’re entering. (2021, July 22). EurekAlert! https://www.eurek…
 
Learn about the Diderot Effect; how cave art becomes animated in firelight; and why running may be good for your knees. The Diderot Effect is why buying one new thing makes you want to buy more new things by Steffie Drucker Clear, J. (2015, October 6). The Diderot Effect: Why We Want Things We Don’t Need. James Clear. https://jamesclear.com/diderot…
 
Learn about the earliest use of infinity we’ve found; and vampire-like sea slugs that absorb other organisms’ attributes. The earliest mathematical use of infinity was found in a reused prayer book by Briana Brownell Reviel Netz. (2021). The Diagrams as Floating Bodies by Reviel Netz of Stanford University. Archimedespalimpsest.org. http://archimed…
 
Learn about a key trait in group leaders; why DNA evidence is overrated; and a brainless slime mold that can “think.” The "babble hypothesis" of leadership says people who talk more are seen as leaders by Steffie Drucker Dolan, E. W. (2021, July 17). New study finds people who speak more are more likely to be viewed as leaders. PsyPost; PsyPost. ht…
 
Learn how COVID tests work; how math can help you with major life decisions; and how some dogs have natural talent. How COVID PCR tests work by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Lydia) Tiner, S. (2020, March 27). The Science Behind the Test for the COVID-19 VirusDiscovery’s Edge. Https://Discoverysedge.mayo.edu/. https://discoverysedge.mayo.edu/…
 
Learn how to turn the table on addictive apps; and how black holes can make us see multiple versions of the same thing. Additional resources from David Sumpter: Pick up "The Ten Equations that Rule the World and How You Can Use Them Too" https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250246967 Faculty page: https://katalog.uu.se/profile/?id=N7-525 Twitter: htt…
 
Learn how often people misremember alibis; new lessons from Denisova Cave; and how to remove pesticides from produce. People often misremember where they were on a given date, which puts criminal alibis into question by Cameron Duke Faulty memories of our past whereabouts: The fallacy of an airtight alibi. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert…
 
Learn about the time pirates stopped the US from switching to the metric system; and new learnings about Mars’ interior. The US once tried switching to the metric system, but got stopped by pirates by Steffie Drucker How Pirates Of The Caribbean Hijacked America’s Metric System. (2017, December 28). NPR.org. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/…
 
Learn about evolutionary compromises; the fractals of Romanesco cauliflower; and dolphins that learn each other’s names. Conflict traits: when evolution and mating conflict with each other by Cameron Duke Experiments show natural selection opposes sexual selection. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoe-esn060721.ph…
 
Learn about a microwave to revive hamsters; whether humans are still evolving; and why art is more moving in a museum. One of the earliest microwaves wasn’t for food… it was for reanimating frozen hamsters. by Cameron Duke Andjus, R. K., & Lovelock, J. E. (1955). Reanimation of rats from body temperatures between 0 and 1° C by microwave diathermy. …
 
Learn why Easter Island never had a population collapse; and how scientists are measuring the expansion of our universe. Easter Island never had a population collapse, as commonly believed by Grant Currin Resilience, not collapse: What the Easter Island myth gets wrong. (2021, July 13). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/793195 ‌J…
 
Learn about the benefits of living near a volcano; different types of carbonated water; and how to procrastinate right. The stories in this episode originally aired May 30, 2018 “Perks of Procrastination, Volcano Dwellers, Club Soda vs Sparkling Waters” https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/perks-of-procrastination-volcano-dwellers-and-the Follow C…
 
Learn about whether being too clean makes kids sick; an ancient coronavirus epidemic; and a black hole-neutron star merger. Is being too hygienic making kids sick? These researchers say the public has it all wrong by Grant Currin Being clean and hygienic need not impair childhood immunity. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases…
 
Learn about how cognitive flexibility helps you learn; why dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded; and noctilucent clouds. A high IQ might mean you're smart, but high "cognitive flexibility" means you can learn by Grant Currin Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian, Christelle Langley, & Leong, V. (2021, June 23). IQ tests can’t measure it, but “cognitive flexib…
 
Learn how to get better at talking to strangers; and how Red Dead Redemption 2 turns gamers into naturalists. Trivia too! Additional resources from Joe Keohane: Pick up "The Power Of Strangers" at your local bookstore: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781984855770?aff=penguinrandom Website: https://joekeohane.net/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeKe…
 
Learn why talking to strangers shouldn’t be scary; and a new map revealing hidden dark matter “bridges” between galaxies. Additional resources from Joe Keohane: Pick up "The Power Of Strangers" at your local bookstore: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781984855770?aff=penguinrandom Website: https://joekeohane.net/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeKe…
 
Learn about how meat-eaters really feel; using cosmic rays in medical diagnoses; and the Oxford Electric Bell mystery. People who eat meat think it's gross, which suggests new ideas for cutting consumption by Kelsey Donk Even Some Meat-Eaters Are Disgusted By Meat — And Encouraging Those Feelings Could Help Reduce Consumption. (2021, June 3). Resea…
 
Learn about two newly discovered ancient human species; the Digital Library of Babel; and benefits of running to music. Two new species of ancient human were just discovered by Grant Currin A new type of Homo unknown to science. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/tu-ant062321.php Hershkovitz, I., et. al. (2021). A M…
 
Learn how earworms could be helping your memory; how auroras are created; and what your cat should drink instead of milk. Maybe that song stuck in your head is helping your long-term memory by Cameron Duke Karen Michele Nikos-Rose. (2021, June 15). That Song Is Stuck in Your Head, but It’s Helping You to Remember. UC Davis. https://www.ucdavis.edu/…
 
Learn about a scientific tool to cure hiccups; why corvids owe big brains to longer childhoods; and how spacecraft move. Finally, the first-ever scientific tool to cure hiccups by Grant Currin Team describes science-based hiccups intervention. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoth-tds061821.php ‌Alvarez, J., Ander…
 
Learn how scientists induced an out-of-body experience in a human without using drugs; and Earth’s geological “pulse.” Scientists induced an out-of-body experience in mice and a human without using drugs by Grant Currin Scientists Say A Mind-Bending Rhythm In The Brain Can Act Like Ketamine. (2020, September 16). NPR.org. https://www.npr.org/sectio…
 
Learn about why your biggest regret is the thing you didn’t do; the tallest mountains on Earth; and the Deep Web. The stories in this episode originally aired May 29, 2018 “The Deep Web, Biggest Regrets, and a Mount Everest Misconception” https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/the-deep-web-biggest-regrets-and-a-mount-everest-misconception Additional…
 
Learn about anger makes you look guilty; a new quantum microscope; and why the fight against cancer is going very well. Anger makes you look guilty by Kelsey Donk Johnson, S. (2021, June). Falsely accused? Stay calm, because anger makes you look guilty. Big Think; Big Think. https://bigthink.com/mind-brain/signs-of-guilt DeCelles, Katherine, Gabrie…
 
Learn about why younger kids don’t understand sarcasm; a 24,000 year old living worm; and Betelgeuse’s “Great Dimming.” Kids don't get sarcasm until around age 7 because of the kind of thinking it requires by Kelsey Donk Pexman, P. (2021, June 8). Why it’s difficult for children to understand sarcasm. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/w…
 
Learn about the social neuroscience of music; songbirds’ ultra-precise song control; and how animals can get skin cancer. This is what happens in the brain when people make music together by Kelsey Donk What happens in the brain when people make music together? (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/bu-whi060921.php Gre…
 
Learn why aliens have a dataome; how animals sniff out viral infections; and how reading out loud can boost your memory. Additional resources from Caleb Scharf: Pick up "The Ascent of Information: Books, Bits, Genes, Machines, and Life's Unending Algorithm" on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ascent-Information-Machines-Unending-Algorithm/dp/05930872…
 
Learn about why monkeys imitate other species’ accents; and the “dataome,” a new way to think about information. You can vote for Curiosity Daily in the 2021 People's Choice Podcast Awards! Register at https://podcastawards.com, select Curiosity Daily in the categories of Education and Science & Medicine, and then click/tap "save nominations" at th…
 
Learn how your brain replays the things you’ve practiced at 20 times speed; and an engine that uses information as fuel. On your practice breaks, your brain replays memories of your practice session at 20x speed by Kelsey Donk Human brain replays new memories at 20 times the speed during waking rest. (2021). EurekAlert! https://eurekalert.org/pub_r…
 
Learn the “Dog Days of Summer”; why scientists did magic tricks for birds; and the smallest conceivable length of time. What are the "Dog Days of Summer"? by Steffie Drucker Farmers' Almanac Staff. (2015, June 29). What Are the Dog Days of Summer? Farmers’ Almanac. https://www.farmersalmanac.com/why-are-they-called-dog-days-of-summer-21705 Little, …
 
Learn about when to use bandages; online shopping’s hidden health benefits; and why tardigrades were shot out of a gun. LISTENER Q: Should you let a wound breathe or keep it covered? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Brian) Bishop, S.M.; Walker, M.; Rogers, A.A.; Chen, W.Y.J. (2003). Importance of moisture balance at the wound-dressing interf…
 
Learn about the links between language and music via the speech-to-song illusion and what we can learn from tree rings. The speech-to-song illusion demonstrates the tight links between language and music by Steffie Drucker The Speech-to-Song Illusion. (2020). Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/illusions-and-curiosities/202002…
 
Learn about why daddy longlegs aren’t dangerous; the theoretical Dyson Sphere; and benefits of exercising with a partner. “Daddy Longlegs Myths, Dyson Spheres, Benefits of Exercising with a Partner” originally aired May 15, 2018: https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/daddy-longlegs-myths-dyson-spheres-and-benefits-of Follow Curiosity Daily on your …
 
Learn about past missions to Venus — and why we’re going back; and how to extract DNA from strawberries in your kitchen. We're going back to Venus. Here are the missions to look forward to by Briana Brownell NASA Selects 2 Missions to Study “Lost Habitable” World of Venus. (2018). NASA. https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-selects-2-missions-to-…
 
Learn about how to combat revenge bedtime procrastination; the power of elephant trunks; and how pineapples eat you back. How to combat "revenge bedtime procrastination" by Kelsey Donk Cohut, M. (2021, March 19). Revenge bedtime procrastination: A plight of our times? Medicalnewstoday.com; Medical News Today. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articl…
 
Learn about how huge Megalodon was and why some people have misophonia, a severe hatred of sounds. Plus: a trivia game! Dive deeper into all your favorite Shark Week shows with Shark Week’s Daily Bite Podcast hosted by Luke Tipple: Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/shark-weeks-daily-bite/id1527053422 Listen on Spotify:…
 
Learn about the record-breaking glowing kitefin shark; cities’ unique microbiomes; and the true origin of the Milky Way. Dive deeper into all your favorite Shark Week shows with Shark Week’s Daily Bite Podcast hosted by Luke Tipple: Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/shark-weeks-daily-bite/id1527053422 Listen on Spotify…
 
Learn about cutting-edge Shark Week tech; how birthdays impact criminal records; and the time sharks nearly went extinct. More from Joe and Lauren Romeiro and Shark Week 2021: Start your 7-day free trial of discovery+ https://discoveryplus.com/curiosity Shark Week 2021 Full Schedule https://corporate.discovery.com/discovery-newsroom/discovery-chann…
 
Learn how nuclear bomb detectors found a secret population of blue whales. Plus: what it takes to film sharks underwater. Dive deeper into all your favorite Shark Week shows with Shark Week’s Daily Bite Podcast hosted by Luke Tipple: Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/shark-weeks-daily-bite/id1527053422 Listen on Spotif…
 
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