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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 Mauna Kea and how the pursuit of knowledge can be harmful. Plus: the smallest measurement of gravity ever. Additional resources from Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein: Pick up "The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, & Dreams Deferred" on Amazon: https://amzn.to/32JjzDu Website: http://www.cprescodweinstein.com/ Twitter…
 
Learn about the benefits of Googling symptoms; truly random number generation; and why science is about storytelling. Googling symptoms makes patients better at self-diagnosis by Steffie Drucker A visit to “Dr. Google” makes patients better at diagnosis. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/bawh-avt032621.php Levine, …
 
Learn about how lightning strikes led to life on Earth; the self-control of cuttlefish; and your roommate’s feelings. Lightning strikes were vital to the origin of life on Earth by Grant Currin Lightning strikes played a vital role in life’s origins on Earth. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uol-lsp031621.php ‌Hes…
 
Learn about how to stop Zoom fatigue; a world that may be on its second atmosphere; and koalas’ human-like fingerprints. 4 reasons you feel "Zoom fatigue" and how to get over them, according to Stanford research by Kelsey Donk: Stanford Zoom Exhaustion and Fatigue Scale survey: https://comm.stanford.edu/ZEF Ramachandran, V. (2021, February 23). Fou…
 
Learn why narcissism may come from insecurity, how lobster became a delicacy, and how astronauts clean their underwear. Narcissism may be driven by insecurity, not an oversized sense of self by Kelsey Donk Narcissism driven by insecurity, not grandiose sense of self. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/nyu-ndb032521.…
 
Learn about the treadmill’s torture device origins. Then, author Melanie Peffer explains why biology is everywhere. Treadmills were originally torture devices by Steffie Drucker Protin, C., & Stuart, M. (2017, April 13). Treadmills were originally used as torture devices for prisoners. Business Insider; Business Insider. https://www.businessinsider…
 
Learn about a gender gap in 8-year-olds; how speaking another language can change you; and a monumental dino discovery. Learn about how kids as young as 8 show a gender gap when it comes to negotiating; how speaking another language can change your personality; and what paleontologists can learn from a momentous new discovery of fossilized dinosaur…
 
Captain Sig Hansen from “Deadliest Catch” discusses the surprising ways the coronavirus pandemic made the world’s most dangerous job even harder. Then, you’ll learn about our moon’s comet-like tail that collides with Earth every month. Learn more about Deadliest Catch, Tuesdays at 8 PM ET/PT on Discovery Official website https://www.discovery.com/s…
 
Learn about a 5-step process for finding work-life balance; photosynthetic bacteria that have never seen the sun; and why researchers build a digital model of the ancient Greek Antikythera mechanism: the first known analog computer. A 5-step process for hitting the moving target of work-life balance by Kelsey Donk Lufkin, B. (2021). Why it’s wrong …
 
Learn about why quitting smoking is good for your mental health, too; and why it’s possible to practice too much. We’ll also answer a listener question about how to get people to believe science, with some help from a special guest, Bill Nye. Quitting smoking is good for your mental health, too by Steffie Drucker Cochrane Review finds stopping smok…
 
Bestselling author and CBS news correspondent David Pogue explains why climate change is leading to more kidney stones and bar fights. Then, learn about the “doorway effect” when you forget why you walked into a room; and whether you should exercise on an empty stomach. Additional resources from David Pogue: Pick up "How to Prepare for Climate Chan…
 
Bestselling author and CBS news correspondent David Pogue discusses why preparing for climate change is just as important as fighting it, with. Then, you’ll learn why you can make someone less defensive by making them feel validated. Additional resources from David Pogue: Pick up "How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide to Surviving th…
 
Learn about why social egalitarians are more likely to discriminate against older adults; why throbbing pain has nothing to do with your pulse; and why naturally gluten-free food is labeled gluten-free. The biggest advocates for equality are most likely to discriminate against older adults at work by Kelsey Donk Advocates Of Equality For All Are Mo…
 
Learn about how researchers built a “soft robot” that reached the depths of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean; why musicians with brain tumors serenade their surgeons; and the best way to phrase words of comfort. A "soft robot" reached the deepest part of the ocean by Grant Currin Li, G., Chen, et al. (2021). Self-powered soft robot…
 
Bill Nye discusses the 2 things that make “science” what it is. Then, you’ll learn about how female tree frogs have noise-canceling lungs; and why your stomach growls when you’re hungry. Additional resources from Bill Nye: Official website https://billnye.com/ Bill Nye’s podcast, Science Rules! https://www.askbillnye.com/ Pick up “Bill Nye's Great …
 
To help you celebrate Earth Day, Bill Nye discusses some unexpected ways we can save our environment, including raising the standard of living for women and girls. Then, you’ll learn about why spicy solar panels capture more sunlight — with a little help from capsaicin. Additional resources from Bill Nye: Official website https://billnye.com/ Bill …
 
Bill Nye explains why you should be excited about the Perseverance Rover and the Mars 2020 mission. Plus: learn about why old tech is better than new tech when it comes to connecting during COVID and a 5-minute trick for falling asleep faster. When it comes to connecting during COVID, old tech outranks new tech by Kelsey Donk Call me, maybe? UNLV s…
 
Learn about why cannabis gives people the munchies; the Bicameral Mind theory that says the ancient Greeks lacked consciousness; and the evolutionary reason why you listen to songs on repeat. Why does cannabis give you the munchies? by Grant Currin Hull, M. (2019, April 17). The science behind munchies: cannabis and your appetite. Examine.com; Exam…
 
Learn about why you can BS a BS-er; how you can get your hands on some of the world’s oldest books at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library; and a sea slug in the genus Elysia that cuts off its own head when it wants a new body. You *can* BS a BSer — but it depends on the kind of BS by Steffie Drucker It Turns Out You Can Bullshit A Bullshitter After…
 
Learn about a new computer model that may have gotten us closer to figuring out how we choose our mates; why Meno’s paradox says you can’t ever learn anything new; and whether the Earth weighs the same as it did billions of years ago. How do we choose our mates? A new computer model may have gotten us closer to the answer by Cameron Duke Computer l…
 
Learn about how blind and low-vision gamers have an edge when it comes to certain games, with Cornell University Professor Andrew Campana. Then, learn how some viruses actually protect their hosts; and the shocking solution to the Monty Hall Problem, an infamous brain teaser that may leave you questioning your math skills. Additional resources from…
 
Learn about how blind and low-vision gamers are taking the “video” out of video games, with Cornell University Professor Andrew Campana. Then, learn about a newly discovered mammoth fossil that shatters the record for the oldest DNA we’ve ever found. Additional resources from Andrew Campana: Andrew Campana's faculty page: https://asianstudies.corne…
 
Learn about why engineers tested a temporary “smart tattoo” that emits light via OLEDs; a female vampire bat that adopted her best friend’s baby after the friend’s death; and how you can sharpen your mind with device-free quiet time. Engineers tested a temporary "smart tattoo" that emits light by Steffie Drucker Light-emitting tattoo engineered for…
 
Learn about how atheists and believers have different moral compasses; how scientists will know if life ever existed on Mars; and how to persuade people to do what you want using the foot-in-the-door technique. Atheists and believers both have moral compasses -- they're just different by Kelsey Donk Ståhl, T. (2021). The amoral atheist? A cross-nat…
 
Learn about how we could use DNA to store all of human knowledge for thousands of years. Then, test your podcast knowledge with the Curiosity Challenge trivia game. You’ll also learn about why becoming a parent may help you live longer. DNA data storage could store all human knowledge in a small space for thousands of years by Grant Currin TED-Ed. …
 
Learn about how mice seem to feel each other’s pain; why our known solar system just got a little bigger thanks to “Farfarout” 2018 AG37; and the history of quinine, the malaria cure that eventually led to the gin and tonic. Mice seem to feel each other's pain by Steffie Drucker Mice feel for each other. (2021, January 15). Mice feel for each other…
 
Scientist and award-winning author Camilla Pang explains why she wanted to write a manual for humans. You’ll also learn about the planetary chaos that resulted when the Earth’s magnetic poles reversed. Additional resources from Camilla Pang: Pick up "An Outsider's Guide to Humans: What Science Taught Me About What We Do and Who We Are" from Amazon:…
 
Learn about how caregivers may experience “post-traumatic growth” from the pandemic; why the UK has one of the world’s most memorable postcode systems; and how researchers witnessed the birth and development of a completely new language: Idioma de Señas de Nicaragua. Survey suggests most caregivers have experienced "post-traumatic growth" from the …
 
Learn about why most conversations go on for a lot longer than we want them to; a genetic mutation that makes some people resilient to the cold; and how homing pigeons pass down their knowledge. Most conversations go on for twice as long as we want them to by Kelsey Donk When people want conversations to end. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekal…
 
Learn about which sleep trackers are actually accurate; how important closure is for a life transition; and why mirrors flip horizontally, but not vertically. Study of 9 sleep trackers finds that all but 2 are inaccurate by Kelsey Donk You snooze, you lose - with some sleep trackers. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-…
 
Learn about what the “frenemy effect” can teach us about bullying; the surprising ability of marmosets to eavesdrop on each others’ conversations; and why April Fool’s Day may have originated from an out-of-date calendar. The "frenemy effect" says bullying happens most between friends by Kelsey Donk Most Teen Bullying Occurs Among Peers Climbing th…
 
Award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and environmentalist Ian Shive gives the inside scoop on a research expedition to the Aleutian Islands. Then, learn how researchers solved a molecular mystery about how our ears turn sound into what you hear. Additional resources from Ian Shive: Watch “The Last Unknown” on discovery+ https://www.discoveryplus.…
 
Learn about why there’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog; why you should praise kids for their work ethic, not their smarts; and why you should never put coffee grounds in your garden. There's no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog by Grant Currin More, D. (2021). The Myth of Hypoallergenic Dogs. Verywell Health. https://www.verywellhealth.com/…
 
Learn about why it’s a big deal that researchers found animal life underneath the Antarctic ice shelf; how scientists measured blinks to figure out why exercise gives your brain a boost; and why having a bad boss can make you a good boss. Scientists accidentally found animal life 3,000 feet beneath the Antarctic ice shelf by Steffie Drucker Sample,…
 
Learn about why bubbles appear in your water overnight; the “other-contingent extravert,” a new type of extravert that’s only outgoing in certain situations; and why food sticks to nonstick pans. Bubbles in water left out overnight by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Adam) Why do bubbles form if a glass of water is left alone for a while? (2006…
 
Learn about a change in language use that could mean a breakup is on the way; why ogre-faced spiders are basically ninja assassins, with help from Cornell University professor Ron Hoy; and how it’s possible to exercise too much. A change in pronoun use could signal an impending breakup by Kelsey Donk Use of pronouns may show signs of an impending b…
 
Learn why Cygnus X-1, the first black hole ever discovered, is bigger than we thought. Then, learn about spider hearing with help from Ron Hoy, a professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University who studies acoustic communication in insects. The first black hole ever discovered is bigger than we thought by Grant Currin First black hole …
 
Learn about why changing out of your pajamas while you work could improve your mental health; why local honey doesn’t stop seasonal allergies; and shisa kanko, a surprisingly simple Japanese ritual that greatly improves accuracy. Working from home in your pajamas is linked to poorer mental health by Kelsey Donk The Re:Set Team. (2021, February 5). …
 
Learn about why it might actually be healthy to gain weight as you get older; the alkaloids responsible for why our pets can’t eat chocolate; and how small a minority can be to reshape society. Gaining weight as you age may be healthier than staying at the same weight by Grant Currin Survival tip: Start at normal weight and slowly add pounds. (2021…
 
Learn about a simple way to reduce your internet carbon footprint; how brain images can make you more likely to believe fake science; and how loud the sun is. The internet has a big carbon footprint, and you can reduce yours with a simple fix by Kelsey Donk Turn off that camera during virtual meetings, environmental study says. (2021). EurekAlert! …
 
Writer, producer, and “Flash Forward” podcast host Rose Eveleth explains why so many technology breakthroughs never pan out. Then, learn about real-life giant sand worms and why the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon makes you notice some things more than others. Additional resources from Rose Eveleth: Rose's website: http://roseveleth.com/ Flash Forward po…
 
Rose Eveleth — writer, producer, and “Flash Forward” podcast host — explains why futurists don’t need to know the future. Then, you’ll learn about the oldest examples of money ever discovered. Additional resources from Rose Eveleth: Rose's website: http://roseveleth.com/ Flash Forward podcast: https://www.flashforwardpod.com/ Flash Forward Presents…
 
Learn about why liars may mimic your body language; why “tend and befriend” is an alternative response to “fight or flight”; and why lakes freeze from the top down, not the bottom up. Liars imitate the body language of the person they're lying to by Kelsey Donk Lesté-Lasserre, C. (2020). Lying men mimic the body language of other men they are talki…
 
Learn about why time management can make you happier; how catnip can protect your cat from mosquitoes; and 3 ways your identity could be stolen without getting your computer hacked — and how to protect yourself. Time management has a stronger effect on wellbeing than on job performance by Kelsey Donk Aeon, B., Faber, A., & Panaccio, A. (2021). Does…
 
Learn about the science of sourdough starters; and why identical twins aren’t so identical after all. Then, play along at home as we test your podcast knowledge with this month’s Curiosity Challenge trivia game. Study of sourdough from around the world shows location doesn't matter for its microbes by Cameron Duke Intercontinental study sheds light…
 
Award-winning journalist Tim Harford explains what it means when you hear that a COVID vaccine is 95% effective. Then, learn about Sentinel Island, home to the last uncontacted people on Earth; and what we can learn about our solar system’s theoretical “Planet Nine” from the newly discovered planet HD 106906 b. Additional resources from Tim Harford…
 
Award-winning journalist and economist Tim Harford explains three simple rules for understanding statistics and evaluating truth in the news. Then, you’ll learn about why our microbiomes may have come from dirt. Additional resources from Tim Harford: Pick up "The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics" on Amazon: https://amzn.to…
 
Learn about what researchers found when they sequenced the bizarre duck-billed platypus genome; a trick for unlocking your creativity; and the strange reasons for job-specific voices, like those of pilots, newscasters, and poets. The duck-billed platypus genome was just sequenced, and it's a doozy by Grant Currin Cassella, C. (2021). Now We Know Wh…
 
Learn about the surprising memory skills of infants; why that whole “phosphine on Venus” discovery may not be as exciting as we thought; and how medical science answered Molyneux's problem, a 300-year-old philosophy question. 3-year-olds can recognize a person they met once when they were 1 year old by Kelsey Donk The amazing durability of infant m…
 
Learn about why you can’t suffocate by holding your breath; how being angry makes you more likely to believe misinformation; and that time scholars tried to kick Latin out of English, thanks to words like honorificabilitudinitatibus. Why can't you suffocate by holding your breath? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Daniel in Beirut) Parkes, M.…
 
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