Episodes
Learn about the Space for Art Foundation; how screen time helped kids in lockdown; and mold vs. cleaning product safety.  More from NASA astronaut Nicole Stott: Pick up "Back to Earth: What Life in Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet — and Our Mission to Protect It" https://www.sealpress.com/titles/nicole-stott/back-to-earth/9781541675049/  Website: https://www.npsdiscovery.com/  Follow @Astro_Nicole on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Astro_Nicole   Space for Art Foundation:...
Published 10/22/21
Learn what NASA astronaut Nicole Stott learned from her time in outer space. Plus: whistled languages around the world. More from retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott: Pick up "Back to Earth: What Life in Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet — and Our Mission to Protect It" https://www.sealpress.com/titles/nicole-stott/back-to-earth/9781541675049/  Website: https://www.npsdiscovery.com/  Follow @Astro_Nicole on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Astro_Nicole   Space for Art Foundation:...
Published 10/21/21
Learn about Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle’s amity; how to keep a jack-o’-lantern fresh; and declaring sovereignty. The stories in this episode originally aired October 21, 2018 “Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini’s Friendship, How to Read Food Labels, Jack-O’-Lantern Maintenance, and Declaring Sovereignty” https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/arthur-conan-doyle-and-harry-houdini-s-friendship   Follow Curiosity Daily on your favorite podcast app to learn something new every day...
Published 10/20/21
Learn about how animals are “shapeshifting” in response to a warming climate; and the story of Albert Einstein’s brain. Animals are "shapeshifting" in response to a warming climate by Grant Currin Zeldovich, L. (2021, September 7). Animals Are Changing Shape to Cope With Rising Temperatures. Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/animals-are-changing-shape-cope-rising-temperatures-180978595/  ‌Ryding, S., Klaassen, M., Tattersall, G. J., Gardner, J. L., &...
Published 10/19/21
Learn why more humans are growing an extra artery; emotional hangovers; and the drawbacks of energy-efficient LED streetlamps. More humans are growing an extra artery, which shows we're still evolving by Cameron Duke  Lucas, T., Kumaratilake, J., & Henneberg, M. (2020). Recently increased prevalence of the human median artery of the forearm: A microevolutionary change. Journal of Anatomy, 237(4), 623–631. https://doi.org/10.1111/joa.13224  McRae, M. (2021). More And More Humans Are...
Published 10/18/21
Learn how to avoid overfeeding your dog; whether wind affects sound; and how Suffrajitsu helped women win the right to vote. Please vote for Curiosity Daily in the 2021 Discover Pods Awards! We're a finalist for Best Technology & Science Podcast. Voting closes today, and it only takes a few seconds. Thank you! https://awards.discoverpods.com/vote/ More from Rodney Habib and Dr. Karen Shaw Becker: Pick up "The Forever Dog: Surprising New Science to Help Your Canine Companion Live...
Published 10/15/21
Learn how to protect your pets from the chemicals in your home; and why resilience is a process, not a fixed trait. More from Rodney Habib and Dr. Karen Shaw Becker: Pick up "The Forever Dog: Surprising New Science to Help Your Canine Companion Live Younger, Healthier, and Longer": https://foreverdog.com/about/ Dr. Karen Becker on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/doctor.karen.becker  Rodney Habib on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodneyhabib  Follow @drkarenbecker on Instagram:...
Published 10/14/21
Learn about a bacterial electric grid; traits females have evolved to avoid harassment; and why tea leaves sink.  There's a bacterial electric grid beneath our feet by Grant Currin  Hidden bacterial hairs power nature’s “electric grid.” (2021, September). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/927031  Gu, Y., Srikanth, V., Salazar-Morales, A. I., Jain, R., O’Brien, J. P., Yi, S. M., Soni, R. K., Samatey, F. A., Yalcin, S. E., & Malvankar, N. S. (2021). Structure of...
Published 10/13/21
Learn how quickly previously trained muscles bounce back after inactivity; and how a black hole made a star explode. Previously trained muscles bounce back after inactivity by Grant Currin Seaborne, R. A., Strauss, J., Cocks, M., Shepherd, S., O’Brien, T. D., van Someren, K. A., Bell, P. G., Murgatroyd, C., Morton, J. P., Stewart, C. E., & Sharples, A. P. (2018). Human Skeletal Muscle Possesses an Epigenetic Memory of Hypertrophy. Scientific Reports, 8(1)....
Published 10/12/21
Learn about why high school starts too early; why daydreaming might be a good sign; and finding life on Hycean planets. High school starts too early in all but 3 US states — but things are changing by Steffie Drucker  Roy, S. (2014, August 26). AAP Recommends Delaying School Start Times to Combat Teen Sleep... Sleep Review. https://www.sleepreviewmag.com/sleep-health/demographics/age/aap-recommends-delaying-school-start-times-combat-teen-sleep-deprivation/   CDC. (2020, May 29). Schools...
Published 10/11/21
Learn about simple solutions for resolving human-wildlife conflict; and how exposure to sunlight can increase romance. Plus: Trivia! More from “America’s funniest science writer” Mary Roach: Pick up "Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law" at your local bookstore to learn more about the weird world of human-wildlife conflict: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781324001935  Mary Roach’s official website: https://maryroach.net/  Follow @mary_roach on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mary_roach  Exposure...
Published 10/08/21
Learn about the science of human-wildlife conflicts; and what you risk by believing that leisure is a waste of time. More from “America’s funniest science writer” Mary Roach: Pick up "Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law" at your local bookstore: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781324001935  Mary Roach’s official website: https://maryroach.net/  Follow @mary_roach on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mary_roach  Believing leisure is a waste of time makes you less happy by Steffie Drucker Believing...
Published 10/07/21
Learn about how our metabolism changes; waking up on the wrong side of the bed; and painkillers as radiation dosimeters. The metabolism changes much more gradually as we get older than we thought by Grant Currin Metabolism changes with age, just not when you might think. (2021, August 12). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/925132  Pontzer, H., et. al. (2021). Daily energy expenditure through the human life course. Science, 373(6556), 808–812....
Published 10/06/21
Learn about stem cell “mini brains” that grew eyes and how the FDA prevented an epidemic of birth defects in the 1960s. Scientists grew stem cell 'mini brains' that developed mini-eyes on their own by Cameron Duke Gabriel, E., Albanna, W., Pasquini, G., Ramani, A., Josipovic, N., Mariappan, A., Schinzel, F., Karch, C. M., Bao, G., Gottardo, M., Suren, A. A., Hescheler, J., Nagel-Wolfrum, K., Persico, V., Rizzoli, S. O., Altmüller, J., Riparbelli, M. G., Callaini, G., Goureau, O., &...
Published 10/05/21
Learn about what online trolls are like in real life; an auditory illusion rattlesnakes use to trick humans; and blazars. Online trolling might be due to personality rather than the anonymity of the internet by Steffie Drucker New research: The internet does not turn people into trolls – it just makes real-life trolls more visible. (2021, August 26). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/926582  ‌BOR, A., & PETERSEN, M. B. (2021). The Psychology of Online Political...
Published 10/04/21
Learn about how brushing your teeth can slow aging; how blowholes start as noses; and how humans manipulate the weather. Additional resources from Andrew Steele: Pick up "Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old" at your local bookstore: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780385544924  Website: https://andrewsteele.co.uk/  Follow @statto on Twitter https://twitter.com/statto  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/DrAndrewSteele  Whales and dolphins in the womb start with...
Published 10/01/21
Learn about how research into senescent cells and senolytic drugs could change aging. Plus: the Milky Way’s broken arm. Additional resources from Andrew Steele: Pick up "Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old" at your local bookstore: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780385544924  Website: https://andrewsteele.co.uk/  Follow @statto on Twitter https://twitter.com/statto  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/DrAndrewSteele  The Milky Way has a 3,000-light-year-long "break"...
Published 09/30/21
Learn about why it’s hard to save money for our future; how Babylonians knew the Pythagorean theorem; and situs inversus. It's hard to save money because we see our future selves as strangers by Steffie Drucker Johnson, S. (2021, August 10). Brain hacks for saving money. Big Think; Big Think. https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/how-to-save-money  Qin, P., & Northoff, G. (2011). How is our self related to midline regions and the default-mode network? NeuroImage, 57(3), 1221–1233....
Published 09/29/21
Learn about the “second brain” in your gut; what makes Jupiter’s atmosphere so hot; and why placebo buttons are useful. The 'second brain' in your gut might have evolved before the brain in your head by Cameron Duke Nield, D. (2021). The “Second Brain” in Your Gut Might Have Evolved Before The Brain in Your Head. ScienceAlert. https://www.sciencealert.com/we-have-a-brain-like-system-in-our-guts-and-it-may-have-evolved-before-brains-did?utm_source=pocket_mylist Rao, M., & Gershon, M. D....
Published 09/28/21
Learn about the dark side of likes and shares; how cuttlefish memory stays sharp in old age; and bouba and kiki shapes.  Likes and shares push people to express "moral outrage" by Steffie Drucker  Brady, W. J., McLoughlin, K., Doan, T. N., & Crockett, M. J. (2021). How social learning amplifies moral outrage expression in online social networks. Science Advances, 7(33), eabe5641. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abe5641 “Likes” and “shares” teach people to express more outrage online....
Published 09/27/21
Learn about the harmful effects of the “mass hysteria” label; why you say “like”; and the link between beauty and moral worth. Additional resources from neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan and further reading about the 2011 "mass hysteria" at LeRoy Junior-Senior High School:  Pick up "The Sleeping Beauties And Other Stories of Mystery Illness" here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/606597/the-sleeping-beauties-by-suzanne-osullivan/  NHS page:...
Published 09/24/21
Neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan demystifies psychosomatic illnesses. Then, learn how scientists saw behind a black hole.  Additional resources from neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan Pick up "The Sleeping Beauties And Other Stories of Mystery Illness" here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/606597/the-sleeping-beauties-by-suzanne-osullivan/  NHS page: https://www.uclh.nhs.uk/our-services/find-consultant/dr-suzanne-osullivan  Follow @Suz_OSullivan on Twitter:...
Published 09/23/21
Learn about time crystals; why researchers freeze-dried sperm on a postcard; and batching tasks instead of multitasking.  Two research teams say they've created time crystals by Briana Brownell Eternal Change for No Energy: A Time Crystal Finally Made Real | Quanta Magazine. (2021, July 30). Quanta Magazine. https://www.quantamagazine.org/first-time-crystal-built-using-googles-quantum-computer-20210730/  ‌Mi, X., Ippoliti, M., Quintana, C., Greene, A., Chen, Z., Gross, J., Arute, F., Arya,...
Published 09/22/21
Learn about the mystery of how Tibetan monks seem to keep meditating after death; and a woolly mammoth that walked VERY far. Thukdam Project scientists still stumped over how deceased Tibetan monks continue to meditate after death by Grant Currin Berman, R. (2021, August 5). The strange case of the dead-but-not-dead Tibetan monks. Big Think; Big Think. https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/thukdam-study  ‌Burke, D. (2021, July 28). Inside the First-Ever Scientific Study of Post-Mortem...
Published 09/21/21
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-its-harder-to-resist-snacks-when-were-tired ‌ Circadian Surprise: How Our Body Clocks Help Shape Our Waistlines. (2015, March 10). NPR.org....
Published 09/20/21