Curiosity Daily Podcast: Could You Adapt to Having an Extra Thumb?

Learn about a robotic “third thumb”; how measuring time increases entropy; and how to distinguish friends from foes.

July 08, 2021

Episode Show Notes:

People's brains adapted to having a robotic "third thumb" by Steffie Drucker

Measuring time increases the entropy in the universe by Briana Brownell

To Scope Someone Out, See How They Judge Others by Anna Todd

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