Curiosity Daily Podcast: How Cold Was the Last Ice Age?

Learn about how cold the last ice age was, why your body’s stress response can actually be healthy for you, and how to stop a jack-a-lantern from spoiling.

October 08, 2020

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Researchers Know How Cold the Last Ice Age Was by Grant Currin

Pandemic Stress Study Shows That a Stress Response Can be Healthy by Kelsey Donk

  • People with Lower Biological Response to Standard Stress Task Showed More PTSD Symptoms After COVID-19 Crisis Began. (2020, August 30). Media and Public Relations | Baylor University. https://www.baylor.edu/mediacommunications/news.php
  • Ginty, A. T., Young, D. A., Tyra, A. T., Hurley, P. E., Brindle, R. C., & Williams, S. E. (2020). Heart rate reactivity to acute psychological stress predicts higher levels of PTSD symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychosomatic Medicine, Publish Ahead of Print. https://doi.org/10.1097/psy.0000000000000848

How to stop a jack-o-lantern from spoiling by Ashley Hamer

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