Curiosity Daily Podcast: How Hollywood Gets Seances Wrong

Learn about how bacteria in your gut can produce electricity. Then, performer and lecturer Thom Britton will tell us about the origins of seances and how Hollywood gets them wrong.

October 27, 2020

Episode Show Notes:

Some Bacteria in Your Gut Produce Electricity by Cameron Duke

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