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Curiosity Daily Podcast: How to Stop Procrastinating, Astronauts Seeing Cosmic Rays, and What Causes That Fresh Rain Smell
Learn what causes that fresh rain smell; how astronauts can actually see cosmic rays; and a trick you can use to stop procrastinating called the “frog rule.”
Curiosity Daily Podcast: Christmas Music Psychology, Rain Smell Science, Crocodile Paradox, and Pitching the NSF
Learn about why Christmas music sounds like Christmas; the Crocodile Paradox, an unsolvable dilemma that dates back to ancient Greece; what causes the smell of fresh rain; and why the National Science Foundation wants your idea for their next project.
Curiosity Daily Podcast: Mass Hysteria, Why You Say “Like,” Beauty’s Moral Value
Learn about the harmful effects of the “mass hysteria” label; why you say “like”; and the link between beauty and moral worth.
Curiosity Daily Podcast: Infinity in a Used Prayer Book and Vampire-Like Sea Slugs
Learn about the earliest use of infinity we’ve found; and vampire-like sea slugs that absorb other organisms’ attributes.
Curiosity Daily Podcast: A Normal Body Temperature Isn't 98.6 Degrees, Fettuccine-Like Rocks, and Toothbrush Tips
Learn about why a normal temperature isn’t really 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit; why Mars rovers should search for rocks that look like fettuccine; and how often you should replace your toothbrush.
Curiosity Daily Podcast: Fireworks Technology, Human Body’s Energy Limit, and Making Meat-Like Burgers from Plants
Learn about the energy limit of the human body; how they make meat-like burgers from plants; and the surprisingly advanced technology behind your favorite fireworks shows.
Curiosity Daily Podcast: Andros’ Unexplored Blue Holes, Folie à Deux, and How Your Brain Treats Curiosity Like Hunger
Learn about why your brain treats hunger for knowledge like hunger for food; why the unexplored blue holes of Andros in the Bahamas is home to one of the most unique ecosystems on Earth; and folie à deux, a type of mental illness that can be shared and spread between people.
Curiosity Daily Podcast: How Fruit Flies Are Like Humans, (w/ Stephanie Mohr), Your Changing Personality, and Pennies
Learn about how and why we study fruit flies with some help from Stephanie Mohr, author of the new book “First in Fly: Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery.” You’ll also learn why we still make pennies here in the U.S., and why science says your personality completely changes over time.
Curiosity Daily Podcast: Plastic vs. Wood Cutting Boards, What Water Tastes Like, and Predicting Others’ Behavior
In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:
Curiosity Daily Podcast: Your Brain’s Binary Bias, How to Choose Charities, and Why Dogs Look Like Their Owners
Learn about why your brain jumps to extremes; how to choose the best charitable cause for your next donation; and why dogs really do look like their owners.