Curiosity Daily Podcast: New Human Species, Digital Library of Babel, Running to Music

Learn about two newly discovered ancient human species; the Digital Library of Babel; and benefits of running to music.

August 10, 2021

Episode Show Notes:

Two new species of ancient human were just discovered by Grant Currin

The Digital Library Of Babel Could Contain Every Book Ever Written by Ashley Hamer

Running to music can counteract mental fatigue by Steffie Drucker

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