Remembering Gifts, Animal Diets, Amazon-Sahara Connection

Learn why helping others feels like helping ourselves, how wild animals eat healthy, and how the Sahara feeds the Amazon.

February 25, 2022

Learn why helping others feels like helping ourselves, how wild animals eat healthy, and how the Sahara feeds the Amazon.

We’re less likely to remember the things we’ve given to friends than strangers by Kelsey Donk

How do wild animals eat a healthy diet when humans struggle to? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Jason in Port Ewen, New York)

The Amazon Rainforest feeds on millions of tons of dust from the Sahara Desert per year by Grant Currin

Follow Curiosity Daily on your favorite podcast app to get smarter with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer — for free! Still curious? Get exclusive science shows, nature documentaries, and more real-life entertainment on discovery+! Go to https://discoveryplus.com/curiosity to start your 7-day free trial. discovery+ is currently only available for US subscribers.

See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Next Up

Curiosity Daily Podcast: Is Internet Language Bad? (w/ Gretchen McCulloch) and How to Remember More Dreams

Learn about what you can do to remember more of your dreams. You’ll also learn about the difference between internet language and regular language, in the first edition of our “Hashtag Tuesdays” mini-series with internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch.

Curiosity Daily Podcast: Selfish People Remember Being Generous, Why We Can’t Transplant Brains, and Buying Life Insurance from Vending Machines

Learn about why selfish people have false memories of being generous; why we can’t do brain transplants; and why you used to be able to buy life insurance from airport vending machines.

Curiosity Daily Podcast: Muscles Remember Training and a Black Hole Made a Star Explode

Learn how quickly previously trained muscles bounce back after inactivity; and how a black hole made a star explode.

Curiosity Daily Podcast: Gardening with Martian Soil, How to Stop Overspending, and a Technique for Remembering Things

Learn how you can grow a garden in "regolith" Martian soil; how to stop spending too much money on frivolous purchases; and a memory technique you can use to remember pretty much everything.

Curiosity Daily Podcast: The Math Bias That Makes You Misjudge COVID-19

Learn how the mathematical mistake of exponential growth bias makes people underestimate the spread of COVID-19, how crocodiles have survived since the dinosaurs, and how puns activate both sides of the brain.

Curiosity Daily Podcast: You’re Probably Breathing Wrong (w/ James Nestor)

James Nestor, science journalist and author of the book "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art,” explains how you might be breathing wrong. Plus: learn about the surprising way spiders spin their webs in zero gravity.

Curiosity Daily Podcast: Curiosity in the Workplace (w/ Spencer Harrison), New Flying with Dandelions, and Physical Relationship Benefits

Learn how dandelions taught researchers a new way of flying that was previously unknown to science. Then, learn how a happy marriage can make you physically healthier. You’ll also learn about curiosity in the workplace — and some of the unseen benefits of your own curiosity — from INSEAD Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour Spencer Harrison.

Curiosity Daily Podcast: What Happens When You Pull a Muscle?

Learn about what your muscles go through when they get pulled, whether trees have heartbeats, and the real science behind the recovering alcoholics’ mantra “one day at a time.”

Curiosity Daily Podcast: Daddy Longlegs Myths, Dyson Spheres, and Benefits of Exercising with a Partner

In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories from Curiosity.com to help you learn something new in just a few minutes:

Curiosity Daily Podcast: Depression in Artificial Intelligence, Smartphones in the Bedroom, and Tetanus Mythbusting

Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories to help you learn something new in just a few minutes: