Banana with condom on blue background.


Banana with condom on blue background.



Curiosity Daily Podcast: Sex! And COVID, The Biggest Comet Ever, Wave of the Future

Today, you’ll learn about the surprising sexual implications of the COVID pandemic, if the biggest comet ever discovered is going to end the world and how the natural power built into the ocean could, one day, power a bunch of stuff on land.

April 20, 2022

Episode show notes:

Even with more people staying home, the number of folks with STDs increased. Why?

Covid chaos fueled another public health crisis: STDs by Alice Miranda Ollstein

Why sexual identities shifted during the pandemic by Jessica Klein

The pandemic offered a unique chance for many people to come out as queer by Anna Iovine

We’ve just discovered the biggest comet ever…. will it end the world?

Largest comet ever observed bumps Hale-Bopp from pedestal by Stephanie Pappas

The Most Monstrous Comet Ever Known Is Headed Straight for Us by David Axe

The 'megacomet' Bernardinelli-Bernstein is the find of a decade. Here's the discovery explained. by Meghan Bartels

Mega Comet Arriving From the Oort Cloud Is 85 Miles Wide by George Dvorsky

Comets by NASA

Oort Cloud by NASA

Giant New Zealand potato is not in face a potato, Guinness World Records rules by The Guardian

The ocean is very powerful, and could one day power things on land!

The US Is Finally Trying to Unlock the Power of Wave Energy by ​​Ysabelle Kempe

Federal spending bill expected to aid Oregon State wave energy, wildfire and mass timber projects by Sean Nealon

European Marine Energy Centre - About Us


Can shore-based wave power unlock clean, affordable ocean energy? by Julian Spector

NREL continues to explore marine wave energy by Ryan Kennedy

Wave Energy Market to See Booming Growth | Eco Wave Power, Carnegie Clean Energy, Mocean Energy by Newsmantraa

It’s settled: Where The Wave first started by Doug Williams

Scientists Figured Out How And When Our Sun Will Die, And It’s Going To Be Epic by Michelle Starr

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