Curiosity Daily Podcast: You Have A Type, Harmful Shark Myths, and Why Airplane Engines Have Spirals

Learn about the truth behind harmful myths about sharks to help you celebrate Shark Week; the surprising purpose of the spiral on airplane engines; and how you can supercharge your relationships with research that shows you really do have a “type.”

July 31, 2019

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