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A deep dive into the world's greatest mysteries that were solved by science. Brought to you by Motherboard and staff writer Kaleigh Rogers.

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Introducing "Chapo," a New Podcast From VICE News

03:17 | Oct 30th, 2018

If you like The VICE Guide To Right Now, we think you'll also really enjoy VICE News' first ever podcast, "Chapo." As Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán goes on trial, VICE News explores his high-stakes case through the stories of people...Show More

[BONUS] Introducing Queerly Beloved

20:42 | Sep 12th, 2018

If you've been enjoying Science Solved It, we think you'll also love our newest VICE podcast, Queerly Beloved. Queerly Beloved ​is a new podcast series from Broadly. Co-hosted by Broadly editor Sarah Burke and Fran Tirado of the popular queer podca...Show More

Blood Falls

21:19 | Aug 7th, 2018

In the heart of Antarctica, a blood red waterfall pours out of a glacier and cascades down 100 feet. It took more than 100 years for scientists to discover the source of this eerie feature. 

The Doctor Who Drank Bacteria

18:14 | Jul 31st, 2018

For more than a century, doctors believed they understood the cause of stomach ulcers: stress. But in the 1980s, one Australian doctor dared to challenge that concept, and put he his own stomach on the line to prove it. 

The Devil’s Kettle

19:19 | Jul 24th, 2018

In northern Minnesota, a waterfall splits in two. One half tumbles over the edge and continues down the river, the other half drops into a huge hole in the rock and disappears. 

The Scuba Diving Flies

20:57 | Jul 17th, 2018

In Mono Lake, California, tiny flies have developed a unique ability: they can swim underwater, thanks to a scuba-suit-like bubble that forms as they enter the lake. But how do they do it?

An Ancient Star that Took 600 Years to Explain

21:03 | Jul 10th, 2018

Korean royal astrologers saw a new star appear in the sky in 1437 AD, and it took 600 years for astronomers to find what they had seen, and explain why it appeared that night. 

The Kentucky Meat Shower

20:54 | Jul 3rd, 2018

On March 3, 1876, chunks of meat fell from the sky in Olympia Springs, Kentucky. The locals came up with bizarre theories for where the meat came from, without realizing the truth had already been uncovered by a clever scientist in nearby Lexington. 

Chemtrails

20:37 | Jun 26th, 2018

Season Two of Science Solved It kicks off with a pernicious conspiracy theory: chemtrails. This theory won't die, even though the scientific explanation for the phenomenon is as simple as can be. 

Introducing Science Solved It: Season 2

01:48 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Season two of Science Solved It debuts on Tuesday, June 26. Subscribe now so you stay updated on every new episode. 

7.5 - Post-Season Wrap Up

22:56 | Jun 13th, 2017

Kaleigh and Tim reflect on the first season and discuss their goals for next season. Plus we hear from a listener and chat about Kaleigh’s accent.

7 - The Ghost Trees

27:25 | Jun 6th, 2017

Hidden throughout the mesmerizing redwood forests of California’s coast are stark, pure white trees. These rare albino redwoods don’t have the chlorophyll that other plants have. Chlorophyll makes plants green but it’s also necessary for plants to pr...Show More

6 - The Pokémon Shock

30:20 | May 30th, 2017

On December 16, 1997, an episode of Pokémon aired in Japan. The next day, reports began to spread of hundreds, even thousands, of children experiencing dizziness, blurred vision, and convulsions while watching the show. Pokémon went on hiatus for fou...Show More

5 - The Map That (Almost) Changed the World

28:26 | May 23rd, 2017

In1854, the London neighborhood of Soho experienced a deadly outbreak of cholera, a truly horrible disease. Doctors at the time were powerless to stop it because they didn’t actually understand how cholera spread, until one doctor—an anesthetist—used...Show More

4 - Ancient Aliens or Prehistoric Hot Air Balloons?

28:15 | May 16th, 2017

The Nazca lines have baffled scientists and explorers for centuries. The giant carvings in the earth are best viewed from space, but they were created sometime around 500 A.D. How did they execute such elaborate designs? And why build something you c...Show More

3 - The Unexplained Flying Lights Are Big and Bright

31:27 | May 9th, 2017

The small town of Marfa, Texas has been a regular tourist attraction for decades, as travellers flock to catch a glimpse of the strange, beautiful floating lights that appear every night a few miles out of town. Will learning the secret behind these ...Show More

2 - Don’t Be Alarmed, But the Rocks Are Crawling

32:37 | May 2nd, 2017

Deep in Death Valley National Park, there’s a dried up lakebed that’s home to some of the most extreme weather on the continent. It’s also home to the sailing stones: giant hunks of rock that inexplicably move across the desert all by themselves. Fin...Show More

1 - A Call from the Deep

20:06 | Apr 25th, 2017

In 1997, ocean researchers listening for the sound of underwater volcanoes accidentally recorded something they had never heard before. The noise, which they dubbed the “bloop,” was the loudest sound ever recorded under the sea, and it was an unexpla...Show More

0 - Introducing Science Solved It

06:41 | Apr 18th, 2017

A mystery is only as good as its solution…at least, that’s what host Kaleigh Rogers believes. Science Solved It is a new weekly show from Motherboard that introduces listeners to the world’s greatest mysteries that were solved by science, with insigh...Show More