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Should You Be Squatting More?

05:51 | Feb 19th

Short answer: Yeah, probably. Most Westerners have traded squatting for sitting and standing, to the detriment of our backs and joints. Learn the benefits of a good squat -- and how you can incorporate them into your day -- in this episode of BrainSt...Show More

What Happens to Donated Blood?

05:40 | Mar 25th

After you donate blood, it goes through a complex system of testing, processing, and storage before it can be delivered to patients who need it. Learn how the system works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://new...Show More

Introducing: Before Breakfast

06:13 | Mar 23rd

This simple planning habit changed Laura’s life, and it can change yours too. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

What Would 'Medicare for All' Really Mean?

09:15 | Mar 22nd

Some liberal U.S. politicians are promoting concepts of 'Medicare for All'. Learn how these proposals are different than the current American health care system (and how they compare to other countries' systems) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn m...Show More

Why Does Cashmere Cost So Much?

07:41 | Mar 22nd

Cashmere can be more expensive than other wools because producing it is such an intensive process -- for the goats that grow it and the humans who care for them. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://ne...Show More

How Did Sealab Work?

06:31 | Mar 20th

In the 1960s, advances in technology allowed brave aquanauts to explore deeper into the ocean than ever before, but the project was shut down. Learn how Sealab worked -- and how that technology is still used today -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Le...Show More

What Can Earth's Deserts Teach Us About Martian Life?

06:11 | Mar 19th

To prepare for the search for microbial life on Mars, researchers are probing some of the harshest environments on Earth -- like the Atacama Desert. Learn how this work will inform future space missions in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more ab...Show More

How Did Desi Arnaz Change Television?

04:53 | Mar 18th

Lucille Ball's ex-husband wasn't just her 'I Love Lucy' co-star and writing partner -- Desi Arnaz changed the way television is produced and watched. Learn about his contributions to the industry in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your a...Show More

Why Is Our Galaxy Warped?

04:29 | Mar 15th

Our galaxy isn't a flat disk -- it's warped like melted vinyl record. Learn how researchers discovered this and why they think it happened in today's episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertis...Show More

Can an Insurance Company Label an ER Visit 'Avoidable'?

07:29 | Mar 14th

A U.S. insurance companies has started cracking down on expensive emergency room visits by labeling some 'avoidable' and kicking the bills to the patients. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.ihe...Show More

What's the History (and Future) of Toilets?

06:18 | Mar 13th

The 'modern' toilet was invented in the 1700s. So what was it like in the past, and how could we improve on it in the future? Learn more about waste technologies in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.c...Show More

Are We Living in a New Epoch?

06:45 | Mar 12th

Some geologists say that humans have had a big enough impact on the Earth that we should declare a new epoch -- the Anthropocene. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

How Are Airlines Cracking Down on Emotional Support Animals?

06:49 | Mar 11th

Emotional support animals are a real and useful therapy tool, but not all of them are trained to deal with the crowds and stresses of air travel. Learn what airlines can and can't do to prevent accidents in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more abou...Show More

Can the Fear of Public Speaking Be Conquered?

07:27 | Mar 8th

As many as 7 in every 10 Americans have a fear of public speaking. Learn how this type of social anxiety develops -- and what you can do to fight it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast...Show More

How Long Can Animals Hold Their Breath?

04:31 | Mar 7th

Humans tend to max out at a couple minutes of breath holding, but some air-breathing reptiles and even mammals have evolved to spend extreme lengths of time underwater. Learn how long (and how they manage it) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more...Show More

What's in Movie Theater Popcorn?

05:56 | Mar 6th

The salty, buttery popcorn sold in movie theaters is nigh irresistible, but there's zero butter involved. Learn what it's made of in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Why Is NASA Going Back to the Moon?

05:39 | Mar 5th

NASA is planning a new series of moon missions, with the goal of sending astronauts back by 2028. Learn what they're hoping to build and study there in this episode of BrainStuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-a...Show More

Where Do Sandman Myths Come From?

05:49 | Mar 4th

People have been telling stories about the Sandman -- named for his magic sand, which you may find crusting your eyelashes when you wake up -- for centuries. Learn some of the oldest known stories and how they may have emerged in today’s BrainStuff.L...Show More

How Has the HANS Device Improved Car Racing?

04:16 | Mar 1st

The HANS device supports a driver's head and neck in the event of a race car crash, saving lives. Learn its history in this episode of BrainStuff.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htmAnd t...Show More

Have We Hit Peak Recycling?

06:05 | Feb 28th

Recycling rates seem to have plateaued in the United States, which is bad news for the environment. Learn why this happened -- and what might be done to help fix it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks p...Show More

Why Do Flying Squirrels Glow Hot Pink in UV Light?

04:29 | Feb 27th

As it turns out, most flying squirrels glow hot pink in ultraviolet light. Learn what researchers think may be the reason in this episode of BrainStuff.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.ht...Show More

How Can You Help a Friend with Depression?

07:11 | Feb 26th

We all know we're supposed to reach out to friends and family experiencing depression, but it's an intimidating prospect. Learn how to get a conversation started in this episode of BrainStuff.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts...Show More

Why Isn't Arkansas Pronounced 'Ar-Kansas'?

06:39 | Feb 25th

Kansas and Arkansas are spelled similarly but pronounced very differently. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htmAnd to learn about your ad choices w...Show More

Why Can't 911 Find You If Lyft Can?

05:11 | Feb 22nd

Smartphone apps like Lyft and even Facebook seem able to identify our location with near-perfect accuracy, but the 911 emergency service still struggles. Learn why -- and what's being done about it -- in this episode of BrainStuff.

What's Really Happening on Plum Island?

07:22 | Feb 21st

The research facility on New York's Plum Island holds some of the most dangerous livestock diseases known to humankind. Learn about its history (and uncertain future) in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Does a 500-Year Experiment Work?

04:35 | Feb 20th

Bacteria can survive way longer than humans under the right conditions, so a team of researchers designed an experiment on microbes that will take 500 years to complete. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Did the Opportunity Rover Teach Us?

05:09 | Feb 19th

After 15 years, NASA has officially ended the mission of the Mars rover Opportunity. Learn what the little-robot-that-could helped us discover about the planet (and interplanetary missions) in this episode of BrainStuff.

Was Earth's Oldest Rock Found on the Moon?

06:38 | Feb 15th

The oldest known intact Earth rock was collected on the moon in the 1970s. Learn how researchers think it got there it in this episode of BrainStuff.

Could Genetics Grow a Square Tomato?

06:17 | Feb 14th

Researchers have found genes that help determine the shapes of fruits and vegetables. Learn how this could (and couldn't) change what you see at the grocery store in today's episode of BrainStuff. 

Why a Gaggle of Geese? Where Do Collective Nouns Come From?

06:22 | Feb 13th

About 500 years ago, creating clever collective nouns for groups of animals, objects, and people was trendy, and some of those nouns of assemblage stuck. Learn the history of this quirk of the English language in today's episode of BrainStuff.

Why Are People Fascinated with the Number 23?

07:03 | Feb 13th

Some people hold that the number 23 has near-magical significance, but how did this fascination start? And can mere coincidences have real meaning? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Are Sloths' Toilet Habits So Dangerous?

04:59 | Feb 12th

Sloths only defecate once a week or so, and more sloths die during the process than at any other time. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Are Suburbs So Unwalkable?

05:53 | Feb 8th

Many modern cities feature grided streets made for walking, but suburbs' wide, winding roads require cars to get around. Learn why, plus how it might change, in this episode of BrainStuff.

What's Up with the New 'Tesla Tower'?

05:53 | Feb 7th

A company has built a tower in Texas that resembles Nikola Tesla's famed Wardenclyffe Tower. Learn what we know (and don't know) about it so far in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Are Whales Big (But Not Bigger)?

04:20 | Feb 6th

Whales are some of the largest creatures on Earth -- but why? And why aren't they bigger? Learn a whale of a tale about ocean mammals in this episode of BrainStuff.

Is Quinoa Unhealthy For Its Producers?

05:43 | Feb 5th

Quinoa is hailed as a healthy, high-protein substitute for grains, but some reports have indicated that its popularity hasn't been good for the people who farm it. Learn why, and what researchers are doing about it, in this episode of BrainStuff.

Are Electric Cars or Gasoline-Powered Cars Faster?

06:05 | Feb 4th

A car's quickness and overall speed depend on both the power of the engine and the way that energy is routed throughout the vehicle. Learn why electric vehicles can be quicker (but aren't as fast) as gas-powered cars in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Are Peat Bogs So Good at Preserving Human Remains?

07:32 | Feb 1st

Human bodies buried in bogs can retain some features -- like perfectly preserved skin, right down to forehead wrinkles -- for thousands of years. Learn how this natural mummification process works in today's episode of BrainStuff.

Will Saturn's Rings Last Forever?

05:59 | Jan 31st

Short answer: Nope! As it turns out, Saturn's rings are fairly new, and they'll only be around a while longer. Relatively speaking. Learn how researchers discovered this in today's episode of BrainStuff.

Why Don't Penguin Feet Freeze?

03:56 | Jan 30th

Standing barefoot on a glacier, human feet would freeze solid -- but penguin feet are fine. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Is Light?

06:07 | Jan 29th

Is light a particle or a wave? Or both? Or neither? Learn how humans have defined light throughout history -- including our best attempts today -- in this episode of BrainStuff. 

How Many People Really Have Food Allergies?

06:38 | Jan 29th

There's a lot of confusion over food allergies, intolerances, and other disorders with similar symptoms. So how can you tell the difference, and how many of us should be concerned? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

Can We Save the World's Coral?

05:32 | Jan 25th

Much of the world's coral is in danger, but a recently developed farming technique could help it regrow. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do Coffee Drinks Often Have Italian Names?

05:51 | Jan 24th

Many popular coffee drinks in America have Italian (or faux-Italian) names, but why? Learn the history behind these names in today's episode of BrainStuff.

How Can a Star Become a Giant Crystal?

06:41 | Jan 23rd

After our sun dies, it and many other stars will eventually crystallize. Learn how astrophysicists figured this out -- and how it works -- in today's episode of BrainStuff.

Do Footballs Fly Farther in Denver?

06:38 | Jan 22nd

Denver's Mile High Stadium sits a full mile above sea level -- is that distance really enough to make a difference in the air compared with other stadiums, and thus in how footballs fly there? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. 

Are the Dare Stones Forgeries or the Key to the Roanoke Mystery?

06:23 | Jan 21st

In the 1930s, stones surfaced that might explain what happened to the settlers of the lost colony of Roanoke. Learn their story -- plus how modern science might help determine whether they're real -- in this episode of BrainStuff.

Could a Vaccine Help Save Honey Bees?

04:37 | Jan 18th

Honey bees are dying off due to a number of dangers, including bacterial diseases. Learn how researchers are hoping to help these important pollinators in today's episode of BrainStuff.

How Did the 'Green Book' Change Life for Black Travelers?

05:20 | Jan 17th

Before the Civil Rights Act made racial discrimination illegal, black Americans faced even greater dangers while on the road. Learn how a Bronx mailman made travel safer and supported black entrepreneurs in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Is Lobster So Expensive?

05:56 | Jan 16th

Lobster hasn't always been a luxury -- and prices have the potential to drop again. Learn the history and politics behind these tasty crustaceans in this episode of BrainStuff.

What's the Biggest Building on Earth?

05:34 | Jan 15th

To create the biggest-ever airplanes, Boeing created the biggest-ever building. (Before they learned to control the temperature, clouds formed near its ceiling.) Learn more about this mammoth structure in today's episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do Bruises Change Color?

04:40 | Jan 14th

Bruises can turn a rainbow of colors before they heal -- but why? Learn the science behind color-changing contusions in this episode of BrainStuff.

Could Hemp Become America's Biggest Crop?

05:28 | Jan 11th

New legislation in the United States allows farmers to grow hemp -- cannabis's non-psychoactive cousin. Learn why this could become big business in today's episode of BrainStuff.

What's the History of Nail Polish?

05:38 | Jan 10th

The nail polishes popular today owe their existence to the automotive industry, but the history of nail colors and varnishes goes back millennia. Learn the history of nail polish in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Makes Some Lakes Explode?

06:43 | Jan 9th

Given the right depth, temperature, and access to volcanic gases, lakes can explode and kill thousands in the process. Learn how these limnic eruptions happen in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do Scorpions Glow Under Black Light?

04:10 | Jan 8th

Scorpions light up a glowing green under ultraviolet light. Science isn't entirely sure how but has a few theories on why. (Y'know, aside from "Scorpions are metal.") Learn more about scorpions' fluorescence in this episode of BrainStuff.

Skim Versus Whole Milk: Which Spoils Faster?

05:13 | Jan 7th

Some food safety charts claim that whole milk goes off more quickly than skim milk, but the scientific evidence is mixed. Learn more about milk science in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Why Does Gasoline Smell So Good?

04:15 | Jan 6th

Some of you are giving this episode title serious side-eye, but believe us: some other folks think gasoline smells excellent. Delicious, even. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Does Eating Before Bed Give You Nightmares?

05:29 | Jan 5th

Popular wisdom holds that eating before bed -- and especially eating spicy or 'strange' food, however you define strange -- will doom you to nightmares. But is there any science behind that? Learn more in this classic episode of BrainStuff.

Is the Earth Humming to Us?

05:20 | Jan 4th

Our planet Earth produces a constant hum too quiet for our ears to detect, but researchers have finally captured a recording of it. Learn more about the sound, called permanent free oscillations, in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Do Cold-Blooded Animals Survive the Winter?

06:51 | Jan 3rd

Reptiles and amphibians have all sorts of adaptations for surviving cold weather, even in places where temperatures dip below freezing. Learn how they manage the cold in this episode of BrainStuff.

Are Restaurants' Michelin Stars Related to Michelin Tires?

03:59 | Jan 2nd

Receiving one or more Michelin stars is one of the highest honors in the restaurant industry. Learn how a tire company started this prestigious tradition in today's episode of BrainStuff.

Why Does Helium Make Your Voice Squeaky?

05:47 | Jan 1st

If you take a pull of air from a helium balloon, you'll sound like a cartoon version of yourself for a few seconds. Learn why helium makes you so high pitched in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Can We Make Better Resolutions?

05:28 | Dec 31st, 2018

Humans have been making New Years' resolutions for millennia, but we're still bad at keeping them. Learn some science behind building better resolutions in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Why Don't Humans Have Tails?

04:15 | Dec 30th, 2018

Lots of other mammals make great use of their tales, so why don't humans have them? Learn about the science of tails in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Is There A Noise Loud Enough To Kill You?

05:29 | Dec 29th, 2018

You've probably experienced a noise loud enough that it hurt your ears, but could a noise be so loud that it could actually kill you? Spoiler alert: Yes. Learn more in today's episode of BrainStuff.

Do Whales Have Pop Songs?

03:28 | Dec 28th, 2018

Whale songs are eerie, beautiful, and -- as it turns out -- completely on-trend. Learn how humpback whales share tunes among herds in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Are Some Words Funny?

07:51 | Dec 27th, 2018

Words like 'poop' and 'wiggle' are inherently humorous, and science may have figured out why. Learn what research has to say about why some words tickle us in this episode of BrainStuff. 

Why Does Beer Foam Last Longer Than Soda Foam?

04:00 | Dec 26th, 2018

Beer and soda both form sudsy bubbles when you pour them, so why does soda's foam dissipate while beer's forms a head? Learn about foam physics in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Exactly Are Frankincense and Myrrh?

05:55 | Dec 25th, 2018

Frankincense and myrrh play a part not only in the story of Christmas, but in lots of other religious traditions as well -- and a few practical ones, too. Learn more about these aromatic substances in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Are Christmas Trees That Shape?

03:56 | Dec 24th, 2018

Most of the trees decorated for Christmas don't naturally grow in a perfect cone shape -- so how do they get that way, and why did we decide on that shape in the first place? Learn about the history of Christmas trees in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Is Holly a Christmas Decoration?

05:50 | Dec 23rd, 2018

Why exactly do folks deck the halls with boughs of holly during the Christmas season? Learn about the history and legends behind holly in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: How Do Accents Work?

04:52 | Dec 22nd, 2018

Everybody has an accent -- some are just considered neutral by native speakers. Learn how accents develop and how they influence us in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Happens When Elevator Cables Break?

05:23 | Dec 21st, 2018

Elevators cables are inspected on the regular, but what happens when one breaks? Learn about the ingenious systems that keep elevators safe when even the worst happens in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do We Sing in the Shower?

03:44 | Dec 20th, 2018

It's somewhere between tempting and inevitable to break into song in the shower. But why? Learn about the psychology and physiology of shower singing in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Is Palm Oil in So Many Things?

06:34 | Dec 19th, 2018

Palm oil is in lots of foods, cosmetics, and household products -- and that's a very serious thing. Learn the problems (and solutions) that palm oil presents in this episode of BrainStuff.

Do Dogs Get Embarrassed When We Put Them in Costumes?

05:18 | Dec 18th, 2018

The photos on social media are arguably the cutest, but how do dogs feel when we dress them up? Can dogs feel emarrassment? Learn what science has to say in this episode of BrainStuff.

When We Lose Weight, Where Does It Go?

05:00 | Dec 17th, 2018

When we lose weight, it doesn't just vanish. Learn how our bodies shrink fat cells in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: What Is The Oldest Living Thing?

05:06 | Dec 16th, 2018

To be fair, the answer to this question depends on what you consider 'living' and 'thing' to mean. Learn a few possible answers in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Sleep?

06:37 | Dec 15th, 2018

We spend somewhere around a third of our lives sleeping, but why? Learn what happens when you sleep (and what happens when you don't) in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Are Stop Signs Red?

04:52 | Dec 14th, 2018

Stop signs were always the red octagons we know today -- so how was the color chosen, and why has it stuck? Learn about the history and psychology of red traffic signals in this episode of BrainStuff.

Who Is Krampus?

07:00 | Dec 13th, 2018

This horned holiday demon has entered our pop culture consciousness, but where do Krampus legends come from? Learn about the history of Krampusnacht in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Have Funerals Changed Since the '60s?

05:15 | Dec 12th, 2018

The ways we think about funerals are bound to change over time, but the 1960s was a real turning point. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

Could Neanderthals Laugh?

04:36 | Dec 11th, 2018

Neanderthals were more like us than we previously thought, but could they laugh? Learn why researchers think they could in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Does Gelatin Work?

06:22 | Dec 10th, 2018

Gelatin makes Jell-O wiggle and provides texture to all sorts of products, but what is it made of? Learn what's happening on a molecular level when you use gelatin in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do People Go Bald?

06:07 | Dec 9th, 2018

Humans are one of the only mammals to commonly experience balding. Learn the science behind thinning hair in this episode of BrainStuff. 

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do You Hate the Sound of Your Own Voice?

03:39 | Dec 8th, 2018

Your voice sounds different in recordings than it does to your own ears, but why? Learn the science behind this phenomena in today's classic episode of BrainStuff.

How Do We Define the Kilogram?

05:15 | Dec 7th, 2018

The kilogram used to be measured against an agreed-upon chunk of metal stored in France, but no longer. Learn the new measure of this standard unit of measurement in today's episode of BrainStuff.

How Can I Donate My Brain to Science?

03:29 | Dec 6th, 2018

Researchers, like zombies, are interested in brains of all kinds. Learn a few basics about how donating your brain to science works in this episode of BrainStuff.

Could Cheap Magnets Help Save Sharks?

04:42 | Dec 5th, 2018

The fishing industry accidentally kills millions of sharks every year, but researchers think they've found a seriously inexpensive solution. Learn how it could work in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do We Test Middle Schoolers' Fitness?

06:02 | Dec 4th, 2018

From the outdated Presidential Fitness Test to today's FITNESSGRAM, Americans have been giving standardized fitness tests to middle school kids for decades. Learn the past and present of these exams in today's episode of BrainStuff.

What Can Probiotics Really Do?

05:38 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Some claims make it sound like probiotics are a cure-all, but what has research found so far? Learn more about these supplements for your microbiome in this episode of BrainStuff.

Will Amazon's Corporate Megadeal Change How Business Works?

06:52 | Dec 2nd, 2018

Why are some politicians so eager for large businesses to set up shop in their districts? What are those businesses' real motivations in making selections? Learn what some researchers think about corporate megadeals in this episode of BrainStuff.

Is the Meaning of Life '137'?

06:36 | Dec 1st, 2018

Both scientists and mystics revere the number 137, but why? Learn the significance of this seemingly humble number in today's episode of BrainStuff.

How Did the Inca Knot Language Work?

05:07 | Nov 30th, 2018

The Inca never developed a system of writing, but they kept records and told stories through intricate knotwork. Learn what researchers know -- and what they're still looking to find out -- about Inca khipu in this episode of BrainStuff. 

Can Cheese Actually Make Wine Taste Better?

03:36 | Nov 29th, 2018

Spoiler alert: Yes! Learn the science that makes wine and cheese go so well together in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Did London Once Have a Train for the Dead?

04:54 | Nov 28th, 2018

When a city's cemeteries start filling up, one solution is to take the funerary show on the road. Learn about London's Necropolis Railway of 1854-1941 in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do Dogs' Paws Smell Like Corn Chips?

03:44 | Nov 27th, 2018

Dog enthusiasts sometimes revel in how their pup's paws smell gloriously of corn chips, but what causes this scent? Learn the science behind Frito paws in this episode of BrainStuff.

Are E-Cigarette Liquids Safe?

05:25 | Nov 26th, 2018

The flavorings added to vape liquids are considered safe for ingestion, but what happens when we breathe them in? Learn what researchers can and can't say about the safety of vaping in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Saliva Work?

08:03 | Nov 25th, 2018

Your saliva is a serious multitasker -- it keeps bacteria at bay, helps you digest your food, and even makes your food taste better. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Fart?

05:47 | Nov 24th, 2018

We all pass gas, but why? Learn what's happening in your digestive system when you fart in this episode of BrainStuff.

Is Black Friday the Busiest Shopping Day?

05:29 | Nov 23rd, 2018

It's true that millions of Americans go shopping the day after Thanksgiving, but it's not the biggest shopping day of the year. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

Does Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

04:34 | Nov 22nd, 2018

You may have heard that the tryptophan in turkey causes holiday naps, but it might not be the real culprit. Learn some turkey science in this episode of BrainStuff.

Is There a Best Way to Load the Dishwasher?

04:52 | Nov 21st, 2018

Which way should the plates face? What about the silverware -- handles up or down? Do you need to pre-rinse? Learn how to make your dishwashing machine work its best in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Does Hot Food Seem More Satisfying?

05:08 | Nov 20th, 2018

Warm foods can feel more filling than chilled foods, but why? Learn the possible explanations behind the cravings in this episode of BrainStuff.

Does Apple Cider Vinegar Really Help With Weight Loss?

05:45 | Nov 19th, 2018

Some proponents say that drinking apple cider vinegar is the 'secret' to losing weight. Learn what science has to say in this episode of BrainStuff. And hey, take care of yourself, OK?

BrainStuff Classics: How Does LASIK Work?

06:34 | Nov 18th, 2018

It’s one of the common vision correction surgeries accomplished with lasers, but how does it work? Is it really safe? Learn about LASIK eye surgery in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Do You Really Need to Wash Your Jeans?

06:14 | Nov 17th, 2018

It may seem like an obvious ‘yes’, but denim producers often recommend washing your jeans as little as possible — if at all. Learn why (and what they recommend instead) in this episode of BrainStuff.

Do Carrots Really Help Your Eyesight?

04:29 | Nov 16th, 2018

Conventional wisdom says that eating carrots will give you better vision, but how true is that? Learn where the idea came from in this episode of BrainStuff.

Will Temperature Changes Make You Sick?

03:53 | Nov 15th, 2018

When the temperature drops (or bounces), are you more likely to get sick? Learn the science behind the old wives’ tale in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Are Dogs’ Noses Wet?

04:04 | Nov 14th, 2018

Dogs’ noses are often wet, but why? And does a dry nose mean your pup is sick? Learn what science has to say about dogs’ noses in this episode of BrainStuff.

Could We Build A Real Gundam?

06:04 | Nov 13th, 2018

Science fiction tells us our future depends on giant, humanoid robots protecting us and punching monsters. But could we really build those machines? Learn how close we are in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Does Ice Get Cloudy?

06:25 | Nov 12th, 2018

Water usually appears clear, but ice cubes and ice on lakes often looks cloudy. Learn what has to happen for ice to freeze clear (like black ice does on roads) in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Silica Gel Work?

04:10 | Nov 11th, 2018

What is silica gel? Why are packets of it included in lots of packaging? And what would happen if you ate it? Learn how silica gel keeps moisture at bay in this episode of BrainStuff. 

BrainStuff Classics: What Causes Chapped Lips?

04:29 | Nov 10th, 2018

For some, winter means a daily battle against cracking, peeling lips. Learn what causes this -- and what you can do to prevent it -- in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Should You Answer When Asked 'What Are Your Salary Requirements'?

05:38 | Nov 9th, 2018

It's a dreaded part of job interviews: "What did you make at your last job? What are your salary requirements?" Learn the science behind navigating this tricky topic in today's episode of BrainStuff.

The End of the World with Josh Clark Series Preview

04:48 | Nov 8th, 2018

The End of the World with Josh Clark is a 10-part podcast series on existential risks – threats that could bring humanity to a sudden and untimely end in the near future. Check out this preview, featuring a clip about our potential to spread from Ear...Show More

How Effective Are Bulletproof Vests?

04:52 | Nov 8th, 2018

Bulletproof vests have certainly saved lives, but exactly how bulletproof are they? Learn what they're made of and how they can fail to protect wearers in this episode of BrainStuff.

Are Yeti Just a Bunch of Bears?

04:05 | Nov 7th, 2018

Genetics says "probably." In this episode of BrainStuff, learn what researchers found when they submitted supposed Yeti samples for genetic testing.

Does Syncing Traffic Lights Reduce Traffic?

06:06 | Nov 6th, 2018

Computer systems can indeed help traffic flow better by syncing stop lights' cycles. But how well does it work, and what does it take to implement? Learn how researchers hope to get you out of traffic jams in this episode of BrainStuff.

Does CBD Oil Really Work?

08:23 | Nov 5th, 2018

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, derived from cannabis, is being touted as a treatment for everything from migraines to insomnia. But how effective is it? Learn what research has (and hasn't) shown in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Did a Family Feud Spawn Adidas and Puma?

05:03 | Nov 4th, 2018

A battle between two brothers created the second- and third-largest sneaker companies in the world. Learn the story of the brothers Dassler in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Are Sea Cucumbers?

05:31 | Nov 3rd, 2018

Besides weird. Or, including weird? Learn some of the strangest features of sea cucumbers in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Did Fruit Evolve in Different Colors?

04:04 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Brightly colored fruit stands out against green leaves, but why is some red or pink, while others skew yellow or purple? And why are some fruits smellier than others? Learn what new research says about fruits' evolution in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Is Elephants' Skin So Wrinkly?

04:30 | Nov 1st, 2018

Elephants have a thick hide that's wrinkled from birth, but why? Learn about the new research that's revealed the secrets to elephant skin in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do We Trick-Or-Treat on Halloween?

04:31 | Oct 31st, 2018

The American practice of kids dressing up and demanding candy from neighbors on October 31st is fairly new, but it's based in centuries of evolving beliefs and traditions. Learn the history of trick-or-treating in this episode of BrainStuff.

Are Any Superstitions Universal?

03:52 | Oct 30th, 2018

Do you knock on wood or avoid particular numbers? People around the world adhere to superstitions to attempt to change their luck -- and some of those superstitions are remarkably similar. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

Would You Really Stay Conscious After Being Decapitated?

07:39 | Oct 29th, 2018

For everything we know about the human brain, consciousness is still mysterious. Could reports of people remaining conscious after being executed by decapitation be true? Learn what science has to say in this episode of BrainStuff. 

Would Cannibalism Have Been Calorically Worthwhile?

03:49 | Oct 28th, 2018

Our paleolithic ancestors ate people sometimes. But did they partake because they were really that hungry, or for some other, cultural reason? Learn what researchers think in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Is the Winchester House Built So Strangely?

07:40 | Oct 27th, 2018

We can't prove whether the Winchester Mystery House is really haunted, but it was definitely built for ghosts. Lean the story of how its strange construction was one woman's unending quest in this episode of BrainStuff. 

Why Do We Carve Pumpkins Around Halloween?

03:53 | Oct 26th, 2018

The tradition of carving jack-o'-lanterns around Halloween goes back centuries to a folktale about a stingy man who outwits the devil. Learn the tale (and why pumpkins weren't the original carving vegetables) in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do We Make Our Monsters Cute?

05:43 | Oct 25th, 2018

Pop culture loves making horrific figures adorable, from Cthulhu plushies to 'cute' Freddy Krueger costumes. But why? Learn what researchers think about the spectrum of cute to monstrous in this episode of BrainStuff.

Would Psychic Powers Really Cause Nosebleeds?

05:41 | Oct 24th, 2018

You've seen the trope: a character strains their psychic powers and gets a nosebleed to show for it. But would this actually happen if psychic powers were real? Learn the hypothetical science in this episode of BrainStuff.

Were Unicorns Always Sweet?

06:30 | Oct 23rd, 2018

The modern image of the elegant, gentle unicorn is a relatively recent invention. Learn about the history of unicorn myths and legends in this episode of BrainStuff. 

Do Boomers and Gen-Xers Really Work Harder Than Millennials?

05:32 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Millennials approach their jobs differently than previous generations, but research shows it's not how they were raised -- it's a mark of their youth. Learn how age and generational differences intersect in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Did People Once Rob Graves for Science?

06:00 | Oct 21st, 2018

In the United Kingdom in the 1800s, anatomists wanted to study real bodies, but laws and cultural stigma made bodies hard to come by. Learn how the shocking Burke & Hare murder trials changed that in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Déjà vu Work?

06:11 | Oct 20th, 2018

If you've ver gotten the strange feeling that you’re repeating an experience, researchers have about 40 theories for what was going on in your brain. Learn how déjà vu might work in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Do Animals Survive Big Storms?

06:35 | Oct 19th, 2018

Sadly, not all animals make it through major storms like hurricanes, but some have impressive survival skills. Learn how they manage in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Often Have Supreme Court Nominees Been Rejected?

07:31 | Oct 18th, 2018

Many presidents' nominations of justices to the Supreme Court go through uncontested, but some have gotten seriously sticky. Learn the history of Supreme Court nominations in this episode of BrainStuff.

Is Physics as We Know It About to Change?

05:54 | Oct 17th, 2018

Newly researched cosmic rays seem to behave differently than the laws of physics say they should. Learn how this could help us fill in some blanks about our universe in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Can't You Reach the End of a Rainbow?

04:43 | Oct 16th, 2018

Rainbows may look like they touch the ground somewhere off in the distance, but it's impossible to find that spot. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

Is Coconut Oil a 'Superfood' or 'Pure Poison'?

05:25 | Oct 15th, 2018

Recent guidelines from the American Heart Association warn that coconut oil is not a healthy food, despite popular claims that it's a miracle worker. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Men Have Deeper Voices?

06:21 | Oct 14th, 2018

Of course, everybody's voice varies, but in general male humans develop lower-pitched voices than female humans starting around puberty. Learn why in this classic episode of BrainStuff. 

How Can Sunlight Make You Sneeze?

04:34 | Oct 13th, 2018

Sudden exposure to bright light makes some people sneeze -- but why? Learn the leading theory in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Was the First Computer?

06:10 | Oct 12th, 2018

The first machine for computation was designed in the 1800s! Learn how its creators, Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace, set about inventing it in this episode of BrainStuff. 

Why Is Blackface So Controversial?

07:00 | Oct 11th, 2018

It may seem like folks make too big of a deal over blackface, but its history puts that outrage into perspective. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Do Our Bones Grow?

05:14 | Oct 10th, 2018

We humans are fairly squishy, and we eat fairly squishy food. So how do we grow hard bones? Learn how it happens in this episode of BrainStuff.

What's the History of Southern Biscuits?

04:06 | Oct 9th, 2018

Fluffy biscuits are a cornerstone of Southern cuisine, but they're a relatively recent invention. Learn the history behind this baked good in today's episode of BrainStuff. 

Could a Giant Squid Take Down a Submarine?

05:12 | Oct 8th, 2018

Tales of squid attacking ships go way back, and there are some known instances of squid attacking subs, but could a cephalopod really take down a modern vessel? Learn what researchers think in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Are Ice Pops Called Quiescently Frozen Confections?

05:40 | Oct 7th, 2018

You won't find the word 'popsicle' on the packaging for some ice pops -- instead, they're called 'quiescently frozen confections'. Learn why this sciencey term is used instead of the more simple one in today's episode of BrainStuff.

What Happens to Balloons When You Release Them?

04:35 | Oct 6th, 2018

How high can helium balloons go before they burst? Do they always burst? Learn about the physics of escaped balloons in this episode of BrainStuff. 

What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?

06:02 | Oct 5th, 2018

When concepts are as intertwined as weather and climate, it can be easy to mix them up. Learn the difference, and why it matters so much in discussions about the environment, in this episode of BrainStuff.

Was George Washington Almost King of the United States?

05:56 | Oct 4th, 2018

Did the generals of the Revolutionary War really try to hand George Washington a monarchy? Learn the truth behind this slightly tall tale in today's episode of BrainStuff.

What Is Nuclear Pasta?

04:49 | Oct 3rd, 2018

No, it's not radioactive noodles -- nuclear pasta is the term for weird material produced in neutron stars. Learn why astrophysicists are so interested in how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. 

What Would Happen If You Wrecked a Car on a Test-Drive?

05:33 | Oct 2nd, 2018

If you wreck a car during a test-drive, would you have to pay for it? Learn how car dealers handle this surprisingly rare occurance in today's episode of BrainStuff.

Does Milk Really Make Mucus Worse?

03:33 | Oct 1st, 2018

There's a millennia-old idea that milk causes mucus production, and therefore that you should avoid milk if you're sick. Learn whether there's any truth to this snotty tale in today's episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do We Get Hiccups?

04:48 | Sep 30th, 2018

What's happening when you get hiccups, and how can you stop them? Learn how hiccups work in this episode of BrainStuff.

Is Printing with Sound the Wave of the Future?

04:26 | Sep 29th, 2018

It's hard to print with stuff like liquid metals and living cells using traditional inkjet-style machines, but new tech that uses sound waves may make it easier. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff.

Could Jupiter Have Water After All?

05:22 | Sep 28th, 2018

Astronomers have long suspected that Jupiter contains lots of water, but they've never been able to prove it. Learn about the new research that could help -- and thus solve lots of questions about our solar system -- in this episode of BrainStuff.

Who Is The Laughing Buddha?

05:29 | Sep 27th, 2018

Statues of this jolly fellow adorn the register counters of many Chinese American restaurants, but he's not the Buddha. Learn about this Buddhist diety in today's episode of BrainStuff.

What Was The Great Pox?

03:53 | Sep 26th, 2018

You've heard of smallpox, but what was the great pox? And did Shakespeare have it? Learn about the spread of (spoiler alert) syphilis in this episode of BrainStuff.

Can Side Sleeping Help Prevent Snoring?

03:28 | Sep 25th, 2018

Snoring can root from a number of causes, but sleeping on your side can usually help prevent it. Learn the science of snores in this episode of BrainStuff. 

Why Do We Drink So Much Bottled Water?

07:53 | Sep 24th, 2018

Water is essentially free, so why do Americans spend billions on bottles of it? Learn the history behind bottled water's popularity, from marketing to health scares, in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Itch?

05:40 | Sep 23rd, 2018

The sensation of itchiness can be maddening. Learn what's going on in your nerves and brain when you itch -- and when you scratch that itch -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Movie Theaters Sell Popcorn?

05:29 | Sep 22nd, 2018

For millions of moviegoers, memories visiting the local theater automatically conjures the smell of popcorn. But this wasn’t always the case – so why, out of all snacks, did popcorn become #1 for film? Learn the history in this classic episode of Bra...Show More

Why Is Alzheimers's So Difficult to Treat?

06:41 | Sep 21st, 2018

Despite being a widespread condition, Alzheimer's is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat. Learn why (plus how researchers hope to make it easier) in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Do Migrating Birds Navigate?

04:18 | Sep 20th, 2018

Birds can migrate thousands of miles and back home again with no prior knowledge or assistance thanks to their superpowered vision. Learn about magnetoreception in this episode of BrainStuff.

Did Pirates Really Talk Like That?

04:42 | Sep 19th, 2018

One guy is responsible for what we think pirates sounded like. For Talk Like A Pirate Day, learn how Robert Newton changed the world in this episode of BrainStuff.

Are Artists Hardwired To Be Poor?

04:23 | Sep 18th, 2018

Research shows that artists' brains don't respond to monetary motivation the way that other people's do. Learn why this might be -- and whether it means we create types are doomed to poverty -- in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Are Hydrogen Peroxide Bottles Brown?

03:43 | Sep 17th, 2018

Most hydrogen peroxide sold to consumers comes in opaque brown bottles. Learn why in today's episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do So Many Price Tags End in .99?

05:37 | Sep 16th, 2018

It’s very common to see the number 9 at the right end of a price tag. But why? Learn about the psychology of pricing -- and nines in particular -- in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Why Can't People Remember Being Born?

05:39 | Sep 15th, 2018

You probably remember your last birthday, but not your first – or your zeroth. Learn why scientists think we lose those early memories in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Are Food Deserts?

05:11 | Sep 14th, 2018

In the United States, 17.6 million American lack access to healthy food because there aren't any grocery stores or other establishments that sell fresh food in their area. Learn about food deserts and how we can fix them in this episode of BrainStuff...Show More

How Could We Get Into Space Without Big Rockets?

07:06 | Sep 13th, 2018

Large rockets are great at getting delicate equipment (and people) into space, but at a huge financial cost. Learn about some of the potential alternatives to ground-launched rockets in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do Dogs Love Rolling in Stinky Stuff?

04:20 | Sep 12th, 2018

Dogs are pretty much guaranteed to find the smelliest stuff to roll in -- but why? Learn what may be behind this gross instinct in today's episode of BrainStuff.

Why Does Skin Tan and Freckle?

05:05 | Sep 11th, 2018

When you freckle or tan, your skin is trying to protect you from damage. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Do New Religions Take Root?

07:36 | Sep 10th, 2018

Hundreds of new religions pop up every year, but only a few survive and become widespread. Learn why some religions have staying power while others don't in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: How Do Tattoo Machines Work?

05:52 | Sep 9th, 2018

Tattoo machines (sometimes called tattoo guns) haven’t changed much since the 1890s because they’re such elegant devices. Learn how the most common types work in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Hair Dye Work?

05:12 | Sep 8th, 2018

Some hair dyes are basically fine-grained paint, but dyes that stick with you for more than a couple weeks physically and chemically change each hair. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Can an Ancient Pregnancy Test Actually Work?

04:01 | Sep 7th, 2018

An ancient Egyptian pregnancy test has been found to work with about 70% accuracy. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff.

Does Playing with Toy Guns Lead to Violent Behavior?

07:46 | Sep 6th, 2018

Some parents and advocacy groups recommend against allowing children to play with toys that resemble weapons, like toy guns. But is there any science to back that up? Learn about play, parenting, and aggression in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do You Stop Noticing Scents After a While?

05:13 | Sep 5th, 2018

Smells seem to disappear after a while because our brains lie to us. Not maliciously -- they think they're helping. Learn about olfactory adaptation in this episode of BrainStuff.

Can Cannabis Help Break Opioid Addiction?

09:20 | Sep 4th, 2018

Medical marijuana is now FDA-approved for some uses even though it's still illegal federally. Some researchers and journalists, including Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN, believe it could help solve the opioid crisis. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

What's the History of Lemonade?

06:16 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Who were the first people to drink lemonade? How did it turn pink? Learn the folklore behind lemonade in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: What Are Eye Boogers?

05:36 | Sep 2nd, 2018

The gunk that builds up at the inner corners of our eyes is residue of our eyeballs' protective coatings. Learn what it’s made of and why it turns to sand overnight in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: How Do You Find Water In The Wild?

06:09 | Sep 1st, 2018

In case you ever get stranded in the wild without an obvious source of fresh water, learn a few things you can do to collect some in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Did NASA Send Sperm Into Orbit?

06:24 | Aug 31st, 2018

Research on the International Space Station studies all aspects of how humans would fare on long space missions -- including reproduction. Learn about NASA's latest reproductive science experiments in this episode of BrainStuff.

What States Failed to Become Part of the U.S.?

05:00 | Aug 30th, 2018

There are a few United States that never were. Learn their stories in this episode of BrainStuff.

Are Chimps Cleaner Than Us?

04:09 | Aug 29th, 2018

A study investigating the microbes and bugs in chimpanzee beds versus human beds showed that chimps are cleaner than we are. Learn about the study's results in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Bad Is It to Run Your Car on Empty?

04:08 | Aug 28th, 2018

Your car's empty-tank light can sneak up on you, and it's easy to put off filling up for another day. But are you damaging your car when you do? Learn why it's not good to run your car on empty in this episode of BrainStuff.

Should You Really Take Fish Oil Pills?

06:08 | Aug 27th, 2018

Conventional wisdom has long said fish oil pills are a great nutritional boost, but recent research shows they don't have the cardiovascular benefits we once thought. Learn who should still consider taking them in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Some People Faint At The Sight of Blood?

05:29 | Aug 26th, 2018

Even though only 3-4% of people have a phobia of seeing blood, about 15% of people will faint at the sight. Learn why in this classic episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Do Crosswalk and "Close Door" Buttons Really Do Anything?

05:37 | Aug 25th, 2018

Are the buttons we push to cross streets, close elevator doors, and nudge the office thermostat really connected to anything? Some aren’t! Learn how these placebo buttons (don’t) work in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Is Breakup Bootcamp?

06:24 | Aug 24th, 2018

We have retreats for everything else, so why not survival post-breakup? Learn how these camps hope to help the broken hearted, plus what emotional work they won't cover, in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Can Squid 'Speak' With Their Skin?

06:34 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Squid can communicate via patterns they flash on their skin, and the way they create those patterns is stranger than anyone thought. Learn what researchers are learning about it in this episode of BrainStuff.

Is Hangry a Real Emotion?

05:11 | Aug 22nd, 2018

If you've ever had to apologize for what you said when you were hungry, you may be comforted to know that hanger is real. Learn what causes is -- and how you can stop or even prevent it -- in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Happens When Hurricanes Hit Volcanoes?

06:19 | Aug 21st, 2018

In a phrase: big bada-boom. Learn how hurricanes and volcanoes intensify each other in this episode of BrainStuff.

Do Doctors' Biases Affect Health Care?

06:51 | Aug 20th, 2018

Implicit biases change the way we act without us even realizing it, and doctors aren't immune. Learn how researchers are trying to help us all identify and change our unconscious biases in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Lucid Dreaming Work?

07:22 | Aug 19th, 2018

Science has proven that we can be aware of our dreams while we’re in them. But can we really control our dreams? We break it to you gently in this classic episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: What Causes Red Eye in Photos?

04:00 | Aug 18th, 2018

How can a camera's flash make your eyes glow red? Tune in to learn how it works -- and how to prevent it -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff.

Yes, Your Dog Wants to Help When You're Upset

03:48 | Aug 17th, 2018

Confirming what dog owners already know, new research shows that dogs really do want to help us when we're sad or upset. Learn how the experiments worked in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Is Head Scratching a Gesture of Thought?

04:29 | Aug 16th, 2018

Some gesticulations come naturally -- scratching your head when you're thinking is so common that it's basically a cliche. But why? Learn what researchers have to say in this episode of BrainStuff.

Could Spending Money on Experiences Save the World?

03:52 | Aug 15th, 2018

Research shows that spending money on experiences instead of objects can make you happier, but can it make you a better person? Learn what scientists have found in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Do Nutrients Get into the World's Oceans?

05:39 | Aug 14th, 2018

Phytoplankton are responsible for a lot of the oxygen we breathe, and their wellbeing is made possible by... deserts. Yes. Learn how the Saraha Desert and other dusty debris feeds our oceans in this episode of BrainStuff.

Who Does the Real Magic: Magicians, or Assistants?

06:18 | Aug 13th, 2018

The gender roles of traditional stage magicians and 'lovely assistants' can seem outdated, but behind the scenes, the work has always been pretty equal. Learn how being a magician's assistant works in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: How Do Laugh Tracks Work?

06:51 | Aug 12th, 2018

Sitcoms use laugh tracks all the time. But where do they come from? Do they really make us laugh along? Learn about the origins and psychology of laugh tracks in this classic episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads?

05:58 | Aug 11th, 2018

Is this adorable behavior rooted in sensory necessity or purposeful gesticulation? We explore what may be the cutest research ever in this classic episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do Books Smell So Good?

04:38 | Aug 10th, 2018

Researchers have set out to catalog the scent compounds that make books and libraries smell so welcoming. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff.

Can You Train a Bee?

06:52 | Aug 9th, 2018

Spoiler alert: Totally. Bees and other insects can learn, and thus be trained, using scents. Learn how they could sniff out everything from bombs to cancer in this episode of BrainStuff.

What If Bandages Could Monitor Your Wound?

03:37 | Aug 8th, 2018

Today's bandages work pretty well, but is it time for an upgrade? Learn how researchers are creating smart bandages in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Makes Stars Twinkle?

04:19 | Aug 7th, 2018

On a clear night, the stars seem to wink and twinkle in the sky. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

Can We Make Roads Out of Recycled Plastic?

05:55 | Aug 6th, 2018

Plastics clog our ecosystems and our roads need maintenance -- could fixing one problem help solve the other? Learn how researchers are recycling plastics into useful materials in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Aspirin Work?

06:38 | Aug 5th, 2018

How does aspirin target your pain? The plants that aspirin were derived from have been used as medicine for about 6000 years, we finally discovered how it works in 1971, and we explain it in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: How Do One-Way Mirrors Work?

04:40 | Aug 4th, 2018

How can a single piece of glass look like a mirror from one side but a window from the other? Learn how materials technology makes it possible in this episode of BrainStuff.

Can Different Species of Birds Understand Each Other?

07:03 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Birds and other animals can learn to "talk" to one another, and even work together to spread warnings about predators nearby. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff.

Can Absurdly Big Numbers Be Useful?

06:17 | Aug 2nd, 2018

The bigger that numbers get, the harder they are for us to conceive of -- but that doesn't mean they can't be useful. Learn about some just ridiculously huge numbers in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Shouldn't You Hold in a Sneeze?

04:14 | Aug 1st, 2018

Better out than in. Learn why a politely covered sneeze beats holding one back in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Did Our Ancestors Really Eat?

03:45 | Jul 31st, 2018

Figuring out what foods were on ancient menus can be tricky, but a mummy called Ötzi the Iceman was preserved with his last meal still intact. Learn what scientists found out about his eating habits in this episode of BrainStuff.

Could Recycled Urine Make Sustainable Fertilizer?

04:58 | Jul 30th, 2018

Sports stadiums have a lot of grass that needs to be fertilized, and a lot of urine to dispose of. Learn how researchers are working to solve both problems at once in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: How Do Erasers Erase?

05:22 | Jul 29th, 2018

Erasers lift our mistakes right off the page, but it's not magic -- it's the microscopic physics of stickiness. Learn how erasers work in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: How Do Antiperspirants Work?

05:50 | Jul 28th, 2018

Every day, millions of people safeguard themselves against excessive sweat with a quick roll of antiperspirant. But what does this stuff do, exactly? Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Does It Feel So Good To Be Scared?

08:39 | Jul 27th, 2018

Plenty of things are scary these days, so why do people pay good money to see horror movies and go to 'haunted' houses? Learn why psychologists say these fearful experiences are helpful in this episode of BrainStuff. 

What Are Macronutrients and Micronutrients?

05:48 | Jul 26th, 2018

Fitness enthusiasts often talk about macros and micros. Learn what they are and how much you should be eating in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Kind of Dinos Did Today's Birds Evolve From?

04:15 | Jul 25th, 2018

The hypothesis that today's birds evolved from dinosaurs isn't new, but recent research has filled in clues about exactly how that happened. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

When Do Presidential Approval Ratings Really Matter?

06:30 | Jul 24th, 2018

A president's approval rating may seem like just another number, but statistically speaking, it can have a huge impact on American politics. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

What's the History of Toothpaste?

05:47 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Toothpaste actually predates the toothbrush in dental hygiene's history. Learn the long history behind this everyday item in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do Hounds Have Floppy Ears?

03:24 | Jul 22nd, 2018

Sure, scent hounds' noses are powerful tools -- but their ears may be the secret to their success. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: What Is American Cheese Really Made Of?

05:58 | Jul 21st, 2018

Process cheese, often called American cheese, is super inexpensive, consistent, shelf-stable, and orange. Learn how this science cheese is made in this classic episode of BrainStuff.

Should You Really Eat Activated Charcoal?

03:56 | Jul 20th, 2018

Celebrities and Instagrammers have been singing the praises of activated charcoal as a health supplement, but why? Can it really help make you healthier? Learn the science behind the activated charcoal fad in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Is the Museum of Broken Relationships?

04:29 | Jul 19th, 2018

Museums collect all kinds of art and artifacts -- this one collects pieces of broken hearts. Learn about some of the items and stories held in the Museum of Broken Relationships in this episode of BrainStuff.

No, There's No 'Secret' Cure for Cancer

07:23 | Jul 18th, 2018

Like many fringe theories, the idea that there's a massive conspiracy to conceal a known cure for cancer is mostly misplaced wishful thinking. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Are Vampire Squid?

03:36 | Jul 17th, 2018

Despite their name and their somewhat scary appearance, 'Vampyroteuthis infernalis' squid aren't blood-suckers. Learn why they're pretty cool anyway in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Close Are We to Recycling Carbon Dioxide Emissions?

04:40 | Jul 16th, 2018

Carbon dioxide is a waste product of gasoline- and coal-burning engines, and it's a serious pollutant. But what if we could capture that carbon and recycle it into usable fuel? Learn why researchers say we're getting close in this episode of BrainStu...Show More

How Did the U.S.-Mexico Border Become Such a Flashpoint?

07:58 | Jul 13th, 2018

The border between the United States and Mexico is at the center of much political and social debate in 2018 -- but how did we get here? How much crime really crosses the border? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. 

Why Did Victorians Think Green Tea Causes Hallucinations?

04:43 | Jul 12th, 2018

We attribute lots of potential health effects to green tea, but the Victorians had a strange one: they thought it caused hallucinations. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

Do Boys and Girls Bully Differently?

05:28 | Jul 11th, 2018

From a young age, male and female bullies develop different ways of getting under their targets' skin. Learn more -- plus how to help kids combat girl-style bullying -- in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Can Robots Help Catch Poachers?

04:40 | Jul 10th, 2018

Robotic animals can help law enforcement agents catch poachers in the act -- but only if the robots are convincing enough. Learn a few things engineers are doing to make their robots more realistic in this episode of BrainStuff.

Are We Still Discovering Human Organs?

05:28 | Jul 9th, 2018

Some researchers are calling a previously overlooked type of tissue a new human organ. Learn what it does and why it was never identified before in this episode of BrainStuff.

Who Was the First Fashion Designer?

05:07 | Jul 6th, 2018

Fashion designers and their work are everywhere these days, from our closets to the runways. But one man started it all: Charles Frederick Worth. Learn who he was and how he created haute couture in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Can We Prevent Suicides While Protecting Gun Rights?

08:23 | Jul 5th, 2018

Over two-thirds of gun-related deaths in America are suicides. This stunning fact is bringing gun rights and gun control advocates together for a common cause. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

Could the Waterbed Make a Comeback?

06:47 | Jul 4th, 2018

Waterbeds were a mainstay of opulent '80s culture, but why did they fall out of fashion? How have they evolved since then? Could they climb back from the pits of public disfavor? Explore in this episode of BrainStuff.

What's Killing Ancient Baobab Trees?

05:18 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Spoiler alert: The answer is probably 'climate change' -- but some of the world's oldest and hardiest baobab trees are dying, and researchers aren't entirely sure why. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do We Feel Hungry When We're Not?

04:57 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Feeling hungry doesn't just happen when our bodies need calories (lots of things, from boredom to advertisements, can trigger hunger) and there's no one way that we feel hunger to begin with. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

Boxer Crabs Use Anemones as Weapons

04:18 | Jun 29th, 2018

Researchers have observed a species of crab clutching anemones and using them as weapons. Even weirder: The crabs clone their anemones. Weirder still: The anemones might be otherwise extinct. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

Can Beaches Be Saved by Adding Sand?

06:43 | Jun 28th, 2018

Beaches around the world are erode faster than we've ever seen. Some efforts to save them involve adding more sand from offshore -- but can that really work? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

When Will Arlington Cemetery Run Out of Space?

07:27 | Jun 27th, 2018

The U.S.'s most honored national cemetery is vast, but it only has so much space -- and it's running out. Learn some of the proposed solutions in this episode of BrainStuff. 

How Can the Fashion Industry Better Serve People with Disabilities?

06:34 | Jun 26th, 2018

Finding something to wear can be especially challenging for people with limited dexterity or mobility, but some fashion designers are starting to change that. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff.

Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible?

05:07 | Jun 25th, 2018

Although doctors have long believed that Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition, research shows that it can be reversed -- and that with work to maintain weight loss, former patients can live without medication. Learn more in this episode of BrainSt...Show More

What Is Music's 'Word' for Death?

05:28 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Composers use musical references to classics in their own work to help create mood -- and as a wink at other music lovers. Learn how one such reference, 'Dies Irae', or 'The Day of Wrath', is often used in film soundtracks in this episode of BrainStu...Show More

Can Copper Create Mummies?

03:43 | Jun 21st, 2018

After anthropologists discovered a child's mummified hand, they discovered that a copper coin might be responsible for the preservation. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

Do Dogs Use Facial Expressions to Communicate with Us?

03:29 | Jun 20th, 2018

It seems that dogs make more expressive faces when humans are watching. Are they trying to communicate? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

Is Life on Earth of Alien Origin?

04:40 | Jun 19th, 2018

The idea that life on Earth was seeded from outer space is called Panspermia, and some researchers are looking into how (and when) it could've happened. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

Is Cockroach Milk the Next Big Thing?

03:28 | Jun 18th, 2018

The food industry has brought us all kinds of non-dairy milk alternatives, but researchers are working on what's arguably the weirdest yet: cockroach milk. Learn how (and why) in this episode of BrainStuff.

Are We Moving Closer to 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'?

04:13 | Jun 15th, 2018

We build memories through our experiences. But what if we could transfer memories to other people? It's happening -- in snails. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Does Microwaved Coffee Taste So Bad?

05:55 | Jun 14th, 2018

Once a cup of coffee goes cold, it'll never taste the same -- but why? Learn the science behind the weird flavors of microwaved coffee in this episode of BrainStuff.

The Man Behind Rube Goldberg Machines

06:28 | Jun 13th, 2018

Who was Rube Goldberg, and how did he come up with his famously weird contraptions? Learn the history behind this classic American cartoonist in this episode of BrainStuff.

Can You Really Catch Up on Sleep?

04:07 | Jun 12th, 2018

Good news, fellow weekend sleep-in-ers: recent research shows that 'catching up' on sleep on your off days can help you stay healthy. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Do Sea Spiders Breathe Through Their Legs?

03:52 | Jun 11th, 2018

Sea spiders have way more leg than body, and scientists have never been able to pinpoint how they breathe -- until now. Learn what they found in this episode of BrainStuff.

How One Blood Donor Saved Over 2 Million Babies

04:34 | Jun 8th, 2018

A man with a rare antibody in his blood spent 63 years donating, and has touched millions of lives. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff. 

Does Spicy Food Burn Your Tastebuds?

04:54 | Jun 7th, 2018

Hot chili peppers can make you feel like your mouth is on fire, but are they actually doing any damage? Learn about the science of spice in this episode of BrainStuff.

Could a Plastic-Eating Enzyme Help Save the Planet?

04:09 | Jun 6th, 2018

We humans produce a LOT of plastics that wind up as harmful waste, but researchers have isolated an enzyme that may help reduce the problem. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Can't You Name Your Baby?

05:55 | Jun 5th, 2018

The possibilities for a baby's name aren't quite as endless as they seem -- some national and local governments restrict what you can legally name your baby. Learn what some of those restrictions are (and why they exist) in this episode of BrainStuff...Show More

What Happens to Red Carpet Dresses?

05:05 | Jun 4th, 2018

After celebrities wear a gown to a glitzy award show or festival, it's often archived, but sometimes sold, reproduced, or even stolen. Learn the life story of red carpet fashion in this episode of BrainStuff.

Will the Paper of the Future Be Made from Poop?

03:59 | Jun 1st, 2018

It might sound gross, but it's eco-friendly: Paper is made from plant pulp. Animals that eat plants excrete plant pulp. Learn why some researchers have high hopes for poo-pyrus in this episode of BrainStuff. 

Does Earth's Crust Have Its Own Tides?

07:02 | May 31st, 2018

You've probably seen ocean tides making the seas rise and fall, but solid land has tides, too. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Can You Be Your Own Twin?

05:58 | May 30th, 2018

In a genetic condition called chimerism, DNA from someone else (an unborn twin, an organ donor, or even your own baby) is at work in your body. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff.

Can You Microwave a Steak to Perfection?

05:35 | May 29th, 2018

While it may not be our first choice in cooking methods, yes, you can microwave a steak to a perfect medium-rare. Learn how, plus how microwaves work, in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do Turtles Have Shells?

03:40 | May 28th, 2018

It seems obvious that turtles' shells would have evolved to protect them from predators, but researchers have found that they probably first evolved to help turtles dig. Learn what that's all about in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Does Uranus Stink?

05:20 | May 25th, 2018

It's not a joke: Scientists have confirmed that Uranus stinks. Learn how they found out -- and why it's actually really cool -- in this episode of BrainStuff.

Is Coffee Good or Bad for You?

06:42 | May 24th, 2018

Will coffee really stunt your growth? Or give you heart problems? What about your teeth? Learn the truth behind common myths about that cuppa joe in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Do Snails Grow Their Shells?

05:45 | May 23rd, 2018

A snail's shell is its permanent home -- but how do these wee, soft, slimy creatures grow hard, beautiful shells? Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Was Stephen Hawking's Final Project?

10:06 | May 22nd, 2018

Days before his death, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking finished what would be his final research paper. Learn about his last take on the multiverse in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Is Popping Zits So Satisfying?

05:48 | May 21st, 2018

Humans love popping zits so much precisely because it's gross. Learn about all the fascinating reasons why we find pimples so fascinating in this episode of BrainStuff.

Can We Save the Moai?

06:40 | May 18th, 2018

The beautiful moai statues of Rapa Nui (aka Easter Island) are in danger from rising sea levels and erosion -- but what can be done to save them? Learn what researchers are saying in this episode of BrainStuff.

Should Airplanes Have Shoulder Seat Belts?

06:17 | May 17th, 2018

Cars have shoulder seat belts to protect passengers, so why not large airplanes? Learn the physics involved, plus why buckling up on planes is important, in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Easy Is It to Immigrate to the U.S.?

07:11 | May 16th, 2018

From the way some people talk, it may seem like immigrating to America is simple -- but the wait list can actually be more than 20 years long. Learn more about how immigration works in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Are the Most-Believed Myths About Our Brains?

05:02 | May 15th, 2018

Over-simplifications about how our brains work abound, even among educators and neuroscientists. Discover what these myths are, and why it's important to fight them, in this episode of BrainStuff. 

City Birds Use Cigarette Butts as Bug Repellent

03:48 | May 14th, 2018

Birds everywhere add insect-repelling plants to their nests, but urban birds have to get a little creative. Learn how cigarette butts help city birds stay healthy in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Do We Define 'Suspicious Behavior' Without Bias?

07:27 | May 11th, 2018

If you see something, say something' works great -- until racial bias and other prejudices enter the picture. Learn what some organizations are doing to fight those prejudices (and what you can do, too) in this episode of BrainStuff.

Will Ants Rescue Wounded Comrades?

03:40 | May 10th, 2018

Spoiler alert: Yep! Well, sometimes. In this episode of BrainStuff, learn how one African ant species nurses its wounded soldiers, yielding a surprising survival rate.

What Is Red Snow?

06:51 | May 9th, 2018

Snow usually appears white, but it can come in a few other colors -- and in the case of red snow, that vibrant color may be a warning from Mother Nature. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Is Chinese Five Spice?

04:52 | May 8th, 2018

Including 'tasty' and 'not necessarily made up of five spices,' Chinese 5-spice powder can be a lot of things, but it's all rooted in ancient medicine -- and philosophy. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

What's the Happiest Country in the World?

06:52 | May 7th, 2018

The World Happiness Report usually ranks wealthy Nordic countries as the happiest, but what factors is it taking into account? Based on other data, Colombia and El Salvador come out on top. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

What's Chocolate's Carbon Footprint?

03:46 | May 4th, 2018

We're not asking anyone to give up chocolate, but researchers have posed an important question: How can we make it more environmentally friendly? Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.

Can a New Egyptian Dinosaur Fossil Explain How the Continents Formed?

06:51 | May 3rd, 2018

Scientists have figured out a lot about Earth's history, but there are still a few gaps. Learn how a dinosaur may help fill in one of those gaps in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Nuclear Weapons Testing Created New Minerals

04:05 | May 2nd, 2018

The heat of nuclear weapons is enough to melt sand into glass. Learn the story of trinitite, the glass from the first atomic test site, in this episode of BrainStuff.

Can Talking About Yourself in the Third Person Make You Feel Better?

06:17 | May 1st, 2018

It can sound off-putting, but it turns out that people who talk about themselves in the third person may be giving themselves a mental boost. ("You're nailing this episode description, Lauren!") Learn why in today's episode of BrainStuff.

Do Happy Cows Really Make Better Milk?

04:51 | Apr 30th, 2018

OK, 'happy' might be a stretch, but researchers are looking into how cows given positive interactions (like back scritches) grow and produce milk versus less-content cows. Learn what the results say in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Can Your Birth Season Determine Your Allergies?

05:19 | Apr 27th, 2018

The season you were born in helps determine whether you'll have allergies, but science has never understood why. Learn what a team of researchers are discovering in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Shouldn't Compressed Air Canisters Be Shaken?

03:11 | Apr 26th, 2018

Many spray canisters call for being shaken, but not compressed air. Learn how both types work (and the dangers of shaking the wrong type) in this episode of BrainStuff. 

Why Can't I Taste My Tongue?

03:57 | Apr 25th, 2018

Your tongue is an amazing sensory instrument -- so why can't it taste itself? Many philosophers have pondered the same thing. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Was the First Killer Robot?

05:01 | Apr 24th, 2018

Science fiction buzzes with evil robots and AI, but real-life machines are much less sinister -- if not less potentially deadly. Learn the real concerns (and possible solutions) about killer robots in this episode of BrainStuff.

Is Our Tipping System Gratuitous?

06:46 | Apr 23rd, 2018

The way we tip and pay servers in North American restaurants fosters unfair and unequal paychecks for the whole staff. But it's so entrenched -- how can we fix it? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Were Fruit Flies the First Animal in Space?

04:16 | Apr 20th, 2018

In 1947, U.S. military scientists launched the very first Earth animals into space: fruit flies. But why these diminutive bugs in particular? Learn about their trip to the final fronteir in this episode of BrainStuff.

Did an 19th-Century Man Predict Your Death?

04:03 | Apr 19th, 2018

In the 1820s, an insurance actuary by the name of Benjamin Gompertz wrote an equation that reliably predicts when people are going to die. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff.

Is the Human Brain Hardwired for Poetry?

06:37 | Apr 18th, 2018

Poems activate different parts of the human brain than other types of literature do, and our brains seem hardwired to enjoy the patterns in poetry. Learn why this may be in today's episode of BrainStuff.

What Happens to Wine Grape Waste?

03:38 | Apr 17th, 2018

After winemakers extract grapes' juice, they're left with a lot of fruit skins and pulp. Learn what happens to all that goo in this episode of BrainStuff. 

Why Are So Many People Nearsighted?

04:41 | Apr 16th, 2018

By 2050, half the world will be nearsighted. Researchers tracking the spread of this eye condition (also called myopia) have a few hypotheses about why it's happening. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Can a Plant Outsource Photosynthesis?

03:20 | Apr 13th, 2018

Plants use photosynthesis to survive, but some plants outsource that job to other living things, like fungus. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Much Electricity Can Urine Provide?

03:46 | Apr 12th, 2018

Researchers have created pee-powered fuel cells that can light outdoor portable bathrooms. Learn how (and why) in this episode of BrainStuff. 

Could Platypus Milk Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Disease?

05:22 | Apr 11th, 2018

For everything that's weird and wondrous about the platypus, we probably shouldn't be surprised that its milk may help save countless lives, but here we are. Learn how in this episode of BrainStuff.

Does Diabetes Lead to Disordered Eating?

05:09 | Apr 10th, 2018

People with Type 1 diabetes are more likely to experience eating disorders, and the consequences can be serious. Learn why, and what can be done to help, in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Makes Durian Fruit Smell So Bad?

04:37 | Apr 9th, 2018

Durian fruit is prized as a delicacy and staple -- and it smells like rotting. Learn how a group of cancer researchers mapped its genome to get to the bottom of this stench (and hopefully find something medicinally useful) in this episode of BrainStu...Show More

Is There a Gene for Infidelity?

05:25 | Apr 6th, 2018

Some animals mate for life -- and others decidedly don't. Learn what researchers have discovered about cheating by studying voles and humans alike in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Much Salt Is Too Much?

05:40 | Apr 5th, 2018

You've probably heard you should cut back on salt, but we need it to survive -- we're hardwired to crave it. So why cut back? And how much is actually harmful?

How Is New Laser Technology Discovering Ancient Ruins?

06:07 | Apr 4th, 2018

Ancient ruins, long grown over by massive forests, can now be found painlessly -- all thanks to lasers. Learn how LiDAR techology is preserving forests and uncovering lost Mayan infrastructure in this episode of BrainStuff.

Is Prozac Endangering Crabs' Survival?

03:33 | Apr 3rd, 2018

When we take medications, we sometimes excrete chemicals that get flushed into our oceans. In the case of fluoxetine (Prozac), those chemicals seem to be chilling crabs out -- which is bad for the crabs.

Botox Exists Thanks to Bad Sausages

04:30 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Botox wrinkle therapy contains a tiny dose of a deadly bacterial toxin, but the story of how it was discovered is even stranger than that fact. Learn the history of botulinum toxin, plus how it's used in non-cosmetic medicine, in this episode of Brai...Show More

Can Your Face's Temperature Reveal Your Mood?

05:59 | Mar 30th, 2018

Research shows that parts of a person's face grow cooler depending on their mood and stress level. Could this be used to help people in stressful jobs, like pilots? 

What's the Difference Between Eggs of Different Colors?

04:37 | Mar 29th, 2018

Brown, white, blue, or green: Chicken eggs come in a spectrum of colors, but they all cook up the same. Learn what makes eggs different colors in this episode of BrainStuff.

What's the Most Dangerous Air Pollution?

05:17 | Mar 28th, 2018

The most hazardous air pollution may be particles too tiny to see, but it also may be easily avoided. Learn what researchers have found in this episode of BrainStuff. 

What If Cockroaches Went Extinct?

03:31 | Mar 27th, 2018

Being surprised by a roach in your kitchen (which is very clean, thank you) can be enough to wish the whole genus would just go away. But what would the world be like if there were no cockroaches?

How Did Spring Break Get Its Start?

06:56 | Mar 26th, 2018

College spring break has brought millions of students to Southern beaches and cities to party, but how did this tradition get started? And what are the alternatives?

Can Losing Sleep Make You Gain Weight?

05:44 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Research indicates that sleep is one of the many factors in how our bodies create, store, and burn fat. We explore (and offer a few tips for getting the most out of your sleep) in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Happens to the Unclaimed Dead?

05:44 | Mar 22nd, 2018

When people die without family, or without identification, their local government lays them to rest. Learn about these fascinating traditions and how they've developed over the centuries in this episode of BrainStuff.