Everyday Einstein's Quick and Dirty Tips for Making Sense of Science



How do astronomers photograph a black hole? How often do planes get hit by lightning? What does the EPA actually do? Science is all around us and transforming our world at a rapid pace. Extragalactic astrophysicist Sabrina Stierwalt is here to guide ...Show More

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298 - Are Extreme Weather Events Linked to Climate Change?

10:00 | Jan 28th

What does science say about the link between climate change and this increase in extreme weather? Can we attribute a single extreme weather event, like a particular heat wave or wildfire or flood, to climate change? Read the transcript at https://...Show More

317 - How the Government Shutdown Affects Science

10:09 | Jan 21st

Many science-based government agencies work behind the scenes to keep our lives running smoothly — from ensuring our food safety, to conducting life-saving research, to weathering storms. The current federal government shutdown has dire consequences ...Show More

316 - Can Knowing Your Genetic Risk Change Your Physiology?

08:03 | Jan 14th

We now have unprecedented amounts of information on our own genetics, thanks to at-home DNA testing kits. But what does all of this information do to us? Can simply knowing more about your genetic risks change them? Read the transcript at: https:...Show More

315 - 4 Things to Know About the Measles and Vaccination

11:24 | Jan 7th

Why are measles outbreaks on the rise, even in places where the vaccine is readily accessible? Am I safe as long as I’ve been vaccinated? Read the transcript at: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/4-things-to-know-about-the-meas...Show More

314 - The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Inducing Labor Naturally

10:11 | Dec 31st, 2018

We have centuries of lore and rumor on how to get the process of labor started naturally. But do any of them actually work? Let’s take a look at the scientific evidence (or lack thereof) behind a few of the most popular methods for inducing labor out...Show More

230 EE How Do I Know If My Tap Water Is Safe?

09:02 | Dec 25th, 2018

The tap water we drink, cook with, and bathe in typically comes from either surface water sources like streams, rivers, lakes and reservoirs, or from underground sources like aquifers, permeable rocks that can store and transmit water. A range of dan...Show More

313 - Why Do We Draw Stars with Five Points?

07:54 | Dec 17th, 2018

If stars are balls of gas, then why do we draw them as pointed or spiky objects? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/why-do-we-draw-stars-with-five-points Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www.q...Show More

312 - The Science of Double-Dipping: A Health Risk or Just Gross?

08:07 | Dec 10th, 2018

Double-dipping a chip sure sounds gross, but can enough germs really be transferred to make you sick? Read the transcript at Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW EVERYDAY EINSTEIN Facebook:...Show More

311 - The Science of Snowfall

08:01 | Dec 3rd, 2018

As winter approaches, the northern hemisphere begins to prepare for snow. This week, Everyday Einstein explains the science behind snowfall, including snowflakes' shape and their implication towards the Earth's climate, and even shows us how to make ...Show More

309 - Do Women and Left-Handed People Have Better Memories?

09:20 | Nov 18th, 2018

Who has a better memory--men or women? What about left-handed people? Musicians? Let's look at the results from evidence-based studies. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/do-women-and-left-handed-people-have...Show More

308 - Rock or Alien Probe? The Science Behind ‘Oumuamua

09:16 | Nov 12th, 2018

There's a mysterious rock traveling through our solar system, and it is making headlines again. Could it in fact not be a rock at all, but an alien probe? Let's look at what the evidence has to say. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirt...Show More

307 - The Science of Tipping Points: How 25% Can Create a Majority

10:40 | Nov 5th, 2018

Do you have to wait for more than 50% of the group to agree with a minority opinion before it can take over? It turns out, you need far less than that. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/the-science-of-tippi...Show More

306 - 6 Possible Scientific Reasons for Ghosts

09:04 | Oct 29th, 2018

Many people believe in ghosts, but could there be scientific explanations for some of our paranormal experiences? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/6-possible-scientific-reasons-for-ghosts Check out all th...Show More

185 - Do Tattoos Boost Your Immune System?

06:37 | Oct 22nd, 2018

A series of popular science articles have recently been touting the health benefits of tattoos, specifically their ability to boost your immune system. But is a little ink really the cure for the common cold? Read the full transcript here: http://bit...Show More

305 - Does CBD Oil Work? The Science Behind Cannabidiol

09:34 | Oct 15th, 2018

What is CBD oil? What does science have to say about the extract's proposed health benefits? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/does-cbd-oil-work-the-science-behind-cannabidiol Check out all the Quick and D...Show More

303 - Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?

08:30 | Oct 1st, 2018

How do blood type, exercise habits, and even pregnancy factor into whether or not mosquitoes find someone irresistible? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/do-mosquitoes-bite-some-people-more-than-others Ch...Show More

238 - When Does Your Intelligence Peak?

08:47 | Sep 24th, 2018

Are we really at our smartest in our 20s? What about the wisdom and experience that come with age? At what age do we strike the right balance between cognitive ability and expertise? EE explores when our intelligence peaks.

302 - How Can Science Help Reverse Blindness?

09:26 | Sep 17th, 2018

From bionic eyes to gene editing, how can we use science to bring back sight? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/how-can-science-help-reverse-blindness Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www.qui...Show More

301 - Jocelyn Bell Burnell and the Discovery of Pulsars

10:54 | Sep 10th, 2018

After Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered the dead corpse stars known as pulsars in the '60s, her advisor was awarded the Nobel Prize for her discovery. Now 50 years later, she has earned the $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics f...Show More

300 - Mindfulness: The Science Behind the Practice

10:05 | Aug 31st, 2018

The practice of mindfulness is everywhere. Business leaders, professional athletes, mental health professionals, and, of course, your neighbor down the street, are all discussing how being mindful can improve our mental state and general well-being. ...Show More

299 - Why Do We Put Telescopes in Space?

08:32 | Aug 26th, 2018

Putting a telescope in space has its limitations. It can't be too big, it's difficult to repair, and it costs a lot of money. So why do we even do it? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/why-do-we-put-telesco...Show More

298 - Are Extreme Weather Events Linked to Climate Change?

12:05 | Aug 20th, 2018

What does science say about the link between climate change and this increase in extreme weather? Can we attribute a single extreme weather event, like a particular heat wave or wildfire or flood, to climate change? Read the transcript at https://...Show More

297 - Do Hair Loss Treatments Actually Work?

09:31 | Aug 13th, 2018

Hair loss treatment products are a $3.6 billion industry, but do they actually work? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/do-hair-loss-treatments-actually-work Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: w...Show More

296 - What Is Hypothyroidism and How Do We Treat It?

10:28 | Aug 6th, 2018

Nearly one person in every 20 over the age of 12 have hypothyroidism. What is this condition, how do I know if I have it, and how is it treated? Read the transcript at https://quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/what-is-hypothyroidism-and-how-...Show More

295 - What Is a Fecal Transplant? (Gross, Yes, But Also Life-Saving)

08:23 | Jul 30th, 2018

What is a fecal transplant and who would want one? Read the transcript at Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW EVERYDAY EINSTEIN Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein Twitter: ht...Show More

294 - What Are Chemtrails Made Of?

05:47 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Take a look at the scientific evidence behind how much you should be concerned about the white puffy trails left behind in the sky as planes fly overhead. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/what-are-chemtra...Show More

141 EE How Do Lasers Work?

07:30 | Jul 16th, 2018

Lasers are used everywhere from the dentist's office to science fiction films. But how do they work? Why are laser pointers so different from a regular flashlight? Everyday Einstein beams up. Read the transcript here: http://bit.ly/1HJ5rYi

293 - The 5+ Effects of Oppressive Heat Waves

05:49 | Jul 9th, 2018

This year has seen record breaking temperatures across the globe. What is at risk in this increased heat from our health to our infrastructure? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/the-5-effects-of-oppressive-...Show More

292 - How Fireworks Get Their Colors, Sounds, and Shapes

06:43 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Fireworks, from their brilliant colors to their impressive noises, are all displays of chemistry at work. Let’s look at what gives fireworks their colors, their sounds, and even their shapes. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.c...Show More

291 - The Mysterious Return of Ozone-Depleting CFCs

08:17 | Jun 25th, 2018

CFCs, the harmful ozone-depleting chemicals banned back in the 1980s, are experiencing a mysterious comeback. Who is the new producer, in violation of the international agreement? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/...Show More

290 - How Much Time Should We Be Spending Outdoors?

05:35 | Jun 18th, 2018

We all know it’s a good idea to get up off the couch for a little while but what does a little fresh air actually do for us? How much time should we be spending outdoors? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/h...Show More

289 - Could Zombies (or a Zombie Virus) Become a Reality?

07:11 | Jun 11th, 2018

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the main national public health institute in the United States, has a zombie preparedness guide. Could a zombie apocalypse really happen? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/educa...Show More

288 - What Is Antimatter?

07:00 | Jun 4th, 2018

Antimatter may sound like science fiction, but it actually surrounds us every day. Antimatter is used commonly in modern medicine and even gets produced by the bananas sitting in your kitchen. It also poses one of the biggest outstanding mysteries in...Show More

287 - Who Was Henrietta Lacks and What Are HeLa Cells?

06:54 | May 28th, 2018

Unlike other cancer cells, the cells of Henrietta Lacks did not die within a few days. Instead, they doubled their numbers in 24 hours and continued to multiply. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/who-was-henr...Show More

286 - 5 Important Facts You Should Know About Ticks

09:52 | May 21st, 2018

Here are five important facts summarizing what you should know to protect yourself against ticks, from the startling rise in tick-borne diseases to the state of vaccinations.  Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/scienc...Show More

285 - Why Is Hawai’i Banning Sunscreen?

08:57 | May 14th, 2018

Why are sunscreens bad for coral reefs and how does my putting on a little sunscreen lead to the destruction of an entire ecosystem? Let's look at the science behind the decision to ban certain sunscreen ingredients in Hawai'i.  Read the transcript ...Show More

284 - What Is the Speed of Sound?

08:40 | May 7th, 2018

Why does the speed of sound vary? How does sound travel from a place like a speaker to our ears? What is a sonic boom? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/what-is-the-speed-of-sound Check out all the Quick an...Show More

283 - What's It Take to Get to Pluto? A Q&A with David Grinspoon

17:09 | Apr 29th, 2018

Author and astrobiologist David Grinspoon describes some of the stories that make up his new book on NASA's epic first mission to Pluto. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/whats-it-take-to-get-to-pluto-a-qa-...Show More

282 - Can Our Sense of Smell Predict Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s?

08:50 | Apr 23rd, 2018

New studies are beginning to take advantage of a common symptom that may serve as a potential earlier indicator for both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases: the deterioration of the sense of smell. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirt...Show More

281 - Do Microwaves Cause Cancer? (And 3 Other Microwave Myths)

10:10 | Apr 16th, 2018

In the United States, 97% of households have a microwave. But what misconceptions about our microwave use persist? Let’s take a look at 4 microwave myths that science has proven false. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/educa...Show More

280 - Can We Predict Earthquakes At All?

08:57 | Apr 9th, 2018

If we can predict hurricanes, floods, and tornados, although to differing degrees of reliability, why don’t we know when the next “big one” is going to happen when it come to earthquakes? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ed...Show More

279 - How and When Did the Grand Canyon Form?

08:00 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Scientists agree that the great crevice in the Earth’s surface was cut away by the flow of the Colorado River. However one question is still debated: when exactly did this erosion happen to form the Grand Canyon? Read the transcript at https://www...Show More

278 - Asteroid, Meteor, Meteorite, and Comet: What's the Difference?

07:13 | Mar 26th, 2018

The terms asteroid, meteor, meteorite, and even comet are often used interchangeably...but what is the difference? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/asteroid-meteor-meteorite-and-comet-whats-the-difference ...Show More

277 - 5 Simple Ways to Boost Our Intelligence

07:26 | Mar 20th, 2018

Popular media is full of suggestions on how to improve our brain health and cognition. But can we really boost our intelligence? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/5-simple-ways-to-boost-our-intelligence Ch...Show More

206 EE Why Do Smells Trigger Memories?

06:31 | Mar 12th, 2018

Why is it that some smells conjure up childhood memories better than audio, visual, or tactile cues? Everyday Einstien explores the link between smell and memory. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2c2w2ph

276 - How Do We Find Exoplanets?

09:39 | Mar 5th, 2018

Astronomers have found more than 3700 worlds outside of our solar system in the past 25 years. How do they find them? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/how-do-we-find-exoplanets Check out all the Quick and...Show More

275 - How Close is Too Close to Live by the Highway?

08:01 | Feb 26th, 2018

More and more people are living, working, and going to school close to the freeway. But how close is too close? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/how-close-is-too-close-to-live-by-the-highway Check out all...Show More

274 - Lessons on Early Aviation with Bessie Coleman

08:06 | Feb 19th, 2018

Bessie Coleman paved the way as the first black and Native American woman to earn a pilot's license in 1921. What was flying like back then? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/lessons-on-early-aviation-with-...Show More

273 - The Physics of Figure Skating

07:58 | Feb 12th, 2018

Although figure skaters make their sport look easy, executing the perfect jump requires a precise combination of speed, force, vertical velocity, angular momentum, friction and of course timing. How do these crucial pieces work together to create the...Show More

272 - How Does Insulin Work in Our Bodies?

06:15 | Feb 5th, 2018

What is insulin and how do our bodies use it? What progress are scientists making toward regulating the hormone without insulin pumps or injections? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/how-does-insulin-work-i...Show More

271 - How Does Sand Get Its Color?

07:23 | Jan 29th, 2018

Whether it’s white, black, pink, red, or even green, the color of sand provides clues as to its makeup and offers a peek into the beach’s history. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/how-does-sand-get-its-col...Show More