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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195 - The Health Benefits of Coffee

09:12 | Apr 29th

How does drinking coffee help your body and your brain? Are there differences to the health benefits of coffee versus espresso? EE discusses the science behind a good cup of joe. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/28Rt0WX
327 - How Does Wind Energy Work?

09:19 | Apr 19th

How do wind turbines convert wind into electricity? And can living near one really affect your health? Everyday Einstein explains. Read the transcript at Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW EV...Show More
326 - 5 Facts About the First Image of a Black Hole

08:27 | Apr 15th

Why is the black hole image so fuzzy? Do black holes really look like lopsided donuts? Why does this matter? Everyday Einstein, Dr. Sabrina Stierwalt explains the significance of this monumental scientific achievement. Read the transcript at https...Show More
325 - What Killed the Dinosaurs?

10:11 | Apr 8th

What caused the extinction of the dinosaurs? Everyday Einstein looks at two new studies that blame volcanoes and asteroids. So, how did the dinosaurs meet their end? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/what-...Show More
324 - Is Pluto a Planet?

08:31 | Apr 1st

Why can't astronomers decide if Pluto is a planet or not? Everyday Einstein explains what this argument is about. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/is-pluto-a-planet Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips...Show More
323 - Can We Cure HIV?

10:35 | Mar 25th

What makes HIV so hard to eradicate? And how close has science brought us to a cure? Everyday Einstein explores the human immunodeficiency virus. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/can-we-cure-hiv-0 Check o...Show More
272 - How Does Insulin Work in Our Bodies?

06:15 | Mar 18th

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
322 - Are Wormholes Real?

07:33 | Mar 8th

What if we could take a shortcut through spacetime and visit another galaxy? Sci fi movies have imagined the possibility for years, but are wormholes real? Everyday Einstein explores the far reaches of our universe (and beyond). Read the transcrip...Show More
321 - How long can a person hold their breath?

08:21 | Mar 4th

Why can some people hold their breath for minutes but others only seconds? What sets that limit? Everyday Einstein explores the mechanics (and psychology) behind world record breath holders. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com...Show More
256 - How Much Does My Dog Understand?

09:16 | Feb 25th

Many of us have been caught talking to our dogs, but how much of what we say to them do they actually understand? Everyday Einstein explores the research behind our dogs' vocabulary, memory, and capacity for love. Read the transcript at http://www...Show More
320 - Could Humans Live on Mars?

09:05 | Feb 15th

Scientists have been studying the red planet since the 1960s. How much is Mars really like Earth? Could our solar system neighbor become a travel destination in the future? Could we live there? Everyday Einstein investigates the Martian habitat. ...Show More
319 - The Neuroscience of Romance: Your Brain on Love

08:19 | Feb 11th

Our brains see love as a reward and also an addiction. What happens to our brains when we are in love? Can science explain whether love can last? Everyday Einstein explores the heart-brain connection. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddir...Show More
318 - How Do Meteorologists Calculate "Feels Like" Temperature?

07:11 | Feb 4th

Why are the actual temperature and the "feels like" temperature sometimes so different? How do meteorologists know what the temperature will feel like near you? It has to do with windchill, heat index, and other factors. Everyday Einstein explains. ...Show More
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
270 - How Can Science Combat the Opioid Crisis?

08:19 | Jan 22nd, 2018

How do opioids work and who is at risk for an opioid addiction? What opioid addiction treatments are more effective and can we vaccinate against addiction? Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/how-can-science-c...Show More
269 - How Do We Measure Time? 5+ Innovative Ways

10:40 | Jan 15th, 2018

How do we measure time? How accurate are today’s clocks relative to the first clocks of ancient times? And what is the definition of a second? Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/how-do-we-measure-time Check ...Show More
268 - Is Chocolate Really Going Extinct?

10:04 | Jan 8th, 2018

Recent science news suggests we could be without chocolate as early as the year 2050. But is there really cause for alarm? How can we separate fact from fiction when it comes to science reporting? Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytip...Show More
146 - How Old is the Universe?

07:34 | Jan 1st, 2018

Everyday Einstein explains how we determine the age of our universe from ancient stars and relic radiation left over from the Big Bang. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1Sl5GzF
267 - Could Artificial Wombs Be a Reality?

08:08 | Dec 25th, 2017

Ectogenesis, that is the gestation outside of a biological womb, sounds like science fiction. But how close is science to making it a reality? Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/could-artificial-wombs-be-a-re...Show More
266 - How Do Candles Burn?

06:45 | Dec 18th, 2017

How do candles work? What is candle smoke made of? Find out the answers to these questions and more. Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/how-do-candles-burn Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www...Show More
265 - Should I Get a Real or Fake Christmas Tree?

06:36 | Dec 11th, 2017

What is the best choice for the environment - pine or plastic? Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/real-or-fake-christmas-tree-for-environment Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www.quickanddirty...Show More
264 - Do Essential Oils Work?

06:56 | Dec 4th, 2017

Essential oils are a $1 billion industry. Does this popularity mean they are effective? What does the scientific research have to say about essential oils? Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/do-essential-oils...Show More
263 - The End of Net Neutrality: What It Means For Science (and You)

09:59 | Nov 27th, 2017

What is net neutrality and why should you care about it? What happens to science and innovation, and even sites like this one, without an open internet? Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/net-neutrality-repea...Show More
262 - How Well Do Ancestry DNA Tests Actually Work?

10:09 | Nov 20th, 2017

Companies that offer saliva-swab DNA tests to assess your ancestry and health are rising in popularity. But do they really work? Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/do-ancestry-dna-tests-actually-work Check o...Show More
261 - How Do Water Purifiers Work?

06:42 | Nov 13th, 2017

How does my water filter work? What can I do to purify water in an emergency? Learn about physical filtration, chemical filtration, and more. Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/how-do-water-purifiers-work C...Show More
260 - Why Are Coral Reefs Worth Protecting?

11:52 | Nov 6th, 2017

Did you know that we are drinking the same water that the dinosaurs drank? That we rely in part on coral reefs to help produce the oxygen we breathe? Science Comics author Maris Wicks explains the water cycle, coral bleaching, and what we can do to h...Show More
259 - How Fast Can a Marathon Be Run?

10:16 | Oct 30th, 2017

Is there a limit to how fast people can run a marathon? Will the two-hour mark ever be beat? Everyday Einstein explains what the research says. Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/how-fast-run-a-marathon Chec...Show More
258 - Can You Smell Fear?

08:25 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Scientists have not been able to identify a specific chemical that communicates fear. However, there have been a range of studies that suggest we can use smells to transfer information including whether or not we are afraid. Read the transcript at...Show More
257 - 6 Reasons Why LIGO's Gravitational Wave Discovery is Important

14:15 | Oct 16th, 2017

“Wake up!” A simple shout out from one astronomer to another kicked off a fast-paced international collaboration which led to one of the most important leaps forward in our understanding of our universe in recent history. Read the transcript at ht...Show More
201 - How Memory Works and 6 Tips to Improve It

08:27 | Oct 9th, 2017

Why can't I remember where I left my car keys? Let's explore how our memory works and discuss some tips on how to improve it. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2aX9SHy
255 - Citizen Science with NASA GLOBE

12:49 | Sep 25th, 2017

Holli Kohl from NASA GLOBE sits down with Everyday Einstein to discuss the power of citizen science, the role of clouds in our Earth's ecosystem, and how we can use a simple app to monitor our own air quality while contributing to NASA research. R...Show More
254 - What are Extremophiles?

07:02 | Sep 18th, 2017

Did you know there is a creature that can produce its own antifreeze in order to keep its surroundings from freezing it to death? Everyday Einstein explains what extremophiles are and why we should study them. Read the transcript at http://www.qu...Show More
253 EE Why NASA Is Crashing Its Cassini Spacecraft into Saturn

08:20 | Sep 11th, 2017

On September 15th, NASA will send the Cassini spacecraft hurtling toward Saturn at more than 70,000 miles per hour relative to the Earth. Cassini will continue its descent into the giant gas world until the spacecraft disintegrates in Saturn’s atmosp...Show More
180 EE The Surprising Scientific Reason Behind Physical Attraction

04:18 | Sep 4th, 2017

Is it your similarities that attract you to your partner or is it your differences? Science says our sense of smell may be important in sniffing out mates with immune systems opposite to our own. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1oFMBOC
252 EE What Makes Storms Like Hurricane Harvey So Strong?

06:43 | Aug 28th, 2017

EE explains why Hurricane Harvey is being labeled "unprecedented" and "catastrophic".
251 EE How Do We Know the Earth Isn't Flat?

07:35 | Aug 21st, 2017

How, exactly, do we know the Earth isn’t flat? How do we know that we are all wandering the surface of a (slightly oblate) sphere as it hurtles through space around the Sun?
250 EE How Can You Prepare for the August Solar Eclipse?

07:02 | Aug 14th, 2017

How much of a solar eclipse will I see? What will it look like? How long will it last? Will I never see another?
249 EE Editing the Genes of Human Embryos

06:57 | Aug 7th, 2017

Scientists using the CRISPR-Cas9 system made headlines last week for being the first to cleanly “fix” a mutation known to cause a heart disorder in regular human embryos. How did they accomplish such a feat and what does this mean for the future of g...Show More
248 EE 2 Surpising Ways Scientists Hope to Limit Human Environmental Impact

08:06 | Jul 31st, 2017

EE explores two recent areas of scientific study that look to caterpillars and bacteria to help offset human's negative impact on the environment, our overproduction of plastic and rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.
247 EE How Do We Encourage More Women in STEM?

07:13 | Jul 24th, 2017

Rep. Lois Frankel, Co-Chair of the Congressional Women's Caucus gives her advice for encouraging young women to pursue STEM careers including looking forward to the jobs of the future and the importance of role models. Read the transcript at http:/...Show More
246 EE Will the Thawing of Arctic Ice Release Diseases?

06:35 | Jul 17th, 2017

Will diseases frozen in Arctic permafrost be released and possibly reanimated by the thawing caused by global warming?
245 EE Women in Science: Jill Tarter, SETI, and Our Search for Extraterrestrial Life

10:47 | Jul 10th, 2017

EE interviews science writer Sarah Scoles, author of the new book Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
244 EE How Old Is the Oldest Human Skeleton?

07:01 | Jun 26th, 2017

EE summarizes a recent discovery in human migration and what we know about our origins via fossils.
243 EE The Science of Picking the Right Sunscreen

06:51 | Jun 19th, 2017

Does the SPF really matter? Should I go organic? What about the warnings on possible carcinogens – cancer causing agents – in sunscreens? Is it better to avoid sunscreen altogether? Read the transcript at http://bit.ly/2rT2YIz Check out all the...Show More
242 EE Pride in Science: Ben Barres, Astrocytes, and Activism

05:51 | Jun 12th, 2017

For decades, the study of the brain focused on neurons, the electrically excitable cells that transmit information. But the work of one scientist shifted focus to the cells that make up half of our brain: glia or brain glue. What do glia cells do? Ar...Show More
241 EE How Important Is the Paris Climate Agreement?

08:17 | Jun 5th, 2017

The US plans to withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. Are the terms of the Paris Agreement really that ineffective? How much impact is the Agreement expected to have?
240 EE How Much Solar Power Will We Lose During the August Solar Eclipse?

06:01 | May 29th, 2017

On August 21, 2017 there will be a total solar eclipse that spans the continental United States from Georgia to Oregon. During the event, the Moon will pass between the Sun and the Earth and cast a shadow, completely blocking the Sun’s light for near...Show More
239 EE ​3 Ways Science Is Vital to the United States Department of Agriculture

07:52 | May 22nd, 2017

In the US, the Department of Agriculture (the USDA) oversees and conducts an incredible amount of scientific research related to protecting and improving our agriculture, nutrition, food distribution, and our use of natural resources. What are some o...Show More
186 EE Can Eating Chocolate Make You Smarter?

04:22 | May 8th, 2017

What effect does chocolate have on your brain? Just in time for large amounts of Easter candy to hit the shelves, a study released last month shows that eating chocolate may increase our cognitive abilities. Read the full transcript here: http://bit....Show More
237 EE 20 Small Acts to Fight Climate Change

10:17 | May 1st, 2017

Climate change is a large, complex issue, but there are ways that we as individuals can make an impact. Here are 20 tips for fighting back against climate change. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2pFXhOw