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Built for enthusiastic science fans seeking comprehensive conversations on the geeky topics they love. Host Trace Dominguez breaks down big topics and digs beyond the usual scope to deliver details, developments and opinions on advanced topics in physics, biology, space exploration, psychology, and more!

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WTF Is Gravity? Scientists Don’t Really Know Either

Gravity is a simple concept, but the “why” and the “how” are magnificently complicated. In today’s episode, we’re digging into all things gravity, from how we discovered it, to what would happen without it, and so, so much more. Read More: Isaac Newton: The Man Who Discovered Gravity https://www.bbc.com/timelines/zwwgcdm Gravity mysteries: Why is gravity so weak? https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227122-900-gravity-mysteries-why-is-gravity-so-weak High-Tech Suits Help Pilots Avoid Gravity’s Perils https://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/22/science/high-tech-suits-help-pilots-avoid-gravity-s-perils.html ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coverage https://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

33mins

4 Oct 2018

Rank #1

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A Battery Is a Dynamic and Crazy Place, And We Ain’t Li-Ion

Today we're diving into everything you’re ever going to need to know about the tiny bricks that power all the devices on (and in) your person.  We'll talk about some of the best batteries in the world, the oldest batteries ever found, what batteries actually are (they’re not what you think), and we even have a special guest to talk about the atomic movement of batteries! We're digging deep into the physics and chemistry, design and possible future of these ubiquitous pieces of modern technology. It’s going to be shocking. Get it? ____________________ Sources: Unlocking the Potential of Cation-Disordered Oxides for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries http://science.sciencemag.org/content/343/6170/519 The Configurational Space of Rocksalt‐Type Oxides for High‐Capacity Lithium Battery Electrodes https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/aenm.201400478 Solid electrolytes open doors to solid-state batteries https://phys.org/news/2016-03-solid-electrolytes-doors-solid-state-batteries.html ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coverage https://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

19 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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Matter Makes Up Everything, So What Makes Up Matter?

Matter Makes Up Everything, So What Makes Up Matter? ____________________ Sources: Discovery of the Electron http://www.pbs.org/transistor/science/events/electron.html “Scientists worked with electricity long before they understood that current was made of electrons. The cathode tube was a prime example, no one knew how it worked. Some thought the rays were a wave traveling through a mysterious "ether" which they thought permeated all space.” Who was Democritus? https://www.universetoday.com/60058/democritus-atom/ “One such person is Democritus, an ancient Greek philosopher who is viewed by many as being the ‘father of modern science.’ This is due to his theory of universe that is made up of tiny ‘atoms’, which bears a striking resemblance to modern atomic theory.” Thales of Miletus http://www.iep.utm.edu/thales/ “The ancient Greek philosopher Thales was born in Miletus in Greek Ionia. Aristotle, the major source for Thales's philosophy and science, identified Thales as the first person to investigate the basic principles, the question of the originating substances of matter and, therefore, as the founder of the school of natural philosophy.”  ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coverage https://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38mins

1 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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In the 1930s Nuclear Energy Fueled the Future… Where is it Now?

This sucker is nuclear, baby! Nuclear energy has been toted by some as the solution to our energy crisis, while others warn of its immense danger. But how did we even discover it? Why aren't we using it more? And what's the real deal with radiation, really? In this episode with Trace Dominguez, and special guest Dianna Cowern (Physics Girl), we explore all things nuclear. ____________________ Sources: Introduction: The Nuclear Age https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn9956-introduction-the-nuclear-age/ Could this be the first nuclear-powered airliner? http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160713-could-this-be-the-first-nuclear-powered-airliner Why America abandoned nuclear power (and what we can learn from South Korea) https://www.vox.com/2016/2/29/11132930/nuclear-power-costs-us-france-korea ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coverage https://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48mins

14 Jun 2018

Rank #4

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Why We Don’t Have Real Holograms Yet

This week on Seeker Plus, we’re talking holograms! From who invented them and how, to why we don’t have holodecks, we’re answering all your holographic questions. Read More: The Holographic Principle https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sidebar-the-holographic-p/ How Can You Store a Beam of Light? https://www.explainthatstuff.com/holograms.html The History of Holography https://www.ihma.org/history.aspx ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coverage https://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

26mins

1 Nov 2018

Rank #5

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Star Trek Science: Fusion is Happening NOW! Here’s How it Works IRL

The Science of Star Trek is complicated - so we teamed up with our sister pod BAD SCIENCE and brought in a experimental physicist to break it all down! Check out Bad Science at cms.megaphone.fm/channel/bad-science ____________________ Is Warp Drive Real? https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/technology/warp/warp.html How Lasers Work https://lasers.llnl.gov/education/how_lasers_work Why Star Trek Phasers Don’t Exist Yet https://gizmodo.com/5978482/why-star-trek-phasers-dont-exist-yet ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coverage https://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

12 Jul 2018

Rank #6

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BAD SCIENCE: Star Wars: Episode V

We're excited to share the first episode of our new podcast BAD SCIENCE. If you'd like to subscribe, be sure to find the show on Apple Podcasts or find us wherever you discovery and listen to podcasts. Calling all padawans! For Bad Science: Episode I, Ethan sits down with Reggie Watts for an epic conversation with Emily Manor-Chapman, a NASA Systems Engineer, to break down the science of STAR WARS: EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.We learn about gas giants like Bespin, the body warmth of dead Tauntauns, communicating at the speed of light, and a whole lot more.Shoot us an email at BadScience@Seeker.com.Check out Emily's Inisght Mission (to Mars!) which launches May 5th. https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/More on Reggie at reggiewatts.com - see him nightly on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN, and check out his new show TASKMASTER, Fridays at 11pm on Comedy Central. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

1 May 2018

Rank #7

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Let’s Talk About Sex Baby, Let’s Talk About Brain Regions… And Also Robots

Today we're breaking down all things sex. From how it's working in the brain, to what it does to your body, to robots and VR sex- It's gonna be a wild one. (Parents, you've been warned.) Check out Bad Science at cms.megaphone.fm/channel/bad-science ____________________ The Future of Sex: How Intimacy is Transforminghttps://futurism.com/the-future-of-sex-how-intimacy-is-transforming/ The Brain: Where Does Sex Live in the Brain? From Top to Bottom. http://discovermagazine.com/2009/oct/10-where-does-sex-live-in-brain-from-top-to-bottom Brain Sex in Men and Women – From Arousal to Orgasm http://brainblogger.com/2014/05/20/brain-sex-in-men-and-women-from-arousal-to-orgasm/ ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coverage https://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32mins

9 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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How The Internet Uses Your Reward System to Keep You Hooked

Today, we’re going to break down the science of Internet Addiction or as we like to call it: Information Obsession. New technologies are always met with skepticism, and yet much of the skepticism we're hearing today dates back hundreds of years. Join SeekerPlus as we explore: where this obsession came from, why it has such a grip on us, how people use our phones to take advantage of our biology, and what we can do about it. We are warned about the effects of long hours in front of screens, but what if the internet is actually a better way to experience reality? ____________________ Sources: Some See 'Physiological Changes' After Using Internethttp://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-40117312“Both heart rate and blood pressure increased in those who admitted extended time online - along with reported anxiety levels. There was no such changes for those with no internet-usage problems.” Meet the tech company that wants to make you even more addicted to your phonehttps://techcrunch.com/2017/09/08/meet-the-tech-company-that-wants-to-make-you-even-more-addicted-to-your-phone/ “Now, armed with $1 million in seed funding and some initial data that their experiments in mind control actually work, Dopamine Labs is spending money to boost its staff and sales and marketing efforts to bring more apps in on its brain science.” Louis Anslow Article - What technology are we addicted to this time? https://timeline.com/what-technology-are-we-addicted-to-this-time-f0f7860f2fab “From novels to telephones to smartphones, we’re always supposedly hooked on the latest medium. When a new thing comes along people say it’ll never catch on. When it catches on they say it’s a fad. When the fad gains enough traction, they say it’s an addiction.”  ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coverage https://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

22 Mar 2018

Rank #9

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The Plan To Evacuate Earth

Earth has shaped the way humans look and behave. How will future generations in space evolve under radiation and little gravity? Sources: How Many People Can Earth Support?: https://www.livescience.com/16493-people-planet-earth-support.html "The power of population is so superior to the power of the Earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race." AFTER EARTH: WHY, WHERE, HOW, AND WHEN WE MIGHT LEAVE OUR HOME PLANET: https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-02/after-earth-why-where-how-and-when-we-might-leave-our-home-planet "Earth won't always be fit for occupation. We know that in two billion years or so, an expanding sun will boil away our oceans, leaving our home in the universe uninhabitable-unless, that is, we haven't already been wiped out by the Andromeda galaxy, which is on a multibillion-year collision course with our Milky Way." ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coveragehttps://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

10 May 2018

Rank #10

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Can We Actually Travel Through Time?

With a deep understanding of time and relativity, traveling through time might actually be possible, according to Albert Einstein. ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguezFollow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seekerAnd, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coveragehttps://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49mins

20 Sep 2018

Rank #11

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What's Up With Sleep

We spend 36 percent of our entire life asleep, but what exactly is happening to your body and brain while snoozing? ____________________ Sources: Do All Creatures Sleep? https://animals.howstuffworks.com/animal-facts/all-creatures-sleep.htm Do Microbes Sleep? https://www.popsci.com/blog-network/our-modern-plagues/do-microbes-sleep Sleep vs Coma vs Anesthesia https://www.tuck.com/anesthesia/ ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coverage https://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

31 May 2018

Rank #12

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Microgravity Makes the ISS a Perfect Lab, Here’s Everything We’re Learning

Today, we’re breaking down all things ISS. Join us in talking to Dr. Mike Roberts from CASIS as we learn about the experiments, animals, and artificial intelligence of the Space Station! ____________________ Sources: ISS: U.S. National Laboratory https://www.iss-casis.org/ What Is Microgravity? https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/nasa-knows/what-is-microgravity-58.html Space Station Research Experiments https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments_category/ ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguezFollow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seekerAnd, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coveragehttps://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34mins

6 Sep 2018

Rank #13

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The Periodic Table Of Elements: An Origin Story

From a troubled home life to a lifetime of notoriety and fame in the science world, Dimitri Mendeleev came a long way in his crazy life and gave the world an amazing tool. ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coverage https://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

21mins

16 Aug 2018

Rank #14

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Why Is Blood So Important?

Blood is the red liquid that flows through your body and each of us have about 9-12 pints in us. Today we're taking a deep dive into the science of blood: what it's made of, what it does, and why it's so bloody important. ____________________ Sources: Blood Facts And Statistics https://www.redcrossblood.org/content/redcrossblood/en/donate-blood/how-to-donate/how-blood-donations-help/blood-needs-blood-supply.html Researchers closer to being able to change blood types https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150429132926.htm Innate immunity: the first line of defence https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/lab-rat/innate-immunity-the-first-line-of-defence/ ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coveragehttps://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

26 Apr 2018

Rank #15

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Genetics 101

"Gene" is a general word for a piece of DNA that creates proteins, but what exactly are genes? Why do they matter? ____________________ Sources: DNA can't explain all inherited biological traits, research shows https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150402161751.htm "Characteristics passed between generations are not decided solely by DNA, but can be brought about by other material in cells, new research shows. Scientists studied proteins found in cells, known as histones, which are not part of the genetic code, but act as spools around which DNA is wound. Histones are known to control whether or not genes are switched on." Rosalind Franklin: Biography & Discovery of DNA Structure? https://www.livescience.com/39804-rosalind-franklin.html "Many people recall that the structure of the DNA molecule has the shape of a double helix." What Are Proteins And What Do They Do? https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer#howgeneswork "Proteins are large, complex molecules that play many critical roles in the body. They do most of the work in cells and are required for the structure, function, and regulation of the body's tissues and organs." ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coverage https://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

21 Jun 2018

Rank #16

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The Emergence And Reemergence Of Dinosaurs

Soft tissues, including DNA, of fossils can be preserved but not enough DNA has survived after 65 million years to clone a dinosaur. ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coverage https://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

19 Jul 2018

Rank #17

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What in the World is Happening with Climate Change?

Climate change is becoming increasingly difficult to deny. As people see changes happening all around us, we're all wondering whether or not humans are to blame. Originally broadcast August 2016. ____________________ Sources: NASA - What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/noaa-n/climate/climate_weather.html Earth is Cooling... No It's Warming: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GISSTemperature/giss_temperature2.php National Health Statistics Reports: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr076.pdf Mass Extinctions: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/dino-directory/index.html ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coverage https://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50mins

15 Feb 2018

Rank #18

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The History And Ethics Of Propaganda

It's a common goal of propaganda to promote a biased opinion, and while many may resist, propaganda actually has the ability to save lives! ____________________ Sources: A Very Brief History of Propaganda in Times Past: https://www.physics.smu.edu/pseudo/Propaganda/history.html "Propaganda has been around for a long time, going back to ancient Greece. Chapter 2 of Jowett & O'Donnell provides an excellent historical background. In there you will find numerous examples of historical propaganda campaigns. " The Story of Propaganda: https://www.historians.org/about-aha-and-membership/aha-history-and-archives/gi-roundtable-series/pamphlets/what-is-propaganda/the-story-of-propaganda "The American Historical Association produced the G.I. Roundtable Series to help win World War II. Or so they were led to believe. In fact the U.S. Army sought the pamphlets as part of a larger effort to prepare for the transition to the postwar world, and represent a novel effort at social control." From stamps to social media, the history of propaganda: https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/from-stamps-to-social-media-the-history-of-propaganda-1.303748 "Since the twentieth century, propaganda has largely had pejorative associations. The term continues to imply something sinister; synonyms for propaganda frequently include lies, falsehood, deceit, and brainwashing." Here's some incredible pro-independence propaganda from the American Revolution: http://www.businessinsider.com/pro-independence-propaganda-from-the-american-revolution-2015-7 "During the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere were among the people who created stunning pieces of art that inspired the fight for America's independence." House of Bourbon: https://www.britannica.com/topic/house-of-Bourbon "House of Bourbon, Spanish Borbón, Italian Borbone, one of the most important ruling houses of Europe. Its members were descended from Louis I, duc de Bourbon from 1327 to 1342, the grandson of the French king Louis IX (ruled 1226-70)." ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coverage https://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34mins

8 Mar 2018

Rank #19

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Can Science Help Us Understand Humor?

Today, we find our funny bone. Not literally. Instead, we're going to breakdown the science of humor.  We'll cover what happens in our brains when we find something funny, how a sense of humor evolved, what makes something not funny at all, and even if we can teach robots and A.I. to be funny! ____________________ Sources: The Biology Of Humor: In Search Of The Cerebral Funny Bone http://discovermagazine.com/2002/may/featbiology Is there a scientific formula for funny? https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/formula-for-funny2.htm Scientists Discovered What Makes Something Funny http://www.businessinsider.com/bob-mankoff-science-of-funny-humor-new-yorker-cartoon-2014-12 ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow Matt Lieberman on twitter: http://twitter.com/mattlieberman Follow Seeker on twitter: http://twitter.com/seeker And, subscribe on YouTube too: http://youtube.com/seeker Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website for more science coveragehttps://www.seeker.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48mins

5 Apr 2018

Rank #20