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BrainStuff

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Natural Sciences
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Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science in the world around us.

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Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science in the world around us.

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Amazing!!!

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It’s about time these hosts all got together. THANK YOU!!

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I feel smarter just from listening to this! Very engaging, informative. Love all the episodes.

iTunes Ratings

1168 Ratings
Average Ratings
631
238
135
78
86

Amazing!!!

By Pachobug - Nov 03 2019
Read more
It’s about time these hosts all got together. THANK YOU!!

Feel smarter

By jennaayson - Oct 16 2019
Read more
I feel smarter just from listening to this! Very engaging, informative. Love all the episodes.

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BrainStuff

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Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science in the world around us.

Where Did Middle Names Come From?

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Having a first, middle, and last name is common in the West, but this wasn't always the case. Learn the history of middle names in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Mar 07 2018

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How Have Funerals Changed Since the '60s?

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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.

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Dec 12 2018

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Why Are Stars and Planets Nearly Spherical?

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Planets and stars are basically spheres, but why? We explore the science in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Mar 06 2018

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What Are the Most-Believed Myths About Our Brains?

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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. 

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May 15 2018

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Why Did Fruit Evolve in Different Colors?

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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.

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Nov 02 2018

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Is There a Gene for Infidelity?

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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.

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Apr 06 2018

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Why Do Humans Dream?

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The human brain is full of mysteries, and why we dream is a big one. Learn the leading theories about why we dream in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Mar 02 2018

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How Does Anxiety Cause Underarm Sweat?

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Anxiety can cause sweaty palms and armpits -- but why? And how can you combat it? Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jan 18 2018

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Why Are Macadamia Nuts So Expensive?

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Macadamias are delicious and nutritious in small servings, but they're also the most expensive nuts in the world. Learn what they are and how they're grown in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Dec 06 2019

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Can You Really Catch Up on Sleep?

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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.

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Jun 12 2018

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The Origins of Boston and New York’s Accents

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What does Boston have against the letter 'R'? BrainStuff digs into the origins of 2 American accents.

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Nov 23 2017

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How Do Boogers Form?

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Snot is a crucial part of our immune system and sinus health, and boogers are a byproduct of that system. Learn how they form (plus, why eating them might be advantageous) in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Mar 14 2018

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Why Shouldn't Compressed Air Canisters Be Shaken?

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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. 

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Apr 26 2018

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Why Do We Get Hiccups?

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

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Sep 30 2018

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What's the Difference Between Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophen?

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These over-the-counter medications all do fairly similar jobs of relieving aches and pains, but there's a best (and a worst) way to use each type. Learn the differences between pain relievers in this episode of BrainStuff. 

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Sep 26 2019

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How Can Your Birth Season Determine Your Allergies?

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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.

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Apr 27 2018

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Is Coffee Good or Bad for You?

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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.

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May 24 2018

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Is Sparkling Water Good For You?

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More people are drinking fizzy water, both plain and in a boggling array of flavors. Learn about the different types of sparkling water and what you should watch out for in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Aug 16 2019

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Why Is Alzheimers's So Difficult to Treat?

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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.

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Sep 21 2018

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Did the Genes for Light Skin Colors Evolve in Europe?

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A widescale genetic survey has shown that despite common misconceptions, race really is only skin deep. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jan 08 2018

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Why Does Ancient Roman Concrete Outlast Our Own?

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Modern concrete crumbles when exposed to the elements, but ancient Roman concrete only gets stronger over time. Learn how this is possible -- and why we're not using their recipe -- in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Dec 12 2019

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Why Do People Still Use Fax Machines?

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We live in the incredible future of scanners, internet connectivity, and digital signatures -- so why do people still use fax machines? Learn why faxing perseveres in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Dec 11 2019

7mins

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How Did a Comma Decide a Court Case?

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There's no call to be pedantic, but sometimes a tiny punctuation mark can make a huge difference in meaning. Learn how the Oxford comma changed a judge's decision in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Dec 10 2019

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Why Do Noises Other People Make Seem Louder Than Our Own?

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Humans and other animals tend to tune out the noises they themselves make. Learn how and why this happens in today's episode of BrainStuff.

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Dec 10 2019

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BrainStuff Classics: How Long Would It Take To Walk Around The World?

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This is a more complicated question than it seems because oceans definitely get in the way, but there are a few ways to attempt to walk around the entire globe -- and a few people who have tried. Learn about them in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Dec 08 2019

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BrainStuff Classics: Does the Human Body Really Replace Itself Every 7 Years?

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Short answer: Nope! Learn how long it really takes, plus how nuclear weapons helped scientists find the answer, in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Dec 07 2019

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Why Are Macadamia Nuts So Expensive?

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Macadamias are delicious and nutritious in small servings, but they're also the most expensive nuts in the world. Learn what they are and how they're grown in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Dec 06 2019

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Why Do Bees Beard?

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Honeybees can heat and cool their hives to keep the temperature comfortable. Learn about one method -- bearding -- in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Dec 05 2019

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How Can a Sea Slug Use Solar Power?

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Researchers have found a sea slug that incorporates pieces of algae cells into its body to live off of photosynthesis. Learn more about it in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Dec 04 2019

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Will There Always Be a North Star?

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The star Polaris, when viewed in the Northern Hemisphere, points you almost due north. Learn how it's aided navigators for centuries, but why it won't always do so, in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Dec 03 2019

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How Did a Mad King Design Disney's Castle?

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Walt Disney based Sleeping Beauty's castle -- the centerpiece of Disneyland and the Disney logo -- on a real castle in the Bavarian Alps of Germany. Learn about Neuschwanstein Castle's strange and tragic history in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Dec 02 2019

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Do You Or Your Dishwasher Get Dishes Cleaner?

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OK, this one is no contest: Your dishwasher can get dishes cleaner, but that doesn't necessarily mean that using one is healthier. Learn about the science behind the suds in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Nov 29 2019

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How Does Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Work?

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Thousands of participants and millions of viewers turn out every year for the spectacle that is the Macy's Parade. Learn its history and what goes into running it in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Nov 28 2019

7mins

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Would Turkey Be So Popular Without Thanksgiving?

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Americans eat a LOT of turkey around the winter holidays, but why? Learn about turkey's festive history and when we eat the most of it in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Nov 27 2019

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BrainStuff Classics: How Dirty Is Soap?

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It’s good hygiene to wash your hands after touching shared bathroom surfaces. But bars of soap are also a shared surface. Learn why soap is pretty clean in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Nov 26 2019

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Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?

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Spoiler alert: Yep, all placental mammals have belly buttons, but dogs' and cats' look a little different than ours. Learn how belly buttons work in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Nov 26 2019

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BrainStuff Classics: Are Plants Conscious?

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Researchers have found evidence that plants have senses, memories, and can even communicate with each other. But does this mean they're conscious? Learn what science has to say in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Nov 26 2019

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How Did Turducken Become a Thing?

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A chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey. Yep. Learn the history of the turducken and what it takes to prepare one in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Nov 25 2019

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Can Your Brain Get Tired Like Your Muscles Do?

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We've all felt it: the dreaded brain drain after a long or taxing day. Learn why this occurs -- and what you can do to help prevent burnout -- in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Nov 22 2019

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BrainStuff Classics: Why is Bird Poop White?

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Bird poop: It’s the bane of cars, statues, and occasional hapless pedestrians across the world. But what is this stuff anyway? Learn about birds' amazingly efficient waste systems (and why their waste is white) in this classic episode of BrainStuff.

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Nov 22 2019

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