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Rank #6 in Natural Sciences category

Technology
Science
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.

iTunes Ratings

1334 Ratings
Average Ratings
716
263
160
93
102

Commercial Podcast

By Jerry Cunningham - Jun 02 2020
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If you really, really love 2 minute commercials with 2-3 minutes of information, then this is the podcast for you. I sometimes enjoy the information but they need to cut out about the have the commercials. The political agenda and stupidity is strong with this one. Leave the political agenda out and it would be stars.

I generally like this podcast, but...

By Troy216 - Apr 23 2020
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“Positively charged electrons”. Really?

iTunes Ratings

1334 Ratings
Average Ratings
716
263
160
93
102

Commercial Podcast

By Jerry Cunningham - Jun 02 2020
Read more
If you really, really love 2 minute commercials with 2-3 minutes of information, then this is the podcast for you. I sometimes enjoy the information but they need to cut out about the have the commercials. The political agenda and stupidity is strong with this one. Leave the political agenda out and it would be stars.

I generally like this podcast, but...

By Troy216 - Apr 23 2020
Read more
“Positively charged electrons”. Really?
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BrainStuff

Latest release on Jul 12, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: How Long Can Viruses Last on Surfaces?

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Every virus is different, and research into the novel Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is ongoing -- but learn about how long viruses can remain infectious in the air or on surfaces in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Mar 20 2020

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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: Why Is Building Muscle Important for Everyone?

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The fancy science word for building muscle is hypertrophy, but it's not inaccessible. Learn how hypertrophy works and why building muscle keeps us healthy in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Aug 23 2019

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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: Why Do Bruises Change Color?

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

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Jan 14 2019

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Rank #20: 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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BrainStuff Classics: How Did 'Fido' Become a Generic Name for Dogs?

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We humans have lots of nicknames for dogs -- but how did 'Fido' become one of them? Learn about the history of the term in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jul 12 2020

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BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Goldfish Make Their Own Alcohol?

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Goldfish can survive in icy lakes and your poorly cleaned aquarium in part because they make their own alcohol. Learn more about how goldfish work in this classic episode of BrainStuff.

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Jul 11 2020

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How Did the Harlem Renaissance Work?

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The Harlem Renaissance was a period of great social, intellectual, and artistic invention that deeply impacts our world to this day. Learn how it got started and why it was so important in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jul 10 2020

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How Much of Our Food Do Moths Pollinate?

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Moths pollinate more of our food than researchers previously realized. Learn more about insect pollination in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jul 09 2020

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Do Rainy Days Make Us Sad?

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Popular music and video often use rain as a metaphor for melancholy, but does rainy weather really affect our mood? Learn about the psychology (or lack thereof) behind the rainy-day blues in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jul 08 2020

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What Was the Biggest Snake on Earth?

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The Titanoboa cerrejonensis was a massive snake related to modern boas -- but it might've grown to 47 feet (14 meters) in length. Learn about this extinct South American serpent in today's episode of BrainStuff.

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Jul 07 2020

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Why Is There a Crack in the Liberty Bell?

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The massive, historic Liberty Bell wasn't always cracked, and wasn't always named that. Learn what history knows (and doesn't know) about the Liberty Bell in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jul 06 2020

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BrainStuff Classics: How Did the Grandfather Clock Get Its Name?

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What we now call grandfather clocks were around for a long time before they got that name. Learn how a pop song renamed them -- and a few legends that may have inspired the song -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff.

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Jul 05 2020

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BrainStuff Classics: Why Did the T. Rex Have Such Tiny Arms?

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The Tyrannosaurus rex was a giant predator, but its arms weren't much bigger than a human being's. Learn a few hypotheses about T. rex's arms in this classic episode of BrainStuff.

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Jul 04 2020

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Will the Fires That Made Centralia a Ghost Town Ever Go Out?

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Coal fires have burned beneath this Pennsylvania town for decades, driving away inhabitants with continual smoke, ash, and cave-ins. Learn how coal-seam fires work in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jul 03 2020

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Why Is Real Vanilla So Expensive?

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Real vanilla is much more expensive than synthetic vanilla. Learn about the delicate orchid that vanilla comes from and why most vanilla flavoring is synthetic in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jul 02 2020

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Why Isn't Washington, D.C. a State?

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A new bill aims to make Washington, D.C. the U.S.'s 51st state -- but why wasn't it created as a state to begin with, and why have similar bills failed in the past? Learn the history of the District of Columbia in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jul 01 2020

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Why Does the Hellbender Salamander Need Our Help?

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The hellbender salamander isn't nearly as scary as it sounds. Learn why they're mostly harmless -- and some of their populations are in danger -- in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jun 30 2020

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How Does the 'Streisand Effect' Make Cover-ups Go Viral?

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The 'Streisand Effect' is when some powerful entity tries to repress information, but winds up publicizing it instead. Learn the history of the term and how the effect works in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jun 29 2020

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BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Get Bags Under Our Eyes?

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All humans eventually develop bags under our eyes -- but why? Learn how it happens -- and about some inexpensive, unobtrusive home remedies -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff.​

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Jun 28 2020

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BrainStuff Classics: Why Do People Talk Weird in Old Movies?

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There's a distinct accent of yesteryear that's not quite British, and not quite American – so what gives? Learn about the Transatlantic accent, or Mid-Atlantic accent, in this classic episode of BrainStuff.

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Jun 27 2020

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What Was the Tulsa Race Massacre?

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The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 is the worst incident of interracial violence in U.S. history, yet it wasn't discussed for decades, and historians are still unearthing its details. Learn why, and what we do know about it, in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jun 26 2020

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Why Is Carmine, a Dye Made from Bugs, So Popular?

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Carmine is a vibrant, long-lasting red dye that's extracted from crushed cochineal insects. Learn about the intriguing history and modern use of carmine in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jun 25 2020

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How Many Continents Are There?

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Nailing down what makes a continent a continent is a surprisingly tricky business. Learn more about how we humans have defined landmasses, past and present, in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jun 24 2020

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Why Was a Doctor Once Ridiculed for Recommending Hand Washing?

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Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis asked fellow 19th-century doctors to wash their hands between conducting autopsies and delivering babies -- and was ridiculed for it. Learn how he and other sanitation pioneers helped save lives anyway in this episode of BrainStuff.

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Jun 23 2020

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iTunes Ratings

1334 Ratings
Average Ratings
716
263
160
93
102

Commercial Podcast

By Jerry Cunningham - Jun 02 2020
Read more
If you really, really love 2 minute commercials with 2-3 minutes of information, then this is the podcast for you. I sometimes enjoy the information but they need to cut out about the have the commercials. The political agenda and stupidity is strong with this one. Leave the political agenda out and it would be stars.

I generally like this podcast, but...

By Troy216 - Apr 23 2020
Read more
“Positively charged electrons”. Really?