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HowStuffWorks NOW

Your weekly dose of some of the world’s latest and greatest science news, technological advancements, absurd curiosities, and groundbreaking research in everything from ancient history to the future of astrophysics. Join Lauren Vogelbaum and the HowStuffWorks team as they explore humanity’s newest discoveries in HowStuffWorks NOW.

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Textalyzer, Future of Oil, Musk to Mars

New 'textalyzer' tech aims to catch distracted drivers and Saudi Arabia will attempt to lessen its addiction to oil. Plus, Elon Musk steers Dragon 2 toward possible 2018 Mars landing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

10mins

2 May 2016

Rank #1

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A U.S. Space Force, Why the Weather's Getting Stuck, and Maple Syrup Medicine

Is it time for the United States to have a military Space Force? Weather patterns are getting stuck in place - climate change is to blame. Plus, research shows that a substance in maple syrup has some incredible medicinal properties. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

15mins

18 Apr 2017

Rank #2

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Scattering Ashes, Circular Airport Runways, and the TSA's Power Over Electronics

Is scattering ashes technically littering? Will circular runways be the future of airports? Can the TSA search the data in your electronic devices? In this episode, these questions are answered and only two bad puns are made. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

13mins

10 Apr 2017

Rank #3

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A Weird Keystone Species, Julian Assange's Internet Access, and a Vicious Facebook Cycle

The spiny, egg-laying echidna has been identified as one of Australia's keystone species. The Ecuadorian embassy that harbors Wikileaks' founder has cut off his internet access. Plus, certain behaviors on social networking sites can make us less happy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

12mins

24 Oct 2016

Rank #4

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Star Wars Drone Security, VR Therapy, and Shocking Bad Habits

Disney may be using a fleet of drones to protect "Star Wars" sets from spies. Virtual reality is proving a hugely successful therapeutic tool for treating paranoia. Plus, a new wearable device claims it can shock your bad habits away. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

9mins

9 May 2016

Rank #5

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Your Cat Is Bored, Robots Will Eliminate Jobs, and China Has Ancient Superhero Myths

Indoor cats are healthier (and less likely to be jerks) when you let them hunt. Market research predicts that robots will take 6 percent of U.S. jobs in the next 5 years. Plus, meet the mythical Chinese characters who have inspired comic book superheroes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

13mins

19 Sep 2016

Rank #6

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A Driver with Quadriplegia, A Chair to Help You Wait, and Who The Joneses Were, Anyway

The first semi-autonomous driver's license now belongs to a man with quadriplegia. Autonomous driving tech has also brought us self-driving chairs for long lines. Plus, the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses" may have been inspired by a real family. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

10mins

17 Oct 2016

Rank #7

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History’s Worst Coffee, Learning Without Concentrating, and Why America Votes on Tuesdays

Demand for coffee during the American Civil War lead to a noxious innovation. Haptic feedback may let you learn certain skills without concentrating. Plus, the history behind Super Tuesday – and questions into whether weekdays work for modern voters. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

14mins

7 Nov 2016

Rank #8

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Robots that Live in Your Clothes, the Life of Jack Chick, and the Smell of Water

In the future, tiny personal-assistant robots may crawl all over your clothing. We look back at the life of the infamous evangelical cartoonist Jack Chick. Plus: Why didn’t humans evolve the ability to smell water like other animals can? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

14mins

31 Oct 2016

Rank #9

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Hallucinogenic Honey, Squid Brains, and Why Hot Food Is So Satisfying

Ancient armies sometimes used hallucinogenic honey as a bioweapon. New research shows how different squid brains are from human brains. Plus, we break down why hot food seems more satisfying than cold food. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

14mins

6 Mar 2017

Rank #10

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Bacteria’s Vision, Netflix Viewers’ Ad Savings, and Your Sleeping Brain’s Watchdog

Some bacteria can see by using their bodies like a camera lens to focus light. Netflix subscribers may be saving themselves from seeing over 6 days’ worth of ads per year. Plus, researchers are figuring out why we sleep so poorly in new places. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

10mins

16 May 2016

Rank #11

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Conversational Eye Contact, Presidential Housing, and Samoan Solar Energy

Researchers may have pinpointed why it's hard to maintain eye contact while we speak. If Trump declined to live in the White House, it would be unprecedented. Plus, a Samoan island is prepared to switch entirely to solar energy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

11mins

5 Dec 2016

Rank #12

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Face Punching Legality, Misophonia, and Ties Between Honesty and Profanity

Morality aside, is it ever legal to punch someone in the face? Unrelated: Researchers have identified the brain bits responsible for finding certain sounds incredibly annoying. Plus, highly profane people may be more honest. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

11mins

28 Feb 2017

Rank #13

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A Hot Tub of Despair, Fast Bats, and Teen Tech Creators

A warm, salty area deep in the Gulf of Mexico kills everything it touches. Bats can fly faster than anyone thought, beating out even the fastest birds. Plus, young women in South Africa plan to launch a satellite as part of a STEM academic program. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

11mins

28 Nov 2016

Rank #14

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Spiders Overshare, Women’s Autism Is Underdiagnosed, and Earth’s in a New Epoch

Some spiders live in colonies with thousands of neighbors and share themselves to death. Autism in women is often misunderstood and undiagnosed, but new campaigns and research may help. Plus, Earth may have entered a new geological epoch due to human intervention. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

13mins

5 Sep 2016

Rank #15

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The Danger Episode: Solar Flares, Cosmic Rays, and App Terms of Service

Solar flares may be responsible for deadly whale beachings. New research clarifies cosmic radiation exposure for frequent fliers. Plus, purposefully complex terms of service let apps harvest our personal data. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

12mins

21 Feb 2017

Rank #16

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Cuttlefish Can Count, Catfish Catch Mice, and China Wants a Sea Lab

It seems that cuttlefish have the number sense to rival human babies. Some catfish have added small land mammals to their diets. Plus, China is looking to build a laboratory on the ocean floor – but why? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

11mins

12 Sep 2016

Rank #17

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Stealing Sand, Communicating via Poop, and Clinical Trial Participation

and is in such high demand that tons of it are being stolen from beaches. White rhinos use middens as a complex communal message board. Plus, clinical trials need more volunteers -- we explain why. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

18mins

13 Mar 2017

Rank #18

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Asparagus Pee Science, Tardigrades' Weird Mating Habits, and Criminal Software

You have some specific genes to thank if you can smell asparagus in urine. Tardigrades were finally observed mating and it's suitably strange. Plus, a software glitch is sending innocent people to prison. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

9mins

2 Jan 2017

Rank #19

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Virgin Shark Births, Weighted Anxiety Blankets, and a Border Wall's Impact on Wildlife

A zebra shark has given birth to viable babies without a mate. Weighted blankets may help people battle anxiety and insomnia. Plus: How much damage would a U.S. boarder wall do to local wildlife? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

10mins

14 Feb 2017

Rank #20