Rank #1: What makes gross things gross?
Rank #2: Dreams: The science of a sleeping brain
Rank #3: How to cook for an alien
Rank #4: Salty snack science: Popcorn, nachos and the origins of salt
Rank #5: Smash Boom Best: Books vs Movies
So who are you rooting for: the printed word or the silver screen? Bibliophiles face off with film buffs everywhere in one of our favorite match-ups of the season. Listen to Team Books and Team Movies argue for their side, and then cast your vote here.
If you like the show, there are seven more episodes of Smash Boom Best waiting for you. It’s the perfect entertainment for your summer road trips. You could listen all the way from Dallas to Houston, from Sioux Falls to St. Paul, from Richmond to Philly!
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Rank #6: Thinkin stinkin: Why we smell
Rank #7: Earthrise: The picture of our planet that changed the world
In this episode we'll tell the tale of that epic snapshot. Plus we'll explain how Earth and our solar system formed in the first place. We'll talk to astrophysicist Lindy Elkins-Tanton about whether there are other planets like Earth in the universe. Plus we have an all new Mystery Sound and a Moment of Um that answers the question “Why do dreams seem longer than they are?”
So say cheese and enjoy! This episode is sponsored by Pre (eatpre.com and offer code BRAINSON). You can support Brains On at brainson.org/donate
Rank #8: Flush! Where does our poo and pee go?
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Rank #9: The wonderful weirdness of water
Rank #10: Boogers and sun sneezes: Know your nose
Rank #11: How does GPS know where you are?
Rank #12: Carnivores: Plants and animals that bite back
So that’s plants, but what about animals? Carnivores are animals that only eat other animals – so how do they get the vitamins, minerals and fiber that we humans get from eating plants? We take a trip to a salad bar with some animal pals to find out. This episode is sponsored by: Bona premium spray mop (bona.com/brainson), The Kevin Henkes book, ""Sweeping up the Heart,” Panama City Beach, (visitpanamacitybeach.com), Madison Reed hair color (madison-reed.com) - use promo code brainson at checkout for 10% off. You can support the show at brainson.org/donate
Rank #13: Roller coasters: from dream to extreme
Rank #14: Burning rivers of fire
Rank #15: Do dogs know they're dogs?
In this episode, canine cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz helps us puzzle out this question. We’ll also find out what happens (or doesn’t) when a dog looks in the mirror. Dogs are always dozing, and we’ll check in to see if they are dreaming too. And, we take a quick trip around the world in the language of barks.
All that, plus a brand new Mystery Sound and moon-filled Moment of Um!
Today’s episode is sponsored by Ozobot (ozobot.com/brains), KiwiCo (kiwico.com/brainson), and the book Horse Meets Dog. You can support Brains On with a contribution at brainson.org/donate