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A Sweating Robot, the Best Way to Merge, and What Your Phone Battery Wants

A new humanoid robot keeps its components cool by sweating, just like you and me. Drivers who wait until the last second to merge are scientifically correct - and safer. Plus, we bust a few myths about what will (and won't) damage your smartphone battery.


The Psychology of Picky Eating, the Secret Service's Services, and a Self-Driving Car Kit

 The Psychology of Picky Eating, the Secret Service's Services, and a Self-Driving Car Kit

Researchers are working to improve the lives of adult picky eaters. We break down who the Secret Service protects, and at what costs to taxpayers. Plus, there's a $700 kit that turns certain cars into self-driving cars -- and it works. See more »

What Happens When You Swallow a Leech?

 What Happens When You Swallow a Leech?

Although cases are rare, a non-zero number of patients have gone to doctors with a leech stuck in their throat over the years. In this special episode, we explore this gross but fascinating circumstance. Music by Eric Matyas www.soundimage.org See more »

Stealing Sand, Communicating via Poop, and Clinical Trial Participation

 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. See more »

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

 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. See more »

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

 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. See more »

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

 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. See more »

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

 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? See more »

The Blood of the Young, Crustacean Bioweapons, and Our Oldest Ancestor

 The Blood of the Young, Crustacean Bioweapons, and Our Oldest Ancestor

A proposed anti-aging treatment transfuses young people's plasma into old people's blood. A species of boxer crab clones and carries sea anemones as weapons. Plus, the oldest known ancestor of all vertebrates was a wee sack of teeth. See more »

Tornadoes Demystified, Global Medicine, and Why the President's First 100 Days Matter

 Tornadoes Demystified, Global Medicine, and Why the President's First 100 Days Matter

Tornadoes' centers leave you cold and breathless; now we know how. Underuse and overuse of particular medical treatments is a global problem. Plus, the history and politics behind the importance of a president's first 100 days. See more »

Wonder Woman's Creator, School Suspensions' Effects, and Charging in Airplane Mode

 Wonder Woman's Creator, School Suspensions' Effects, and Charging in Airplane Mode

Wonder Woman's iconic themes of truth, matriarchy, and bondage reflect on her fascinating creator. Schools are suspending more students than ever, with lasting effects. Plus: Do smartphones really charge faster in airplane mode? See more »