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Microbots, Babies’ Trust, and Lead Contamination

Tiny, reusable robots could help remove lead from our water supply, and we explain why lead contamination is happening in the first place. Plus, very young children can identify corrupt characters – but they can also be bribed.


Thought Experiment: Transhumanism and Space Exploration

 Thought Experiment: Transhumanism and Space Exploration

Humans are ill-suited to the rigors of space, but augmenting ourselves with technology may create opportunities to explore and colonize worlds beyond our own. In this episode, we experiment in such a future. See more »

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

 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. See more »

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

 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. See more »

Bird Poop Politics, Double Pregnancies, and How 'Citizens' Became 'Consumers'

 Bird Poop Politics, Double Pregnancies, and How 'Citizens' Became 'Consumers'

Bird excrement was once so valuable to farmers that the U.S. government tried to claim all of it. It's possible to get pregnant a second time when you're already pregnant. Plus: When did we start calling citizens consumers? See more »

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 »