Curious, Cool and Compelling: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week


Sea spiders have a fascinating circulatory quirk. Read on to find out what it is. Borut Furlan/WaterFrame/Getty Images
Sea spiders have a fascinating circulatory quirk. Read on to find out what it is. Borut Furlan/WaterFrame/Getty Images

Things are better when they're easier, right? OK, maybe that's not always the case. But we can confidently say that life is much better when it's easier to check out all our awesome podcasts and articles. That's why we've rounded up some of our favorite stories from this week, here for you to peruse as you please. Happy reading!

The Curious

Egypt is famous for its ancient landmarks, especially its pyramids. But it's not the only country where tourists can take cheesy forced perspective photos near the imposing, triangular structures. An episode of the podcast Stuff They Don't Want You to Know brings to light pyramids outside of Egypt. Listen here.

What do you think this next story is going to be about? If you guessed "guessing," you guessed right — although you probably didn't. That's OK; it's a complex process. Hosts Josh and Chuck break down what science has to say about it in a new episode of the podcast Stuff You Should Know.

Sometimes the allure of a topic lies in how little one knows about it. Well, that's not really our M.O. — we like to dive head-first into the mysterious, wacky and strange. Such is the case with our new article, "How Scientology Works", which dispels some of the mystique around the religion.

The Cool

Maybe humans can't predict the weather like some researchers posit other animals can, but scientists have gotten pretty darn good at understanding it and figuring out its patterns. TechStuff host Jonathan directs his eyes toward the skies in this podcast episode about weather.

Researchers recently discovered that sea spiders pump blood and oxygen through their bodies using their guts. Now, we could list a bunch of idioms replacing the word "heart" with "guts," but we'll spare you the wordplay ... that time would be better spent just reading the article.

A total solar eclipse is headed for the U.S. in August, and it's a big one. Not only is it the first in the country in nearly 40 years, but it's also the first to cross the entire continental U.S. in about a century. Since we wouldn't want you to be left in the dark (ahem) on how to see the eclipse, here's a guide to witnessing the momentous even in your neck of the woods.

The Compelling

Graham crackers certainly aren't the most visually appealing of treats, which makes sense, since they were originally marketed as healthy snacks. Hard to believe about a food so often paired with pie and marshmallows? FoodStuff hosts Anney and Lauren explain in a new episode of the podcast.

Cardio and weight-lifting are often given as prescriptions for burning body fat. And since shedding pounds and inches is a top priority on many people's goal lists, it's no wonder people turn to exercise to knock some weight off. But is the prescription ineffective? Get the skinny on whether exercising to lose weight is a myth in a new episode of Part-Time Genius.

According to a new review, people who are born blind naturally produce similar facial expressions to sighted people. But when blind people are prompted to produce an expression, the task becomes a little more difficult. Find out how the research explored whether facial expressions are innate or learned in this article.