Welcome to a quick recap of our latest HowStuffWorks Now podcast. Here's a glimpse of what the hosts are talking about this week.
Last year, the U.S. logged more than 58,000 incidents of gun violence, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Now, thanks to researchers from Harvard and Yale, we may have a better idea of how and why that violence seems to spread from person to person. The researchers discovered after studying more than 11,000 episodes of gun violence that people are more likely to be shot after associating with a shooting victim, particularly when that interaction involves committing an offense. Writer and editor Yves Jeffcoat pulled together that story.
Next up, editor Christopher Hassiotis talked about how pregnancy brain really is a thing. The article, first written by Laurie Dove, looked at an experiment that conducted brain scans on about two dozen first-time moms over the course of several years. The changes to the brains of the pregnant women were so distinct that researchers could pick them out of a lineup with knowing the women's medical history. In addition, the changes to the brain lasted longer than you might think. Here's a link to the study published in Nature Neuroscience.
Our third story hit a much lighter (if dirtier) note and sought to answer the following burning question: How long can your hard-working bath towel go without being washed and becoming completely disgusting? A day? A week? Until it can stand by itself? Editor Kathryn Whitbourne brought you the facts on that story first written by Alia Hoyt.
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