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Your weekly dose of some of the world's latest and greatest science news, technological advancements, absurd curiosities and groundbreaking research in everything from ancient history to the future of astrophysics. Join Lauren Vogelbaum and the HowStuffWorks team as they explore humanity's newest discoveries in HowStuffWorks NOW.

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 »

Cool, Creepy and Quirky: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

This week's roundup of HowStuffWorks podcasts and articles features stories on bizarre human replicants, deserted auto factories and the historic Prospect Park. Read on! See more »

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

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?

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 See more »

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 »

Amazing, Absurd and Abnormal: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Read up on table-tennis playing robots and homemade self-driving cars in this week's round-up of the latest podcasts and articles at HowStuffWorks. See more »

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 »

Odd, Outstanding & Outrageous: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

In this week's round-up of HowStuffWorks podcasts and articles, cosmic rays are wreaking havoc on electronic devices, and bees are playing soccer. Read on! See more »

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 »