Welcome to this week's edition of the HowStuffWorks Now podcast.
This week, we learned that sometimes you have to swim the women's 400-meter freestyle in 3:56:46 to earn a gold medal, and sometimes you're rewarded just for being alive. The latter is the idea behind universal basic income, a topic HowStuffWorks Now host Joe McCormick covered back in March when Ontario first announced that it was thinking about trying out a pilot program. The idea has surfaced repeatedly in the ensuing months, too, when Swiss voters rejected a basic income proposal in a June referendum and, oppositely, the Black Lives Matter movement announced its support of one.
Jonathan Strickland also brought exciting news about Moon Express, the privately funded mission that's bent on winning the Google Lunar X Prize by sending and landing a rover on the moon's surface. What's so exciting? Thanks to Moon Express navigating bureaucratic hurdles we can only guess at, private U.S. companies now know which federal agency they have to ask to sign their permission slip to go to the moon: the Federal Aviation Administration.
Last up Robert Lamb explained how a pervasive Chinese myth may have some roots in reality, according to a new study released in the journal Science. Specifically, the myth concerns a devastating flood, a father's doomed efforts to stop it and his son's eventual victory over the deluge. Robert explains exactly how Chinese geologists sought to verify that this mythical natural disaster actually occurred.
That's our trio for the HowStuffWorks Now podcast this week, which we've embedded for your listening pleasure in this article. As always, if you like what you hear, subscribe.