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Synopsis

Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science in the world around us.

Episodes

  • BrainStuff Classics: What the Heck is GDP?

    BrainStuff Classics: What the Heck is GDP?

    04/04/2020 Duration: 06min

    GDP, GNP – what does it all mean? Learn what economists are saying when they bring up these common economic indicators in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Was The Last Supper the Masterpiece Leonardo da Vinci Didnt Want to Paint?

    Why Was 'The Last Supper' the Masterpiece Leonardo da Vinci Didn't Want to Paint?

    03/04/2020 Duration: 06min

    The mural 'The Last Supper' made da Vinci famous, but it wasn't what he wanted to work on at the time. Learn the history of the painting (and what historians still argue about within it) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Is Entropy?

    What Is Entropy?

    02/04/2020 Duration: 08min

    It's OK if you're confused by the concept of entropy -- it can mean different things in different situations and disciplines. Learn about the second law of thermodynamics in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Do Ventilators Work?

    How Do Ventilators Work?

    01/04/2020 Duration: 08min

    When a person is having trouble breathing on their own, ventilators can help keep them alive until the underlying problem can be treated. Learn how they work and how they're being improved in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Does Ghee Work?

    How Does Ghee Work?

    31/03/2020 Duration: 05min

    Ghee is a shelf-stable, nutty-flavored type of clarified butter. Learn how to make it and cook with it in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What Famous Places Can You Explore from Home?

    What Famous Places Can You Explore from Home?

    30/03/2020 Duration: 06min

    Because being a globetrotter isn't always practical, many cultural sites and museums have virtual tours available online. Learn about a few of our favorites in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • BrainStuff Classics: Do Animals Laugh?

    BrainStuff Classics: Do Animals Laugh?

    29/03/2020 Duration: 04min

    It’s no secret that some animal species are highly intelligent – but can they “get” jokes? Can they laugh? Are laughter and intelligence even related? Learn about animal laughter in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Will a New Solar Orbiter Teach Us About the Sun?

    How Will a New Solar Orbiter Teach Us About the Sun?

    28/03/2020 Duration: 05min

    A recently launched spacecraft called the Solar Orbiter, or SolO, is en route to the sun to capture images from angles we've never achieved before. Learn how this will help us learn new things about our star in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Will Food Banks Meet Demand Related to COVID-19?

    How Will Food Banks Meet Demand Related to COVID-19?

    27/03/2020 Duration: 08min

    Food banks and pantries, community kitchens, and the like help feed millions -- but many more may need help during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Learn what these organizations are doing to keep up (and keep safe) in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Are Fruit Flies Science Superstars?

    Why Are Fruit Flies Science Superstars?

    26/03/2020 Duration: 06min

    Fruit flies are pests in our kitchens but glorious in genetics labs. Learn why -- and why they're not dangerous, even if they're annoying -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can You Start Your Own Bank?

    Can You Start Your Own Bank?

    25/03/2020 Duration: 06min

    The U.S. is the only industrialized nation in the world where anyone with the funds, plan, and motivation can start their own bank. Learn how the process works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Do You Have an Inner Monologue?

    Do You Have an Inner Monologue?

    25/03/2020 Duration: 07min

    It's hard to imagine other people's inner thoughts -- but we may be just as hard-pressed to explain our own. Learn how researchers have studied inner monologues and other modes of thought in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Does the U.S. Sell Soda in Liters but Milk in Gallons?

    Why Does the U.S. Sell Soda in Liters but Milk in Gallons?

    23/03/2020 Duration: 06min

    In America, many products -- including milk -- are sold in imperial ounces or gallons. But not so soda -- we often buy that in 1- or 2-liter bottles. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why Does Hand Washing Beat Hand Sanitizer Hands Down?

    Why Does Hand Washing Beat Hand Sanitizer Hands Down?

    23/03/2020 Duration: 07min

    Washing your hands is way more effective than hand sanitizer at getting rid of germs because soap is scientifically amazing stuff. Learn why -- and how to use both -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Can Social Distancing Save Lives?

    How Can Social Distancing Save Lives?

    22/03/2020 Duration: 07min

    When infectious diseases have the potential to break out, keeping your distance from other people means you’re helping protect everyone -- and helps our medical system not get overwhelmed. Learn why -- and how to do it -- in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Long Can Viruses Last on Surfaces?

    How Long Can Viruses Last on Surfaces?

    20/03/2020 Duration: 09min

    Every virus is different, and research into the novel Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is ongoing -- but learn about how long viruses can remain infectious in the air or on surfaces in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • FunStuff Playlist 05: Why Do We Sing in the Shower?

    FunStuff Playlist 05: Why Do We Sing in the Shower?

    19/03/2020 Duration: 03min

    It's somewhere between tempting and inevitable to break into song in the shower. But why? Learn about the psychology and physiology of shower singing in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • FunStuff Playlist 09: How Did Desi Arnaz Change Television?

    FunStuff Playlist 09: How Did Desi Arnaz Change Television?

    19/03/2020 Duration: 04min

    Lucille Ball's ex-husband wasn't just her 'I Love Lucy' co-star and writing partner -- Desi Arnaz changed the way television is produced and watched. Learn about his contributions to the industry in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • FunStuff Playlist 02: Why Are Some Words Funny?

    FunStuff Playlist 02: Why Are Some Words Funny?

    19/03/2020 Duration: 07min

    Words like 'poop' and 'wiggle' are inherently humorous, and science may have figured out why. Learn what science has to say about why some words tickle us in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • FunStuff Playlist 08: Can Absurdly Big Numbers Be Useful?

    FunStuff Playlist 08: Can Absurdly Big Numbers Be Useful?

    19/03/2020 Duration: 06min

    The bigger that numbers get, the harder they are for us to conceive of -- but that doesn't mean they can't be useful. Learn about some just ridiculously huge numbers in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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