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The award-winning Curiosity Daily podcast from Curiosity.com will help you get smarter about the world around you — every day. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll get a unique mix of research-based life hacks, the latest science and technology news, and more. Discovery's Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer will help you learn about your mind and body, outer space and the depths of the sea, and how history shaped the world into what it is today.
 
B'H/Blessed is Our Creator!!! S.O.U.L. S.=Seven O.= Original/Oldest U.=Universal L.=Laws A show produced and hosted by Don Zusya Goodman, a Rabbinical College of America Graduate with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Religious Studies has been a member of the Chabad Lubavitch Chassidic educational movement for the past 30 years. 1. Fuses Torah/Biblical Rabbinical Learning with prior secular training in radio-communications-newspaper skills. 2.T.C.I. Therapeutic Crisis Intervention formerly cert ...
 
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In this episode, RSP Co-Host Breann Fallon talks to Professor J. Lorand Matory of Duke University on the topic of fetishism. After outlining the concept of “fetishism,” considering the Portuguese origins as well as the term’s use in the work of Marx and Freud, Matory discusses his latest book The Fetish Revisited. Matory highlights his re-thinking …
 
Scientists renamed human genes because of Microsoft Excel by Grant Currin Vincent, J. (2020, August 6). Scientists rename human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from misreading them as dates. The Verge; The Verge. https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/6/21355674/human-genes-rename-microsoft-excel-misreading-dates Ziemann, M., Eren, Y., & El-Osta, A. (2016).…
 
Learn how the mathematical mistake of exponential growth bias makes people underestimate the spread of COVID-19, how crocodiles have survived since the dinosaurs, and how puns activate both sides of the brain. "Exponential growth bias" can make people underestimate COVID-19 by Steffie Drucker Robson, D. (2020). Exponential growth bias: The numerica…
 
Learn about how wildfires are powerful enough to create their own storms, how the invention of bags influenced human evolution, and how announcers with low voices can make products larger. Wildfires can create their own storms by Cameron Duke Specktor, B. (2017, December 12). What Are Pyrocumulus Clouds? California Fires Spawn Eerie Formations. Liv…
 
Learn about how rats might not have been all to blame for the bubonic plagues and why we’re more prone to mindlessly eat while we multitask. When It Comes to the Black Death, the Rats May Have Been Framed by Ashley Hamer History.com Editors. (2010, September 17). Black Death. HISTORY. https://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages/black-death Gill, V. …
 
Learn about whether animals can predict earthquakes, why younger folks experience déjà vu more often, and how software that helped us reach the moon was literally woven by hand. Can Animals Really Sense an Earthquake Coming? A New Study Says Yes by Grant Currin Pratik Pawar. (2020, July 22). Animals Sense Earthquakes Before They Happen. Can They He…
 
Learn about how children led their own research project into what they really think of adults, how painting eyes on cow butts could help solve a wildlife conservation problem, and whether it’s a good idea to rinse out your recycling. Children led a research project into what they really think of adults by Kelsey Donk Maynard, E., & Barton, S. (2020…
 
Learn about how a phenomenon called the third-person effect makes us think we’re too smart for advertising to work on us, why scientists used violinists to study how humans sync in a complex network, and why you can relieve pain by holding hands! The Third-Person Effect Is Why We All Think We’re Too Smart for Ad Campaigns by Anna Todd Davison, W. P…
 
Learn about how that dark sense of humor can mean a higher IQ, the origin of the word “orange,” and how the arctic produces “zombie fires.” A Dark Sense of Humor May Mean You Have a High IQ by Joanie Faletto Willinger, U., Hergovich, A., Schmoeger, M., Deckert, M., Stoettner, S., Bunda, I., Witting, A., Seidler, M., Moser, R., Kacena, S., Jaeckle, …
 
Learn whether smiling can actually make you feel happier and why it took John Harrison, a working-class clockmaker, to figure out longitude. It Took a Working-Class Clockmaker to Figure Out Longitude by Ashley Hamer Dr Helen Klus. (2017, October 26). Latitude and Longitude. The Star Garden. http://www.thestargarden.co.uk/Longitude.html ‌Longitude f…
 
In this episode, the RSP’s Maxinne Connolly-Panagopoulos speaks to Dr. Kathleen Openshaw about her fascinating research on the Universal Church of God in Australia. Beginning with the origins of this Brazilian, Pentecostal Church, Dr. Openshaw explains why the UCKG is so popular with migrants from the Global South. Speaking on her fieldwork, and he…
 
Learn about how there are two types of empathy — and why we need both, why sturdy steel razors dull, and whether it’s possible to learn perfect pitch. There are two types of empathy, and we need both by Kelsey Donk Empathy Definition | What Is Empathy. (2020). Greater Good Magazine. UC Berkeley. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/empathy/defini…
 
Learn about why everyone claims they’re awful at remembering names; how “hobo code” helped itinerant workers communicate in the 1900s; and whether you probably see yourself as more attractive than you really are. We all think our memories are above average, except for remembering names by Steffi Drucker Finally, One Area Where We Don’t Think We’re …
 
Learn about how a mutation that evolved to protect us against malaria actually makes us more prone to other diseases; and why astronauts are using old sailing technology (sextants) to navigate through space. Plus: a special update from Cody! A mutation that makes us prone to autoimmune diseases evolved to protect us from malaria by Cameron Duke Kha…
 
Learn about how the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest texts in the world, was first translated not by a scientist, but by an engraver’s apprentice named George Smith; how horses lost their toes; and why sperm swim differently than scientists previously thought. Some Random Guy Stumbled Upon and Translated a Legendary Ancient Text by Reuben Westm…
 
Learn why fragrance-free is NOT the same as unscented, and how a cow named Cosmo was genetically edited so he’ll have more male offspring. There's a big difference between "unscented" and "fragrance free" by Kelsey Donk Schwarcz, J. (2017, July 21). What is the difference between “Unscented” and “Fragrance-free” products? Office for Science and Soc…
 
Learn about why short-term pleasures are important for your well-being; a Thorne-Żytkow Object, which is what astronomers call a star within a star; and how science identified the culprit for your smelly armpits: Staphylococcus hominis. Short-term pleasures contribute to well-being just as much as self-control by Kelsey Donk Hedonism leads to happi…
 
This bonus-length roundtable episode brings scholars of various disciplines and ranks together to discuss their experiences in the study of Buddhist ritual. Working in areas of art history, Buddhist Studies, anthropology, and cultural studies, the panelists shed light on some of the challenges and promises of working within and across disciplines. …
 
Blessed is Our Eternal Creator!!! Shalom/Peace and Brocha/Blessing upon the entire Human Family Experience. With Creator's Help, our next program will take place on 09/06/20 starting at 6:00 PM Holy Land of Israel time corresponding to 11:00 AM time live from Turtle Island=AKA=USA=Unified Soul Actualization. Program content will focus on being in d…
 
Learn why pregnancy cravings might be more cultural than biological; and why raindrops don’t damage delicate insect wings. Then, play along at home and test your podcast knowledge with this month’s Curiosity Challenge trivia game. Pregnancy cravings are more cultural than biological by Grant Currin Orloff, N. C., Flammer, A., Hartnett, J., Liquorma…
 
Author Bill Sullivan discusses the surprising ways your genes can influence aggressive and violent tendencies. Then, learn about how it’s possible that anglerfish can fuse to their mates; and box breathing, a Navy SEAL technique for reducing stress and staying calm. Additional resources from Bill Sullivan: Pick up “Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs,…
 
Learn about how frequent daydreaming may be killing your mood, why ancient Greek temples were purposely built on fault lines; and the invisible forces that make you do the things you do, with author Bill Sullivan. You Daydream Surprisingly Often, and It's Not Helping by Rachel Bertsche Bradt, S. (2010, November 11). Wandering mind not a happy mind.…
 
Learn about how people under stress can find a “new normal” surprisingly quickly, and why the Mercury 13 should have been the first women in space. Even under stress, our sense of normalcy bounces back surprisingly quickly by Kelsey Donk Sense of normalcy bounces back fast: New study. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020…
 
Take a journey into the dark heart of American politics in this month’s Discourse! Join David Robertson, Megan Goodwin, Savannah Finver, and S. Jonathon O’Donnell to discuss QAnon. Explore the roots of this multifaceted conspiracy theory in the Satanic Ritual Abuse scare of the 1980s and ’90s, the parallels with earlier millennial narratives, and t…
 
Learn about how blind people can describe what animals look like, how “Ring Around the Rosie” probably doesn’t reference the Plague, and why scientists used Cladosporium sphaerospermum, a radiosynthetic species of fungus, to build a radiation shield. Ring Around the Rosie probably doesn't reference the plague by Kelsey Donk Mikkelson, D. (2000, Nov…
 
Learn about the "shower-curtain effect," the mystery of why your shower curtain will randomly cling to you; whether masks affect our emotional development; and why humans perk up their ears. No One Knows Why the Shower Curtain Will Randomly Cling to You by Joanie Faletto Why Does the Shower Curtain Move Toward the Water? (2001, July 11). Scientific…
 
Learn about what to do when your pet is scared; and why the theory of endosymbiosis says you have microbes inside your cells. Then, stick around to meet Natalia Reagan: an anthropologist, primatologist, and comedian who will be filling Cody’s shoes while he’s on paternity leave. What to do when your pet is scared by Cameron Duke Waite, M. (2020, Ju…
 
Learn about how mapmakers catch copycats with paper towns and trap streets; why people on their deathbed can probably hear their loved ones pay their last respects; and that time some woodpeckers shut down NASA’s plan to launch the space shuttle Discovery. Paper Towns and Trap Streets Are How Mapmakers Catch Copycats by Reuben Westmaas Goblu and Be…
 
Physician James Hamblin, staff writer for The Atlantic, explains what would happen if you stopped showering — and other fun facts from the emerging science of the skin microbiome. Plus: are some trees really immortal? Are some trees immortal? A new study says no by Grant Currin Despite debate, even the world’s oldest trees are not immortal. (2020).…
 
Learn about how you can slash your exercise time with high-intensity interval training (HIIT) — and the science that backs it up; how “collective narcissism” can make groups toxic; and how dolphins make friends strategically. HIIT Is the Science-Backed Workout That Can Slash Your Exercise Time by Ashley Hamer Burgomaster, K. A., Howarth, K. R., Phi…
 
In this interview with two RSP editors, Christopher R. Cotter (co-editor-in-chief) and Breann Fallon (managing co-editor), discuss the intellectual-journey that brought Cotter to his newest publication: The Critical Study of Non-Religion: Discourse, Identification and Locality (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020). Cotter begins by providing an overview of p…
 
Learn about why it’s harder to clean grease off of plastic than glass; how zoos use their own version of dating apps for breeding programs; and why science says you don’t have to be married to be happy. Why is it harder to clean grease off of plastic than glass? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Lili) Saig, A. (2012, May 17). Why does soap ea…
 
Learn about why people prefer round numbers over precise ones, thanks to a principle behavioral economists call attribute framing; and whether there really are wasps inside figs. People prefer round numbers even when the precise number is better news by Kelsey Donk Consumers Prefer Round Numbers Even When the Specific Number Is Better News. (2016).…
 
Learn what environmental cardiology has taught us about how we should live, with help from Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar. Then, you’ll learn about the world’s first 3D-printed nuclear reactor core; and why spaghetti always breaks in three. Environmental cardiology resources from Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar: HealthDay. (2020). California’s Wildfires May Have Fueled C…
 
Environmental cardiology researcher Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar explains why experts are looking at our environment to improve our health. Then, learn how Polynesians and Native Americans connected across more than 2,000 miles of ocean — all the way back in the 12th century. Environmental cardiology resources from Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar: University of Louisvi…
 
Learn about why you have false memories of doing daily tasks; how we know that dogs might be able to sense Earth’s magnetic field via magnetoreception; and the science behind why there’s no up or down in space. Science confirms we create false memories of doing daily tasks by Steffie Drucker Paper: Mundane behavioral decisions, actions can be “misr…
 
“Decades of work is all of a sudden viable and possible in the blink of an eye,” says CU Boulder Professor Natalie Avalos in the final moments of her conversation with RSP Co-Host David McConeghy. After last season’s conversation with Malory Nye that highlighted the colonialism and racism embedded in the European roots of the field of religious stu…
 
To wrap up our Shark Week coverage, learn about why the US military tried to develop "Shark Chaser" shark repellent during World War II. Then, learn about the leading theories explaining why moths are drawn to lights; and the difference between mummies and fossils. Get even more from Shark Week 2020 on Discovery’s Daily Bite Podcast: https://www.di…
 
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