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Sep 21, 2020

Why Do Young People Have More Déjà Vu?

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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 Help Us Predict Disasters? Discover Magazine. https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/animals-sense-earthquakes-before-they-happen-can-they-help-us-predict
‌Averett, N. (2020, July 31). Do Animals Really Anticipate Earthquakes? Sensors Hint They Do. Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/do-animals-really-anticipate-earthquakes-sensors-hint-they-do/
‌The sixth sense of animals. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/m-tss070320.php
Wikelski, M., Mueller, U., Scocco, P., Catorci, A., Desinov, L. V., Belyaev, M. Y., Keim, D., Pohlmeier, W., Fechteler, G., & Martin Mai, P. (2020). Potential short‐term earthquake forecasting by farm animal monitoring. Ethology. https://doi.org/10.1111/eth.13078

Why Do Young People Experience More Déjà Vu? By Ashley Hamer
Focal Onset Aware Seizures (simple partial seizures). (2017). Epilepsy Foundation. https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/types-seizures/focal-onset-aware-seizures-aka-simple-partial-seizures
‌Brown, A. S. (2003). A review of the deja vu experience. Psychological bulletin, 129(3), 394. https://doi.org/10.1037/0033-2909.129.3.394 
Teale, J. C. (2015, March 3). What is Déjà Vu? Scientific American Blog Network. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/frontiers-for-young-minds/what-is-d-233-j-224-vu/

The Apollo Missions Used Guidance Software That Was Literally Woven by Hand by Ashley Hamer
Brock, D.C. (September 2017). Software as Hardware: Apollo’s Rope Memory. IEEE Spectrum: Technology, Engineering, and Science News. https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-history/space-age/software-as-hardware-apollos-rope-memory
‌John R. Garman Oral History. (2010). Nasa.Gov. https://historycollection.jsc.nasa.gov/JSCHistoryPortal/history/oral_histories/GarmanJR/GarmanJR_3-27-01.htm
‌McMillan, R. (2015, October 13). Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself. WIRED. https://www.wired.com/2015/10/margaret-hamilton-nasa-apollo/

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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, August 7). Children reveal what they really think of adults – in their own research paper. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/children-reveal-what-they-really-think-of-adults-in-their-own-research-paper-144025
Because ‘grown-ups don’t always get it right’: Allyship with children in research – from research question to authorship. (2020). Qualitative Research in Psychology. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14780887.2020.1794086?journalCode=uqrp20

Painting eyes on cow butts may help solve a key wildlife conservation problem by Cameron Duke
Radford, C., Jordan, N. R., & Rogers, T. (2020, August 7). Lions are less likely to attack cattle with eyes painted on their backsides. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/lions-are-less-likely-to-attack-cattle-with-eyes-painted-on-their-backsides-142488 
Radford, C., McNutt, J. W., Rogers, T., Maslen, B., & Jordan, N. (2020). Artificial eyespots on cattle reduce predation by large carnivores. Communications Biology, 3(1), 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-020-01156-0

Is it wasteful to rinse out recycling? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Lydia)
Recycling can be confusing, and many different cities do it in many different ways. So when in doubt, check the website of your local recycling program. It’ll tell you exactly what to do to get your recyclables recycled. Thanks for your question, Lydia! If you have a question, send it into podcast at curiosity dot com, or leave us a voicemail at 312-596-5208.
Douglas, N. (2018, June 12). How to Rinse Your Recyclables Without Wasting Water. Lifehacker. https://lifehacker.com/how-to-rinse-your-recyclables-without-wasting-water-1826764672
Nina Shen Rastogi. (2009, February 3). Is it worth it to wash out your recyclables? Slate Magazine. https://slate.com/technology/2009/02/is-it-worth-it-to-wash-out-your-recyclables.html
Should you rinse your recyclables? | Recycle Coach. (2019, September 16). Recycle Coach. https://recyclecoach.com/residents/blog/should-you-rinse-your-recyclables/
Thornton, T. (2017, May 28). Why you’re almost certainly wasting time rinsing your recycling. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/why-youre-almost-certainly-wasting-time-rinsing-your-recycling-78189

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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. (1983). The Third-Person Effect in Communication. Public Opinion Quarterly, 47(1), 1. https://doi.org/10.1086/268763
Third-Person Effect and Pandemic Flu: The Role of Severity, Self-Efficacy Method Mentions, and Message Source. (2016). Journal of Health Communication. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10810730.2016.1245801?journalCode=uhcm20 
The Influence of Presumed Fake News Influence: Examining Public Support for Corporate Corrective Response, Media Literacy Interventions, and Governmental Regulation. (2020). Mass Communication and Society. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15205436.2020.1750656?journalCode=hmcs20 
‌McLeod, D. M., Eveland, W. P., & Nathanson, A. I. (1997). Support for Censorship of Violent and Misogynic Rap Lyrics. Communication Research, 24(2), 153–174. https://doi.org/10.1177/009365097024002003 

Scientists used violinists to study how humans sync in a complex network by Grant Currin
Elad Shniderman. (2020, August 25). Sync Variations. Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/394199689
What violin synchronization can teach us about better networking in complex times. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/sbu-wvs081120.php
Shahal, S., Wurzberg, A., Sibony, I., Duadi, H., Shniderman, E., Weymouth, D., Davidson, N., & Fridman, M. (2020). Synchronization of complex human networks. Nature Communications, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-17540-7
Researchers Study Violinists To Learn How Humans Act in Synchrony. (2020, August 11). Inside Science. https://www.insidescience.org/news/researchers-study-violinists-learn-how-humans-act-synchrony

For an All-Natural Painkiller, Try Holding Your Partner’s Hand by Mae Rice
Original episode: https://curiositydaily.com/asmr-video-health-benefits-moonquake-science-holdi/

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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, D., Loader, B., Mueller, C., & Auff, E. (2017). Cognitive and emotional demands of black humour processing: the role of intelligence, aggressiveness and mood. Cognitive Processing, 18(2), 159–167. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10339-016-0789-y
‌Berman, R. (2017, March 10). You Can Stop Apologizing for Your Sick Sense of Humor. Big Think; Big Think. https://bigthink.com/robby-berman/you-can-stop-apologizing-for-your-dark-sense-of-humor

Which “Orange” Came First: the Color or the Fruit? By Reuben Westmaas
Which came first – orange the colour or orange the fruit? | Independent. (2020). The Independent. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/which-came-first-orange-colour-or-orange-fruit-a6879541.html
Guardian Staff. (2010, March 30). Notes and queries: Which came first, orange the colour or orange the fruit? When Blur were better than Oasis. The Guardian; The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2010/mar/31/origin-of-the-orange
Which Came First: Orange the Color or Orange the Fruit? (2012, February 8). Mentalfloss.Com. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/29942/which-came-first-orange-color-or-orange-fruit
Which came first – orange the colour or orange the fruit? Do the two concepts share the same word in all languages? | Notes and Queries | guardian.co.uk. (2011). Theguardian.Com. https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-4756,00.html

Arctic wildfires can turn into “zombie fires” by Steffie Drucker
‘Zombie fires’ are erupting in Alaska and likely Siberia, signaling severe Arctic fire season may lie ahead. (2020, May 28). The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/05/28/zombie-fires-burning-arctic-siberia/
Cormier, Z. (2019). Why the Arctic is smouldering. Bbc.Com. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20190822-why-is-the-arctic-on-fire
‌Tundra Topography and Soil. (2001). Alaska’s Tundra and Wildlife – Alaska Wildlife Curriculum Teacher’s Guide. Alaska Department of Fish and Game. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static-sf/statewide/aquatic_ed/AWC%20ACTIVITIES/TUNDRA%20&%20WILDLIFE/BACKGROUND%20INFORMATION/Tundra%20II_Topography%20and%20Soil%20Facts.pdf

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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 found – the story of Harrison’s Clocks. (2015, October 7). Royal Museums Greenwich. https://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/longitude-found-john-harrison
Roberts, A. (2014, May 17). A true sea shanty: the story behind the Longitude prize. The Guardian; The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/may/18/true-sea-shanty-story-behind-longitude-prize-john-harrison

Can smiling really make you happier? By Grant Currin
O’Grady, C. (2019, September 5). Can Smiling Really Make You Happier? FiveThirtyEight; FiveThirtyEight. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/can-smiling-really-make-you-happier/
Woodell, A. (2020). Leaning into the replication crisis: Why you should consider conducting replication research. Https://Www.APA.org. https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/psn/2020/03/replication-crisis 
Strack, F., Martin, L. L., & Stepper, S. (1988). Inhibiting and facilitating conditions of the human smile: A nonobtrusive test of the facial feedback hypothesis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 54(5), 768–777. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.54.5.768 
Wagenmakers, E.-J., Beek, T., Dijkhoff, L., Gronau, Q. F., Acosta, A., Adams, R. B., Albohn, D. N., Allard, E. S., Benning, S. D., Blouin-Hudon, E.-M., Bulnes, L. C., Caldwell, T. L., Calin-Jageman, R. J., Capaldi, C. A., Carfagno, N. S., Chasten, K. T., Cleeremans, A., Connell, L., DeCicco, J. M., … Zwaan, R. A. (2016). Registered Replication Report. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11(6), 917–928. https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691616674458
Coles, N. A., March, D. S., Marmolejo-Ramos, F., Arinze, N. C., Ndukaihe, I. L. G., Özdoğru, A. A., … Liuzza, M. (2019, February 4). A Multi-Lab Test of the Facial Feedback Hypothesis by The Many Smiles Collaboration. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/cvpuw

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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/definition 
Hot to Help. (2020). Greater Good Magazine. UC Berkeley. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/hot_to_help 
The Psychology of Emotional and Cognitive Empathy | Lesley University. (2020). Lesley.Edu. https://lesley.edu/article/the-psychology-of-emotional-and-cognitive-empathy 
Clarke, J. (2020). Cognitive vs. Emotional Empathy. Verywell Mind. https://www.verywellmind.com/cognitive-and-emotional-empathy-4582389 

If steel is stronger than hair, why do razors dull? By Grant Currin

Carne, N. (2020, August 6). Hair v razor. Why hair wins. Cosmos Magazine. https://cosmosmagazine.com/technology/materials/hair-v-razor-why-hair-wins/

Roscioli, G., Taheri-Mousavi, S. M., & Tasan, C. C. (2020). How hair deforms steel. Science, 369(6504), 689–694. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aba9490 

Can You Learn Perfect Pitch? By Ashley Hamer
Levitin, D. J., & Rogers, S. E. (2005). Absolute pitch: perception, coding, and controversies. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9(1), 26–33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2004.11.007 
‌Van Hedger, S. C., Heald, S. L. M., Koch, R., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2015). Auditory working memory predicts individual differences in absolute pitch learning. Cognition, 140, 95–110. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2015.03.012
Brady, P. T. (1970). Fixed‐Scale Mechanism of Absolute Pitch. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 48(4B), 883–887. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.1912227 

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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 Better Than Others: Remembering Names. (2020, August 5). Research Digest; Research Digest. https://digest.bps.org.uk/2020/08/05/finally-one-area-where-we-dont-think-were-better-than-others-remembering-names/ 
‌Hargis, M. B., Whatley, M. C., & Castel, A. D. (2020). Remembering proper names as a potential exception to the better-than-average effect in younger and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 35(4), 497–507. https://doi.org/10.1037/pag0000472 

If You Rode the Rails in the 1930s, Hobo Code is How You’d Know Where to Go by Reuben Westmaas
Delana. (2010, June 3). Hoboglyphs: Secret Transient Symbols & Modern Nomad Codes. WebUrbanist. https://weburbanist.com/2010/06/03/hoboglyphs-secret-transient-symbols-modern-nomad-codes/ 
‌Britt Hobo Days. (2020). Britt-Hobo-Days. https://www.britthobodays.com/ 

Does your brain perceive you as five times more attractive? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from T.J.)
Epley, N., & Whitchurch, E. (2008). Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Enhancement in Self-Recognition. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34(9), 1159–1170. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167208318601 
Gordon, P. C., & Holyoak, K. J. (1983). Implicit learning and generalization of the “mere exposure” effect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 45(3), 492–500. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.45.3.492 
‌Swami, V., Inamdar, S., Stieger, S., Nader, I. W., Pietschnig, J., Tran, U. S., & Voracek, M. (2012). A dark side of positive illusions? Associations between the love-is-blind bias and the experience of jealousy. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(6), 796–800. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2012.06.004 
‌Neyret, S., Bellido Rivas, A. I., Navarro, X., & Slater, M. (2020). Which Body Would You Like to Have? The Impact of Embodied Perspective on Body Perception and Body Evaluation in Immersive Virtual Reality. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 7. https://doi.org/10.3389/frobt.2020.00031 

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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
Khan, N., de Manuel, M., Peyregne, S., Do, R., Prufer, K., Marques-Bonet, T., Varki, N., Gagneux, P., & Varki, A. (2020). Multiple Genomic Events Altering Hominin SIGLEC Biology and Innate Immunity Predated the Common Ancestor of Humans and Archaic Hominins. Genome Biology and Evolution, 12(7), 1040–1050. https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evaa125 
McRae, M. (n.d.). Humans Might Be So Sickly Because We Evolved to Avoid a Single Devastating Disease. ScienceAlert. Retrieved August 13, 2020, from https://www.sciencealert.com/we-evolved-a-way-to-beat-a-deadly-infection-but-it-made-us-vulnerable-to-other-diseases 
‌Varki, A. (2008). Sialic acids in human health and disease. Trends in Molecular Medicine, 14(8), 351–360. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molmed.2008.06.002 

Astronauts Are Using Old Sailing Technology in Space by Elizabeth Howell
Holt, G. N., Wood, B. Sextant Navigation on the International Space Station: A Human Space Exploration Demo. (February 2019). NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS). NASA.gov. https://ntrs.nasa.gov/citations/20190001296 
International Space Station Cupola Observational Module. (2011). NASA. https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/elements/cupola.html 
Apollo 13 Accident. (2016). Nasa.gov. https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/ap13acc.html 

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I love this podcast. Perfect for short bursts of idle time I want to make interesting and productive, and the variety is a perfect balance of hard science and more "life hack" type stuff. Cody and Ashley have great chemistry and bring the laughs while NOT wasting time with a ton of incessant banter like so many other shows. If I had kids, I'd make them listen with me (and they'd love it)!

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.