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Jun 11, 2021

A Good Reason to Resolve Your Arguments

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Learn how resolving arguments can erase nearly all bad feelings, and why almost all calico cats are female. Plus: trivia!

Resolving an argument can almost erase the emotional stress it caused by Kelsey Donk
Resolving Arguments Can Prevent Bad Feelings From Lingering — And We Get Better At It As We Age. (2021, April 22). Research Digest. https://digest.bps.org.uk/2021/04/22/resolving-arguments-can-prevent-bad-feelings-from-lingering-and-we-get-better-at-it-as-we-age/ 
Witzel, D. D., & Stawski, R. S. (2021). Resolution Status and Age as Moderators for Interpersonal Everyday Stress and Stressor-Related Affect. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbab006 

Why Calico Cats Are Almost Always Female by Ashley Hamer
Stone, S. (2015, March 16). Why are Calico Cats Almost Always Female? Today I Found Out. http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2015/03/calico-cats-almost-always-female 
Fitzsimmons, P. (2017, November 7). Are All Orange Cats Male and All Calico Cats Female? BeChewy; Chewy. https://be.chewy.com/behavior-pet-facts-are-all-orange-cats-male-all-calico-cats-female/ 

Episodes referenced in Curiosity Challenge Trivia game:
Cuttlefish: https://www.curiositydaily.com/your-roommate-really-doesnt-know-how-youre-feeling/ 
Bland space diet: https://www.curiositydaily.com/introverts-fared-better-than-extroverts-during-the-pandemic/ 
Prison device: https://www.curiositydaily.com/from-music-to-bacon-biology-is-everywhere-w-biologist-melanie-peffer/ 

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Learn why older classmates are more popular; how some invasive species help their ecosystems; and keyboard cleaning tips.  

Don’t be surprised if the oldest kids in your class were also more popular by Kelsey Donk
PsychNewsDaily Staff. (2021, May 5). High school popularity: study shows oldest kids in the class also the most popular. PsychNewsDaily. https://www.psychnewsdaily.com/high-school-popularity-study-shows-oldest-kids-in-the-class-also-the-most-popular/ 
van Aalst, D. A. E., & van Tubergen, F. (2021). More popular because you’re older? Relative age effect on popularity among adolescents in class. PLOS ONE, 16(5), e0249336. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0249336 

Invasive species aren’t always harmful — some help their ecosystems thrive by Cameron Duke
Ahmed, I. (2021, April 29). How donkeys digging wells help life thrive in the desert. Phys.org; Phys.org. https://phys.org/news/2021-04-donkeys-wells-life.html 
Griffiths, J., & Villablanca, F. (n.d.). Managing monarch butterfly overwintering groves: making room among the eucalyptus. 101(1). Retrieved May 9, 2021, from https://www.monarchjointventure.org/images/uploads/documents/griffiths_and_villablanca_2015.pdf 
Invasive Species Aren’t Always Unwanted (Published 2016). (2021). The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/01/science/invasive-species.html 
Lundgren, E. J., Ramp, D., Stromberg, J. C., Wu, J., Nieto, N. C., Sluk, M., Moeller, K. T., & Wallach, A. D. (2021). Equids engineer desert water availability. Science, 372(6541), 491–495. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abd6775 
SCHLAEPFER, M. A., SAX, D. F., & OLDEN, J. D. (2011a). The Potential Conservation Value of Non-Native Species. Conservation Biology, 25(3), 428–437. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01646.x 

This Is How Often You Should Clean Your Keyboard originally aired May 14, 2018 https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/types-of-narcissists-don-t-garden-with-coffee-grou 

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Learn how human hair can improve solar panels and why people tend to add, not subtract, when trying to improve something.

Scientists are using human hair to make carbon nanodots for displays & solar panels by Grant Currin
Carbon dots from human hair boost solar cells. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/quot-cdf040721.php 
‌Pham, N. D., Singh, A., Chen, W., Hoang, M. T., Yang, Y., Wang, X., Wolff, A., Wen, X., Jia, B., Sonar, P., & Wang, H. (2021). Self-assembled carbon dot-wrapped perovskites enable light trapping and defect passivation for efficient and stable perovskite solar cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 9(12), 7508–7521. https://doi.org/10.1039/d1ta00036e 
‌Lim, S. Y., Shen, W., & Gao, Z. (2015). Carbon quantum dots and their applications. Chemical Society Reviews, 44(1), 362–381. https://doi.org/10.1039/c4cs00269e 

Additional resources from Leidy Klotz:
Pick up “Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less” on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ePsfzf 
Nature study: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03380-y 
Website: https://www.leidyklotz.com/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Leidyklotz 

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Learn about how stress during pregnancy can affect a newborn’s sex; skipping stone physics in space; and overspending.

Stress can make a pregnant person twice as likely to have a girl by Grant Currin
Beres, D. (2021, April 13). Stressed-out mothers are twice as likely to give birth to a girl. Big Think; Big Think. https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/stress-pregnancy 
Romero-Gonzalez, B., Puertas-Gonzalez, J. A., Gonzalez-Perez, R., Davila, M., & Peralta-Ramirez, M. I. (2021). Hair cortisol levels in pregnancy as a possible determinant of fetal sex: a longitudinal study. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1017/s2040174420001300 

Scientists have shed light on the physics of skipping stones to make landing spacecraft safer by Briana Brownell
Tang, J., Zhao, K., Chen, H., & Cao, D. (2021). Trajectory and attitude study of a skipping stone. Physics of Fluids, 33(4), 043316. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0040158 
Stone skipping techniques can improve reentry of space vehicles. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/aiop-sst041521.php 
Advanced Aerospace Medicine On-line. (2018, April 11). FAA.gov. 
https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/aam/cami/library/online_libraries/aerospace_medicine/tutorial/media/III.4.1.7_Returning_from_Space.pdf 
Lovell, J., Kluger, J. (1994). Apollo 13. Houghton Mifflin. 
https://books.google.ca/books?id=LDJ43xYxK5YC&pg=PA258&lpg=PA258&dq=Apollo+13+reentry+angle&source=bl&ots=3Cc9mzZNJR&sig=sLWSkkivIHidkiZ_qY3YjyKypaQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=BemhUuf2NI6OkAfNioCoCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Apollo%2013%20reentry%20angle&f=false 
C. Clanet, F. Hersen, and L. Bocquet, “ Secrets of successful stone-skipping,” Nature 427, 29–29 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1038/427029a 

To Avoid Overspending, Think of Money as Hours of Your Life originally aired September 26, 2018 https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/gardening-with-martian-soil-how-to-stop-overspendi 

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Learn about interacting with robots that talk to themselves; “mad honey,” a rare, dangerous hallucinogen; and “alief.”

Robots that talk to themselves might be easier to interact with by Grant Currin
Pepper the humanoid and programmable robot | SoftBank Robotics. (2021). Softbankrobotics.com. https://www.softbankrobotics.com/emea/en/pepper 
Pipitone, A., & Chella, A. (2021). What robots want? Hearing the inner voice of a robot. IScience, 102371. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2021.102371 
Pepper the robot talks to itself to improve its interactions with people. (2021). ScienceDaily. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210421124654.htm 

“Mad honey” is a weird, rare, dangerous hallucinogen used as medicine around the Black Sea by Steffie Drucker
Johnson, S. (2021, April 23). “Mad honey”: The rare hallucinogen from the mountains of Nepal. Big Think; Big Think. https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/mad-honey 
‌The Hallucinogenic Honey of Nepal and Turkey. (2017, November 12). Atlas Obscura. https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/mad-honey-red-hallucinogen 
‌Hess, P. (2017, July 17). Mad Honey: What to know before eating hallucinogenic honey from Nepal. Inverse; Inverse. https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/33974-mad-honey-nepal-rhododendron-grayanotoxin-hallucinogenic 
‌Jansen, S. A., Kleerekooper, I., Hofman, Z. L. M., Kappen, I. F. P. M., Stary-Weinzinger, A., & van der Heyden, M. A. G. (2012). Grayanotoxin Poisoning: “Mad Honey Disease” and Beyond. Cardiovascular Toxicology, 12(3), 208–215. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12012-012-9162-2 

Alief Is When You Act In Opposition To Your True Beliefs by Ashley Hamer
Gendler, T. S. (2008). Alief in action (and reaction). Mind & Language, 23(5), 552-585. http://www.errol-lord.com/uploads/1/8/6/6/18669048/gendler-aliefinaction.pdf 
Bloom, P. (2010, May 30). The Pleasures of Imagination. The Chronicle of Higher Education; The Chronicle of Higher Education. https://www.chronicle.com/article/the-pleasures-of-imagination/ 
‌Kawakami, K., Dovidio, J. F., Moll, J., Hermsen, S., & Russin, A. (2000). Just say no (to stereotyping): effects of training in the negation of stereotypic associations on stereotype activation. Journal of personality and social psychology, 78(5), 871. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sander-Hermsen-2/publication/12497209_Just_Say_No_to_Stereotyping_Effects_of_Training_in_the_Negation_of_Stereotypic_Associations_on_Stereotype_Activation/links/5602972108ae849b3c0e11f1/Just-Say-No-to-Stereotyping-Effects-of-Training-in-the-Negation-of-Stereotypic-Associations-on-Stereotype-Activation.pdf 
Blair, I. V. (2002). The Malleability of Automatic Stereotypes and Prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 6(3), 242–261. https://doi.org/10.1207/s15327957pspr0603_8 

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Jun 04, 2021

How Do Wild Animals Know What to Eat?

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Learn why helping others feels like helping ourselves, how wild animals eat healthy, and how the Sahara feeds the Amazon.

We’re less likely to remember the things we’ve given to friends than strangers by Kelsey Donk
We’re Worse At Remembering Exactly What We’ve Given To Friends Than What We’ve Given To Strangers. (2021, April 12). Research Digest. https://digest.bps.org.uk/2021/04/12/were-worse-at-remembering-exactly-what-weve-given-to-friends-than-what-weve-given-to-strangers/ 
Uğurlar, P., Posten, A.-C., & Zürn, M. (2021). Interpersonal closeness impairs decision memory. Social Psychology, 52(2), 125–129. https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000439 

How do wild animals eat a healthy diet when humans struggle to? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Jason in Port Ewen, New York)
Predators hunt for a balanced diet. (2012). ScienceDaily. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120110192942.htm 
Provenza, F. (2018, November 30). Animals Can Help Us Rediscover Our Nutritional Wisdom. Scientific American Blog Network. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/animals-can-help-us-rediscover-our-nutritional-wisdom/ 
Strauss, S. (2006). Clara M. Davis and the wisdom of letting children choose their own diets. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 175(10), 1199–1199. https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.060990 
Schatzker, M. (2015, April 9). How Flavor Drives Nutrition. WSJ; The Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-flavor-drives-nutrition-1428596326 
Tucker, A. (2009, July 14). Why Modern Foods Hijack Our Brains. Smithsonian Magazine; Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-modern-foods-hijack-our-brains-63123747/ 
Deckersbach, T., Das, S. K., Urban, L. E., Salinardi, T., Batra, P., Rodman, A. M., Arulpragasam, A. R., Dougherty, D. D., & Roberts, S. B. (2014). Pilot randomized trial demonstrating reversal of obesity-related abnormalities in reward system responsivity to food cues with a behavioral intervention. Nutrition & Diabetes, 4(9), e129–e129. https://doi.org/10.1038/nutd.2014.26 

The Amazon Rainforest feeds on millions of tons of dust from the Sahara Desert per year by Grant Currin
Saharan Dust Feeds Amazon’s Plants. (2011). NASA. https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasa-satellite-reveals-how-much-saharan-dust-feeds-amazon-s-plants 
Yu, H., Chin, M., Yuan, T., Bian, H., Remer, L. A., Prospero, J. M., Omar, A., Winker, D., Yang, Y., Zhang, Y., Zhang, Z., & Zhao, C. (2015). The fertilizing role of African dust in the Amazon rainforest: A first multiyear assessment based on data from Cloud‐Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(6), 1984–1991. https://doi.org/10.1002/2015gl063040 

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Jun 03, 2021

What Rain is Like on Other Planets

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Learn about rain on other planets; why Americans used to not use forks; and whether sleep or exercise is more important.

What is rain like on other planets? by Cameron Duke
Dhingra, R. D., Barnes, J. W., Brown, R. H., Burrati, B. J., Sotin, C., Nicholson, P. D., Baines, K. H., Clark, R. N., Soderblom, J. M., Jauman, R., Rodriguez, S., Mouélic, S. L., Turtle, E. P., Perry, J. E., Cottini, V., & Jennings, D. E. (2019). Observational Evidence for Summer Rainfall at Titan’s North Pole. Geophysical Research Letters, 46(3), 1205–1212. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018gl080943 
https://jpl.nasa.gov. (2012, September 11). NASA Observations Point to “Dry Ice” Snowfall on Mars. Nasa.gov. https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/nasa-observations-point-to-dry-ice-snowfall-on-mars 
Kerr, R. A. (1999). PLANETARY SCIENCE:Neptune May Crush Methane Into Diamonds. Science, 286(5437), 25a25. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.286.5437.25a 
Loftus, K., & Wordsworth, R. D. (2021). The Physics of Falling Raindrops in Diverse Planetary Atmospheres. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 126(4). https://doi.org/10.1029/2020je006653 
Tomaswick, A. (2021). Fascinating Infograph Shows What Rain Is Like Elsewhere in The Solar System. ScienceAlert. https://www.sciencealert.com/this-graph-shows-what-raindrops-would-be-like-on-other-worlds 

Additional resources from Jason Feifer:
Build for Tomorrow podcast: https://www.jasonfeifer.com/build-for-tomorrow/ 
Website: https://www.jasonfeifer.com/  
Twitter: https://twitter.com/heyfeifer 

Sleep vs. Exercise: Which Is More Important? originally aired September 23, 2018 https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/sleep-vs-exercise-milky-way-pictures-military-meth 

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Learn what the elevator can teach us about our past and our future. Plus: surprising discoveries from bomb-pulse dating.

Additional resources from Jason Feifer:
Build for Tomorrow podcast: https://www.jasonfeifer.com/build-for-tomorrow/ 
Website: https://www.jasonfeifer.com/  
Twitter: https://twitter.com/heyfeifer 

“Bomb pulse dating” is how scientists measure the age of living cells using nuclear fallout by Briana Brownell
Eveleth, R. (2013, February 19). Nuclear Bombs Made It Possible to Carbon Date Human Tissue. Smithsonian Magazine; Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nuclear-bombs-made-it-possible-to-carbon-date-human-tissue-20074710/ 
‌Mohan, G. (2013, July). Nuclear fallout drops the bomb on ivory poachers. Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles Times. https://www.latimes.com/science/la-xpm-2013-jul-01-la-sci-sn-nuclear-fallout-poachers-20130630-story.html 
‌Zoppi, U., Skopec, Z., Skopec, J., Jones, G., Fink, D., Hua, Q., Jacobsen, G., Tuniz, C., & Williams, A. (2004). Forensic applications of 14C bomb-pulse dating. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 223-224, 770–775. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nimb.2004.04.143 
‌Eriksson, P. S., Perfilieva, E., Björk-Eriksson, T., Alborn, A.-M., Nordborg, C., Peterson, D. A., & Gage, F. H. (1998). Neurogenesis in the adult human hippocampus. Nature Medicine, 4(11), 1313–1317. https://doi.org/10.1038/3305 
‌Arnold, C. (2013, December 11). Cold War Bomb Testing Is Solving Biology’s Biggest Mysteries. Pbs.org; Nova. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/bomb-pulse/ 
‌Krulwich, R. (2008, November 16). How A-Bomb Testing Changed Our Trees. NPR.org. https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96750869?storyId=96750869 

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Kevin Williams
Dec 09, 2019

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.