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Aug 01, 2017

Get a College Scholarship… For eSports (Ep004)

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The competitive landscape of eSports hasn’t only spread to colleges and universities – it’s now an activity that can land you a scholarship! Robert Morris University’s Executive Director of eSports Kurt Melcher explains why his school was the first to offer a scholarship to League of Legends players, and why other schools are following suit.

Having worked in both traditional athletics and in eSports, Kurt brings a unique point of view on why eSports athletes aren’t so different from what a person might think of as a “regular” athlete. Plus: what separates a professional eSports player from other competitive gamers.

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Jul 27, 2017

Communicate Like A Mind Reader (Ep003)

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Mind reading tricks can be unnerving, but they don’t have to be as scary as some people think they are. Mentalist Jonathan Pritchard explains how he convinces people he can read minds by using the same psychological techniques employed by sales, marketing, and other business leaders.

Jonathan has appeared on America’s Got Talent, entertained United States troops stationed overseas, and performed on main stages in Las Vegas. He discusses his 25 years of experience as a mentalist, what it’s taught him about interacting with other people, and how you too can communicate like a mind reader. 

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What gives a collectible item its value? Certified sports memorabilia expert Michael Osacky has been the official appraiser for athletes from the Chicago Bulls, New York Yankees, and other professional teams, and he sheds some light into the world of collecting.

Lots of people own old books, ticket stubs, or baseball cards, but some of those items are valued at tens of thousands of dollars, while others aren’t worth a penny. Michael digs into why there’s such a discrepancy by getting into what collectors find valuable, along with a little history lesson on the hobby itself.

Michael Osacky, certified sports memorabilia expert, discussed:

  • The importance of personal stories and history when curating a collection.
  • The history of autographs and why they have value.
  • Why collectible memorabilia produced after the 1970s rarely has much monetary value.
  • How collectors use look, feel, and even smell to determine the authenticity of an item.
  • Why the monetary value of collectible items can vary wildly over time.
  • Similarities across different collectible items, like sports, coins, stamps, and other collections.
  • How errors or misprints can affect the value of a collectible item.
  • The value of a “phantom ticket” for a concert or sporting event that ended up not happening.
  • How an athlete or celebrity’s infamy can affect the value of associated memorabilia.
  • The best way to use the internet to research the potential value of your items, and how many people use eBay for research the wrong way.
  • Is an item labeled “collector’s edition” worth any value to collectors, or is it just a marketing tactic?
  • International interest in sport memorabilia and why they’re looking into collectible items as an asset class for their portfolios.

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Your sense of smell is like a superpower. Dr. Alan Hirsch of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation explains how you can make the most of it.

Your nose is always working, even when you’re asleep. It can affect your mood, your ability to concentrate, and even your sense of time and space. The kicker? A lot of the time, you may not even know you’re being affected!

To learn more about smell, we sat down with Dr. Alan Hirsch, a neurologist and psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of smell and taste loss. Dr. Hirsch is Neurological Director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, where he conducts in-depth studies of the chemosensory system and its impact on virtually all aspects of life: behavior, emotions, mood and human interaction, and even learning speed. He has also written numerous books including “Scentsational Weight Loss”“Scentsational Sex”, and “What Flavor Is Your Personality?”

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Jul 18, 2017

Welcome To The Curiosity Podcast

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Welcome to the Curiosity Podcast, a new project from Curiosity.com that explores fascinating topics that matter. Host Cody Gough explains what to expect from this exciting new show.

Curiosity makes you smarter – and so will this podcast. Each week, we find experts in every field to explain why their knowledge is important and why you should care. You’ll learn about your brain and your body, outer space and the depths of the sea, how history shaped the world into what it is today, and more. From the largest galaxies to your smallest brain cells, our curiosity will help you understand the world better.

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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.