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Flash Forward is a show about possible (and not so possible) future scenarios. What would the warranty on a sex robot look like? How would diplomacy work if we couldn’t lie? Could there ever be a fecal transplant black market? (Complicated, it wouldn’t, and yes, respectively, in case you’re curious.) Hosted and produced by award winning science journalist Rose Eveleth, each episode combines audio drama and journalism to go deep on potential tomorrows, and uncovers what those futures might re ...
 
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.
 
Should I follow my boyfriend to Mars? Can I ask my friend to turn off her Alexa when I come over? Is it okay to have kids while the world is burning? Should I cryopreserve my dog? Your resident futurologist Rose Eveleth tackles the real, the almost-real, and the totally out there questions from today and tomorrow. The future is going to be weirder than we can even imagine, so let’s get ready for it together.
 
Open World is a fiction anthology podcast about how science and technology serve as a backdrop for imagining a better future, helping us envision the positive influence that science and tech can play in a real tomorrow. Hosted & produced by award winning podcasters Keisha “TK” Dutes and Rose Eveleth, each episode speaks to the pressing concerns of our times through love, friendship, community, compassion, and sustainability.
 
The Handmaid's Tale takes place in a version of the United States that’s ruled by a religious authoritarian regime obsessed with making as many babies as possible. And now it's been adapted to a TV show that critics are literally raving about.The Red Center is a podcast from The Outline about that show. Each week, hosts Laura June and Rose Eveleth discuss the most recent episode of The Handmaid's Tale through the lens of a specific topic, like motherhood, race, politics, crime, or the book t ...
 
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Rose Eveleth — writer, producer, and “Flash Forward” podcast host — explains why futurists don’t need to know the future. Then, you’ll learn about the oldest examples of money ever discovered. Additional resources from Rose Eveleth: Rose's website: http://roseveleth.com/ Flash Forward podcast: https://www.flashforwardpod.com/ Flash Forward Presents…
 
Learn about how we could use DNA to store all of human knowledge for thousands of years. Then, test your podcast knowledge with the Curiosity Challenge trivia game. You’ll also learn about why becoming a parent may help you live longer. DNA data storage could store all human knowledge in a small space for thousands of years by Grant Currin TED-Ed. …
 
Learn about how mice seem to feel each other’s pain; why our known solar system just got a little bigger thanks to “Farfarout” 2018 AG37; and the history of quinine, the malaria cure that eventually led to the gin and tonic. Mice seem to feel each other's pain by Steffie Drucker Mice feel for each other. (2021, January 15). Mice feel for each other…
 
We talk a lot about the ghost type of spirits on the show, but what about the liquor kind of spirits? We’re joined by Dr. Hyunhee Park to talk about the global history of the distinctive Korean drink: Soju. Hint: It all comes back to the Mongols. Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of colonialism, conquest and war…
 
Scientist and award-winning author Camilla Pang explains why she wanted to write a manual for humans. You’ll also learn about the planetary chaos that resulted when the Earth’s magnetic poles reversed. Additional resources from Camilla Pang: Pick up "An Outsider's Guide to Humans: What Science Taught Me About What We Do and Who We Are" from Amazon:…
 
Learn about how caregivers may experience “post-traumatic growth” from the pandemic; why the UK has one of the world’s most memorable postcode systems; and how researchers witnessed the birth and development of a completely new language: Idioma de Señas de Nicaragua. Survey suggests most caregivers have experienced "post-traumatic growth" from the …
 
Learn about why most conversations go on for a lot longer than we want them to; a genetic mutation that makes some people resilient to the cold; and how homing pigeons pass down their knowledge. Most conversations go on for twice as long as we want them to by Kelsey Donk When people want conversations to end. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekal…
 
Learn about which sleep trackers are actually accurate; how important closure is for a life transition; and why mirrors flip horizontally, but not vertically. Study of 9 sleep trackers finds that all but 2 are inaccurate by Kelsey Donk You snooze, you lose - with some sleep trackers. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-…
 
Learn about what the “frenemy effect” can teach us about bullying; the surprising ability of marmosets to eavesdrop on each others’ conversations; and why April Fool’s Day may have originated from an out-of-date calendar. The "frenemy effect" says bullying happens most between friends by Kelsey Donk Most Teen Bullying Occurs Among Peers Climbing th…
 
Award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and environmentalist Ian Shive gives the inside scoop on a research expedition to the Aleutian Islands. Then, learn how researchers solved a molecular mystery about how our ears turn sound into what you hear. Additional resources from Ian Shive: Watch “The Last Unknown” on discovery+ https://www.discoveryplus.…
 
Learn about why there’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog; why you should praise kids for their work ethic, not their smarts; and why you should never put coffee grounds in your garden. There's no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog by Grant Currin More, D. (2021). The Myth of Hypoallergenic Dogs. Verywell Health. https://www.verywellhealth.com/…
 
WELCOME BACK TO FLASH FORWARD! Today we travel to a future where we become immune to every poison, venom and toxin in the world. What happens next? Guests: Dr. Bryan Fry — biochemist and molecular biologist at the University of Queensland Dr. Christie Wilcox — science writer & author of Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistr…
 
Learn about why it’s a big deal that researchers found animal life underneath the Antarctic ice shelf; how scientists measured blinks to figure out why exercise gives your brain a boost; and why having a bad boss can make you a good boss. Scientists accidentally found animal life 3,000 feet beneath the Antarctic ice shelf by Steffie Drucker Sample,…
 
Learn about why bubbles appear in your water overnight; the “other-contingent extravert,” a new type of extravert that’s only outgoing in certain situations; and why food sticks to nonstick pans. Bubbles in water left out overnight by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Adam) Why do bubbles form if a glass of water is left alone for a while? (2006…
 
Learn about a change in language use that could mean a breakup is on the way; why ogre-faced spiders are basically ninja assassins, with help from Cornell University professor Ron Hoy; and how it’s possible to exercise too much. A change in pronoun use could signal an impending breakup by Kelsey Donk Use of pronouns may show signs of an impending b…
 
We’re mixing up statistics and graphs with our creepy children. Typical episode of the show. Also featuring how funeral homes shouldn’t be real homes, our hometown’s Guiness World Record, and the return of the man in the trenchcoat. Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of pets running away, existential crises, tran…
 
Learn why Cygnus X-1, the first black hole ever discovered, is bigger than we thought. Then, learn about spider hearing with help from Ron Hoy, a professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University who studies acoustic communication in insects. The first black hole ever discovered is bigger than we thought by Grant Currin First black hole …
 
Learn about why changing out of your pajamas while you work could improve your mental health; why local honey doesn’t stop seasonal allergies; and shisa kanko, a surprisingly simple Japanese ritual that greatly improves accuracy. Working from home in your pajamas is linked to poorer mental health by Kelsey Donk The Re:Set Team. (2021, February 5). …
 
Learn about why it might actually be healthy to gain weight as you get older; the alkaloids responsible for why our pets can’t eat chocolate; and how small a minority can be to reshape society. Gaining weight as you age may be healthier than staying at the same weight by Grant Currin Survival tip: Start at normal weight and slowly add pounds. (2021…
 
Learn about a simple way to reduce your internet carbon footprint; how brain images can make you more likely to believe fake science; and how loud the sun is. The internet has a big carbon footprint, and you can reduce yours with a simple fix by Kelsey Donk Turn off that camera during virtual meetings, environmental study says. (2021). EurekAlert! …
 
Writer, producer, and “Flash Forward” podcast host Rose Eveleth explains why so many technology breakthroughs never pan out. Then, learn about real-life giant sand worms and why the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon makes you notice some things more than others. Additional resources from Rose Eveleth: Rose's website: http://roseveleth.com/ Flash Forward po…
 
When you put on a Studio Ghibli film, you don’t expect to be talking about aliens and proto-science fiction in 9th century Japan. But that didn’t stop us! We gush over this retelling of a classic Japanese folktale, and lay out the details of a buck wild Third Act twist. Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of death…
 
Learn about why liars may mimic your body language; why “tend and befriend” is an alternative response to “fight or flight”; and why lakes freeze from the top down, not the bottom up. Liars imitate the body language of the person they're lying to by Kelsey Donk Lesté-Lasserre, C. (2020). Lying men mimic the body language of other men they are talki…
 
Learn about why time management can make you happier; how catnip can protect your cat from mosquitoes; and 3 ways your identity could be stolen without getting your computer hacked — and how to protect yourself. Time management has a stronger effect on wellbeing than on job performance by Kelsey Donk Aeon, B., Faber, A., & Panaccio, A. (2021). Does…
 
Learn about the science of sourdough starters; and why identical twins aren’t so identical after all. Then, play along at home as we test your podcast knowledge with this month’s Curiosity Challenge trivia game. Study of sourdough from around the world shows location doesn't matter for its microbes by Cameron Duke Intercontinental study sheds light…
 
Award-winning journalist Tim Harford explains what it means when you hear that a COVID vaccine is 95% effective. Then, learn about Sentinel Island, home to the last uncontacted people on Earth; and what we can learn about our solar system’s theoretical “Planet Nine” from the newly discovered planet HD 106906 b. Additional resources from Tim Harford…
 
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