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BrainStuff Classics: How Do Boogers Form?

Hinzugefügt: 4. April 2021

Snot is a crucial part of our immune system, and boogers are a byproduct of that system. Learn how they form (plus, why eating them might be advantageous) in this classic episode of BrainStuff,...

BrainStuff Classics: Why Are Some Sea Turtles Hatching Almost All Female?

Hinzugefügt: 3. April 2021

A sea turtle's sex is determined by the temperature where it hatches, and the Great Barrier Reef is warmer than ever before. Learn what this could mean in today's classic episode of BrainStuff,...

Why Do Most People Have 46 Chromosomes?

Hinzugefügt: 2. April 2021

Chromosomes contain the DNA that codes our very existence, and most people have 23 pairs. Learn how they work in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article:...

What Was the Great Moon Hoax of 1835?

Hinzugefügt: 1. April 2021

In the early 1800s, a set of newspaper articles had people across America believing a civilization had been found on the moon. Learn how it happened in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this...

How Do Capybaras Work?

Hinzugefügt: 31. März 2021

This characteristically chill, friendly animal is the largest rodent in the world. Learn more about the capybara in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article:...

How Does Tabasco Sauce Work?

Hinzugefügt: 30. März 2021

Tabasco brand hot sauce is the most popular in the U.S., and it's been made pretty much the same way for 150 years. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article:...

How Did Jean Macnamara Help Vanquish Polio?

Hinzugefügt: 29. März 2021

In the early 1900s, Australian doctor Jean Macnamara helped the world learn how polio works -- and helped patients rehabilitate. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article:...

BrainStuff Classics: Is There a Better Alternative to Cash Bail?

Hinzugefügt: 28. März 2021

Cash bail punishes the poor by setting a high price on freedom -- literally. But are there any better alternatives? We explore in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article:...

BrainStuff Classics: Where Did Middle Names Come From?

Hinzugefügt: 27. März 2021

Having a first, middle, and last name is common in the West, but this wasn't always the case. Learn the history of middle names in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article:...

When Was a Battle Fought Over Eggs?

Hinzugefügt: 26. März 2021

During the Gold Rush, San Francisco's food supply chains couldn't keep up -- and enterprising hunters turned to the eggs of a seabird called the common murre. Learn about the resulting Egg War in...

How Did Anna May Wong Fight Racism On- and Off-Screen?

Hinzugefügt: 25. März 2021

Anna May Wong was one of the film industry's first Chinese-American actresses, but her success was hard-won. Learn about Wong's life and work in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article:...

Why Do 17-Year Cicadas Appear Almost Every Year?

Hinzugefügt: 24. März 2021

Some groups of cicadas spend 13 or even 17 years underground in between massive, noisy emergences. Learn about their life cycle and how cicada broods work in this episode of BrainStuff, based on...

Why Was 1816 the Year With No Summer?

Hinzugefügt: 23. März 2021

In 1815, a massive volcanic eruption kicked off three years of climate chaos across the Northern hemisphere. Learn about some of the surprising effects in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this...

What Is the World's Oldest Book?

Hinzugefügt: 22. März 2021

Books are both fragile physical objects and conceptual works as eternal as storytelling itself. Learn about the quest to find the oldest book in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article:...

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Cuttlefish Camouflage Work?

Hinzugefügt: 21. März 2021

Researchers have found that cuttlefish's ability to change their color and texture at will is incredibly energy efficient. Learn why -- and how technology might copy this ability -- in this classic...

BrainStuff Classics: Why Are Stars and Planets Nearly Spherical?

Hinzugefügt: 20. März 2021

Planets and stars are basically spheres, but why? We explore the science in this classic episode of BrainStuff, based on this article:...

How Do Belly Buttons Work?

Hinzugefügt: 19. März 2021

We're not just navel gazing -- belly buttons are seriously fascinating. Learn how they work in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article:...

The Firm vs. the Family: How Does the British Monarchy Work?

Hinzugefügt: 18. März 2021

The British monarchy is both a family and a sweeping institution with economic and political ties. Learn more about it in this episode of BrainStuff, based on this article:...

How Has COVID-19 Changed How We Mourn?

Hinzugefügt: 17. März 2021

Not being able to conduct the normal rituals of grieving during the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way our society considers grief altogether. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff, based on...

What Reptiles Are Most Endangered?

Hinzugefügt: 16. März 2021

Cute, fuzzy mammals often get all the attention (and funding) when they land on endangered species lists, but now reptiles are getting an equal spotlight. Learn about the effort to identify and...