BrainStuff

Why Did Bootleggers Once Smuggle Margarine?

Hinzugefügt: 13. November 2020

Due in large part to pressure from the diary industry, margarine was once outlawed in Canada and parts of the United States. Learn more about the Oleo Wars in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more...

What Is the World's Longest-Living Vertebrate?

Hinzugefügt: 12. November 2020

Spoiler alert: There are Greenland sharks alive today that were likely born in the 1600s. Learn more about these fascinating sharks in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices...

How Does the Nitrogen Cycle Work?

Hinzugefügt: 11. November 2020

Living things need nitrogen in order for our cells to function, and there's plenty in the air, but it's impossible for most of us to access. Learn how the nitrogen cycle brings it to us in this...

How Big Was Giganatosaurus?

Hinzugefügt: 10. November 2020

Giganatosaurus is one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs that ever lived, rivaling the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Learn more about these dinos in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about...

What's the Difference Between Gold and Pyrite?

Hinzugefügt: 9. November 2020

Pyrite is often called fool's gold, but it's easy to tell the two apart if you know what to look for. Learn more about these two minerals in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your...

BrainStuff Classics: Do We Need to Redefine the Four Seasons?

Hinzugefügt: 8. November 2020

As climate change affects the planet's weather patterns, some parts of the world will see the seasons bleed together. Tune in to learn how we define the seasons now, and how some researchers think...

BrainStuff Classics: Are Other Animals Superstitious?

Hinzugefügt: 7. November 2020

Humans have all kinds of superstitious beliefs -- so are other animals superstitious, too? Learn more about superstition works in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your...

How Is 1968's Poor People's Campaign Reviving Today?

Hinzugefügt: 6. November 2020

In the 1960s, civil rights leaders organized the Poor People's Campaign to bring awareness and change to economic injustices in the United States. Learn how it began and how it's being revived...

How Do Cats and Dogs Perceive Time?

Hinzugefügt: 5. November 2020

Cats and dogs know their humans' schedules, but do they really have a sense of time similar to ours? Learn about how non-human animals perceive time in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about...

When Is Paranoia Normal, and When Is It a Problem?

Hinzugefügt: 4. November 2020

Many people experience paranoid feelings sometimes, but more rarely, those feelings can seem to take over a person's life. Learn about what paranoia is and how it's treated in this episode of...

Why Does the U.S. Hold Elections on Tuesdays?

Hinzugefügt: 3. November 2020

The United States holds elections the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November because that was deemed most convenient for the citizen farmers of the 1800s, when election dates were written...

How Will the PROTEUS Underwater Station Work?

Hinzugefügt: 2. November 2020

Fabien Cousteau, one of Jacques Cousteau's grandsons and himself an aquanaut, is helping plan the largest, most advanced underwater research station yet. Learn how the PROTEUS station will work in...

BrainStuff Classics: Was George Washington Almost King of the United States?

Hinzugefügt: 1. November 2020

Did the generals of the Revolutionary War really try to hand George Washington a monarchy? Learn the truth behind this slightly tall tale in today's classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about...

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do We Carve Pumpkins Around Halloween?

Hinzugefügt: 31. Oktober 2020

The tradition of carving jack-o'-lanterns around Halloween goes back centuries to a folktale about a stingy man who outwits the devil. Learn the tale (and why pumpkins weren't the original carving...

How Do You Sense Your Own Body -- And How Can That Go Wrong?

Hinzugefügt: 29. Oktober 2020

There's a sixth sense that we're not often aware of -- the sense of controlling and owning our own bodies. Learn how proprioception works -- and what happens to people when it doesn't work -- in...

Is There a Real Legend About Nosferatu?

Hinzugefügt: 27. Oktober 2020

There are vampire legends all over the world, but 'nosferatu' isn't a word from any of them. Learn where Bram Stoker may have gotten it, and how 'Dracula' popularized it, in this episode of...

Why Was Speed Surgery a Thing, and How Fast Could It Get?

Hinzugefügt: 26. Oktober 2020

Before modern anesthesiology, sterilization, and other medical technology, the quicker a surgery was the better your odds for survival. Learn about Robert Liston, an infamously fast surgeon, in...

BrainStuff Classics: How Does Salt Prevent Food Spoilage?

Hinzugefügt: 25. Oktober 2020

Salt has kept entire civilizations alive thanks to its abilities to preserve food and protect it from harmful germs. Learn how in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your...

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

Hinzugefügt: 24. Oktober 2020

Cash bail punishes the poor by setting a high price on freedom -- literally. But are there any better alternatives that won't break local governments' budgets? We explore in this classic episode of...

Could Hand Sanitizer Help Preserve Insects for Science?

Hinzugefügt: 23. Oktober 2020

Hand sanitizer is a good alternative to hand washing when running water isn't available, but as it turns out, it's also great at preserving the DNA in insect samples. Learn how this may help...