Curiosity Daily

Curiosity Daily

The award-winning Curiosity Daily podcast from CuriosityDaily.com will help you get smarter about the world around you. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll get a unique mix of research-based life hacks, the latest science and technology news, and more. Nate Bonham and Calli Gade 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. Head to discovery+ to stream even more science content, from Animal Planet to Science Channel. Go to discoveryplus.com/curiosity to start your 7-day free trial today. Terms Apply.

Episodes

December 2, 2022 14 min

Today we explore how technology is making us lonely, how a new pair of glasses may be expanding your idea of a computer screen, and how hitting the snooze button too many times could ruin your sleep hygiene. 

Techno-Lonely  

  • “Cultivate Deeper Connections Using the Science of Friendship” BY Ryan Jenkins
  • https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-case-connection/202209/cultivate-deeper-connections-using-the-science-friendship
  • “Teens aro...
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    Let’s talk about a recent study that shows children are more likely to be honest with their emotions when talking to a robot, a revolutionary new way to make single-use coffee pods from seaweed, and, trigger warning, how deep brain stimulation might help those suffering from eating disorders. 

    Mental Health Robot 

  • “Children more candid about mental health when talking to robot, study finds” by Hannah Devlin
  • https://www.theguardian.com...
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    Today you’ll learn about the behaviors researchers say can make us more connected with each other, how China is building an AI-powered, 3D Printed dam, and how an over-reliance on the English language is causing problems in the field of cognitive science. 

    Health and Connection 

  • “Feeling connected enhances mental and physical health – here are 4 research-backed ways to find moments of connection with loved ones and strangers” by Dave...
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    Today we explore the science behind getting great ideas in the shower, how regular chocolate consumption can slow down cognitive decline, and how a black hole recently burped out the remnants of a star it absorbed four YEARS ago! 

    Shower Ideas  

  • “The Science of Why You Have Great Ideas in The Shower” by Stacey Colino
  • https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/the-science-of-why-you-have-great-ideas-in-the-shower/ar-AA10ANav
  • “An improved...
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    We discuss how scientists have developed a cancer-detecting contact lens, the behaviors of inebriated dolphins, and how listening to birds singing can help our mental health! 

    Smart Contacts 

  • “Scientists Create Smart Contact Lenses That Diagnose Cancer” by Ophthalmology Breaking News
  • https://ophthalmologybreakingnews.com/scientists-create-smart-contact-lenses-that-diagnose-cancer
  • “A Microchambers Containing Contact Lens for the Noninva...
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    Today you’ll learn about the science of cognitive bias, how scientists may have found a way to turn your body into a battery, and how the first 3D-printed school in Europe is about to be built in Ukraine.  

    Cognitive Bias 

  • “Cognitive Biases and Brain Biology Help Explain Why Facts Don't Change Minds” by Keith M. Bellizzi
  • https://theconversation.com/cognitive-biases-and-brain-biology-help-explain-why-facts-dont-change-minds-186530
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    Today we explore whether there is a potential long-term cure for asthma based on recent studies, how shark intestines are shaped exactly like a Tesla Valve, and what happens when you transplant human brain cells in newborn rats. 

    Asthma Cure 

  • “Potential Long-Term Treatment for Asthma Found” by Aston University
  • https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/08/220809141233.htm
  • “A Potential Long-Term Asthma Treatment Has Passed Early Trials ...
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    November 17, 2022 15 min

    Today we discuss how only four minutes of small talk with a stranger can help you predict their personality traits, an exciting biodegradable battery option on the horizon, and a new discovery into the origins of dragons!  

    Small Talk 

  • “Four Minutes of Small Talk Can Reveal Key Personality Traits” by Sascha Pare
  • https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/aug/31/four-minutes-of-small-talk-can-reveal-key-personality-traits-study-says
  • “Smal...
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    Let’s talk about a potential new high-tech mine in Minnesota, how scientists have created a synthetic mouse embryo using stem cells, and a major breakthrough in the cause of and treatment for Down Syndrome.  

    Remote Mines

  • “This Remote Mine Could Foretell the Future of America’s Electric Car Industry” by Ana Swanson
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/30/business/economy/electric-cars-us-nickel-mine.html
  • “Fight over Minnesota nickel mine pl...
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    Today we discuss the science behind a wandering mind, the ins and outs of songs composed by humpback whales, and how an innovative new robotic capsule might help our digestive systems absorb drugs that aren’t as effective to take orally. 

    A Wandering Mind   

  • “The science of a wandering mind” By Tim Vernimmen
  • https://knowablemagazine.org/article/mind/2022/science-wandering-mind
  • “How Self-Generated Thought Shapes Mood—The Relation betwee...
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    Today we discuss how frog skin stem cells were recently used to create microscopic living machines, how scientists are trying to replicate the powerful punch of a mantis shrimp, and a new breakthrough in the creation of an oral insulin tablet. 

    Frog Skin Cells  

  • “Frog skin cells turned themselves into living machines” by Laura Sanders
  • https://www.sciencenews.org/article/frog-skin-cells-self-made-living-machines-xenobots
  • “A cellular pla...
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    Today you’ll learn about how squirrels are parkour experts and can be used to teach robots to move in a similar way, how artificial intelligence can help expectant mothers predict childbirth risks, and the gangs of dolphins that are roaming our oceans. 

    Robot Squirrels 

  • “Science’s next great leap: using squirrels to teach robots how to ‘parkour’” by Joe Pinkstone
  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/08/05/sciences-next-great-leap-usi...
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    Today you’ll learn about how music is being used to combat dementia, how scientists are making more efficient rocket fuel from bacteria, and the environmental effects of bitcoin mining.

    Music and Dementia  

  • “Music Helps Patients With Dementia Connect With Loved Ones” by Marla Paul
  • https://neurosciencenews.com/music-alzheimers-connection-21316/
  • “Music: Bridging Memories for People With Alzheimer's” by Dennis Thompson
  • https://www.usne...
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    Let’s talk about whether “man flu” is fact or fiction, how the Arctic lakes just threw a curveball at our climate change projections, and the genius new way bats are tricking their predators. 

    The Myth of Man Flu 

  • “Man flu is not a thing – Gender-specific secondary analysis of a prospective randomized-controlled trial for acute rhinosinusitis” by Reidl et al.
  • https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022399922003324?via%3Dih...
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    We discuss the latest in phone hacking technology, how aquaculture may be able to help the global food crisis, and how engaging with people who speak in a foreign accent may help us retain language.

    Hacking Device  

  • “Hacking device can secretly swipe and tap your smartphone screen” by Jeremy Hsu
  • https://www.newscientist.com/article/2335970-hacking-device-can-secretly-swipe-and-tap-your-smartphone-screen/
  • “‘Invisible finger’ demo hacks ...
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    We discuss a new app that can translate a cat’s meow into human languages, how the Epaulette shark is teaching us about climate change, and a potential treatment that might prevent cerebral palsy.

    Flirting Cats  

  • “Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation” by Emily Anthes
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/29/science/cats-pets-ommunication-artificial-intelligence.html
  • “Melody matters: An acoustic study of domestic cat meo...
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    Today we discuss the connection between skin cancer and a leopard gecko named Mr. Frosty, how playing a musical instrument in childhood can affect brain function as we age, and how a new underwater camera can help us explore previously-unseen parts of the ocean. 

    Geckos & Skin Cancer 

  • “This Gecko Named Mr. Frosty and His 900 Babies May Inspire Human Skin Cancer Treatments” by Elizabeth Gamillo
  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-...
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    Today we talk about how crystallizing human urine can help save seagrass, a new AI program that can detect early signs of heart disease, and how mosquitos can be used to vaccinate against malaria. 

    Pee and Seagrass 

  • “Human Pee Might Just Be the Key to Saving Seagrass” by Jesse Kathan
  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/human-pee-might-just-be-the-key-to-saving-seagrass-180980368/
  • “Use of a wastewater recovery product (struvite) t...
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    Join us for a deep dive into the latest and wildest new discoveries from Ancient Egypt to get you ready for the release of DC’s new film Black Adam, only in theaters. The dead speak! Yes, scientists have recreated the voice of a 3,000 year old mummy and we’ll tell you all about it as well as how some ancient Egyptian tombs contain more than just gold, and a recent discovery as to how the pyramids were built. 

    The Dead Speak

  • “The dead...
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    Today we talk about how psilocybin from magic mushrooms can help those struggling with alcohol addiction, a new device that can detect Parkinson’s disease from breathing patterns, and how we can recycle wind turbines.

    Magic Addiction Fix

  • “Psychedelic ‘Magic Mushroom’ Ingredient Could Help Treat Alcohol Addiction” by Margaret Osborne
  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/psychedelic-magic-mushroom-ingredient-could-help-treat-alcoho...
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