Curiosity Daily

Curiosity Daily

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.

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December 3, 2021 14 min

Learn why the #NoMakeup movement actually drove more makeup sales; photosynthetic frogs; and why atoms don’t collapse.

The #nomakeup movement is linked to a rise in makeup sales -- here's why by Steffie Drucker

  • “Natural beauty” isn’t effortless (or free). (2021). Chicago Booth Review. https://review.chicagobooth.edu/marketing/2021/article/natural-beauty-isn-t-effortless-or-free 
  • Smith, R. K., Yazdani, E., Wang, P., Soleymani, S....
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    Learn what the Perseverance Rover taught us about Mars’ Jezero Crater; and new exposure therapy using augmented reality.

    The Perseverance Rover confirms that Mars's Jezero Crater used to be a huge lake by Briana Brownell

  • Rover images confirm Jezero crater is an ancient Martian lake. (2021, October 7). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/930684 
  • Jezero Crater - Perseverance Landing Site. (2020). Nasa.gov. https:/...
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    Learn about why having a “drink to cope” doesn’t work; why human brains shrunk 3,000 years ago; and high heel history. 

    Having a "drink to cope" doesn't actually work, and can even make you feel worse by Steffie Drucker

  • One year on: Unhealthy weight gains, increased drinking reported by Americans coping with pandemic stress. (2021, March 11). One year on: Unhealthy weight gains, increased drinking reported by Americans ...
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    Learn about an island “geomyth” that helped researchers solve an ancient mystery; and whether truth serum really works.

    An indigenous "geomyth" helped scientists figure out where 3 huge boulders came from by Grant Currin 

  • Hakai Magazine. (2021). Rounding Out the Story of Three Legendary Boulders | Hakai Magazine. Hakai Magazine; Hakai Magazine. https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/rounding-out-the-story-of-three-legendary-bou...
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    Learn about how socializing too much can be bad for your health; rogue planets without a home star; and ancient bâdgirs. 

    Socializing too much can be bad for your health by Steffie Drucker 

  • Research Shows Too Much Socializing Can Harm You. (2021). Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/finding-new-home/202110/research-shows-too-much-socializing-can-harm-you 
  • Stavrova, O., & Ren, D. (2020). Is More Always Bette...
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    Learn about psychological ownership; why cats love boxes; and how researchers—and AI—finished Beethoven’s 10th symphony.

    "Psychological ownership" is why holiday shopping can get so hostile by Steffie Drucker

  • Kirk, C. P. (2018, November 20). Why do Black Friday shoppers throw punches over bargains? A marketing expert explains “psychological ownership.” The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/why-do-black-friday-shoppe...
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    Learn about how rival sports fans see games differently; waking up hungry after overeating; and “some assembly required.” 

    Today’s stories originally ran in the following episodes of Curiosity Daily:

  • Rival Sports Fans Experience the Same Game Completely Differently by Reuben Westmaas originally published November 22, 2018 https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/rival-sports-fans-experience-games-completely-diff 
  • Why do I wake up hungr...
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    Learn about how to avoid conflict at family meals; what causes food comas; and how to be a great host or guest.

    Today’s stories originally ran in the following episodes of Curiosity Daily:

  • How to Avoid Conflict at Family Meals by Ashley Hamer originally published November 21, 2018 https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/be-the-best-host-or-guest-w-jihan-murray-smith-avo 
  • Food Coma? Here's Why You Get Sleepy After You Eat by Ashley...
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    Learn about a mysterious new archaeological discovery around Stonehenge; and why females feel colder in many species.

    More from world-renowned Stonehenge archeologist Susan Greaney:

  • STONEHENGE: LAND OF THE DEAD’ Premieres Sunday, November 28 at 8 PM ET/PT on Science Channel: https://press.discovery.com/us/sci/programs/stonehenge-land-dead/ 
  • Start your free trial of discovery+ at https://discoveryplus.com/curiosity 
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    Learn about psychedelics research in the 1950s; cold shower benefits; and an inaccurate stereotype about the only child.

    Thousands of patients were treated with psychedelics in the 1950s by Cameron Duke

  • Fuentes, J. J., Fonseca, F., Elices, M., Farré, M., & Torrens, M. (2020). Therapeutic Use of LSD in Psychiatry: A Systematic Review of Randomized-Controlled Clinical Trials. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/f...
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    Learn about the link between birthdays and COVID-19; “psychological richness” for a good life; and satellites vs. stars.

    More from Dr. Bapu Jena:

  • Listen to Freakonomics, M.D.: https://freakonomics.com/freakonomics-md/ 
  • Covid and the “Birthday Effect” (Freakonomics, M.D. Ep. 1) - Freakonomics. (2021, August 4). Freakonomics. https://freakonomics.com/podcast/covid-and-the-birthday-effect-freakonomics-m-d-ep-1/ 
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    Learn about how “left digit bias” affects your decisions and why researchers caught birds in caves with their bare hands.

    More from Dr. Bapu Jena:

  • Listen to Freakonomics, M.D.: https://freakonomics.com/freakonomics-md/ 
  • What Do Grocery Store Prices and Heart Surgery Have in Common? (Freakonomics, M.D. Ep. 4) - Freakonomics. (2021, August 27). Freakonomics. https://freakonomics.com/podcast/fmd-left-digit-bias/ 
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    Learn about research into how you should clean your teeth; the world’s loneliest whale; and how to argue with a partner.

    When it comes to cleaning your teeth, here's what the evidence supports — and what it doesn't by Cameron Duke

  • Dental care: The best, worst and unproven tools to care for your teeth, according to a UB study. (2021, September 29). Buffalo.edu. http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2021/09/038.html 
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    Learn about why magic mushrooms evolved to be “magic” and new research into when children develop “theory of mind.” 

    Magic mushrooms evolved to scramble insect brains by Cameron Duke

  • Hallucinogenic mushrooms drug profile. (2020). Europa.eu. https://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/drug-profiles/hallucinogenic-mushrooms_en 
  • Lee, N., & Benji Jones. (2021, April 27). How psychoactive psilocybin in magic mushrooms changes your brai...
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    Learn about a planet orbiting three stars at once; useless architectural relics; and deep conversations with strangers. 

    We found a planet orbiting three stars at once by Briana Brownell

  • This May Be the First Planet Found Orbiting 3 Stars at Once. (2021). The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/28/science/triple-sun-planet.html 
  • ‌Siegel, E. (2021, September 30). Planet found orbiting three stars all at once. Big Think; B...
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    Learn about how someone can change their identity (and their mind); and “mushballs” on Uranus and Neptune. Plus: trivia!

    More from Lee McIntyre:

  • Pick up "How to Talk to a Science Denier: Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason": https://www.amazon.com/How-Talk-Science-Denier-Conversations/dp/0262046105 
  • Website: https://leemcintyrebooks.com/ 
  • Follow @leemcintyre on Twitter: https://tw...
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    Learn about how to talk to someone who denies a scientific reality; and “raining sulfur” in the Biblical city of Sodom. 

    More from author Lee McIntyre:

  • Pick up "How to Talk to a Science Denier: Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason": https://www.amazon.com/How-Talk-Science-Denier-Conversations/dp/0262046105 
  • Website: https://leemcintyrebooks.com/ 
  • Follow @leemcintyre on Twitter: htt...
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    Learn about how we may have found dark energy; a prehistoric coelacanth return; and a trick for getting what you want. 

    A dark-matter hunting experiment may have just found dark energy by Briana Brownell

  • Schultz, I. (2021, September 17). Dark Energy Could Be Responsible for Mysterious Experiment Signals, Researchers Say. Gizmodo; Gizmodo. https://gizmodo.com/dark-energy-could-be-responsible-for-mysterious-experim-1847691132 
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    Learn about a heroic experiment that helps explain asthma getting worse at night; and the largest living thing on earth.

    A heroic experiment has shed light on the centuries-old mystery of why asthma gets worse at night by Grant Currin

  • Harrison, S. (2021, September 21). Why Does Asthma Get Worse at Night? Wired; WIRED. https://www.wired.com/story/why-does-asthma-get-worse-at-night/ 
  • Study explores why asthma worsens at night. (2021)....
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    Learn about the smallest flying structure ever made; Myers-Briggs’ big problem; and why the biggest nuts end up on top.

    Flying microstructure the size of a grain of sand is the smallest humans have ever made by Briana Brownell

  • Neuman, S. (2021, September 23). Flying Microchips The Size Of A Sand Grain Could Be Used For Population Surveillance. NPR.org. https://www.npr.org/2021/09/23/1040035430/flying-microchip-sand-grain-northweste...
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