The Best of BrainStuff 2014

Here it is! At 19 episodes and just over an hour of entertainment we’ve got wasps, guns, cats and more for you to learn about! Featuring all our core hosts, this playlist collects all our most popular episodes… and a

Harpooning Space Trash, Comets and Asteroids

When the Philae attempted to land on a comet last week, one detail caught my attention more than others. We have space harpoons. The idea of using a harpoon to snare a comet sounds like something out of some wildly

“Holy Smokin’ Toledoes…” Volcano Sonic Boom!

Earlier this week a video (above) recorded by a guy named Phil McNamara went viral because it caught the active Tavurvur volcano in Papua New Guinea erupting with a massive explosion. The shock wave visibly approaches and a voice off camera

Louis CK, Robin Williams and the “Rules” of Humor

The day after Robin Williams died I turned on Netflix and randomly chose an episode of Louis CK’s eponymous show to watch. What loaded was “Barney,” the beginning half of season 3, episode 6, where Louie (coincidentally for me) attends

Why Aren’t Medical Authorities Giving Africa a Potential Cure for Ebola?

Since two Americans with Ebola were flown into Atlanta last week, I’ve been receiving messages from my family. They want to know if my wife and I are safe since the Emory hospital the victims are being treated at is

The Secret Service: Agents vs. Fraud

  Earlier this week, one of the most popular searched stories on Google was about how Apollo Nida is going to prison for a fraud scheme that stole millions of dollars. I’m unfamiliar with Nida, but apparently his wife is

Sports Build Confidence In Amputees

The full fever of soccer/football has struck America this week. Today I heard a woman behind me exclaim, “Isn’t it great that this World Cup thing’s got everybody so patriotic and stuff?” I think what she meant was that she

Why Do People Perform DDoS Attacks?

When Evernote, Feedly and TweetDeck went down simultaneously last week, you could feel the fear kick in across the web. Most of these services were back up shortly, but Feedly took awhile longer, saying they received an extortion letter from

How to Wipe the Mind and Restore Its Memories

My worst nightmare is something like Wolverine’s origin story… my memories of everything I’ve done up until this point are completely erased by evil scientists. I don’t remember my wife, my pets or even that horrible thing I did in

The Avengers of HowStuffWorks

Internally we've always referred to BrainStuff as the Avengers of HowStuffWorks. This is where our mightiest video hosts team-up to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science of the world around us. Meet each member of our current roster

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Learn all about Jonathan, Ben, Cristen, Lauren, Josh and Christian.

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The team explores — and explains — the everyday science in the world around us.