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BrainStuff: How Do GPS Coordinates Work?

 BrainStuff: How Do GPS Coordinates Work?

So you’ve seen those location-tagging numbers on maps and GPS devices before, but do you actually know what they mean? Brainstuff is here to fill you in. See more »

What the Heck is GDP?

 What the Heck is GDP?

GDP, GNP – what does it all mean? Jonathan explains what economists mean when they bring up these common economic indicators. See more »

What Determines Your Hair Color?

 What Determines Your Hair Color?

There's a lot of natural variation in the color of human hair. What's the physical explanation for the difference? See more »

BrainStuff: How Does Anxiety Work?

 BrainStuff: How Does Anxiety Work?

Anxiety is a normal, healthy response for the human body. But when it interferes with daily life it can become a disorder. We investigate anxiety's symptoms and biochemistry to learn how it can become irrational... and how you treat it. See more »

Why Is Bacon Considered A Breakfast Food?

 Why Is Bacon Considered A Breakfast Food?

Sure, everyone knows that bacon and eggs are a traditional breakfast - but why? Listen in to learn how Freud's nephew invented PR and changed the way America eats breakfast. See more »

What Are Brain Orgasms And ASMR Whisperers?

 What Are Brain Orgasms And ASMR Whisperers?

Christian delves into the euphoric sensations of the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) and reveals what triggers it and how science has responded so far. See more »

BrainStuff: Can Smoking A Scorpion Get You High?

 BrainStuff: Can Smoking A Scorpion Get You High?

Some people are using scorpions as a narcotic. Will it give you euphoria? Or just a toxic cocktail of intense pain? See more »

The Way We Think About Sugar Is Going To Change

 The Way We Think About Sugar Is Going To Change

The FDA recently changed their Nutrition Facts label to include added sugars. But why? See more »

How Do Erasers Erase?

 How Do Erasers Erase?

Erasers lift our mistakes right off the page, but it's not magic - it's the microscopic physics of stickiness. See more »

Why Do Some People Faint At The Sight of Blood?

 Why Do Some People Faint At The Sight of Blood?

Christian explains the science of why people faint at the sight of blood. See more »

Do Crosswalk and "Close Door" Buttons Really Do Anything?

 Do Crosswalk and "Close Door" Buttons Really Do Anything?

Are the buttons we push to cross streets, close elevator doors, and nudge the office thermostat really connected to anything? Some aren’t! Learn how these placebo buttons (don’t) work. See more »

How Is An Autopsy Performed?

 How Is An Autopsy Performed?

When you need someone to exam a corpse to determine a cause of death, how do they conduct the autopsy? See more »

BrainStuff: What is 'New Car Smell?'

 BrainStuff: What is 'New Car Smell?'

Ben explains just what it is you're smelling when you get inside a new car. See more »

Why Do Helicopter Blades Look Weird On Video?

 Why Do Helicopter Blades Look Weird On Video?

Helicopter blades and other fast spinning objects often produce strange effects on camera. Christian explains why. See more »

BrainStuff: What Is The Drake Equation?

 BrainStuff: What Is The Drake Equation?

Josh explains Frank Drake's famous formula for determining whether intelligent alien life exists. See more »

What Is American Cheese Really Made Of?

 What Is American Cheese Really Made Of?

Processed American cheese is super cheap, consistent, shelf-stable, and orange. Christian explains how this science cheese is made. See more »

Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads?

 Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads?

Is this adorable behavior rooted in sensory necessity or purposeful gesticulation? We explore what may be the cutest research ever. See more »

Why Do So Many Price Tags End in .99?

 Why Do So Many Price Tags End in .99?

It’s very common to see the number 9 at the right end of a price tag. Why is this? Christian explains the psychology of prices and nines in this episode of BrainStuff. See more »

Why Do Movie Theaters Sell Popcorn?

 Why Do Movie Theaters Sell Popcorn?

For millions of moviegoers, the idea of visiting the local theater automatically conjures memories of popcorn. But this wasn’t always the case – so why, out of all snacks, did popcorn become the #1 snack for film? See more »

How Does Lucid Dreaming Work?

 How Does Lucid Dreaming Work?

Science has proven that we can be aware of our dreams while we’re in them. But can we control our dreams? Christian breaks it to you gently. See more »