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Some people find it impossible to sleep without background noise, like a fan whirring. Researchers have identified the possible culprit.

Why Do People Get Adult-Onset Food Allergies?

New research indicates that adult-onset food allergies are more common than previously thought. But why do they happen? Learn more on BrainStuff.

Do We Need to Redefine the Four Seasons?

As climate change affects the planet's weather patterns, some parts of the world will see the seasons bleed together.

Did Giant Crabs Eat Amelia Earhart?

No, really, it's a serious question. In this episode, learn why -- and how -- researchers have investigated giant land crabs' potential role in the famous pilot's ultimate demise.

How Much Does Getting Stuck in Traffic Cost Us?

When you add up all the wasted time and gasoline, traffic hotspots cost drivers billions of dollars. Learn how researchers are using technology to measure the problem -- and hopefully make it better.

How Fast Can We Take a Picture of the Entire Sky?

A new robotic camera is set to change what we know about outer space by capturing huge images of the night sky. Learn more on BrainStuff.

Why Do We Find Symmetry So Pleasing?

What is it about the arrangement of petals on a flower or a perfectly symmetrical display of soup cans that catches our eye? Our brains seem wired for it, but why?

How Does Salt Prevent Food Spoilage?

Salt has kept entire civilizations alive thanks to its abilities to preserve food and protect it from harmful germs. But how?

Do Monkeys Have Superstitions?

We share a lot in common with monkeys, but are they just as superstitious? And could the belief in winning streaks carry an evolutionary advantage?

What Is (and Isn't) Terrorism?

When is -- and isn't -- a crime considered terrorism? The legal, political and moral definitions are often at odds. We explore why on BrainStuff.

Why Are Leaf Blowers So Irritating?

If the sound of leaf blowers makes you angry, you're not alone -- and there's science behind why.

Pretending To Be Batman Helps Kids Focus

The Batman Effect, as researchers have dubbed it, allows kids to separate themselves from temptation and stay on task. Learn more on BrainStuff.

Tips For Staying Safe In A Mass Shooting

We don't expect to ever be in a mass shooting, but assuming the worst can happen is the first step to being prepared. Find out more on BrainStuff.

Second Breakfasts Can Be Good For You

A second breakfast can be just as beneficial as a first breakfast. Find out why on BrainStuff.

Jellyfish Are Brainless, But Still Sleepy

Do jellyfish sleep? Learn more about a new study on the need for sleep in animals, and in jellyfish, in this BrainStuff episode.

What's a Bump Fire Stock Do To A Gun?

Bump fire stocks enable a shooter like Las Vegas killer Steven Paddock to fire a semi-automatic rifle at nearly the rate of an automatic. How do they work?

The Origins of Boston and New York’s Accents

What does Boston have against the letter 'R'? BrainStuff digs into the origins of 2 American accents.

The Number Zero Might Be Older Than We Thought

A new analysis of the ancient Indian Bakhshali manuscript suggests the numerical symbol zero, as we use it today, may be centuries older than previously believed.

Can You Pass A Drug Test With Someone Else's Urine?

Have you ever tried to beat a drug test? OR Labs are usually able to bust people using someone else's urine.

How Do Squirrels Organize Their Nuts?

A new study suggests squirrels use memory strategies to remember where they put the good nuts. Find out more on BrainStuff.