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Decades after a company dumped truckloads of orange peels onto a degraded plot of land, the pasture is flourishing. Learn more on BrainStuff.

Voyager 1 is Traveling Through Interstellar Space

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is celebrating its 40th year in space this year. Learn more about its journey on this episode of BrainStuff.

How Do Researchers Preserve Smells?

Scents affect how we experience different culures and places, and researchers believe they have historical value. So, how are we preserving them?

How Did Plesiosaurs Use Their Flippers to Swim?

A recent study suggests that these aquatic reptiles used all of their flippers to move efficiently underwater.

The Mysteries Behind Abandoned Ships

Have you ever heard about ships that wash up on shores under strange circumstances and without a crew? Learn about abandoned ships on this episode of BrainStuff.

Floating Fire Ant Rafts Are Both Dangerous and Cool

Learn about the dangers of floating fire ant colony rafts on this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Did The T. Rex Have Tiny Little Arms?

Tyrannosaurus rex was a giant predator that roamed the earth, so why did it have such tiny arms?

Is Not Having A Job Better Than A Bad Job?

Unemployment has negative health effects, but having a bad job can cause stress that's detrimental to well-being. Learn more in this episode.

Do We Need Treatment Centers For Internet Addiction?

Internet addiction is classified as an epidemic in some Asian countries, but not in the U.S. This episode of BrainStuff looks at internet addiction treatment centers.

How Did a Dinosaur Killing Asteroid Change The Environment?

A new model describes in more detail how the Chicxulub asteroid affected our planet, from dropping temperatures to pausing photosynthesis, with soot playing an integral part.

When Can You Use The Emergency Lane?

That driver who uses the highway shoulder in bad traffic could face penalties. Learn when driving in the emergency lane is legal in this episode of BrainStuff.

Do People Walk In Predictable Paths?

What guides the direction a person chooses to move? Learn about what habit and handedness have to do with it in this BrainStuff episode.

How 'Fido' Became The Name For A Dog

Why is Fido shorthand for a friendly dog? Learn more about the origins of the dog name Fido in this BrainStuff episode.

How Did The Grandfather Clock Get Its Name?

In this episode, we’ll look at the history behind how the grandfather clock got its name — and it's probably not what you expect.

When is it Safe to Eat Raw Oysters?

In this episode, BrainStuff looks at if there's any truth behind the old wives' tale that you can't eat oysters in months without the letter 'R.'

How Gut Bacteria Could Become Your Next Sports Drink

Do microbes inside our body have their own circadian rhythms? Learn more about the gut microbiome and circadian rhythms in this episode.

Einstein's Right Again

Astronomers have detected hints of Einstein's general relativity in the Milky Way's supermassive black hole.

Defining Personal Space

How close is too close? In this episode, BrainStuff looks at personal space around the world.

Swift Lizard Evolution

Over the course of one frigid winter, green anole lizards in Texas changed up their genetic makeup to help them better tolerate cold.

Should You Eat A 106-Year-Old Fruitcake?

What relics of South Pole expeditions have turned up? Learn more about Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic fruitcake in this BrainStuff episode.