Podcasts

Why Do People Still Use Fax Machines?

We live in the incredible future of scanners, internet connectivity, and digital signatures -- so why do people still use fax machines? Learn why faxing perseveres in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Did a Comma Decide a Court Case?

There's no call to be pedantic, but sometimes a tiny punctuation mark can make a huge difference in meaning. Learn how the Oxford comma changed a judge's decision in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do Noises Other People Make Seem Louder Than Our Own?

Humans and other animals tend to tune out the noises they themselves make. Learn how and why this happens in today's episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: How Long Would It Take To Walk Around The World?

This is a more complicated question than it seems because oceans definitely get in the way, but there are a few ways to attempt to walk around the entire globe -- and a few people who have tried. Learn about them in this episode of BrainStuff.

BrainStuff Classics: Does the Human Body Really Replace Itself Every 7 Years?

Short answer: Nope! Learn how long it really takes, plus how nuclear weapons helped scientists find the answer, in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Are Macadamia Nuts So Expensive?

Macadamias are delicious and nutritious in small servings, but they're also the most expensive nuts in the world. Learn what they are and how they're grown in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do Bees Beard?

Honeybees can heat and cool their hives to keep the temperature comfortable. Learn about one method -- bearding -- in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Can a Sea Slug Use Solar Power?

Researchers have found a sea slug that incorporates pieces of algae cells into its body to live off of photosynthesis. Learn more about it in this episode of BrainStuff.

Will There Always Be a North Star?

The star Polaris, when viewed in the Northern Hemisphere, points you almost due north. Learn how it's aided navigators for centuries, but why it won't always do so, in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Did a Mad King Design Disney's Castle?

Walt Disney based Sleeping Beauty's castle -- the centerpiece of Disneyland and the Disney logo -- on a real castle in the Bavarian Alps of Germany. Learn about Neuschwanstein Castle's strange and tragic history in this episode of BrainStuff.