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How Green Is Your Favorite Superhero?

To draw attention to the average citizen's carbon footprint, a team of researchers calculated the eco-rating of a number of superheroes. Learn how they rank in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Doesn't Airline Food Taste Good?

If you've ever noticed that airplane food is a little lackluster, the recipe isn't necessarily to blame. Learn how a plane's altitude and even engine noise can affect flavors in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Does Self-Defense Insurance Protect Gun Owners Against?

Several organizations now offer insurance policies to gun owners who may fire in self-defense, to help with legal decisions and fees. But how does this affect the gun control debate?

Could You Legally Bury Someone in Your Backyard?

Home burials are largely a thing of the past, but they're perfectly legal in most states -- once you check a few boxes. Learn how home burials work in this episode of BrainStuff.

Can Bats Jam Each Other's Sonar?

Bats use sonar to find food in the dark -- but they've got a lot of competition from other bats. Learn about echolocation and how bats go on the offensive in this episode of BrainStuff.

What Tech Will Replace the Smartphone?

Although it's an integral part of many people's lives today, the smartphone is bound to be replaced by the next big thing (and probably sooner than later). We explore what (and when) that might be.

Did the Genes for Light Skin Colors Evolve in Europe?

A widescale genetic survey has shown that despite common misconceptions, race really is only skin deep. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Are Teens Cyberbullying Themselves?

A new study indicates that some teens bully themselves online, posting hateful messages from fake or anonymous accounts. Researchers are looking into why, and how to help.

Could Some Microbes Live on Air Alone?

Researchers have found Antarctic microbes that appear to get all the nutrients they need from thin air. Could this change our search for extraterrestrial life?

How Similar Is the Opioid Epidemic to the Crack Epidemic?

The War on Drugs being waged against opioids is very different than the one that was fought against crack. Learn more about the politics of race and addiction in this episode of BrainStuff.