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Why Are Leaf Blowers So Irritating?

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.
What Is (and Isn't) Terrorism?

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.
Do Monkeys Have Superstitions?

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?
How Does Salt Prevent Food Spoilage?

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?
Why Do We Find Symmetry So Pleasing?

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 Fast Can We Take a Picture of the Entire Sky?

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.
How Much Does Getting Stuck in Traffic Cost Us?

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.
Did Giant Crabs Eat Amelia Earhart?

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.
Do We Need to Redefine the Four Seasons?

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. Tune in to learn how we define the seasons now, and how some researchers think
Why Do People Get Adult-Onset Food Allergies?

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.
Why Can't Some People Sleep Without a Fan?

Why Can't Some People Sleep Without a Fan?

Some people find it impossible to sleep without background noise, like a fan whirring. Researchers have identified the possible culprit. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff.
There's Another Reason to Not Eat Raw Cookie Dough

There's Another Reason to Not Eat Raw Cookie Dough

Recent research has revealed another danger lurking in uncooked dough: tenacious E. coli can survive in dry flour. Learn how scientists figured it out in this episode of BrainStuff.
Is There a Real Witches' Curse in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'?

Is There a Real Witches' Curse in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'?

You may have heard that the Bard's tragedy "Macbeth" is cursed. Learn how this superstition came about in this episode of BrainStuff.
Will Bitcoin Remain the Biggest Cryptocurrency?

Will Bitcoin Remain the Biggest Cryptocurrency?

Bitcoin's booming value has everyone excited, but some financial experts are putting their money on other cryptocurrencies. Learn about the potential future of Bitcoin in this episode of BrainStuff.
Could You Outrun a Volcano?

Could You Outrun a Volcano?

Outrunning a volcanic eruption, like many things that look easy in movies or sound simple in theory, is more complicated in reality. Learn why you shouldn't attempt this feat in this episode of
What Can a Cache of Pterosaur Eggs Teach Us?

What Can a Cache of Pterosaur Eggs Teach Us?

A huge cache of ancient pterosaur eggs has been unearthed in China. Learn what this find can tell us about these flying contemporaries of dinosaurs in this epiosde of BrainStuff.
How Much Cardboard Does Online Shipping Use?

How Much Cardboard Does Online Shipping Use?

Online shipping is highly convenient, and it’s changing the way we use cardboard — but not necessarily for the worse. Learn why in this episode of BrainStuff.
How Long Have We Been Keeping Dogs on Leashes?

How Long Have We Been Keeping Dogs on Leashes?

A new find of very old artwork depicts dogs wearing leashes. Learn more about our history with man’s best friend in this episode of BrainStuff.
Could This Newly Discovered Planet Harbor Life?

Could This Newly Discovered Planet Harbor Life?

An Earth-sized planet only 11 light years away might have the right conditions to sustain life as we know it, despite its star having some strange qualities.
Should Amazon Be Considered a Monopoly?

Should Amazon Be Considered a Monopoly?

Although it doesn’t fall into our traditional definition of a monopoly, some researchers argue that Amazon’s scope calls for a new definition. Learn why in this episode.