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How Asteroid Mining Could Work

There may be trillions of dollars' worth of resources in asteroids, and some scientists believe...

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How Curiosity Works

Alternately hailed a crucial part of the human condition or accused of killing cats, curiosity...

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How Military Snipers Work

Military snipers always work in pairs, and they're called force multipliers because of the...

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How Fear Works

Fear results from your brain's reaction to a stressful stimulus, and -- though it may be...

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How Immigration Works

Immigration systems regulate the flow of foreign immigrants into any given country. But why is...

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Jealous much?

All of us have experienced the feeling of jealousy at some point or another. But why do we get...

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Can you treat mental illness with psychedelics?

Hallucinogenic drugs are currently illegal, but they were once commonly used in psychological...

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Why would anyone want multiple spouses?

Polygamy, the practice of having multiple spouses, is mostly illegal in the United States but...

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Is tone deafness hereditary?

If you're tone deaf, you can't hear the difference between musical pitches and notes. And it's...

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Hypnosis: You're Getting Sleepy

The modern conception of hypnosis came into vogue in the late 18th century, and it's been the...

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Saunas: More Interesting Than You Think!

Although they might seem pretty mundane, saunas are surprisingly fascinating inventions. Josh and...

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What's the deal with Bond, James Bond?

James Bond, the most infamous secret agent ever to grace the silver screen, originated in the...

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How Reincarnation Works

A large percentage of the world's population believes that you will be reborn after you die. So...

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What's the deal with Voodoo?

Voodoo is a religion found in parts of Africa and Haiti that's often misunderstood. In this...

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How Ghost Prisons Work

In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the controversial "ghost prisons," covert prisons created...

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What makes a serial killer?

Serial killers are notorious for their grisly crimes and disturbing behavior, but what makes a...

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What makes a genius?

When you hear the word 'genius,' names like Einstein and Hawking probably spring to mind....

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Who were the Vikings?

Vikings were fierce, plundering Scandinavian warriors; and even today, their reputation precedes...

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How Flirting Works

Flirting is an ancient -- and, at times, unconscious -- form of communication used to indicate...

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How OCD Works

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts and...

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