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Does the body replace itself?

Does the human body really replace itself every few years? The answer is yes, but different parts...

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What's the deal with blood types?

Blood types have one of the more interesting backstories in medical history. But as much as we've...

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How Zero Population Growth Works

In 1968, Paul Erlich published The Population Bomb, predicting coming famine and mass death....

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How Spiders Work

Spiders are second only to snakes in the dread departemnt, but they're actually very helpful...

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How Therapeutic Hypothermia Works

Physicians noticed centuries ago that people exposed to cold temperatures often have amazing...

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How Internet Censorship Works

Some of it seems innocuous enough: protecting kids from unseemly sites or intellectual property...

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How Street Gangs Work

The street gang problem in America peaked in the 1990s, but recent FBI reports find that gang...

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How the Wow! Signal Works

In 1977, Ohio State astronomers discovered a radio transmission from space that was 30 times...

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How BASE Jumping Works

You should never BASE Jump. It is one of the most genuinely dangerous sports on the planet. But...

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How Landfills Work

Well-planned landfills have only recently come into widespread use. Recently, waste managers have...

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Mosquitoes: The Worst

Sun Tzu said know your enemy, and so it is in that spirit that we present this episode on one of...

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A Condensed History of Rhodesia

In the 1888, Cecil Rhodes and John Smith Moffat duped the king of the Ndebele people into a...

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Diogenes of Sinope

Diogenes of Sinope lived was the father of the Cynicism school of philosophy. He was also an...

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How Bats Work

They are creepy, sure, but they are also useful, cute and in great danger of extinction. Get a...

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Classic Episode: How Estrogen Works

Estrogen comes up ALL the time in the podcast, so what's the science behind the hormone? Does...

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How Jim Henson Worked

We’ve already recorded an episode on The Muppets, but Jim Henson was such a neat guy we delved...

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How Cinnamon Works

In another commodities edition of SYSK, Josh and Chuck dive into the world of cinnamon, once the...

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Boomerangs: Magic Sticks of Physics

The physics behind returning boomerangs literally may be the most difficult concept to understand...

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Homeschooling: Not Just For Hippies and Religious People Anymore

Back in the 1970s, homeschooling was illegal in the U.S., but after activists of all stripes...

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How Terraforming Will Work

A lot of great thinkers are warning that if humans are to survive as a species we are going to...

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