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How Natural Selection Works

While evolution gets all the spotlight for moving species into better versions of themselves, but...

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How Amnesia Works

Those movies where someone gets hit on the head and can’t remember who they are anymore? They’re...

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How Electricity Works

It is literally all around you (and even inside you) – electricity makes up the basis of modern...

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How Skateboarding Works

Skateboarding started out as something bored surfers did when the waves weren’t breaking, but...

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How Online Dating Works

No longer weird, possibly still desperate and approaching normal, online dating’s been around...

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How the Spanish Inquisition Worked

The idea of pious monks imbued with unbridled power and with a penchant for dealing torture and...

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How Amputation Works

Amputation is one of the oldest surgeries and an even older punishment for crime, but it wasn’t...

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Do objects or experiences make us happier?

Since Sartre classified things that make us happy into the categories of having and doing,...

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Chuck and Josh Bust a Few Everyday Myths

There are lots of common "facts" that everyone knows, but it turns out a lot of them are actually...

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Was there a real King Arthur?

The legend of King Arthur is very old and very established. By the time the king who saved...

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Will solar sails take us to the stars?

We have within our grasp here on Earth the technology that could make interstellar travel a...

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Is lethal injection humane?

Since the Supreme Court’s ban on capital punishment was reversed, states have sought a humane...

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How Underwater Tunnels Work

It's a pretty amazing feat to dig a tunnel beneath a body of water that's big enough (and safe...

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How Black Friday Works

On the day after Thanksgiving, Americans go kind of crazy for the deep discount sales that kick...

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Is there a scientific formula for funny?

Recorded live at the Los Angeles PodFest, this episode of SYSK delves into the longstanding...

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Who killed JFK?

For the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Josh and...

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Some Interesting Things You Didn't Know About Stephen Hawking

Everybody knows that cosmologist Stephen Hawking has an enormous brain, but did you also know he...

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What's with the Winchester Mystery House?

After her daughter and husband died, heiress Sarah Winchester became obsessed with the idea that...

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How Ouija Boards Work

Although most people who’ve used Ouija boards don’t think they’re communicating with the beyond,...

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How the Maori Work

It's a familiar theme, an indigenous group's culture falls apart when exposed to European ideals,...

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