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How Black Holes Work

It wasn’t too long ago when black holes were strictly predictions in theoretical math. Over...

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Q: Are we in the midst of cyberwar? A: Yes

There’s a secret war going on around us, and it's happening on a daily basis. The Air Force...

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Did Reagan's Star Wars program win the Cold War?

Putting lasers in space to blast Soviet missiles out of the air was a very real part of Ronald...

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Can we build an elevator to space?

With the end of the shuttle program and an International Space Station still in need of supplies,...

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Stuff You Should Know, Live at Comic-Con

How does time travel work? Could it ever cross the line from science fiction into science fact?...

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Lying Liars: How Lying Works, Liar

Studies find that absolutely everyone lies – some have found as much as a quarter of our daily...

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How Icebergs Work (Very Cool)

" Icebergs: floating chunks of ice. True, but whoa there. Scientists are learning that there’s a...

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Are we obsessed with goals?

We’ve all been brought up to keep our eyes on the prize and our pedal to the medal when we go for...

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What is the future of Earth?

What will the Earth be like in 5,000 or 50,000 years? In this far-sighted episode, Josh and Chuck...

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Interpol: World Police

Interpol is an international police agency that helps other law-enforcement agencies track...

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How Bullfighting Works

When the Visigoths ruled Spain, they introduced the idea of battling bulls at festivals. Today...

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Body Odor: You Stink

Chuck and Josh end up making reduxes of past episodes on things like sweating and deodorant in...

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How Beer Works

At long last, Josh and Chuck take on perhaps their most important topic ever. Learn about the...

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Should chimps be used for medical testing?

If you’ve got half a heart it’s an easy question to answer. But if you’re happy living without...

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How Magic Mushrooms Work

For thousands of years, humans have used hallucinogenic mushrooms for spiritual reasons. Today,...

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Are contrails actually chemtrails?

You know those trails that jets leave in the sky? While science has explained why they happen,...

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Coffee: The World’s Drug of Choice

There’s a 98 percent chance you’re drinking coffee right now. Maybe not, sure, but coffee is...

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What happens in the brain during an orgasm?

Chuck and Josh test the limits of their decorum as they explore the physiology of an orgasm....

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How Pepper Spray Works

Lt. John Pike of the Davis, Calif., police department brought the wrath of the Internet on...

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How Gene Patents Work

Should a company be able to own the rights to something found inside your own body? In this...

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