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Unexplainable

Unexplainable

154 Episodes By Vox
Unexplainable takes listeners right up to the edge of what we know … and then keeps on going. Host Noam Hassenfeld and an all-star team of reporters — Byrd Pinkerton, Meradith Hoddinott, and Mandy Nguyen — tackle scientific mysteries, unanswered questions, and everything we learn by diving into the ...more
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Can you put a price on nature?
It’s hard to figure out the economic value of a wild... more
Jun 19 2024 23m
Future Plans
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The deepest spot in the ocean
Seventy-five percent of the seafloor remains unmappe... more
Jun 12 2024 28m
Exploring the Mysteries of the Deep
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What’s the tallest mountain in the world?
If you just stood up and shouted, “It’s Mount Everes... more
Jun 5 2024 28m
Challenges of Measuring Mountain Heights
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Did trees kill the world?
Way back when forests first evolved on Earth … they ... more
May 22 2024 26m
Listening App Transforms Reading Material
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Can we stop aging?
From blood transfusions to enzyme boosters, our frie... more
May 15 2024 37m
The Hype Around Anti-Ageing Pills
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Who's the daddy? There isn't one.
A snake. A ray. A shark. They each got pregnant with... more
May 8 2024 20m
Parthenogenesis in Vertebrates
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Itch hunt
Itch used to be understood as a mild form of pain, b... more
May 1 2024 18m
Understanding Itch as a Template
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How did Earth get its water?
Life as we know it needs water, but scientists can’t... more
Apr 24 2024 25m
Small Talk at the Office
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Is Earth alive?
A cell is alive. So is a leaf and so is a tree. But ... more
Apr 17 2024 28m
Is Earth Alive? The Debate Continues
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The alpha myth
The researcher who popularized the idea of the alpha... more
Apr 10 2024 40m
Chimpanzee Alpha Males and Dynamics
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The eclipse chasers
Solar storms can wreak havoc on power grids, satelli... more
Apr 3 2024 19m
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The Yips
Think about the thing you’ve practiced more than any... more
Mar 27 2024 27m
Unexpected Career Change Consideration
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The bleeding edge, part two
Diagnosing diseases such as endometriosis can requir... more
Mar 20 2024 24m
Menstrual Blood
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The bleeding edge
Periods and menstrual fluid have long been overlooke... more
Mar 13 2024 24m
Menstrual Blood as Research Treasure
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Aliens from Earth?
Was there a technologically advanced species living ... more
Mar 6 2024 26m
The Unlikelihood of Fossilization
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How scientists are searching for aliens
They’re not looking for UFOs or decoding government ... more
Feb 28 2024 16m
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
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A universal virus-killer?
Airborne diseases kill millions of people a year, de... more
Feb 21 2024 24m
Concerns About Indoor UV Light
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Why do we cry?
Humans seem to be the only animals that cry from emo... more
Feb 14 2024 24m
Rediscovering the Power of Tears
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Should you quit Diet Coke?
Safety questions have haunted aspartame — the no-cal... more
Feb 7 2024 25m
Doubts in Food Research Funding
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The case for cursing
Can swearing make you stronger?For more, go to http:... more
Jan 31 2024 27m
Science of Swearing and Replicable Experiments
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The math problem that could break the internet
Today's internet is built on a series of locks and k... more
Jan 24 2024 38m
Government Threat Sparks Nationwide Privacy Debate
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Garbage patch kids
Scientists didn’t think it was possible for life to ... more
Jan 17 2024 20m
The Complications of Cleaning Ocean Plastic
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A stethoscope for the rainforest
Researchers planted microphones in a forest and walk... more
Jan 10 2024 26m
Understanding and Treating Rainforest Health
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Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
What’s up with the weird golden egg at the bottom of... more
Jan 3 2024 30m
The Mystery of Land Vertebrate Evolution
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Something weird near the beginning of time
The James Webb Space Telescope launched two years ag... more
Dec 20 2023 21m
The Profoundly Different Story of Everything
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