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Popular Science answers your most outlandish, mind-burning questions—from what the universe is made of to why not everyone can touch their toes. Join host Claire Maldarelli and producer Jess Boddy as they work through questions big and small. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/askusanythingbypopsci/support

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Popular Science answers your most outlandish, mind-burning questions—from what the universe is made of to why not everyone can touch their toes. Join host Claire Maldarelli and producer Jess Boddy as they work through questions big and small. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/askusanythingbypopsci/support

    6. What causes side stitches?

    6. What causes side stitches?

    If you know, you know—that jabbing, stabbing pain in your side just when you hit your groove in a work out. So what's actually going on in your body when you get a side stitch? 

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    Hosted by Claire Maldarelli: https://twitter.com/camaldarelli

    Produced by Jess Boddy: https://twitter.com/JessicaBoddy

    Music by Billy Cadden: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6LqT4DCuAXlBzX8XlNy4Wq

    Art by Katie Belloff: https://twitter.com/Katie_Bellz


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    • 13 min
    5. How much sleep do you actually need?

    5. How much sleep do you actually need?

    We all lead busy lives, so it's easy to skimp out on catching all of those Zs. But the question is, how much sleep can you get without sacrificing any cognitive function? 

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    Produced by Jess Boddy: https://twitter.com/JessicaBoddy

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    Art by Katie Belloff: https://twitter.com/Katie_Bellz


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    • 11 min
    4. What would happen if you fell into a black hole?

    4. What would happen if you fell into a black hole?

    Black holes—humungous, dense, celestial objects—suck in everything that cross their jaws (also known as their event horizons). But what if one sucked YOU in?! Two words: lethal spaghetti. 

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    • 9 min
    3. Can you survive on a single food forever?

    3. Can you survive on a single food forever?

    Grocery shopping can be a chore. But what if, even hypothetically, you could survive by only consuming one food for the rest of your life? There's a way to do it—but it involves a whole buttload of potatoes. 

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    Art by Katie Belloff: https://twitter.com/Katie_Bellz


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    • 10 min
    2. Why don't we all grow to be 10 feet tall?

    2. Why don't we all grow to be 10 feet tall?

    Claire is 5'4", and Jess is 6'1", and most of the world is somewhere in between. But why is it that we don't just all end up being 10 feet tall? What's stopping us from growing sky-high?

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    Hosted by Claire Maldarelli: https://twitter.com/camaldarelli

    Produced by Jess Boddy: https://twitter.com/JessicaBoddy

    Music by Billy Cadden: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6LqT4DCuAXlBzX8XlNy4Wq

    Art by Katie Belloff: https://twitter.com/Katie_Bellz


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    • 11 min
    1. Can you boost your immune system?

    1. Can you boost your immune system?

    Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the classic flu season, many of us often wonder: is it possible to boost our immune systems so they can vanquish any threat? 

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    Hosted by Claire Maldarelli: https://twitter.com/camaldarelli

    Produced by Jess Boddy: https://twitter.com/JessicaBoddy

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    Art by Katie Belloff: https://twitter.com/Katie_Bellz


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    • 11 min

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