8 episodes

Unexplainable is a science show about everything we don’t know. Host Noam Hassenfeld is joined by an array of experts and Vox reporters each week to look at the most fascinating unanswered questions in science and the mind-bending ways scientists are trying to answer them. New episodes drop every Wednesday starting March 10. From Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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    • 4.8 • 49 Ratings

Unexplainable is a science show about everything we don’t know. Host Noam Hassenfeld is joined by an array of experts and Vox reporters each week to look at the most fascinating unanswered questions in science and the mind-bending ways scientists are trying to answer them. New episodes drop every Wednesday starting March 10. From Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    The viral ghosts of long Covid

    The viral ghosts of long Covid

    Scientists don’t understand why so many people suffer from Covid-19 symptoms for months, well after they stop testing positive. But that’s just the start of the mystery. There are other diseases that cast these long shadows, and they point to a major blind spot in medicine.
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    • 26 min
    Is a ton of psychology just ... wrong?

    Is a ton of psychology just ... wrong?

    A decade ago, psychologists realized much of their science was fatally flawed, calling untold numbers of studies into question. Now, some young psychologists are trying to rebuild the foundations of their field. Can they succeed?
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    • 30 min
    It’s ball lightning!

    It’s ball lightning!

    For millennia, people have been reporting stories of mysterious spheres of light that glow, crackle, and hover eerily during thunderstorms. They’ve been spotted in people’s homes, and are even said to be able to pass through windows. No one knows how ball lightning forms — but that’s not stopping scientists from attempting to recreate it in their labs.
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    • 27 min
    Skeleton Lake

    Skeleton Lake

    When scientists examined the DNA of ancient bones found near a Himalayan lake, they were forced to confront a seemingly impossible conclusion.

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    • 27 min
    Journey Toward the Center of the Earth

    Journey Toward the Center of the Earth

    Sixty years ago, geologists tried to drill down through the Earth’s crust to pull up a piece of the Earth’s mantle. Their mission didn’t go exactly as planned. But it sowed the seeds for a new field of science that’s helped us rewrite not only the history of the planet, but, potentially, our definitions of life itself.

    The documentaries featured in this episode are "The First Deep Ocean Drilling: Mohole, Phase 1" and "Project Mohole: Report No. 1."

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    • 29 min
    No one nose

    No one nose

    Believe it or not, scientists still don't know how the sense of smell works. But they're looking at how powerful it is - dogs can actually sniff out cancer and many other diseases - and they're trying to figure out how to reverse engineer it. In fact, one MIT scientist may have built a robot nose ... without completely understanding how his invention works.
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Shanna7605 ,

:)

I love these type of podcasts that cover a broad range of topics, but there’s certain ones of a specific caliber— great sound production, so thorough and well researched, cool hosts. I’m excited to hear more episodes from this team :)

Malou_Montpellier ,

Mind blown!

Love how research is made accessible. Vox signature!

leon3868 ,

great

i mean it’s vox what isn’t there to like

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