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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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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.

    Moon poop

    Moon poop

    Astronauts left something on the moon that could help unlock the origins of life itself.
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    • 25 min
    Hot pink flying squirrels

    Hot pink flying squirrels

    An accidental discovery on a nighttime walk led one scientist and his team to wonder: How many mammals glow under ultraviolet light? The list keeps growing, but scientists still aren’t sure why these furry creatures glow.
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    • 31 min
    Henrietta Leavitt and the end of the universe

    Henrietta Leavitt and the end of the universe

    In the early 1900s, Henrietta Leavitt made one of the most important discoveries in the history of astronomy: a yardstick to measure distances to faraway stars. Using this tool, scientists eventually transformed our understanding of the universe. They realized space was expanding, that this expansion was accelerating, and that ultimately, everything will end.

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    • 32 min
    How do animals know where to go?

    How do animals know where to go?

    As part of a massive new global tracking project, scientists are monitoring animals from a receiver on the International Space Station, mapping the incredible, previously unknown journeys that animals undertake. They’re beginning to tackle questions like how far do animals actually move? And how in the world do they know where they’re going?
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    • 28 min
    Invasion of the jumping worms

    Invasion of the jumping worms

    These worms are fast, they’re mysterious, and they’re quickly changing North American ecosystems. How worried should we be about global worming?
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    • 25 min
    The many heights of Mount Everest

    The many heights of Mount Everest

    How tall is the world’s tallest mountain? The answer is surprisingly tricky, which means that Everest’s official height is constantly changing. In fact, depending on the type of measurement scientists use, Everest may not be the tallest mountain in the world.
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    • 29 min

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