11 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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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.

    Placebos work. Why?

    Placebos work. Why?

    For decades, scientists thought that placebos only worked if patients didn’t know they were taking them. Not anymore: You can give patients placebos, tell them they’re on sugar pills, and they still might feel better. No one is sure how this works, but it raises a question: Should doctors embrace placebos in mainstream medicine?
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    • 26 min
    A virus that could heal people

    A virus that could heal people

    In 2016, the UN declared antibiotic-resistant bacteria the “greatest and most urgent global risk.” Our best hope just might be phages, or viruses that attack bacteria. Phages’ potential is enormous, but so is everything we don’t know about them.
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    • 24 min
    The Twilight Zone of the ocean

    The Twilight Zone of the ocean

    Every day, untold numbers of strange organisms rise from the middle of the ocean to its surface. They may be playing a crucial role in slowing climate change, so scientists are struggling to understand this migration ... before it’s too late.
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    • 27 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Antonov1996 ,

Decent try but too casual

For an over elaborated podcast about unanswered science questions the results are disappointing. The topics they chose are very interesting but the execution is not good. The way they interrupt the experts they consult to translate to an extremely simple language totally disrupts the flow of the information. Simplifying vocab is necessary when something is too complex and technical but this is not the case. Unless you are eight years old this podcast is not for you.

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