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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 PopSci editors and producer Jess Boddy as they work through questions big and small. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/askusanythingbypopsci/support

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    • 4.6 • 65 Ratings

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 PopSci editors and producer Jess Boddy as they work through questions big and small. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/askusanythingbypopsci/support

    How do chatbots work?

    How do chatbots work?

    If you remember chatting with SmarterChild back on AOL Instant Messenger back in the day, you know how far ChatGPT and Google Bard have come. But how do these so-called chatbots work—and what’s the best way to use them to our advantage?
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    • 12 min
    How is Voyager's vintage technology still flying?

    How is Voyager's vintage technology still flying?

    Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 launched back in 1977 with only a five-year mission to take a gander at Jupiter and Saturn’s rings and moons. Obviously, the Voyager spacecrafts have persisted a lot longer than five years: 46 years, to be exact. They’re still careening through space at a distance between 12 and 14 billion miles from Earth. So how have they lasted four decades longer than expected?
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    • 11 min
    Can you become a morning person?

    Can you become a morning person?

    There's plenty of good reasons to be a morning lark. So is it possible, or is biology totally against us wannabe early birds?
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    • 23 min
    Where’s the best place to sit in a movie theater?

    Where’s the best place to sit in a movie theater?

    We all have our preferred seats at the movies. But is there scientifically a best place to sit? Stan Horaczek has the answer.
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    • 14 min
    Are the bees still dying?

    Are the bees still dying?

    Five or ten years ago, all we heard was "save the bees." Well, are they still dying? PopSci's Philip Kiefer has the answers—and they're surprisingly complicated.
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    • 30 min
    Why do we like pimple popping?

    Why do we like pimple popping?

    It's super gross, but you can't look away—why are pimple popping videos so magnetic?
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    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Jess Boddy ,

Great podcast for a quick commute!

This podcast is the perfect length for my under 15 minute commute to work. The hosts are always positive and upbeat while teaching me a little tidbit of information. Great topics, too!

NikomiBlue ,

Short Science Snippets

Cool little podcast to listen to for answers to random questions (some simple, some more complicated). Short and sweet, so you won’t have to dedicate a lot of time to this one.
Some people seem to have issues with the hosts’ voices, but I don’t mind them. To me, none of that takes away from the interesting tidbits they share.

I love The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week, and this show is a bit like that, but bite-size.

PK Shep ,

Reading answers

Love the content, but editors need to try to have natural conversations, not read answers aloud. Take the chance, guys. Could be a great show, but put away the scripts.

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