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The award-winning Curiosity Daily podcast from Curiosity.com will help you get smarter about the world around you — every day. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll get a unique mix of research-based life hacks, the latest science and technology news, and more. Discovery's Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer will help you learn about your mind and body, outer space and the depths of the sea, and how history shaped the world into what it is today.

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The award-winning Curiosity Daily podcast from Curiosity.com will help you get smarter about the world around you — every day. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll get a unique mix of research-based life hacks, the latest science and technology news, and more. Discovery's Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer will help you learn about your mind and body, outer space and the depths of the sea, and how history shaped the world into what it is today.

    Alien Dataomes, How Animals Smell Viruses, Why to Read Aloud

    Alien Dataomes, How Animals Smell Viruses, Why to Read Aloud

    Learn why aliens have a dataome; how animals sniff out viral infections; and how reading out loud can boost your memory. 

    Additional resources from Caleb Scharf:
    Pick up "The Ascent of Information: Books, Bits, Genes, Machines, and Life's Unending Algorithm" on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ascent-Information-Machines-Unending-Algorithm/dp/0593087240 
    Website: http://www.calebscharf.com/ 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/caleb_scharf 

    When animals sniff out viral infections, what are they smelling? by Cameron Duke
    Arakawa, H., Arakawa, K., & Deak, T. (2010). Sickness-related odor communication signals as determinants of social behavior in rat: A role for inflammatory processes. Hormones and Behavior, 57(3), 330–341. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2010.01.002 
    Else, H. (2020). Can dogs smell COVID? Here’s what the science says. Nature, 587(7835), 530–531. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-03149-9 
    Geddes, L. (2020). How nosy mice sniff out sickness. New Scientist. https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17001-how-nosy-mice-sniff-out-sickness/ 
    Jendrny, P., Schulz, C., Twele, F., Meller, S., von Köckritz-Blickwede, M., Osterhaus, A. D. M. E., Ebbers, J., Pilchová, V., Pink, I., Welte, T., Manns, M. P., Fathi, A., Ernst, C., Addo, M. M., Schalke, E., & Volk, H. A. (2020). Scent dog identification of samples from COVID-19 patients – a pilot study. BMC Infectious Diseases, 20(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12879-020-05281-3 
    Rivière, S., Challet, L., Fluegge, D., Spehr, M., & Rodriguez, I. (2009). Formyl peptide receptor-like proteins are a novel family of vomeronasal chemosensors. Nature, 459(7246), 574–577. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature08029 
    Trained ferrets can smell avian flu in duck poo! (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/p-tfc051921.php 

    This Simple Reading Technique Can Boost Your Memory and Learning Speed originally aired August 17, 2018 https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/massive-ocean-beneath-earth-s-surface-road-trip-ga 

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    Accent-Changing Monkeys and the Information “Dataome”

    Accent-Changing Monkeys and the Information “Dataome”

    Learn about why monkeys imitate other species’ accents; and the “dataome,” a new way to think about information.

    You can vote for Curiosity Daily in the 2021 People's Choice Podcast Awards! Register at https://podcastawards.com, select Curiosity Daily in the categories of Education and Science & Medicine, and then click/tap "save nominations" at the bottom of the page. Voting in other categories is optional. Your vote is greatly appreciated!

    Monkeys change their "accent" to get along with other species by Steffie Drucker
    Primates change their “accent” to avoid conflict. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/aru-pct052521.php 
    Grover, N. (2021, May 27). Monkeys adopt “accent” of other species when in shared territory – study. The Guardian; The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/27/monkeys-adopt-accent-of-other-species-when-in-shared-territory-study 
    Sobroza, T. V., Gordo, M., Pequeno, P. A. C. L., Dunn, J. C., Spironello, W. R., Rabelo, R. M., & Barnett, A. P. A. (2021). Convergent character displacement in sympatric tamarin calls (Saguinus spp.). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 75(5). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-021-03028-x 

    Additional resources from Caleb Scharf:
    Pick up "The Ascent of Information: Books, Bits, Genes, Machines, and Life's Unending Algorithm" on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ascent-Information-Machines-Unending-Algorithm/dp/0593087240 
    Website: http://www.calebscharf.com/ 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/caleb_scharf 

    Follow Curiosity Daily on your favorite podcast app to learn something new every day withCody Gough andAshley Hamer. Still curious? Get exclusive science shows, nature documentaries, and more real-life entertainment on discovery+! Go to https://discoveryplus.com/curiosity to start your 7-day free trial. discovery+ is currently only available for US subscribers.

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    • 13 min
    Brain Replays Memories at 20x Speed & A Real Maxwell’s Demon

    Brain Replays Memories at 20x Speed & A Real Maxwell’s Demon

    Learn how your brain replays the things you’ve practiced at 20 times speed; and an engine that uses information as fuel.

    On your practice breaks, your brain replays memories of your practice session at 20x speed by Kelsey Donk
    Human brain replays new memories at 20 times the speed during waking rest. (2021). EurekAlert! https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/cp-hbr060321.php 
    Buch, E. R., Claudino, L., Quentin, R., Bönstrup, M., & Cohen, L. G. (2021). Consolidation of human skill linked to waking hippocampo-neocortical replay. Cell Reports, 35(10), 109193. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109193 

    Scientists built an ultrafast engine that they claim uses information as fuel by Briana Brownell
    Ratner, P. (2021, May 24). Researchers design an engine that uses information as fuel. Big Think; Big Think. https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/fastest-ever-information-engine 
    ‌World’s fastest information-fuelled engine designed by SFU researchers - University Communications - Simon Fraser University. (2021). www.sfu.ca. http://www.sfu.ca/university-communications/issues-experts/2021/05/world-s-fastest-information-fuelled-engine-designed-by-sfu-resea.html 
    ‌Saha, T. K., Lucero, J. N. E., Ehrich, J., Sivak, D. A., & Bechhoefer, J. (2021). Maximizing power and velocity of an information engine. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(20), e2023356118. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2023356118 

    Follow Curiosity Daily on your favorite podcast app to learn something new every day withCody Gough andAshley Hamer. Still curious? Get exclusive science shows, nature documentaries, and more real-life entertainment on discovery+! Go to https://discoveryplus.com/curiosity to start your 7-day free trial. discovery+ is currently only available for US subscribers.

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    • 10 min
    Dog Days of Summer, Magic Tricks for Birds, Planck Time

    Dog Days of Summer, Magic Tricks for Birds, Planck Time

    Learn the “Dog Days of Summer”; why scientists did magic tricks for birds; and the smallest conceivable length of time.

    What are the "Dog Days of Summer"? by Steffie Drucker
    Farmers' Almanac Staff. (2015, June 29). What Are the Dog Days of Summer? Farmers’ Almanac. https://www.farmersalmanac.com/why-are-they-called-dog-days-of-summer-21705 
    Little, B. (2015, July 10). Why Do We Call Them the “Dog Days” of Summer? Animals; National Geographic. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/150710-dog-days-summer-sirius-star-astronomy-weather-language?loggedin=true 
    AstroPages | Precession. (2021). wwu.edu. https://www.wwu.edu/astro101/a101_precession.shtml 

    Scientists did magic tricks for birds to see how they perceive the world by Steffie Drucker
    Garcia-Pelegrin, E. (2021, June 2). We performed magic tricks on birds to see how they perceive the world. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/we-performed-magic-tricks-on-birds-to-see-how-they-perceive-the-world-161772 
    ‌Garcia-Pelegrin, E., Schnell, A. K., Wilkins, C., & Clayton, N. S. (2021). Exploring the perceptual inabilities of Eurasian jays (Garrulus glandarius) using magic effects. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(24), e2026106118. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2026106118 
    Magic Tricks May Fool You, but These Birds Can See Through Them. (2021). The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/01/science/birds-magic-tricks.html 
    ‌Timmer, J. (2021, June 4). Researchers perform magic tricks for birds, who are not amused. Ars Technica; Ars Technica. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/06/researchers-perform-magic-tricks-for-birds-who-are-not-amused/ 
    ‌Olkowicz, S., Kocourek, M., Lučan, R. K., Porteš, M., Fitch, W. T., Herculano-Houzel, S., & Němec, P. (2016). Birds have primate-like numbers of neurons in the forebrain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(26), 7255–7260. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1517131113 
    ‌Starr, M. (2018). Crows Can Build Compound Tools Out of Multiple Parts, And Are You Even Surprised. ScienceAlert. https://www.sciencealert.com/crows-are-so-smart-they-can-make-compound-tools-out-of-multiple-parts 

    Planck Time Is How Long It Takes Light To Travel One Planck Length by Joanie Faletto
    The Planck scale: relativity meets quantum mechanics meets gravity. (from Einstein Light). (2021). Unsw.edu.au. https://newt.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module6_Planck.htm 
    Williams, M. (2010, November 19). What is Planck Time? - Universe Today. Universe Today. https://www.universetoday.com/79418/planck-time/#ixzz2OhJ0gDig 

    Follow Curiosity Daily on your favorite podcast app to learn something new every day withCody Gough andAshley Hamer. Still curious? Get exclusive science shows, nature documentaries, and more real-life entertainment on discovery+! Go to https://discoveryplus.com/curiosity to start your 7-day free trial. discovery+ is currently only available for US subscribers.

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    • 11 min
    Letting Wounds Breathe, Grocery App Benefits, Tardigrade Guns

    Letting Wounds Breathe, Grocery App Benefits, Tardigrade Guns

    Learn about when to use bandages; online shopping’s hidden health benefits; and why tardigrades were shot out of a gun.

    Curiosity Daily is in the 2021 People's Choice Podcast Awards — and you can vote for us to win! Register at https://podcastawards.com, select Curiosity Daily in the categories of Education and Science & Medicine, and then click/tap "save nominations" at the bottom of the page. Voting in other categories is optional. Your support is greatly appreciated!

    LISTENER Q: Should you let a wound breathe or keep it covered? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Brian)
    Bishop, S.M.; Walker, M.; Rogers, A.A.; Chen, W.Y.J. (2003). Importance of moisture balance at the wound-dressing interface. Journal of Wound Care, 12(4), 125–128. https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/abs/10.12968/jowc.2003.12.4.26484 
    The Claim: Wounds Heal Better When Exposed to Air (Published 2006). (2021). The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/01/health/01real.html?_r=0 
    Brouhard, R. (2021). Should I Use Neosporin on a Cut? Verywell Health. https://www.verywellhealth.com/should-i-use-neosporin-on-my-cut-1298910 
    Smack, D. P. (1996). Infection and Allergy Incidence in Ambulatory Surgery Patients Using White Petrolatum vs Bacitracin Ointment. JAMA, 276(12), 972. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1996.03540120050033 

    Shopping online steers us away from sweets by Cameron Duke
    Consumers spent less on candy and desserts when shopping online. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/e-csl060221.php
    Shah, K. (2021). US consumers spend less on sweets and dessert when shopping online. New Scientist. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2279892-us-consumers-spend-less-on-sweets-and-dessert-when-shopping-online/ 
    Zatz, L. Y., Moran, A. J., Franckle, R. L., Block, J. P., Tao Hou, Blue, D., Greene, J. C., Gortmaker, S., Bleich, S. N., Polacsek, M., Thorndike, A. N., & Rimm, E. B. (2021). Comparing Online and In-Store Grocery Purchases. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 53(6), 471–479. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2021.03.001 

    Scientists further abuse tardigrades by firing them out of a gun to see if they can survive space impacts by Grant Currin
    Starr, M. (2021). Scientists Fired Tardigrades Out of a Gun to See if They Can Survive Space Impacts. ScienceAlert. https://www.sciencealert.com/tardigrades-can-survive-high-velocity-impacts-after-being-fired-from-a-gun 
    ‌Tardigrade Survival Limits in High-Speed Impacts—Implications for Panspermia and Collection of Samples from Plumes Emitted by Ice Worlds. (2014). Astrobiology. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/ast.2020.2405 
    Even hard-to-kill tardigrades can’t always survive being shot out of a gun. (2021, June 2). Science News. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/tardigrade-survival-shot-gun-crash-landing-planet 

    Follow Curiosity Daily on your favorite podcast app to learn something new every day withCody Gough andAshley Hamer. Still curious? Get exclusive science shows, nature documentaries, and more real-life entertainment on discovery+! Go to https://discoveryplus.com/curiosity to start your 7-day free trial. discovery+ is currently only available for US subscribers.

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    • 11 min
    Speech-to-Song Illusion and a High-Tech Use for Tree Rings

    Speech-to-Song Illusion and a High-Tech Use for Tree Rings

    Learn about the links between language and music via the speech-to-song illusion and what we can learn from tree rings.

    The speech-to-song illusion demonstrates the tight links between language and music by Steffie Drucker
    The Speech-to-Song Illusion. (2020). Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/illusions-and-curiosities/202002/the-speech-song-illusion
    Diana Deutsch - Speech-to-Song Illusion>. (2011). ucsd.edu. https://deutsch.ucsd.edu/psychology/pages.php?i=212 
    5th grade class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zr9BU0bJoc 

    Additional resources from Sturt Manning, a Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences in Classical Archaeology at Cornell University:
    Cornell Faculty page https://classics.cornell.edu/sturt-manning 
    Revised tree ring data confirms ancient Mediterranean dates https://as.cornell.edu/news/revised-tree-ring-data-confirms-ancient-mediterranean-dates 
    Maize, not metal, key to native settlements’ history in NY https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/03/maize-not-metal-key-native-settlements-history-ny 

    Follow Curiosity Daily on your favorite podcast app to learn something new every day withCody Gough andAshley Hamer. Still curious? Get exclusive science shows, nature documentaries, and more real-life entertainment on discovery+! Go to https://discoveryplus.com/curiosity to start your 7-day free trial. discovery+ is currently only available for US subscribers.

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    • 13 min

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