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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.

    Hostile Holiday Shopping, Why Cats Love Boxes, Beethoven’s 10th

    Hostile Holiday Shopping, Why Cats Love Boxes, Beethoven’s 10th

    Learn about psychological ownership; why cats love boxes; and how researchers—and AI—finished Beethoven’s 10th symphony.

    "Psychological ownership" is why holiday shopping can get so hostile by Steffie Drucker
    Kirk, C. P. (2018, November 20). Why do Black Friday shoppers throw punches over bargains? A marketing expert explains “psychological ownership.” The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/why-do-black-friday-shoppers-throw-punches-over-bargains-a-marketing-expert-explains-psychological-ownership-106673 
    Campbell Pickford, H., Joy, G., & Roll, K. (2016). Psychological Ownership: Effects and Applications. SSRN Electronic Journal. https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2893092 
    Kirk, C. P., Peck, J., & Swain, S. D. (2018). Property lines in the mind: Consumers’ psychological ownership and their territorial responses. Journal of Consumer Research, 45(1), 148–168. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcr/ucx111 

    Why Do Cats Love Boxes? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Reese in Newton, Massachusetts) originally published September 5, 2018 https://omnystudio.com/p/curiosity-daily/clips/1adc7d26-de9f-48df-9a31-ab51000f8517 

    Musicologists and computer scientists completed Beethoven's 10th symphony by Briana Brownell
    Elgammal, A. (2021, September 24). How a team of musicologists and computer scientists completed Beethoven’s unfinished 10th Symphony. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/how-a-team-of-musicologists-and-computer-scientists-completed-beethovens-unfinished-10th-symphony-168160 
    ‌NPR. (2021, October 2). Team uses AI to complete Beethoven’s unfinished masterpiece. NPR.org; NPR. https://www.npr.org/2021/10/02/1042742330/team-uses-ai-to-complete-beethovens-unfinished-masterpiece 
    ‌i24NEWS English. (2019). Artificial Intelligence to “Complete” Beethoven’s Tenth Symphony [YouTube Video]. In YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu1GI0QNLSE 

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    • 16 min
    Sports Fans’ Brains, Hunger After Overeating, the IKEA Effect

    Sports Fans’ Brains, Hunger After Overeating, the IKEA Effect

    Learn about how rival sports fans see games differently; waking up hungry after overeating; and “some assembly required.” 

    Today’s stories originally ran in the following episodes of Curiosity Daily:
    Rival Sports Fans Experience the Same Game Completely Differently by Reuben Westmaas originally published November 22, 2018 https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/rival-sports-fans-experience-games-completely-diff 
    Why do I wake up hungry after overeating? by Ashley Hamer originally published November 29, 2019 https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/history-s-extravagant-gifts-w-justin-jampol-why-yo 
    To Give a Gift They'll Treasure, Go With "Some Assembly Required" by Ashley Hamer originally published November 23, 2018 https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/gifts-requiring-assembly-are-more-treasured-why-yo 

    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
    Family Meal Peacekeeping, Food Coma Science, Etiquette Tips

    Family Meal Peacekeeping, Food Coma Science, Etiquette Tips

    Learn about how to avoid conflict at family meals; what causes food comas; and how to be a great host or guest.

    Today’s stories originally ran in the following episodes of Curiosity Daily:
    How to Avoid Conflict at Family Meals by Ashley Hamer originally published November 21, 2018 https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/be-the-best-host-or-guest-w-jihan-murray-smith-avo 
    Food Coma? Here's Why You Get Sleepy After You Eat by Ashley Hamer originally published November 28, 2019 https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/food-coma-science-how-to-avoid-raising-materialist 
    Be the Best Host or Guest (with Jihan Murray-Smith) originally published November 21, 2018 https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/be-the-best-host-or-guest-w-jihan-murray-smith-avo 

    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
    A New Stonehenge Discovery and Why Females Feel Colder

    A New Stonehenge Discovery and Why Females Feel Colder

    Learn about a mysterious new archaeological discovery around Stonehenge; and why females feel colder in many species.

    More from world-renowned Stonehenge archeologist Susan Greaney:
    STONEHENGE: LAND OF THE DEAD’ Premieres Sunday, November 28 at 8 PM ET/PT on Science Channel: https://press.discovery.com/us/sci/programs/stonehenge-land-dead/ 
    Start your free trial of discovery+ at https://discoveryplus.com/curiosity 
    Follow @SueGreaney on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SueGreaney 
    Academic page: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/research-students/view/122326-susan-greaney 

    Females feel colder in many species -- scientists say it was an adaptation to keep the sexes separate by Grant Currin 
    A new study reveals the evolutionary reason why women feel colder than men. (2021, October 5). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/930578 
    ‌Magory Cohen, T., Kiat, Y., Sharon, H., Levin, E., & Algar, A. (2021). An alternative hypothesis for the evolution of sexual segregation in endotherms. Global Ecology and Biogeography. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13393 

    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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    • 14 min
    Psychedelic Therapy History, Cold Showers, Only Child Myth

    Psychedelic Therapy History, Cold Showers, Only Child Myth

    Learn about psychedelics research in the 1950s; cold shower benefits; and an inaccurate stereotype about the only child.

    Thousands of patients were treated with psychedelics in the 1950s by Cameron Duke
    Fuentes, J. J., Fonseca, F., Elices, M., Farré, M., & Torrens, M. (2020). Therapeutic Use of LSD in Psychiatry: A Systematic Review of Randomized-Controlled Clinical Trials. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00943 
    Lattin, D. (2017, January 3). How the War on Drugs Halted Research Into the Potential Benefits of Psychedelics. Slate Magazine; Slate. https://slate.com/technology/2017/01/the-war-on-drugs-halted-research-into-the-potential-benefits-of-psychedelics.html 
    Rick, D. (2011). Dr. Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment: A 34-Year Follow-up Study. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02791072.1998.10399715 
    The ’60s Are Gone, But Psychedelic Research Trip Continues. (2014, March 9). NPR.org. https://www.npr.org/2014/03/09/288285764/the-60s-are-gone-but-psychedelic-research-trip-continues 
    Yensen, R., & Dryer, D. A. (1992, September 24). Thirty Years of Psychedelic Research: The Spring Grove Experiment and Its Sequels. ResearchGate; unknown. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/309477954_Thirty_Years_of_Psychedelic_Research_The_Spring_Grove_Experiment_and_Its_Sequels 
    Johns Hopkins Medicine Receives First Federal Grant for Psychedelic Treatment Research in 50 years. (2021, October 18). Johns Hopkins Medicine Newsroom. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/newsroom/news-releases/johns-hopkins-medicine-receives-first-federal-grant-for-psychedelic-treatment-research-in-50-years 

    Are cold showers actually worth it? by Cameron Duke
    Bottoms, L. (2021, September 28). Cold showers are said to be good for you – here’s what the evidence shows. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/cold-showers-are-said-to-be-good-for-you-heres-what-the-evidence-shows-167822  
    Buijze, G. A., Sierevelt, I. N., van der Heijden, B. C. J. M., Dijkgraaf, M. G., & Frings-Dresen, M. H. W. (2016). The Effect of Cold Showering on Health and Work: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PLOS ONE, 11(9), e0161749. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0161749 
    Janský, L., Pospíšilová, D., Honzová, S., Uličný, B., Šrámek, P., Zeman, V., & Kamínková, J. (1996). Immune system of cold-exposed and cold-adapted humans. European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology, 72-72(5-6), 445–450. https://doi.org/10.1007/bf00242274 

    Only children aren't more selfish than kids with siblings by Steffie Drucker
    Only Children Are No More Selfish Than Those With Siblings. (2021, October 7). Research Digest. https://digest.bps.org.uk/2021/10/07/only-children-are-no-more-selfish-than-those-with-siblings/  
    Zheng, X., Su, Q., Jing, C., & Zhang, Y.-Y. (2021). They Are Not Little Emperors: Only Children Are Just as Altruistic as Non-Only Children. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 194855062110381. https://doi.org/10.1177/19485506211038190  
    Higuera, V. (2019, October 23). Only Child Syndrome: Proven Reality or Long-Standing Myth? Healthline; Healthline Media. https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/only-child-syndrome  
    one-child policy | Definition, Start Date, Effects, & Facts | Britannica. (2021). In Encyclopædia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/topic/one-child-policy 
    Fifield, A. (2019, May 3). Beijing’s one-child policy is gone. But many Chinese are still reluctant to have more. Washington Post; The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/beijings-one-child-policy-is-gone-but-many-chinese-are-still-reluctant-to-have-more/2019/05/02/c722e568-604f-11e9-bf24-db4b9fb62aa2_story.html  
    Gallagher, J. (2020, July 14). Fertility rate: “Jaw-dropping” global crash in children being born. BBC News; BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/health-53409521  
    BBC News. (2021, May 31). China allows three children in maj

    • 15 min
    Birthday Effect, Psychological Richness, Star or Satellite?

    Birthday Effect, Psychological Richness, Star or Satellite?

    Learn about the link between birthdays and COVID-19; “psychological richness” for a good life; and satellites vs. stars.

    More from Dr. Bapu Jena:
    Listen to Freakonomics, M.D.: https://freakonomics.com/freakonomics-md/ 
    Covid and the “Birthday Effect” (Freakonomics, M.D. Ep. 1) - Freakonomics. (2021, August 4). Freakonomics. https://freakonomics.com/podcast/covid-and-the-birthday-effect-freakonomics-m-d-ep-1/ 
    Follow @AnupamBJena on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnupamBJena  
    Follow @DrBapuPod on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrBapuPod 
    Harvard faculty page: https://hcp.hms.harvard.edu/people/anupam-b-jena 

    We’ve neglected the role of “psychological richness” when considering what makes a good life by Steffie Drucker
    We’ve Neglected The Role Of “Psychological Richness” When Considering What Makes A Good Life, Study Argues. (2021, September 14). Research Digest. https://digest.bps.org.uk/2021/09/14/weve-neglected-the-role-of-psychological-richness-when-considering-what-makes-a-good-life-study-argues/ 
    Oishi, S., & Westgate, E. C. (2021). A psychologically rich life: Beyond happiness and meaning. Psychological Review. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/rev0000317‌ 
    Beyond Happiness: Why a Psychologically Rich Life Is a Good Life. (2021). Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/living-single/202108/beyond-happiness-why-psychologically-rich-life-is-good-life 

    How to tell an artificial satellite from a star by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Nero in Ghana)
    Space. (2021). Brown.edu. https://www.brown.edu/Departments/Joukowsky_Institute/courses/13things/7656.html
    Palma, C. (2018, April 5). Look up – it’s a satellite! The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/look-up-its-a-satellite-94272 
    The Savvy Satellite Spotting Guide. (2014, November 8). AeroSavvy. https://aerosavvy.com/satellite-spotting/ 
    GPS.gov: Space Segment. (2021). Gps.gov. https://www.gps.gov/systems/gps/space/ 
    Carter, J. (2020, April 25). Is That A Planet, A Star Or A SpaceX Starlink Satellite? The Stargazing Apps You Need During Lockdown. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecartereurope/2020/04/24/is-that-a-planet-a-star-or-a-spacex-starlink-the-five-best-augmented-reality-stargazing-apps-you-need-during-lockdown/?sh=7997cff244fe 

    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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Very useful information! Great stuff to understand and start conversations with. The speed of these topic run-throughs are timed quite well and it is easy to comprehend. The scripting is very clever, with good jokes and an engaging format. Also, that Gooey Decimal System joke? Just… perfect. The amount of ads aren’t too bad either. Thanks Ashley and Cody!

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