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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.

    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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    Daddy Longlegs, Dyson Spheres, and Exercising with a Partner

    Daddy Longlegs, Dyson Spheres, and Exercising with a Partner

    Learn about why daddy longlegs aren’t dangerous; the theoretical Dyson Sphere; and benefits of exercising with a partner.

    Please 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!

    “Daddy Longlegs Myths, Dyson Spheres, Benefits of Exercising with a Partner” originally aired May 15, 2018: https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/daddy-longlegs-myths-dyson-spheres-and-benefits-of 

    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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    Missions to Venus and How to Extract DNA from Strawberries

    Missions to Venus and How to Extract DNA from Strawberries

    Learn about past missions to Venus — and why we’re going back; and how to extract DNA from strawberries in your kitchen.

    We're going back to Venus. Here are the missions to look forward to by Briana Brownell
    NASA Selects 2 Missions to Study “Lost Habitable” World of Venus. (2018). NASA. https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-selects-2-missions-to-study-lost-habitable-world-of-venus 
    ESA selects revolutionary Venus mission EnVision. (2021). Esa.int. https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/ESA_selects_revolutionary_Venus_mission_EnVision 
    Castro, J. (2015, February 3). What Would It Be Like to Live on Venus? Space.com; Space. https://www.space.com/28357-how-to-live-on-venus.html 
    Goettel, K. A.; Shields, J. A.; Decker, D. A. (16–20 March 1981). "Density constraints on the composition of Venus". Proceedings of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Houston, TX: Pergamon Press. pp. 1507–1516. Bibcode:1982LPSC...12.1507G.  
    Howell, E. (2019, March 25). Venera 13 and the Mission to Reach Venus. Space.com; Space. https://www.space.com/18551-venera-13.html 
    Howell, E. (2020, September 18). Here’s every successful Venus mission humanity has ever launched. Space.com; Space. https://www.space.com/venus-mission-success-history 

    You can extract DNA from strawberries in your kitchen by Cameron Duke
    RK Pendergrass. (2021, April 21). How to extract DNA from strawberries | Popular Science. Popular Science. https://www.popsci.com/story/diy/diy-science-project-strawberrry-dna/ 
    Science Buddies. (2013, January 31). Squishy Science: Extract DNA from Smashed Strawberries. Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/squishy-science-extract-dna-from-smashed-strawberries/ 

    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
    Revenge Bedtime Procrastination, Elephant Trunks, Pineapples Eat You Back

    Revenge Bedtime Procrastination, Elephant Trunks, Pineapples Eat You Back

    Learn about how to combat revenge bedtime procrastination; the power of elephant trunks; and how pineapples eat you back.

    How to combat "revenge bedtime procrastination" by Kelsey Donk
    Cohut, M. (2021, March 19). Revenge bedtime procrastination: A plight of our times? Medicalnewstoday.com; Medical News Today. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/revenge-bedtime-procrastination-a-plight-of-our-times 
    Patia Braithwaite. (2021, May 28). Revenge Bedtime Procrastination: 6 Ways to Manage It. SELF; SELF. https://www.self.com/story/revenge-bedtime-procrastination 
    Kroese, F. M., De Ridder, D. T. D., Evers, C., & Adriaanse, M. A. (2014). Bedtime procrastination: introducing a new area of procrastination. Frontiers in Psychology, 5. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00611 

    Elephants can suck water into their trunks 30 times faster than you sneeze by Cameron Duke
    How an elephant’s trunk manipulates air to eat and drink. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/giot-hae060121.php 
    Schulz, A. K., Ning Wu, J., Ha, S. Y. S., Kim, G., Braccini Slade, S., Rivera, S., Reidenberg, J. S., & Hu, D. L. (2021). Suction feeding by elephants. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 18(179), 20210215. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2021.0215 

    Pineapples eat you back, thanks to a meat-tenderizer enzyme by Grant Currin
    Here’s The Scientific Reason Pineapple Burns Your Mouth. (2018). NowThis News. https://nowthisnews.com/videos/food/heres-the-scientific-reason-pineapple-burns-your-mouth 
    Scheve, T. (2008, August 4). Why do pineapple enzymes tenderize steak -- and your tongue? HowStuffWorks. https://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/edible-innovations/pineapple-enzyme-tenderize-steak1.htm 
    Di Lullo, G. A., Sweeney, S. M., Körkkö, J., Ala-Kokko, L., & San Antonio, J. D. (2002). Mapping the Ligand-binding Sites and Disease-associated Mutations on the Most Abundant Protein in the Human, Type I Collagen. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 277(6), 4223–4231. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.m110709200 

    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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    • 12 min
    Why Megalodon Was So Huge, Misophonia in the Brain, Trivia

    Why Megalodon Was So Huge, Misophonia in the Brain, Trivia

    Learn about how huge Megalodon was and why some people have misophonia, a severe hatred of sounds. Plus: a trivia game!

    Dive deeper into all your favorite Shark Week shows with Shark Week’s Daily Bite Podcast hosted by Luke Tipple:
    Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/shark-weeks-daily-bite/id1527053422 
    Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0dfzM1ktSB1mSKD5z4Qujm?si=R8rNBksMRS-JrgMs9JIJ5g&dl_branch=1 
    Learn more: https://www.discovery.com/shark-week/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-daily-bite-podcast 

    Please 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!

    Here's just how huge Megalodon was by Grant Currin
    Body size of the extinct Megalodon indeed off the charts in the shark world. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/tfg-bso092120.php 
    ‌Body, jaw, and dentition lengths of macrophagous lamniform sharks, and body size evolution in Lamniformes with special reference to “off-the-scale” gigantism of the megatooth shark, Otodus megalodon. (2020). Historical Biology. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08912963.2020.1812598?scroll=top&needAccess=true 
    ‌Fletcher, T. (2021, January 11). Giant ancient sharks had enormous babies that ate their siblings in the womb. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/giant-ancient-sharks-had-enormous-babies-that-ate-their-siblings-in-the-womb-152903 
    ‌Baby Megalodons Were 6-Foot-Long Womb Cannibals, Study Suggests. (2021). The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/10/science/megalodons-baby-shark.html 

    Episodes referenced in Curiosity Challenge Trivia game:
    Skipping stones: https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/stress-during-pregnancy-might-affect-the-babys-sex-skipping-stones-overspending 
    Bats: https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/bats-map-the-world-by-time-not-distance 
    Things we overlook: https://omny.fm/shows/curiosity-daily/why-we-always-forget-that-less-is-more-leidy-klotz-subtract-the-untapped-science-of-less 

    A severe hatred of sounds may come down to a sensitive brain connection by Kelsey Donk
    Supersensitive connection causes hatred of noises. (2021). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/nu-scc052421.php 
    Kumar, S., Dheerendra, P., Erfanian, M., Benzaquén, E., Sedley, W., Gander, P. E., Lad, M., Bamiou, D. E., & Griffiths, T. D. (2021). The motor basis for misophonia. The Journal of Neuroscience, JN-RM-0261-21. https://doi.org/10.1523/jneurosci.0261-21.2021 

    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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