69 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. From Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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    • 4.6 • 1.1K Ratings

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. From Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    Will the eel (slim, shady) please have sex?

    Will the eel (slim, shady) please have sex?

    Where eels come from is a surprisingly difficult question to answer, in large part because scientists have never actually seen them reproduce in the wild. Gastropod explains why eels are somehow still so mysterious.
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    • 47 min
    Yawn baby yawn

    Yawn baby yawn

    People yawn when they’re bored, right? So then why do athletes yawn before races? And why do so many animals yawn? … And why does reading this paragraph make you more likely to yawn?
    For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable
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    • 38 min
    What’s the James Webb telescope searching for?

    What’s the James Webb telescope searching for?

    A lava planet, life on other worlds, the very first starlight in the universe — the most powerful space telescope ever built is ready to reveal many mysteries of the cosmos.
    For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable
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    • 49 min
    Vitamin X

    Vitamin X

    Millions of Americans take dietary supplements — everything from vitamins and minerals to weight loss pills and probiotics. But because supplements are loosely regulated in the US, their makers don't have to prove that they work, or even that they are safe.
    For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable
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    • 35 min
    Lost Worlds: What killed Venus?

    Lost Worlds: What killed Venus?

    Venus is the hottest, scariest planet in the solar system, but billions of years ago it may have been a lot like Earth, complete with an ocean of water. So, how did Venus go to hell? And could Earth be next?
    This is the final episode of our four-part series, Lost Worlds, and it originally ran on December 1, 2021.
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    • 29 min
    Lost Worlds: Life on Mars?

    Lost Worlds: Life on Mars?

    Mars was once a very different planet, with rivers, lakes, and — potentially — life. NASA’s latest Mars rover is on a mission to find traces of past life. What happens if it does?
    This is the third episode of our new four-part series, Lost Worlds.
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Walking_Tarun ,

Just what I need for my walks

This is an awesome podcast featuring science topics, made interesting for newbies and enthusiasts. The content is really interesting and presentation lively. You can feel the research that must go into making something like this. Kudos to the folks putting this podcast together every week!

Kener1966-1976 ,

Catch a breath!

Voice makes a huge difference to me during podcasts. The one narrator seems hardly to breathe while she talks. Makes it difficult for me to breathe. The subject matter is interesting but I get distracted by the narrator’s breathing.

Mike Draperino ,

Like, What's a Yawn, Man?

I listened to one episode of this podcast and that's it for me. Not saying it's a good or bad podcast, I just don't like the model a LOT of podcasts use where one person plays dumb and the other person educates them. The "Yawn Baby Yawn" episode is a perfect example: The one host just doesn't even know what a yawn is and the other explains it to him like he's a child.

"Like, why do we yawn, man?"

"Well young child, here is the scientific explanation..."

"Like, wow, man... yawns are, like, really interesting and stuff."

I can't take it and will not listen to another episiode... man.

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