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At Popular Science, we report and write dozens of science and tech stories every week. And while a lot of the fun facts we stumble across make it into our articles, there are lots of other weird facts that we just keep around the office. So we figured, why not share those with you? Welcome to The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week.

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At Popular Science, we report and write dozens of science and tech stories every week. And while a lot of the fun facts we stumble across make it into our articles, there are lots of other weird facts that we just keep around the office. So we figured, why not share those with you? Welcome to The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week.

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    Olympic Tug-o-War, Leaping Leeches, Card-Carrying Women

    Olympic Tug-o-War, Leaping Leeches, Card-Carrying Women

    Rose Eveleth joins the show to talk about chromosome testing in the Olympics. Plus, Claire returns to talk elite tug-o-war, and Rachel talks about the leech that can fly.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Pointy-Headed Vikings, Apocalypse Popularity, Perfect Prism Poops

    Pointy-Headed Vikings, Apocalypse Popularity, Perfect Prism Poops

    Dr. Jessica Ware from the American Museum of Natural History joins the show to talk about the most perfectly shaped poo. Plus, Laura talks about being popular in the apocalypse, and Rachel explains why some Vikings and other folks had especially pointy heads.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Reptilian Theater Kids, Gay Giraffes, Impatient Birds

    Reptilian Theater Kids, Gay Giraffes, Impatient Birds

    Owen Ever, co-host of the podcast A Field Guide to Gay Animals, joins the show this week to talk about the scientists who studied homosexuality in giraffes. Plus, Jess explains the most dramatic snakes on the planet, and Rachel gets into birds who wave quite impatiently.
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    • 56 min
    Robotic Roller Derby, Orangutan Skincare Routines, That Good Pet Stink

    Robotic Roller Derby, Orangutan Skincare Routines, That Good Pet Stink

    Annalee Newitz returns to the show to discuss the cutest little food delivery robots you've ever seen. Plus, Rachel talks self-medicating apes, and Amanda explains why we love our pets' stink and our lovers' smelly armpits.
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    • 58 min
    Hyrax Heaven, Underwater Bees, Carbonated Oceans

    Hyrax Heaven, Underwater Bees, Carbonated Oceans

    Streamer and science communicator Moohoodles joins the show this week to talk about carbonated oceans on Enceladus (and the moon's recipe for life)! Plus, Jess explains her obsession with the hyrax, and Rachel talks about bees who are somehow able to hibernate underwater.
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    • 53 min
    Screaming Frogs, "Talking" Mushrooms, Nonbinary Birds

    Screaming Frogs, "Talking" Mushrooms, Nonbinary Birds

    Sociolinguist Erica Brozovsky joins the show to discuss talkative fungi, Amanda Reed chats about nonbinary birds, and Rachel gets into animal sounds—especially the ones we can't hear.
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    • 49 min

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