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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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    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
    Traveling Barber Uprising, Rats Taking Selfies, Honeyguide Helpers

    Traveling Barber Uprising, Rats Taking Selfies, Honeyguide Helpers

    Maritime archaeologist and historian Joel Cook joins the show to spin the tale of how traveling barbers almost coordinated an uprising that could have derailed the American Civil War. Plus, Rachel talks about a very delicious mutualism between humans and greater honeyguide birds, and Sara Kiley chimes in to talk about why rats might want to take selfies.
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    • 57 min
    Lotion Spider Brouhaha, ADHD Superpowers, Earth's Evil Twin

    Lotion Spider Brouhaha, ADHD Superpowers, Earth's Evil Twin

    Scientist and Twitch streamer Knimbley joins the show today to talk about how astronomy and Elden Ring intertwine! Plus, Jess returns to talk about lotion spiders, and Rachel explains how ADHD used to offer a real survival benefit in the olden days.
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    • 59 min
    Freaky Eclipse Rituals, Cosmic Serendipity, Solar Mysteries

    Freaky Eclipse Rituals, Cosmic Serendipity, Solar Mysteries

    Scientific American's Lee Billings and Clara Moskowitz join Rachel this week to talk all things eclipse.
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    • 45 min

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