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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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support

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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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popular-science/support

    Radioactive Bananas, Self-Decapitating Sea Slugs, Maine's Jumping Frenchmen

    Radioactive Bananas, Self-Decapitating Sea Slugs, Maine's Jumping Frenchmen

    Theoretical physicist Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein joins the show! The weirdest things we learned this week range from non-trinary particles to kleptoplasty. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

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    • 46 min
    Get a Good Brainwash, Museum Tragedies, Scary Smart Cuttlefish

    Get a Good Brainwash, Museum Tragedies, Scary Smart Cuttlefish

    The weirdest things we learned this week range from literal brainwashing to the marshmallow test.  Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

    The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us!

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    • 48 min
    Ask Us Anything: Can you boost your immune system?

    Ask Us Anything: Can you boost your immune system?

    Check out the first episode of Ask Us Anything, a brand new podcast from the editors of Popular Science! Claire and Jess dive into whether you can boost your immune system, giving it ninja-like capabilities to vanquish any infectious critter that crosses its path. Click here to subscribe to Ask Us Anything's feed! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-us-anything-by-popular-science/id1556759897

    Ask Us Anything is a bite-sized show that answers your most outlandish, mind-burning questions—from what the universe is made of to why not everyone can touch their toes. If you like The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week, we promise you’ll love Ask Us Anything—and you’ll hear a few familiar voices on it, too! Check out new episodes of Ask Us Anything every Tuesday and Thursday wherever you get your podcasts.

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    • 11 min
    Astrology’s Hidden Sign, Ancient Brunch, The Uncanny Valley

    Astrology’s Hidden Sign, Ancient Brunch, The Uncanny Valley

    The weirdest things we learned this week range from eating poison oak to creepy animated babies.  Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

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    • 47 min
    The Truth About Soy Boys, the Sexiest Number, the Potato King

    The Truth About Soy Boys, the Sexiest Number, the Potato King

    The weirdest things we learned this week range from soy boy panic to a magic number found in peregrine falcon dives and Robert Pattinson's face.  Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

    The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week is a podcast by Popular Science. Share your weirdest facts and stories with us in our Facebook group or tweet at us!

    Click here to learn more about all of our stories! 

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    Rachel Feltman: www.twitter.com/RachelFeltman

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    Produced by Jess Boddy: www.twitter.com/JessicaBoddy

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    • 48 min
    Immortal Jellyfish, Cocaine Hippos, Potato Chip Controversy

    Immortal Jellyfish, Cocaine Hippos, Potato Chip Controversy

    This episode celebrates our latest print issue hitting newsstands! The weirdest things we learned this week range from a jellyfish that can live forever to invasive cocaine hippos. Whose story will be voted "The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week"?

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    Edited by Jessica Boddy: www.twitter.com/JessicaBoddy

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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1.7K Ratings

kricker91 ,

My favorite podcast!

I love this podcast from the hosts to the guests to the weird facts and knowledge I gain!

imahalfblood ,

Not great

This seems like an awesome concept for a podcast, but unfortunately the execution is less than perfect. The host’s voices are annoying and the production is bad.

Ccucic ,

Seriously? Particle physics?

We don’t need to learn particle physics on this podcast. Your show is one of my favorites, but Dr. Prescod-Weinstein doesn’t know her audience, at least this audience member. Weird things yes, not smashing atoms.

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