31 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 starting March 10. From Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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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 starting March 10. From Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    Nobel Prize 2.0

    Nobel Prize 2.0

    The Nobel Prize has rewarded some amazing discoveries. It’s also contributed to scientific tunnel vision. This week, how the Nobel impacted our understanding of an enormous cosmic mystery, and what a new and improved Nobel Prize could look like.
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    • 26 min
    The James Webb Time Machine

    The James Webb Time Machine

    To look into deep space is to look back in time. With the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, scientists hope to see “cosmic dawn,” a period long ago when the first starlight transformed the universe. But what happened before cosmic dawn? The Webb can’t tell us, though future telescopes could.
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    • 29 min
    The James Webb Space Telescope

    The James Webb Space Telescope

    After decades of planning, NASA is finally (finally!) set to launch the successor to the Hubble. The new Webb telescope will be a paradigm shift for astronomy, exploring places in the cosmos that have been completely invisible to us until now. But first, it has to safely reach a point nearly a million miles away from the Earth.
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    • 27 min
    What causes Alzheimer’s?

    What causes Alzheimer’s?

    For decades, Alzheimer’s researchers have been stubbornly pursuing a single theory, but they’re starting to wonder: is this narrow focus the reason we still don’t have a cure?
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    • 31 min
    Havana syndrome

    Havana syndrome

    Several years after US diplomats in Cuba claimed they were attacked by an invisible weapon, similar incidents continue to be reported around the world. Scientists haven’t been able to determine a definitive cause, but the possibilities point toward something just as mysterious as the illness itself: the inner workings of the human brain.
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    • 29 min
    Getting to the bottom of butts

    Getting to the bottom of butts

    Once upon a time, there were no anuses. These ingenious organs allowed our primordial ancestors to grow bigger and more complex, but scientists still don’t understand how they evolved. And they’re still grasping at a mystery that literally surrounds it: Why is the human butt so big?
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
654 Ratings

654 Ratings

Chaim K. ,

Loved the Nobel Prize 2.0 Episode

Big fan of Brian Keating/ The INTO THE IMPOSSIBLE Podcast. Saw his tweet about this episode and insta-subbed!

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Every episode has a strong focus.

Each episode leaves a lasting impact, is well edited, and displays the fascinating tales of real-world science and it's queries and conundrums in its truest forms.

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