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5: The Science of Snot

Why do we have snot? Do animals get stuffy noses, too? We delve into the world of thick secretions with the help of Dani Rabiaotti, zoologist and author of “Believe it or Snot: The Definitive Field Guide to Earth’s Slimy Creatures.” You’ll find out why we make so much mucus, and meet the slimiest animals on the planet. Plus, you’ll discover why scientists study slime, even though it’s super gross.

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Flavor facts: Why food is so delicious

You might think flavor is what happens on your tongue – and it is. But it’s also so much more.

Flavor is influenced by all the senses. How food looks, smells and feels can make a difference. Even the sounds you hear while eating can impact how you perceive taste.

We’ll visit a tastebud beauty salon, talk with a chef researcher and do some experiments provided by our friends at America’s Test Kitchen Kids. Plus: a three-part Mystery Sound and a Moment of Um that answers the question: “What makes spicy food spicy?”

Note: If you want to do the experiments along with us, congratulations, you can! You’ll need jellybeans, a blindfold and two pieces of dark chocolate. Listen, eat and yum!

This episode is a collaboration with our friends at America’s Test Kitchen Kids! They’re sharing access to their “The Nose Knows” experiment with Brains On listeners! Check out the whole activity right here.

This episode is sponsored by Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, Stitch Fix Kids (stitchfix.com/kids/brains), and KiwiCo (kiwico.com/brains).

144: What if mermaids turn into robots?

Are you ready to meet shape-changing superhero mermaid/robot twins Harponic and Ethantricity? Charlie White of the podcast Just Us Weirdos helps us tell today’s story.

Lessons: The water’s always bluer in someone else’s sea; Super powers can’t make you super, but your efforts can!

If you want to hear more strange and wonderful superhero stories, check out Charlie White’s podcast,  Just Us Weirdos!

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Drop That Beat and Cut The Cheese…For Science!

Would you care for a little brie marinated in hip hop? How about some cheddar dipped in rock and roll? Swiss serenaded by an up-beat pop classic! Turns out that cheese have preferences when it comes to music, and those preferences determine everything from their taste to their smell! Join Mindy and Guy Raz as they discover the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How and Wow in the World of the musical taste of cheese! Originally Aired April 29th 2019.

The Sacred Squirrel

The Sacred Squirrel has a very important job to do, but being the messenger can be so boring! How can he make it more fun for himself? Find out in this adaptation of a Norse myth!

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105: Ice, Ice, Baby: Why Is Ice Slippery?

How does water turn into ice? Why is ice sometimes slippery and other times sticky? Why is it so cold? Why does it float? How are icicles made? Why are icebergs mostly underwater? What was the ice age? We’ll get answers to all of those questions with help from Celeste Labedz of the California Institute of Technology. And we’ll take a trip to the world’s largest skating rink, the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario.

Who Guards the Gourdmen?

It’s almost the Day of the Good Gourd in the cozy little hamlet, but the good good gourds are all going going gone! Who’s going to guard the gourds? And who’s going to guard the gourdmen?!

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What was the first life on earth?

What was the first lifeform like? What was the first fish or mammal? Is it even possible to know? In this episode, we look to the fossil record to help us trace our roots back to the Last Universal Common Ancestor. Paleontologist Neil Shubin joins us to talk about discovering a remarkably cool fossil that helped us understand how life evolved over billions of years. We also take a field trip to the Hall of Ancestors and examine a few branches on the tree of life. And we learn why figuring out how life began on earth could help us as we find life elsewhere in the universe.

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