This Week I Learned

This Week I Learned

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This weekly podcast series is your audio guide to the most fascinating and fun revelations, reports, and studies on the internet. Quick, concise, and infectiously entertaining, This Week I Learned promises to make learning fun again. New episodes: every Friday.


Ep. 53: This week I learned that looking at puppies can save your marriage, and more  

An excuse to look at puppies! | Heat-related airplane delays | The sea’s paragon of parenting | The most spectacular migration on Earth

Ep. 52: This week I learned that a low-carb diet may be changing your personality, and more  

New diet, new you | Spain's time-zone woes | The mysteriously flexible pine trees | The dark origin of the word 'gypped'

Ep. 51: This week I learned the dark origin story of the seat belt, and more  

Hugh DeHaven was obsessed with accidents | A raven's revenge | The better, simpler way to wash your hands

Ep. 50: This week I learned flight times are longer now than they were 50 years ago, and more  

Airline regress | Rainmaking fungi | Semantic satiation | The spider web that gets stronger the more it kills

Ep. 49: This week I learned how the world's hottest chili would kill you, and more  

Don't eat the Dragon's Breath | Your cannibalistic brain | Oral Allergy Syndrome! | How flamingos balance

Ep. 48: This week I learned about a 'zombie madness' that consumed medieval English villagers, and more  

Medieval 'zombie madness' | The powers of happy memory | The bizarre breastfeeding habits of orangutans | The twisted origins of dentistry

Ep. 47: This week I learned smiling actually makes you look older, and more  

The fairest expression of them all | Language is a time warp | The lady pirates of the 18th century | The brain-breaking regularity of stripes

Ep. 46: This week I learned squirrels were once America's most beloved pet, and more  

The beloved pet squirrel | Ban workplace complaining | Astronauts with nothing to wear | Why we prune in the bath

Ep. 45: This week I learned female dragonflies will fake death to avoid male suitors, and more  

How female dragonflies escape male suitors | Believing your broken heart better | Your dog feels you | Meet the space phenomenon called 'Steve'

Ep. 44: This week I learned United once offered men-only flights complete with 'manly' services, and more  

Flying the 'club in the sky' | The evolution of expression | The Synalpheus pinkfloydi | The mystery of the 'Tsavo Two'

Ep. 43: This week I learned you're tying your shoes wrong, and more  

How to tie your shoes | SCOTUS hazing | The 1993 pantsuit revolution | Get your baby a dog

Ep. 42: This week I learned how Las Vegas once cashed in on 'atomic tourism,' and more  

Las Vegas' 'atomic tourism' | Why we lose sleep as we age | The cost of intelligence in the wild | One is the loneliest cold

Ep. 41: This week I learned that sleep walking is an evolutionary trait gone terribly wrong, and more  

The ancient origins of sleep walking | The spinach heart | A woman's right to go by her own name | The two faces of the smiley emoji

Ep. 40: This week I learned the word pink used to mean yellow, and more  

Pink’s murky origins | Our wide-eyed transition from water to land | The super blind mind | The ever mischievous Jane Austen

Ep. 39: This week I learned some metals have memory, and more  

Metal memory | Living the slow life history strategy | Your dog, the liar | Why we itch

38: This week I learned you could probably outrun a T. Rex, and more  

Rex, speed walker | Forever-young ants | Tattoos for health? | The sad truth about seltzer

37: This week I learned the unexpected ways an asteroid could kill us all, and more  

How an asteroid takes us down | The revolting necessity of vultures | That "grima" feeling | Sleepless in the Serengeti

Ep. 36: This week I learned why we're all suckers for the good cop/bad cop routine, and more  

The emotional seesaw phenomenon | Fatherhood hormones | How fish "talk" | Introducing: Zealandia!

Ep. 35: This week I learned honeybees say 'oops' when they're startled, and more  

Decoding clumsy bees | Your morning cup of memory boost | Goat BFFs | Panda diplomacy

Ep. 34: This week I learned that Brazil and France almost went to war over lobster, and more  

The Lobster War | The efficiency of right-hand loops | How whales yell | Lunar hay fever

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