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Unexplainable

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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. From Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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. From Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

 

#59

Why do we dream?

Dreams are weird, but can they be a scientific tool? Can they teach us anything about humanity? About ourselves? For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now-rec-6) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

11 May 2022

24 MINS

24:25

11 May 2022


#58

Should I take a DNA ancestry test?

What are the scientific, family, and privacy implications? For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now-rec-6) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

04 May 2022

29 MINS

29:09

04 May 2022


#57

My octopus friend?

Octopuses are largely solitary animals, but there have been rare times — notably in the movie My Octopus Teacher — where they seem to have become comfortable around humans. But is it really possible to be friends with an octopus? For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now-hv3) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

27 Apr 2022

24 MINS

24:36

27 Apr 2022


#56

Glow in the dark ocean

Most deep-water creatures are bioluminescent. Marine biologist Edie Widder has spent the last 40 years trying to figure out why. For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now-rec-6?utm_campaign=contribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=podcast) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Apr 2022

30 MINS

30:30

20 Apr 2022


#55

When reality broke

In the 1920s, the scientist Werner Heisenberg came up with a wild idea that broke reality as Western science knew it. And it's still unsettling to think about. Benjamin Labatut's recent book, When We Cease to Understand the World, makes readers feel the aftershocks of the revelation, asking, "What's real?" For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now-rec-6?utm_campaign=contribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=podcast) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Apr 2022

26 MINS

26:38

13 Apr 2022


#54

Making Sense: The sixth sense

Why stop at five senses? Just how much of the world can we perceive? And how much is out there that’s still out of reach, hiding in the dark? This is the sixth and final episode of our six-part series, [Making Sense] (https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/22947671/the-five-senses-touch-hearing-taste-smell-podcast-explainers) . For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now?utm_campaign=contribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=podcast) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

06 Apr 2022

27 MINS

27:30

06 Apr 2022


#53

Making Sense: Sight unseen

Close your eyes and try to imagine an apple. Can you see anything? Aphantasia is the inability to see with your mind’s eye. Since it was discovered, scientists have been asking the question: What is the mind’s eye even for? This is the fifth episode of our six-part series, [Making Sense] (https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/22947671/the-five-senses-touch-hearing-taste-smell-podcast-explainers) . For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now-hv3) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

30 Mar 2022

25 MINS

25:47

30 Mar 2022


#52

Making Sense: The Umami Mama

For thousands of years, there have been four basic tastes recognized across cultures. But thanks to Kumiko Ninomiya (a.k.a. the Umami Mama), scientists finally accepted a fifth. So could there be even more? This is the fourth episode of our six-part series, [Making Sense] (https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/22947671/the-five-senses-touch-hearing-taste-smell-podcast-explainers) . For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now?utm_campaign=contribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=podcast) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Mar 2022

38 MINS

38:01

23 Mar 2022


#51

Making Sense: No one nose

Dogs can smell cancer, Covid-19, and many other health problems in humans. Now, scientists are trying to duplicate these powers in robotic sniffers. But there’s a big challenge here: Scientists don’t really understand how smell works. This is the third episode of our six-part series, [Making Sense] (https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/22947671/the-five-senses-touch-hearing-taste-smell-podcast-explainers.) , and it originally ran on March 10, 2021. For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now?utm_campaign=contribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=podcast) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Mar 2022

30 MINS

30:15

16 Mar 2022


#50

Making Sense: The healing power of touch

Doctors can save the lives of premature infants, but the process is often painful. Luckily, a solution might be as simple as a parent’s loving touch. This is the second episode of our new six-part series, [Making Sense] (https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/22947671/the-five-senses-touch-hearing-taste-smell-podcast-explainers) . For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now?utm_campaign=contribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=podcast) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Mar 2022

29 MINS

29:10

09 Mar 2022


#49

Making Sense: How sound becomes hearing

In the same way optical illusions trick our eyes, audio illusions can trick our ears. This raises a fundamental question: What is hearing, and how much of it is made up by our brains? This is the first episode of our new six-part series, [Making Sense] (https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/22947671/the-five-senses-touch-hearing-taste-smell-podcast-explainers) . You can find more of Diana Deutsch’s auditory illusions at [https://bit.ly/3Mdh6H4] (https://bit.ly/3Mdh6H4) , Matthew Winn's research at [http://www.mattwinn.com/Research.html] (http://www.mattwinn.com/Research.html) , and Mike Chorost's writing at [https://michaelchorost.com] (https://michaelchorost.com) For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now?utm_campaign=contribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=podcast) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

02 Mar 2022

41 MINS

41:14

02 Mar 2022


#48

The methane hunters

Methane traps more than 80 times as much heat as CO2 over the short term. So we could make a real difference on climate change this decade if we could stop leaking so much methane into the atmosphere. But before researchers and regulators can figure out how to do that, the methane hunters need to find the leaks. For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now-hmn-cpy-2?utm_campaign=contribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=podcast) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Feb 2022

23 MINS

23:51

16 Feb 2022


#47

What is love?

Can science help us predict whether a relationship will succeed? Or is it all just chaos? For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox!  [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now-rec-1) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Feb 2022

33 MINS

33:42

09 Feb 2022


#46

A sonic tour of the solar system

What does it sound like on Mars? On Jupiter? Titan? This collaboration between the podcast [Twenty Thousand Hertz] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/twenty-thousand-hertz/id1171270672) and the composer [Melodysheep] (https://www.youtube.com/user/melodysheep) imagines the soundscapes of other worlds. For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now-rec-1?utm_campaign=contribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=podcast) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

02 Feb 2022

22 MINS

22:59

02 Feb 2022


#45

Finding asteroids before they find us

Scientists are constantly searching for asteroids that could crash into Earth. But if they find one, will they be able to do anything about it? NASA has launched a spaceship that will slam into an asteroid to find out. For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now-hv3%20) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Jan 2022

31 MINS

31:32

26 Jan 2022


#44

Skeleton Lake

When scientists examined the DNA of ancient bones found near a Himalayan lake, they were forced to confront a seemingly impossible conclusion. This episode originally ran on March 24, 2021. For more, go to [ http://vox.com/unexplainable] (%20http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now-hv3) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Jan 2022

29 MINS

29:14

19 Jan 2022


#43

Are humans running out of sperm?

In 2017, researchers published an explosive finding: Sperm counts may be declining in some countries around the world. Media outlets began worrying about a potential Spermageddon, but other researchers have pumped the brakes. Because scientists know surprisingly little about sperm. Also, Noam created a list on the Hark podcast app where he talked about some of his favorite bitesize moments of the show so far. And it’s easy to share with friends! [https://bit.ly/3tib6pd] (https://bit.ly/3tib6pd) For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now-hv3%20) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Jan 2022

28 MINS

28:31

12 Jan 2022


#42

The quest to build a star

Scientists are closer than ever to harnessing fusion power — the same process that powers the sun — by essentially making a small star here on Earth. Fusion could give humanity its best shot at solving the climate crisis, but the technology has yet to be perfected and would require billions more in investments. Is it worth the bet? For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (%20http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (mailto:unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (https://www.vox.com/pages/support-now-hv3%20) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

05 Jan 2022

29 MINS

29:09

05 Jan 2022


#41

BONUS: The 2021 song

Noam wrote an end-of-year song with Today, Explained host Sean Rameswaram, so we thought to drop it here as a little end-of-year surprise. Lyrics: 2021, it was gonna be fun Get a couple shots and then you’re done Then the second the year’d begun We had an insurrection 2021, it was gonna be fun Get a couple shots and then you’re done Then the second the year’d begun We had an insurrection Yeah it wasn’t just what we hoped to see We might have started too optimistically So if we keep our expectations low Maybe the world won’t seem so terrible Yeah it wasn’t just what we hoped to see We might have started too optimistically So if we keep our expectations low Maybe the world won’t seem so terrible Dial back to when the year had begun We were looking forward to the end of hibernation  But it didn’t even last a week No it didn’t even last a week, mm-hmm On the sixth day of 2021 Vanilla Isis tried to flip the election But looking back we can’t agree  On the facts, no, we can’t agree, mm-mm Pretty soon we were signing up for shots (shots!) Talking about shots (shots!) Shots shots shots (shots!) Everyone was a pharma fan With the Pfizer fam, the Moderna clan (J&J) But we should have known Delta would happen  Most of humanity not getting vaxxed and Fourth wave — fifth wave, in rhythm That’s one more wave than feminism! 2021, it was gonna be fun Get a couple shots and then you’re done But according to Joe Ro-gun You should take Ivermectin Yeah it wasn’t just what we hoped to see We might have started too optimistically But if we keep our expectations low Maybe the world won’t seem so terrible A booster, I’m not sure I need it.  Dune on the IMAX, I seen it. Back to the good life, I dreamed it. (Arrakis) Wake up, reality, don’t fit. Hope you don’t need a house or a condo (a condo) Hope you don’t need a trip to Toronto (Toronto) Hope you don’t need some gas for your Durango (Durango)  Hope you don’t need a can of dried mangos (dried mangos) Everyone is feeling frustration Quitting jobs — the Great Resignation Blaming Biden for rising inflation While billionaires shoot off to space, racing Did we fix the grid in Texas? (yes) Figure out how wide the Suez is? (yes) Don’t ask me All I see on TV  It's just fights on Critical Race Theory 2021, it was gonna be fun Get a couple shots and then you’re done Moving onto issue number one: Whether to allow abortions! Yeah it wasn’t just what we hoped to see We might have started too optimistically But if we keep our expectations low Maybe the world won’t seem so terrible I just want to be free Of thinking about Covid-19 I just want to see Something done about global warming And I still don’t get NFT’s Can’t understand crypto currency and And we can’t agree on anything But at least we got together to free Britney (Oh baby baby) 2021, it was gonna be fun Get a couple shots and then you’re done Then the second as the year’d begun We had an insurrection And people lied about the last election And made it harder to vote in elections At least we don’t have another election Wait, I think there’s another election... 2021, it was gonna be fun Get a couple shots and then you’re done Then the second we thought we’d won We’re learning how to say "Omicron" Guess you never know what’s gonna come through Making plans for things you’ll never do  But take it from a brown guy (and a Jew) There’s always 2022. This song was written and performed by Sean Rameswaram and Noam Hassenfeld, produced by Noam, engineered by Efim Shapiro, and features additional vocals from Christina Animashaun. For more, go to [http://vox.com/unexplainable] (http://vox.com/unexplainable) It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [unexplainable@vox.com] (https://cms.megaphone.fm/organizations/a0ad16ac-dec1-11e8-bc53-273addf660d7/podcasts/bf04a680-6afe-11eb-a86a-3f07259749a3/episodes/80bfb19a-126e-11ec-9248-23cb3c84088e/unexplainable@vox.com) We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! [bit.ly/givepodcasts] (http://bit.ly/givepodcasts) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

31 Dec 2021

05 MINS

05:12

31 Dec 2021