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Curiosity Daily

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  • Summary

  • The award-winning Curiosity Daily podcast from CuriosityDaily.com will help you get smarter about the world around you. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll get a unique mix of research-based life hacks, the latest science and technology news, and more. Nate Bonham and Calli Gade will help you learn about your mind and body, outer space and the depths of the sea, and how history shaped the world into what it is today.Head to discovery+ to stream even more science content, from Animal Planet to Science Channel. Go to discoveryplus.com/curiosity to start your 7-day free trial today. Terms Apply.

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Episodes
  • Silk-Making Bacteria, Deep Coral, CRISPR Agriculture
    Feb 23 2024

    Today, you’ll learn about a bacteria that turns plastic into spider webs, a massive deep-sea discovery right in our own backyard, and how CRISPR could reshape agriculture for an entire continent. 

     

    Silk-Making Bacteria 

     

    • “Researchers Engineer Bacteria That Eat Plastic, Make Multipurpose Spider Silk.” Technology Networks. 2024.  
    • “Two-step conversion of polyethylene into recombinant proteins using a microbial platform.” by Alexander Connor, et al. 2023. 
    • “Our planet is choking on plastic.” UNEP. n.d.  
    • “In Images: Plastic is Forever.” UN. n.d. 

     

    Deep Coral 

     

    • “World’s largest deep-sea coral reef found lurking beneath the Gulf Stream ‘right on the doorstep’ of US coast.” by Harry Baker. 2024.  
    • “Status of Coral Reefs.” Reef Resilience Network. N.d.  
    • “Life Below Water.” UN. 2020.  

     

    CRISPR Agriculture 

     

    • “CRISPR-edited crops break new ground in Africa.” by Heidi Ledford. 2024.  
    • “Witchweed.” USDA. n.d.  
    • “Africa’s agricultural revolution: From self-sufficiency to global food powerhouse.” By Gareth Hodder & Brenda Migwalla. 2023.  
    • “GMOs or non-GMOs? The CRISPR Conundrum.” By Aftab Ahmad, et al. 2023.  

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    11 mins
  • Hunter-Gatherer Diets, Self-Checkouts, Penguin Colonies
    Feb 22 2024

    Today, you’ll learn about a new discovery that turns our understanding of hunter-gatherer diets on its head, the effect of self-checkout on our sense of loyalty to grocery stores, and some good news about the majestic emperor penguin.  

     

    Hunter-Gatherer Diets 

     

    • “Hunter-gatherers were mostly gatherers, says archaeologist.” by Hannah Devlin. 2024.  
    • “Paleo diet: What is it and why is it so popular?” by Mayo Clinic Staff. 2022.  
    • “What Paleo diets get wrong: We’re not evolved for meat, and our ancestors ate carbs.” by Julia Belluz. 2015.  

     

    Self-Checkouts 

     

    • “Does Self-Checkout Impact Grocery Store Loyalty?” Drexel News. 2024.  
    • “Must-Know Self Checkout Statistics [Latest Report].” by Lorena Castillo. 2023.  
    • “Self-checkout now comprises nearly 40% of grocery checkout options, study says.” by Catherine Douglas Moran. 2022.  
    • “Feeling rewarded and entitled to be served: Understanding the influence of self- versus regular checkout on customer loyalty.” by Farhana Nusrat & Yanliu Huang. 2024.  

    Penguin Colonies 

     

    • “Scientists Discover Four New Emperor Penguin Colonies From Satellite Images of Antarctica.” by Sarah Kuta. 2024.  
    • “Top 10 Facts About Emperor Penguins.” WWF. 2023. 

     

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    10 mins
  • Insect Robots, Bigfoot & Bears, Chronic Stress
    Feb 21 2024

    Today, you’ll learn about the fastest mini robots ever created, how Bigfoot sightings may help scientists study bear populations, and the link between financial stress and poor health. 

     

    Insect Robots 

     

    • Mini-robots modeled on insects may be smallest, lightest, fastest ever developed.” Washington State University. 2024.  
    • “A New 1-mg Fast Unimorph SMA-Based Actuator for Microrobotics.” by Conor K. Trygstad, et al. 2023.  

     

    Bigfoot & Bears 

     

    • “Bigfoot: If it’s there, could it be a bear?” by Floe Foxon. 2024.  
    • “Study finds bigfoot sightings correlate with black bear populations.” by John Timmer. 2024.  
    • “All 3,313 Sasquatch sightings, mapped.” PBS. 2013.  

     

    Chronic Stress 

     

    • “Financial stress linked to worse biological health.” UCL. 2024.  
    • “Stress symptoms: Effects on your body and behavior.” Mayo Clinic Staff. 2023.  
    • “How stress affects your health.” APA. Updated 2022.  

     

    Follow Curiosity Daily on your favorite podcast app to get smarter with Calli and Nate — for free! Still curious? Get exclusive science shows, nature documentaries, and more real-life entertainment on discovery+! Go to https://discoveryplus.com/curiosity to start your 7-day free trial. discovery+ is currently only available for US subscribers. 


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    11 mins

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