Stuff You Should Know

SYSK Selects: How Revisionist History Works

Dodany: 29 kwietnia 2017

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In this week's SYSK Select episode, perhaps you equate the term to conspiracy theories and Holocaust denials, but revisionism is a genuine discipline in the field of historical study. And thanks to...

How Multiple Sclerosis Works

Dodany: 27 kwietnia 2017

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When the immune system mistakes the tissue covering neural connections as foreign invaders, the result can devastate the body. There is hope, however, in a new radical treatment that resets the...

How the National Security Council Works

Dodany: 25 kwietnia 2017

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Until recently, most people probably never paid much attention to the National Security Council. It's been around a long time though, and the president has quite a bit of leeway as to who sits at...

SYSK Selects: How Breast Implants Work

Dodany: 23 kwietnia 2017

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In this week's SYSK Select episode, the first attempt at breast augmentation surgery was on a dog. The second on a woman who went in for tattoo removal. From those weird origins hundreds of...

How Swearing Works

Dodany: 20 kwietnia 2017

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Swearing is something that's been done across all cultures, virtually since humans began speaking. What is it about these taboo words that offend some, and are beloved by others? Does it help to...

How Corsets Work

Dodany: 18 kwietnia 2017

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Sure, we're doing an episode on corsets. Why do you ask?

SYSK Selects: Lying Liars: How Lying Works, Liar

Dodany: 15 kwietnia 2017

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In this week's SYSK Select episode, studies find that absolutely everyone lies – some have found as much as a quarter of our daily interactions involve lies. What gives with everyone fudging? Chuck...

How Supervolcanoes Work

Dodany: 13 kwietnia 2017

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Until recently, volcanologists thought supervolcanoes were simply massive volcanoes. But further research has revealed that they are far different - and far more dangerous - than previously imagined.

How Supreme Court Nominations Work

Dodany: 11 kwietnia 2017

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Being nominated as a Supreme Court Justice is no small thing, and it doesn't always go as planned. With this week's confirmation of Justice Gorsuch, Josh and Chuck take a look at the process of...

SYSK Selects: Can you die of a broken heart?

Dodany: 8 kwietnia 2017

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In this week's SYSK Select episode, in the early 1990s, Japanese researchers found a strange anomaly in their study subjects, five people who had inexplicable heart attacks. From this first...

SYSK Selects: Can you die of a broken heart?

Dodany: 8 kwietnia 2017

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In this week's SYSK Select episode, in the early 1990s, Japanese researchers found a strange anomaly in their study subjects, five people who had inexplicable heart attacks. From this first...

How Empathy Works

Dodany: 6 kwietnia 2017

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Empathy can often be confused with sympathy and regular old compassion. But it's not exactly either one of those. Some say a lack of empathy can indicate sociopathic tendencies, but that's not...

Composting: Nature's Most Interesting Process

Dodany: 4 kwietnia 2017

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You may think composting is just a bunch of old banana peels rotting away into dirt but, friend, you're not looking closely enough. Inside that compost pile is a microcosmic universe doing some...

SYSK Selects: How Filibusters Work

Dodany: 1 kwietnia 2017

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In this week's SYSK Select episode, although lots of people incorrectly believe the filibuster was an intentional rule created by the founders of the U.S., this ancient method of stalling...

The Shroud Of Turin: No Ordinary Bed Sheet

Dodany: 30 marca 2017

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The Shroud of Turin is no ordinary bed sheet. Some think it's the burial cloth of Jesus. Others think it's an amazing piece of artwork. The truth is, we'll probably never know what it really is....

How Foreign Accent Syndrome Works

Dodany: 28 marca 2017

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Foreign accent syndrome isn't when your mom talks funny when she goes abroad. It's an actual condition where people wake up one day with an entirely different accent, usually from some kind of head...

How the Hyperloop Will Work

Dodany: 23 marca 2017

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If you’re out there, Elon Musk, this one’s for you (although you already everything in this episode). Everybody else, buckle in and sit back for a 700 mph thrill ride from LA to SF in 35 minutes -...

Solitary Confinement: Cruel and Unusual

Dodany: 21 marca 2017

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In our continuing exploration of crime and punishment, we take a look at the practice of solitary confinement. To be sure, it has its place in prisons, sometimes for protection of the inmates...

Southerners Aren’t Lazy and Dumb, They Just Had Hookworm

Dodany: 16 marca 2017

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There was a time when the lower classes of the American South were considered lazy and dimwitted, a stereotype that still somewhat survives today. But this stereotype was rooted in fact. Hookworms,...

Pain Scales: Yeeeow!

Dodany: 14 marca 2017

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Pain is subjective; it is whatever the person experiencing it says it is. But to effectively treat pain, it helps to quantify it, which is why medicine came up with pain scales.