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Science is useful, but its usefulness isn't always obvious. In this podcast we dive deep into scientific research to figure out how the science was done, what was discovered, and how you can use it to improve your life.

Science is useful, but its usefulness isn't always obvious. In this podcast we dive deep into scientific research to figure out how the science was done, what was discovered, and how you can use it to improve your life.

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Science is useful, but its usefulness isn't always obvious. In this podcast we dive deep into scientific research to figure out how the science was done, what was discovered, and how you can use it to improve your life.

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@usefulsci

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English


Episodes

38: Clinical Trials, COVID-19, and Ethics

7/7/2020
[https://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/38](https://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/38) The Useful Science team provides a breakdown on clinical trials - what they are, why they matter, and how long they take. As a wave of urgent clinical trials related to COVID19 is unfolding around the world, researchers try to balance the need for vaccines & treatment with ethical concerns and the health of study participants. Music by [Solomon Krause-Imlach](https://solomonkrauseimlach.com/). Follow us...

Duration:00:49:40

37: Murder Hornets

6/23/2020
https://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/37 Avaneesh Narla and Joshua Conrad Jackson discuss the insect that’s been making headlines lately. Also known as Asian giant hornets, these critters have received a lot of hype lately, not just for the scary name but also for their potential to wipe out the oh-so-important pollinating honey bees. Are these fears founded, or is there a bigger threat to our bees? Music by Solomon Krause-Imlach. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at...

Duration:00:33:24

36: Sugar

6/9/2020
https://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/36 Uyen Nguyen and Joshua Conrad Jackson are back to discuss some things you might not have heard about sugar. More sugar consumption may lead to risky business in kids. We also examine whether the increasingly popular taxes on the sugar industry actually reduce sugary drink intake. Music by Solomon Krause-Imlach. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show Notes In Mexico, a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages reduced the sales...

Duration:00:29:42

35: Expiration Dates

5/26/2020
http://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/35 Returning hosts Avaneesh Narla and Dr. Susan Rogers Van Katwyk are here to demystify and unravel some of the mystery of “best by” or expiration dates. How much science is out there about these labels, and how much do they really tell us about health and safety? Does reducing the price of almost-expired food at the store increase overall waste? Music by Solomon Krause-Imlach. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show...

Duration:00:44:46

34: Physics and Teaching Complicated Concepts

5/12/2020
http://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/34 Duncan talks about VR in the classroom. Avaneesh talks about how ice is the most slippery at about -7 C and becomes less slippery at colder temperatures. Jaime talks about how to teach quantum physics. Music by Solomon Krause-Imlach. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show Notes Ready student one: Exploring the predictors of student learning in virtual realityMolecular Insight into the Slipperiness of IceScience and...

Duration:01:01:13

Special: COVID-19 Followup

5/9/2020
A followup episode on COVID-19. Coronavirus antibody tests aren’t as accurate as they seem - QuartzThe False Hope of Antibody Tests - The AtlanticFood Safety and Coronavirus Disease 2019 - CDCMedical masks vs N95 respirators for preventing COVID‐19 in healthcare workers: A systematic review and meta‐analysis of randomized trialsShadowpox Game

Duration:01:13:20

33: Temper Tantrums

4/28/2020
http://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/33 Ian talks about how to deal with kids who don't like their gifts. Cindy talks about the role of maternal behavior in regulating a child's emotions. This is a crossover with the Curious Neuron Podcast (Dr. Cindy Hovington) Music by Solomon Krause-Imlach. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show Notes Kids with higher levels of 'effortful control' (the ability to replace one emotional behavior with another) were better at...

Duration:01:00:30

32: Office Fitness

4/17/2020
http://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/32 This week we're talking about office fitness. Music by Solomon Krause-Imlach. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show Notes Ten minutes of moderate exercise (stair walking) increased feelings of alertness more than caffeine in chronically sleep-deprived women.Employees who used a walking treadmill workstation at speeds up to 2 mph showed an increase in productivity over a period of 1 year.

Duration:00:36:56

31: Politics and Polarization

4/3/2020
http://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/31 This week we're talking about politics and polarization. Music by Solomon Krause-Imlach. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show Notes Ecological and cultural factors underlying the global distribution of prejudiceCould climate change fuel the rise of right-wing nationalism?Importing Political Polarization? The Electoral Consequences of Rising Trade Exposure

Duration:00:46:56

Special: COVID-19

3/16/2020
An emergency episode on COVID-19. CDC information on COVID-19World Health Organization information on COVID-19Public Health Agency of Canada information on COVID-19Social Network Sites and Well-Being: The Role of Social Connection

Duration:01:02:39

30: Social Inclusion and Well-Being

2/28/2020
http://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/30 This week we're talking about social inclusion and well-being. Music by Solomon Krause-Imlach. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show Notes Religious people tend to live longer than non-religious people, partly due to greater engagement in community and volunteer activities.Young adults felt worse and more socially excluded than they expected after talking about an extraordinary experience with a group who had shared...

Duration:00:37:50

29: Antibiotics

1/31/2020
http://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/28 This week we're talking about antibiotics. Music by Solomon Krause-Imlach. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show Notes Antibiotic use in animals raised for food is drastically increasing. This poses a risk for antibiotic resistance, which may limit our capacity to treat infectious diseases.Some non-antibiotic drugs prevent the growth of normal gut bacteria in similar ways to antibiotics, and may inadvertently...

Duration:00:35:58

28: Red Meat vs. The World

1/10/2020
http://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/28 This week we're talking about red meat vs. the world Music by Solomon Krause-Imlach. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show Notes Mathematical OptimizationAssessing the Role of Cattle in Sustainable Food SystemsComparison of Nutritional QualityCronometer appEffects of red meat, white meat, and nonmeat protein sources on atherogenic lipoprotein measures in the context of low compared with high saturated fat intake: a...

Duration:01:04:26

27: The Circadian Rhythm

12/24/2019
http://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/27 This week we're talking about the Circadian Rhythm. Music by Solomon Krause-Imlach. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show Notes Wearing amber lenses that block blue light before bedtime can improve sleep quality.Going camping without artificial lights for the weekend can help reset your sleep cycle to more closely match natural light cycles and wake up earlier.

Duration:01:07:28

26: The Science of Pets

10/4/2019
http://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/26 This week we're talking about the science of pets. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show Notes The “Domestication Syndrome” in Mammals: A Unified Explanation Based on Neural Crest Cell Behavior and GeneticsYour Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human BodyAre owners' reports of their dogs’ ‘guilty look’ influenced by the dogs’ action and evidence of the misdeed?

Duration:00:56:47

25: Smartphones

9/6/2019
http://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/25 This week we're talking about smartphones. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show Notes 15-year-olds who had a moderate amount of daily screen time reported better mental well-being compared to those who had very little (less than 1-2 hours) or a lot (more than 5-6 hours) of screen time each day.Employees who regularly used a smartphone app to perform mindfulness meditation for 10 minutes or more per week experienced...

Duration:01:25:04

24: Having a Useful Summer

8/5/2019
http://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/24 This week we're talking about having a useful summer. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show Notes Fan-generated wind can help reduce the presence of mosquitoes by diluting substances that attract them, like CO2.Normal (2D) movies are just as effective at evoking emotion as 3D movies.

Duration:01:00:17

23: Pop Music

7/4/2019
http://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/23 This week we're talking about pop music. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show Notes From 1986 to 2016, billboard-reaching pop music songs became more "attention grabbing" with faster tempos, shorter titles, less time before singing began, and less time before the title of the song was mentioned.From 2014 to 2016, songs with atypical lyrics (lyrics that defied genre conventions) were downloaded more on large streaming...

Duration:00:46:51

22: The Science of Love

6/7/2019
http://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/22 This week we're talking about the science of love. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show Notes In heterosexual online dating, people pursue partners who are on average 25% more desirable than themselves. The likelihood of receiving a response to a first message decreases when there is a greater difference in desirability.Couples who were instructed by researchers to have more sex increased their sexual frequency but...

Duration:01:09:41

21: Sleep

3/26/2019
http://www.usefulscience.org/podcast/21 This week we're talking about sleep. Follow us @usefulsci or email us at podcast@usefulscience.org. Show Notes People who slept less than 6 hours a night were 4 times more likely to catch a cold.Higher nighttime temperatures due to climate change are projected to disrupt summer sleep patterns, particularly for people who cannot afford air conditioning and people who are more sensitive to heat, like the elderly.Not sleeping enough (staying up for 17...

Duration:01:06:43