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S3 Ep13: What Do You Think is Normal?3m59s

S3 Ep13: What Do You Think is Normal?

What do we mean by "normal"? Cognitive scientists have found that your notion of normality is shaped by the average (like statistical norms and hard data we have about things) and your ideals (the beliefs you hold). So our sense of normal is all a little different – knowing this can help us understand other views and how our perceptions can change.

S3 Ep14: Your Body on Carbs2m45s

S3 Ep14: Your Body on Carbs

Many think eating carbs makes you gain weight, but carbohydrates are your body’s main fuel source. This is what happens in your body when you eat carbs. To maintain a healthy diet; the key is to eat carbs, protein, and fat in moderation, focusing on giving your body, and brain, the fuel it needs, without going overboard. I *love* pasta – but go for a regular serving size... and not all-you-can eat

S3 Ep15: Why do You Get a Brain Freeze?2m58s

S3 Ep15: Why do You Get a Brain Freeze?

Why do you get a brain freeze? Sometimes, after ice-cream or a cold drink, it can feel like your skull is squeezing in our your brain – it can even be pretty painful. The cold temperatures are picked up by pain receptors near your palate, so while a brain freeze feels like a headache, it's actually just referred pain from your mouth. Keep watching for a few ways to get rid of a brain freeze... as

S3 Ep16: Can You Solve This Riddle?4m40s

S3 Ep16: Can You Solve This Riddle?

Can You Solve This Riddle? This riddle first appeared in Grossman, Howard (1945). Scripta Mathematica XI TedED have a similar riddle that's beautifully animated: https://youtu.be/tE2dZLDJSjA

S3 Ep17: Wiggle Your Big Toe2m52s

S3 Ep17: Wiggle Your Big Toe

Generally we move our bodies pretty automatically and quickly, thanks to myelin, insulation which coats some of our nerve cells. Though one autoimmune disease – Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – attacks this insulation, impacting patients’ motor and sensory functions. Researching brain development and the disease itself can help develop better treatments for MS patients in the future.

S3 Ep18: Gravity in Your Brain ft. Neil deGrasse Tyson!4m35s

S3 Ep18: Gravity in Your Brain ft. Neil deGrasse Tyson!

I sit down with StarTalk Radio hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman to chat about what it would be like for our brain and body in space. We have a model of gravity built into our brains that allows us to catch balls and function normally on Earth: what happens if gravity was higher? Or lower? How do aliens move? What do aliens from higher gravity planets look like? Should we ever stop askin

The Case for Ai Weiwei5m53s

The Case for Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei has been called an iconoclast, a radical, a voice for the voiceless, and was once named the most powerful artist in the world. Who is Ai Weiwei? And why is he considered one of the most renowned artists of our time?

Self Shape - Tschabalala Self7m11s

Self Shape - Tschabalala Self

If you were a shape, what shape would you be? This week we meet with Tschabalala Self, whose work explores ideas surrounding the black female body, and her assignment asks you to consider your own body as a symbol too.

The Art of Web Design6m36s

The Art of Web Design

The explosion of the internet over the past 20 years has led to the development of one of the newest creative mediums: the website. Web designers have adapted through the technological developments of html, CSS, Flash, and JavaScript, and have mastered the balance between creativity and usability. Now, the rise of mobile computing is further changing our expectations for responsible web design.

The Creativity of Indie Video Games7m03s

The Creativity of Indie Video Games

The video game industry is now bigger than Hollywood, with hundreds of millions of dollars spent developing these interactive experiences. But there are also small-scale developers working in the indie game realm, creating unique and experimental video games. Much like indie music or indie film, the indie gaming movement provides a creative outlet for game designers outside of the mainstream.

The Effect of Color6m59s

The Effect of Color

Color is one of the fundamental elements of our existence, and defines our world in such deep ways that its effects are nearly imperceptible. Whether in the micro-sense with the choice of an article of clothing, or the macro-sense where cultures on the whole embrace color trends at the scale of decades, color is a signifier of our motives and deepest feelings.