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How do astronomers photograph a black hole? How often do planes get hit by lightning? What does the EPA actually do? Science is all around us and transforming our world at a rapid pace. Extragalactic astrophysicist Sabrina Stierwalt is here to guide you through it. She'll help you make sense of the everyday and the once-in-a-lifetime.

How do astronomers photograph a black hole? How often do planes get hit by lightning? What does the EPA actually do? Science is all around us and transforming our world at a rapid pace. Extragalactic astrophysicist Sabrina Stierwalt is here to guide you through it. She'll help you make sense of the everyday and the once-in-a-lifetime.

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United States

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How do astronomers photograph a black hole? How often do planes get hit by lightning? What does the EPA actually do? Science is all around us and transforming our world at a rapid pace. Extragalactic astrophysicist Sabrina Stierwalt is here to guide you through it. She'll help you make sense of the everyday and the once-in-a-lifetime.

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English


Episodes

281 - Do Microwaves Cause Cancer? (And 3 Other Microwave Myths)

5/18/2020
In the United States, 97% of households have a microwave. But what misconceptions about our microwave use persist? Let’s take a look at 4 microwave myths that science has proven false. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/do-microwaves-cause-cancer-and-3-other-microwave-myths...

Duration:00:10:10

374 - Subterranean Rivers—Water Flowing Underground

5/11/2020
There's much left unexplored beneath Earth's surface, uncluding miles of underground rivers. What forms them? What lives there? And how do these subterranean waterways help science? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/underground-rivers https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts...

Duration:00:08:52

373 - Why Is a NASA Spacecraft Currently Orbiting an Asteroid?

5/4/2020
The OSIRIS REx spacecraft will perform a cosmic smash-and-grab on the surface of the potentially hazardous asteroid, Bennu. What do scientists hope to learn? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/osiris-rex-bennu https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe...

Duration:00:08:46

372 - Can I Visit Just One Family During the Pandemic?

4/27/2020
You're longing for connection, your child is begging for a playdate, you're stir crazy. Is it okay to visit with just one other family during the COVID-19 pandemic? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Through the end of April, Podchaser will donate 25 cents to Meals on Wheels for every review. Leave a review for Everyday Einstein! Links:...

Duration:00:08:01

371 - What Is the Air Quality Like Near You?

4/20/2020
Is the air noticeably clearer where you live right now? For Earth Day, you can become a citizen scientist by using an app to track air pollution in your neighborhood. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Through the end of April, Podchaser will donate 25 cents to Meals on Wheels for every review. Leave a review for Everyday Einstein. Links:...

Duration:00:07:10

370 - What's the Difference Between Germs, Bacteria, and Viruses?

4/12/2020
What’s the difference between a germ, a virus, and bacteria? Let's put these different disease-causing objects under a microscope and find out. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/virus-germ-or-bacteria https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe...

Duration:00:11:47

369 - Is Pollution Clearing While We're Staying Home?

4/6/2020
Although quarantine challenges us all, the reduction in human activity has meant good things for nature and our environment. Can we sustain that progress? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/pollution-clearing-quarantine https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe...

Duration:00:07:00

368 - Coronavirus Myths and Facts with Epidemics Expert Dr. Jonathan Quick

3/30/2020
One of the best things you can do to protect yourself from the threat of COVID-19 is to separate the facts from the myths. Dr. Jonathan Quick, infectious disease expert and author of The End of Epidemics, joined Everyday Einstein to tell you how. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Visit the CDC Coronavirus Information website. Links:...

Duration:00:15:35

174 - How Are Seasonal Flu Vaccines Made?

3/23/2020
Each year a new flu shot is developed to try to combat the strains of the virus expected to wreak havoc that season. But who decides which viruses make it into the vaccine? What new technologies are being used to produce that vaccine more efficiently? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links:...

Duration:00:10:01

367 - How Can I Sanitize My Smartphone and My House?

3/16/2020
Sanitation is on everyone's minds right now. What's the best way to clean your (probably gross) phone, your home, and your own hands? Do you need antibacterial soap? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/sanitize-smartphone https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe...

Duration:00:10:06

366 - What Is a Chimera? Could You Be One?

3/9/2020
What's a chimera, and how common is chimerism? Most cases in humans are discovered by accident, so you could be a chimera and not even know it! Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/chimera https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe...

Duration:00:09:15

365 - The Science of Composting

3/2/2020
Rotting food in landfills is a major contributor to climate change. Composting works differently. Here's the science behind composting and some great reasons to get started. TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/composting | Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein | Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

Duration:00:10:17

364 - How Long Would It Take to Fall Through the Earth?

2/24/2020
No, you can't really "dig to China." But what if you could ride the so-called gravity train through the center of the Earth to the opposite side? How long would it take? TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/fall-through-earth | Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein | Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

Duration:00:08:26

363 - Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse

2/17/2020
Betelgeuse, a massive star in the Orion constellation, is dimming. Could it be about to explode in a spectacular supernova? What would that look like here on Earth? TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/betelgeuse | Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein | Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

Duration:00:11:42

362 - The Science of Soulmates

2/10/2020
Whether you're seeking a soulmate or wondering whether your partner is The One this Valentine's Day, one thing's for sure—math isn't on your side. TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/soulmates | Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein | Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

Duration:00:08:06

361 - What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

2/3/2020
The Wuhan coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, has spread from China to other countries around the globe, including the U.S. What precautions should you take? TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/coronavirus | Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein | Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

Duration:00:09:41

360 - Stars Are Suns, Suns Are Bright—So, Why Is the Night Sky Dark?

1/27/2020
Olbers' Paradox tells us that the night sky shouldn't be dark—it should be as bright as the surface of the sun in all directions! Why isn't it? TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/night-sky-dark | Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein | Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

Duration:00:10:30

359 - Why Do Skunks Smell So Bad and What Can You Do About It?

1/20/2020
Skunks have a seriously stinky defense mechanism. Why does skunk spray smell so awful, and how do you fight it? The answer lies in chemistry! TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/skunk-smell-science | Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein | Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

Duration:00:08:40

273 - The Fascinating Physics of Figure Skating

1/13/2020
Although figure skaters make their sport look easy, executing the perfect jump requires a precise combination of speed, force, vertical velocity, angular momentum, friction and, of course, timing. How do these crucial pieces work together to create the perfect loop, flip, salchow, axel or lutz? Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/the-physics-of-figure-skating Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts FOLLOW...

Duration:00:08:51

358 - Science Says It Takes This Long to Form a Habit

1/6/2020
Here's what goes on in your brain when you make a resolution, and how long it might take for it to stick. (Hint: It's not 21 days.) TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/how-long-habit | Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qdteinstein | Twitter: https://twitter.com/qdteinstein

Duration:00:07:31