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Unexplainable
Unexplainable
Vox

Unexplainable is a science show about everything we don’t know. Host Noam Hassenfeld is joined by an array of experts and Vox... more

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Episodes

Lost Worlds: Life on Mars?

Mars was once a very different planet, with rivers, lakes, and — potentially — life. NASA’s latest Mars rover is... more

22 Jun 2022 · 31 minutes
Lost Worlds: Why do we have a moon?

In all our searching of the universe, we’ve never seen another moon like ours. It's big, it's weird, it's played... more

15 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Lost Worlds: Aliens from Earth?

Was there a technologically advanced species living on Earth long before humans? And if one had existed, how would we... more

08 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Dropping like flies

Insect populations are shrinking all over the world, and entomologists are buzzing with questions: Why is this happening? How quickly?... more

25 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Is telepathy real?

A groundbreaking study claims to have found a way for a fully paralyzed person to communicate entirely via thought. Today,... more

18 May 2022 · 26 minutes
Why do we dream?

Dreams are weird, but can they be a scientific tool? Can they teach us anything about humanity? About ourselves? For more,... more

11 May 2022 · 24 minutes
Should I take a DNA ancestry test?

What are the scientific, family, and privacy implications? For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable It’s a great place to view show transcripts and... more

04 May 2022 · 29 minutes
My octopus friend?

Octopuses are largely solitary animals, but there have been rare times — notably in the movie My Octopus Teacher —... more

27 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
Glow in the dark ocean

Most deep-water creatures are bioluminescent. Marine biologist Edie Widder has spent the last 40 years trying to figure out why. For... more

20 Apr 2022 · 30 minutes
When reality broke

In the 1920s, the scientist Werner Heisenberg came up with a wild idea that broke reality as Western science knew... more

13 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
Making Sense: The sixth sense

Why stop at five senses? Just how much of the world can we perceive? And how much is out there... more

06 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Making Sense: Sight unseen

Close your eyes and try to imagine an apple. Can you see anything? Aphantasia is the inability to see with... more

30 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
Making Sense: The Umami Mama

For thousands of years, there have been four basic tastes recognized across cultures. But thanks to Kumiko Ninomiya (a.k.a. the... more

23 Mar 2022 · 38 minutes
Making Sense: No one nose

Dogs can smell cancer, Covid-19, and many other health problems in humans. Now, scientists are trying to duplicate these powers... more

16 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
Making Sense: The healing power of touch

Doctors can save the lives of premature infants, but the process is often painful. Luckily, a solution might be as... more

09 Mar 2022 · 29 minutes
Making Sense: How sound becomes hearing

In the same way optical illusions trick our eyes, audio illusions can trick our ears. This raises a fundamental question:... more

02 Mar 2022 · 41 minutes
The methane hunters

Methane traps more than 80 times as much heat as CO2 over the short term. So we could make a... more

16 Feb 2022 · 23 minutes
What is love?

Can science help us predict whether a relationship will succeed? Or is it all just chaos? For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable It’s... more

09 Feb 2022 · 33 minutes
A sonic tour of the solar system

What does it sound like on Mars? On Jupiter? Titan? This collaboration between the podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz and the... more

02 Feb 2022 · 22 minutes
Finding asteroids before they find us

Scientists are constantly searching for asteroids that could crash into Earth. But if they find one, will they be able... more

26 Jan 2022 · 31 minutes
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In the same way optical illusions trick our eyes, audio illusions can trick our ears. This raises a fundamental question: What is... more