What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel? | Deep Look

What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel? | Deep Look

Hummingbirds are ravenous. These tiniest of birds have the highest metabolism of any warm blooded animal. And they’re fueled by flower nectar. To get it, they’ve developed skills no other birds have. They can fly backwards and hover for long stretches of time. Their beaks stay steady like a surgeon’s scalpel, but their wings beat […]

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The Surprising Reason We Eat Spicy Food

The Surprising Reason We Eat Spicy Food

Hey smart people, Joe here. My last name comes from Norway, where the national dish is something called Fårikål: Boiled lamb, cabbage, some salt, pepper… and, well that’s it, actually. I’ve never tried it. Compare that with one of my favorite dishes, delicious Indian curry. Full of spices, and so, so good. Why do people […]

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The Surprising Origin of Thanksgiving Foods

The Surprising Origin of Thanksgiving Foods

If you time-warped a few Pilgrims to your Thanksgiving table, they’d probably accuse you of being a witch. [YELLING] But they’d recognize a lot of the food, just bigger, better, and tastier versions of what they ate. Many traditional Thanksgiving foods are scienced up versions of native New World species. What may surprise you is […]

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Why Are So Many People Allergic To Food?

Why Are So Many People Allergic To Food?

Thanks to curiosity stream for supporting PBS Digital Studios one One second. What do we have here oh no no those are cashews. So is this like a bowl full of death to you? Yes, well cashews aren’t as strong of a reaction for me but I am allergic to tree nuts. It’s not fun, […]

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100% Organic Idea Channel Episode | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Here’s an idea. The organic movement has been successful because of our aversion to dirt and growing comfort with sterility. In New York, we have these little groceries on many street corners. We call them bodegas, and they provide a limited selection of staple food products, mostly canned or boxed groceries, and usually a friendly […]

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