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Fuse/Thinkstock How Ebola Works

A disease that was discovered and contained to Central Africa in the 1970s has revived and spread in 2014. Now there is an Ebola outbreak that has moved across borders and science still has no cure for it.

NSA via Getty Images How the NSA Works

Chuck and Josh dive into the secret world of the National Security Agency, from the origins of the snooping outfit, to the recent revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Péter Gudella/Hemera/Thinkstock What is a Numbers Station?

If you think secretly coded messages sent via short wave radio is Cold War relic, think again. Chuck and Josh are here to dispel that myth, along with many others relating to numbers stations, including why they might still be operational.

Belgium/iStock/Thinkstock How Play-Doh Works

Do you love Play-Doh? Chuck and Josh certainly love to talk about it, from its interesting history as a wall cleaner, to its more scientific chemical properties. It's everything you ever wanted to know about the pliable children's toy.

scratching-morg-600x350 How Morgellons Disease Works

There is a condition that can cause people to feel bugs crawling beneath their skin so acutely that they will use tweezers to pluck them from their eyeballs. It’s a terrible disorder made worse by medicine’s insistence it is all in sufferers’ heads.

Image courtesy of NASA Is there a dark side of the moon?

Josh and Chuck explore the old notion that there’s a dark side of the moon. There is, but it turns out it’s not always the same side. And yes, there’s a side we never see, but it’s not always dark. Make sense? It will in this episode.

Miriam2009/iStock/Thinkstock The Skinny on Probiotics

You can find probiotics - bacteria thought to have healthful benefits for humans - in everything from pills to yogurt. But does any of it work? Listen as Josh and Chuck get to the bottom of the science (and need for it) of probiotics and health.

luchschen/iStock/Thinkstock How Trickle-Down Economics Works

The concept of trickle-down economics is tied to Ronald Reagan, but the idea’s been around and in use since the 20s. It’s simple: Give more money to the wealthy and they can use it to rev up an economy. But is the whole thing just a scam?

Kiyoshi Takahase Segundo/iStock/Thinkstock How In Vitro Fertlization Works

In the U.S. alone, more than 6 million people are affected by infertility and science has taken up the mantle of helping them to conceive. Learn about the clever, though intuitive, methods of assisting infertile couples to have a child.

bhofack2/iStock/Thinkstock How Sushi Works

Sushi grew out of a way to ferment fish a couple thousand years ago and in the late 20th century began to take the world by storm. What began as traditional, rigid food has come to evolve with new delicious innovations being added to the original canon.

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