How Ocean Currents Work

It's easy to overlook the importance of ocean currents - they move along out at sea, while we stay mostly on land. But we are globally affected by them every day. Currents form the base of the food chain, drive weather and keep life as we know it going.

How Terraforming Will Work

A lot of great thinkers are warning that if humans are to survive as a species we are going to have to find another planet to live on. Terraforming, or engineering a planet to maintain all of the ingredients to sustain life, seems to be the answer.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Every week, Chuck and Josh read tons of articles. Here are links to the best of the bunch.

Japan's Concept of Moon Includes Extra Cheese

We like to give the moon a hard time here at Stuff You Should Know, but for the most part it's all in good fun. In fact, I'm QAing an episode on the moon that comes out next week. I was a bit concerned that perhaps we were too harsh toward the moon in it, but it turned out we weren't and the episode is even better than I thought. As with the Asteroid Mining ep, we made the very good point that the moon stands, currently unused, as a perfectly wonderful staging and launch site for deep space exploration.

The Supermoon: Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, right?

It must be exhausting being a tenacious skeptic of the variety that exerts effort to point out to other just how unlikely or dumb their ideas are. While you're just one rational humanist, there is a seemingly limitless supply of what you consider really bonehead beliefs: God, UFOs, perpetual motion, hollow Earth, the Mars face, witchcraft, Piltdown man, chupacabras, chemtrails, hypnosis -- it just keeps going on like this.