Will Cannabis Become the Next Craft Beer?

From PBS Terra. Many people say using cannabis helps them with sleep, nausea, chronic pain and other conditions. But producers have long associated "good weed" with high THC content. Over the last few decades, the THC content in many common cannabis strains has skyrocketed, leaving consumers with fewer options. As we continue to legalize cannabis,…

How Memories Are Linked to Smell

From PBS Terra. Have you ever stopped mid-task from catching a whiff of your own odor? It really gets you thinking— why DO we smell in the first place? In this episode, Dr. Tina Lasisi walks us through how our brain processes smell; why we associate smells with certain memories; why we developed our sense…

How to Avoid Running Out of Water

From PBS Terra. Fresh water issues are getting harder to ignore. In the next five years, half the world’s population will live in a water-stressed area. Drought-stricken cities like San Francisco have started requiring large commercial buildings to recycle their water. But can technology like blackwater recycling and desalination pull us out of the water…

How to Stop Aging (and Should We…?)

From PBS Terra. What does the future of aging and longevity hold? Can science hack the human lifespan? Even if we can, SHOULD we…? People aren’t dying as early or as easily as they used to. Innovations in modern medicine, health, and hygiene helped us extend our lives by decades, but what comes next? Would…

Why the Fastest Place on Earth Is Disappearing

From PBS Terra. The Bonneville Salt Flats are perfect for speed. Every year, cars and motorcycles break land speed records on the flat expanse of the Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s been a tradition for more than a century, and racers have built a thriving community around the salt races. But how did these salt flats…

What Are Wild Coyotes Doing in the Big City?

From PBS Terra. Chicago is the third-largest city in the U.S., and one of the country’s most diverse. There’s a secret subculture here that’s growing larger by the year but lurks out of sight in shadow — coyotes! More than 4,000 of these canines prowl the streets of Chicago; you’ll even find them stalking amongst…

We Tested Our COVID Immunity Every Month. Here’s What We Learned. | Out of Our Elements

From PBS Terra. Will antibodies be the heroes of the COVID pandemic? Check out @PBS Vitals: https://youtu.be/xus08qnUxPE Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/c/pbsterra?sub… PBS Member Stations rely on viewers like you. To support your local station, go to: http://to.pbs.org/DonateTerra. Whether referring to immunity developed after exposure to the coronavirus or after vaccination, “antibody” has become a buzzword in the…

How Did a Plane Find the First Molecule in the Universe? | Out of Our Elements

From PBS Terra. How did the molecules that make our world—and us—come to be? Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/c/pbsterra?sub… ↓ More info below ↓ PBS Member Stations rely on viewers like you. To support your local station, go to: http://to.pbs.org/DonateTerra. To understand the dawn of chemistry, scientists can’t use test tubes and flasks: they need an atmospheric observatory,…