Science Vs

There are a lot of fads, blogs and strong opinions, but then there’s SCIENCE. Science Vs is the show from Gimlet Media that finds out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between. We do the hard work of sifting through all the science so you don't have to. This season we tackle football concussions, heartbreak, 5G networks, sleep, magic mushrooms, free healthcare, police use of force, asteroids and more.

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Peanut allergy in children has been on the rise since the 1990s. What’s to blame? We find a clue in a very unexpected place, and talk to pediatric allergist Prof. Gideon Lack.
Check out the full transcript here: https://bit.ly/2W7IwmA

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  • Gideon’s landmark 2015 study: https://bit.ly/2QsvOMv
  • The mouse rash study: https://bit.ly/2Mf6hZV
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episode 13: SHARKS!!!


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Check out the full transcript here. 

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  • Tricia’s shark smelling study: https://bit.ly/2F4Osqr
  • Chris’s book “Flaws”: https://bit.ly/2IGKe9B
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