What Does a White Lab Coat Have to Do With Online Fraud? [Advertiser Content From Zelle®]

Have you heard of the lab coat effect? It’s when humans are more likely to trust someone they believe is an authority figure. Think: doctors, tax and debt collectors, maintenance workers, utility company reps, and more. Unfortunately, fraudsters exploit this phenomenon to prey on our trust and potentially trick us into buying faulty products, paying […]

Why the US photographed its own WWII concentration camps

Dorothea Lange’s photos of the incarceration of Japanese Americans went largely unseen for decades. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO US President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942 — two months after Japan’s bombing of the US Navy base at Pearl Harbor. It empowered […]

Why You Should Be Wary About Incredible Online Shopping Deals [Advertiser Content From Zelle®]

We’re always on the hunt for a perfect deal, but sometimes, scammers can exploit that desire and have us turning over our hard-earned money for a big bunch of nothing. But why? Because our desire for reward usually outweighs our fear of repercussions — kind of like a mouse ignoring a trap so they can […]

2021, in 6 minutes

Year two of the coronavirus pandemic was filled with vaccines and variants, summer Olympics, joys, and sorrows. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO 2021 was a year like no other. Vox looks back on the biggest moments that defined an unpredictable year. Make sure you never miss behind-the-scenes […]

Why the new space telescope looks so strange

A NASA astrophysicist explains humanity’s big new toy Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO After 25 years and nearly $10 billion, the James Webb Space Telescope has finally left planet Earth. Billed as a successor to the beloved Hubble Space Telescope, the Webb’s mirror is six times larger […]

Why Time-Sensitive Decisions Can Trigger Our FOMO [Advertiser Content From Zelle®]

“You do not have to be gullible to be scammed. Vulnerability is part of the human condition.” There’s a reason why scammers use ticking clocks and false urgency to trick us into bad decisions: It’s because it works. Even the savviest of the self-proclaimed ‘unscammable’ can fall victim to this effective tool that scammers use […]

How this house took over the US

Why is the Craftsman bungalow everywhere? It’s due to a socialist artist, an entrepreneurial furniture maker, and a real estate movement. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO To anyone who’s been a casual architecture fan (or spent time trawling Airbnb and Zillow), the “Craftsman bungalow” is a familiar […]

Big questions about the Covid booster shot, answered

How omicron has reframed the booster debate. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Much of the messaging from authorities around Covid-19 booster shots has been confusing — and that’s partly because scientists themselves haven’t always agreed on who needs them. When many countries began to recommend boosters not […]

Why you don’t hear about the ozone layer anymore

Finally, some good news about the environment. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO In the ’80s, scientists discovered there was a hole in the ozone over the South Pole. A significant layer of gas that deflects much of the sun’s radiation was disappearing much faster than anyone expected. […]

How Farmers Are Fighting Challenges to Keep Food on Our Tables [Advertiser content from Tillamook]

“When the average person thinks about a farm, they most likely think of something from yesteryear. They don’t necessarily think about a part of our society that is vital to our food, our water, our climate and our future,” says David Haight, the VP of Programs at American Farmland Trust (AFT). But those farmers are […]

The architecture trend dividing London’s elites

Underground lairs have hollowed out London. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO One of London’s must unusual luxury trends might be its gigantic basements. Professor Roger Burrows and his coauthors collected data on every basement construction project in from 2008 to 2019, and mapped it. They found more […]

The Taliban, explained

How they’ve taken over Afghanistan again. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO The roots of the Taliban movement go back to 1979, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. They were there to prop up a communist Afghan government that was supported by a minority of urban residents. But […]

The chicken industry’s worker safety problem

There’s a human cost to factory-processed chicken. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO In the 1960s, the US began a love affair with chicken, and poultry workers paid the cost. Over the past few decades, poultry processing line speeds have increased to meet demand. But that’s happened in tandem with the decline of unions and deregulation […]

The tricks that make slasher films look real

How do slasher villains slash slashlessly? Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Horror films — and specifically slashers — are known for abundant on-screen violence. Making that fake violence look real often comes down to props. Prop masters and special effects workers prepare knives, blood, and explosions to […]

Why the US is always hitting a “debt ceiling”

Is the huge US national debt a problem? Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Nearly every year, America seems to teeter on the edge of a crisis as the national debt comes dangerously close to hitting the “debt ceiling” and the President and Congress fight over raising it. […]

Why so many new buildings are covered in rectangles

These panels are everywhere — and they’re part of a hidden system. Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO If you’ve seen new construction around your city, you’ve probably seen these distinctive rectangular panels. Sometimes plain, sometimes multi-colored, they’re absolutely everywhere. The video above explains how they conceal an […]

Why Hollywood loves this creepy bird call

Once you hear it, you can’t unhear it. Sorry! Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO If you’ve seen any remotely creepy movie, you’ve heard a loon wail: that mournful, nearly human ooo-ooo-oooo. It pops up whenever a movie needs to convey melancholy or trepidation, often accompanied by a […]

How Wildfire Smoke Might Threaten the Air We Breathe [Advertiser Content From Molekule]

Wildfire smoke is dirtier than ever. Because of urban sprawl, synthetic materials are burning in fires and potentially harming the air that we breathe. And this isn’t just a local problem. Wildfire smoke can travel thousands of miles, riding the wind across continents and oceans, and changing along the way. With all these risks, it […]

The mystery of the “same sky” postcards

An obsessive collector noticed something strange in his 11,000 postcards. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO James Brouwer has been collecting postcards for more than 30 years. His collection numbers over 11,000; images of old age homes, ugly restaurants, and 1960s advertising are neatly organized in boxes in […]

Why nuclear plants are shutting down

The nuclear power dilemma, explained. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO The infamous Indian Point nuclear plant, located roughly 30 miles north of Manhattan, shut down earlier this year. To some, the shutdown was a victory following decades of protests about safety and environmental concerns. Here’s the problem: […]

How 4 companies control the beef industry

Corporate consolidation is making it impossible for cattle ranchers to stay afloat. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Cattle auctions happen every day throughout the US; they serve a crucial purpose for the cattle markets. Inside one of these auctions, like the one we profile in St. Onge, […]

Why heaters are the future of cooling

A huge number of people still heat their homes with fossil fuels. There’s a better way. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Experts call it the “cold crunch.” As temperatures rise in regions that historically haven’t needed indoor cooling, global demand for air conditioning units is expected to skyrocket. Indoor cooling is already the fastest-growing use […]

How decades of stopping forest fires made them worse

Decades of stopping forest fires have made them worse. Can we undo the damage? Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO 1910’s “Big Blow Up” remains one of the most disastrous wildfires in US history. Hurricane-force winds fanned and threw embers for miles. Full, flaming trees became dangerous projectiles […]

How America’s hottest city is trying to cool down

Can trees help save Phoenix from extreme heat? Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO It’s time to stop looking at trees as a form of “beautification.” They are, instead, a living form of infrastructure, providing a variety of services that include stormwater management, air filtering, carbon sequestration, and, […]

Introducing Vox’s new HBO show, Level Playing Field

We made a series with HBO! Level Playing Field premieres tonight at 8PM ET on HBO and HBO Max and explores stories where sports and policy intersect — from how the NCAA’s student-athlete policy influences gig work to how WNBA athletes’ activism helped shape the US Senate. New episodes every Tuesday. Subscribe to our channel […]

Why people think this photo of JFK’s killer is fake

This photo of Lee Harvey Oswald has been analyzed for decades. Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Lee Harvey Oswald was murdered two days after he was arrested for assassinating US President John F. Kennedy. But before Oswald died, he claimed that a damning piece of evidence against […]

How the US created a disaster in Afghanistan

What was the purpose of America’s longest war? Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO On August 15, 2021, the Taliban took over Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. The Afghan president fled the country. Almost all of Afghanistan is now under Taliban control. It marks the end of an era: America’s […]

How the US made affordable homes illegal

The rules that keep American housing expensive. Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Over the past year, housing prices in the US rose precipitously. Low interest rates and millennials’ entry into the market spiked demand across the nation, leading housing prices in some cities to increase by more […]