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In this episode, an anonymous questioner asks the EngiNerd about the fascinating history and molecular qualities of soap, and special guest The Kitchen Witch joins in to explain how she makes homemade soap.

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A Southwestern archaeologist and author who excelled at helping the public understand her field has died.


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Salt is so common that many of us don't realize its role in history, or in our health. In this episode of the More Than You Want To Know Show, the EngiNerd examines where salt comes from, it's long history, and why it is a crucial ingredient for our good health.

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In this episode, the EngiNerd examines how fruit ripening works, the implications of the world banana market, and how you can make sure your avocados are ready for that impromptu guacamole dip when friends show up.

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In this episode of the More Than You Want To Know Show, the EngiNerd looks at the tiniest muscles in our bodies: what they do and how they work.

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In this episode, the EngiNerd examines gluten: what it is, the foods it is in, and the various physical symptoms caused by gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance, and the more serious celiac disease.

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In this episode of the More Than You Want To Know Show, the EngiNerd explores parhelion, those bright spots of light that accompany the sun, sometimes called "sun dogs" or "light pillars". He explains how these spots of light form, where you can see them, and how they differ from rainbows.

In this episode of the More Than You Want To Know Show, the EngiNerd studies the greenhouse gas methane; its chemical composition, where it comes from, and the so-called "methane hot spot" that has been detected in the Four Corners area.

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Computers have been getting smaller and smaller, while at the same time getting more and more powerful. In this episode, the EngiNerd takes a look at the history of computers, how engineers have been able to consistently create smaller and more powerful machines, and what the future may hold.

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In this episode of the More Than You Want To Know Show, the EngiNerd explores the world of owls: their amazing variety of their physical characteristics and how they contribute to being the deadly hunters that they are.

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