Episode 109 - Exoplanets, Itches, and Bovine Polarity

For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why do we get random itches? Can cows sense magnetic north? How can we tell if an exoplanet is habitable? Why do you believe in Jesus instead of a less-religion specific deity?

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Why do we get random itches?

Why Do We Itch?

When you have an itch, what is happening under your skin?

Why and how do body parts itch? Why does it feel good to scratch an itch?

Solved! The Mystery of the Maddening Itch

Can cows sense magnetic north?

Moo North: Cattle and Deer May Sense Earth's Magnetic Field

Magnetoreception

How can we tell if an exoplanet is habitable?

James Webb Space Telescope and Exoplanets

NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

How to Search for Exoplanets

Why do you believe in Jesus instead of a less-religion specific deity?

Finding God in the Waves

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Here are some resources on each answer if you'd like to dig deeper.

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