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Your Sh@t Don’t Stink

By actually printing DNA, researchers are now able to create entirely new species.  They started with a glow-in-the-dark plant, and now have plans to design microbes that will live in your stomach and actually change the smell of your fecal matter. Even crazier, they may be able to associate particular gas odors with biological states, so you can effectively have an early warning system built inside you.  Anthony couldn’t be more excited, but Jeff wonders when our Frankenstein microbes will inevitably destroy us all in a flowery-smelling apocalypse.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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The Crystal Method

Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations. That means that we may be able to use crystals to replace oxygen tanks or even allow divers to simply draw oxygen directly out of H2O through the crystal.  Anthony has always wanted to breathe underwater, but Jeff is worried about sucking on crystals for more than good vibes.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Mouse Wheel Fun Run

Anthony and Jeff’s debate about the joy to be found in running and exercise contuinues.  This time, Jeff has an article from the New York Times about a study which showed that mice will spend time on a running wheel, even when they don’t have to.  When placed out in the woods, completely unattended, mice and other creatures would jump onto a wheel, and spend time running on it… for fun.  Is this the proof Jeff has always wanted, or are these just Anthony’s alpha Brock mice?  More Details/Download MP3 →