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Robodogs Go To Heaven

Back in 1999, Sony released a robot dog called Aibo.  Now, 15 years later, these toys have started to break down, and Sony has ceased repairing them or manufacturing new models.  This has caused the few people who still use and care for these little robotic companions to come to terms with the loss of a wholly inorganic member of their families. Jeff and Anthony discuss whether man-made friends can ever truly replace natural ones, and why we must always accept the inevitable death of all cute things.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Dreams of Electric Sheep

In an effort to create a more accurate image recognition system, researchers have been training Google’s neural network to pick out objects obscured by denser and denser layers of optical noise. But by feeding the AI the other direction – giving it nothing but noise and asking it to pick out images – they’ve discovered a surreal and dreamlike quality in the network that is both beautiful and haunting. Anthony and Jeff marvel at the ability for an AI to “dream”, and project how this will lead to our ultimate downfall.  More Details/Download MP3 →

[Friedman, Gary -- B58472168Z.1 LANCASTER, CALIF. - JUNE 10, 2010: Inmates at dinner at the California State Prison-Lancaster, on June 10, 2010. There are approximately 4600 prisoners currently in this state prison which normally houses 2300 inmates. A legal battle over who gets to control California's massive spending on prison-judges or corrections officials-may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court with overcrowding at the state's 33 prisons at the center of the debate.] *** []

A Taste of Prison

As a way to raise funds, some US prisons are offering visitors a way to eat what inmates eat.  This experience promises to be the “worst meal of your life” and yet still been successful in attracting curious diners in at least two locations.  Anthony shares his experience with jail food, and Jeff wonders what kind of person thinks this is a good idea.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Sprout on a Limb

For the first time, scientists have managed to grow an arm in a lab.  This rat forelimb seems to be functional and able to circulate blood, giving hope that one day we will be able to grow usable replacement limbs for amputees.  Anthony and Jeff are excited about the possibilities, but wonder about the fate of the rats on whom these new arms were tested.  Also, Anthony reveals his darkest physical secret.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Poo Done It? (with Greg Miller)

A London borough has decided to get to start DNA testing abandoned dog droppings and delivering retroactive tickets to the irresponsible owners.  Anthony, Jeff, and special guest Greg Miller from Kinda Funny Vids discuss the ethics of cleaning up after your pet, and the ramifications of a DNA-empowered poop task force.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Placenta or Minus… enta

A new review of scientific literature finds that there is no evidence that eating the afterbirth is good for the mother.  It could even be harmful.  Which leads Anthony and Jeff to weigh the pros and cons of ingesting placenta, and wondering how this practice has become so common.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Cave Man Returns

The de-extinction movement is in full swing, which leads some scientists to consider reconstructing the DNA of Neanderthals.  Could that be possible?  And what would a prehistoric humanoid be like in the modern world.  Anthony and Jeff consider the possible ramifications.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Running Man

Dean Karnazes has a rare physiological condition that allows him to process lactic acid more efficiently than other humans and effectively run forever. His list of running accomplishments is truly super human. Jeff and Anthony differ on their opinion of whether running is worthwhile, but both of them imagine what they might do if they could replicate Dean’s unique attributes.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Awesomer Gossamer

Scientists have discovered that getting spiders to ingest carbon nanotubes will cause them to weave spider silk that is even stronger than their naturally strong tensile strands.  This leads Anthony and Jeff to imagine all kinds of potential uses for this amazing new by-product. There is only one problem: how do you harvest spider silk?  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Under Age Thinking

Scientists now believe that they have isolated the specific parts of DNA that cause aging in humans.  Which leads Anthony and Jeff to think, if they’ve isolated them, perhaps they can eliminate them…  And if they can eliminate them, can’t we all live forever?  And, like, if we can live forever… what would that mean?!  More Details/Download MP3 →