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Not Dimension

Neuroscientists have used a classic branch of maths in a totally new way to peer into the structure of our brains. What they’ve discovered is that the brain is full of multi-dimensional geometrical structures operating in as many as 11 dimensions.  But this might not mean what you think it means.  Anthony and Jeff delve into this discovery and decipher its true meaning.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Far Fall, eh?

How far can you fall and still survive?  Such is the question posed by a new article in Mental Floss.  Jeff and Anthony discuss the answer… which might surprise you!  (Not that they discuss it… oh, you get what I mean)  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Lucy in the Sky with Dolphins

Back in the 1960s,  neuroscientist John C. Lilly ran a NASA-funded research unit where humans attempted to communicate with dolphins. Somewhere along the line, LSD got thrown into the mix, a researcher became sexually involved with a dolphin, and things generally got a bit weird. Anthony and Jeff discuss how the hell this happened and what it did to dolphin science.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Climb of the Sensory

Alex Honnold climbed the mighty El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without any safety gear in about four hours using only his hands and feet. The 31-year-old became the first person to climb the 3000-foot granite wall alone without a safety harness or ropes to catch him if he fell. Is he crazy or stupid? Or both? Neuroscientists recently studied Honnold’s brain. They hadn’t seen anything like it. His amygdala, the part of the brain that reacts to fear, lay dormant.  Anthony and Jeff discuss this Brock, and what his case might mean for the rest of us.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Circuitry Good Explanation

With each passing breakthrough in artificial intelligence, we’re asking our machines to make increasingly complex and weighty decisions. Trouble is, AIs are starting to act beyond our levels of comprehension. In an effort to bridge the growing gap between man and machine, the Pentagon is launching a new program to create machines that can explain their actions in a way we puny humans can understand.  Jeff and Anthony discuss whether this is a good idea.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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No Fear Gear (w/ Anita Sarkeesian)

Virtual reality systems can create out-of-body experiences — and these experiences may be able to reduce the fear of death, according to a recently published study. Anthony, Jeff, and special guest Anita Sarkeesian discuss whether technology can deliver a zen-like calm in the face of death.

Thanks to Anita for joining us! Find her show at https://feministfrequency.com/

We recorded a special, double-length, patron-only episode with Antia! You can listen to it here: https://www.patreon.com/wehaveconcerns  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Extra Hasty Crispr

For the past few years, a new scientific tool known as CRISPR-Cas9 has been hailed as the future of medicine.  But a new study, published in Nature Methods , found that using CRISPR-Cas9 to edit a genome can result in hundreds of unintended mutations being introduced. Is this tool still the future, or should we slow down and pump the brakes on gene editing?  Jeff and Anthony discuss.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Blood Money

A start-up called Ambrosia is charging $8,000 for blood transfusions from young people.  About 100 people have signed up to receive an infusion, founder Dr. Jesse Karmazin announced at the Code Conference. Anyone over age 35 can become an Ambrosia customer, said Karmazin, but most of the early adopters tend to be of retirement age.  Anthony and Jeff discuss the ethics of this startup and idea of techno-vampyrism.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Go Pharm Go Fowl

Authorities in Kuwait had been tracking a homing pigeon that was coming from Iraq. According to local newspaper Al-Rai, there were 178 ecstasy pills were found in a small bag attached to the bird’s back.  Anthony and Jeff discuss bird mules, and the escalation of sick bird prankz into something serious.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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New Wrongs Make a Right

When humans work together with not-very-smart robots, they’re better at solving problems than when they work only with other people, new research says. Jeff and Anthony debate the value of getting stuff wrong.  More Details/Download MP3 →