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You Can’t Handle the Tooth

Hardened plaque harvested from Neanderthal teeth is loaded with genetic material from plants and animals these prehistoric hominins ate, as well as remnants of microbes that reveal a surprising amount about how they lived and even what made them sick.  Researchers extracted the ancient DNA and bacteria from the jaws of three Neanderthal individuals from Belgium and Spain, and described the results in a paper published in the journal Nature.  Jeff and Anthony discuss the findings and what it might mean for the history – and future –  of man.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Man Oar Board

South African surfer Chris Bertish just pulled off one of the most remarkable feats of human determination, perseverance and sheer grit of all time by paddleboarding for 93 days, 4,050 miles across the Atlantic Ocean – by himself. Jeff is definitely trying to make his “Chronicles of a Badass” a recurring feature.  Does Anthony think this one holds up?  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Monitor Moniker Modeler

Low self monitors tend to use inner beliefs and values in deciding how to behave, while high self monitors tend to monitor their surroundings and change their behavior to fit in.  Anthony and Jeff take a test to see where they exist on the spectrum, and discuss what that means for their lives.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Snake Smile Salesman

Python breeder Justin Kobylka says he spent over eight years selectively breeding ball pythons to finally achieve a smiley face emoji pattern on the reptile’s skin.  Jeff and Anthony discuss pastimes, evocations, and what it takes to dedicate 8 years to make emoji snake skin.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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The Immortal Cult Hokum

In 1939 a secretive cult known as the Royal Fraternity of Master Metaphysicians made headlines when its leader, James Bernard Schafer, announced their intention to conduct an unusual experiment. They were going to raise an immortal baby.  Has there ever been a more perfect story for We Have Concerns to cover?  No, there has not.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Raindrops Keep Sprawlin’ All the Dread

After noticing an uptick in a rare disease called melioidosis during the rainy season in parts of Southeast Asia and northern Australia, researchers used high-speed cameras and fluorescent dye to observe raindrops delicately catapulting the microbes into the air.  Jeff and Anthony react to the idea that glorious, refreshing rain itself can spread disease.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Time Change

The longest personality study of all time, published in Psychology and Aging and recently highlighted by the British Psychological Society, suggests that over the course of a lifetime, just as your physical appearance changes and your cells are constantly replaced, your personality is also transformed beyond recognition.  Jeff and Anthony discuss permanence and personality, and whether they think they, too, have changed.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Left Out

UPS trucks almost never take left-hand turns.  By favoring right-hand turns at all times — unless a left is unavoidable — the carrier saves millions of gallons of fuel each year, and avoids emissions equivalent to over 20,000 passenger cars.  Anthony and Jeff discuss the inefficiencies of turns, and how this info might be applied to their own lives.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Stop, Chop, and Roll

A French electrician proved himself to be a bona fide MacGyver by building a makeshift motorbike out of his wrecked car after becoming stranded in the Moroccan dessert.  Jeff thinks this also makes him a bona fide bad ass, but Anthony keeps poking holes in the story.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Magnetical Mystery Ewer

By analyzing the pottery from an archaeological dig near Jerusalem, scientists have learned that the geomagnetic field around the earth fluctuated wildly during early human civilizations —and the news isn’t good for a world that depends on electrical grids and high-tech devices.  Jeff and Anthony discuss magnetic fields, scientific sleuths, and Santa Claus.  More Details/Download MP3 →