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Tell a Phony

A team from the University of Warwick in England showed doctored photos to 707 people ages 14 to 82 who volunteered to test their ability to spot a fake. The results led to believe that not only are humans awful at knowing when a picture isn’t real, but there isn’t much we can do to get better at it.  Jeff and Anthony discuss this test, and what it means for the future of objective truth.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Healing Touch

Researchers have developed a device that can switch cell function to rescue failing body functions with a single touch. The technology, known as Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), injects genetic code into skin cells, turning those skin cells into other types of cells required for treating diseased conditions.  Jeff and Anthony discuss this seemingly magic technology, and how it might change the world.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Quiz Knows

People trying to comment on articles will now be forced to prove they understand what it’s about. That’s at least at Norwegian broadcaster NRK’s website, which will present people who want to leave comments with a quiz that asks them about what the story is actually about. Anthony and Jeff discuss whether this plan is just crazy enough to stop the crazies.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Pharma to Table

A DIY pharmaceutical revolution is coming – at least according to one scientist trying to make crafting your own prescription drug at home easier.  Anthony and Jeff discuss the idea of disrupting the healthcare industry by trusting individuals to make their own meds, and whether they’d have the guts to do it themselves.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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The Juice Diet

A Finnish research team has taken a step towards the future of food by developing a method for producing food from electricity. If scaling it up proves to be successful, it could be a tool in the fight against world hunger and climate change.  Anthony, Jeff, and special guest Justin Johnson discuss how this might change the world by changing their lunch.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Plan a Head

Scientists have figured out why the women’s restroom line is always longer than the men’s.  And while the reasons may not surprise you, the solutions just might.  They certainly give Anthony and Jeff some ideas.  Can we solve the bathrooms problems for all?  More Details/Download MP3 →

Cloned babies.  Conceptual computer artwork of cloned foetuses developing in jars. Cloning exactly copies an organism by implanting its genetic material or DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) into eggs from the same species. It is theoretically possible to produce unlimited numbers of identical copies of a person, by placing their DNA into human eggs that have had their genetic material removed.

Harder, Better, CRISPR, Stronger

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon.  The effort, led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health and Science University, involved changing the DNA of a large number of one-cell embryos with the gene-editing technique CRISPR.  Anthony and Jeff discuss designer babies, and what this might mean for the future.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Operating in a Vacuum

A new article in Wired considers all of the dangers associated with performing surgery in space.  NASA has never had to do it, but has thought about it a lot.  And now Jeff and Anthony will think about it a lot, too.  That may not be a good thing.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Don’t Stay in Contact

A “blueish mass” of 17 contact lenses has been discovered in the eye of a patient who was scheduled for cataract surgery.  The 67-year-old patient was unaware that the contact lenses were missing, and later told surgeons that she thought her discomfort was due to dry eye and old age.  Anthony and Jeff marvel at the ability to even get to that point, and wonder about the circumstances that led to the discovery.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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All You Breed is Love

People with Williams syndrome, a rare genetic condition, can’t stop hugging people, have no fear of strangers, and love everyone equally.  And it may be that this same syndrome is the reason your dog loves you, too. Jeff and Anthony discuss the condition, and the moral ramifications of breeding it into man’s best friend.  More Details/Download MP3 →