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Thirst World Problem

Everything we eat is flooded with “virtual water,” or water used indirectly to produce food from cradle to grave. In fact, 70% of the world’s water consumption feeds the agriculture industry, and demand for fresh water is increasing at a rate of one trillion liters a year. The GRACE Communications Foundation wants people thinking more critically about the water in their food, and has released a report that includes the average global water footprints for some of our most beloved—and resource-hogging—foods.  Anthony and Jeff step through these findings and try to decide what to do with the information.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Headset Mindset

After exploring a virtual world, some people can’t shake the sense that the actual world isn’t real, either.  Does the new technology of VR bring with it a new kind of depression?  Anthony and Jeff discuss a world where real life is a let down compared to VR.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Goos of Egypt

Plastic surgeon Stanley Jacobs was obsess with an ancient Egyptian text about surgery known as the Edwin Smith Papyrus.  Particularly,  a recipe at the back of the book, titled “Transforming an Old Man Into a Youth.”  His investigation into what this particular recipe was revealed that ancient Egyptians were far ahead of their time in unexpected ways.  Jeff and Anthony discuss moisturizers,  skin care, and lost knowledge.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Append and Cite Us

Scientists have never been certain what the appendix used to do — and if it is still, in fact, useless. On Jan. 9, a team of researchers led by scientists at Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine published a review study proposing an answer: the appendix is a secondary immune function that both catalyzes immune cell responses and floods your gut with beneficial bacteria when they’ve been depleted. And it still plays that role, in a limited fashion, in human body function.  Anthony and Jeff come to terms with their own fear of appendicitis and if knowing the organ’s function changes their view.    More Details/Download MP3 →

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Organ Donor Car’d

As self-driving cars become the norm, road deaths due to driver error will begin to diminish. It’s a transformative advancement, but one that comes with consequences in an unexpected place: organ donation.  Jeff and Anthony discuss whether a smaller amount of potential organ donors is a good thing or a bad thing.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Flesh and Tome

A few years ago, three separate books were discovered in Harvard University’s library that had particularly strange-looking leather covers. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that the smooth binding was actually human flesh… in one case, skin allegedly harvested from a man who was flayed alive.  As you can imagine, Anthony is very happy to hear this.  He and Jeff discuss the idea of binding books with people parts.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Mech it Yourself

Some South Koreans have built a mech, and it has taken its first steps.  Designed by a veteran of science fiction blockbusters, the 13 foot tall, 1.5 ton Method-2 towers over a room on the outskirts of Seoul, and will be made available to buy by the end of 2017 for a cool $8 million.  Jeff and Anthony want one – but who gets to ride in it first?  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Bat Signals

Researchers recently used a machine learning algorithm to decode the squeaks Egyptian fruit bats make in their roost, revealing that they “speak” to one another as individuals. It turns out, not only do they communicate, but they also argue – a lot.  Jeff and Anthony also argue a lot, so they weigh in on this discovery and what it might mean.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Color Be Mine

Artist Stuart Semple, creator the world’s ‘pinkest paint’, has a new invention – the world’d ‘glitteriest glitter’.  The product has been made available to everyone, as long as buyers ensured that it would not make its way “into the hands of Anish Kapoor.” According to Semple, the renowned British-Indian sculptor didn’t deserve access to the colors, as he had been given exclusive rights to ‘Vantablack’ – the world’s blackest ever black – in 2014.  Should colors be exclusive?  Will this tactic work?  What is to be made of wars in the art world?  Jeff and Anthony tackle these questions and more.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Toyota Care-ola

The 2015 Japanese census laid out a frightening realization for the country: its population is shrinking. In just five years, between 2010 and 2015, Japan’s population shrunk by almost 1 million. But while everyone is quick to blame so-called “parasite singles” or a lack of immigration, Toyota is looking for a solution. In October, the car manufacturer introduced the Kirobo Mini, a robot designed to form an emotional connection with a population that is getting older and not reproducing at a rate to sustain population numbers. Anthony and Jeff discuss whether robot babies are something want to own, and if it will actual propel people to have more human children.  More Details/Download MP3 →