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Worm Your Way Out

Scientist Federica Bertocchini of the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria in Spain discovered a worm that eats plastic bags and leaves behind antifreeze.  Jeff and Anthony discuss the potential of this natural solution to the plastic waste problem, and whether that ends up being good or bad for the worms.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Womb with a View

For a study published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers from Philadelphia suspended premature lambs, a close animal model for human fetuses, in a special bag filled with lab-made amniotic fluid, allowing them to further develop for four weeks—longer than in past similar attempts.  Anthony and Jeff discuss the benefits of artificial wombs and whether they’d like to see what it would reveal.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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On Mass

Researchers in the US say they’ve created a fluid with negative mass in the lab. What it means is that, unlike pretty much every other known physical object, when you push this fluid, it accelerates backwards instead of moving forwards. Jeff and Anthony try to work through what this means for the universe and for Tru TV’s Impractical Jokers.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Fighter Starter

We don’t always have a good sense of why we fight. What pushes us to the point of conflict, when we know it will make us unhappy? And why does it leave us feeling so glum afterward? Jeff and Anthony take a look at findings from the world of psychology to investigate some less-than-obvious answers.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Hey R U AR?

When we think of augmented reality face filters, we tend to think of goofy novelties like Halloween masks, face swapping, or inadvertent racist caricatures. But AR could go far beyond that, putting objects in real space with sophisticated tracking tech.  Jeff and Anthony imagine a world of the not-too-distant future full of AR and cute widdle angels.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Dino Might Chicken

A chicken embryo with a dinosaur-like snout instead of a beak has been developed by scientists.  Is this a good thing or a terrifying thing?  Jeff and Anthony are here to think it through.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Ceph Modifying Code

Squids, cuttlefish and octopuses do not follow the normal rules of genetic information, according to research published in the journal Cell. Their RNA is extensively rewritten, particularly the codes for proteins found in the animals’ neurons.  Put simply, that’s very weird. One might even say… alien.  Anthony and Jeff remain on the case, gathering more and more evidence that they’s aliens.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Owe de Toilette

Fed up with the theft of toilet paper from public bathrooms, tourist authorities in China’s capital have begun using facial recognition technology to limit how much paper a person can take.  Jeff and Anthony discuss toilet paper usage, and determine if facial recognition is a bit of overkill in this case.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Starscraper

Architecture firm Clouds Architecture Office has proposed a building that, instead of being supported by the ground and reaching up into the sky, would instead hang suspended from an asteroid. Named Analemma, the proposed skyscraper would be the tallest building ever created, and would travel thousands of miles each day between the northern and southern hemispheres in a figure-of-eight loop – including a daily pass over New York City. Anthony and Jeff discuss the concept and decide whether living there would be the best or worst thing.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Tyrannosaurus Sex

Tyrannosaurus Rex  had a snout as sensitive to touch as human fingertips, say scientists.  Experts believe that males and females rubbed their sensitive faces together in a prehistoric form of foreplay.  Jeff and Anthony discuss dinosaur mating, and the need to always make room for snout time.  More Details/Download MP3 →