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Forest for the Sprees

Yellowstone National Park contains a narrow corridor less than two miles wide where evildoers could do literally anything, including commit murder, and the law couldn’t touch them. Jeff and Anthony discuss the Yellowstone Murder Zone, and how to best use its strange rules to their advantage.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Infinite Improbability Drive

After months of speculation and leaked documents, NASA’s long-awaited EM Drive paper has finally been peer-reviewed and published. And it shows that the ‘impossible’ propulsion system really does appear to work.  Jeff gloats as Anthony considers what this might mean for our prospects of dying in space.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Recycling Cent-er

A man in Cologne, Germany was recently tried and convicted to ten months in prison for modifying a bottle recycling machine and swindling tens of thousands of euros from the national recycling system.  Jeff and Anthony discuss schemes and the human propensity to do way more work than necessary, just to feel like they are cheating the system.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Great American Fake Off

Some 82% of middle-schoolers couldn’t distinguish between an ad labeled “sponsored content” and a real news story on a website, according to a Stanford University study of 7,804 students from middle school through college. The study is the biggest so far on how teens evaluate information they find online, and it has Anthony and Jeff wondering what the future of “news” will bring.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Never Thaw It Coming

Ancient viruses and bacteria that have been cryogenically frozen for millennia are waking up, due to global warming.  Siberia’s permafrost and Greenland’s glaciers are melting and thawing, releasing spores that haven’t been seen on Earth in millions of years.  Can there be a silver lining to this horrifying turn of events?  And will Anthony and Jeff discover it, or just melt into their own puddle of anxiety?  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Charged Into Battle

US military scientists have used electrical brain stimulators to enhance mental skills of staff, in research that aims to boost the performance of air crews, drone operators and others in the armed forces’ most demanding roles. The successful tests of the devices pave the way for servicemen and women to be wired up at critical times of duty, so that electrical pulses can be beamed into their brains to improve their effectiveness in high pressure situations.  Anthony is very excited about this prospect, but Jeff is worried about what it means for America’s soldiers.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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A Light Punishment

Police in southern China are punishing drivers who dazzle other road users with full-beam headlights by making them stare into the lights for a minute.  Does the punishment fit the crime?  Is it effective?  Jeff and Anthony discuss.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Re-poo-able Energy

According to a report from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, researchers have converted human feces to oil using a process called hydrothermal liquefaction. Hydrothermal liquefaction “mimics the geological conditions the Earth uses to create crude oil, using high pressure and temperature to achieve in minutes something that takes Mother Nature millions of years.”  Anthony and Jeff discuss the benefits and costs of turning your poop into the crudest of oils.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Don’t Worry, Bee Happy

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London who study bees suggest that insects have something like emotional states, and that a sweet treat can change the way bumble bees make decisions, producing something akin — although perhaps distantly related — to optimism.  Anthony and Jeff digest this info, and try to make sense of an emotional honeybee.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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2016

Some info about this episode:

1) It was recorded right after the US Election
2) We didn’t intend it to be an entire episode, it just sort of happened. We had concerns, y’know?
3) You don’t have to listen to this one. There’s a new episode coming day after tomorrow. Feel free to skip this one.
4) We love you.  More Details/Download MP3 →