Dr. Leonid Rogozov operating himself to remove his appendix in Antarctica, 1961 (2)

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Leonid Rogozov was a Soviet general practitioner who took part in the sixth Soviet Antarctic Expedition in 1960–1961. He was the only doctor stationed at the Novolazarevskaya Station and, while there, developed appendicitis, which meant he had to perform an appendectomy on himself, a famous case of self-surgery.  Jeff thinks this makes Leonid a prime example of a badass.  Does Anthony agree?  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Never, Never Land

Scientists have long suspected that the common swift remains airborne for extraordinary amounts of time during its annual migration.  Now, a team of scientists in Sweden has proved that these birds can spend almost their entire 10-month nonbreeding period on the wing.  Jeff and Anthony discuss the idea of non-stop flying, and whether that’s the best birding or the worst.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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No-Show

The contestants of a British reality show that marooned them in the wilderness for a year as a social experiment have returned to civilization — only to discover the series was taken off air several months ago and no one bothered to tell them.  Jeff and Anthony wonder how this could happen, and what happens next?  More Details/Download MP3 →

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A Snack-na Phobia

Scientists Martin Nyffeler and Klaus Birkhofer published their estimate of the amount of spiders in the world, and the amount of biomass they would consume, in the journal the Science of Nature earlier this month, and the number they arrived at is frankly shocking: The world’s spiders consume somewhere between 400 million and 800 million tons of prey in any given year. In other words, spiders could eat all of humanity and still be hungry.  Anthony and Jeff discuss spiders eating humans and how scared we should be.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Creative Comeons

Creativity is highly prized in Western society—much touted by cultures that claim to value individualism and the entrepreneurial spirit. But scratch beneath the surface, and it turns out that a lot of schools and businesses aren’t actually all that excited about bold new ideas. By and large, we tend to be threatened by creativity—and eager to shut it down. Anthony and Jeff talk about true creativity and how it is really valued.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Your Heart Will Grow On

Scientists have found a way to use spinach to build working human heart muscle, potentially solving a long-standing problem in efforts to repair damaged organs.  This opens up an entire field of vegetable-based human hybrids, and it has Jeff and Anthony imagining a Jolly Green Future.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Take Your Peak

Aging can seem like a scary prospect, but a wealth of scientific studies have found that youth isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. There are plenty of cases in which human beings peak well into middle and old age.  Anthony and Jeff look at a chart about when we peak at certain activities and contemplate what that means for their own lives.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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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 →