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Bubble Hobble

Scientists have healed severe bone fractures in pigs by blasting tiny bubbles with ultrasound in the animals’ bones. The technique encourages the pigs’ bodies to regenerate themselves, and could one day be used to help humans — especially the elderly — heal dangerous bone injuries.  Jeff and Anthony discuss the procedure to understand how it works.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Bugged Bunny

Virtual rabbits across Second Life will fall asleep and never wake up, now that the their digital food supply has been shut down by a legal battle. The player-made and player-sold Ozimals brand of digirabbits are virtual pets that players breed and care for in the sandbox MMO, and even need to feed by buying DRM-protected virtual food. But they rely on servers and soon the rabbits will run out of food and enter hibernation.  Anthony is very concerned about this, and tries to explain to Jeff why he is.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Irrational Rational Rationale

Researchers at Tilburg University in the Netherlands surveyed both scientists and highly educated nonscientists and asked them to rate the two categories of people in terms of objectivity, rationality, integrity, open-mindedness, intelligence and cooperativeness.  Both groups rated scientists higher on every one of these measures, yet scientists perceived bigger differences between the two groups than laypeople did.  Anthony and Jeff discuss the findings and decide whether scientists are able to be rational about themselves.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Gut and Run

Fear, for the most part, is controlled by the brain’s amygdalae,  but a team of researchers at University College Cork have discovered that the gut microbiome, that collection of bacteria that lives within your digestive system, appears to also have an effect on the response to and processing of fear in mice.  Anthony and Jeff discuss what this might mean for humans, and how the biome will be used to alter mental states in the future.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Race Boast Coast to Coast

On October 30, 1919, Tony Pizzo arrived in New York City chained to his bicycle. He had pedaled 3,000 miles in five-and-a-half months, attached to his bike by a three-and-a-half-foot chain and handcuffs welded shut around his wrists. All because of a bet.  Jeff posits that this fits yet another in the recurring Chronicles of a Badass segments, but does Anthony agree?  More Details/Download MP3 →

Preserved and Perfect

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta, Canada recently unveiled what is perhaps the best-preserved dinosaur specimen ever unearthed. That’s because, 110 million years later, the bones remain covered by the creature’s intact skin and armor.  Anthony and Jeff discuss the discovery and what it means for B- and C-list dinosaurs everywhere.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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America Smirks

When residents of other countries are asked “What’s a dead giveaway that someone is American?” one trait comes up over and over again: big, toothy grins.  Why do Americans smile so much?  Anthony and Jeff dive into the research on the topic and decide whether its worth being happy about.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Pictures of a large fish caught in the southern Philippines covered in tattoo like markings has sparked quite a debate after going viral on social media. 
 
 The fish, caught by fishermen in the province of Lopez, Jaena, Misamis Occidental, immediately noticed that the skin of their latest catch was marked by artistic designs, including what appears to be a crown sitting on top of a shield, lettering, and entwined plant leaves. 
 The unusual “tattoo†is undoubtedly of human origin, but how it ended up on a wild fish is still a mystery. However, the thousands of people commenting on the photos posted by Philippines news network GMA News were more than willing to voice their opinions.
 Perhaps the most rational explanation for the fish “tattoo†was offered by one Steve Clark, who wrote: “This was probably caused by some sort of trash or fabric that had been embedded in the fish’s skin and over time imprinted this design onto it. Just a thought.â€
 It's fair to say that some of the comments are pretty ridiculous:
 “There are many things in our world that we do not know about, especially under the sea. Remember, the sea is greater than land,†one person wrote, while another suggested that the fish may have escaped from an underwater jail where marine biologists mark marine creatures with strange symbols!  Featuring: Atmosphere Where: Lopez, Philippines When: 08 May 2017 Credit: Cover Images  **All usages and enquiries, please contact Glen Marks at glen.marks@cover-images.com - +44 (0)20 3397 3000.All usages and enquiries, please contact Glen Marks at glen.marks@cover-images.com - +44 (0)20 3397 3000.All usages and enquiries, please contact Glen Marks at glen.marks@cover-images.com - +44 (0)20 3397 3000.EDITORIAL USE ONLY**

Tat the Scales

A huge fish covered in ‘tattoos’ has been caught in the Philippines.  Where you would expect plain scales, the fish has intricate blue designs of a crown and a shield, lettering and entwined plant leaves instead.  But why? Only Jeff and Anthony can possibly unravel this mystery: The mystery of the tattooed fish.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Modern Stone Age Calamity

An exhaustive comparison of Neandertals’ injuries to those of people today finds that water tubing and mishaps involving tables, result in top-heavy fracture patterns most similar to those observed on Neandertal fossils. This analysis illustrates just how little modern evidence reveals about ways in which our evolutionary relatives ended up so battered.  Jeff and Anthony tackle the question of whether this question is worthwhile at all.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Info Dump

All mammals poop in 12 seconds and there’s an equation for the ‘duration of diarrheal defecation’.  All this and more revealed in a new paper from Nobel Prize winning scientists from Georgia Tech.  Jeff and Anthony dive deep into poop science, and come out smelling like experts.  More Details/Download MP3 →