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Less is Moore’s

Moore’s Law states that every 2 years the number of transistors on a chip will double.  But some scientists predict that in just 10 years, we will hit the upper limit of Moore’s Law.  Anthony and Jeff wonder what the will happen if we get to the end of the Law and suggest a few ways we might outsmart this presumptive limit.

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No Way, No Cow

A group of biohackers is working on a way to create cheese without ever using an animal.  The idea is to take custom-fabricated snippets of DNA and insert them into yeast to fabricate truly vegan cheese.  In fact, they don’t even need to use DNA from a cow.  They could end up making human cheese.  Jeff and Anthony debate the merits of dairy without the cow, and decide what kind of cheese they’d like their DNA to make.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Lounge Lizards in Space

No one had ever observed geckos exhibiting behavior that could be described as “play”.  That is, until the reptiles were jettisoned into space in an unmanned Russian rocket.  One of their collars dislodged in zero gravity, and the geckos onboard began to bat it around in improvised games.  If such stoic, all-business creatures can discover fun in space, Anthony and Jeff wonder what other effects traveling into the stars might have on us.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Live Long and Proper

A new study pinpoints the geographic locations where the longest-living humans are most concentrated.  Analysis of these “Blue Zones” reveals the kinds of activities and diet that contribute to longevity.  Jeff and Anthony discuss the pros and cons of living healthy, as well as a side-plan to eliminate dark magic from the earth.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Zooslander

The Lujan Zoo outside of Buenos Aires has been dubbed the “World’s Most Dangerous Zoo” because it allows visitors to cuddle, fondle, and feed lions, tigers, and bears.  But when Anthony and Jeff hear about these practices, all they see are the inhumane and disgusting manner in which the animals are treated to ensure they remain in a state of lethargic docility.  Are humans really this insecure about their place on the food chain?  Oh, and what jungle cat is best to ride to school?  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Go Pluck Yourself

A new study at USC shows evidence that men who are going bald may actually be able to stimulate their dormant follicles by violently plucking out the remaining hairs that do grow.  This counter-intuitive solution was reached by ripping out fur in healthy mice, which leads Jeff and Anthony to wonder how far we as humans will go to regrow our hair, and what kind of doctor even thinks to try this.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Your Head a Splode

Anthony and Jeff learn about the affliction known as Exploding Head Syndrome, which, it turns out, is a really misleading name. It leads them to discuss sleep, inner voices, and the peace attained from a quiet mind. Oh, and alien probes. Somehow they also get to alien probes.

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Octopush

An octopus at the Sea Life Aquarium in New Zealand has been trained to take photos.  When visitors stand in front of his tank, Rambo the octopus reaches inside the casing of the underwater camera and presses the button, capturing the image of his “guests”.  Anthony reveals his long-held hatred of all cephalopods and fear that they will someday live in trees, while Jeff wonders how one trains an octopus, anyway.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Detour a Head

A 30-year-old Russian man Valery Spiridonov has volunteered to become the world’s first head transplant. His terrible, degenerative spinal disease has forced him to resort to drastic actions, but some scientists are worried that the resulting neural confusion of a human head transplant may actually be worse than death. Jeff and Anthony wonder what kind of doctor would try such a thing, and consider the ramifications.

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You’ll Put Your Eye Out (with Trisha Hershberger!)

A new biotech startup aims to have synthetic, bioprinted eyeballs on the market by 2027. These could not only solve vision problems, but actually upgrade the eye to apply filters or even record video. Jeff, Anthony, and special guest Trisha Hershberger debate whether cool new functions are worth giving up your natural born eyes.  More Details/Download MP3 →