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Leaf it Alone

The Australian Gympie-Gympie plant is the one of the most painfully poisonous in the world. People who have just rubbed up against it have gone mad with pain and tried to shoot off their own appendages with guns.

So, like… Would you touch it? Maybe… Maybe we should touch it. Why are we attracted to dangerous things?  More Details/Download MP3 →

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All of This Has Happened Before

A 23 year-old man has been experiencing constant deja vu for seven years. What would it be like to have the feeling that everything you experienced has happened before? Powerful? Boring? Maddening? Powerful? Boring? Maddening? (see what I did there?)  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Fertility Pro Grammar

A new study finds that men who interact with women during the fertile period of their menstrual cycle tend to be more creative with their grammar. Anthony is impressed that human “peacocking” extends into speech patterns, while Jeff is just amazed that men can pick up on when women are most fertile.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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We’re Doomed.

Anthony found an article outlining the evidence that Earth is headed for its 6th great extinction event.  Animals going extinct, global food tables imbalanced, resource scarcity, all lead up to a massive, worldwide catastrophe.  He proceeds to use these facts to completely bum Jeff out.  Listen as the show decends into total depression.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Two Birds With One Stoned

A group of researchers studying the effects of alcohol on speech decided to get some birds drunk.  They divided a group of zebra finches – birds that learn and produce sounds similar to humans – into two groups.  One sipped pure juice and the other a mixture of ethanol and juice.  The results may shock you.  Or not.  Jeff and Anthony wonder how a group of researchers can spend grant money intoxicating birds, and why the fact that they slur their tweets is news to anyone.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Do What You Scan

A review led by a brain scientist at MIT found growing edivence that brain scans can predict future behaviors.  If, one day, we are able to simply scan our brains to determine what kinds of activities we are more inclined to excel at, or problems we may encounter, will that lead to a healthier, more adaptive populace, or one shackled to in-born tendencies?  Anthony and Jeff wrestle with that question, and try to predict what their own brain scans might indicate.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Lay Around on Your Astronaut

NASA is conducting a study about the long-term effects of weightlessness by asking applicants to stay completely horizontal for 70 days.  In exchange for staying in bed and never standing up up, even to use the restroom or shower, NASA will pay test subjects $18,000, which works out to $1,200 per week or $257 per day.  Anthony and Jeff wonder if they could stand it, and why NASA is holding out on horizontal showering technology for everyone.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Trial of the Planet of the Apes

A court in Argentina just upheld an animal rights group’s request to have an orangutan appear in a court, saying it’s illegal to hold ‘non-human persons’ in cages. Whoops, apes are people now. So is this a good thing? How smart are animals? What sort of rights should they have? Also: what kind of animal skin makes the best sneakers?  More Details/Download MP3 →

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The Bedbug Whisperer

In order to find a way to stop bedbugs, Regine Gries allowed herself to be bitten by them 180,000 times over a period of five years. Also, did you know that there’s billionaire dinosaur porn? That’s unrelated, but it doesn’t mean we’re not going to talk about it for 10 minutes or whatever.

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