When a monkey grabbed his camera in Indonesia, snapped the perfect selfie, and the photo went viral, British photojournalist David Slater assumed he’d make a pretty penny from the iconic image. But the in a 1,222 page report, the US Copyright Office just announced that any picture taken by an animal, plant, or deity is cannot be owned by man. This makes Anthony and Jeff wonder what kind of crazy photography is going on inside the US Copyright Office. More Details/Download MP3 →
Researchers in California are planning to treat Alzheimer patients by replacing their blood with blood of young people. Even crazier, there is reason to believe it may work, since old mice have become healthier and more youthful when their circulatory systems carried the blood of younger mice. This, combined with the story of a jellyfish that can reverse its aging process when sick or injured, has Anthony and Jeff pondering the possibility of immortality. That, and the inevitable vampire grandpas who’ll be stealing young blood to live forever. More Details/Download MP3 →
A writer for Wired clicked ‘like’ on every single article, update, or advertisement that Facebook presented to him over the course of two days, and described what it did to his feed. It turns out, the algorithm can go pretty wild if you’re willing to follow it down the rabbit hole of thumbs up. This leads Anthony to rail against social media and socializing in general, and Jeff to wonder what it means to be a machine. More Details/Download MP3 →
Humans controlling waterways by building dams has caused major problems for salmon, who must return to fresh water to breed. But a new company – Whooshh Innovations (not making that up) – has developed a better way to help salmon get upstream: a giant salmon cannon. Anthony thinks this is the perfect Rube Goldberg solution to the problem, while Jeff worries about a country that solves every problem by turning things into guns.
Researchers have determined that individual ant colonies have their own distinct personalities, and that these personalities are shaped by their environments. This leads Jeff and Anthony to wonder if all animals have personality, and if humans might have personalities that are shaped by their environments, too. Also, only eat animals that are dicks.
Fossils discovered in the Antarctic reveal a penguin that reached the approximate size of Lebron James, 6’8 and 250 pounds. That’s a big penguin. Jeff and Anthony try to figure out exactly how they would defeat such a creature in an ice-fight at the top of the food chain. More Details/Download MP3 →
A woman on Reddit discovered that her husband had been leaving vile comments on web sites, so she kicked him out of the house. Anthony and Jeff celebrate this principled woman, discuss the nature of internet trolls, and examine what constitutes an online dealbreaker. More Details/Download MP3 →
A new web service will provide baby name suggestions only for combinations that are still available as unregistered .coms, helping parents ensure their child will not have to grow up with a messy, misspelled or complex digital profile. Do Anthony and Jeff think this is a good way to select names? Should people start protecting their children’s brand from birth? Is there any way to stop the use of the term “branding?” More Details/Download MP3 →
Anthony read an article that argues in favor to short attention spans, and tries to convince Jeff that multitasking is the next step of evolution for humans. To prove his point, he does the entire episode while watching The Croods. More Details/Download MP3 →