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Birth Control Control

The Bill Gates Foundation has funded research on an implantable remote-controlled contraceptive microchip that can last up to 16 years.  Anthony and Jeff try to wrap their minds around the ramifications of a long-lasting birth control device that can be controlled by an app, and do their best to avoid putting their feet in their mouths about woman’s issues.  More Details/Download MP3 →


As the Crow Tries

A crow recently passed a remarkably complicated, eight stage intelligence test, which required it to perform a number of actions in a specific order to unlock a morsel of food. Jeff and Anthony are impressed by the problem-solving capabilities of the crow, and wonder what that means for the general cognitive ability of the animal kingdom.  Also, are we gonna have to fight birds now?  More Details/Download MP3 →


The Time of Your Life

An Australian designer by the name of Maximilian Kiener has created an interactive representation of the way we perceive our lifespan.  The younger you are, the longer time feels, and the older you get, the quicker a year seems to fly by.  In fact, this effect is so skewed that half of the time you perceive in your life is over by the time you are 7 years old.  Jeff and Anthony discuss their experience with this phenomena, and decide which 7 year span they’d love to experience the longest.  More Details/Download MP3 →


Shoot the Moonshine (w/ Brian Brushwood, Live from Nerdtacular 2015!)

A Japanese drinks company is sending 5 samples of whiskey up to the International Space Station to study the effects of zero gravity on the fermentation process.  Anthony, Jeff, and special guest Brian Brushwood from Night Attack discuss the ramifications of Space Whiskey.  Will there be unforeseen consequences? Interstellar drunkenness? Alcohol that returns to Earth with magic properties?  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Compassionate Affirmative

An article in the New York Times outlines a series of studies which seem to point to the fact that empathy is actually a choice.  Is there a benefit to feel something for our fellow man, or could it possibly be an evolutionary drawback, limiting our ability to make dispassionate decisions for the greatest good?  Anthony and Jeff compare their own levels of empathy and try to decide what to feel.  More Details/Download MP3 →