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 →


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 →


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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Laser Trains!

Every Autumn, falling leaves create hazards for the railways. Trains compress the debris by running over it, and the resulting surface becomes slick and unsafe.  The solution? Lasers! One Dutch company has developed a way to blast the rails clean with high-tech lasers mounted to the front of the trains – which, of course, inspires Jeff and Anthony to pitch their new action/adventure trilogy, Laser Trains!  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Olfactory Produced

Adrian David Cheok, the founder and director of the Mixed Reality Lab in Singapore, is attempting to record odors digitally, and recreate them without the use of chemicals.  While a breakthrough in the area is still a long way off, the idea of digital smells has Jeff and Anthony wondering what this technology could possibly be used for, and, moreoever, what working in a place called the Mixed Reality Lab” might be like.  More Details/Download MP3 →


Dawn of the Planet of the Mice

Scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York have successfully implanted human glial cells into the brains of mice to shocking result.  Not only were the cells not rejected, but the human cells completely dominated the mouse brain cells.  More incredibly, this led to mice which demonstrated a much higher capacity for memory and cognitive skill.  Yep, Anthony and Jeff are thinking what you’re thinking: the age of super-intelligent mice is upon us, and it is only a matter of time before we are all doomed.  Listen as the guys bid farewell to the human race.  More Details/Download MP3 →


Past Word Passwords

A New Yorker article all about passwords has Jeff musing on what Anthony’s passwords mean about him.  It is a secret people tell themselves every time they log on to something, so what are the most common topics that appear in passwords?  What are the smartest passwords?  How can they can used to hack your life?  More Details/Download MP3 →


Drying Too Hard

A new study suggests that using hand dryers in public restrooms is actually less hygienic than using paper towels.  This leads Jeff and Anthony to discuss bathroom etiquette, personal hygene, germophobia, assumptions about cleanliness, and the coolest way to dry your hands.  More Details/Download MP3 →