Speedy Spider Spasms

Researchers studying the movements of tarantulas in different climates have discovered that at higher temperatures spiders can actually move much faster.  This is due to fluid in their joints becoming more viscous in high heat.  The trade-off is that they also become more wobbly and out of control.  Jeff and Anthony imagine the hydraulic robots that might be created based on this information, and worry about running from them on a warm day.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Medieval Solution

Historians uncovered an Old English book of Medieval remedies and decided to recreate and test them in modern conditions.  Shockingly, one of the potions, made up of garlic, onions, and the bile from a cow’s stomach was actually more effective at treating MRSA than modern antibiotics.  Jeff and Anthony marvel at the wisdom that can be derived from trial and error, and wonder what other ailments alchemy can treat.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Paint Your Poison

Seattle cancer researchers are hoping that they will be able to use scorpion venom to fight deadly brain cancer through a new product called “Tumor Paint.” Jeff and Anthony consider the challenges of attacking cancer in the most sensitive areas of the human body and hope something deadly can combat something deadlier.  Also, they remember their short-lived cartoon series, Cancer Killers: Tumor Squad.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Blob Water

Plastic water bottles are a massive global pollution problem, but new biotech aims to replace traditional non-biodegradable containers with a thin, algae membrane.  The result is an amorphous spheroid of H2O that is inexpensive to produce and has zero impact on the environment.  Anthony and Jeff are ready for the blob water future, and have been working up a series of biohacker adventure novels in anticipation.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Slug Life

Scientists recently discovered a species of sea slug takes genes from the algae it eats, allowing it to photosynthesize like a plant and survive for months at a time on sunlight.  Anthony thinks that if we can replicate this process in humans, he might finally be able to shed the need for daily meals, while Jeff wonders if it means he’ll end up looking green and needing to be outside much more often.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Addiction, Affliction, or Avocation

Anthony and Jeff consider the plight of mice in a cage, given the opportunity to drink clean, natural water, or water laced with illicit drugs.  Is their choice dependent on the pure addictive properties of the drugs, each individual mouse’s brain chemistry, or a simple lack of other interesting things to do?  What does this experiment tell us about how we approach drug use in humans?  And why is there always a 7-11 involved?  More Details/Download MP3 →

The Opticals of Riddick

A group of biohackers in Tehachapi, California have figured out a way to give themselves night vision by squirting a kind of chlorophyll analog called Chlorin e6 directly onto their eyeballs.  Anthony is thrilled by this development and cannot wait to try it himself, while Jeff is disturbed by the solid black color the eyes take on, and the complete lack of medical oversight.  Would you go full Riddick?  More Details/Download MP3 →

Scared to Death

This year the annual haunted house in Waukegan, Illinois provided an extra terror for visitors after an elderly man passed away inside and was mistaken for a prop for nearly 2 weeks.  Jeff and Anthony wonder what kind of haunted house is so good a real dead body goes unnoticed, and whether his ghost actually haunts the haunted house.

UPDATE: It was brought to our attention after this episode was released that this story is, in fact, untrue.  Still, it makes for a fun episode.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Urban Vermin Surgeon

A dog walker in New York city has turned her apartment into a veterinarian clinic and rehabilitation center for injured squirrels, pigeons, and other overlooked creatures, while keeping it secret from her landlord and local authorities.  Anthony and Jeff wonder what that apartment smells like, and consider whether this is a good, generous thing to be doing, or an unsafe headache for her neighbors.  Oh, and also Ross Con.  There’s so much you don’t know about Ross Con.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Altered Beasts

Evidence that a hallucinogenic fungus was readily available to Dinosaurs has some scientists speculating that prehistoric creatures were getting high.  This leads Anthony and Jeff to discuss all the various animals that are known to intentionally alter their brain chemistry in nature.  More Details/Download MP3 →