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Let’s Die in Space

A simulated Mars mission on Hawaii comes to an end, prompting Jeff and Anthony to wonder whether they’d go to Mars, what it’s like to knowingly go somewhere strange to die, and if these fakers even got a decent Mars experience.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Online Data-ing

You think Facebook doing experiments on their users is creepy?  Wait until you hear how OK Cupid has been messing with people trying to find love. Anthony and Jeff discuss whether sociological study is worth invasion of privacy.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Luxury and Executioner

Anthony and Jeff are both on board for self-driving cars.  But a new article that poses a thought experiment about what might happen if an autonomous automobile had to make a decision to sacrifice the few to save the many has them re-ordering the entire social hierarchy of drivers. Which, of course, breaks down to clowns vs mimes.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Internet-distraction

Garbage In, Nothing Out

Jeff and Anthony take a look at an article which suggests the more we consume, the less we create.  Would keeping track of all the time spent screwing around on the Internet change your behavior?  Do you need to absorb media to to be creative, or does bombarding yourself with stimuli reduce your productivity?  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Jolt of Personality

Trans-cranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) – the process of directly electrocuting parts of the brain to accelerate learning – causes Anthony and Jeff to debate the possibility of the human soul.  If we are just a series of electrical impulses, does it even matter if we can all be Super Men? Also how badass would it be to have rocketfeet?  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Tale as Old as Slime

US Customs and Border Security confiscated 67 of the world’s largest snails at Los Angeles International airport, on their way from Nigeria to San Dimas, California. Which, of course, leads Anthony and Jeff to ponder the horrors of 8 inch long snails, and what in the world someone might want with 35 pounds of them.   More Details/Download MP3 →

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Routine Inspection

Anthony and Jeff found an infographic charting the daily routines of some of the world’s most famous creative people. Does it reveal anything about the creative process? Is there a way to be productive and only sleep 3 hours a night?  Is it better to be shaved by someone else?  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Cupcakes and the Nature of Longing

A chain of cupcake stores went out of business and the Internet is FREAKING OUT, MAN. An enterprising eBay user is selling the ‘last cupcake’ for $250. Jeff and Anthony try to figure out why we cling to the past so much.

Special bonus mentions: Potato salad kickstarters and self-administering electric shocks rather than being alone with your own thoughts.

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