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 →

Nature’s Parasitic Hellscape

Anthony and Jeff delve into perhaps the most disturbing topic they have ever tackled.  An article in National Geographic features the top 5 most terrifying “zombie” creatures – parasites that get inside of other creatures and force them to change their behavior, malform, or otherwise serve the parasite’s procreation.  These are some of the most horrible organisms in the natural world.  This episode is not recommended for sensitive listeners.  More Details/Download MP3 →

200 PC

New analysis suggests that the bronze computing device known as the Antikythera, discovered at the bottom of the Aegean Sea in 1901 is even older than previously thought.  In fact, this computer dates back to 200 BC and represents a incredible feat of pre-historic human engineering.  Anthony and Jeff marvel at a people that could devise such a thing, and rail at the Dark Ages for stealing away so many awesome advancements.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Work the Planck

According to quantum physics, Planck’s Constant is the smallest unit of measure in the universe, beyond which nothing can be further divided.  Scientists at the Fermilab are building a Holographic Interferometer, or Holometer, with which they intend to test this theory.  If true, it could mean that our entire dimension is a hologram, projected into 3D space like a pixelized image on your computer screen.  Heavy stuff, but Jeff and Anthony wonder if it is cause for existential crisis or if it would even really matter.   Of course, that’s exactly what holograms would say.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Sound Shapes

Researchers at the University of Bristol are using ultrasound to create invisible objects in the air that you can reach out and touch.  Of course, Anthony and Jeff see this as the first step toward full holodeck technology, and and try to determine which industry can accelerate progress to that goal fastest. Hint: it’s porn.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Must Seethe TV

An NPR story about NBC’s Peter Pan Live television event points out that a significant portion of the audience of major TV hits are people who self-identify as “hate-watching” the programming.  In fact, some networks are even programming to take advantage of these tendencies, embracing the live-tweeters who mock and add snide comments to the viewing experience.  Jeff and Anthony have a major problem with the idea of “hate-watching”, but also both enjoy a great bad movie.  Are they hypocrites, or is there a difference between ironic enjoyment and vicious mockery?  More Details/Download MP3 →

Cocoa Beware

We are consuming more chocolate than we produce, and at the current deficit we may soon be facing a global cocoa shortage.  As a fan of chocolatey goodies, Jeff is worried about a potential joyless chocolate-free future, while Anthony welcomes a forced worldwide dietary shift.  One thing’s for certain, this episode is totally sweet.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Your Sh@t Don’t Stink

By actually printing DNA, researchers are now able to create entirely new species.  They started with a glow-in-the-dark plant, and now have plans to design microbes that will live in your stomach and actually change the smell of your fecal matter. Even crazier, they may be able to associate particular gas odors with biological states, so you can effectively have an early warning system built inside you.  Anthony couldn’t be more excited, but Jeff wonders when our Frankenstein microbes will inevitably destroy us all in a flowery-smelling apocalypse.  More Details/Download MP3 →