Tag: research

  • Mutating Astronaut Blood, A Cautionary Tale

    Researchers at NASA have been holding on to astronaut blood for 20 years. But that's not the story. The story is that over that period, the blood has been mutating. Anthony and Jeff discuss this new wrinkle in the dangers of space travel - and space colonization - and how some very smart people are thinking about it. [more]

  • Swear Words and Boring People

    Words have power - and maybe swear words have the most power. Jeff and Anthony take a look at the data that suggest the best reasons and ways to curse your @$! off. Then, a group of researchers set out to find the most boring person in the world. What makes a person boring? Anthony and Jeff debate the dull. [more]

  • Potty Trained Cows and a Whiter White

    Two stories about small, unexpected ways scientists are trying to combat global climate change. First, can greenhouse gases be reduced by training cows to pee in a toilet? Can cows be trained to pee in a toilet? Researchers from Germany are trying to find out, and Jeff and Anthony have opinions! Then, what if you could dramatically reduce the amount of energy needed to cool your home by simply painting the roof? Scientists at Purdue believe their new world record holding white paint could do just that. Anthony and Jeff take a look. [more]

  • And the Winners Are…

    It's that time of year again! The winners of this year's Ig Nobel Prizes have been announced and Anthony and Jeff couldn't be more excited. Every year, the fine folks at Improbable Research award Ig Nobel Prizes to scientists and researchers who have advanced our understanding of the world in ways that border on the unnecessary. They are fun, funny, and fascinating. The journal Nature has said “The Ig Nobel awards are arguably the highlight of the scientific calendar” and you can tune in this week and find out why. [more]

  • Leave Your Phone and Why You Left?

    Is your cell phone making you dumber, just by being near you? Researchers now have evidence that the closer your smart device is to you, the less smart you actually are. Anthony and Jeff discuss phone addiction, and what to do with this research. The, both Jeff and Anthony are left-handed. But what does that mean scientifically? And why? They delve into the murky waters of handedness and sort through the prevailing theories. [more]

  • Call Made By Your Name

    What’s in a name? A lot, apparently. New research suggests that your first name shapes the way other people perceive your age, personality, and how good you are at your job – and the findings could mean some classic psychology experiments were wrong. Jeff and Anthony are doing their part to discredit their own names. [more]

  • Piggy and the Brain

    US-based researchers have successfully kept alive the brain cells of decapitated pigs for 36 hours, sparking concerns over the ethics involved in such frontline research. The researchers said they had succeeded in delivering oxygen to the cells via a system of pumps and blood maintained at body temperature. The key question being that if a brain is revived in this way, would a human being involved have any memories, an identity and rights? Jeff and Anthony request that you please just let them die. [more]

  • I’ll Have What She’s Having

    Marine biologists from the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Portsmouth in the UK published a study on the feeding preferences of nudibranches, a kind of sea slug that might be targeting prey with full bellies. They coined the term “kleptopredation” to describe the behavior, but there is some uncertainty about it. Anthony and Jeff dive into the details to see if eating a animal that has just eaten is better. [more]

  • 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? Hey! If you're enjoying the show, please take a moment to rate/review it on whatever service you use to listen. Here's the link to do it on iTunes: [http://bit.ly/wehaveconcerns](http://bit.ly/wehaveconcerns) Jeff on Twitter: [http://twitter.com/jeffcannata](http://twitter.com/jeffcannata) Anthony on Twitter: [http://twitter.com/acarboni](http://twitter.com/acarboni) Today's story was submitted by @_DaanishSyed and @saviopalm RadioLab 9-Volt Nirvana: [http://www.radiolab.org/story/9-volt-nirvana/](http://www.radiolab.org/story/9-volt-nirvana/) [more]

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