The three noble gaseous podcasters reveal that the seventh period of the periodic table has been filled with four new elements, and their names are almost UN-comprehensible. Some scientist fired protons at a wall for five years to create an element that lasted less than one-thousandth of a second. Raj throws shade at tainted drinking […]Read more "Modern Alchemy: Why Are We Making New Elements?"
Listen up boys and girls! In the coolest science project since we threw a monkey in to space, a lab gave dolls and trucks to baby monkeys, and they preferentially chose toys according to human gender stereotypes. Raj proposes his “girls are dumb” hypothesis, which isn’t as sexist as it sounds. Jono renames genetic spandrels […]Read more "Monkeying Around with the Sexes: Are Gender Roles Genetic?"
The lexical triumverate spit some diction from all seven language families. Speaking of families, ‘mother’ is a common word but father is a cross-cultural rolling stone. Raj tries to take credit for everyone’s language on behalf of South Indians. Jono predicts that most new word meanings will be created by autocorrect, and Joe preaches the life […]Read more "Word To Your Mother Tongue: Ultraconserved Words"
The bio-metric trio parcel apart the study that quantified the economic value of nature to be $125-145 TRILLION. But before you create a Kickstarter campaign, it might not be for sale. Raj shorts the stock on the kale boom. Jono wonders how much aliens will be impressed by our moon flag, and Joe proposes a […]Read more "Tortoise & The Hectare – The Monetary Value of Nature"
The three cephalo-podcasters do a deep dive into the phenomenon that octopuses (not octopi) use tools. The eight-legged wonders don’t just accurately predict international soccer matches, they also collect coconut shells to hide in. Raj thinks the octopus’s limitless potential makes them the modern white Americans of the sea. Jono finds similarities with the T-1000 […]Read more "Ep. 55 Octopus’s Garden Tools – Study shows Octopuses use tools (and Octopi is not a word)"
The hardwood trio break down the subject of converting cellulose into starch. To combat the impending food crisis, (imporverished) people in the near future may be eating trees. Raj recalls the time he was duped into eating crickets, Jono explains the lengths he will go to eat steak, while Joe ate a milk carton […]Read more "Ep. 54 – Wood Craving"
The three traumatized brains tackle the subject of concussions in football. The NFL is heading toward a tobacco-industry level denial to cover up the fact that even mild hits can cause brain damage. Raj repetitively hits Jono with guilt trips for supporting the NFL. Joe has decreased his NFL fandom, but he is a Browns […]Read more "Ep. 53 – Friday Night Lights Out (A study on concussions & CTE in the NFL)"
The three culinary primates prepare a recipe for evolution: chimps prefer their food cooked! Raj explains how the cognitive capacity for cooking exists in primates, but we don’t want that technology in the wrong hands. Jono pitches the Food Network a golden opportunity, and Joe is convinced monkeys were the original Prometheus and gave fire […]Read more "Ep. 52 – Iron Chef: Chimp Edition"
The three stargazers welcome their first guest and bonafide physics writer Calla Cofield (Space.com) to talk about the identification of earth-like planets 14,000 light years away. Calla discusses Kepler 452b and its prospects as a habitable planet, Raj confesses he wrote angsty sci-fi short stories as a youth, Jono Skypes in from outer space to […]Read more "Ep #46 – Goldilocks and The Three Planets (Identification of Kepler 452B)"