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"
In this special Halloween episode, the three apparitions creep up on the knowledge that scientists replicate the feeling of ghosts using ‘slave’ robots! Brain lesions localize the sensory illusions in the brain that cause a ‘feeling of presence.’ Raj shares the lamest ghost story ever (it involves Marc Anthony), Jono recounts that Meriwether Lewis tried […]Read more "Ep. 56 – Ghost in the Skull (Science Makes Ghosts)"
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 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"