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"
The three capitalist pigs pay forward the fact that money only buys emotional well being up to $75k. Of course, life satisfaction will cost you a little extra. Raj explains the scientific basis for ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’, Jono shares a menu item with Warren Buffett, and Joe is passionate about suppressing the poor with […]Read more "Ep. 51 – A $75,000 Smile"
The first three rows of podcasting splash you with some TRUTH: Orcas live just as long in captivity as in the wild. Full disclosure: there is no full disclosure given by the researchers at Sea World. Jono, a former Sea World employee, reveals that it is not just marine animals they treat poorly. Raj finds […]Read more "Ep. 48 – Bigger & Blacker-fish (A KILLER Whale study)"
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.” -Mike Tyson Get this through your thickened skull: human faces evolved to take a punch! Human facial bone structure developed “protective buttressing” which is the wussiest way to describe the effects of fist fights. The three podcast pansies discuss how they have never been […]Read more "Ep #47 – Punch Drunk Face"