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Comedians Joe Zimmerman, Jono Zalay, and Raj Sivaraman (two PhDs and once NCAA athlete) explore a new topic in science each week, from evolutionary biology and particle physics, to political science and economics. They review the most exciting scientific findings and discuss the impacts for science, society, and their own personal lives.

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Comedians Joe Zimmerman, Jono Zalay, and Raj Sivaraman (two PhDs and once NCAA athlete) explore a new topic in science each week, from evolutionary biology and particle physics, to political science and economics. They review the most exciting scientific findings and discuss the impacts for science, society, and their own personal lives.

    How to Fake it in America: Why does the Placebo effect work?

    How to Fake it in America: Why does the Placebo effect work?

    The three pod oil salesman push the placebo effect on the expectant masses, and it works! Direct to consumer advertising may make Americans more reactive to the sweet sweet sugar pills! Raj reveals the how the placebo and the lollipop have similar origins in the doctors office. Jono has a cure-all for your herpes outbreak, and half of Joe's diet is pure snake oil. (also available on iTunes).

    Follow us on Twitter @UniverseCityPod & on at Facebook.com/universecitypod

    You can also find us individually at: Joe Z – ZimmermanComedy.com Jono – JonoZalay.com Raj – RajSivaraman.com

    • 29 min
    Radio-Inactive: Are We in Danger from N. Korea?

    Radio-Inactive: Are We in Danger from N. Korea?

    The demilitarized trio heat check the claim that North Korea "successfully" tested a hydrogen bomb. Kim Jong Un might be a tad bit too boastful as seizmic readings show the earth didn't exactly move for his thermonuclear test. Raj has been reading a lot of Jacobin magazine, and believes that North Korea will poison the earth's crust before they actually start a war. Jono explains the physics of nuclear weaponry in terms of Jenga puzzles, and Joe finally understands that splitting an atom doesn't involve shooting a laser at one to make a explodey. (also available on iTunes).

    Follow us on Twitter @UniverseCityPod & on at Facebook.com/universecitypod

    You can also find us individually at: Joe Z – ZimmermanComedy.com Jono – JonoZalay.com Raj – RajSivaraman.com

    Tags: North Korea, Hydrogen Bomb, Dictators, Kim Jong Un, Neuroscience, Japan, Rockets, Satellite.’

    • 34 min
    Modern Alchemy: Why Are We Making New Elements?

    Modern Alchemy: Why Are We Making New Elements?

    The 3 noble gaseous podcasters reveal that the 7th period of the periodic table has been filled with 4 new elements, and their names are almost UN-comprehensible. Some scientist fired protons at a wall for 5 years to create an element that lasted less than a one-thousanth of a second. Science! Raj throws shade at tainted drinking water in Michigan, Jono reforms the olympic medal ceremony, and Joe expresses his love for Gallium: the prank element. (also available on iTunes) The Paper: "New Result in the Production and Decay of an Isotope, (278)113, of the 113th Element" (Morita et al., 2012). Follow us on Twitter @UniverseCityPod & on at Facebook.com/universecitypod You can also find us individually at: Joe Z – ZimmermanComedy.com Jono – JonoZalay.com Raj – RajSivaraman.com Please check out all our other great podcasts on www.StandUpNYLabs.com. Go to www.StandUpNY.com to see who’s performing live at Stand Up NY’

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

cdren ,

Science rules!

Smart guys talking about funny things. It's pretty great!

KryptonicLegend ,

Educational, but one thing bugs me.

I love learning new things and if you do too then this podcast is for you. The one thing that bothers me is whenever they talk about religion or God, I feel as if they're talking down to people who believe in a higher power and not just science. Now I don't have a problem with them talking about if they believe in God or science, but I don't enjoy when they make jokes about people who believe in God. This doesn't happen often so it's not a huge deal, just something that I noticed. Other than that, these guys are hilarious and cover everything that you need to know about the topic they're covering.

CleverPun ,

Science and comedy

Interesting. Hilarious. Good.

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