Jeff Cannata and Anthony Carboni talk about the personal philosophical concerns they find lurking inside everyday things. It's fun?
Unfriending Dunbar and Ending Conversations
Dunbar's Number is the theoretical conative limit of friends any human can maintain at once. For years, social scientists have claimed that this upper bound was in tension with our modern, social media-influenced lives. But what if Dunbar's Number isn't true? Anthony and Jeff take a look at new study that might debunk the idea. Then, how often are you in a conversation that ends precisely when you want it to? Turns out, most people would like a conversation - any conversation - to be over sooner or last longer than it does. Jeff and Anthony examine some research into conversation.
What's in a Name and Slowing Dopamine Fasts
The maluma-takete effect is the perception that certain kinds of sounds should be attributed to certain physical features. Sonorant sounds like you find in o and b and m tend to be related to rounder, softer, and more generous qualities, while shorter sounds like you find in k, t, or i are associated with spiky, more outgoing traits. Jeff and Anthony discuss this phenomenon and try to decide if they have the right kinds of sounds in their own names. Then, a new trend has developed in Silicone Valley of Dopamine Fasting. Is it based on science or pseudo-science? Anthony and Jeff dig into the evidence.
Bird Thieves and Cruising For Climate Change
Birds are criminals. Obviously. But science has found even more proof. Also: climate change is a problem, and cruise ships are a huge part of that problem. BUT WHAT IF WE MADE A CRUISE SHIP TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE? AND filled it with billionaires? Checkmate, thinking people.
Get More Blue and Less is More
Science has been searching for an organic option to create blue food dye for decades. A new solution may come from the unlikeliest of places: something red. Anthony and Jeff discuss the state of blue foods in 2021. Then, we've all heard that both "bigger is better" and "less is more," but which is more common? Jeff and Anthony talk about a new study that shows humans actually have a preference.
Block the Sun and a Battery of Waste
The crisis of global climate change is causing some researchers to consider drastic measures, including the idea of sending nanoparticles into the atmosphere to reflect the sun's rays away from Earth. But the government of Sweden isn't having it. Anthony and Jeff debate the science of blotting out the sun. Then, what if you could have a battery that lasts 28,000 years? A new startup aims to have a working prototype available in 2 years. The catch? It's made out of nuclear waste. Jeff and Anthony have some concerns.
Mystery's Afoot and Selfless Parrots
When fifteen different severed feet washed up in a section of the Pacific Northwest called the Salish Sea, speculation ran wild of a serial killer, or some other nefarious culprit. But when scientists started to study the are, they discovered an explanation even more incredible. Jeff and Anthony look into the Mystery of the Floating Feet. Then, can birds be selfless? New research into two species of parrot reveals a surprising capacity for generosity. Anthony and Jeff discuss what that means for our understanding of animals.
This pod is so fun to listen to -
I have a 4yr biology degree and work at a cell culture research facility. I have to say, hearing these guys speak a scientific vein, without needing to sound as pretentious as possible and misuse the biggest words they can find,(a little psychological overlap from interacting with coworkers) is so refreshing and fun. A heavy plus?These guys are hilarious.
Humor and science in a nice tidy podcast.
It is not possilbe to five this less than 5 stars!
Longtime listener, 3rd time reviewer. Anthony & Jeff continue to set a very high bar for Award-Winning Science Podcasts in general. Sure, some of the "facts" and "data" they present may be suspect, and often many of their opinions on a given topic are informed by anecdotal data, personal traumatic events, general confirmation bias & an irrational fear of octopi. However, when it comes right down to it, Science is all about how we FEEL about it, rather than observable, evidence-based theories. (as they often point out)
These gentlemen have a great rapport with each other, and you can tell they really enjoy doing this podcast together. Anthony may be only slightly younger than Jeff, but it is obvious that Jeff is significantly older than Anthony. This just adds to their entertaining perspectives, life experiences and diversity of opinions that they share with us, their lucky listeners. I hope this podcast continues indefinitely, or at least until all of mankind's scientific questions have been answered. Whichever comes first.