Jeff Cannata and Anthony Carboni talk about the personal philosophical concerns they find lurking inside everyday things. It's fun?
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.
Creating Tears and Encouraging Truth
Scientists have created groupings of cells that can cry. Jeff and Anthony debate whether this creates incredible new frontiers, or is a nightmare from which we will never awaken. Then, a new study suggests that shifting reader attention online can help combat the spread of inaccurate information. Adding a request to rate information accuracy can actually change the quality of information they share online. Anthony and Jeff discuss how effective this approach might be on social media channels.
Send Sperm to the Moon and Dinosaur Gaps
Scientists have suggested that humans could build an "ark" filled with sperm samples — on the moon. The ark would involve shooting the sperm and ova samples of 6.7 million species up to the moon via multiple payloads. Anthony and Jeff discuss the plan and whether it makes any damn sense whatsoever. Then, dinosaurs were the dominant vertebrates on earth for 150 million years, yet their size range doesn't correspond with other fossil groups. Why is there a gap in the size range of dinosaurs compared to other species? Jeff and Anthony talk through a new theory.
Lancelot Drink and Headless Slugs
What separates us from the primates? Opposable thumbs? Self-awareness? What if it's water efficiency? Anthony and Jeff discuss a new study just might provide an answer an age-old question in an entirely new way. Then, researchers have discovered a kind of sea slug that can cut it's own head off and regrow its body over a series of weeks. Jeff and Anthony wonder what THAT'S like.
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.