Genetics company 23andMe was just granted a patent on technology that allows you to design a child in the same way you might a car or a house. Is this really the future of baby-making? And if so, is this a good or bad development? Anthony dives deep into the patent for answers.
Destin from Smarter Every Day examines the jumping ability of grasshoppers and challenges us all to do a little math.
Do political beliefs affect mathematical ability!?
Seventeenth-century Danish geologist Nicolas Steno earned his chops at a young age, studying cadavers and drawing anatomic connections between species. Steno made outsized contributions to the field of geology, influencing Charles Lyell, James Hutton and Charles Darwin. Addison Anderson recounts Steno’s little-known legacy and lauds his insistence on empiricism over blind theory.
In 1900, only 3% of Americans practiced professions that were deemed “cognitively demanding.” Today, 35% of us do, and we have all learned to be flexible in the way that we think about problems. In this fascinating and fast-paced spin through the cognitive history of the 20th century, moral philosopher James Flynn makes the case that changes in the way we think have had surprising (and not always positive) consequences.
Ever wanted to completely forget a bad memory? Anthony reports on the discovery of a gene that could aid in memory extinction and bring to life a real Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Few diets are as difficult to follow as a vegan one. No animals or animal products period. It’s simple in theory, but it presents a whole host of health concerns, as well practical ones. Laci has what you need to know if you’re thinking of making the vegan switch.
Sleep consumes a sizable portion of each of our days, but what would happen if we significantly reduced the amount we got on a daily basis? Is your lack of sleep slowly killing you?
With patents on everything from fountain pens to rifles, Walter Hunt has sometimes been called “America’s forgotten inventor.” However, his most successful invention is incredibly commonplace — tune in and learn more about the safety pin.
In the early days of the space race, agency researchers in Russia and at NASA really weren’t sure all what would happen to an astronaut in space. They didn’t know if a human mind could handle actually seeing Earth or what would happen to the human body when exposed to long periods of weightlessness.
Yuri Gagarin was the first person in space. The ultimate human guinea pig, he survived, becoming an international hero.
At the heart of quantum mechanics is a mysterious equation known as the wave function. It helps explain the behavior of elementary particles, but also challenges the notion that there’s only one reality.
In mediaeval times lefties were believed to be in league with Beelzebub himself, this gave rise to the word sinister from the Latin ‘sinistra’ meaning of the left. Later on scientists proposed that left-handed people had their brains wired differently, which turned out to be only partially true.
Why can’t we recall being born? It was kind of a big day, so you’d think we’d remember. Anthony looks at how the inner workings of a baby’s brain differs from that of a full grown adult.
Sprayable Energy is exactly what it sounds like — it’s liquid caffeine that you spray onto your skin. It’s also colorless and odorless. For us media folk who wake up early and work long hours, Sprayable Energy sounds like the most magical product ever. But, does it actually work? We made some of our co-workers trade in their morning cup of coffee for some sprays of Sprayable Energy.
If humanity lasts into the far future, we’ll need lots of energy; eventually, an entire star’s worth of energy. Here’s a plan, suggested by Freeman Dyson, to harness the power of a star like our Sun.