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Jeff Cannata and Anthony Carboni talk about the personal philosophical concerns they find lurking inside everyday things. It's fun?

Jeff Cannata and Anthony Carboni talk about the personal philosophical concerns they find lurking inside everyday things. It's fun?
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Jeff Cannata and Anthony Carboni talk about the personal philosophical concerns they find lurking inside everyday things. It's fun?






Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On

Chris Ufere, is the founder and CEO of the dream-interpretation app uDreamed, which allows people to record dreams, connect with other dreamers and consult with psychologists to find more resolution and meaning in their nightly visions. He contends at rather than being universal, dreams are influenced by a combination of psychology, culture, and individual circumstances. Anthony and Jeff delve into some of the data to find out what all these dreams mean.

Duration: 00:25:36

When Pigs Die

A team at Mississippi State University conducted an unusual ecological experiment with 3 actual tons of pig carcasses. Jeff and Anthony dig into the gory details to determine if it was worthwhile.

Duration: 00:22:41

Occupational Vehicle

In the mid-2000s, Amazon had a problem. Every year, the company scrambled to find temporary workers during the peak months of hectic commerce leading up to Christmas. In some areas of the country, reliable on-demand labor was so hard to come by that it resorted to busing in workers from three to five hours away. Then, in 2008, a staffing agency came up with something new: inviting a team of migrant RVers to work at the facility in Kansas. Pleased with the results, Amazon expanded the program...

Duration: 00:22:24

Slumber Partly

A trio of Caltech grad students noticed some laboratory jellyfish were acting differently when the lights were turned off, and set about determining if they were sleeping. If so, these are the first animals discovered who sleep and have no brain. Anthony and Jeff discuss why a brainless animal would need to sleep, and what that might mean for how we understand our basic human need for it.

Duration: 00:20:23

Cave Story

Indiana University freshman Lukas Cavar was on a spelunking trip to Sullivan Cave about 10 miles south of Bloomington when he became separated Sunday afternoon from 12 other members of the university's Caving Club. When he eventually reached the cave entrance, Cavar found club members had padlocked its gate, unaware that he remained inside. He couldn't get a cellphone signal and screamed for hours, hoping motorists passing on a nearby road might hear him. Jeff and Anthony discuss their...

Duration: 00:21:07

The Dark Night Returns

Researchers say 80 percent of North Americans live in areas where light pollution blots out the night sky. Central Idaho officials are proposing the first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States. Anthony and Jeff discuss seeing stars, and whether it is worth curbing light pollution.

Duration: 00:22:29

Hawaii Survive-o

Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January emerged from isolation .The crew of four men and two women are part of a study designed to better understand the psychological impacts a long-term space mission would have on astronauts. Jeff and Anthony discuss the findings and whether they'd pretend to be on Mars for 8 months in Honolulu.

Duration: 00:22:54

Feint Praise

An international team of researchers reports that when children are praised for being smart not only are they quicker to give up in the face of obstacles they are also more likely to be dishonest and cheat. Kids as young as age 3 appear to behave differently when told “You are so smart” vs “You did very well this time.” Anthony and Jeff discuss this, especially in light of Jeff being a new dad.

Duration: 00:25:39

Cephal Oppidan

Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses. But that's not all. Octopolis also exists! Ever vigilant to the alien threat that is cephalopods, Anthony and Jeff dig deep into this new development.

Duration: 00:18:28

Hardly Worker

Ants are cultural signifiers of busy industriousness, but a new paper in Plos One reveals that, across species, about 40% of "worker" ants spend most of their days doing nothing. Jeff and Anthony discuss this revelation, asking whether lazy always exists in nature.

Duration: 00:16:53

Eat Me

There are a few animals that can survive being eaten, and the skill might help them spread and colonise new regions. Jeff and Anthony discuss a new article about these creatures and wonder why more animals don't just evolve to be cool with it.

Duration: 00:20:24

The Nose Have It

In a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers found that when it comes time for a pack of wild dogs to determine whether to move, the group engages in a bout of sneezing to see how many members are ready. Anthony thinks this is an amazing insight into canine culture, but Jeff remains unconvinced.

Duration: 00:21:12

Evolution of Man

New research claims to have found traces of evidence that humans may indeed still be evolving. A study looked at the DNA of over 200,000 people living across both the United States and Britain, to see if they could tease out any changes in genetic variation in these populations over time. They report that their analysis of these genomes shows natural selection is weeding out gene variants most often associated with Alzheimer’s disease and heavy smoking. Jeff and Anthony discuss our...

Duration: 00:19:53

WHC Program Note

Due to a recording error at PAX West last weekend, there will be no new episode today or Monday. We Have Concerns will be back next Wednesday with new content. Thanks for understanding!

Duration: 00:02:43

Mess Up

A new study published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes says that being disorganized can actually increase productivity, as a mess often presents quicker access to relevant information. Anthony is thrilled, but Jeff has his doubts that this methodology can actually work.

Duration: 00:23:02

Aquatic Narcotic

Scientists have tested the drug-seeking behavior of zebrafish in a tank that allows them to trigger the release of the opioid hydrocodone in the water. The new tool, described in a study published online today in Behavioral Brain Research, can be used to study the underlying biological pathways that push zebrafish to seek drugs. Jeff and Anthony discuss the drug tank, and examine how exactly it might work.

Duration: 00:21:10

Forget It

Alongside the studies telling us how to keep our memories intact, an enormous body of research has led to another conclusion: In many cases, it's okay (and in fact, beneficial) to forget. Human memory is not only unreliable, but often partially or wholly false. And certain kinds of forgetting is actually really good for us. Anthony and Jeff talk about memory, and try to convince themselves that forgetting is a good thing.

Duration: 00:19:54

Watch Your Hands

Using a combination of depth cameras and computer-vision algorithms, a research team has tracked people around two hospital wards and automatically identified when they used gel dispensers to wash their hands. The trial was so successful that the group is now going to fully kit out three hospitals for a whole year, to see if it puts a dent in the acquired infections. Jeff and Anthony discuss the practice of washing up, and whether cameras or people are better at staying vigilant.

Duration: 00:19:49

Echo Effect

The research firm eMarketer estimates that 60.5 million people in the U.S.—a little less than a fifth of the population—will use a digital assistant at least once a month this year, and about 36 million will do so on a speaker-based device like Amazon Echo or Google Home. These things are most popular among people age 25 to 34, which includes a ton of parents of young children and parents-to-be. What will the effect of growing up with a digital assistant be? Anthony and Jeff consider the...

Duration: 00:18:04

Sloth Sleuth

Usually, tunnels are made either by human engineers or flowing water. But near the town of Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, there are tunnels large enough to drive a car in that were dug by neither - instead, scientists have a theory that these are the work of ancient, giant sloths. Jeff and Anthony discuss the theory, and suggest a few of their own.

Duration: 00:20:21

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