#778: What the Falcon’s Up With Qatar?

The power dynamics in the middle east, the unending civil unrest in Syria, the recent spike in terrorist activities in London and Paris, ..and a ton of other things that go unreported…There’s so much negative force playing in the air! Around 20 people are displaced forcefully from their homes every minute..This is insane! We are…

Reality Part One

Srikanth Perinkulam This one totally flipped my view of bears! While I’ll still stand by ‘everything in moderation’, I now have this urge to head to Eagles nest to experience that contact! Right now! Podcast: Reality Part One How is it that two neighbors can look out their window at the exact same thing, and…

Science of Survival Ep 17: Drinking Yourself to Death

Srikanth Perinkulam The disguised lure of Hyponatremia. As a long distance runner/hiker this is one valuable lesson. Everything and anything in moderation I guess, is the key. Podcast:Science of Survival Ep 17: Drinking Yourself to Death Water is life, we’re told. But what if you drink too much? As it turns out, there’s a little-discussed…

Null and Void

Yet another brilliant podcast from Radiolab. The first time I heard about the jury system here in the US, I was pleasantly surprised. This was a concept I never knew existed and while weighing the pros and cons of the system, I could never really decide which side weighed more.

This talk runs along that fine ridge and broaches – jury nullification, yet another mighty ‘toolset’ the jury holds.

A Place to Belong

Three years ago, folk singer Joel Shupack set off from Portland, Oregon on his bicycle. The plan was to ride across the entire U.S., all the way to New Hampshire.

Nukes

Two controls at the very end of the command and none at the beginning..Watching the Ghazi attack this week and so much of this resonates!

Shorts: Double Blasted

Survives the Hiroshima bomb despite being exposed just a mile from the drop zone. Makes his way to Nagasaki only to get struck again, lives on to 93 years…Wonders of the p53 gene..And wait he first thinks of heading to work right after being jolted off his feet? Phew!

Update: CRISPR

It’s been almost two years since we learned about CRISPR, a ninja-assassin-meets-DNA-editing-tool that has been billed as one of the most powerful, and potentially controversial, technologies ever discovered by scientists.

Stranger in Paradise

Back in 1911, a box with a dead raccoon in it showed up in Washington D.C., at the office of Gerrit S. Miller. After pulling it out and inspecting it, he realized this raccoon was from the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, and unlike anything he’d ever seen before.