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Scientifically speaking the funniest podcast on the internet [citation needed]. On every episode of The Science Jerks, co-hosts Ciaccio and Chan bring in a guest comedian to help them take a deep look at the cutting-edge world of science and technology. They analyze current science news with barely-researched, gleeful abandon, often diving recklessly off the philosophical deep end, but more often than not devolving into tangents about sci-fi, film, politics, comics, culture and music.

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Kash Abdulmalik (@KashAbdulmalik) joins us to talk about how the superior gripping power of geckos is helping clean up space junk, what would happen if the Yellowstone Caldera exploded and why judging your attraction someone based on their headshots isn't very accurate. Plus we look into claims that B17 cures cancer. Is it true?GECKOS IN SPACEhttps://www.newscientist.com/article/2139071-g...
Comedy writer and actor Elyssa Phillips (@elyssamp) returns to chat with us about chinese entangled particle technology, how brains are wired to store info in up to 11 different mathematical dimensions, and how a waste urine processing plant started making electricity. Plus we figure out if water is wet and what constitutes music!THE CHINESE GO QUANTUM https://www.mnn.com/green-tech/re...
Comedy writer and actor Elyssa Phillips (@elyssamp) joins us to discuss Elon Musk's plan to start a civilization on Mars, a new way to possibly induce long-term sleep, and why some kids in Africa have more willpower than kids in the western world. Plus we take a look into nuclear power and the water in New York. MUSK ME TO MARS https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/elon-musk-publishes-plans...
Filmmaker Peter Hyoguchi (peterhyoguchi.com) returns to talk with us about T-Rex's newfound lack of feathers, the results of China testing gene editing on humans and a conspiracy-rich hole on Mars. Plus we figure out if it's possible to talk to squirrels.FIRST THEY HAD LIZARD SKIN, THEN CHICKEN FEATHERS, NOW FISH SCALES? http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/06/world-s-only-fossils-t-rex-sk...
Filmmaker Peter Hyoguchi (peterhyoguchi.com) joins us to get into the new oldest human bones ever found, a technique for reading human facial representations in the brains of monkeys and how electrical stimulation to the head might increase creativity. Plus we talk about climate science and get deep into some conspiracy theories. HUMANITY GETS OLDER - 100,000 YEARS OLDER https://www.washingtonpo...
Comedy Writer Bryan Musil returns to help us figure out microbes that can travel through space as well as survive the landing, the betting odds on which technologies will happen soon and Italy's search for Caligula's missing orgy ship. Microbes are unbreakable https://www.newscientist.com/article/2131136-microbes-might-thrive-after-crash-landing-on-board-a-meteorite/?campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS- ODD...
Comedy writer Andrew Fernandez (@frankwarden) returns to discuss artificially intelligent robots that can help doctors on their bedside manner, brand new science on the poop rates of different mammals, and a math teacher who claimed to have figured out it how might be possible to go back in time, plus we look into where missing socks go and try to figure out the slowest thing on the planet.ROB...
Writer Andrew Fernandez joins us and we talk about how long it would take to get to the nearest stars, how the first settlers might make bricks on Mars, and a new game that helps researchers trace neurons in the human brains.WE COULD GET TO ANOTHER STAR IN A LIFETIME or 69 IS THE BEST NUMBER FOR A SECOND REASON or *69 https://www.newscientist.com/article/2128443-quickest-we-could-visit-anothe...
Gil Baron (@gjbaron) returns to help us figure out why some shooting stars make a sound, how we can get fuel from algae and what's the best way to ride an escalator for the common good.MUSIC OF THE METEORS http://go.newsfusion.com/science-news/item/4853341GAS FROM ALGAE https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170419093146.htmYOU SHOULD BE A DICK ON ESCALATORS, FOR THE GRE...
Comedy Producer Gil Baron (@gjbaron) joins us to discuss the first ever image of dark matter in the universe, tracking down the source of random bursts of energy from deep space and the X-prize winner for a device that can diagnose diseases in humans, plus a time-travel question sets us on a long tangent about human nature."SEEING" DARK MATTER http://www.techtimes.com/articles/204912/20170414...
Jolene Kim (@jolenekim) returns to chat with us about designer organisms from yeast, how your nose shape can indicate where your ancestors lived and how we might be approaching the smallest possible memory size.PLAYING GOD WITH YEAST https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/mar/09/synthetic-yeast-genome-nearly-complete-paving-way-for-bespoke-organismsNOSE SHAPES AROUND THE WORLD http://w...
Jolene Kim (@jolenekim) drops by to help us name the seven new Trappist-1 planets, explore consciousness after the news of a new super-long neuron just found in mouth brains, and figure out why so many beetles have evolved to look like mice.THE NEW PLANETS https://www.newscientist.com/article/2124417-trappist-1-worlds-are-close-enough-for-life-to-hop-between-them/HOLY SHIT, THAT'S A BIG N...
Erika Heidewald (@erikaheidewald) joins us to talk about the science behind the movie Arrival. We dive deep into linguistics, perception of time and reasons to live!Find us at thesciencejerks.com and boardwalkaudio.com/sciencejerks. Email us heyjerks@sciencejerks.com. Subscribe for free on Stitcher or iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-jerks-real-science/id578684997?mt=2...
Hector Navarro (Geek & Sundry, @Hectorisfunny) returns to help us take a look at how tiny satellites are revolutionizing farm research, a Russian moped conversion that turns methane into hydrogen and carbon dioxide and the new micro-continent surrounding New Zealand, plus we tackle the Yahoo Answers question, what is color?SMALL SATELLITES SPY ON AFRICA http://www.futurity.org/satelli...
Jake Goldman (The Powerpuff Girls, @thedragoeffect) returns to talk to us about bigger, better and more long-lasting batteries, the positive effect that immigration has on communities and a super-villain level plan to save the planet by cooling down the arctic.BIGGER BATTERIES https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170209163838.htmSORRY LIL DONNY, IMMIGRATION MAKES US SAFER https:...
Powerpuff Girls writer Jake Goldman joins us to discuss a NASA mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, robotic drones that might someday replace real bees, and how much we should resist or embrace new technologies. Plus we talk about a user question about creating dinosaurs out of chickens.SEARCHING FOR EUROPEANS IN SPACE http://www.popsci.com/nasa-europa-lander-alien-life#page-8THE BLACK M...
Comedian Nicky Urban (@tweetsattoilets) joins us to take a look at a serum that might make old blood act like new again, how a shark spontaneously cloned three kids, and what porn habits of the world.STOPPING EFFECTS OF OLD BLOOD https://www.newscientist.com/article/2118105-antibody-can-protect-brains-from-the-ageing-effects-of-old-blood/VIRGIN MARY SHARK HAS JESUS BABIES http://www.pops...
Erika Curry (@gillygal) returns to help us figure out New Zealand's plan to get rid of all non-native species, evidence that shows neanderthals and early humans were also mostly right-handed and why The Milky Way galaxy is being accused of theft.NEW ZEALAND TO HOST GIANT FUR SALE https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/behind-new-zealands-wild-plan-to-purge-all-pests1/CAVE PEOPLE WERE ...
Erika Curry (@gillygal) joins us to talk about how genital biomes affect the transmission of viruses, what if the moon was made of many moons and the pros and cons of talking baby talk to your dog.VAGINA BIOME AFFECTS HIV RISK http://www.popsci.com/some-bacteria-in-vagina-can-boost-womens-hiv-riskMOON FORMATION MAY BE EVEN CRAZIER THAN WE THOUGHT http://time.com/4631391/moon-origin-forma...
John Conroy (@juanitoelgato) returns to talk to us about satellite evidence of underground caverns on the moon and a giant frozen lake on Mars, why having a big brain is a privilege that not every animal can afford and what's killing off the world's reindeer population, is it Christmas? Plus we answer a yahoo question: "Would a horse age differently on the moon?" and a Chan question: "What do hors...
Writer, Comedian and Playwright John Conroy (@juanitoelgato) joins us to talk about a new theory of gravity that might get rid of dark matter forever, how to teach a slime mold about the world and is predictive text a net positive or negative in helping us communicate. Plus we discuss a question from listener Ian: "Do you think that gene manipulation using CRISPR or some future technology that's e...
Nicole Villela (@itchybrained) from the TBToonz podcast joins us to talk about what we want for the holidays and what we could possibly look forward to in the darkly impending new year.Listen to her podcast at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tbtoonz/id1167309760?mt=2Cute Animals: http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-identified-that-mysterious-metallic-sound-coming-from-the-mariana-trench http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/new-species-mekong-snakes-bats/Holiday gift Ideas: Augmented Reality https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23231044-600-augmented-reality-...
Stacy Rumaker (@StacyRumaker, The Night Cap With Stacy Rumaker, The Dick and The Dame) joins us to discuss The Black Mirror episode that is memory implant research, how baleen whales lost their teeth and why tornados are multiplying.MEMORY IMPLANTS, WHAT COULD GO WRONG? https://www.wired.com/2016/12/neuroscientist-whos-building-better-memory-humans/BALEEN WHALES REALLY USED TO SUCK https...
Josh Simpson (@MrJoshSimpson) from The Meat Improv podcast on @BoardwalkAudio joins us to discuss the pros and cons of the Chinese government's plan to test CRISPR gene editing techniques on humans with cancer, how a new autonomous drove might actually be the flying car we've always wanted, and the first planned tests of possible asteroid deflection systems. Plus Sara Clarke (instagram:@sarasmirks...
Recorded at The Pack Theater in Hollywood in front of a live audience, it's our 200th Episode Spectacular! We took a look back over the first 199 episodes with some of our favorite past guests, culminating in the ultimate Quiz Showdown!In this episode we talk to Jacob Harper (@JacobRayHarper), from episodes 7 and 8, about mannequins spying on us.Joey Clift (You Should Love Wrestling Podcast, @yslw), from episodes 58 and 59, about birds with stressed out gonads.Keith Saltojanes (@KeithSaltojanes), from episodes 111 and 112, about using stem cells to live forever.JPL Scientist Jo...
Asterios Kokkinos is still here and we were having so much fun riffing on the quiz that we decided to just make it Episode 199. It's all quiz! We talk about Saturn's Rings, what hip bones are connected to, and the offspring of Lions and Tigers! Plus we pitch a New Girl spec script! Join us next week for the 200th Episode, recorded live at The Pack Theater in Hollywood!Follow Asterios on Twitter @asterios and buy his hilarious book, "Toys '4' Cheap" at Devastator Press http://devastatorpress.com/toys4cheap or search for it on Amazon!Follow The Science Jerks: @thesciencejerks, facebook.c...
Comedian and Author Asterios Kokkinos (Toys '4' Cheap, Devastator Press) catches up with us since the last time he was on the show during Episodes 23 and 24 over 3 years ago, and this time we get really tangential talking about how the European Space Agency (ESA) tried to land a rover on Mars, but ended up with a very expensive bomb, more about this theoretical 9th planet on the outskirts of our s...
Comedian and Improvisor Mark David Christenson joins us to discuss how to make Ethyl Alcohol from water and air, how brand new metal alloys are revolutionizing metallurgy and how whale poop and increased whale populations help fight air pollution and create a healthier ocean.Find Dave on twitter @hobbit138 and his podcast "I Will Watch Anything Once" at @IWWAOAnd look for his podcast on Bo...