How the Human Microbiome Works

Why do I need yeast to make bread?

Scratching That Itch

Converting Skin Cells into Brain Cells

Jule talks skin cells that become brain cells. Read the post to learn more.

10 Stylish Sci-fi Space Suits

Want to protect your body from the ravages of the outer void AND look fashionable doing it? Slip into one of these fine space suits and turn heads...

10 Scariest Bioweapons

Aren't all bioweapons scary? Definitely. But these 10 are particularly troublesome once they're released from labs and unleashed on an unsuspecting public.

My Canadian TV Childhood: ASTAR, Switchback

As listeners to the podcast probably know, I spent part of my childhood in Newfoundland, Canada. My fam only lived there for three years, but I must have watched a lot of TV in that time. Heck, I guess I watched a lot of TV the first two decades of my life. We only had the one channel of CBC to watch in the little town of Roddickton, but it introduced me to such treasures as Duran Duran's homoerotic, post-apocalyptic (and awesome) "Wild Boys" video and Michael Jackson's "Thriller." And then there were these distinctly Canadian gems...

Do slugs trip on psychedelic mushrooms?

So here's the question: Do slugs trip on psilocybin when they consume it? Because in humans, the substance generates a wide variety of mind-altering effects. Time changes. Reality shifts. Sometimes we feel a deeper connection with the universe and openness to each other. But what about slugs?

Good Question: How does salt melt a garden slug?

Like it or not, young children can be real jerks to other organisms. It's just part of their feeling-out-process with the surrounding world. And that's a world that includes garden slugs, so the resulting holocaust of salt shakers and slugmelt is inevitable. So why does salt cause such a disgusting, shriveling, liquifying death in slugs? Here's the step-by-step simple explanation... Salt crystals come into contact with slug slime and/or environmental moisture Salt crystals dissolve in the liquid to form a salt solution.

Requiem for a Mad Scientist: Dr. Arthur Arden

Now that "American Horror Story: Asylum" has come to an end, I feel I can mourn the loss of its most (and perhaps only) interesting character, Dr. Arthur Arden. Make no bones about it: I'm a mad scientist junkie. I like 'em well-acted and fully-rendered but I also enjoy 'em cardboard and portrayed by dudes with a single IMDB credit. So for me, Arden had a lot going for him -- and so did "Asylum" for that matter.