Listen, Learn and Laugh Live From the World News Center

Dammit, it’s time you did something for YOU!  You owe it to yourself to take some quiet time to listen, laugh, and learn as Bill McCormick and I discuss science & stuff & items & things.

World News Center: French Fry Grease Saves Lives

In a special visit from the World News Center (yes, a “very special” episode), Bill McCormick and I discussed how resin made from fast food grease trap renderings is now being used for 3-D printers at a fraction of the normal cost, with practical medical uses already underway.  Could a house be built out of french fry grease bricks?  Possibly.  Could your new car be old chicken nuggets?  Perhaps.  Can something previously known as a Filet-o-Fish be an important element in saving humanity?  You never know.

A Few Good News Stories (ish) from the World News Center

Bill McCormick from the World News Center called in to share some good news-ish stories coming out of the coronavirus outbreak, and then told us about COVID-19 scams, FDA vaccine approval, CRISPR, seed banks, and a “good news flu.”

World News Center: Medical Mystery

In this extra-long plus-sized episode, Bill McCormick joined us from the World News Center to discuss the mysterious story of how an Alzheimer’s treatment achieved FDA approval in record time.  Also: No, Wal-Mart isn’t giving away $75 gift cards, we get a prank call from a whistleblower, and Bill has hurt feelings.

WORLD NEWS CENTER: The Storming Cell Phone Security Scare

In an extra-special bonus-length segment, The World News Center’s Bill McCormick called in to discuss the many problems caused by the storming of the SCIF, including a lengthy talk about the vulnerabilities of cell phones.  Also: Flip phones from Target, the machine that goes “ping,” Jackson Pollock coverage maps, and the secret location of the rich people portal.

World News Center: Hot Sauce Dojo

In his latest visit from the World News Center, Bill McCormick invited me into his Hot Sauce Dojo for a quick game of Ghost Pepper Pizza Roulette.  We then had a not-at-all disturbing chat about re-animating the dead (the scientific way), an update on the trade war’s impact on farmers (and hot peppers), and Bluetooth porn.

World News Center: Eyeless Eyesight Explained

In yet another visit with Bill McCormick from the World News Center, Bill and I had a discussion about a new procedure that is allowing people who have lost their eyes to literally see again.  Geordi LaForge technology is here!  Plus: a primary color primer, and we act out an eyeball injection demonstration.

World News Center: Cartoon Confusion & Medical Red Tape

In this week’s visit from the World News Center, Bill McCormick and I discussed how the trade war is stopping the flow of medical information and technology, how medical advances are being held up by red tape, and how tariffs are stymying medical research.

We also responded to a listener who unfortunately confused “Teen Titans Go!’  with “Titans.”
Plus:  visiting the neighborhood fixer, weaponizing humans, and Ryan’s never ending quest for an adamanitum skeleton.

The World News Center Python Hunt ’19

Bill McCormick called in for his regularly scheduled segment for an update on the Great Florida Python Hunt of 2013, where six years later all predicted nightmare scenarios have pretty much come true.  We discussed sinister spring-loaded snakes, knitting parachutes for rats in Guam, and the importance of carefully following a picture book of instructions.

World News Center: Asteroids (Atari and Others)

Bill McCormick dialed up live from the World News Center to chat about Alexa’s annoying attitude and Atari’s Asteroid insights.  Plus: Star Wars’ shaky science and racist Google revisited.