When I’m not lacing up my shoes and going on long runs, I am generally spending most of my time being a geek. I’m a big fan of podcasts. They are a lot easier to digest than finding the time to do things like, you know, sitting down and reading.
Over the years, I’ve learned a lot of stuff from podcasts. There are a ton of entertaining and educational ones out there. Lately, I listened to one that I can’t stop dwelling on. It deals with blood.
I’m a fainter when it comes to the red stuff, but I still found it completely fascinating to learn more about it. The hour-long podcast was so well done, I thought I might share it, and maybe offer up something other than my musings on health, complaining about the weather, or training.
Did you know that on the open blood bank market your donated blood sells for about $300 a pint? Or that scientists are discovering that something in the blood of young mice actually causes new neurons in the brain to generate faster when that blood is transfused into old mice? Same with many other cells and vital organ? (Could vampirism be legit?)
Anyway, this is why I love Radiolab. Its latest episode was all about blood. The podcast is full of such odd, and sometimes otherwise useless information. You can listen to the episode here: http://www.radiolab.org/2013/jul/31/
Of course, the episode doesn’t go into what happens to red blood cells when you run. And stuff does happen.
- How “Radiolab” is Made (mentalfloss.com)
- Scientists Clone a Mouse From a Single Drop of Blood (io9.com)