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Dinner Party Download: Flying dogs, chickenless eggs and more

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Some of the 58 homeless Chihuahuas and small mixed breed dogs from Los Angeles who are being flown to Edmonton, Canada for adoption as part of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA). ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.

On tap this week:

A Hollywood studio where dogs learn to fly

There's no firm numbers on this, but it is a generally accepted fact that more people are taking their dogs onto airplanes. There's a place called Air Hollywood that specializes in only sets of airplanes, or airports, so they decided what a great idea to use their facilities when people aren't shooting there. They will let you bring your dog to their fake airport and planes an simulate flights so that your dog can be trained and get used to flying. It is $349 for a day-long class, which I guess the other option would be to be separated from your dog and put him in the cargo hold. 

Chickenless eggs are now at Whole Foods

This week across California people will be able to buy artificial eggs. These are eggs made of plants and beans and the company is called Beyond Eggs. They're backed by PayPal billionaire Peter Thiel and Bill Gates. Eggs do amazing things, they can hold oil and water together in mayo, they can make muffins rise, and so he set himself this challenge to figure out a thing that doesn't involve animals that can replicate the taste, nutritional value and the cooking properties of an egg. This powder apparently tastes a lot like eggs and even has the coloring of eggs.

This week in 1961: America took aim at a new enemy: hurricanes

In 1962, taxpayer money was being put toward a project called "Project Stormfury" which was designed to eradicate hurricanes. It was based on what was, at the time, considered pretty possible science, which was dropping silver iodide into clouds. It's a little bit complicated science, but the idea is that if you put silver iodide at the edge of a tornado, it would create another larger tornado outside the original one, and it would squeeze the life out of the original tornado and the new one would be slower. Which is pretty cool, except that over the course of 10 years they flew a bunch of flights and only got to do this to two hurricanes. They figured out that any changes it was causing probably would have happened anyway. 

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