Originally posted by Lord Zoidberg:
I would Imagine that making "bits" bigger, even in humans, would be scientifically easier than making something super inteligent.
<geek>Hmm, probably not, certainly not in the future. Genes definitely do play a role in intelligence, and it will only be a matter of time before genomic studies find the genes involved. That being said genes aren’t an on/off, they just increase the propensity for something to happen</geek>
The actual answer to the original question (like the answer to almost every question in this section) is that IT’S A JOKE.
In the context of the episode (Mars University) Leela asks the professor how Gunter became so intelligent suggesting a plausible answer (genetic modification) which the professor dismisses as mumbo jumbo. The professor then says that Gunter’s intelligence comes from his “electronium hat, which harnesses the power of sunspots to produce cognitive radiation!”
You see, it’s funny ‘cos the professor’s explanation is more ridiculous.
GM: Mumbo perhaps, jumbo… perhaps not!