It's Only Science
About This Show
"It's Only Science" is a podcast from the editorial team at Discover Magazine. Every week, we get the band of nerds together to talk about science. We might discuss the news, play some games or just share something that blew our minds on a given week. It's basically show-and-tell with a science hook. We don't take ourselves too seriously, so join us and have some fun.
Most Recent Episode
Episode #10: We're Talkin' Poop and Urinal Cakes
Yes, we're going there.
In this episode of the podcast, Alison, our latest Boredom Bin victim, gets stuck explaining the science of urinal cakes. She's the one person in the room who hasn't actually seen one in person, but her stream of knowledge on the topic is on point.
Carl follows up "topic #1" with "topic #2": poop. He spoke with David Waltner Toews, author of "The Origin of Feces," to see why we might want to consider polishing a turd, and rethinking excrement's stinky reputation.
And as a nice palate cleanser, Bill busts out the Banach-Tarski paradox. In a nutshell, you can take one sphere, cut it up in a most precise way, and end up with two spheres identical to the first one. In fact, you could, theoretically, take a pea, cut it up just right, and make a sphere the size of the size.
Believe it or not, it'll sort of make sense by the end of the episode...sort of.
And finally, Nate wraps this whole thing up with bacon—that is, why meteoroids streaking through the sky can sound just like sizzling bacon. A very cool experiment reveals the fascinating physics behind this phenomena.