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Science Faction Podcast
79 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Episode 359: Tickle The Membrane
This episode contains: Devon isn't here, he's in Las Vegas. Ben got kicked out of chess club for talking. Steven was gifted a jacket by Devon like 20 years ago and they are probably dating. A Double Kick Drum by the River in the Summer: Minuscule drums push the limits of quantum weirdness. Vibrating membranes provide the first evidence of quantum entanglement in macroscopic objects. They used quantum mechanics to hack quantum mechanics and we're done here. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01223-4 The Wind Beneath my Wings: Dozens of baby hawks jumped to their deaths amid heatwave. It was so hot, the baby hawks chose to jump to the ground for a chance at survival. Steven rants about climate change yet again, and is frustrated that there isn't much we can do. https://www.guardianmag.press/2021/07/dozens-of-baby-hawks-jumped-to-their.html Science Fiction: Ben has watched A Quiet Place Part II and gives us all the run-down. He really enjoyed it and says it is a true 'part 2'. We've watched the newest Star Trek Prodigy trailer and chat about it a bit. Ben takes a bit of time to talk about Trollhunters. Well, it's more than a bit of time; plus he goes through Trollhunters, 3Below, Wizards, and Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans. Steven started reading Rabbits and goes down the rabbit hole. RUplaying?
72 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Episode 358: Mash It All Together
This episode contains: We had a massive BBQ! All of your favorite hosts were together and Ben and Steven are here to tell you all about it. Steven panic bought a LEGO set and Ben has the best DropMix collection. Brain Matters: 'Neuroprosthesis' restores words to man with paralysis. Scientists are translating signals from brains, to the vocal tract, directly into words. It is astounding. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210714174148.htm Take A Picture, It'll Last Longer: JPEG XL is the new image format that nobody wanted or needed. Ben tells us all about a new image format, and I promise, it's better than it sounds. Ben also seems to be recording from a kitchen, so there's that. https://cloudinary.com/blog/how_jpeg_xl_compares_to_other_image_codecs https://blobfolio.com/2021/jpeg-xl/ Science Fiction: We spend most of our science fiction time this week talking about the finale to LOKI, 'For All Time. Always.' We talk about the amazing Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains *cough* Kang *cough* and what the MCU is going to do now that variants can run wild and there appears to be an uncontrolled multiverse. We also discuss the differences between TV and Movies and what those differences should be in the future. Ben really wanted to talk about Space Jam 2, but that'll have to wait until next week (mostly).
81 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Episode 357: Ghost of the Pandemic
This episode contains: We've got a full house and Devon is preparing his piano to move. Ben visits his office for the first time in 482 days and it's unsettling. Get outta my dreams...: Why do electric cars look the way they do? Because they can. We talk about the design constraints with electric vehicles, and how they don't really have any. Then we talk about the Mustang Mach-E and frunks. https://www.caranddriver.com/features/a36877554/electric-vehicles-design-future/ AAWWOO!!: Wolf packs don't actually have alpha males and alpha females, the idea is based on a misunderstanding. We talk about an old study that people misinterpreted and won't go away. We also talk about true wolf pack dynamics and mixed family dynamics. It's wild. https://phys.org/news/2021-04-wolf-dont-alpha-males-females.html Science Fiction: We have a chat about Black Widow. We talk about seeing it in a theater compared to home viewing. We also talk about why it took Marvel so long to make it, and if it's even worth watching. We've all seen episode 5 of LOKI, "Journey Into Mystery" and we talk about the various easter eggs, Steven has to explain the Thanoscopter to Devon, and Ben once again doesn't believe the multiverse is coming. Devon and Ben both watched The Tomorrow War on Amazon Prime and gives a synopsis, and a mini review. There are some spoilers, but it doesn't seem worth watching anyway. Devon has watched the first season of Resident Alien, and gives a synopsis and recommends the show. It sounds great!
67 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Episode 356: It's A Pillow Cuddle
This episode contains: We recorded early because of the 4th of July! We talk birthdays, board games and BBQs. Homo what?!: 'Dragon man' fossil may replace Neanderthals as our closest relative. Homo longi may have been adapted for harsh environments, allowing them to disperse throughout Asia. Somehow a comic book taught Steven about Neanderthals, but not really. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210625120419.htm What's cooler and being cool?: Physicists bring human-scale object to near standstill, reaching a quantum state. How still is still? On the quantum level, nothing is still. We talk about how this experiment even worked, and question it's dubious math. Still cool though. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210617143625.htm Science Fiction: LOKI. LOKI. LOKI. We talk about episodes 2-4, The Variant, Lamentis, and The Nexus Event. We discuss, in a non-violent way, whether or not there is a multiverse in the MCU. We question the intent of the TVA, and what happens when Loki stops being a Loki. We also talk about the first two episodes of the 5th season of Rick and Morty! Super awesome episodes, but we are still bummed that there's not an easy streaming way to watch it. We talk about and look forward to the unholy union of Dan Harmon and Nathan Pyle. Ben watched Infinite and gives an amazing synopsis that is punctuated with his not-so-amazing review.
72 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Episode 355: Galaxy's Edge
This episode contains: We're back and we're all together. We talk about Father's Day, the SF Giants, and the LEGO Ecto-1. Sharkpocalypse: There's a shark mystery millions of years in the making. New study turns up data on massive shark die-off roughly 19 million years ago. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210603171119.htm Out of Left Field, Some Good News: Edible Cholera vaccine made of powdered rice proves safe in phase 1 human trials. The MucoRice-CTB vaccine is stable at room temperature from start to finish. Steven has some issues with the naming convention, but beyond that, this is great news! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uot-ecv062221.php Galaxy's Edge: Steven gives a detailed account of his first visit to Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland in Anaheim. He talks about the food at Docking Bay 7, building a lightsaber at Savi's Workshop with his daughter, the Smuggler's Run ride, and finally the new Rise of the Resistance ride. He had an amazing time. Next week we'll get back to our normal sci-fi talk.
75 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Episode 354: Gistification and Semanticization
This episode contains: Devon is back this week, but he'll soon be moving. Ben attended a birthday party. And so did Steven. Brain Matters: Memory details fade over time, with only the main gist preserved. Our memories become more 'gistified' the more frequently we recall them. Ben talks about his alien abduction memory. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210526085058.htm Daylight Decides There Will Be War With Sleeping In: Waking just one hour earlier cuts depression risk by double digits, study finds. Don't worry, we quickly discuss what our common sleep schedules are, I know you wanted to know. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210528114107.htm Science Fiction: Steven has been watching Sweet Tooth and so has Devon, we give our thoughts. Ben finished The Wilds and gives his final thoughts. Devon is reading The Oppenheimer Alternative by Robert J. Sawyer and give us the run-down. Steven and Ben are enjoying The Bad Batch, and we talk about the latest episode. We do a deep dive into the first episode of LOKI. You guys, it's so good.
76 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Episode 353: Pure Wife Knowledge
This episode contains: The timelines have converged, at least for Ben and Steven. We chit-chat about too much sushi, fixing computers and LAN parties of the past. Insane in the Permeable Membrane: Mammals can use their intestines to breathe. Rodents and pigs share with certain aquatic organisms the ability to use their intestines for respiration. We chat about the study that lead to this conclusion, but wait! We have a new new challenger! Nicole, Ben's wife and science nerd, comes on the podcast to talk about her experiences in the veterinary field with intestinal drug use. It's pretty cool. https://phys.org/news/2021-05-mammals-anus-emergencies.html https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210514134205.htm Junk in the Trunk: We now know how an elephant's trunk manipulates air to eat and drink. Elephants dilate their nostrils in order to create more space in their trunks. We quickly chat about this since *someone* has a wife who just had to talk about animal butt stuff. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210601194151.htm Science Fiction: Steven's been re-watching Kill Bill. We talk about The Bad Batch episode 'Decommissioned' and guess who that hidden figure might be. Steven has been watching sci-fi adjacent show The Wilds, and heavily recommends it. We do a spoiler heavy talk about The Nevers and THAT episode. We run out of time, but Ben manages to squeak in a little bit about Infinity Train.
56 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Episode 352: TiMe DiSpLAceD
This episode contains: This is a weird episode. We didn't record at the same time and Devon only speaks in music. Ben (and son) saw the lunar eclipse. Steven went on a puzzle and LEGO fueled staycation. Hello Darkness My Old Friend: Researchers force two mice to hang out and induce FOMO in a third. Researchers generated synchronized interbrain activity using optogenetic hardware and modulating neuronal activity. Is that even english? https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/researchers-force-two-mice-to-hang-out-and-induce-fomo-in-a-third/ Robot Overlords: The age of killer robots may have already begun. Autonomous weapons have been used to fight and kill human beings based on artificial intelligence. What a weird and dangerous timeline. https://www.axios.com/age-killer-robots-begun-8e8813d9-0fa1-4529-baf9-3358c1703bee.html Science Fiction: Ben found out about Sulu's missing scene in Wrath of Khan and talks about it. Steven covers the latest episode of The Bad Batch. Ben talks to us about the Unity Edit of Wrath of Khan, and why it had so much recycled footage in it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rrjzF9yAr0
81 minutes | May 27, 2021
Episode 351: Set Your Expectations
This episode contains: We celebrate wedding anniversaries and build chicken coops. Chit chat is Ben's favorite part. All We Are Is Dust In The Wind, Dude: Better than holograms: 3D-animated starships can be viewed from any angle. We talk about optical trap displays and the Princess Leia Project. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/scientists-created-tiny-animated-starships-light-sabers-with-lasers/ Life Hacks: New research optimizes body's own immune system to fight cancer. Engineered T cells, in new cancer therapies, can overcome physical barriers to fight tumors. Steven goes on a rant about the terrible awesomeness that is cancer. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210514134222.htm Skepticism: Steven continues to rant, this time about "boosting your immune system" and the dummies that think their covid vaccines are magnetic. This leads him to tell Ben all about James Randi and the Million Dollar Challenge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTVWMY8EZCA Science Fiction: Steven finished The Nevers and does his best to not spoil it. Steven is reading Junkyard Pirate by Jamie McFarlane and is really enjoying it. Ben reviews Bill and Ted Face the Music. Steven review Army of the Dead (not a sequel to Dawn of the Dead). We discuss the latest episode of The Bad Batch and Ben praises Kipo and the Age of the Wonderbeasts.
65 minutes | May 20, 2021
Episode 350: Finding Satisfaction in a Desolate World
This episode contains: Only Steven and Devon this week, and we recorded a full length podcast. Steven is building a chicken coop and Devon had a fun night out. Silly in Silicon: The chip shortage keeps getting worse. Why can't we just make more? It's not rocket science, it's much more difficult. We talk about just how difficult it is to build and run a semiconductor factory. https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021-chip-production-why-hard-to-make-semiconductors/ Shark Week!: Sharks use Earth's magnetic fields to guide them like a map. They rely on magnetic fields for their long-distance forays across the sea. We ask dumb questions, like if we can shield ourselves from the earth's magnetic field, or if we can use that magnetic field instead of GPS. And by we, I mean Steven. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210506142036.htm Science Fiction: Steven recaps the latest episode of The Bad Batch. Both Steven and Devon have been watching The Nevers. We don't get into spoilers, but discuss the show at length. Steven recommends Jupiter's Legacy to everyone, even if you're done with superhero shows. Devon talks about the latest season of The Handmaiden's Tale and gives a review on Project Hail Mary. Steven has been playing The 7th Continent and loves it.
82 minutes | May 13, 2021
Episode 349: Don't Forget the Poison Vial
This episode contains: We start off talking about Mother's Day and moving to Texas. Just wait, it gets better. Evolution, What Are You Gonna do?: There's no such thing as a #tree (phylogenetically). We talk dendronization, poaization, and how avocado and cinnamon are pretty closely-realted species. It's neat. https://eukaryotewritesblog.com/2021/05/02/theres-no-such-thing-as-a-tree/ It's Hip to be Square: Scientists have studied the mysterious behavior of cats sitting on squares. A Kanizsa illusion was used to see how cats see squares. Also neat. https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7eexj/scientists-have-studied-the-mysterious-behavior-of-cats-sitting-on-squares Ok Computer: A team of researchers reports realization of a multi-node quantum network. Devon attempts to explain to us how a Quantum Internet would work. Ben wants to step into the quantum accelerator and vanish. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210415142619.htm Science Fiction: We wrap up talking about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Devon is reading Project Hail Mary from Andy Weir. There's some new info about Picard season 2 and 3. We talk about that hour long The Bad Batch episode. We've all seen The Mitchells Vs The Machines. Devon and Steven discuss Stowaway. Steven talks probably too much about Invincible. Ben talks about Superman and Lois. We all have a great time.
74 minutes | May 6, 2021
Episode 348: The Earth Collective: KS Edition
This episode contains: We talk Covid vaccinations, because some of us had a BBQ! Ben and his kid had an engineering problem. Devon celebrated his 5th wedding anniversary! I Am Not Throwing Away My Shot: Oxford malaria vaccine proves highly effective in Burkina Faso trial. Malaria kills over 400,000 thousand in Africa, but a vaccine could change that. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/23/oxford-malaria-vaccine-proves-highly-effective-in-burkina-faso-trial Et tu?: Flu Has Disappeared Worldwide during the COVID Pandemic. 2020-2021 flu season had ~600 deaths, down from 22,000 in the prior season. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/flu-has-disappeared-worldwide-during-the-covid-pandemic/ Interview with Mike Troup: We have the amazing voice and creator of The Earth Collective on for the first time since 2015! We talk about his audio drama podcast, how production has been affected by the pandemic, and what his new Kickstarter Campaign is all about (spoilers, he's writing a book based on the first season of The Earth Collective!). Do us a favor and check out the links below, and listen to The Earth Collective, you won't be disappointed. https://www.theearthcollectivestory.com/ https://www.patreon.com/TECStory https://ko-fi.com/tecstory https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tecstory/the-earth-collective-book-volume-one https://www.amazon.com/Earth-Collective-Protective-Domingues-dangerous-ebook/dp/B01B5EA022/ Science Fiction: Before we talk real science fiction, we take a moment to appreciate the ever-positive Ted Lasso. We've all been watching and love that show. Now, for guns on the moon! We talk about the season finale of For All Mankind. We break down the major plot points, give kudos where due, and theorize where the show can go from here. We're excited for 1995!
74 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Episode 347: Teach the Robots to Fish
This episode contains: Steven starts this episode with talking about how he's gone 'full dad' and now 'enjoys' yard work. It's weird. Ben talks about his epic playing of Danger Zone 2, which temps Steven into talking about Valheim for too long. Don't worry, we make up for it in science. Is There Anyone Out There, 'Cause It's Getting Harder and Harder to Breath: NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover extracts oxygen from Red Planet. We talk about the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (or MOXIE). Creating oxygen on Mars is sooo cool! https://mars.nasa.gov/news/8926/nasas-perseverance-mars-rover-extracts-first-oxygen-from-red-planet/ They Did What Now?: Scientists have generated human-monkey chimeric embryos. We have some ethical concerns about the human-monkey chimeric embryos, but not too many. Steven asks the question of why repeatedly, and is eventually answered. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210415142904.htm I Only Miss You When I'm Breathing: Artificial photosynthesis device improves its own efficiency over time. Scientists have now demonstrated a process to produce clean hydrogen fuel, which improves over time. It has something to do with gallium nitride, but the article is a bit confusing. https://newatlas.com/energy/self-improving-artificial-photosynthesis-device-hydrogen-efficiency/ Yay SpaceX!: SpaceX wins $2.9 Billion NASA contract for lunar lander being developed in Texas. We just kinda wanted to mention it. https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2021/04/17/spacex-wins-2-9-billion-nasa-contract-lunar-lander-developed-texas/ Science Fiction: We find some time to talk about a little bit of science fiction. Ben watched The Ewok Adventure: Caravan of Courage and, oh boy, it's not as bad as you expected and not as good as you'd hoped. Steven has started watching the Mortal Kombat movie, and he's not having the worst time with it. Ben also watched 80's sci-fi classic Explorers with his family. We talk about how unique it is, and it's the only movie we know about that has a rat that tells the protagonist to "go to hell." We end with touching on the ending of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, with promises of circling around back to it once Devon has finished the series.
75 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Episode 346: Ape Brains Mumble Melodically
This episode contains: A special congratulations to Ben's mom for 9 years sober! Great job Martha! We talk about our covid vaccine experiences. Genetics, yeah!: More than 500 genes linking depression and anxiety discovered in new study. We talk neuroticism and how it is one of the Big 5 personality traits. https://www.sciencealert.com/researchers-uncover-more-than-500-genes-linking-depression-and-anxiety Brain Matters: How did humans develop larger brains than other apes? What is the genetic mechanism that allowed our brains to grow larger? What are 'brain organoids' and how did they help fine a genetic switch for brains? https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210324113502.htm And I Don't Know What I'm Saying: There's a new Nirvana song out, and it was written by Google's AI. We're now training neural networks on Nirvana's music and this is the world I want to live in. https://singularityhub.com/2021/04/07/theres-a-new-nirvana-song-out-and-it-was-written-by-googles-ai/ Science Fiction: Do you like space? Alternate History? LEGOS? We've got all that and more! Steven bought and built the Lunar Lander LEGO set. Ben and Devon recap two episodes of For All Mankind; And Here's To You and Triage. We continue to talk about this amazing show that tracks the alternate history answering the questions of what would have happened if the Russians has landed on the moon before us. GO WATCH IT.
73 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Episode 345: Space Filled
This episode contains: Ben and Steven talk about how they are spending their spring breaks, whether it be taking cars to get serviced or getting a second covid vaccine shot. Neat. Metal: NASA's most metal mission will test new, higher-power electric thrusters. Ben talks about Psyche the mission going to Psyche the asteroid. It totally isn't confusing. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/nasas-most-metal-mission-will-test-new-higher-power-electric-thrusters/ Last Week in Space: More than 5,000 tons of extraterrestrial dust fall to Earth each year. Dome C in Antarctica are finding particles a hundredths of a millimetre that have passed through the atmosphere, counting everything, and extrapolating. That's a lot of dust. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210408131503.htm Science Fiction: First Contact Day! Ben tell us all about his favorite announcements from the future and past of Star Trek. Ben details the trailer for Picard Season 2, and all of the cool things it shows us. We talk about the trailer for Discovery Season 4, and get hyped for Lower Decks season 2. Steven watched the first episode of the Amazon Prime show Invincible and gives his spoiler-free reactions. That leads us to an interesting conversation comparing and contrasting Batman The Brave and the Bold and Batman the Animated Series.
71 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Episode 344: Mice Can't Lie
This episode contains: We talk a bit about Easter, and Steven is a real poo in the shoe about the whole affair. Bears: An Unknown Disease Is Giving Bears Dog-Like Friendliness. Black Bears are suffering from encephalitis, but the root cause is not known. We discuss. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/an-unknown-disease-is-giving-bears-doglike-friendliness-and-its-dangerous-not-cute/ Shark Bait, Oh Ha Ha: Scientists show technology can save people from shark bites. How do we save 1,063 Australians from shark attacks? Personal electronic deterrents. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210330210940.htm Brain Matters: Mice with hallucination-like behaviors reveal insight into psychotic illness. Human speech is hard to comprehend, if the brain becomes imbalanced, you may hallucinate. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210401151253.htm Science Fiction: For once, Devon is caught up on a show. We talk about For All Mankind episode 7, Don't Be Cruel. Steven finds out that the Korean Flight 007 disaster was a true event. Ben has to talk about that Space Jam 2 trailer...but mostly just talks about how amazing the original Space Jam was. We talk about the third episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Power Broker. Steven gets into the weeds talking about Madripoor and the Power Broker. Also, did you guys watch that trailer for The Bad Batch? So good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsOmYpP4UDU
77 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Episode 343: Fun Little Idiots
This episode contains: Ben's cat consistently interrupts his REM sleep, and fun ensues. Steven got some chickens. Breath In, Breath Out: Scientists are now developing vaccination by inhalation. Scientists are figuring out how to deliver vaccines to the lungs, which can boost immune responses to respiratory infections or lung cancer. It's amazing. https://news.mit.edu/2021/vaccination-inhalation-0319 *Imperial March sounds*: Massive 'Darth Vader' sea bug pulled from waters near Indonesia. Bathynomus raksasa measures about 13 inches (330 mm) in length, on average. We talk about these sea bugs and how absolutely horrifying they are. https://www.livescience.com/supergiant-isopod-newfound-species.html Bonus: Neighborhood Hero Builds AI-Powered Device That Automatically Compliments Dogs Walking By. https://gizmodo.com/neighborhood-hero-builds-ai-powered-device-that-automat-1846562170 Science Fiction: We have a chat about episode 6 of For All Mankind, Best Laid Plans. We don't do it justice, please go watch the show. We do a recap of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, talk about who Isaiah Bradley is, and continue to be astounded on how the show deals with racism. We then move on to talk about The Snyder Cut. We talk about all the things that worked in this version of Justice League and a few things that didn't. Overall, we totally dug it, and Steven is hoping for more.
73 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Episode 342: Water Here, Water There
This episode contains: Do you kill bugs in your house and other interesting ways to start a podcast. This Week in Space: What happened to Mars's water? It is still trapped there. We talk about a recent chemical analysis regarding water trapped on Mars and the results are astounding. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210316132106.htm Here Comes The Sun and I Say It's All Right: We discuss the economics of covering California’s water system with solar panels. There are different ways it could be done, we talk about them and throw in a few crazy ideas. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/the-economics-of-covering-californias-water-system-with-solar-panels/ Science Fiction: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has premiered and you know what that means: Steven talks way too much. We do a spoiler filled recap even though Devon hasn't seen it yet. We have all mostly caught up with For All Mankind, again Devon lags. We talk about episode 4 and 5 in detail. Ben has recently been re-watching the classic Superman movies and Superman Returns. He has some stuff to say. We end the pod with a chat about Stephen Baxter and some books he has written.
74 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Episode 341: Pound Workers
This episode contains: We have a new recording night, and this episode christens it. Happy Pi Day everyone, let's talk about pie. Ben has now been quarantined over a year. For All Mankind, But For Real. Yo.: China and Russia unveil joint plan for lunar space station. We talk about these two super powers and whether or not we should be worried. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/10/china-and-russia-unveil-joint-plan-for-lunar-space-station Where's Your Head At?: Sea slug can lose its head and regenerate new body in three weeks. We talk about how a sea slug decapitates it's own head and then lives on algae until it grows a new body. Gross. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/this-sea-slug-can-lose-its-head-and-regenerate-new-body-in-three-weeks/ Matter Over Mind: People with mind-blindness not so easily spooked. We talk about aphantasia and how people with a form of it cannot 'picture' what they read. It's frightening. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210310122434.htm Science Fiction: Steven watched some of Space Sweepers and is enjoying it. We all watched Flora & Ulysses and talk about it probably too much. That squirrel CG though, wonderful! Devon tells us just how much he enjoyed the Sonic movie. We talk about episode 3 of For All Mankind, and backtrack a bit to episode 2. We'll be back on track next episode. With a mighty sigh we talk about what worked and what didn't with the WandaVision finale.
78 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Episode 340: Delayed Gratification
This episode contains: Ben survives choking on water, then attempts to survive one full year of quarantine. Listen in to see if he makes it. ......under pressure: Researchers build a swimming robot that works in the Mariana Trench. To deal with the immense pressures, researchers split their circuit boards, similar to the skull of the snail fish. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/researchers-build-a-swimming-robot-that-works-in-the-mariana-trench/ Really? Down There?: Microbes deep beneath seafloor survive on byproducts of radioactive process. To understand this, we first have to research irradiation and ionizing radiation. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210226103802.htm It's A Terror Of Knowing What This World Is About: The cuttlefish can pass the marshmallow test. We talk about the marshmallow test and how it applies to cuttlefish. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/cuttlefish-can-pass-the-marshmallow-test/ Science Fiction: Ben tells us all about the Star Trek Picard novel The Dark Veil. We talk about the second episode of For All Mankind, The Bleeding Edge. Ben has been watching the second season of Umbrella Academy and is really enjoying it. We both do a deep dive of the penultimate episode of WandaVision. We talk about Agatha's motivation, and what Wanda has gone through. Steven talks way too much, like always.
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