This episode contains: Survival. Both hosts are doing it. Steven at home with a teething kid, and Devon while visiting the post-apocalyptic oil fields of Bakersfield.
Robot Underlings: A new prosthetic has been designed with sentience. The hand is able to send signals back to the user as feedback. The had is also controlled by the user's muscles. This new prosthetic is the first of it's kind and was developed in part by Sweden.
Get Physical: New fabric has been developed that automatically cools or insulates depending on conditions. This material senses the heat around it and either contracts to trap heat or loosens to let heat escape. Carbon nanotubes "tune" themselves according to the environment and adjust. We talk a bit about who should be using this technology and wonder if we could get our cars upholstered with it.
Annihilation Movie Review: Spoilers for Annihilation. We talk about the movie, including plot elements, character arcs and the ending. Steven has some interesting thoughts on the ending that hadn't occurred to Devon. We also talk about some of our favorite scenes.
Russian Doll: Devon has watched the first season of Russian Doll and lightly recaps pieces of it (no spoilers). Steven is excited to watch it, when he has time.
This episode contains: Guest host Ben Lawless joins us again! He’s here in-person! We talk about the pain-in-the-ass that is Comcast.
When It Sleeps: Newly discovered gene controls sleep when sick. Study was done on flies. They manipulated the gene then analysis the flies behavior and brain structure. (The tittle of this section was supposed to be Until It Sleep based on the Metallica song.)
Pseudoscience: Ben discusses his recent illness and treatment. Ben’s doctor recommends that he put Vicks Vaporub on his feet. He also tells him to “man up.” We debunk some of this doctor’s claims with Snopes.
Sci-Fi: Steven read a book in week: Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill. Devon read this a few months ago but now Steven finally did too. Steven loved it. To recap, it’s from the perspective of an AI trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world with flashbacks to how the world got this way. Ben then tells us about Detroit: Become Human. We then take a look at the three laws of robotics. Then we talk Matrix and Terminator.
This episode contains: Steven discusses his guest appearance on the Potentium podcast. We learn that the name of the podcast is actually a Star Wars term. Steven has yet another podcast, Save Point. Devon talks about seeing Elton John and his progress in learning to play piano.
This Week in Space: Saturn hasn’t always had rings. And they may be younger than we thought. Cassini spacecraft looped between Saturn and its rings so that Earth-based radio telescopes could track the gravitational tug of each. This allows astronomers to calculate the mass and age of the rings. The rings are probably rubble from a comet or Kuiper Belt object that was captured by Saturn.
The Final Winter Comes to Us All: Mortality rates are rising for Gens Y and Y, too. There have been reports for a while that the mortality rates for Baby Boomers have been rising, however, it appears this is also true for other generations. This seems to be caused by drug overdoses, suicides, cancer, alcohol and accidents. This study also looked at race and gender. We discuss the possible underlying issues causing these rise in deaths. Devon then talks about the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. (Devon calls this segment “final curtain” however, the lyric he is citing is “final winter.” http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/kamelot/theblackhalo.html#12)
Sci-Fi: Steven finished the Remembrance of Earth’s Past Trilogy. We have spoilers in our discussion of these books. We both loved the trilogy and highly recommend it. Devon started watching the new season of Future Man. It’s still an awesome show. We then talk about Black Panther being nominated for Best Picture. Steven tells us about the Netflix movie Io.
This episode contains: We talk about the last episode that Devon did not listen to. Devon looks forward to a debate with Ben about STD v. Orville. Devon talks about his family coming to visit in his small condo.
This Week In Space: China landed on the far side of the moon and grew some plants. This was the first trip to the far side of the moon. We then look at what we have sent to the moon since the moon landings.
Robot Overlords: Artificial intelligence applied to the genome identifies an unknown human ancestor. It’s kind of all in the title.
Sci-Fi: Devon is eating ice. We then talk about the new episode/movie of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Steven didn’t see the best ending. We then discuss the new season of Future Man. Steven has been watching Brooklyn 99 instead of Travelers. Steven is almost done with Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy. Devon is catching up on the Skeptics Guide.
This episode contains: Special guest co-host Benjamin Daniel Lawless joins Steven this week! He talks about how he has automated his job (probably using science). Steven hasn't been doing much but parenting. No calls from preschool about bumps to the head.
Better Than The Notebook: Richard Feynman wrote a letter to his departed wife. Ben reads parts of it as he recaps their marriage and her sickness. It'll get you right in the feels.
The Fakest News: Republican? Democrat? Conservative? Liberal? Doesn't matter, if you're over 65, you shared the "fake news". A study was done after the 2016 election and found that misinformation was spread more with people over the age of 65 than any other demographic. It may have to do with "digital literacy".
Devon's Challenge: Devon isn't on this episode, but he reaches through the ether via text to challenge Ben about which is better: The Orville or Star Trek Discovery. Ben had issues with the pilot episode having lazy writing, but has serious reservations about Yaphit. Steven thinks that perhaps we're not the target demographic for The Orville.
Into the Spider-verse: We talk a bit about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, and Ben comments about his reading of Spider-man comics, specifically "Spiders-Man". We chat about the importance of the animation and if it will leave a significant mark. We also talk a bit about what movies we are sharing with our kids.
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This episode contains: Devon talks briefly about his grandma going into hospice care. We then talk about our weekend hanging out together and playing board games. We also saw the new Spider-man movie, which was awesome. We also about our very different experiences with vacuum robots.
Robot Overlords: 2018 is the year that the robots took over service jobs. Specifically, stores are using kiosks to take orders and robots to make food. This seems inevitable and could have a larger social impact. Devon gives us little libertarian rant.
Get Physical: Our universe may be an expanding bubble in an extra dimension. Yet another theory to try and explain “dark energy,” which involves string theory, extra dimensions and bubbles.
Sci-Fi: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a great movie. But it was still beat by Aquaman. Devon thinks this was because Spider-Man was a cartoon (and he’s right). We discuss why we liked the movie so much. We then discuss Bird Box. Steven built a Pip Boy 2000. We briefly discuss Bandersnatch, which we haven’t yet watched. We also talk about possible New Year’s resolutions.
This episode contains: We’re back after recording just a couple days ago. Devon talks about seeing the SF symphony. We also talk about sitting through the credits of a movie. Steven is having family stay with him over the holidays.
Evolutionarily Speaking: Scientists revise their methods of determining the rates of evolution. We discuss the three ways new species come into existence: budding, cladogenesis, and anagenesis. We then end up talking about nuts for some reason.
Crunchy: Is organic food worse for the climate? Depending on the crop, the organic version has a larger effect on climate than the other option. This also applies to organic meat and dairy products since they eat the organic crops. We also talk about the history of lawns.
Sci-Fi: Devon has seen all of the new season of Travelers, while Steven has seen the first episode. Devon tries to talk about the season without spoilers. We also talk about how hard it is for shows to stay fresh but not get overly complex at the same time. Also, Devon is reading the Skeptics Guide to the Universe book. It’s pretty awesome.
This episode contains: Devon is drinking eggnog with Fire Ball to get things started. We talk about butter beer and other drinks as well. Steven announces the return of an old podcast.
This Week in Space: Virgin Galactic sent it’s SpaceShipTwo commercial aircraft into space for the first time. It had a maximum altitude of 51.4 miles, which is 10.6 miles below the Karmen line, the internationally recognized boundary for space. We discuss how we should define space.
Biological Imperative: A new epigenetic cervical cancer test has a 100 percent detection rate. This test is easier and cheaper than a pap smear and HPV testing. This could change how and when we detected cancer. Devon also talks about a book he read, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford.
Sci-Fi: Steven is reading the third book in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy, Death’s End. We discuss what the prior book meant by "The Dark Forest". Devon has seen most of third season of Travelers, Steven hasn’t seen any of it. We then look at the biggest things that happened in Star Wars this year.
This Episode Contains: It’s almost Steven’s birthday. Devon sent out a holiday card. Now, science:
This Week in Science: A scientist has a theory that could explain dark matter and dark energy and combine the tow into a negative fluid. We discuss the nature of dark matter and dark energy and if we think it is real. We also question this study even though we have no academic authority to do so.
Robot Overlords: CIMON is a new robot on the ISS. This intended to improve moral for astronauts. UT’s 3-D printed and can move multiple directions in space using fans. It still needs some of the bugs worked out.
Sci-Fi: We discuss how we feel about our ages. Steven has already gotten some Harry Potter LEGO for his B-day. Devon finally saw Crimes of Grindelwald, and kind of remembers it. Devon pre-gamed before seeing the movie. Steven saw Sorry to Bother You on Devon’s recommendation. He gives us his spoiler free review. Steven also saw Rampage. It wasn’t bad. Devon read the new Thrawn book and there’s another coming out next year. We end with some inspirational posters written by AI.
This episode contains: We play a quick game of "is that soda or beer" and Steven is shocked to learn something about Devon. Devon talks a bit about the Scythe expansion Rise of Fenris and Steven informs everyone about Legacy type board games, even though he's never played one.
This Week in Space: The InSight lander landed on Mars. Devon talks about it's journey and what it's expected to do while on Mars. Steven asks the hypothetical "what are we going to do on Mars anyway?" question and the two talk about it a bit.
Apocalypse Soonish: How can we build a time capsule to survive all forms of apocalypses? We talk about several options, most of which have a fatal flaw. The one that has the most promise is the 5D Quartz Glass Tablets that can hold up to 360TB of info until the heat death of the universe.
Movie Reviews: Devon watched both Downsizing and Sorry to Bother You, both tangentially science fiction movies. He give his reviews of both, covering basic plot points and gives recommendations. Be prepared for small humor and white voice.
The Dark Forest: Steven is still reading "The Dark Forest" by Cixin Liu, and is glad that he is. After almost giving up on the book, he has sunk deep into the story and is hooked. He briefly recaps the first book of the trilogy, "The Three Body Problem" and then proceeds to recap what he's read of "The Dark Forest".
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