Science Faction Podcast

Science Faction Podcast

A science and science fiction based podcast hosted by two high school friends, and two college friends. Listen and learn and geek out. In this podcast, science meets fact, meets fiction.

Episodes

November 30, 2022 90 min

This episode contains: The three of us are here and ready to talk sci-fi, and only sci-fi. However, we first talk about what makes a “gentleman” and recount our Thanksgiving day experiences.

Science Fiction: We discuss Andor’s first season, what we liked about it, and what we might expect from season two. There are a lot of SPOILERS. We end up talking about Andor for half the episode. Ben and Steven then talk about Disney’s Strange...

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This episode contains: Ben will not be cooking turkey this Thanksgiving, instead it's poached salmon! Ben battled Devon's ghost on Geometry Wars 2, doubling Devon's high score (he got 12,676,335 if anyone is asking). Devon lost his leg in the Geometry Wars.  "Remember the Slaughter" is a pretty good band name.  Is somebody writing down our cool band names? "Annus Horribilis" is another great band name. I...

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November 16, 2022 73 min

This episode contains: Three old men chat about their relative closeness in age. Ben and Steven played the fantastic science fiction RPG Traveller! Devon attended a BBQ and had some real talk with his kid about chicken.

Go, Ninja, Go!: Rats bop to the beat. Scientists have found that rats nod along to music, just like humans do. We talk about these implications. Also, Steven took the long way around for a TMNT joke.

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November 9, 2022 89 min

This episode contains: Steven and Ben continue to cast without the delightful presence of one Devon Craft. We discuss out upcoming Traveller game (an amazing science fiction role playing game). Steven then tells why “today was not a good day for Steven.” Because of this, Steven is not prepared and so this is a much looser episode. So we talk about FTL, which Steven has not played since 2015, the Battlestar Galactica board game, and...

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November 2, 2022 88 min

This episode contains: Around these parts, there's spooky and then there's spoopy. Steven says nope. Halloween can stick around year-round if you ask Ben. Ben found a house with severed limbs in the yard, but one was half a real rat. Steven's kids said no to Halloween decorations. They wanted Harvest Decorations. Stores are carrying skeletons for creatures without bones. Like octopuses.

Whoops? And your welcome?: US emb...

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October 26, 2022 79 min

This episode contains: Steven and Ben attended a well behaved dinner together. Devon contimplates shock collars for his kids. Oh, and Ben has another job. Neat.

Brain Matters: Lab-grown brain cells learn to play PONG, may be sentient. Both Steven and Devon report on new findings on human and mice neurons integrated into a silicon chip and taught how to play PONG. If some red flags are raised, you'd be right.

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This episode contains: It's been a long time since the three of us have been together in one podcast. Ben's been boogie boarding with his son and has learned some interesting things about waves and tides. Steven is doing fine, just fine. We discuss pumpkin art, or “part.” Devon is tired, so tired. Ben also won an arcade machine from work.

Boom Goes the Dinosaur: Impact that killed the dinosaurs triggered 'mega-earthquak...

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October 12, 2022 82 min

This episode contains: Steven and Devon record on a glorious Sunday afternoon. Where's Ben? It's fun to have Nicole Lawless on the show (ep421) as an actual science person. Devon woke up in a good mood, until he watched the Star Trek: Picard trailer. That Star Trek: Picard trailer was TOO DARK. Brighten it up! Devon continues to work on removing the tree stump. With fire. When Devon removed the stump, did he shout "STUM...

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October 5, 2022 62 min

This episode contains: Ben and special guest (his wife) Nicole are your hosts this episode! Where are Devon and Steven? Who cares! What is an Avocado Elbow? The answer may surprise you.

Peckers and Protection: Woodpecker heads don’t absorb shocks — but some crustaceans do. Wood-peckers don't get concussions mostly because their brains are smaller and oriented different. The snapping shrimp has a sort of hooded helmet protecting...

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September 28, 2022 65 min

This episode contains: All three of us come together on a Monday morning to mostly talk about DART and Andor. Devon tried to burn down his backyard while Steven’s wife came home from a work trip with Covid. Ben has gotten his fourth Covid vaccination.

This Week in Space: NASA is hitting an asteroid with a space ship. NASA's DART mission hits asteroid in first-ever planetary defense test. After 10 months flying in space, NASA...

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September 21, 2022 67 min

Pre-pod for our Patreon-only crew: Ben's been kicked from the podcast. How quickly the tides have turned. Steven spits some hot knowledge. Remember how fire the Mortal Kombat song was? Steven's kid noped out of Prehistoric Planet pretty quick. Super scary.

This episode contains: We got a storm on the Central Coast, a week after we were burning to death. This episode, Ben accidentally calls Devon "William." Steven wo...

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September 14, 2022 70 min

This episode contains: Why is Ben under the weather? Why does Devon think he can play full court basketball? Why doesn't Steven talk about his vacation?

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Wheels Driving Around My Brain, Driving Me Insane: Bridgestone has put more than $100M into eco-tires made of shrubs. Guayule (Parthenium argentatum) is better than typical petroleum-based rubb...

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September 7, 2022 82 min

This episode contains: Steven and Ben are doing okay despite the current heatwave. Ben introduces the grandfather paradox to his son while Steven worries about his chickens. Now, science!

 

Smell Ya Later!: Scent of a friend: Similarities in body odor may contribute to social bonding. An electronic nose relying on body odor chemistry may predict whether we are likely to 'click' with a stranger. Researchers have found that p...

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September 1, 2022 68 min

This episode contains: Ben Lawless here to talk about the 4,747 ep of Star Trek... NOPE! Not this time! An episode with just Devon and Steven. Ben's out cause he was tired. Waah-waah. Apparently American Standard Toilets have a 3-inch hole. That's news to Devon. Devon & Steven have been fixing house stuff, flinging $%^* across the bathroom. Bob Villa was a real guy, Steven. He also was Tim's nemesis on Home Improvem...

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August 24, 2022 83 min

This episode contains: We gather in the morning this week, have a cup of coffee and discuss our lives. Ben's house is being destroyed on purpose, Devon languishes about Chuck E Cheese and their non-ticket tickets and Steven is less full of hate...but time will tell.

Here in my car, I feel safest of all: Physical buttons outperform touchscreens in new cars, test finds. Tests were performed to pit touch screens against physical b...

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August 17, 2022 77 min

This episode contains: Devon’s back so we have a full house on this ep. Steven is not in the best of moods, Devon is just chillin’ and Ben is not comfortable with where this podcast is going. Devon tells us about his recent trip to Maine and rock climbing. Ben and Devon also compare their track balls.

Does it still whip the llama's posterior?: Winamp, the best MP3 player of the 1990s, just got a major update. 5.9 RC1 Build 1999...

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August 10, 2022 79 min

This episode contains: A 9 year old trash-talked Ben's Mario Kart skills. Steven went to a climbing gym with his daughter and he's still alive! The auto-belay is an awesome piece of rock climbing tech. Belaying is just Batman-ing in reverse.

Mechanical advantage: A 'nano-robot' built entirely from DNA to explore cell processes. Did Yoda write this article? How cool is DNA? It's the coolest. 1 piconewton is a tri...

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This episode contains: Steven and Ben rule supreme this episode. Ben walks us through birthday twins and Steven talks about rolling 2D6, whatever that means. Ben also talks about some games he's been playing while recoving from some very minor surgery. Oh and we look at some Webb telescope images and compare them to Hubble.

https://www.webbcompare.com/index.html

Oh god, oh god why?!: Researchers turn dead spiders into 'necr...

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July 28, 2022 73 min

This episode contains: Steven and Devon have been playing D&D. Ben’s son has discovered his love for the ocean. Devon is home alone and is dealing with a multi-week long ear infection. We discuss the Google researcher who was fired for claiming Google has achieved AI.

https://www.engadget.com/blake-lemoide-fired-google-lamda-sentient-001746197.html

Robot Overlords: Robot dog learns to walk in one hour. Like a newborn animal, a...

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This episode contains: Asheville, NC is called The San Francisco of Tennessee. Devon ventures into the Biggest Bass Pro Shop, a pyramid in Memphis. Steven isn't going if there's no LEGO store. Ben's kid and Steven's kid are both going to the same summer camp. AWKWARD. Ben got a wetsuit and has been boogie boarding, lots of happy endorphins. Steven doesn't get a "runner's high." He gets cranky, tired ...

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