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

September 15, 2021 80 min

This episode contains: It's almost Devon's moving day, Ben has some bad luck, Steven visited Chicago.

Not Ponytails or Cottontails no, Ducktales. Woo-hoo: A duck named Ripper learned how to say “You bloody fool!” in 1987. In depth analysis of a recorded musk duck named Ripper reveals a shocking truth, he's probably lonely.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/09/confirmed-a-duck-named-ripper-learned-how-to-say-you-bloo...

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This episode contains: We talk about King's Cross Station and it's significance on September 1st. Steven and Devon hung out recently and played Dungeons and Dragons.

Try, try again: Firefly rocket explodes after launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base. Ben was watching the stream when the Firefly rocket launch went bad. Ben says science is failures and trying again.

https://www.ksby.com/news/local-news/firefly-aerospace-to...

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September 2, 2021 81 min

This episode contains: We recorded late this week, but we still have covid and cockroaches in our lives.

This Week in Space: Will it be safe for humans to fly to Mars? Mission would be viable if it doesn't exceed 4 years. We don't have a good way to shield cosmic radiation.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210826111716.htm

Objects in Mirror are Smaller than they Appear: Millimeter-tall 'mountains' are o...

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August 26, 2021 71 min

This episode contains: We talk about how crazy of a weep we've been having. Ben's son broke his arm, Steven went to a high school reunion and for some reason we're still teaching cursive writing in schools.

That is a Spicy Meatball: Humans just generated nuclear energy akin to a star. What can humanity accomplish with an abundance of laser beams and tiny hydrogen fuel pellets? Almost ignition. Also, the lab that did thi...

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August 18, 2021 69 min

This episode contains: Steven is not a robot, Devon saw some co-workers, and Ben is reading. Onward to science!

This Week in Space: The space station incident was far worse than NASA admitted, Russia’s newly-docked Nauka module accidentally fired its thrusters. NASA flight director Zebulon Scoville had to declare a spacecraft emergency. Everyone is fine now. How are you?

https://futurism.com/the-byte/space-station-incident-worse-n...

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August 12, 2021 62 min

This episode contains: Devon's opens up about a delicate operation he had performed, as well as something about himself that he has never told anyone, not even his wife!

Now Wouldn't You, Baraccuda: Giant sea bass are thriving in Mexican waters. Scientific research that found giant sea bass to be critically endangered stopped at the US-Mexico border. We talk about data, sampling errors and how much they can affect scientifi...

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This episode contains: We start this episode with quite a ramble. We cover Homestar Runner, the age of the internet, spotify, restaurants closing for covid, Mr. DNA, youtube comment sections, Devon committing 0 murders, and the delta variant. It takes us too long to get to the science.

I would have gotten away with it, if it weren't for you scientists!: Kids are using soft drinks to fake positive COVID-19 tests. We talk about h...

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July 29, 2021 79 min

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 quant...

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July 22, 2021 71 min

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/release...

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July 15, 2021 80 min

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...

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July 8, 2021 67 min

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

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July 1, 2021 72 min

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 p...

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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 Wit...

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June 10, 2021 76 min

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 chal...

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June 3, 2021 56 min

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 en...

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May 27, 2021 81 min

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...

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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...

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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: Scientist...

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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-highl...

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April 29, 2021 74 min

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...

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