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Science... Sort Of / Episode 200
« on: July 27, 2014, 03:46:28 PM »
Firstly congrats on hitting the Big Twohundo.  That's big for a podcast, especially when grad school is involved.

So I was talking about Charlie's work this morning with my wife (if I get any of the facts wrong, please let me know...especially if I'm talking about the wrong paleopal).  We commonly talk about the environment, if only because she grasps on "quick fixes" (can't we just legislate that every new building's roof HAS to be made out of solar panels?) sometimes that when we talk it out we can see why that can't work.  I brought up looking into the wind farms off shore but cutting up birds, the pipeline but ewww oil, solar farm but hey a desert is an eco system too, etc.  She said something that really got me to think.  "Is it possible we now know too much?  Are we suffering from analysis paralysis?  Are we going to spend so much time looking for a solution that has no side effects that by the time one that has the least, it's too late?  Can't we just find someone to just do SOMETHING and we'll work on the new problem when it comes, 'cause clearly this is a problem NOW that we need to fix NOW.  It's a chance we may need to take."

So that brings us to Charlie.  Would his work ever point to: Just do one of these, we don't care which one, it's better than what we've got?  Could anyone say something like that and be taken seriously (deniers not withstanding)?  Is there a way for the scientific community to come up with a "We don't care just do it" plan?

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Podcasting / Shameless promotion
« on: June 27, 2014, 06:05:59 PM »
Okay, since everyone else is doing it, I've released my first podcast.  It's not about science, though I'm sure there will be HUNDREDS of nerdy science references in the episodes (I don't think there are any in episode 1)...

www.themadmechanicals.com/Radio.html

I'm in a comedy group that does Shakespeare parodies, and we decided to do Radio comedies a la Jack Benny.  They're only 10 minutes long or so, and it's full of really old fashioned jokes, so if you're into that sort of thing, check it out.

We also perform in the flesh up and down the northeast coast if you want to track us down as well.


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Oh yeah / A little honesty
« on: September 21, 2013, 07:05:49 AM »

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Science In the News / Cold cold chemistry
« on: July 02, 2013, 09:41:56 AM »
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-alcohol-space-methanol-quantum-tunneling-physics-cheat-20130701,0,2366673.story

I won't pretend to understand exactly how this is possible, and the explanation in the story seems lacking to me.  But kind of neat, none the less.

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Science... Sort Of / Episode 172
« on: June 05, 2013, 06:51:42 AM »
I'm currently listening to it now.  But I had to post something.

Ryan just made a bee analogy.

Has he been talking to Ben too much?

Too much podcast cross-pollination?

Discuss.

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Science In the News / Star Trek Replicators!
« on: May 23, 2013, 08:21:58 AM »
Okay, not really, but the ability to create foods in space from base ingredients is something worth looking into:

http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/home/feature_3d_food.html

I realize that they're using the same concepts that 3d printers use, but calling it "3d food" seems awfully silly to me.  The only 2d food I can think of is those little breath strip thingies that were big in 2001 or so.

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Science In the News / Cassini strikes again
« on: April 29, 2013, 05:25:37 AM »
Looks like the Cassini Probe got some more beautiful shots...this times of meteorites going THROUGH the ring systems, disrupting them.  Besides Earth and Jupiter, this is the first time we have actually SEEN meteors hitting anything, which is pretty awesome.

I would assume that there would be tons of them out there as Saturn and Jupiter has so much gravity out there, not to mention the sheer plethora of debris in the Oort cloud to come screaming in that they'll probably witness a whole bunch.

Of course, I'm not sure how often stuff from outside of Pluto's orbit actually start coming in towards the inner solar system...

Still pretty awesome.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/whycassini/cassini20130425.html

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Oh yeah / Rocket Science Education...kinda
« on: April 26, 2013, 10:43:33 AM »
Anyone else out there played around with Kerbal Space Program?

It's a "Game" (as much as Minecraft is a game) out there that uses accurate (as I can figure) physics to launch people into space.  You can land probes on various planets, and even get kerbals walking on these various planets (if you're lucky).

It's a bloody hoot, and the sense of accomplishment I got when I got my first live kerbal to orbit the Mun was amazing.  Yes, it's a game....but still.

www.kerbalspaceprogram.com

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Science... Sort Of / Bonus Episode 9
« on: April 25, 2013, 06:24:39 AM »
Great show, yes it got heavy in the middle, but occasional heaviness never hurt anyone.

Speaking to conservation, it reminded me of a conversation I was having with my wife.  I'm huge into space exploration and think Curiosity and all the new plans from NASA are exciting as all get out.  I was talking about the oceans of Europa to my wife and the plan to drill down there and look for bacteria or (I hope, I hope) fish under there.

My wife, who has hippyish tendencies, brought up the fear that by going there, we could kill all of them.  I told her that the chance of anything we bring over on a probe to have evolved to deal with whatever is down there is mil, she replied with the question I hate most when we discuss these things:  "Yeah, but how do you know?"

So I bring this up to you all:  If we did find interplanetary fish on/in Europa, or even if we find bacteria underground on Mars, what do you think we should do to preserve those species?  Should we scale back human presence on these places to allow these other beings to thrive, or should we simply do our best and keep some on the side in a "pure Mars" zone while we set up our colonies?

It makes my brain itch just thinking about it.

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