Science Faction Podcast
A science and science fiction based podcast hosted by two high school friends. Listen and learn and geek out. In this podcast, science meets fact, meets fiction.
info_outline Episode 260: Suspension of Rationality 08/15/2019
Episode 260: Suspension of Rationality e discuss Devon’s backyard movie night where they watched Wayne’s World. You can't squash this roach-inspired robot. We May Have Accidentally Sent Thousands Of Earth's Hardiest Species To The Surface Of The Moon. Zim and Rocko’s Modern Life are back for some reason, we then talk a lot about The Boys, we also find out the future of the Red Rising movie/TV show. Steven talks about video games.
info_outline Episode 259: No Hope For Humanity 08/08/2019
Episode 259: No Hope For Humanity We discuss some Star Wars Armada news and some board game’s Devon has been playing. A few weeks ago an Earth-skimming asteroid was unusually large and exceptionally close. Mysterious release of radioactive material uncovered. Steven watched the first episode of Another Life. Devon finished HBO’s Years and Years. We’re both watching The Boys on Amazon. We then finally talk about Stranger Things 3.
info_outline Episode 258: The SDCC Episode 08/01/2019
Episode 258: The SDCC Episode Devon is going camping and Steven is sleep training his youngest kid. The San Andreas Fault Is About To Crack – Here’s What Will Happen When It Does. 'Limitless potential' of artificial protein ushers in new era of 'smart' cell therapies. Devon just saw a few minutes of Netflix’s Another Life and already thinks it’s crap. The Expanse season 4 is coming soon. We look at all the Comic-con news. We look at what’s coming soon form Marvel. Devon gives his disappointed review of the Picard trailer.
info_outline Episode 257: The Dutch Oven of Terra-forming 07/25/2019
Episode 257: The Dutch Oven of Terra-forming Steven and Devon have a chat about the impending raid on Area 51. Devon does the FaceApp thing and Steven is worried for his future. Regions of the Martian surface could be made habitable with silica aerogel. Neuralink is a tiny computer chip attached to ultrafine, electrode-studded wires, stitched into living brains by a clever robot. Devon gives us his mini-review on Years and Years. Steven reviews A Quiet Place. Devon loved the Top Gun Maverick trailer. Stranger Things 3 next week.
info_outline Episode 256: You've Been to Space 07/18/2019
Episode 256: You've Been to Space Steven visited family and Devon did things. Devon had to save Steven at the airport. Astronauts Aren’t Dying From Space Radiation, New Research Suggests. NASA Is Sending a Life-Hunting Drone to Saturn's Huge Moon Titan. Steven is watching the new The Magic School Bus with his daughter. Devon watched the Deadwood Movie. We then discuss the new Sopranos movie and how the show ended. We then get into our review of Spider-man: Far From Home. We’ve got tons of SPOILERS.
info_outline Episode 255: Convoluted Speech Patterns 07/04/2019
Episode 255: Convoluted Speech Patterns Devon is catching up on Deadwood. Steven got a PS4. Scientists map huge undersea fresh-water aquifer off U.S. Northeast. If a nuclear bomb is dropped on your city, here's where you should run and hide. We look at the last episode of season 5 of Black Mirror. Devon is reading Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky. An anime of Three Body Problem is coming out. Steven is watching Zoo on Netflix.
info_outline Episode 254: The Topher Grace Comeback 06/27/2019
Episode 254: The Topher Grace Comeback We start off discussing our kids. Steven tells us about visiting the College World Series. Gut Microbes eat our medication. This freaky fish is powered by blood… not really. Steven got a new Star Wars board game. Devon saw I am Mother. He also saw The Space Between Us. We finally discuss this season of Black Mirror (the first two eps at least).
info_outline Episode 253: The Ruler of Mecatol Rex 06/20/2019
Episode 253: The Ruler of Mecatol Rex We’re coming off an extreme weekend of gaming. Light-powered nano-organisms consume carbon dioxide, create eco-friendly plastics and fuels. Astronomers warn over Musk’s planned satellite constellation. We discuss our epic game of Twilight Imperium. Steven gives is his review of I Am Mother.
info_outline Episode 252: Actual Communism 06/13/2019
Episode 252: Actual Communism Devon highly recommends the miniseries Chernobyl. Scientists decoded Beethoven’s music with statistics. Why is NASA sending an Atomic Clock Into Space? We’re going to be playing Twilight Imperium. We discuss Star Wars land at Disney. Devon is watching the new season of Handmaid’s Tale. Steven is still playing Jurassic World Evolution.
info_outline Episode 251: Sun Warped Space 06/06/2019
Episode 251: Sun Warped Space It was Devon’s birthday, he didn’t do much. Steven celebrated his anniversary. Using machine learning, researchers have demonstrated that mutations in ‘junk’ DNA can cause autism. It’s the 100 year anniversary of the confirmation of the theory of relativity. Steven gives us his take on See You Yesterday. Devon gives us his review of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu. We talk about the West World III preview. Steven is reading Earth Abides by George R. Stewart.
info_outline Episode 250: Subverting Expectations 05/30/2019
Episode 250: Subverting Expectations We chat about the #MakeSolo2Happen trend on twitter. Devon moved his R2 unit and burned his hand. Steven was a single dad for 4 days. SHARAD or Mars SHAllow RADar sounder was used to find the massive amount of ice under the surface of Mars. A study was done focusing on harmonic surprise and how popular songs use this feature. We talk about the Terminator and Picard trailers. Steven watched and enjoyed both The Predator and The Darkest Minds. We give our final thoughts on Season 8 of Game of Thrones.
info_outline Episode 249: It's Funny In China 05/23/2019
Episode 249: It's Funny In China Steven and Devon are back together again. Running dinosaur robots reveals possible way dinos may have evolved flight. Study finds that treats might mask animal intelligence. We have a lot of sci-fi to talk about. We talk about the Lego Movie 2, The Wondering Earth, Snowpiercer, Game of Thrones episode The Bells, and more!
info_outline Episode 248: Where No Trek Has Gone Before 05/16/2019
Episode 248: Where No Trek Has Gone Before Devon is joined by Ben Lawless on this Stevenless episode. Jeff Bezos wants to land on the moon. Blue Horizon is building a moon lander called Blue Moon. They are trying to get the NASA contract for the upcoming moon missions. We get down to business and dissect the entire season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. We then talk briefly about The Orville.
info_outline Episode 247: We're in the SPOILERS now 05/10/2019
Episode 247: We're in the SPOILERS now There’s no science on this ep as we talk mostly about Avengers: Endgame. But first Devon tells us about his recent move and Steven tells us about his wife going away to some kind of summer camp. Then it’s down to business. There are tons of spoilers so only listen if you’ve already seen Endgame, or if you don’t care about the MCU (but then why would you listen to this episode in the first place?). Enjoy!
info_outline Episode 246: An Avalanche of Crazy 05/02/2019
Episode 246: An Avalanche of Crazy o Devon this week, instead we're joined once again by Benjamin Daniel Lawless! Ben tells us about the Apollo 11 documentary that he recently watched. Ben also recently visited the California Science Center and among other exhibits, saw the Space Shuttle Endeavor. We revisit episode 1 and 2 of the current season of Game of Thrones be giving our spoiler filled reactions to the 3rd episode. That's sci-fi, right?
info_outline Episode 245: The Rise of Thrones 04/25/2019
Episode 245: The Rise of Thrones Devon’s going to Vegas for his anniversary and Steven is excited about Celebration. Scientists print first 3D heart using patient’s biological materials. A biosynthetic dual-core cell computer. Need we say more? Game of Thrones is finally back! We review episode 1 of this season (SPOILERS). We talk a little about the Rise of Skywalker. We also touch on The Mandelorian, Disney Plus, and Devon’s progress in learning to play piano.
info_outline Episode 244: The Center of Galaxy M87 04/18/2019
Episode 244: The Center of Galaxy M87 Steven is sick, and has two kids. Devon’s mom is in town. There is a new drug resistant fungi that is spreading everywhere and hard to kill. We talk about the picture of the black hole that we’ve all seen by now. Devon has already read the new Expanse book. Steven’s been reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. We also talk a little about Game of Thrones (prior to the new episode).
info_outline Episode 243: Love, Death + Robots & more 04/11/2019
Episode 243: Love, Death + Robots & more Steven talks about a stressful family trip. Devon learns that people on the internet suck. Steven talks about Fallout 76 before we get into the science. Woman with novel gene mutation lives almost pain free. We discuss the latest trailer for Avengers: Endgame. We talk about the new Netflix show of short stories about love, death and robots. We talk about our favorite episodes. A lot of these episodes were based on our favorite sci-fi authors’ short stories.
info_outline Episode 242: Di-Hydrogen Desensitize Disney Discovery 03/29/2019
Episode 242: Di-Hydrogen Desensitize Disney Discovery We talk about the state of the world before getting into the science. Scientists have developed a way to harness sea water to make hydrogen. Scientists studied the effect of death metal music on people’s emotions/whether it desensitizes fans to violence. James Gunn is back on Guardians Volume 3. Disney finally owns Fox so the X-Men can come to the MCU. Steven has finally watched more Orville and likes it. Devon then talks about the Discovery as he finally got caught up.
info_outline Episode 241: Captain Marvel 03/21/2019
Episode 241: Captain Marvel Devon starts off with some spoilers for Archer. We then jump right into the science. Our brains are naturally self-centered. A robotic leg, born without prior knowledge, learns to walk. We talk about Star Trek: Discovery and Captain Marvel. We have lots of spoilers.
info_outline Episode 240: To Be Concluded... 03/14/2019
Episode 240: To Be Concluded... We haven’t really done anything new since the last recording. Recycling has not been working. Dinosaurs were thriving before asteroid strike that wiped them out. Devon plans on re-watching Infinity War before Endgame. We discuss what movies end on real cliff-hangers.
info_outline Episode 239: Always 03/07/2019
Episode 239: Always We recorded this ep on a Sunday. Devon’s been a single dad for the weekend and tell a little about it. Scientists are going to be able to use gravitational waves to calculate the Hubble Constant. Steven finds a list of names of emotions we didn’t know had names. We go through most of them and discuss how they make us feel. We talk about Umbrella Academy. Devon has also finally started watching this season of Star Trek: Discovery. The Mandalorian has finished filming. We also talk about Star Wars: Alway
info_outline Episode 238: Russian Umbrella Doll Academy 02/28/2019
Episode 238: Russian Umbrella Doll Academy Devon is sick (again?). Measles outbreak traced to father who admits not vaccinating kids due to autism “concerns.” Citizen scientist find ancient white dwarf star encircled by puzzling rings. A tweet that corrected a mispronunciation from a prior episode. We then talk about Russian Doll and The Umbrella Academy. There are spoilers.
info_outline Episode 237: Downward Spiral of Discovery 02/14/2019
Episode 237: Downward Spiral of Discovery A new prosthetic has been designed with sentience. New fabric has been developed that automatically cools or insulates depending on conditions. We talk about Annihilation, including plot elements, character arcs and the ending. evon has watched the first season of Russian Doll and lightly recaps pieces of it (no spoilers).
info_outline Episode 236: Ethically Sourced Robot Parts 02/07/2019
Episode 236: Ethically Sourced Robot Parts Guest host Ben Lawless joins us again! Newly discovered gene controls sleep when sick. Ben discusses his recent illness and treatment. Steven read a book in week: Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill. 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.
info_outline Episode 235: The Final Remembrance 02/01/2019
Episode 235: The Final Remembrance Saturn hasn’t always had rings and they may be younger than we thought. Mortality rates are rising for Gens Y and Y, too. Steven finished the Remembrance of Earth’s Past Trilogy. Devon started watching the new season of Future Man. Steven tells us about the Netflix movie Io.
info_outline Episode 234: The Best Ending 01/24/2019
Episode 234: The Best Ending Devon looks forward to a debate with Ben about STD v. Orville. China landed on the far side of the moon and grew some plants. Artificial intelligence applied to the genome identifies an unknown human ancestor. We talk about the new episode/movie of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Steven didn’t see the best ending. Steven is almost done with Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy. Devon is catching up on the Skeptics Guide.
info_outline Episode 233: It's No Invader Zim 01/17/2019
Episode 233: It's No Invader Zim Special guest co-host Benjamin Daniel Lawless joins Steven this week! Richard Feynman wrote a letter to his departed wife. Ben reads parts of it as he recaps their marriage and her sickness. If you're over 65, you shared the "fake news". Devon isn't on this episode, but he challenges Ben about which is better: The Orville or Star Trek Discovery. We talk a bit about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. We also talk a bit about what movies we are sharing with our kids.
info_outline Episode 232: New Year, Old Us 01/10/2019
Episode 232: New Year, Old Us 2018 is the year that the robots took over service jobs. Specifically, stores are using kiosks to take orders and robots to make food. 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. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a great movie, but it was still beat by Aquaman. We then discuss Bird Box. We briefly discuss Bandersnatch, which we haven’t yet watched.
info_outline Episode 231: Chronology Navigation 12/27/2018
Episode 231: Chronology Navigation We’re back after recording just a couple days ago. Devon talks about seeing the SF symphony. Scientists revise their methods of determining the rates of evolution. Is organic food worse for the climate? Devon has seen all of the new season of Travelers, while Steven has seen the first episode. Also, Devon is reading the Skeptics Guide to the Universe book. It’s pretty awesome.