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 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.
info_outline Episode 230: Exploding Stars with Logic 12/20/2018
Episode 230: Exploding Stars with Logic Devon is drinking eggnog with Fire Ball to get things started. Virgin Galactic sent it’s SpaceShipTwo commercial aircraft into space for the first time. A new epigenetic cervical cancer test has a 100 percent detection rate. Steven is reading the third book in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy, Death’s End. We then look at the biggest things that happened in Star Wars this year.
info_outline Episode 229: Pre-Game this Podcast 12/13/2018
Episode 229: Pre-Game this Podcast It’s almost Steven’s birthday. Devon sent out a holiday card. A scientist has a theory that could explain dark matter and dark energy and combine the tow into a negative fluid. CIMON is a new robot on the ISS that is intended to improve moral for astronauts. Devon finally saw Crimes of Grindelwald, and kind of remembers it. Steven saw Sorry to Bother You on Devon’s recommendation. Steven also saw Rampage. We end with some inspirational posters written by AI.
info_outline Episode 228: Chiseling the Cave Wall 12/06/2018
Episode 228: Chiseling the Cave Wall We play a quick game of "is that soda or beer" and Steven is shocked to learn something about Devon. The InSight lander landed on Mars. Devon talks about it's journey and what it's expected to do while on Mars. 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. Devon watched both Downsizing and Sorry to Bother You, both tangentially science fiction movies. Steven is still reading "The Dark Forest" and is glad that he is.
info_outline Episode 227: Sci-Fi Pie Guy 11/29/2018
Episode 227: Sci-Fi Pie Guy Devon is going to a friend’s house to party for Thanksgiving, but now they all have kids. Steven is going to have a more traditional Thanksgiving. Devon has been reading a dinosaur book: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Stephen L. Brusatte. Devon then talks about an article about the discovery of the earliest long necked dinosaur. Smart car technology can save drivers $6.2 billion on fuel each year. Steven is playing Fallout 76. We are both still playing Red Dead Redemption and enjoying it.
info_outline Episode 226: Red Dead Man-Bear-Pig 11/22/2018
Episode 226: Red Dead Man-Bear-Pig Devon went to a Jurassic Quest where he saw life sized dinosaurs. Devon has been living with the effects of the CA fires as the air has been smoked filled for a week+. The air quality in the bay area is the worst in the world at the time of this recording. Steven tells us about current conspiracy theories about the CA fires. Devon read Light of The Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth by Adam Frank. With the little extra time we have we discuss the non-science/non-scifi game Red Dead Redemption II.
info_outline Episode 225: I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire 11/15/2018
Episode 225: I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire California is on fire again. We’re not in danger but there’s smoke everywhere. There has been a remarkable decline in fertility rates. Devon briefly discuss the new South Park episode that address climate change and Red Dead Redemption II. We follow-up on the interstellar asteroid that some scientist are now theorizing may be an alien probe. Devon is reading Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances. Devon is about to play Red Dead Redemption II. Steven then discusses Fallout: 76.
info_outline Episode 224: Boldly Paying 11/08/2018
Episode 224: Boldly Paying We have a guest on the show that hasn’t been on in a while: Ben Lawless! Helium screws with iPhones apparently. Bitcoin mining can raise the global temperature beyond 2 degrees C. Ben talks about the new mini episodes of Discovery (Short Treks). There’s going to be an animated Star Trek series called Lower Decks, written by a Rick and Morty writer. Ben then tells us about some of his adventures with Star Trek: Bridge Crew.
info_outline Episode 223: Not A Potter Podcast 11/01/2018
Episode 223: Not A Potter Podcast Devon has a cold, but he still makes it onto the podcast, for YOU. Animals can tell time, if they're lab mice in virtual reality. Using touch computers, scientists found out that Asian Elephants can distinguish amounts of fruit. Steven claims that the Jurassic Park Gameboy Game has the best music of any video game. Ever. Devon finally saw Ant-Man and The Wasp. We re-review it. Steven wants a Netflix animated Harry Potter series. Devon disagrees. We also talk about the alcoholic content of butterbeer.
info_outline Episode 222: Doom and Gloom 10/18/2018
Episode 222: Doom and Gloom Devon explains why he's not going to be here next week. Steven laments being a stay at home dad to two children. We discuss the new report regarding climate change, goals we as humans should have and how to accomplish them. Quick update on The Mandelorian and which directors have been confirmed for the series. Devon has finished the Harry Potter series (and the play) and we talk about the ending of the series (and the merits of the play).
info_outline Episode 221: Space Stuff 10/11/2018
Episode 221: Space Stuff We start off complaining about stores decorating for holidays too soon. “Spacesuits” protect microbes destined to live in space. New tool helps scientist better target the search for alien life. Star Trek Discovery "Short Treks", the name of the new Star Wars live action show: "The Mandalorian", The First on Hulu, voice activated stuff still sucks, interactive Black Mirror episode, piracy is on the rise (internet, not actual), Three Body Problem and more!
info_outline Episode 220: Agonia, Behavioral, Confrontation 10/04/2018
Episode 220: Agonia, Behavioral, Confrontation We start off this week talking about Sunday (since we recorded on one) and Truckasaurus. Scientists turn the Zika virus against brain cancer. Building blocks for life on Earth may have been created in space. Steven re-watched Solo and really enjoyed it the second time. We struggle to define Maniac, the new mini-series on Netflix. Steven is still reading The Three Body Problem and has some interesting things to say about it's translation into English.
info_outline Episode 219: The Fiction Half 09/27/2018
Episode 219: The Fiction Half Here’s the second half of our two-week ep. Last ep was all science so this one is all sci-fi. We briefly discuss the Emmy results (go GOT!). We talk about Game of Thrones, Atypical, Jane the Virgin, Marvelous Ms. Maisel, Castle Rock, Stephen King, The three Body Problem, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Devon needs glasses, our gaming weekend two weeks ago, Dead of Winter, Scythe, X-Wing Miniatures 2.0 and that’s all folks!
info_outline Episode 218: The Science Half 09/20/2018
Episode 218: The Science Half We start off discussing prime numbers. A very well preserved ice age wolf pup and caribou calf were unearthed in Canada. Scientists determine four personality types based on new data. New technology could make deep fakes even better. Join us next week for the sci-fi portion of this episode...
info_outline Episode 217: Predicting Destiny 09/13/2018
Episode 217: Predicting Destiny We talk about our non-special lives. Steven is playing Star Wars: Destiny and has bought a lot of packs of cards. We look at 1970's predictions of medical advances by the year 2000. The central valley of California is sinking. We look at the same 1970 predictions and discuss how those same medical technologies may improve in the future.
info_outline Episode 216: High-Def Dystopia 09/06/2018
Episode 216: High-Def Dystopia Devon and Steven are dear friends. We start talking about sci-fi then decide to make it an all sci-fi episode. Devon discuss his frustration with the new Star Wars trilogy and his skepticism of episode 9. We also talk about Star Wars over-saturation. Steven just finished rereading Harry Potter and Devon is currently going through the series on Audible. Steven is now reading a new Stephen King book: The Outsider. We then consider if we’re living in a sci-fi dystopia and who we are in that world.
info_outline Episode 215: Disenchanting Science 08/30/2018
Episode 215: Disenchanting Science Life is pleasantly mundane for the most part. Scientists have created a biosynthetic spider silk that behaves like the real thing. Our perception is actually an illusion as our brain changes from a wide focus to narrow focus four times a second. There’s some new Star Wars: Armada news. Star Wars: X-Wing is also still going strong with 2nd Edition. Devon has finished Ball Lighting by Cixin Liu and really enjoyed it. We then review the new Netflix show Disenchantment.
info_outline Episode 214: Scared to Not Brighten 08/23/2018
Episode 214: Scared to Not Brighten Devon’s drinking again. Steven is drinking more. Elephants have a “zombie gene” that appears to protect them from cancer. Some people find it harder to turn off a robot that is begging for its life. Devon explains why DS9 is the best, but strangest Star Trek. Devon has finished Clockwork Rocket by Greg Egan. Steven has not seen Castle Rock. Steven tells us about the Star Wars Destiny card game that sounds pretty cool. We talk about the Samantha Bee report on Asgardia.
info_outline Episode 213: More Machine Than Man 08/16/2018
Episode 213: More Machine Than Man Devon has gotten the hard stuff out of the way so is a bit “jolly.” Ford is using passive exoskeletons to help it’s works in their factories. Researchers inadvertently found twitter bots conducting a crypto-currency scam. Robots are getting small, and spider shaped. We go over recent Star Wars news about Ep 9. Our reading of the Asgardian Constitution then gets in to a surprising long discussion of political philosophy.
info_outline Episode 212: Old Man Picard 08/09/2018
Episode 212: Old Man Picard California is on fire again. Devon tells us about his 6-month-old son’s first swim lesson. AI can predict your personality. A study used statistical analysis of Beatles songs to determine who wrote In My Life. There’s a pic from the new Terminator movie. We’re not excited. They’ve announced a new Star Trek series about Picard, which will star Patrick Stewart. We are excited. We then talk about the new The Expanse tabletop game. Devon then tells about Clockwork Rocket by Greg Egan.
info_outline Episode 211: Primed and Ready 08/02/2018
Episode 211: Primed and Ready Devon makes it just in time after selling a table. He then makes his wife finish the job while he podcasts. Steven is still dadding it up, and finally saw IT. There’s more water on Mars! Turns out there’s a lake under the southern ice cap. We take a look at recent developments in the Atacama Mummy story. It was Comic-Con last week so there’s a lot of new sci-fi stuff to talk about: Star Trek: Discovery season 2, Clone Was is back! Devon is reading: Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill.
info_outline Episode 210: Ant-Man and the Fallen Kingdom 07/26/2018
Episode 210: Ant-Man and the Fallen Kingdom We’re back after Steven’s paternity leave! Jupiter has ten new moons! Mice and rats also commit the sunk cost fallacy. Steven gives us his review of Ant-Man and Wasp and SPOILS the post credit scene. Steven also saw Jurassic Park V: Jurassic World II: Fallen Kingdom. He was a little disappointed.
info_outline Episode 209: Full of Splendor 06/28/2018
Episode 209: Full of Splendor Steven is still around so no new baby yet. Devon had an impromptu drunken binge this weekend. Scientists have determine how many nukes countries need to not be too destructive but still maintain nuclear deterrence. Research shows that normalization of “plus-size” body shapes is leading to people underestimating their weight. The second season of Westworld has concluded and we break down the last episode and hypothesize what third season will be like.
info_outline Episode 208: Space Shuttle Door Gunner 06/21/2018
Episode 208: Space Shuttle Door Gunner We talk about our Father’s Days, the first for Devon. We discuss the newly announced Space Force! There’s just one more episode of Westworld left in this season so we recap what happened so far and try to figure out what the hell is going on. We end this episode with the ceremonial episode of the Asgardian Constitution.