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 276: Tom Brady is The Spice Melange 12/05/2019
Episode 276: Tom Brady is The Spice Melange We’re in the same room for this episode. Your appendix isn’t useless after all. First recording of a blue whale's heart rate. Steven finally saw Edge of Tomorrow. We talk Rick and Morty, The Mandalorian, another Star Wars Holiday Special, LEGO and For All Mankind.
info_outline Episode 275: Yes, Disintegrations 11/28/2019
Episode 275: Yes, Disintegrations Kids are sick and Devon’s son finally got out of his crib. Universal features of music around the world. Good noise, bad noise: White noise improves hearing. Disney +, Rick and Morty, The Batman, The Mandalorian, and more.
info_outline Episode 274: Galactic Archaeology 11/21/2019
Episode 274: Galactic Archaeology Screen-based media associated with structural differences in brains of young children. Dinosaurs Lived On The Other Side Of The Galaxy, NASA Astrophysicist Demonstrates. We review the new episode of Rick and Morty, Watchman, For All Mankind, The Kingkiller Chronicles, Supernova Era and The Mandalorian.
info_outline Episode 273: The Base Race 11/14/2019
Episode 273: The Base Race Steven has had a sick family. Devon is grinding away at life. Carbon dioxide capture could become big business. AI cracks centuries-old three body problem in under a second. Steven gives his impressions of Living With Yourself, available on Netflix. Devon then gives his impressions of Daybreak, also on Netflix. Steven talks a bit about His Dark Materials, available on HBO, the he dives head first into For All Mankind, available on Apple TV Plus.
info_outline Episode 272: Squid Rain? Squid Rain. 11/07/2019
Episode 272: Squid Rain? Squid Rain. We discuss what we did for Halloween. We also discuss finding time to do our hobbies. Measles wipes out the body's immune memory. New measurement of Hubble constant adds to cosmic mystery. Steven talks about the video game Outer Worlds. Steven also watched For All Mankind on Apple TV Plus. Devon is finally watching The Wire. Devon tells us more about Supernova Era by Cixin Liu. Steven tells us about the new HBO show Watchmen.
info_outline Episode 271: Quantum Supremacy 10/31/2019
Episode 271: Quantum Supremacy Steven starts off with some Fallout news. UC Santa Barbara/Google researchers demonstrate the power of 53 entangled qubits. We discuss the new Star Wars trailer. Devon is reading Supernova Era by Cixin Liu. Steven talks about the new Netflix Show Daybreak and Devon talks about the new Netflix show Living With Yourself. Steven quickly talk about The outer Worlds.
info_outline Episode 270: Blue Light Special 10/24/2019
Episode 270: Blue Light Special Steven tells us about his life and Devon tells us about how much his mother-in-law hated Joker. NASA engineer's 'helical engine' may violate the laws of physics. Daily exposure to blue light may accelerate aging, even if it doesn't reach your eyes. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has gotten good buzz. Steven finished Iron Gold and is now reading the next book: Dark Age. We play some of Devon’s new music. Devon liked the new Picard trailer. We also talk about Love, Death and Robots, and Bojack Horseman.
info_outline Episode 269: Voluntary Bionic Arms 10/17/2019
Episode 269: Voluntary Bionic Arms Devon is getting back into recording music and finally learns what a DAW is. Steven tells us about replacing the exhaust on his Mustang. Amputees merge with their bionic legs. New Organic Compounds Found in Enceladus Ice Grains. Force Friday happened. Steven also tells us about Fallen Order. Steven is reading Iron Gold, the 4th book in the Red Rising series. Devon read the second book of the Neanderthal Parallax by Robert Sawyer. Steven also read the new X-Men comics and gives us his review.
info_outline Episode 268: There Are Four Lights 10/10/2019
Episode 268: There Are Four Lights Welcome back Benjamin Daniel Lawless to the episode while Devon takes a week off. Ben does two cancer related articles. Decades long decline in breast cancer death rate continues. Screening mammography could benefit men at high risk of breast cancer. Edits made to Fruit Fly DNA adding Monarch Butterfly genes made them able to eat milkweed. We talk about the end of the Skywalker Saga and give a whole lot of love to Sam Witwer. Steven talks a bunch about Days Gone and Ben talks about some Star Trek books.
info_outline Episode 267: Technosignatures 10/03/2019
Episode 267: Technosignatures Devon did not play Armada. Steven is looking forward to more X-wing releases. Steven talks about his D&D experiences. Advanced Alien Civilizations May Produce 'Technosignatures' That We Could Find, Experts Say. FDA phase 1 trial shows hydrogel to repair heart is safe to inject in humans -- a first. Steven gives us a synopsis of Earth Abides by George R. Stewart. Devon is reading the Neanderthal Parallax by Robert J. Sawyer. Kevin Feige is on board for Star Wars.
info_outline Episode 266: Teetering on the Edge of Oblivion 09/26/2019
Episode 266: Teetering on the Edge of Oblivion Devon is about to play with the SSD in Armada. Happy birthday Damon! Devon is getting ready the Downton Abbey. We also have a sad announcement. Engineers develop 'blackest black' material to date. Scientists Think They've Found A Way To Stop The Common Cold In Its Tracks. We talk about the new Amazon Prime show Undone. We then have a general discussion of where technology is going.
info_outline Episode 265: Sci-Fi Adjacent 09/19/2019
Episode 265: Sci-Fi Adjacent We ditch Skype and try Discord. Devon tells Steven about Heroes of Land, Air and Sea. Chameleon inspires 'smart skin' that changes color in the sun. The Water Vapor Find on 'Habitable' Exoplanet K2-18 b Is Exciting — But It's No Earth Twin. We talk about The Egg on Kurzgesagt (SPOILERS), Factoring Humanity by Robert Sawyer (SPOILERS), Man Seeking Woman, what we’re reading, Steven is playing D&D.
info_outline Episode 264: The Cow Matrix 09/12/2019
Episode 264: The Cow Matrix Unplanned jokes are happening too regularly. Devon gives us his short review of Hobbs and Shaw, which was surprisingly sci-fi. The genome of a gene-edited bull contained bacterial DNA, some of which has been linked to antibiotic resistance. The momentum behind a move to plant-based and vegan diets for the good of the planet is commendable, but risks worsening an already low intake of an essential nutrient involved in brain health. We talk about some of the best science fiction movies of the 21st century.
info_outline Episode 263: Dark Implications 09/05/2019
Episode 263: Dark Implications We’re recording on Labor Day! We figure out what the day is for. Scorpion toxin that targets 'wasabi receptor' may help solve mystery of chronic pain. The 10,000 hour rule has been debunked, again. We look at some declassified documents that have some dark implications. Some scientist have put electrodes in animals brain to control them, it worked. Devon finished the most recent Red Rising book: Dark Ages. Steven recaps Fast and Furious for Devon who is about to see Hobbs and Shaw.
info_outline Episode 262: The Real Heroes 08/29/2019
Episode 262: The Real Heroes We start off talking about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, as well as Tarantino movies in general. Hurricanes drive the evolution of more aggressive spiders. Spider-Man is leaving the MCU, there’s a new Matrix on the way, Steven watched the movie Prospect, Devon has started watching Man Seeking Woman, Devon also watch Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus, Devon is loving the new Red Rising novel: Dark Ages, Steven is reading comics again (X-Men specifically).
info_outline Episode 261: Hello There 08/22/2019
Episode 261: Hello There Devon has had a bad week at work and feels like his fight or flight reflex has been left on. 'You all look alike to me' is hard-wired in us, research finds. Devon has three short but interesting stories about space: Black hole flash, Jupiter ate another planet, and Impossible white dwarf star. We talk about all the recent Star Wars news. This includes cancellation of Resistance, the possible continuation of the end of Rebels, Disney plus shows, and possible Rise of Skywalker spoilers.
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!