Tangent 13: Artificial Intelligence

Prepare for the inevitable disappointment of the machine uprising (unless you’re itching to be up to your ears in procgen’d poetry, that is) as we dive into the topic of Articificial Intelligence. What is it? What isn’t it? How does it write its terrible fanfictions? Why is James Cameron making its eyes so big? Answers and speculation await!

Want more? Buddy, you’re in luck: we’ve got show notes.

Tangent 12: Recapping 2017

Pop quiz, hot shot.



LaGrange Points [Space.com]

Chinese Space Station Crash? [Channel News Asia]

James Webb Telescope Completed [Engadget] [NASA]

EM Drive A Real Thing [Science Alert] [AIAA.org]



Fukushima’s Radioactive Water Problem [ABC] [Japan Times] [Popular Mechanics]



Tesla’s Semi Truck [NPR]

Hammond and May Build a Lego Racer [Drive Tribe]

F-1 Team Hires “World’s Fastest Gamer” [Ars Technica]


LISTEN EPISODE 5: Kaiju & Dinosaurs

Top Speed of a T-Rex [National Geographic]

Have we been gendering dinosaurs wrong? [Science Alert]

The Dino Family Tree Debate [Science Alert] [Nature.com]

Taping a Plunger to a Chicken’s Butt [PLOS.org]



North Russian Copper Mummies [RT]

Mummification Equipment Discovered in Vizier’s Tomb [Ahram.org]

10 New Late Period Egyptian Tombs [Ahram.org]

First Genome Data from Egyptian Mummies [Phys.org]


LISTEN EPISODE 8: The Ocean Is Really Big

Octopus & Squid: Weirder Than We Thought [Science Alert]

Octopus in New Zealand Using a Camera to Photograph Visitors [Science Alert]

Cephalopod-Inspired Technology [Science Friday]

Great Barrier Reef: Not Dead Yet [CNN]


LISTEN EPISODE 10: Infectious Diseases

Ant-Controlling Fungus Way Worse Than Anyone Thought [Gizmodo]


Happy 2018!

Tangent 11: Thanksgiving Dinner

Get out the big plates, because we’re back and hungry for Thanksgiving knowledge! How did our recent ancestors hide their food from summer? What is spatchcocking and why are you laughing? Which side is morally superior in the great stuffing/dressing wars? What’s the best way to ensure your local fire department attends your big dinner? All of this info, DEEP FRIED on the back deck and ready for consumption, awaits you in this month’s thick, rich Thanksgiving foods episode.

(And please: don’t forget to thank your local Rotisserie Boy.)


What the hell is Pumpkin Spice anyway? [CNN]

Food Safety Tips for your Holiday Turkey [CDC.gov]

How Starches Thicken Sauces and Fillings [Kitchn]

The Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes [TheSpruce.com]

The Truth About Tryptophan [Live Science]

Tangent 10: Infectious Diseases

Fungi! Viruses! Horrifying EMT stories! Sacks of acid! Zombies! For our reasonably spooky October episode, we’re joined by special guest Dr. Emily Krix to discuss all of the horrifying ways you can catch, spread and ultimately destroy the civilized world with infections. (Voodoo curses and Calypso music not required.)


Tangent 9: Dragon Con 2017

Our crew is back from Dragon*Con 2017 with fresh learnin’s from panels a-plenty. Enjoy a robust Cassini follow-up, then chase it with sudden plummeting chair danger, ladies fighting with swords, anvil identification, high-speed tea parties, amazing molecules and more. It’s a veritable smorgas-pod for your ears!

Slides from the Cassini Mission panel

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Enceladus: Moon of Saturn [image: Nasa.gov]

Cassini Mission: The Grand Finale [NASA]

Plumes of Enceladus [NY Times]

Splendid Teapot Racing [Facebook]

Fight Like a Girl [Palmetto Knights]

Artist-Blacksmith Association of North America [ABANA.org]

Blacksmithing classes (Atlanta, GA) [GoatnHammer.com]

MIT breakthrough in Graphene use [CNN]

Desalinating Water using Graphene [Penn State Materials Research Institute]


Tangent 8: The Ocean

Ahh, the sea! The horrible, merciless, nightmarish sea. How big is it? What’s in it? What shouldn’t be in it? What definitely shouldn’t be in it but definitely is? So many questions and so many answers await you in this month’s deep dive into all things oceanic.


The Great Pacific garbage patch [Wikipedia.org]

What causes high tide and low tide? [How Stuff Works]

300 Facts About the Ocean [NOAA.gov]

Great Barrier Reef 2016 report [Australian Institute of Marine Science]

Iceberg the size of Delaware breaks off from Antarctica [NASA.gov]

Moby Dick Bot [Twitter]

Tangent 7: Spiritualism

Hear that warbled accordian-in-a-box? That means spirits are among us! This month, we tackle Victorian-era spiritualism with a heavy emphasis on the spooky and the scary, from seances to cheesecloth regurgitation to very creative entrail storage. Why was spiritualism so female-focused? Where did one go to find the most reliable ghost news? Who has read the Hody Bidle? The answers lie beyond the veil, dear listeners! (Now, who wants some drugs?)


Arsenic beauty regimen
Post-mortem photography: Twinsies!
Post-mortem photography: Twinsies! Part Deux

Tangent 6: Mummies

What makes a mummy? We’re going to wrap our heads around that question this month as we explore the world of the supremely deceased and thoroughly preserved. Egyptian mummies! Bog mummies! Karloff mummies? And hey, did somebody say pyramids??

Also, hey: make sure you’re not eating anything right now! You’ll knock that off pretty quick.

Want more gross mummy stuff? Check out the SHOW NOOOOOOOTES!  Continue reading Tangent 6: Mummies

Tangent 5: Kaiju & Dinosaurs

What, exactly, is a kaiju? How did Godzilla go from walking natural disaster to jolly protector of Japan? How many terrible dinosaur cartoons did the 80’s and 90’s leave in its wake? All of these answers await you in this month’s podcast.

Don’t forget to check out the show notes!  Continue reading Tangent 5: Kaiju & Dinosaurs

Tangent 4: Cars

“How car go vroom?” Oh. Oh, buddy. We gonna’ tell you how car go vroom. From parts to maintenance to driving tips to “suck, squish, bang, blow” (write that last one down), we cover everything you could possibly need to know about that metal box with wheels in which you listen to podcasts.

Don’t forget to study up by checking out the show notes!
Continue reading Tangent 4: Cars