Episode 4: How Strong is Wonder Woman?

We’re bringing you a little bit shorter episode this week, mainly because we recorded it after midnight in Indiana and Taylor had to work the next day. For Episode 4, we dove a little bit deeper into just one topic this week: Wonder Woman. Lucas talked about his experience seeing the movie and how good it was in comparison to the rest of the DC cinematic universe.

We also talked about how films like Wonder Woman and Star Wars The Force Awakens have created what we hope will be a growing trend of strong leading women for all of us—and girls especially—to look up to. And finally we discuss the fascinating physics of just how strong Wonder Woman would have to be to stop bullets with her gauntlets of submission. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Meet Your Hosts: Lucas Moore

Hello There!

I’m Lucas Moore, co-host of the Science [and/or] Fiction podcast. I’m originally from the Midwest, but I’m currently a graduate student in Davis, California. When not in the lab, I tinker with computers, hang out with my wife Erika, play board games, and try to keep my research group’s website up and running.

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Episode 3: If SETI Says It’s Not Aliens, It’s Probably Not Aliens

We’re back with Episode 3. In this episode we do a meta-breakdown of the ESA’s study of the failed descent of the Schiaparelli lander on Mars. We also talk about the bizarre dimming pattern exhibited by the star KIC 8462842 (AKA “Tabby’s Star”). Is it an alien megastructure built to harness the tremendous power of the star (AKA a Dyson Sphere)? More importantly, will we find Scotty locked in the pattern buffer of the crashed USS Jenolan there? Continue reading

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Episode 2: Gravitational Lensing, Mammalian Defection, and Video Games

Episode 2: Gravitational Lensing, Mammalian Defecation, and Are Video Games Art?

In Episode 2, we’re talking about two topics at the opposite ends of the spectrum of science: light from a supernova being bent around a galaxy by it’s gravity, and very serious research out of Georgia Tech about the implications of duration, consistency, and length of defecation in mammals.

And finally, we discuss diametrically-opposite comments from two science-fiction authors whose novels have become video games: Dmitry Glukhovsky (Metro series) and Andrezej Sapkowski (Witcher series). Do games enhance the literary integrity of the novels they’re based on? Can video games tell a compelling narrative? In a broader sense, are video games really art? Continue reading

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Episode 1: Cassini, Science Marches, and The Last Jedi

Here it is! It’s Episode 1 of the Science [and/or] Fiction podcast, a podcast from Lucas Moore (a scientist) and Taylor Sloan (not a scientist) about science, fiction, and everything between. Continue reading

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