Episode 5: Water Bottles and Bridge Crews

We’re back with another Sci [and/or] Fi. In Episode 5, we’re talking about ancient Californian plastic water bottles, and not the kind archaeologists will be digging up in the ruins of ancient Burbank 2000 years in the future. These bottles were made from reeds and bitumen by the Chumash people thousands of years ago. Researchers are curious if these bottles might have contributed to the short life spans and declining health of the Chumash, and we take a look at what they’ve found.

We also talk about the news from the set of Star Trek Discovery. The show’s creators say they’re breaking from Gene Roddenberry’s rule that main characters don’t have interpersonal conflicts. Will this affect the universe’s egalitarian optimism? We have no idea, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to talk about it! Enjoy! Continue reading


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


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