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.


  • Episode 299: Giving Blood for Science

    Episode 299: Giving Blood for Science

    21/05/2020 Duração: 01h06min

    This episode contains: Steven and Ben talk about napping and salad. Don't worry, we get to the science pretty quick. This Week in Space: ESO instrument finds closest Black Hole to Earth. There's a black hole so close to Earth you can "see" it with your naked eye and it's part of a trinary system. HR 6819 has a star and a black hole orbiting each other and another sun orbiting both of those. Too cool. Space is Big and Old: Hayabusa2 reveals more secrets from Ryugu. Ryugu's interaction with the sun changes what we know about asteroid history. We talk about material never before seen on Earth and Steven tries to connect it to a Where's Waldo book. Science Fiction: We talk about the latest two episodes of Rick and Morty. "Never Ricking Morty" was amazing and confusing and "Promortyus" was a standard scifi spoof turned on it's head. Good times. Steven played a PC game called "Deliver Us T

  • Episode 298: A Gigaton of Dumb

    Episode 298: A Gigaton of Dumb

    14/05/2020 Duração: 01h32min

    This episode contains: Steven's mind is a void and Ben is getting back to his other, other job, book publishing. All We Are is Dust in the Wind, Dude: Exoplanet disappears in recent Hubble observations. The exoplanet that we have been observing in the Fomalhaut system is now gone. It is theorized that it may have been destroyed and is now a dust cloud so wide spread that we can no longer detect it. DOOOOOM: NASA space laser missions map 16 years of ice sheet loss. We are losing a massive amount of ice each year due to climate change. So much that it needs to be measured in gigatons. SciFi: We watch the recent trailer for the Netflix series Space Force and give our impressions. Steven talks way too much about Clone Wars and talk about how the series ended. Steven also flipped on Tales From The Loop and now recommends it. Finally, we talk about the final two epi

  • Episode 297: Adherence to the Organic

    Episode 297: Adherence to the Organic

    07/05/2020 Duração: 01h27min

    This episode contains: Birth announcement! Devon and Jen had a healthy baby boy, Elliot Liam Craft. Congrats! Ben tells us of his adventures in Minecraft with his son. Steven answers questions about the moon landing that his daughter has.  This Week In Space: Geologists have created the first comprehensive geologic map of the Moon. They pieced together maps from the Apollo mission and current satellite imagery to create a full geologic map that can be used for future missions. Cyberpunk 2020: Mind controlled prosthesis are now part of everyday life. New prosthesis are connected to nerve, muscle and skeleton and are controlled by the users mind. They can feel a wide range of sensations. But not pain. We discuss if they should be able to feel pain. Science Fiction: Ben regales us with his journey down the Memory Beta rabbit hole where he read too much about Wesley Crusher. Steven and Be

  • Episode 296: Eat Like A Daft Punk Song

    Episode 296: Eat Like A Daft Punk Song

    30/04/2020 Duração: 01h32min

    This episode contains: Benjamin Daniel Lawless joins us once again. We're on babywatch as Devon is anticipating the arrival of his new son. We do some dad talk and praise Cosmic Yoga. If at first you don't succeed, pick yourself up and try again:  When faced with a decision, people may know which choice gives them the best chance of success, but still take the other option, a new study suggests. Biological Imperative: The sensation of sweetness starts on the tongue, but sugar molecules also trip sensors in the gut that directly signal the brain. This could explain why artificial sweeteners fail to satisfy the insatiable craving for sugar. The Quizzes: We give each other quizzes! Steven starts us out with a Star Trek for Devon and Ben. Ben gives the Star Wars quiz to Steven and Devon, and lastly, Devon gives the Harry Potter quiz to Ben and Steven. Play along at home! WestWorld: We end

  • Episode 295: Is it COBOL or Kobol?

    Episode 295: Is it COBOL or Kobol?

    23/04/2020 Duração: 01h28min

    This episode contains: Ben is back again. We talk about what we’ve been up to during the quarantine. Devon talks about his new mouse. Life, uh, Finds a Way: Ancient teeth from Peru hint now-extinct monkeys crossed Atlantic from Africa. Four fossilized monkey teeth discovered deep in the Peruvian Amazon provide new evidence that more than one group of ancient primates journeyed across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa. The teeth are from a newly discovered species belonging to an extinct family of African primates known as parapithecids. Fossils discovered at the same site in Peru had earlier offered the first proof that South American monkeys evolved from African primates. Offspring Song: Time on screens has little impact on kids' social skills, study suggests. Despite the time spent with smartphones and social media, young people today are just as socially skilled as those from the previous generation, a new study suggests. https://www.sciencedail

  • Episode 294: Bake the Sick Away

    Episode 294: Bake the Sick Away

    16/04/2020 Duração: 01h20min

    This episode contains: We’re recording from our secret bunkers. Devon tells us about Lego Masters. Big Things, Small Package: On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn carbon dioxide into new products, Bacteria on nanowires convert sunlight, carbon dioxide and water to organic building blocks. Chemists have created a hybrid system of bacteria and nanowires that captures energy from sunlight and transfers it to the bacteria to turn carbon dioxide and water into organic molecules and oxygen. On Earth, such a biohybrid could remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. On Mars, it would provide colonists with raw material to manufacture organic compounds ranging from fuels to drugs. The efficiency is greater than the photosynthetic efficiency of most plants. Paleontology: Giant dinosaur footprints found on the roof of a cave in France. Recently reported in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, researchers from the University of Burgundy–Franche-Comté dis

  • Episode 293: The New Normal

    Episode 293: The New Normal

    10/04/2020 Duração: 01h18min

    This episode contains: We’re still stuck in our houses. We discuss how we’re dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Biological Imperative: Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils. A wormlike creature that lived more than 555 million years ago is the earliest bilaterian. Geologists have discovered the first ancestor on the family tree that contains most animals today, including humans. The wormlike creature, Ikaria wariootia, is the earliest bilaterian, or organism with a front and back, two symmetrical sides, and openings at either end connected by a gut. It was found in Ediacaran Period deposits in Australia and was 2-7 millimeters long, with the largest the size of a grain of rice. Biological Imperative: Squid can control their genetic coding by editing their RNA. "Now we are showing that squid can modify the RNAs out in the periphery of the cell. That means, theoretically, they can modify protein function to meet the loc

  • Episode 292: Quaran-three-n

    Episode 292: Quaran-three-n

    02/04/2020 Duração: 01h28min

    This episode contains: We’re joined by frequent guest host, Ben Lawless. We talk about how were all handling the quarantine. In cyberspace, no one can hear you read: Internet Archive offers 1.4 million copyrighted books for free online. Until this week, the Open Library only allowed people to "check out" as many copies as the library owned. Of course, these restrictions are artificial for digital files. Earlier this week, with libraries closing around the world, the Internet Archive announced a major change: it is temporarily getting rid of these waiting lists. They're calling it the National Emergency Library. The Internet Archive says the program will ensure students are able to get access to books they need to continue their studies from home during the coronavirus lockdown. Coronavirus Article: Coronavirus Will Change the World Permanently. Here’s How. A crisis on this scale can reorder soc

  • Episode 291: Lockdown

    Episode 291: Lockdown

    26/03/2020 Duração: 01h12min

    This episode contains: No St. Patricks’ day celebrations for us now that we’re in lock down. We discuss like in the time of COVID-19. We then discuss the death of flat-Earther “Mad” Mike Hughes. Music, Computers and Law?: An Algorithm Has Created Every Possible Musical Melody So No One Can Ever Sue For Copyright Infringement. Sci-Fi: Steven hasn't been able to consume any sci-fi except for playing Satisfactory. Devon has caught up on Picard, and is still very lukewarm on the series. We forget about Westworld! But then we talk about it! Spoilers for Season 3, Episode 1.

  • Episode 290: Anyone but Tom Hanks

    Episode 290: Anyone but Tom Hanks

    19/03/2020 Duração: 01h11min

    This episode contains: We’re broadcasting from our quarantine bunkers. We of course talk about the coronavirus. Evolutionarily Speaking: To predict an epidemic, evolution can't be ignored. Whether it's coronavirus or misinformation, scientists can use mathematical models to predict how something will spread across populations. But what happens if a pathogen mutates, or information becomes modified, changing the speed at which it spreads? Researchers now show for the first time how important these considerations are. This Week in Space: Astronomers detect biggest explosion in the history of the Universe. Scientists studying a distant galaxy cluster have discovered the biggest explosion seen in the Universe since the Big Bang. The blast came from a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy hundreds of millions of light-years away. It released five times more energy than the previous record holder.

  • Episode 289: Apophis, God of Chaos

    Episode 289: Apophis, God of Chaos

    05/03/2020 Duração: 01h07min

    This episode contains: We talk about our different styles of comedy. We also talk about parenting. Steven then talks about some new items before getting into the science. Steven Spielberg will not direct Indiana Jones 5. Earth has a new moon. Next Week In Space: How to deflect an asteroid. Engineers devise a decision map to identify the best mission type to deflect an incoming asteroid. Robot Overlords: Artificial intelligence yields new antibiotic. A deep-learning model identifies a powerful new drug that can kill many species of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Using a machine-learning algorithm, researchers have identified a powerful new antibiotic compound. In laboratory tests, the drug killed many of the world's most problematic disease-causing bacteria, including some strains that are resistant to all known antibiotics. It also cleared infections in two different mouse models. Sc

  • Episode 288: Not A Palindrome

    Episode 288: Not A Palindrome

    27/02/2020 Duração: 01h08min

    This episode contains: We get started with some disturbing corn facts. Biological Imperative: Scientists find ally in fight against brain tumors: Ebola. Glioblastomas are relentless, hard-to-treat, and often lethal brain tumors. Scientists have enlisted a most unlikely ally in efforts to treat this form of cancer -- elements of the Ebola virus. Next Week in Space: Simple, fuel-efficient rocket engine could enable cheaper, lighter spacecraft. Researchers have developed a mathematical model that describes how rotating detonation engines work. Scfi-Fi: The Foundation series, Westworld 3, Beforeigners, 1917, Timecode, return of the Clone Wars, more.

  • Episode 287: The View From Halfway Down

    Episode 287: The View From Halfway Down

    20/02/2020 Duração: 01h23min

    This episode contains: We discuss our Valentine’s Day plans. Devon also reviews the new Lego show. Brain Matters: Brain networks come 'online' during adolescence to prepare teenagers for adult life. New brain networks come 'online' during adolescence, allowing teenagers to develop more complex adult social skills, but potentially putting them at increased risk of mental illness, according to new research. Brain Matters: People Are Weirded Out To Discover That Some People Don't Have An Internal Monologue. It turns out there is a range of the level of internal monologue we all have. Sci-Fi: Locke and Key, Bojack Horseman, The Good Place, Picard, and more. The View From Halfway Down:  

  • Episode 286: Fix The Delay

    Episode 286: Fix The Delay

    13/02/2020 Duração: 01h05min

    This episode contains: Steven starts off talking about a Google Maps hack. Biological Imperative: Lab turns trash into valuable graphene in a flash. 'Green' process promises pristine graphene in bulk using waste food, plastic and other materials. Scientists are using high-energy pulses of electricity to turn any source of carbon into turbostratic graphene in an instant. The process promises environmental benefits by turning waste into valuable graphene that can then strengthen concrete and other composite materials. What The, Huh?: Increased traffic injuries are a surprising result of restricting older drivers. Research has examined impacts of mandated cognitive testing at driver's license renewal for people aged 75+. Such testing aims to identify potentially dangerous drivers and remove them from the road, upon which they may start bicycling or walking. The study found significant increases in traffic injuries among these older unprotected road

  • Episode 285: Space Weather

    Episode 285: Space Weather

    06/02/2020 Duração: 01h11min

    This episode contains: We’re back with a regular episode. We start off learning some things about the Corona Virus. This Week in Space: Newest solar telescope produces first images. Preeminent telescope to play critical role in better understanding sun, space weather. The National Science Foundation's Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope has released its first images. They reveal unprecedented detail of the sun's surface and preview the world-class products to come from this preeminent 4-meter solar telescope. Doom and Gloom: Sea level rise could reshape the United States, trigger migration inland. AI shows climate change-driven sea-level rise could trigger mass migration to cities inland. A new study uses machine learning to project migration patterns resulting from sea-level rise. Researchers found the impact of rising oceans will ripple across the country, beyond coastal areas at risk of flooding, as affected people move inland. Popular relocation

  • Episode 284: But First...Betrayal!

    Episode 284: But First...Betrayal!

    30/01/2020 Duração: 01h42min

    This episode contains: We are joined again by Ben Lawless to talk about Star Trek. First we get down to science. You Built a Time Machine Out of a Car?: Deep learning enables real-time imaging around corners. Detailed, fast imaging of hidden objects could help self-driving cars detect hazards. Researchers have harnessed the power of a type of artificial intelligence known as deep learning to create a new laser-based system that can image around corners in real time. With further development, the system might let self-driving cars 'look' around parked cars or busy intersections to see hazards or pedestrians. Sci-Fi: Before we get to Picard, we talk about Avenue 5, Foundation by Isaac Asimov, The Expanse TV show, Children of Mars, and then finally Picard!

  • Episode 283: Moist Decay

    Episode 283: Moist Decay

    23/01/2020 Duração: 01h04min

    This episode contains: Steven forgets what month it is and Devon has Monday off. Devon saw a live recording of Alchemy This! And Steven hung out with Dorst. Robot Overlords: Living robots built using frog cells. Tiny 'xenobots' assembled from cells promise advances from drug delivery to toxic waste clean-up. Scientists re-purposed living frog cells -- and assembled them into entirely new life-forms. These tiny 'xenobots' can move toward a target and heal themselves after being cut. These novel living machines are neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. They're a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism. CSI: SFP: Cats Caught Breaking Into Human Body Farm To Feast On The Dead. At the Forensic Investigation Research Station in Whitewater, Colorado, human remains are placed outside and documented, photographed, and observed, just like at any other facility or a serial killer's house. At this facility, scavenger activ

  • Episode 282: Gotta Nuke Something

    Episode 282: Gotta Nuke Something

    16/01/2020 Duração: 01h07min

    This Episode Contains: Devon plays his guitar on the show. We talk about Devon’s trip to Oregon and Steven playing too much Rock Band. Biological Imperative: Pathways that extend lifespan by 500 percent identified. Scientists have identified synergistic cellular pathways for longevity that amplify lifespan fivefold in C. elegans, a nematode worm used as a model in aging research. The increase in lifespan would be the equivalent of a human living for 400 or 500 years, according to one of the scientists. We also discuss how society would have to change if humans lived to 400 to 500 years-old. Nuke The Whales? You Don’t Really Believe that Do You? Gotta Nuke Something. Touché: Animal life thriving around Fukushima. Nearly a decade after the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, researchers have found that wildlife populations are abundant in areas void of human life. Sci-Fi: You, Ad Ast

  • Episode 281: Dr. Seuss Adjacent

    Episode 281: Dr. Seuss Adjacent

    09/01/2020 Duração: 01h28min

    This episode contains: Devon is gone again so Ben Lawless is back on the show. Steven is back on the Rock Band bandwagon. Of Mice and Men: Forgetfulness might depend on time of day. Researchers have identified a gene in mice that seems to influence memory recall at different times of day and tracked how it causes mice to be more forgetful just before they normally wake up. The Dinosaurs Were Doomed Either Way: Earth was stressed before dinosaur extinction. By measuring the chemistry of fossilized seashells collected in Antarctica, researchers discovered that Earth was already experiencing carbon cycle instability before the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. Sci-Fi: For All Mankind, The Social Network’s writing and effect on future movies and TV, screenplay writing, Ben likes to read screen plays so he can experience the movie his own way before seeing the movie, we then t

  • Episode 280: Force Triad

    Episode 280: Force Triad

    02/01/2020 Duração: 01h53min

    This episode contains: This week both Devon Craft and Benjamin Daniel Lawless join Steven for a wicked talk about science fiction. And Star Wars. So much Star Wars. Holiday Talk: No Science talk this week. Instead we talk about sicknesses and holidays. Devon got a 7-string Ibanez guitar for xmas. Ben received a book called Different Dances by Shel Silverstein, it is VERY adult. We segue into A Boy Named Sue and it's lesser known sequel. Steven stumbles through his holidays (and later remembers he got Rock Band 4). Science Fiction: Steven finished the fifth Red Rising book, Dark Age. He talks a bit about it and the series as a whole. Ben just finished reading Moby's first memoir "Porcelain," and is currently watching The Expanse Season 4. Devon watched the first half of Season 2 of Lost In Space and we discuss. The Rise of Skywalker: SPOILER REVIEW! This may be the most comprehensive review as one of us hated it, one of us loved it and one of us thought it was just okay. We dive into the plot, what works and w

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