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#115 – I Want To Believe: The Greg Nibler Conspiracy

5/22/2018
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Conspiracy theories are thriving in the internet age, even as access to facts become easier. So what's going on? Why do people believe in conspiracy theories? Greg Nibler of Funemployment Radio and Digital Trends sits in this week to talk about his favorite theories and why these theories continue to thrive. Also: American Airlines' therapy animal guidelines, lie-detecting computer kiosks, world's oldest living person: "every day is a punishment," Google removes "Don't Be Evil" from mission...

Duration:00:53:43

#114 – Wiki-War!

5/8/2018
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In this episode we go to war! Both Mark and Todd pick a dozen random and fascinating short articles from Wikipedia and go head-to-head to see who uncovered the most interesting and obscure entries. Cut your hair accordingly! Also: the Unipiper finds his own Wiki-hole and brings us along for the ride. In the news: Amazon record profits!....and Amazon Prime's price increase, ABBA reunites, tinnitus treatment, vomit-inducing caterpillars, Harvard to resurrect woolly mammoth, an undercover...

Duration:00:59:32

#113 – Concrete Information about Cement

4/24/2018
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Concrete is such a fundamental aspect of humanity that we barely even notice it anymore. It's literally pedestrian. This episode we find out why and how concrete came to be, and how it formed the modern world we live in. Also: "King of Kong" winner controversy, the sound of black holes colliding, the rapture is upon us, Wapato Jail sold, "Pirates of the Caribbean" ships on Oregon coast, Art Bell dies, Japan's robot mayor, world's most hipster cities, throw out your romaine lettuce, and the...

Duration:01:05:07

#112 – Black Holes, Dark Matters

4/10/2018
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Black holes and dark matter are such a mystery, scientists are still trying to unwrap their secrets. In this episode, we take a look at the basics of black holes, and struggle to understand dark matter, which is the mysterious substance that makes up most of the universe. Plus, the Unipiper joins us in studio to talk fake Unipipers, Sasquatches, and WWeek's "Best of Portland 2018." Also: LED street lights causing headaches, world's largest dinosaur footprint, zombie raccoons, fart...

Duration:01:01:38

#111 – News Pile the Size of Texas

4/3/2018
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If I can't exhale at the speed of sound, how does my voice travel the speed of sound? How do the Eastern Oregon hot springs work? And who knew Alyssa Milano's dad was such a successful Hollywood sound editor? These questions and more will be answered in this meandering and interesting episode. Also discussed: "Embiggen" added to the dictionary, oil companies buy Utah monuments for drilling, Amazon patents drones to recognize flailing and screaming gestures, the Texas-sized (?) Pacific...

Duration:01:02:30

#110 – Name That Tune with Brian the Unipiper

3/20/2018
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Between movies, TV, and advertising, our heads are full of songs we know note-for-note, but know nothing else about. This week, Brian "The Unipiper" sits in for a vacationing Mark and digs into the history and origins or some of the most famous songs we don't know the origins of. Also, "Toys R Us" and "I Heart Radio" file for bankruptcy, autism neurology breakthrough, WalMart patents robot bees, and "Weird" Al makes history. Enjoy!

Duration:01:12:01

#109 – Non-Hyperbolic Hyperbaric Chamber Talk

3/7/2018
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Like most of us, you probably think of Michael Jackson on the cover of the National Enquirer when you hear "Hyperbaric Chamber." Surprisingly, they're not just kookie, weirdo nonsense, but hold legitimate, scientific purpose. This week we learn all about them, and hear a first-hand account of what it's like to use one. Also, the Unipiper is in-studio to tell us all about the First Annual Tonya Harding Film Festival! Also: Detecting autism, eradicating polio (also, what is polio?), SpaceX,...

Duration:01:12:49

#107 – Deport the Bhagwan!

1/31/2018
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In 1984, 751 people in the town of The Dalles, Oregon were sickened with salmonella when a group led by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh poisoned the salad bars of local restaurants. It was the beginning of the end of one of the largest and most invasive cults in the United States, and came complete with a fleet of Rolls Royces. Discover the Rajneeshes on this fascinating episode. Plus, the Unipiper joins us to chat about a new project! Also discussed: RIP Rosie the Riveter and Mort Walker, electric...

Duration:01:02:08

It’s Raining, Men

12/21/2017
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This week we welcome special guest and meteorologist Jack Bohl to chat about how climate works (or, more accurately, how we don't really know specifically how it works), and how things have changed in weather science over the past few decades. Also, at the END of the episode (after many, many spoiler alerts), we're joined in-studio with the Unipiper to talk about our reactions to "The Last Jedi." News: Questions about black holes and Wikileaks, RIP Beaverton Dutch Store and Vera Katz, Mad...

Duration:01:21:45

#103 – Mark Explains and Doesn’t Explain Quantum Computing

11/28/2017
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"Quantum Computing" is a phrase we're hearing more and more about it, and it's something that seems like magic -- because it sort of is. Let's take a look at Quantum Computing, which is basically a technological Shroedinger's Cat. Plus, the Unipiper talks about his busy upcoming schedule, and how to see him downtown! News: Spiders drink graphene, Tesla Roadster, Germany bans kids' smart watch, Facebook to show Russian articles, and the exciting adventures of a Flat-Earth Rocket Scientist....

Duration:01:16:23

#102 – Bodies of Evidence

11/12/2017
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There are 7 different "Body Farms" - special areas designated by research scientists to study the decomposition of bodies to aid in the forensic analysis of unsolved crimes -- located in the U.S. So what exactly goes on there? And how does a body farm get bodies? Plus, we take a close look at RCA's "Selectron Disk," (called a "Capacitance Electronic Disc,") an analogue movie format from the early 80s that stored sound and picture on vinyl disks that played with a physical stylist. Also,...

Duration:01:05:38

#101 – How Deep Is Your Web?

11/6/2017
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Many of us have heard the terms "Deep Web," "Dark Web," and maybe even "TOR/Onion Routing," but what exactly are those things? Or where are they? And am I on some sort of watch-list for even knowing about them? This week we dive into the hidden corners of the Internet that lay right under the surface. Plus: The Unipiper talks Interactive Board Game Museums and "Underwater Hockey." Also discussed: a Beluga whale speaks dolphin, Kennedy Papers and Climate Change Papers, LED stoplights not...

Duration:01:16:59

#100.5 – Just the Dad Jokes

11/1/2017
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Because people asked for it, here's a stand-alone compilation of the Dad Jokes Mark told during the first 100 episodes. Buckle down, it's 27 minutes of the most groan-inducing jokes you've ever heard. You've been warned.

Duration:00:27:50

#100 – Crossover? I Barely Knew Her!

10/31/2017
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We celebrate 100 (!) episodes by sharing mics with fellow podcast nerds Nate and Dave from the NotNerd podcast. Join us as we talk tech, Mystery Oreos (delivered in person via flaming bagpipe procession by the Unipiper himself!), the death of Kinect, and the 15 most influential websites of all time. It's a fantastic 100th show - and don't miss out on the 27-minute compilation of Mark's "Dad Jokes" from the past 100 episodes at the very end! (Seriously...if I had to listen to them all, then...

Duration:01:40:07

#99 – Wheel of Wikipedia Vol. 1

10/10/2017
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This week we spin the Wheel of Wikipedia and discuss half a dozen short-but-sweet topics, ranging from why we don't refer to the president as "Your Majesty" to "Berserk Llama Syndrome" to a Cold War CIA project called "Acoustic Kitty." All that, and the Unipiper works blue as he talks about what's going on around town. Plus: Lake Oswego v. Public Riffraff, "Steve" the Northern Lights, AIM shuts down, Musk delays truck, "Project Loon" depoloys wifi balloons, and Google's new in-ear...

Duration:01:06:41

#98 – The Crystal Method

10/2/2017
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In this week's episode we take a look at crystals: the otherworldly, geometric webbing of solid (and sometimes liquid) materials that make our up our fancy rings, computers, and TVs.Plus, the Unipiper dishes some great upcoming Halloween activities! Plus: "Smart" billboards and the terrifying side of machine learning, Elon Musk goes to the moon and to Mars, Musk's mom is the new CoverGirl, Hitler's underwear sells at auction, and our new plans of growing a gigantic floating pumpkin for the...

Duration:01:13:08

#97 – Cassini’s Final Descent

9/25/2017
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It's a super-sized episode as we get back into the swing of things and take a detailed look at the role the Cassini-Huygens Probe has played in our understanding of Saturn and its moons. And we catch up on news with stories about Herman the Sturgeon, Oregon cell phone law, robotic dental surgery, Amazon's N. Portland fulfillment center, the largest electric vehicle, Toys R Us bankruptcy, Manson Girl gets parole, Salvador Dali "is NOT the father!", and the heavy ethical questions of the...

Duration:01:12:04

#96 – Can You Beat Unnatural Meat?

9/5/2017
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The future of food isn't just altered crops - it's lab-grown and 3D-printed meat. As in real, perfect, just-like-meat meat, grown from animals' stem and scaffolding cells, all done without harming or killing real animals. Join us as we extrude the facts about "unnatural meats." Also: The coldest thing ever and record breaking heat, "low-fat diets kill you," stream movies with your library card, DC library hides banned books, British library releases DaVinci papers, Frankfurt evacuated for...

Duration:00:55:22

#95 – The One With The Eclipse

8/28/2017
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The eclipse and its hype has passed, but Brian "The Unipiper" Kidd joins us in-studio to talk about our fantastic and memorable trip to Idaho and Eastern Oregon last weekend. We talk about some interesting old towns, our cabin in the woods, as well as what exactly is going on with the Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot, which can be seen off I-84 in the Easter Oregon hinterlands. Travel with us, won't you? Also: Chuck Palahniuk time capsule, Washington's record apple crop, US Embassy...

Duration:01:20:42

#94 – Lizzie Borden Took an Ax…

8/8/2017
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We all know the nursery rhyme about Lizzie Borden and the untimely demise of her parents. But how much of it is true? And what actually happened in that Massachusetts house in 1892 that we still talk about it today? Find out on this week's show. Also discussed: Canadian wildfires and the PNW heat wave, Bitcoin splits, TriMet fares for low income riders, fire-starting cats, and bullet-proof armadillos. It's more fun than you can swing an ax at!

Duration:01:11:12

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