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Episode 53: Intermission

9/24/2017
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Duration:00:02:46

Episode 52: Small human in big universe

9/7/2017
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What are orbits and eclipses? What is an orbit? (NASA) (https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/nasa-knows/what-is-orbit-58.html) What causes an orbit to happen? (Qualitative Reasoning Group) (http://www.qrg.northwestern.edu/projects/vss/docs/space-environment/1-what-causes-an-orbit.html) What is orbital mechanics? (Rocket & Space Technology) (http://www.braeunig.us/space/orbmech.htm) Orbital mechanics I (The Physics Hypertextbook) (https://physics.info/orbital-mechanics-1/)...

Duration:01:02:53

Episode 51: Things starting things starting things

8/24/2017
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What happens inside computers? The cream yellow Volvo 850 T5-R wagon (Pinterest) (https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/1b/a3/e4/1ba3e49abd91ca711ee341c8190ca2c3.jpg) What is a computer? (Computer Hope) (https://www.computerhope.com/jargon/c/computer.htm) When women stopped coding (Planet Money, NPR) (http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2014/10/21/357629765/when-women-stopped-coding) Women computers in World War II (Engineering & Technology History)...

Duration:01:00:53

Episode 50: The fresh fields of hydrogen

8/10/2017
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What is the Sun? Powers of Ten™: The famous video from 1977 that explains the scale of the universe (YouTube) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fKBhvDjuy0) The Sun (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun) Formation of the Sun (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun#Formation) The Sun is about 4.6 billion years old: Facts about the Sun’s age, size & history (Space.com) (https://www.space.com/58-the-sun-formation-facts-and-characteristics.html) How is a star born? (Scientific...

Duration:01:01:32

Episode 49: You've invented a method to send angry cats

7/27/2017
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What is email? Our Patreon site 🤓 (https://www.patreon.com/strangeattractor) The history of email (Net History) (http://www.nethistory.info/History%20of%20the%20Internet/email.html) Email (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email) The man who invented email (Time) (http://techland.time.com/2011/11/15/the-man-who-invented-email/) How does email work? (How-To Geek) (https://www.howtogeek.com/56002/htg-explains-how-does-email-work/) How email works (How Stuff Works, Tech)...

Duration:01:05:32

Episode 48: Tea, Earl Grey, hot

7/13/2017
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What is science fiction? Science fiction (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_fiction) Hard versus soft science fiction (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_fiction#Hard_science_fiction) Why is science fiction so hard to define? (BBC) (http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140729-what-is-and-isnt-sci-fi) How America's leading science fiction authors are shaping your future (Smithsonian)...

Duration:01:01:57

Episode 47: myfavouritedog25

6/29/2017
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What is hacking? Before listening to this podcast We recommend changing your email, banking & Apple ID passwords if you use them for anything else. Use a password generator to make unique, random new ones for each login. These accounts are central to unlocking your online life. Ideally never use duplicate passwords. Nothing is perfect, but let's make it as hard as possible for hackers & bots 💪🏻 We also recommend subscribing to a password manager like 1Password: It remembers all your...

Duration:00:57:42

Episode 46: Behind the nerd curtain

6/15/2017
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Why doesn't my computer work? What is a server in computer networking? (lifewire) (https://www.lifewire.com/servers-in-computer-networking-817380) What does a server technician do? (wiseGEEK) (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-a-server-technician-do.htm) Server (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_(computing)) A rack of servers (wiseGEEK) (http://images.wisegeek.com/racks-of-servers.jpg) A movie starring Johnny and a rack of servers (Vimeo) (https://vimeo.com/29903703) Inside...

Duration:01:03:15

Episode 45: It's not about being right

6/1/2017
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What is critical thinking? *NB: There's a few cuss words in this episode. We made a movie! You should really watch this. Because we made it. 🤓 - 'Healthy Thinking' by Strange Attractor (Vimeo, Grovefest) (https://vimeo.com/220101614) - 'Healthy Thinking' by Strange Attractor (YouTube) (https://youtu.be/tSRzsp4vAeo) Show notes The Skeptics' guide to the Universe podcast (SGU) (http://www.theskepticsguide.org) What is critical thinking? (Foundation for Critical Thinking)...

Duration:00:59:47

Episode 44: A space elevator held up by a carbon spider web

5/18/2017
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What is nanotechnology? An invitation to enter a new field of physics: A lecture on nanotechnology that Richard Feynman gave in 1959 (Zyvex) (http://www.zyvex.com/nanotech/feynman.html) Definition of 'nano' (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nano-) Nanotechnology (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanotechnology) The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) (http://www.nano.gov) @NNInanonews: Twitter feed of NNI (https://twitter.com/NNInanonews) Center for Responsible...

Duration:00:59:42

Episode 43: A cold, yet boiling, cup of tea

5/4/2017
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What is the atmosphere? Atmosphere of Earth (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere_of_Earth) Evolution of Earth's atmosphere (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere_of_Earth#Evolution_of_Earth.27s_atmosphere) Earth's early atmosphere (Universe Today) (https://www.universetoday.com/26659/earths-early-atmosphere/) A lecture on Earth's atmosphere (The Ohio State University) (http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~pogge/Ast141/Unit3/Lect10_Atmos.pdf) Gaseous...

Duration:00:57:21

Episode 42: That's a long time in a Spanish toilet

4/20/2017
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What is the Moon? The Moon installation touring the UK that inspired this episode (Museum of the Moon) (https://my-moon.org) Awesome simulated view of the Moon over 1 month (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libration#/media/File:Lunar_libration_with_phase_Oct_2007_450px.gif) Why do people say the Moon is made of cheese? (Mental Floss) (http://mentalfloss.com/article/53107/why-do-people-say-moon-made-cheese) Five myths about the Moon (EarthSky)...

Duration:01:01:37

Episode 41: Holy Jesus look at that civilisation over there!

4/6/2017
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Are we alone in the universe? "Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying" (Arthur C. Clarke, Wikiquote) (https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Alien_life) "Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity" (Wernher von Braun, Wikiquote)...

Duration:00:59:06

Episode 40: We saw your wobble

3/23/2017
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How do we see things in space? TRAPPIST-1: "Presenting humanity with many opportunities to study terrestrial worlds beyond our solar system" (TRAPPIST-1) (http://www.trappist.one) TRAPPIST-1 (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRAPPIST-1) What is astronomy? (Space.com) (http://www.space.com/16014-astronomy.html) How do (visual) telescopes work? (How Stuff Works, Science) (http://science.howstuffworks.com/telescope.htm/printable) Galileo Galilei (Wikipedia)...

Duration:01:02:02

Episode 39: All my crimes are still on the computer

3/9/2017
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How does computer storage work? Timeline of computer memory & storage with cool pictures (Computer History) (http://www.computerhistory.org/timeline/memory-storage/) Computer memory (Explain That Stuff!) (http://www.explainthatstuff.com/how-computer-memory-works.html) Random-access memory, or RAM (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Random-access_memory) How RAM works (How Stuff Works, Tech) (http://computer.howstuffworks.com/ram.htm) Read-only memory, or ROM (Wikipedia)...

Duration:01:02:12

Episode 38: The faster you go, the fatter you get

2/23/2017
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What is relativity? Einstein's theory of special relativity came first, in 1905 (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_relativity) How special relativity works (How Stuff Works, Science) (http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/everyday-myths/relativity.htm) Einstein's theory of general relativity came second, in 1915 (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_relativity) Einstein's theory of general relativity (Space.com)...

Duration:01:02:00

Episode 37: Don't steal meat

2/9/2017
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What are wearables & RFIDs? Wearables 101: What they are & why you’ll be seeing a lot of them (How-To Geek) (http://www.howtogeek.com/207108/wearables-101-what-they-are-and-why-youll-be-seeing-a-lot-of-them/) Wearable technology (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wearable_technology) The wear, why & how (The Economist) (http://www.economist.com/news/business/21646225-smartwatches-and-other-wearable-devices-become-mainstream-products-will-take-more) Gamification (Wikipedia)...

Duration:01:07:29

Episode 36: You put a cat in a box

1/26/2017
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What is quantum physics? Quantum mechanics 101: Demystifying tough physics in 4 easy lessons (TEDed) (http://blog.ed.ted.com/2014/12/07/quantum-mechanics-101-demystifying-tough-physics-in-4-easy-lessons/) Quantum physics for 7 year olds: Dominic Walliman TED talk (YouTube) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARWBdfWpDyc) 6 things everyone should know about quantum physics (Forbes)...

Duration:01:01:26

Episode 35: Before chicken

1/12/2017
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What is time & why does it move forward? (The Conversation) (http://theconversation.com/what-is-time-and-why-does-it-move-forward-55065) What is time? (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time) A debate over the physics of time (Quanta Magazine) (https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160719-time-and-cosmology/) Check if the time on your devices matches 'atomic time' anywhere on Earth (Time.is) (https://time.is) Why is a minute divided into 60 seconds, an hour into 60 minutes, yet there are...

Duration:00:59:02

Episode 34: We're moving!

12/30/2016
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We're moving! Hi. Johnny here. I'm just about to move Strange Attractor across to a different podcast hosting platform. Say what? Doesn't matter. Here's all you need to know: You shouldn't notice And if you did, that means I messed up. I'm sorry. This stuff can be fairly complicated. If you don't see episode 35 on the 13th January... ...just delete the podcast from your player and re-subscribe. That should fix it up. Any questions? Tweet me @johnnynoble any time. If you see this...

Duration:00:00:45