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Learning Science By Pushing It To The LIMIT Do you love real SCIENCE and super smart SCI-FI? We made this podcast for YOU. We brainstorm IMAGINARY worlds based on the REAL scientific facts we discover when we dare to ask, every week, the BIGGEST question in the universe: WHAT... THE... IF???

Learning Science By Pushing It To The LIMIT Do you love real SCIENCE and super smart SCI-FI? We made this podcast for YOU. We brainstorm IMAGINARY worlds based on the REAL scientific facts we discover when we dare to ask, every week, the BIGGEST question in the universe: WHAT... THE... IF???
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Learning Science By Pushing It To The LIMIT Do you love real SCIENCE and super smart SCI-FI? We made this podcast for YOU. We brainstorm IMAGINARY worlds based on the REAL scientific facts we discover when we dare to ask, every week, the BIGGEST question in the universe: WHAT... THE... IF???

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76 - Now We Know How Many BRAINS It Takes To Fill The Albert Hall

1/7/2019
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A couple of weeks ago we explored PARALLEL UNIVERSES... and in *this* parallel universe we take up a similarly BRAIN BENDING a concept: the INFINITE probabilities that surround us in our INFINITE universe. Why should the guy with the goatee be the EVIL one? And what about PANTS... a necessary evil? In an INFINITE UNIVERSE surely there is one little place where people are less... judgmental. Also, did you see a brain lying (or FLYING) around here somewhere? LUDWIG BOLTZMANN says he lost his...

Duration:00:39:12

75 - WTiF You Could See EARTH RISE... With Your Own Eyes?

1/1/2019
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Happy New Year, dear IFFers!!! A joyous episode greets you. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Astronaut William Anders' society transforming photograph, "Earthrise," and basking in the glow of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic breakthrough towards bringing passengers into space... Philip wonders WTF is wrong with all these people on the plane who close their windowshades??? Meanwhile, on the skin of the Earth, the view of the skies is disappearing drastically, night after night. WTiF we...

Duration:00:45:21

74 - Bubbling Brew Of PARALLEL UNIVERSE Stew

12/25/2018
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Our listener & Super IFFer Jeff from Nashville asks What The IF there are parallel universes? Turns out... they might be exploding all around you! Should we fear the ones where we are wearing a beard? Good vs. Evil, Weird Science vs REAL SCIENCE. Strap on your parallel boots and let's go! SUBSCRIBE! linktr.ee/whattheifshow REVIEWS are greatly appreciated: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/id1250517051?mt=2&ls=1

Duration:00:53:21

73 - It's An ARTHUR C. CLARKE Christmas!

12/18/2018
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For our Christmas Special, our devoted listener Mitchell Scherr was inspired by the ARTHUR C. CLARKE short story "The Star," in which an ASTRONOMER ponders the source of the STAR OF BETHLEHEM. Was it a super nova? A meteor? A COMET, sent to a solar system which badly needed a tune up? ISAAC NEWTON had some very strong opinions on the matter, and he also has some seriously badass SINS to CONFESS. For realz! Enjoy this wonderful gift from Santa iCloud, directly to your ears, because you were...

Duration:00:50:41

72 - How To Tell People EARTH IS MELTING Without Killing The Party

12/11/2018
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Listener, and Super IFFer, Amira Youseff wrote in to the feedback@WhatTheIF.com hotline and asked: "How can I get MY FRIENDS to be interested in GLOBAL WARMING?" We discuss how IN THE WORLD you can talk about CLIMATE CHANGE at the party without causing everyone to yawn and abandon you. This week, how to SAVE THE PLANET while making friends and influencing people! This party is HEATING UP!

Duration:00:50:10

71 - Does A Watched PLANET Ever BOIL?

12/4/2018
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Today we take up another fabulous -- and dastardly -- suggestion from our audience! Super IFFER Mike Holland sent an email to our hungry feedback@whattheif.com mailbox and asked.... How did we come to know that CLIMATE CHANGE is really happening, and what it will do to our world? Scientists agree: our atmosphere is heating up and something wicked this way comes. But it wasn't always this way, predicting globally is a skill we've only recently developed... but how??? And WHO was the first...

Duration:00:44:38

70 - Victory Over GRAVITY!

11/27/2018
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70 - Victory Over GRAVITY! by Philip Shane & Matt Stanley

Duration:00:51:10

69 - Dummies VS Gravity!

11/20/2018
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69 - Dummies VS Gravity! by Philip Shane & Matt Stanley

Duration:00:42:10

68 - Are We Entertaining The MARTIANS?

11/13/2018
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IF we were Martians, looking at the Earth with our telescopes… would we know there’s LIFE there? If so, how would we know? Could we have watched humanity evolve? Would we see the humans coming to US? Run for the mons! It’s another fast & fascinating episode of What The IF?!!!

Duration:00:54:12

67 - KEPLER'S Planets & EGOMANIACAL Mathematicians!

11/6/2018
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This week, the ground-breaking, sky-breaking, star-breaking, NASA telescope, Kepler, got arthritis and, creeeeaaaaaakkkk.... slipped into a well earned and well deserved retirement, now free to lounge about forever doing the backstroke and sipping martinis among the galaxies. But if you think THAT sounds like a PARTY (!) wait until you hear all the classes clinking and whips cracking and bottles popping that went on in the REAL HISTORY of KEPLER's namesake... and his crowd of rowdy...

Duration:00:51:38

66 - Danger, SLOW BRAIN Ahead! TIME DILATION From Head To Toe

10/30/2018
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When scientists discovered that our brain communicates with our body through electrical signals, they had a scientific and philosophical freak-out: if it took a not insignificant amount of TIME for our brain to process the world around us... then that information -- OUR SENSES -- were always TOO SLOW! What did this mean for our SENSE OF REALITY? And when we began exploring the solar system, our communication with our far flung human and robot astronauts was even more DELAYED. What The IF is...

Duration:00:28:45

65 - Can You Trust Your Family ROBOT?

10/25/2018
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Attack of the FRIENDLY Robots! Will Robots really CARE for us? Or will they be faking it? Do all our screens WANT to be TOUCHED? This wildly imaginative episode, one of our original fan favorites, will change the way you think about that screen you’re looking at RIGHT NOW. Click and enjoy!

Duration:00:33:35

64 - Physicist CLIFFORD JOHNSON Peers Deep Into A BLACK HOLE And Finds...?

10/18/2018
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Superstar Theoretical Physicist CLIFFORD JOHNSON, author of the incredible graphic novel, “THE DIALOGUES: Conversations About The Nature Of The Universe” joins us for a very special show. He asks us to imagine… WTiF our entire solar system drifted TOO CLOSE (!!!) to a BLACK HOLE? What would it be like to be on Earth when it crosses the EVENT HORIZON? Would half the planet disappear? Would time stop? Would we find ourselves in a place where NOTHING IS AS WE KNOW IT? Better bring a flashlight...

Duration:01:15:08

63 - Astronomy SMELLS - The Art & Science Of Data Visualization

10/8/2018
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On Feb 22, 2017, astronomers announced four additional exoplanets around TRAPPIST-1, bringing it's total number of EXOPLANETS to seven. SIX of those (!) could possibly reside in the HABITABLE ZONE of that mysterious star.... so naturally we'd really like to SEE these planets! In this remastered broadcast of one of our most popular episodes -- Philip & Matt explore the magic and maybe-ness of NASA's "artistic impressions" and imagine what we'd REALLY see through the WINDOW of our space ships....

Duration:00:30:32

62 - GHOSTS!

10/3/2018
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What the IF... We could get scientific evidence of GHOSTS? Trick or Treat, once again we dive into the crazy realm of the PARANORMAL... as we learn REAL science!

Duration:00:43:15

61 - FLAT EARTH YouTube LIVE Special! - Joining Forces With The NonSequitur Show

9/23/2018
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Philip & Matt were honored to be invited onto the hilarious and super smart NonSequitur Show. The hosts of this popular YouTube channel invited us to play What This IF with one of their favorite topics, the wacked and weird ideas behind a FLAT EARTH. We say “YES, AND…” to this insane idea and grab it by the corners and take it for a spin, learning the REAL SCIENCE that flummoxes the crackpots. We bust up the Flat Earth club, and have a hoot doin’ it!

Duration:01:42:46

60 - See The RADIO WAVES All Around YOU! The Science & Wonder Of Electromagnetic Fields

9/17/2018
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60 - See The RADIO WAVES All Around YOU! The Science & Wonder Of Electromagnetic Fields by Philip Shane & Matt Stanley

Duration:00:47:06

59 - DEEPER Into THE SUN We Go - Flying And Frying... For Science!

9/9/2018
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Our journey continues... to the CENTER of the SUN!

Duration:00:46:39

58 - How To THINK Like A BIRD! The Science of Animal Consciousness With DR. KIKI

9/5/2018
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DR. KIKI SANFORD, host of the incredible, long-running science podcast, THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE (TWiS.org), joins us for our most amazing, astounding, iff-iest episode yet! What The IF... WE WERE BIRDS? We learn all about bird behavior, in particular, Dr. Kiki's favorite birds, the tiny, adorable, musical, KILLER BIRDS, the shrikes. Yikes! What's it like to THINK like a bird, and to BE a bird? Tons of fun, and loads of knowledge dropped (onto spikes!) in this episode. Flap your wings and join...

Duration:00:52:31

57 - Our SUBMARINE Dives... Into The SUN!

8/28/2018
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NASA just launched the Parker Solar Probe, flying toward the Sun to get closer than anything we've EVER sent before. WTiF we could have James Cameron build us our very own super duper solar submarine! Shower yourself with suntan lotion and let's go!

Duration:00:39:47