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#108 – We All Float Down Here

2/6/2018
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This week Todd recaps his journey into opening his third eye as he describes his sensory deprivation salt water float experience. Then we dive into the surprisingly fascinating and innovative history of a much maligned (well, maligned by Todd) RC Cola! All that, plus: The Unipiper is art!, liquid mirror telescopes, Amazon tracks and "nudges" workers, Amazon/Berkshire Hathaway/JP Morgan insurance, SF clears marijuana convictions, and amateur astronomer finds missing NASA satellite. Enjoy...

Duration:01:02:56

#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

#106 – Accidental Inventions

1/23/2018
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There are no mistakes, just "happy accidents." In this episode, we take a look at a bunch of scientific innovations and inventions - from Corn Flakes to penicillin to the microwave to Play-Doh - that came about quite by happy accidents. And the Unipiper joins us in studio to taste test Japanese snack foods. Also: TV spin-offs, SpaceX spy satellite explosion, IV bag shortage, Echo Spot "Smart Alarm," cancer-detecting blood test, 2017 second hottest year after 2016, Bill Gates pays Nigeria's...

Duration:01:19:34

#105 – Playing Catch-Up

1/9/2018
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We're back with a bonus-sized episode! This week we catch up with, well, everything -- both the news stories we've been saving up, as well as a look back at the past year in science. And new father The Unipiper joins us to talk about his new daughter and visiting the best store in Portland! Topics: Epsom salt, FartMan, supermoons, DNA kits, ISIS, bad movie documentaries, taking an Uber instead of an ambulance, Library of Congress not saving every tweet, wireless charging, plants and...

Duration:01:28:37

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

#93 – Can You Hear Me Now?

8/1/2017
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Tiny bones, flexing membranes, percussive protection, and some fluid for good measure -- our ability to hear and instantly translate sound into meaning is both amazingly advanced, yet mechanically fairly simple. Take a listen to this week's discussion about how our ears work. Plus, the Unipiper talks all about his big meetup with Times Square's World-Famous "The Naked Cowboy"! News discussed: The Perseid meteor shower to be the brightest in 96 years, Kenton's Paul Bunyan statue renovation,...

Duration:01:11:51

#92 – [Eggplant Emoji]

7/24/2017
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Emojis are everywhere from plush toys to lip balm to the movie theaters, but where did they come from? Does someone own them? Can I design my own? Find out the answers in this surprising look at the history of emojis. Also discussed: PDX wins best airport again, Oregon hotel scams for the eclipse, OMSI's record-breaking baking soda volcano, Washington State new cell phone/driving law, and more news about things that are the size of Delaware. [winky-face-clown-hat]

Duration:00:43:39

#91 – Mirages, Light Bending, and Other Phenom-mnah

7/10/2017
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This week we look at what exactly is happening when you see a mirage or other atmospheric phenomenon (phenom-mnah), and how light bends around and through the air like crashing waves to create optical illusions that appear right in front of us. Also, the Unipiper talks terrible movie trailers and Sea Pickles! This week's news stories: Pacific Foods sells for $700m, Oregon raises cigarette buying age, Paul McCartney finally gets his music back, Tesla in Australian rich-man's bet, driving...

Duration:01:00:23

#90 – Gimme Some Sugar, Baby

7/4/2017
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Much like salt, sugar has played an integral role in the spreading of humans around the world. Domesticated by New Guinea, powdered by India, perfected by Muslims, spread by Crusades, and the reason half of the 11 million slaves were brought to the New World, the story of sugar hasn't always been sweet. Also discussed: Tesla finally makes the Model 3, Musk digs first tunnel, NASA has to deny Mars child slavery colony, Portland's Mounted Police no more, free eclipse glasses at libraries,...

Duration:00:59:56

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