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#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


#88 – Trainspotting

6/21/2017
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It's not an understatement to say that trains built this country, and to this day are the backbone of our transportation industry. In this episode we take a closer look at a few of the engineering marvels that keep our trains moving. Also, the Unipiper talks about his upcoming appearance on ABC's "The Gong Show"! Plus: Amazon buys Whole Foods, coconut oil controversy, AIs develop their own language, world's largest duck in Tacoma, wooden skyscraper in the Pearl District, LEGO Multnomah...

Duration: 01:08:21


#87 – Baby You’re a Firework

6/6/2017
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Have you ever wondered how they pack such intricate explosions into those compact projectiles when you're watching fireworks? Find out the history and mechanics of fireworks on this week's show! Plus, the Unipiper tells us what it was like to lead the Rose Festival Starlight Parade! Also discussed: a fantastic James Bond doc, Ivar's Acres of Clams sells flagship location, Portland needs water treatment plant, a monkey mafia that holds stolen goods for ransom, Amazon grocery kiosks, and...

Duration: 01:10:42


#86 – Was Shakespeare a Conspiracy?

5/23/2017
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William Shakespeare changed the world with his writing, but for centuries people have argued he never even existed at all. From Mark Twain to Walt Whitman to even members of the US Supreme Court (who held a "trial" about it as late as 1987), people have asked the question: "Who was William Shakespeare?" We'll find out in this episode. Also, the Unipiper talks Sir Mix-a-lot, Oregon towns brace for the eclipse, Global Seed Vault floods, (S)Pam explosion in Mulkiteo, dairy water reclamations,...

Duration: 01:06:08


#85 – My Dear Watson

5/9/2017
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IBM's "Watson" is more than just an AI or supercomputer - it's a staggering step into a future of machines that can both learn (it can learn up to a million books per minute) and communicate with humans in a straight-forward and natural way. What is it? How does it work? Are we all going to die? Find out in this week's episode. The Unipiper also joins us to talk about his appearance in the Alaska Airlines magazine, and being voted the 3rd best mascot in all of Oregon. Also: vaccines don't...

Duration: 01:12:26


#84 – A Moving Episode About Momentum

4/30/2017
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In this episode we take a look at momentum and how it moves the world around us (and how it relates to inertia! Whee!). Pirouette with us through this interesting discussion, as well as the Unipiper's guide to sloths and the city. Also discussed: "Sheeple" now in the dictionary, Amazon's super practical and not at all scary "Look" device, Apple's data farms in Oregon, NSA spies on us using blimps, surgeon aims for head transplant in 3 years, and how female dragonflies fake death to avoid...

Duration: 01:10:45


#78 – Eclipses: Throwing Shade

3/13/2017
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There's a historic total solar eclipse coming up later this year, so we take this opportunity to talk about the various types and phases of solar and lunar eclipses. Spoilers: the sun will melt your eyes right out of your face, so don't just look through a hole in a piece of paper. We also talk to the Unipiper about anarchist potholes and freestyle mustaches! Also: "Grimm" sale, storing data on single atoms, Waze vs. city traffic planners, gluten-free your way to diabetes, Voodoo Donuts...

Duration: 01:05:48

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