Fact and Science Fiction
Animal Mimicry in Nature and Carpenter's The Thing
In this episode I'm sharing types of animal mimicry. From owl butterflies to cuckoo birds, to the "thing" from space. I discuss defensive mimicry, aggressive mimicry and even mimicry humans have contributed to. It turns out there's no greater inspiration for horror than the natural world. Research from this episode is from my ol' pal Wikipedia andC. Blut, J. Wilibrandt, D. Fels, E.I. Girgel & K. Linau's 'The 'sparkle' in fake eyes - the protective effect of mimic eyespots in lepidoptera' in the journal Entomologia Experimentalis et ApplicataDream/Flashback effect from Zany MadcapFollow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @FactandSciFiRead the blog factandsciencefiction.comBecome a patron at Patreon.com/FactandSciFiDownload your free audiobook today AudibleTrial.com/FactandSciFi
Super Suits, Mechsuits, and Iron Man
We are obsessed with super suits. It is the peak of imagined technology. It’s like we have recognized the limits of the human body - and we have decided that all we need to become super strong, fast and flying is robotics. From Iron Man, RoboCop to the Gundam franchise, they are known as mechsuits, exosuits, and mobile suits. I wanted to know what exactly these suits do, how can we break them down into different parts of technology. What real world tech is out there that would be familar to science fiction fans. And how far away are we from the ideal super suit.SourcesThe Science of RoboCop http://collider.com/robocop-science/Friedl, Karl & J. Buller, Mark & Tharion, William & Potter, Adam & L. Manglapus, Glen & W. Hoyt, Reed. (2016). Real Time Physiological Status Monitoring (RT-PSM): Accomplishments, Requirements, and Research Roadmap. Become a patron at Patreon.com/FactandScifiGive the podcast a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or StitcherFollow the podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @FactandSciFi
The Flu in Stephen King's The Stand
There have been several pandemics in human history and few are as misunderstood as the flu. In Stephen King's The Stand, a flu epidemic wipes out most of the human population. How is it different from the actual flu? What are some misconceptions about the flu? How can you protect yourself? This episode goes into those questions and more. This episode was brought to you by Audible which as over 80,000 audiobooks for download. Download a free audiobook today with my special trial link audibletrial.com/factandscifiSupport the show in other ways! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a review, tell a friend, or support the show on Patreon.
Science of Superheroes: Planet Comicon Live
This special live episode was recorded March 30 in Kansas City MO. I did a round-up of the science of superheroes and superpowers, including Captain Marvel, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, and Ant-Man. I discuss photon blasts, radiation, growing big and super-shrinking. Then I talked about the outliers: real life people with interesting abilities. Check out the transcript on the blog factandsciencefiction.com and share the episode with a nerd you know!Twitter: @FactandSciFiFacebook: facebook.com/factandscifiInstagram: @factandscifiResearch from this episode came from:O'Doherty Jim; Rojas-Fisher, Bruno; O’Doherty, Sophie. Real-Life Radioactive Men. Superhero Science and Technology, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, nov. 2018.ExplainThatStuff.com How do lasers work?Stanford biologist explains science of origin stories of Captain America and the Incredible HulkCBR.com Captain Marvel: All Of Her Powers Officially RankedThe Science of Superheroes by Lois Gresh and Robert WeinbergSize and Warmth Noticing.co Biohacker CRISPRs himself in attempt to get bigger musclesIceMan by Smithsonian Magazine
Going for Orbit with Kerbal Space Program
I play a video game! Join me as I launch a rocket to space, complete an orbit path, and return back to the planet on Kerbal Space Program. Kerbal Space Program is a popular physics simulator that teaches players science and engineering. It's for people who love space and taking notes! Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you find Fact and Science FictionRead bonus content on the pod blog FactandScienceFiction.comFollow the podcast on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @FactandSciFiThis episode was brought to you by Audible. Download a free audiobook today with a trial subscription at https://audibletrial.com/factandscifiCheck out KerbalEdu and quill18's Kerbal Space Program's tutorials on YouTube to learn more!
Interview with Author David Siegel Bernstein
David Bernstein's Blockbuster Science has been a life-saver for my research for the podcast and I was so happy he agreed to be on the show! We talk about how he got the idea for the book, his favorite topics in science (hint: space!), and his job as a forensic data scientist! Follow David on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.Support the podcast on Patreon.com/FactandSciFi or get in touch on the Blog!
Climate Change and Eco Sci Fi
Climate change is an environmental phenomena that has huge implications for life on Earth in the next few decades. I researched climate change adaptation: what we're going to do when the worst effects of climate change happen. I saw a lot of similarities between what is really happening and a sub genre of science fiction called Eco Sci Fi including work from Jeff VanderMeer, Lesley Nneka Arima and Kim Stanley Robinson.Research includesInterviews from America Adapts: The Climate Change PodcastMigration in the context of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change: insights from analogues by Robert A. McLeman and Lori M. HunterCrisis or adaptation? Migration and climate change in a context of high mobility by Cecila TacoliThe Collapse of Western Civilization by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway - get this awesome book for free at Audibletrial.com/factandscifiSupport the podcast on Patreon.com/factandscifi or get in touch on FB, Twitter and Instagram @factandscifi
Time Travel in Fiction... and Reality?
I am back from my hiatus to talk about time travel! Time travel as a theme has been BIG in stories since before the written word. I talk about legends, popular science fiction movies and TV, and then break down what Albert Einstein allowed for in his relativity theories. Buckle up!This episode included research from Time Travel: A History by James Gleick *I may have called him David in the episode and I am so sorry. Download this audiobook today or another of your choosing by clicking here or copy/past http://audibletrial.com/factandscifi into your browser.Music and sound effects from Kevin McLeod under Creative Common License, FreeSound.org and SoundImage.org.Follow the podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @FactandSciFi. Subscribe, rate and review wherever you get your podcasts and read more content about time travel on the blog https://factandsciencefiction.com
Bigfoot, Mothman and More: Cryptids in History and Today
For Halloween and the podcast’s first anniversary I dedicate this special episode to cryptids! Bigfoot, Mothman, Wendigos and Loch Ness Monsters. Where do these stories come from? How can cryptozoologists prove they are real? Using research from folklore researchers, historians and animal researchers, I take a closer look into the world of hidden animals.Research from this episode:Going to the Source: Volume 1 to 1877 by Victoria Bissell Brown and Timothy J. ShannonCryptozoology in the Medieval and Modern Worlds by Peter DendleThe Okapi Conservation ProjectLegendary Cryptids that Turned Out to be Real on iO9.If you liked this episode, please send me a message on Twitter or Facebook at factandscifi or leave a review and I’ll give you a shoutout on the show.This episode was edited by Billy Martin at BlurredLine MediaIf you want to create your own podcast, drop your email at the blog https://factandsciencefiction.com/contact-us and I'll send you a list of resources to record and edit your podcast using free tools!