Episode #49: SpaceX Launch, Nanocthulu X and Suzanne Young X!

Dr. Suzanne Young

The 49th episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3 here (35mb) and the file’s page on Archive.org is here.

Starring

Teaching Angela to Appreciate History

1969 – Apollo 10 leaves the moon.

Updates

Still no SKA announcement.

Discussion

Circumcision – a little bit crazy, a little bit okay.

News

SpaceX Dragon module launched!

Sketchers stupid shoes are stupid, says court.

Obama says cousin-marriage okay.

Dinosaur farts did not kill the dinosaurs.

Men are victims of sexism too. (Related link)

New insect species named Nanocthulu lovecrafti.

When you eat may be a factor in weight gain after all.


Link of the Week

Sam – Die Siel van die Mier – Eugene Marais

Owen – sitchiniswrong.com

Quote

“In general, we look for a new law by the following process: First we guess it; then we compute the consequences of the guess to see what would be implied if this law that we guessed is right; then we compare the result of the computation to nature, with experiment or experience, compare it directly with observation, to see if it works. If it disagrees with experiment, it is wrong. In that simple statement is the key to science. It does not make any difference how beautiful your guess is, it does not make any difference how smart you are, who made the guess, or what his name is — if it disagrees with experiment, it is wrong.” – Richard Feymann

Announcements

http://archive.org/details/ConsilienceEpisode49
http://archive.org/download/ConsilienceEpisode49/Consilience49.mp3

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4 Responses to Episode #49: SpaceX Launch, Nanocthulu X and Suzanne Young X!

  1. Angela says:

    My son, Owen, would definitely agree that the letter X makes things cooler. He made my Mom buy him a necklace with the letter X on it. Because X is cool. What more reason do you need?

  2. Sham says:

    Just an explanation of why Charlie Brown was faster than the other Apollo command modules: F=m.a

    It had the same engine as all the others, pushing with the same force, but it wasn’t full of Moon rocks and scientific gear, so its total mass was much lower. So it achieved greater acceleration.

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