Strange Attractor

Strange Attractor

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An unscripted conversation between two science lovers over wine and peas
52: Small human in big universe
Sep 7 • 62 min
What are orbits and eclipses? What is an orbit? (NASA) What causes an orbit to happen? (Qualitative Reasoning Group) What is orbital mechanics? (Rocket & Space Technology) Orbital mechanics I (The Physics Hypertextbook) Heliocentrism from the Greeks to…
51: Things starting things starting things
Aug 24 • 60 min
What happens inside computers? The cream yellow Volvo 850 T5-R wagon (Pinterest) What is a computer? (Computer Hope) When women stopped coding (Planet Money, NPR) Women computers in World War II (Engineering & Technology History) Human computers: The…
50: The fresh fields of hydrogen
Aug 10 • 61 min
What is the Sun? Powers of Ten™: The famous video from 1977 that explains the scale of the universe (YouTube) The Sun (Wikipedia) Formation of the Sun (Wikipedia) The Sun is about 4.6 billion years old: Facts about the Sun’s age, size & history…
49: You’ve invented a method to send angry cats
Jul 27 • 65 min
What is email? Our Patreon site 🤓 The history of email (Net History) Email (Wikipedia) The man who invented email (Time) How does email work? (How-To Geek) How email works (How Stuff Works, Tech) How does an email server work? (MUO) Handshake (Computer…
48: Tea, Earl Grey, hot
Jul 13 • 61 min
What is science fiction? Science fiction (Wikipedia) Hard versus soft science fiction (Wikipedia) Why is science fiction so hard to define? (BBC) How America's leading science fiction authors are shaping your future (Smithsonian) What is science fiction…
47: myfavouritedog25
Jun 29 • 57 min
What is hacking? Before listening to this podcast We recommend changing your email, banking & Apple ID passwords if you use them for anything else. Use a password generator to make unique, random new ones for each login. These accounts are central to…
46: Behind the nerd curtain
Jun 15 • 63 min
Why doesn't my computer work? What is a server in computer networking? (lifewire) What does a server technician do? (wiseGEEK) Server (Wikipedia) A rack of servers (wiseGEEK) A movie starring Johnny and a rack of servers (Vimeo) Inside the internet:…
45: It’s not about being right
Jun 1 • 59 min
What is critical thinking? *NB: There's a few cuss words in this episode. We made a movie! You should really watch this. Because we made it. 🤓 'Healthy Thinking' by Strange Attractor (Vimeo, Grovefest) 'Healthy Thinking' by Strange Attractor (YouTube)…
44: A space elevator held up by a carbon spider web
May 18 • 59 min
What is nanotechnology? An invitation to enter a new field of physics: A lecture on nanotechnology that Richard Feynman gave in 1959 (Zyvex) Definition of 'nano' (Wikipedia) Nanotechnology (Wikipedia) The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)…
43: A cold, yet boiling, cup of tea
May 4 • 57 min
What is the atmosphere? Atmosphere of Earth (Wikipedia) Evolution of Earth's atmosphere (Wikipedia) Earth's early atmosphere (Universe Today) A lecture on Earth's atmosphere (The Ohio State University) Gaseous composition of dry air (Columbia University)…
42: That’s a long time in a Spanish toilet
Apr 20 • 61 min
What is the Moon? The Moon installation touring the UK that inspired this episode (Museum of the Moon) Awesome simulated view of the Moon over 1 month (Wikipedia) Why do people say the Moon is made of cheese? (Mental Floss) Five myths about the Moon…
41: Holy Jesus look at that civilisation over there!
Apr 6 • 59 min
Are we alone in the universe? "Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying" (Arthur C. Clarke, Wikiquote) "Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of…
40: We saw your wobble
Mar 23 • 62 min
How do we see things in space? TRAPPIST-1: "Presenting humanity with many opportunities to study terrestrial worlds beyond our solar system" (TRAPPIST-1) TRAPPIST-1 (Wikipedia) What is astronomy? (Space.com) How do (visual) telescopes work? (How Stuff…
39: All my crimes are still on the computer
Mar 9 • 62 min
How does computer storage work? Timeline of computer memory & storage with cool pictures (Computer History) Computer memory (Explain That Stuff!) Random-access memory, or RAM (Wikipedia) How RAM works (How Stuff Works, Tech) Read-only memory, or ROM…
38: The faster you go, the fatter you get
Feb 23 • 62 min
What is relativity? Einstein's theory of special relativity came first, in 1905 (Wikipedia) How special relativity works (How Stuff Works, Science) Einstein's theory of general relativity came second, in 1915 (Wikipedia) Einstein's theory of general…
37: Don’t steal meat
Feb 9 • 67 min
What are wearables & RFIDs? Wearables 101: What they are & why you’ll be seeing a lot of them (How-To Geek) Wearable technology (Wikipedia) The wear, why & how (The Economist) Gamification (Wikipedia) The Apple Watch, Series 2 (Apple) How the Apple Watch…
36: You put a cat in a box
Jan 26 • 61 min
What is quantum physics? Quantum mechanics 101: Demystifying tough physics in 4 easy lessons (TEDed) Quantum physics for 7 year olds: Dominic Walliman TED talk (YouTube) 6 things everyone should know about quantum physics (Forbes) What is quantum…
35: Before chicken
Jan 12 • 59 min
What is time & why does it move forward? (The Conversation) What is time? (Wikipedia) A debate over the physics of time (Quanta Magazine) Check if the time on your devices matches 'atomic time' anywhere on Earth (Time.is) Why is a minute divided into 60…
34: We’re moving!
Dec 30, 2016 • 0 min
We’re moving! Hi. Johnny here. I’m just about to move Strange Attractor across to a different podcast hosting platform. Say what? Doesn’t matter. Here’s all you need to know: You shouldn’t notice And if you did, that means I messed up. I’m sorry. This…
33: It’s just a telly in front of your eyes
Dec 29, 2016 • 46 min
What is virtual & augmented reality? What is virtual reality? (Explain That Stuff!) How augmented reality works (How Stuff Works, Tech) ‘That VR Joint’: The virtual reality place we visited on our excursion Virtual reality (Wikipedia) Augmented reality…
32: You make a big thing smaller
Dec 15, 2016 • 65 min
How is music & video compressed & streamed? How MP3 files work (How Stuff Works, Tech) The ‘Mother of the MP3’: Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega was used to develop the MP3 (Wikipedia) Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega (YouTube) What is an MP3 & who was behind it?…
31: The universe is made of dander
Dec 1, 2016 • 61 min
What’s outside our solar system? Where does the solar system end? (ABC, Australia) Where in the universe is Voyager? The surprising showdown over where our solar system ends (TIME) What defines the boundary of the solar system? (NASA) Live tracking: Where…
30: I’m not the special dog mutant
Nov 17, 2016 • 62 min
From vinyl to MP3 - how is media recorded? Music was made truly portable on 1 July, 1979, with the release of the Sony Walkman (Time) What is analogue recording? (Wikipedia) What is digital recording? (Wikipedia) Meet the ‘telegraphone’ & ‘magnetophon’,…
29: It’s not like on Star Wars
Nov 3, 2016 • 59 min
A quick tour of our solar system Limits of Humanity: The observable universe goes on for light years & we’ll only ever see 0.00000000001% of it (Kurzgesagt, Devour) Powers of Ten: The classic video from 1977 that explains the scale of space (YouTube)…
28: God knows what’s happening in there
Oct 20, 2016 • 61 min
How do computer programs work? How do computers work? (Explain That Stuff!) What is a computer program? (Wikipedia) How does a computer program work? (Dummies) How do computer languages work? (The Linux Documentation Project) How does coding work? (code…
27: A short(s) notice
Oct 13, 2016 • 3 min
Bye bye Strange Shorts We’ve decided that we’re not massive fans of our ‘every other week’ Strange Shorts experiment, so we’re unceremoniously killing it off. We’ll be back next week, and then regular as clockwork every other Friday, with a full size full…
26: The rainbow of energy
Oct 6, 2016 • 54 min
What are colours? What is colour? Just different wavelengths of light…mental (Wikipedia) Visible light (NASA) The visible spectrum (Wikipedia) What is electromagnetic radiation? (livescience) Spectral colours (HyperPhysics, Georgia State University) What…
25: Strange Shorts #6, Happy International Podcast Day!
Sep 29, 2016 • 14 min
What is Strange Shorts? An experiment in time management. Turns out, releasing a weekly podcast to our exacting standards, plus attending conferences in Sydney for International Podcast Day, is pretty time consuming. We also have some top secret new ideas…
24: The red pants that I rejected
Sep 22, 2016 • 61 min
How does online tracking and advertising work? Popping the publishing bubble: A great overview about what the iOS 9 ad blockers mean for online advertising (Stratechery) Data collection by loyalty programs (Choice) How supermarkets get your data & what…
23: Strange Shorts #5
Sep 15, 2016 • 15 min
What is Strange Shorts? An experiment in time management. Turns out, releasing a weekly podcast to our exacting standards, plus going out drinking with Elon (we can’t be saving kittens all the time), is pretty time consuming. We also have some top secret…
22: Darling, the metre man’s here!
Sep 8, 2016 • 59 min
What are ‘Standard International units’? Where are you from? Send us a postcard! Strange Attractor, c/ PO Box 9, Fitzroy, VIC 3065, Australia The seven Système International d’Unités (SI) base units: second, mole, metre, kilogram, kelvin, candela, ampere…
21: Strange Shorts #4
Sep 1, 2016 • 17 min
What is Strange Shorts? An experiment in time management. Turns out, releasing a weekly podcast to our exacting standards, plus teaching conservation at the dolphin sanctuary, is pretty time consuming. We also have some top secret new ideas for Strange…
20: Schrödinger’s rabbit
Aug 25, 2016 • 63 min
What is radioactivity? Where are you from? Send us a postcard! Strange Attractor, c/ PO Box 9, Fitzroy, VIC 3065, Australia What is radioactivity? Including alpha, beta & gamma decay, half-life, background radiation & health effects (Physics.org) Types of…
19: Strange Shorts #3, The Great Coloured Chocolate Experiment
Aug 18, 2016 • 15 min
Field trip! We leave our cosy recording studio (lounge room) and brave the wilds (Fitzroy) in the name of science. On our maiden voyage we test the hypothesis — Is it possible to differentiate the colour of Smarties, M&M’s and Skittles under a yellow…
18: I’ve got evidence for a pea which is 2 centimetres wide
Aug 11, 2016 • 57 min
What is science? Where are you from? Send us a postcard! Strange Attractor, c/ PO Box 9, Fitzroy, VIC 3065, Australia Understanding science: A great site Lucy found that kinda explains it all (University of California, Berkeley) Tyler Durden (Wikipedia)…
17: Strange Shorts #2
Aug 4, 2016 • 15 min
What is Strange Shorts? An experiment in time management. Turns out, releasing a weekly podcast to our exacting standards, plus volunteering at the orphanage, is pretty time consuming. We also have some top secret new ideas for Strange Attractor, so we…
16: Kelvin the chicken
Jul 28, 2016 • 59 min
Solids, liquids, gases & how they transform The ‘classical’ states of matter (solid, liquid, gas, plasma) “are distinguished by changes in specific heat capacity, pressure & temperature” (Wikipedia) Pic: Transitions between the four fundamental states of…
15: Strange Shorts #1
Jul 21, 2016 • 17 min
What is Strange Shorts? An experiment in time management. Turns out, releasing a weekly podcast to our exacting standards, plus working in the salt mines, is pretty time consuming. We also have some top secret new ideas for Strange Attractor, so we need…
14: In the first couple of seconds it just went mental
Jul 14, 2016 • 68 min
How was the universe made? Briefly. “Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all…
13: What if a dog didn’t have ears?
Jul 7, 2016 • 65 min
What is sound? The function of music…very cool clip (Devour) What is sound? Explains pretty much everything Johnny was talking about (Explain That Stuff!) A comprehensive sound wave resource, including a cool slow-motion clip on sound waves in wine…
12: Shut your hole
Jun 30, 2016 • 76 min
How does photography work? Johnny's Leica MP that we used as a prop (Steve Huff Photo) How does a camera work? (Tech, How Stuff Works) When were cameras invented? It depends…400BC if you count the ancient Chinese 'camera obscura' (Wikipedia) The camera…
11: Things move, unless they don’t
Jun 23, 2016 • 60 min
Newton's laws & how things move Newton's 3 laws of motion (livescience) Newton's 3 laws of motion (NASA) Voyager 1 & 2 are still voyaging - this is how far they've gone in real time! (JPL, NASA) Outer space has a very low density of particles (Wikipedia)…
10: When do we retract our flaps?
Jun 16, 2016 • 61 min
How do planes fly? How do planes fly? Backs up what Johnny was saying about how wings work (Explain That Stuff!) The physics of sailing (UNSW) You can sail into the wind, but not exactly upwind - The physics of sailing (Physics Buzz blog, Physics Central)…
9: An eternal Thermos
Jun 9, 2016 • 70 min
What is energy and how does it move around? What is E = mc^2 in simple terms (American Museum of Natural History) What is E = mc^2 in simple terms (Universe Today) What is E = mc^2 in simple terms (YouTube) Werner Heisenberg (Nobelprize.org) Robert…
8: Notes of cinnamon, pencil sharpenings & vindaloo
Jun 2, 2016 • 56 min
What is spacetime? (Hold on tight!) What is a spacetime continuum? (Testing Einstein's Universe, Stanford University) What is spacetime? (Wikipedia) What is spacetime, really? (Stephen Wolfram) CERN scientists simplify spacetime in 3 short videos (Ted-Ed)…
7: I’ve got a free electron, wanna party?
May 26, 2016 • 62 min
We tour the periodic table - the ‘map’ of the atoms If you’re looking for the show notes for episode 6, click here. Sorry about the mistake! This is your brain on podcasts…podcasts are good! (The New York Times) Our Strange Attractor website The Overcast…
6: You stay way over there you human idiot
May 19, 2016 • 59 min
What is artificial intelligence? What is artifical intelligence? And great answers to most of what we talked about, by a proper computer guy from Stanford University (Formal Reasoning Group) What is Skynet? (Wikia) What is computer chess? (Wikipedia)…
5: Hang on, Doctor Octopus
May 12, 2016 • 49 min
What makes a molecule, and why do things explode? The periodic table - how atoms are organised (ptable.com) Reactivity trends within the periodic table (BBC) Hydrogen is highly flammable (Wikipedia) Cool slo-mo hydrogen balloon explosions (YouTube) The…
4: Let’s pretend we’re Greek and we have wardrobes
May 5, 2016 • 63 min
We talk about atoms. Turns out, they're everything. Who is Eminem? (Eminem.com) Flavor Flav's clock necklace (Yahoo) Who is Flo Rida? (officialflo.com) What is an atom? (Wikipedia) Atomic structure timeline (Lee Buescher) The Greeks and the 'atomos'…
3: Little Timmy is never going to start driving a 3D train
Apr 28, 2016 • 53 min
How does the internet work? hmm…this says it all really - "How does the internet work?" (Stanford University) What is iPhone Personal Hotspot? (Apple) What is a wifi dongle? (Telstra) What is a computer network? (Wikipedia) How computers talk to each…
2: I’m awfully conscious of sounding like Deepak Chopra
Apr 21, 2016 • 105 min
How does light work? Easy Cheese (Wikipedia) The Golden Plains festival (GPX March 12-14, 2016) What does X mean? - Roman Numerals Chart (Roman-Numerals.org) The Golden Plains X-shaped lights - Aunty Meredith (flickr) The Pink Flamingo Bar at Golden…
1: Kim Jong-il knows about my frog
Apr 14, 2016 • 58 min
What’s encryption, and why should you care? Tim Cook’s letter (Apple) FAQs about Tim Cook’s letter (Apple) For hard core nerds: Apple iOS 9.0 or later security document (Apple) Apple explains exactly how secure iMessage really is (techcrunch) FBI v. Apple…