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Have you ever wondered if we’ve been visited by aliens in our ancient past, whether we really landed on the Moon, or whether we’re all actually living in a computer simulation? Unfortunately, we’ve been sworn to secrecy by our reptilian overlords from Zeta Reticuli so we can’t answer those specific questions, but we can bring you the latest insight into bleeding edge scientific research, advancements in computing, and fact checks of popular conspiracy theories.

World of Weird Things Podcast [ weird things ]

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Have you ever wondered if we’ve been visited by aliens in our ancient past, whether we really landed on the Moon, or whether we’re all actually living in a computer simulation? Unfortunately, we’ve been sworn to secrecy by our reptilian overlords from Zeta Reticuli so we can’t answer those specific questions, but we can bring you the latest insight into bleeding edge scientific research, advancements in computing, and fact checks of popular conspiracy theories.

    WoWT Podcast Episode 054: So, What Does Your Brain Really Do?

    WoWT Podcast Episode 054: So, What Does Your Brain Really Do?

    When pop culture wants you to think that a certain character has superhuman intelligence, that character is given an enormous head and it’s either outright stated or heavily implied that their brains are enormous compared to ours. But as science learns more and more about brains and how they actually work, not just in humans but in intelligent animals around the world, it seems like there may be a lot more to being smart than just using your brain, especially if you aren’t a primate or a mammal…

    • 33 min
    WoWT Podcast Episode 53: How Did We End Up With Coronavirus?!

    WoWT Podcast Episode 53: How Did We End Up With Coronavirus?!

    It’s only the start of May and already the world is done with 2020 and its pajama apocalypse. So how did we get here? What makes COVID-19 so insidious? Why are so many people apparently so angry about trying to stave off a novel opportunistic disease? Do we have anything that can actually treat COVID-19? Why is social media drowning in absurd conspiracy theories about Bill Gates, 5G, the WHO, and China? And, of course, how do we keep this disaster from repeating itself a decade down the road? We dive into all that and more this episode of the WoWT Podcast.

    • 42 min
    WoWT Podcast Episode 052: Why And How Empathy Binds The Human Species

    WoWT Podcast Episode 052: Why And How Empathy Binds The Human Species

    One of the most important traits all social animals have to make sure they stick together and help each other survive as a species is empathy, and humans are no exception. But how do you measure how empathic someone is and study the origins of something so complex? According to researchers, you start with kids and work your way up to adults. And if you do it right, you can pinpoint causes of, and unlock solutions to, seemingly intractable political and social problems…

    • 43 min
    WoWT Podcast Episode 051: The Wild, Weird World Of Antimatter

    WoWT Podcast Episode 051: The Wild, Weird World Of Antimatter

    After looking through our files, it turns out we never uploaded an episode we recorded in the beginning of December about the strange substance known as antimatter. It's all the rage in sci-fi and scientific documentaries, but there's not a lot of confusing information about it beyond "if you combine it with matter it goes boom." So, we set out to fix that by breaking down what antimatter actually is, how it was discovered, how we can use it, how it exists in a universe made of matter, and since we're talking about that, why isn't the universe made of antimatter in the first place.

    • 30 min
    WoWT Podcast Episode 050: Do Cyborgs Dream Of Bionic Sheep?

    WoWT Podcast Episode 050: Do Cyborgs Dream Of Bionic Sheep?

    We promised to talk about cyborgs, what they are, where the idea originated, and why it's so important to understand how to merge our minds and bodies with machines over the long term and here we are. On this week's episode we dive into the origins of the word and the history of the technology involved, sort out some nomenclature, and cover why we'll want to join our brains with artificial intelligence and bodies with computers, especially if we'll want to explore deep space.

    • 38 min
    WoWT Podcast Episode 049: How We Teach Math Doesn't Add Up

    WoWT Podcast Episode 049: How We Teach Math Doesn't Add Up

    We know we need more people in STEM careers as we try to build a workforce of the future. But our current attempts to teach them the skills they'll need for the jobs of tomorrow are a little out of date, specifically the kind of math to which we steer them. While calculus is considered the pinnacle of math classes in many high schools, the real discipline in demand is statistics since it's required to understand and work with artificial intelligence, do research, and analyze the enormous volumes of data collected by modern software. How did we get here and how can we correct our course?

    • 32 min

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