81 episodes

Down the Rabbit Hole is a podcast where we talk about topics related to science, and sci-fi.



On each episode we talk about sci-fi, conspiracy theories, mysteries, hoaxes, but we also talk the real science and facts behind the topic.



Join the hosts of the show, Karl Baldwin and Rafael Ruiz, in this adventure through mystery, sci-fi and science combined, exploring all kind of topics about our universe and every day life.



Podcast produced by Dark Mind Radio. http://www.darkmindradio.com

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Down the Rabbit Hole is a podcast where we talk about topics related to science, and sci-fi.



On each episode we talk about sci-fi, conspiracy theories, mysteries, hoaxes, but we also talk the real science and facts behind the topic.



Join the hosts of the show, Karl Baldwin and Rafael Ruiz, in this adventure through mystery, sci-fi and science combined, exploring all kind of topics about our universe and every day life.



Podcast produced by Dark Mind Radio. http://www.darkmindradio.com

    Peter Piper, Peter Principle

    Peter Piper, Peter Principle

    On this episode…







    Our two new topics of the week are some very interesting ones: The importance of casual relationships and the Peter Principle or the reasons why people become incompetent at work!









    A recent study shows that while close friends remain to be important for our personal development, t building networks of casual acquaintances can boost happiness, knowledge and a sense of belonging.







    We depend on friendly outsiders to bring us news of opportunities from beyond our immediate circles – and so the more of those acquaintances we have, the better.









    LInks:







    * BBC Article









    Why are so many people so bad at what they do? The ‘Peter Principle’ (Laurence J Peter) may have the answer.







    “Occupational incompetence is everywhere,” he later wrote in book on the subject. “Every employee tends to rise to his or her level of incompetence”







    In Peter’s view, most people were promoted based on their current performance, with no real consideration of their capacity to take on greater responsibility.









    The result is that we may be less good at our current job than the one before. As we climb one, two or three rungs up the ladder, our performance may be so bad that we no longer warrant a further promotion.







    By this point we’ve reached our limits and fail to improve any more, and so we end-up irritating our colleagues and clients with our inability to do the job.







    Links:







    * BBC Article* The Peter principle and how to beat it* Forbes Article







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    • 35 min
    Kibble: Albatrosses catching Pirates

    Kibble: Albatrosses catching Pirates

    On this Kibble…









    The wandering albatross can fly 10,000 km in a month, making these tireless birds ideal agents to catch the very same fish pirates that are killing albatrosses.







    The discovery came about by accident when researchers at the Centre d’études biologiques de Chizé in France were investigating bycatch in fishing lines and nets – when fishers unintentionally snare animals they weren’t trying to catch, like albatrosses. Bycatch kills hundreds of thousands of birds and mammals each year.









    Links:







    * BBC* Institute for Creation Research







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    • 13 min
    Drake Rate or Fertility Equation?

    Drake Rate or Fertility Equation?

    On this episode…







    We keep advancing in science and space exploration, along this development we have an update to the Drake equation where a team of astronomers has now revised that figure down to 36.







    On the other hand falling fertility rates mean nearly every country could have shrinking populations by the end of the century.









    In the first topic we will talk about the update on the Drake equation. This is not really a new topic for us, we have discuss before about it and while before have been mentioned that there could be out there 42 civilizations, now a team of astronomers has revised that figure down to 36. More precisely, they say that among the several hundred billion stars in the Milky Way, there reside, roughly, three dozen civilizations advanced enough to communicate with us.







    The downside is that our nearest neighbor is likely to be 17,000 light-years away, making communication virtually impossible.







    Errata: During the episode we mentioned the book Childhood’s End, the correct author is Arthur C. Clarke. We discussed Asimov right before recording and I think it just stayed in our minds!









    Links:







    * ScienceMag Article* CNN Note* The Guardian Article* Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke









    In our second topic we talk about a very interesting topic: The fertility rate nowadays. Experts are predicting “Jaw Dropping” global crash of children being born.







    We are lucky to have once again our friend Denise B. (composer of the intro music of our podcast)







    The global fertility rate is about half of what it was in 1950. According to the report, women had an average of 4.7 children in 1950, compared to a 2.4 average in 2017. By 2100, the researchers predicted it will fall below 1.7.







    The study suggests the global population will continue to increase until about 2064 and peak at about 9.7 billion, Breaking News Ireland reports. Afterward, they predicted it will begin to fall rapidly, especially in Asia and eastern Europe.







    It has nothing to do with sperm counts or the usual things that come to mind when discussing fertility.







    Instead it is being driven by more women in education and work, as well as greater access to contraception, leading to women choosing to have fewer children.









    Links:







    * BBC News* Life news article* Our Gaia Topic – Episode 6* Our Gaia Topic – Episode 7

    • 26 min
    EncroChat

    EncroChat

    On this episode…









    EncroChat was a Europe-based communications network and service provider allegedly used by organized crime members to plan criminal activities.







    Police forces across Europe celebrated their infiltration of EncroChat, disrupting international organised crime networks which were using the company’s encrypted phones.







    Europol described the company as advertising perfect anonymity, even at the point of sale – describing this as “acquisition under conditions guaranteeing the absence of traceability”.









    Links:







    * SkyNews article* The Register article* The Register update: 13.11.2020* Wikipedia entry







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    • 16 min
    Ig Nobel Prizes 2020 - Part 2

    Ig Nobel Prizes 2020 - Part 2

    On this episode…









    The second part is here!







    The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK.







    Like in previous years we cover the ceremony and winners of each category.







    The 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony happened on September 17, 2020. Because of the Covid-19 epidemic, this year’s ceremony was held entirely online.







    The coverage of the award winners will be done in 2 parts, today presenting you the first part.







    But we’re not alone…









    We have a special guest: Daniel Patrick Cohen.







    Daniel Patrick Cohen is a British musician and teacher based in Romania with a range of musical interests, including film music, hip hop and electronic music.







    Daniel produced a 90-minute score for Alfred Hitchcock’s first silent feature film The Pleasure Garden, which premiered at Wilton’s Music Hall in London before being performed again around the world, including one particularly special performance on Copcabana beach at Rio Film Festival.







    In early 2015, Daniel released a concept album entitled The Passenger after the Michelangelo Antonioni film of the same name. An inspiration for the album was a quote from filmmaker David Lynch. On hearing Barry Adamson’s Oedipus Schmoedipus for the first time, Lynch reportedly described it as being ‘like hearing Hitch[cock]’s films in your head’.







    Links:







    * Daniel Patrick Cohen – Official Website* Improbable Research* Watch the 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony







    Let us know your opinion about the Ig Nobel Prizes!







    Don’t forget to subscribe!

    • 29 min
    Ig Nobel Prizes 2020 - Part 1

    Ig Nobel Prizes 2020 - Part 1

    On this episode…









    The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK.







    Like in previous years we cover the ceremony and winners of each category.







    The 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony happened on September 17, 2020. Because of the Covid-19 epidemic, this year’s ceremony was held entirely online.







    The coverage of the award winners will be done in 2 parts, today presenting you the first part.







    But we’re not alone…









    We have a special guest: Daniel Patrick Cohen.







    Daniel Patrick Cohen is a British musician and teacher based in Romania with a range of musical interests, including film music, hip hop and electronic music.







    Daniel produced a 90-minute score for Alfred Hitchcock’s first silent feature film The Pleasure Garden, which premiered at Wilton’s Music Hall in London before being performed again around the world, including one particularly special performance on Copcabana beach at Rio Film Festival.







    In early 2015, Daniel released a concept album entitled The Passenger after the Michelangelo Antonioni film of the same name. An inspiration for the album was a quote from filmmaker David Lynch. On hearing Barry Adamson’s Oedipus Schmoedipus for the first time, Lynch reportedly described it as being ‘like hearing Hitch[cock]’s films in your head’.







    Links:







    * Daniel Patrick Cohen – Official Website* Improbable Research* Watch the 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony







    Let us know your opinion about the Ig Nobel Prizes!







    Don’t forget to subscribe!

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Very interesting!

I usually listen to Dark Mind Radio and was a nice surprise to hear they have this new podcast.

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