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Two brothers, talking science and telling bad jokes. Barely scripted, sometimes accurate, almost funny, Thursdays at 8PM pacific.

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Two brothers, talking science and telling bad jokes. Barely scripted, sometimes accurate, almost funny, Thursdays at 8PM pacific.

    Ep 361: For better and worse, the internet is born

    Ep 361: For better and worse, the internet is born

    For better and worse, the internet is born



    After all the effort to communicate by wire and wireless, computers got in on the action. Let’s examine the beginnings of the internet.





    Today we have two videos, both with the same name—“history of the internet.” One short and one long.



    Here’s the short one.



    HISTORY OF THE INTERNET



    And here’s the long one.



    History of the Internet

    • 20 min
    Ep 360: Getting wired and wireless

    Ep 360: Getting wired and wireless

    Getting wired and wireless



    Join us as telegraph and radio begin to make the world a smaller place.



    Check out our latest attempt at Episode One.



    Take 111, Tricks and kicks







    Here’s an article on the cable laid across the Atlantic to send messages that didn’t quite work.



    The First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable Was a Bold, Short-Lived Success



    And here’s a brief history of the speed of light.



    A Brief History of the Speed of Light

    • 21 min
    Ep 359: The digital revolution, and a bit o’ spooky

    Ep 359: The digital revolution, and a bit o’ spooky

    The digital revolution, and a bit o’ spooky



    Join us for a thumbnail sketch of how modern computers came about, and then began to double in capability each year.





    Here’s an article about the spooky bit.



    The Real Electric Frankenstein Experiments of the 1800s



    Here’s something on the history of lithography.



    A Printing Revolution: The History of Lithography



    Here’s an article about the lucky accident that made modern computers possible.



    Silicon Burns



    And here are links to the episodes that cover today’s topic in more detail.



    Ep 285: A lucky accident



    Ep 286: Say cheese!

    • 17 min
    Ep 358: From one tongue to another

    Ep 358: From one tongue to another

    From one tongue to another



    There are thousands of different languages in the world. Today we talk about the art of translation.



    Check out our latest attempt at Episode One:



    Wishing for luck and encrypted babies

    • 17 min
    Ep 357: Babbling about baby babble

    Ep 357: Babbling about baby babble

    Babbling about baby babble



    A newborn human can learn many languages at once, and without any coaching or teaching. We ask the babies how.





    Here are a few articles on language acquisition in human babies.



    FAQ: Language Acquisition



    Out of the mouth of babes



    Babies prefer baby talk, whether they’re learning one language or two



    Here are a few videos on how babies learn language.



    Language Acquisition



    The linguistic genius of babies



    How Babies Learn Language



    Here’s an article about Clever Hans.



    The “Clever Hans Phenomenon” revisited



    And here are a couple of videos on Clever Hans.



    Clever Hans | The Smart Horse Behind Unconscious Cues



    How This Horse Learned to do Math

    • 18 min
    Ep 356: The spacecraft crashed, just like we planned

    Ep 356: The spacecraft crashed, just like we planned

    The spacecraft crashed, just like we planned



    Join us as we hang out with NASA while they deliberately crash into an asteroid.



    Check out take 107 of Episode One.



    Beer in space!





    Here’s the episode when we started talking about robotics and automation in space and space travel.



    Ep 323: Robots orbiting the Earth



    And this is the episode when we started looking at space and space travel.



    Ep 288: From stones to strings to space

    • 37 min

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