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
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
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
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.
And here are links to the episodes that cover today’s topic in more detail.
Ep 285: A lucky accident
Ep 286: Say cheese!
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
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.
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
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