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Let's talk about science, philosophy, and the weird idea that popped up the other day. Here on the Spoondrift, the conversation spans a little bit of everything. The word Spoondrift describes that spray of water that a strong gust of wind blows from the tops of the waves. I talk about the spoondrift from the ocean of ideas. The goal is to unearth new perspectives and inspire curiosity.

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Let's talk about science, philosophy, and the weird idea that popped up the other day. Here on the Spoondrift, the conversation spans a little bit of everything. The word Spoondrift describes that spray of water that a strong gust of wind blows from the tops of the waves. I talk about the spoondrift from the ocean of ideas. The goal is to unearth new perspectives and inspire curiosity.

Artwork by 25 Sweetpeas

    Equity and Inclusion in Engineering: An Interview with Jessie

    Equity and Inclusion in Engineering: An Interview with Jessie

    In this episode of The Spoondrift, host Asher Leomund speaks with Jessie,
    a mechanical engineer who has taken a close look at how to bring diversity and
    inclusion into engineering.

    Here are links to the articles discussed in the show:
    Picture a Scientist: https://www.pictureascientist.com/https://www.pictureascientist.com/
    Book: “Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men” by Caroline Criado Pérez
    Interview with Caroline Criado Pérez: “Why Everything From Transit to iPhones Is Biased Toward Men”, https://www.wired.com/story/caroline-criado-perez-invisible-women/
    Book: “Defined by Design: The Surprising Power of Hidden Gender, Age, and Body Bias in Everyday Products and Places” by Kathryn H. Anthony
    NPR Article: “The first female crash test dummy has only now arrived”, https://www.npr.org/2022/11/01/1133375223/the-first-female-crash-test-dummy-has-only-now-arrived
    INC article: “Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Use the 3 Percent Rule to Help People Embrace New Ideas, Products, and Processes”, https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/emotionally-intelligent-leaders-use-the3-percent-rule-to-bypass-hesitation-fear-help-people-embrace-new-ideas-products-processes.htmlhttps://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/emotionally-intelligent-leaders-use-the3-percent-rule-to-bypass-hesitation-fear-help-people-embrace-new-ideas-products-processes.html

    • 50 min
    How Can You Create A Better Workplace?

    How Can You Create A Better Workplace?

    In this episode of The Spoondrift, host Asher Leomund discusses Fast Radio Bursts before identifying different strategies to improve the workplace.



    Here are links to the articles discussed in the show:

    “Scientists have picked up a radio signal 'heartbeat' billions of light-years away”: https://www.npr.org/2022/07/14/1111471532/space-science-stars-radio-waves-signals-galaxy-lightyears-mit

    “One Advantage of Trashing Time Sheets: Humanizing Work”: https://www.inc.com/magazine/202205/lindsay-blakely/the-mb-group-employee-benefits.html

    “How Great Companies Are Making Work Work”: https://www.inc.com/magazine/202205/inc-staff/office-benefits-best-workplaces.html

    “As Knowledge Workers Return to the Office, This Powerful Productivity Tool Is Primed for a Comeback”: https://www.inc.com/joe-procopio/as-knowledge-workers-return-to-office-this-powerful-productivity-tool-is-primed-for-a-comeback.html

    • 24 min
    What Is Thermal Radiation?

    What Is Thermal Radiation?

    In this episode of The Spoondrift, host Asher Leomund discusses thermal radiation.



    Here are links to the articles discussed in the show:

    “What Causes Hot Things to Glow?”: https://letstalkscience.ca/educational-resources/stem-in-context/what-causes-hot-things-glow

    “What is a pyrometer?” [Video]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcBPy9tQeYc

    “How Thermocouples Work - basic working principle + RTD” [Video]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7NUi88Lxi8

    “Introduction to Infrared Pyrometers”: https://es.omega.com/temperature/Z/InfraredPyrometers.html

    The Science and Engineering of Materials by Donald R. Askeland and Wendelin J. Wright

    • 19 min
    From The Archive: Should You Ever Suppress A Sneeze (S1 E20 Rerelease)

    From The Archive: Should You Ever Suppress A Sneeze (S1 E20 Rerelease)

    In this rerelease of The Spoondrift’s 20th episode of Season 1, host Asher Leomund discusses the question of whether or not you should suppress a sneeze (the short answer is no). He then talks about the Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded for research into CRISPR-Cas9.

    Here are links to the articles discussed in the show:

    Suppressing a Sneeze: https://time.com/3975363/sneezing/

    Nobel Prize: CRISPR-Cas9: https://www.npr.org/2020/10/07/921043046/2-female-scientists-awarded-nobel-prize-in-chemistry-for-genome-editing-research

    How Genome Editing and CRISPR-Cas9 work: https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/understanding/genomicresearch/genomeediting/

    What is CRISPR?: https://biologydictionary.net/crispr/

    • 22 min
    Meaningful Days: Permitting Interracial Marriage In The US And Mental Health Days

    Meaningful Days: Permitting Interracial Marriage In The US And Mental Health Days

    In this episode of The Spoondrift, host Asher Leomund discusses the history of interracial marriage in the United States of America as well as the recent integration of mental health days into select public school systems.



    Here are links to the articles discussed in the show:

    “June 12 is Loving Day — when interracial marriage finally became legal in the U.S.”: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/12/1005848169/loving-day-interracial-marriage-legal-origin

    “More states are allowing students to take mental health days off”: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2022/06/10/1103939937/kids-mental-health-days

    Illinois Bill Permitting Mental Health Days: https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=1577&GAID=16&DocTypeID=SB&SessionID=110&GA=102

    Constitution of the United States of America: https://constitution.congress.gov/constitution/

    Advisory on Youth Mental Health Crisis: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2021/12/07/us-surgeon-general-issues-advisory-on-youth-mental-health-crisis-further-exposed-by-covid-19-pandemic.html

    • 21 min
    What’s The Deal With Hydrogen Fuel Cells?

    What’s The Deal With Hydrogen Fuel Cells?

    In this episode of The Spoondrift, host Asher Leomund discusses hydrogen fuel cells.



    Here are links to the articles discussed in the show:

    “How Does a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Work?”: https://www.ecobattsolutions.com/how-does-a-hydrogen-fuel-cell-work/

    “Hydrogen Fuel Cell: How It Works” [Video]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFb5TKVPSiY

    “How Hydrogen Fuel Cells Work – GenCell” [Video]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck6lTRvHROg

    “Fuel cell stack explained” [Video]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5E_MAZdO-k

    “Is a cathode positive or negative?”: https://www.quora.com/Is-a-cathode-positive-or-negative?share=1

    “Hydrogen may be a climate solution. There's debate over how clean it will truly be”: https://www.npr.org/2022/05/27/1096584260/clean-energy-hydrogen-energy-climate-change

    • 24 min

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