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The Expanse Season 3: low-g gardening, high-g deceleration, and more poop potatoes w/ Fraser Cain

Featuring guest co-host
Fraser Cain headshotFraser Cain of Universe Today

Past coverage

We like this show lots! Thus, our continuing coverage:
* Language & The Expanse w/ Nick Farmer, Linguist
* The Expanse VFX w/ Cailin Munroe
* The Expanse Season 2 (feat Fraser Cain)

Difficulties

The oft-overlooked actual difficulties of space settlement. Not technology and logistics, but like, how hard it will likely be for the humans doing the job at first. And second. And then for a while after, too.

Plants in spaaaaaaaace

Growing fresh food in space habitats. Poop-potatoes. Wide-spectrum LEDs. Self-contained hydroponics/aeroponics.

Low-g situations

People in spaaaaaaaaace. Dealing with microgravity. Bro, do you even lift in space? Eyeball un-squishing. Figuring out how to burp. Fluid-pooling and major injury.

High-g situations.

Turning people into jelly. Differing human sensitivity to sustained g-forces in different directions. The wonderful engineering concept of the ship with omnidirectional seating that reconfigures on-the-fly for optimal g-resistance (The Razorback).

High-speed space impact

Turning into jelly and then having your jelly explode your ship, because physics. Relativistic baseballs. Long-haul space-racing and how to be your own butt-wiping pit crew.

Kinetic weapon diplomacy

Nuclear non-proliferation treaties in space. Orbital kinetic weapons and cloaked nuke-ships playing the role of the submarine as deterrent.

Interstellar highway program

Minimum viable star system bootstrap answering machine. The Fermi paradox. The odds that most of the signs of alien civilization that we might discover would be past.

Links

The Universe Today Ultimate Guide to Viewing The Cosmos: Everything You Need to Know to Become an Amateur Astronomer by David Dickinson & Fraser Cain: Amazon
The Expanse Season 3: Prime Video
Guide to Space by Fraser Cain: YouTube

Black Mirror Season 4 Part 1

Black Mirror Season 4 Part 1 (feat. Fraser Cain of Universe Today) : Episode 125

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Black Mirror Season 4 Part 1 (Episodes 1-3)

What: Dystopian sadness over and over where somehow the bright points are even worse
Directed by: Toby Haynes, Jodie Foster, John Hillcoat
Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Andrew Gower | Rosemarie DeWitt, Brenna Harding, Owen Teague | Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson

Featuring guest co-host
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Nothing but GIFs, all day – Q&A #2 – Episode 124

Q&A #2

What: Our second Q&A episode, wherein we ask our friends to help us answer the the MOST INTERESTING QUESTIONS FROM THE INTERNET!
Featuring our friends: Adrian Falcone, Daniel James Barker, Fraser Cain, James Peterson, Nick Farmer

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2012 (feat. Fraser Cain of Universe Today) : Episode 116

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2012

What: The end of the world because calendars and solar alignments (sigh)
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Starring: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Featuring guest co-host
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Fraser Cain of Universe Today

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Pitch Black (feat. Fraser Cain of Universe Today) : Episode 110

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Pitch Black

What: Vin Diesel is bad-ass Riddick on a pitch black planet and fights alien monsters. Horror!
Directed by: David Twohy
Starring: Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Vin Diesel, Keith David

Featuring guest co-host
Fraser Cain headshotFraser Cain of Universe Today

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The Expanse Season 2 (feat Fraser Cain) : Episode 93

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The Expanse Season 2

What: Sciencey spacey stuff from the second season of The Expanse, a show about humanity spread across the solar system, and political strife between Earth, Mars and the asteroid belt.

Featuring guest co-host
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Fraser Cain of Universe Today

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