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Godzilla King of the Monsters: acoustic wildlife tracking and moth superiority

Titans

Awaking dormant giant monsters from within the Earth. Bio-acoustic signatures. Giant balloons! Tracking elephants by sound.

Pre-civilization civilizations

The Silurian hypothesis thought experiment, especially as part of our Atlantis coverage. The increasing disappearability of the details of civilization as they raise their technological level.

Moths

Moths: way better than butterflies! Echolocation defense mechanisms. Corresponding bat appreciation in our A Quiet Place episode. Echolocation signal jamming vs. aural camouflage. Giant moths and dedication to reproduction so complete that they will never once eat as an adult and devote all of their stored energy to reproduction. How we harvest silk from moths.

Creature combos

Pterosaur-bird monster Rhodan. Inane pedantry. Pterasaurs vs dinosaurs! Freedom at the cutting creative edge of paleontological art.

Links

Deep Learning With The Elephants by Planet Money: NPR.org
Godzilla: postwar Japan, science, and regrets w/ Miles Greb: Decipher SciFi

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Them!: nuclear optimism, amateur myrmecology, and Wilhelm-screaming w/ Joe Ruppel

Featuring guest co-host
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Joe Ruppel, history nerd

Rise of the nuclear monsters

The era of nuclear nervousness and the nuclear monsters in cinema. “Take an object, and biggify it.” Nuclear power in the 1950s. The possibility of “unmetered” energy. White Sands, gypsum, and the Trinity test.

Nuclear optimism

The nuclear success hit list and the optimism of the early 50s. Recognizing downsides. Converting hydrogen into helium, but like really violently. Eclipses, occlusion, and we didn’t realize it at the time but Joe was right to use “occultation.” Las Vegas atomic bomb parties.

Nuclear fallout

The fallout from southern Nevada testing traveling directly as far as northeast Utah. The bitter, metallic taste of nuclear fallout. When Kodak accidentally discovered a-bomb testing.

A sense of scale

The scale of nuclear weapons since the first atom bombs. Considering the time when “duck and cover” made sense. Using NUKEMAP for a sense of scale.

Ants

Issues with upscaling. Myrmecology. Antennae and wayfinding. Evolutoniary history and their waspy ancestors. Ants as superorganism. Formic acid attack spray.

Links:

Them!: iTunes | Amazon Prime Video | YouTube
NUKEMAP: NuclearSecrecy.com
Decipher SciFi nuclear hot takes: WarGames | Superman IV

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Universal Soldier : face-kicking cyborg technologies and micro drone insects

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Universal Soldier

The government turns sometimes-naked Jean-Claude into a cyborg sorta. And hijinx ensue!

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Snowpiercer : Episode 137

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Snowpiercer

What: Social commentary on a train with dreamy Chris Evans. Snowpiercer science.
Directed by: Joon-ho Bong
Starring: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton

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The Fly [1986] : Episode 114

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The Fly [1986]

What: A mad project manager accidentally fuses himself with a fly. Whoops.
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz

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Nausicaa (feat. Miles Greb, comic creator) : Episode 91

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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

What: In humanity’s tenuous recovery from their self-imposed apocalypse, the Princess Nausicaa fights for peace and to basically save the world.
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Allison Lohman, Patrick Stewart, Uma Thurman, Edward James Olmos, Shia LaBeouf

Featuring guest co-host
Miles Greb
Miles Greb, creator of the comic After the Gold Rush

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Ender’s Game : Episode 74

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Ender’s Game

What: Chosen-one kid trains to lead humanity’s forces against insectoid aliens.
Directed by: Gavin Hood
Starring: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld

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