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Superman IV: Superman hair materials science, denuclearization, and pushing the moon w/ Jolene Creighton

Featuring guest co-host
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Jolene Creighton, science communicator

A review

This was the best worst thing we’ve ever seen. I’m sorry. You’re welcome?

Space tricks

Leaving whole rocket stages to just kinda be in orbit and hit stuff. Talking in space by providing your own atmosphere thanks to your incredible, super lung capacity. Also, how that doesn’t work and Superman needs to be a close talker and hold conversations by vibrating his mouth directly on someone else’s spacesuit helmet.

Superman bodily materials

The hair that can hold at least a half ton. How does Superman cut his hair? Introducing weird gnarly alternate Superman with really long hair and uncut fingernails. Donating Superman’s bits to materials science. Making things out of hair. Totally realistic space elevator musings. Superman as a launch platform. Dissecting the Man of Steel for fun and profit. Using Superman for “free energy” (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal).

Super-denuclearization

Superman’s built-in orbital mechanics skills. The tiny bit of nothing that would be all of 1987’s nuclear world arsenal against the power of the sun. The relative tiny-ness of the only nuclear weapons ever used in war. Proposals for nuclear de-proliferation. Going Dr Manhattan on the problem.

A bunch of stuff oh god this movie was silly

Nuclear Man’s totally fab nails. The golden crotch-trim on his super suit. Plugging a volcano. Superman’s “brick vision.” Slowing things down, because the moon has “less gravity.” It’s obvious, really. The actual disasters that await us if Superman pushed the Moon away.

Links

Jolene Creighton: Future of Life
Superman IV: iTunes | Amazon
Superman IV deleted scene “Nuclear Man 1”: YouTube
Nukemap: Nuclear Secrecy

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The Titan: adapting vs terraforming Titan, individual adaptations

Titan

The most interesting moon ’round Saturn! Viewing the moon Titan by eye or by telescope. Protip: bincolulars are actually just two tiny telescopes.

Saturn

The Saturnian hexagonal storm vs the larger Jovian storm. Latitudinal wind gradients.

Adaptation

Adapting the world to our needs. The possibility of adapting ourselves to a world. Inhospitality. Ethiopian, Tibetan, and Andean elevation adaptation. Andean vampires?

Titan Habitability

Atmosphere. Temperature. Breathability. Tidal locking and avoiding tidal locking with Jupiter. Frozen and liquid water! Methane oceans. No shortage of atmospheres in our solar system, but we’re short on good ones.

Probing titan

The Huygens probe. Proposed future Titan exploration projects.Drones, submarines, floatydrones, sinkydrones, etc.

Weather

Titanian weather gets bigs! Large methane rainstorms, but really only after decaded or centuries of drought. Energy availability so far from the sun.

Hominoforming

Who needs oxygen? Apnea training irl. Suck-tubes. Eventually breathing methane. Cat eyes vs shark eyes and which is best for a flying lizardman.

Evil scientist

Space Moreau, or Space Mengele? Space Merengele? Individual plasticity. Creating the ultimate MMA alien creature thing. Modeling after Bas Rutten. The final mutation hogdepodge. Bat-lats. Human flight on Titan.

Links

The Titan: Netflix
What About a Mission to Titan? It’s Time to Explore Saturn’s Largest Moon by Fraser Cain: YouTube

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Avatar : Episode 123

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Avatar

What: Dances with Smurfs AKA Smurf Gully
Directed by: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang

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Planet of the Apes : Episode 56

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Planet of the Apes

What: Charlton Heston gives the apes what for.
Directed by: Franklin Shaffner
Starring: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Daly, Linda Harrison

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Seveneves (feat. Daniel Mann, Software Pro) : Episode 50

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Seveneves

What: Breaking with the format for this episode, we’re covering a book! Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson. Here is the first paragraph:

The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason. It was waxing, only one day short of full. The time was 05:03:12 UTC. Later it would be designated A+0.0.0, or simply Zero.

Written by: Neal Stephenson
Starring: Fictional characters, in a book

With guest co-host:
Daniel Mann
Daniel Mann

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Starship Troopers : 006

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Starship Troopers

What: Paul Verhoven makes a scathing satire of the science fiction classic. Space marines kill bugs.
Directed by: Paul Verhoven
Starring: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey, Nieil Patrick Harriss

Featuring guest co-host
Joe Ruppel
History nerd Joe Ruppel

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Moon

What: Sam Rockwell deals with isolation on a helium-3 mining base.
Directed by Duncan Jones
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey

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