April 08, 2014

7:06 AM | Westeros today, and the size of the Game of Thrones planet
From the texts, we know that the kingdoms have persisted for thousands of years, with many kings rising and falling as the tides (though we won’t concern ourselves with kings or kingdoms here).  From the same texts and carefully surveyed … Continue reading →
7:06 AM | The Earth split Westeros from Essos – 25 Mya
Twenty-five million years ago (Mya), a line of fire and molten rock cut through the planet’s crust – like Wildfire cut through the ships at Blackwater Bay – and separated the previously joined continents of Westeros and Essos.  This spreading … Continue reading →
7:06 AM | When Dorne boiled – 30-40 Mya
The salt of the Salt Shore, almost certainly an evaporite deposit, suggests that the region south of the Red Mountains, known as Dorne, was once submerged beneath a shallow sea.  Some time in the past, sea level was lower as … Continue reading →
7:05 AM | Land of ice – 40 Mya
It was a land of ice indeed.  Forty million years ago, a giant ice sheet, likely over a mile thick, covered nearly two-thirds of Westeros, and extended as far south as 40° north latitude, just shy of King’s Landing.  This … Continue reading →
7:05 AM | The rise of the Black (Mountains) – 60-80 Mya
Determining the age of the various Westeros mountain ranges is problematic without geochemistry; the wildlings make sample collection difficult.  However, we can infer ages based on the current shape, or morphology, of the mountains.  As Jon Snow and the men … Continue reading →
7:04 AM | As the Moon rose, so did the Lannisters – 80-100 Mya
The rise of the Mountains of the Moon is perhaps the best-documented geologic event on Westeros, and is directly responsible for the tremendous wealth of the House Lannister.  Similar to the Black Mountains to the north, the Mountains of the … Continue reading →
7:04 AM | Diving the tropical reefs of Winterfell – 300 Mya
Long ago, the territory surrounding Winterfell was not prowled by direwolves, but rather by corals, fish, and perhaps the occasional reef shark.  While we know that Winterfell’s protective walls are made of granite, the grey hue of the majority of … Continue reading →
7:03 AM | The sand ran red – 450 Mya
The scandalous wedding of young Robb Stark to Jeyne Westerling isn’t the only thing to have been stained red in the history of Westeros (spoiler!).  The Red Keep, home to the Iron Throne in King’s Landing, appears to be made … Continue reading →
7:03 AM | The first mountains – 500 Mya
The Red Orogeny is the earliest piece of Westeros’ geologic history that we can infer with the available data.  From our analysis of the Red Keep Sandstone and the Winterfell Limestone, we know that Westeros has moved gradually north throughout … Continue reading →
7:03 AM | BONUS: The Iron Islands – 2,000 Mya
On Earth, nearly all iron ore comes from specific rocks called banded iron formations, the vast majority of which originate around 2,000 million years ago (2,400-1,800 Mya to be more precise).  At this time, the world’s oceans were far more … Continue reading →

April 07, 2014

5:41 PM | Ep. 340: Wernher von Braun
When the United States helped defeat Germany at the end of World War II, they acquired the German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun. He had already developed the German V2 rocket program, and went on to design all the major hardware of the US rocket program. This week, we talk about von Braun’s life and [...]
3:47 PM | BacterioFiles Micro Edition 161 - Permafrost Produces Perceptible Pithos
This episode: The largest virus so far has been discovered in ancient Siberian permafrost! Download Episode (9.5 MB, 10.3 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Plants seem to stimulate bacteria to degrade pollutants (paper) Gene therapy with virus could help repair brain damages Phages could soon be important for treating bacterial infections Certain portions of gut microbiome, and inflammation, associated with colon cancer (paper) (TWiM 71) Yogurt […]
12:00 PM | April 7th: Wernher von Braun
Podcaster: Fraser Cain and Dr Pamela Gay
5:00 AM | Science Weekly podcast: has personal genome sequencing been overhyped?
What is the true medical value and cost-effectiveness of personal genome mapping? Prof Euan Ashley discusses his latest research Continue reading...

April 06, 2014

12:00 PM | April 6th: Orion Mystery – The Pyramid Star Chart
Podcaster: Lucas Livingston
8:58 AM | Cosmic Queries: Venus with Dr. FunkySpoon
Join guest host planetary scientist Dr. David Grinspoon and comic co-host Leighann Lord as they answer your questions about Venus while Neil’s off working on COSMOS.

April 05, 2014

4:00 PM | Quirks & Quarks for April 5, 2014
This week, we find out about a Polar Dinosaur; how coastal First Nations grew seafood in clam gardens; the discovery of a new, distant dwarf planet; new insights into why zebras have stripes; and the latest report on the...
4:00 PM | The World's Northern-most Dinosaur
A fossil found in the Canadian Arctic is evidence of the most northerly dinosaur every found....
4:00 PM | Aboriginal Gardens Make Happy Clams
An ancient form of aquaculture practiced on the West Coast proves to be quite productive....
4:00 PM | Dwarf Planet
A new, small object, detected orbiting outside the Kuiper belt, suggests there may be much more in this unexplored space....
4:00 PM | Why the Zebra has Stripes
Zebra stripes may actually exist to discourage biting flies....
4:00 PM | IPCC Climate Change Report
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued its latest report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability....
12:00 PM | April 5th: Observing With Webb in April 2014
Podcaster: Rob Webb

April 04, 2014

12:00 PM | April 4th: Uwingu & New Dwarf Planet News
Podcaster: Fraser Cain; Astrojournalists: Morgan Rehnberg, David Dickinson, Dr. Alan Stern

April 03, 2014

12:00 PM | April 3rd: How The Sky Works
Podcaster: Steve Nerlich

April 02, 2014

6:44 PM | April 5: Adapting to a Warmer World
The latest climate report from the IPCC came out this week, and its outlook is bleak. It says the impacts have already begun - floods, wildfires, draught, hurricanes - and although we can't stop it, we might be able to slow it down and prepare for it.
12:19 PM | Amy Cuddy: Passing As Myself
After a terrible head injury, Amy Cuddy wakes up in the hospital to find she's a different person. Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist and Harvard Business School Associate Professor who studies how snap judgments and nonverbal behavior affect people from the classroom to the boardroom. Amy Cuddy's fascinating work on "power posing" reveals how your physical posture affects not only how others see you, but also how you see yourself, your own hormone levels, and your performance and important […]
12:00 PM | April 2nd: Project MERCCURI
Podcaster: Nicole Gugliucci, Georgia Bracey, David Coil and Jenna Lang
4:07 AM | Episode 194 – Hot and Sour
00:00:00 – Whether they formed via troll warfare or via geology, all we know now is that Iceland is covered in lava tubes. A possible explanation for their enigmatic origin is tonight’s first topic! 00:18:47 – We presume that trolls like to drink, so in some ways this segment is for them. But it’s also […]

April 01, 2014

11:59 PM | Shorts: Straight Outta Chevy Chase
From boom bap to EDM, we look at the line between hip-hop and not, and meet a defender of the genre that makes you question... who's in and who's out.
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