Episode 230: Exploding Stars with Logic

This episode contains: Devon is drinking eggnog with Fire Ball to get things started. We talk about butter beer and other drinks as well. Steven announces the return of an old podcast.

This Week in Space: Virgin Galactic sent it’s SpaceShipTwo commercial aircraft into space for the first time. It had a maximum altitude of 51.4 miles, which is 10.6 miles below the Karmen line, the internationally recognized boundary for space. We discuss how we should define space.


Biological Imperative: A new epigenetic cervical cancer test has a 100 percent detection rate. This test is easier and cheaper than a pap smear and HPV testing. This could change how and when we detected cancer. Devon also talks about a book he read, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford.


Sci-Fi: Steven is reading the third book in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy, Death’s End. We discuss what the prior book meant by “The Dark Forest”. Devon has seen most of third season of Travelers, Steven hasn’t seen any of it. We then look at the biggest things that happened in Star Wars this year.