Episode 290: Anyone but Tom Hanks

This episode contains: We’re broadcasting from our quarantine bunkers. We of course talk about the coronavirus.

Evolutionarily Speaking: To predict an epidemic, evolution can’t be ignored. Whether it’s coronavirus or misinformation, scientists can use mathematical models to predict how something will spread across populations. But what happens if a pathogen mutates, or information becomes modified, changing the speed at which it spreads? Researchers now show for the first time how important these considerations are.


This Week in Space: Astronomers detect biggest explosion in the history of the Universe. Scientists studying a distant galaxy cluster have discovered the biggest explosion seen in the Universe since the Big Bang. The blast came from a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy hundreds of millions of light-years away. It released five times more energy than the previous record holder.


Sci-Fi: Archer 1999, Picard, The Foundation, Altered Carbon.