Episode 372: A Novel Episode

This episode contains: Rain! It’s been raining in California which is a nice change from all the fires. Ben has had some tummy trouble. Devon updates us on the mysterious hiking deaths from this summer.

I’ve Been Waiting For This Moment…: VR treatment for lazy eye in children gets FDA approval. 88% treatment plan success rate, up from 50% with regular drops and eye patches.

https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/20/22736894/fda-vr-tv-movies-treatment-lazy-eye-amblyopia

Biological Imperative: We finally know why we grow wisdom teeth as adults. We’re not the only primates to have wisdom teeth, ours just come later in life.

https://www.popsci.com/science/why-we-get-wisdom-teeth/

Yum?: Wake up and smell the ‘sustainable’ coffee produced in Finnish lab. Produced by floating cell cultures in bio-reactors filled with a nutrient medium, this novel product mostly resembles coffee.

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/wake-up-smell-sustainable-coffee-produced-finnish-lab-2021-10-13/

Science Fiction: We do a small spoiler-free chat about DUNE in preparation of Miles Greb joining us next week. Both Devon and Ben have been keeping up with Foundation. We talk a bit about Star Trek Prodigy and if it’ll be too kiddie for us. Ben has some ideas about plot holes in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock and we all talk about it at length. We also get a bit into timelines and the sizes of ships in the Kelvin Timeline.

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