Episode 450: Chaos & The Human Lens

This episode contains: Steven and Devon finally recap their visit to Austin, Texas. There were live shows, uncharted adventures and gaming, oh my! Ben was not only left out of their adventures, but his house is still causing grief. Oof.



Machine Learning Makeover: Iconic image of M87 black hole just got a machine-learning makeover. Using PRIMO (principal-component interferometric modeling), scientists used data from the EHT (Event Horizon Telescope) and 30,000 simulated images of black hole to produce a high fidelity image of the black hole at M87. It’s amazing.


Diggin’ A Hole: The Deepest Hole Ever Dug By Humans Had To Be Destroyed. The Kola Superdeep Borehole was 40,230 feet deep, but only has 4.5 stars on Google. Huh. We chat about the history of the hole and what science can be done with a superdeep holes. 14 species of fossilized microorganisms were found among other things. (But no screaming.)


Big Question: Is there inherent order in nature or is it all chaos and chance? We chat about this, quite extensively. We talk about nature, observation, self-organization, entropy, heat-death, the circle of life and being zen. It’s quite the discussion.

Star Trek Picard: The third and final season is over, and we give our thoughts. We very much enjoyed the finale, and we talk about all the things that worked in favor of the show. Which begs the question: what happened with the first two seasons?! We’re fully prepared to say goodbye to Picard, but we’re all in on a Star Trek Legacy show.

12 Monkeys: Steven had such fun with the third season of Picard, that he investigated another Terry Matalas show, 12 Monkeys. Sure, it’s based on that awesome movie, but it’s also so much more.


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