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Tit for Tat | Radiolab | WNYC Studios

Another good one from radiolab! Real-life prisoner’s dilemma situation playing out in WW1.

The Drowning Machine

I’ve always been fascinated by water and the raw power that nature subtly dissolves in it. Having recently procured a Kayak and with plans to use it to the most this summer, this brilliant short from the Dirtbag Diaries couldn’t be more timely!

Podcast: The Dirtbag Diaries: The Shorts–The Drowning Machine

“I was disoriented beneath the cold water. I kicked toward the surface, but the force of the water held me down. I twisted and hung underwater for a moment. A thought passed through my head–this is what it feels like to drown,” writes Dan Gingold. Dan and three friends planned to raft the Musconetcong River into the larfer Delaware River over three days. With the river running high with spring rains and little prior recon, their mellow trip became more than they bargained for as they navigated multiple dams.

The Elwha River

A few weeks back I heard Outside/In’s Powerline podcast – A four part series on Hydro-Quebec and the Northern Pass. For the longest time I’ve only heard all good about Hydro electricity. This series helped dissect the effects of such projects through various angles and brought up some pretty interesting facts. One of those must-listen-to series…

Today while catching-up on some Nautil.us reading I came across this wonderful post on the removal of the Elwha dam. Supremely surprised and intrigued! Thinking about it, I’ve never heard or imagined a dam being brought down intentionally. I’ve always thought, once something huge is built, it lasts for a long long time until it sees its natural end…the push to bring it down would be so miniscule. The podcast series and this article in tandem build a strong case on the converse. That said, Can only imagine the insane amount of effort that would have gone into seeing this to fruition!

Videos and articles such as this prove that all is still not lost and if anything, the urgency is only higher for more people to be engaged in reviving what we truly care for…

The commerce clause

Commerce clause, the 14th amendment and quite some over-reach…

Podcast: More Perfect – One Nation, Under Money

An unassuming string of 16 words tucked into the Constitution grants Congress extensive power to make laws that impact the entire nation. The Commerce Clause has allowed Congress to intervene in all kinds of situations — from penalizing one man for growing too much wheat on his farm, to enforcing the end of racial segregation nationwide. That is, if the federal government can make an economic case for it. This seemingly all-powerful tool has the potential to unite the 50 states into one nation and protect the civil liberties of all. But it also challenges us to consider: when we make everything about money, what does it cost us?

Human Error in volatile situations

During times when we’re so focused on building walls and closing ourselves out, It doesn’t take much to bring all hell down. Even Unknowingly! Oh, Humans!
Adding Eric Schlosser’s Command and Control to my reading list.

Podcast: Human Error in Volatile Situations

In 1980, deep in a nuclear missile silo in Arkansas, a simple human error nearly caused the destruction of a giant portion of the Midwest…

Over the Line

Racing 750miles from Washington to Alaska … on a paddle board!

Podcast: Over the Line

“It’s like the Iditarod with a chance of drowning,” says Jake Beatty, one of the organizers of the Race to Alaska. The course traces 750-miles of Alaska’s Inside Passage through complicated currents, busy shipping channels and bear-ridden coastlines.

Check Yourself

Absolutely loved this episode from the hidden brain. I’ve detested checklists for a while now knowing very well how important they are. This podcast totally drove home the point on not only why they’re important but also how it’s effective use is essential for productive and bug free task execution.

Podcast: Check Yourself

The simple “to-do” list may be one of humanity’s oldest tools for keeping organized. But checklists are also proving essential in many modern-day workplaces, from operating rooms to the cockpits of jumbo jets.

Dispatches Ep 14. The Fine Art of Weaponizing Critters

#Biocontrols

Podcast: Dispatches Ep 14. The Fine Art of Weaponizing Critters

Killer frogs! Forest-destroying moths! Bird-eating mongooses!

Where the Sun Don’t Shine

If there’s one thing you were to listen to today, let it be this! August 25, 2012. Apparently that’s when they estimate the voyager crossed the final frontier and entered interstellar space. Cruising at about 35,000 miles/hour it’s the ONLY man made object to enter these realms…All this with technology that’s 45 years old!

Podcast: Where the Sun Don’t Shine

Today we take a quick look up at a hole in the sky and follow an old story as it travels beyond the reach of the sun. We hear from some moon-peeping listeners and then, on the 40th anniversary of their launch, we check in with the Voyager space probes. We revisit the story of the romantic time capsules that were placed onboard, and a question we asked five years ago: where exactly is Voyager 1?

Rethinking School

So what? Now what?

Podcast: Rethinking School

For most of modern history, humans have placed smaller humans in institutions called schools. But what parts of this model still work? And what must change?

Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality

It’s reality when we agree on our Hallucinations! Ha!

Podcast: Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality

Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience — and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it.

Podcast: Breaking News

We’re building tools that will push us not to trust ANYTHING we see at levels much worse than where we already stand. Visual media will possibly get heavily diluted(polluted) and then possibly written media will gain more prevelance?

Bookmark: Breaking News

Today, two new technological tricks that together could invade our most deeply held beliefs and rewrite the rules of credibility. Also, we release something terrible into the world.

Science of Survival Ep. 19: A Very Scary Fish Story

The search for the Alabama sturgeon. Reminded me of the incredible documentary on How wolves can alter the course of a river.

Podcast: Science of Survival Ep. 19: A Very Scary Fish Story

The swamps of Alabama are one of the most biodiverse places on earth. They’ve been called America’s Amazon for the remarkable number of species of fish, turtles, mussels, and other aquatic creatures.

Science of Survival Ep 18: Racing a Dying Brain

The GDF 10 protein inducing axonal sprouting – an entirely different process when compared to regular learning … amazing what transpires in that tiny space…

Podcast: Science of Survival Ep 18: Racing a Dying Brain

When something goes wrong in the wilderness, someone needs to evacuate and get help. When that someone is you, and every minute counts, the stress is enormous. And you just might not be fast enough.

#779: Shrimp Fight Club

The nuclear force under water. Nature trumps all ingenuity.

Podcast: #779: Shrimp Fight Club

What happens when an unstoppable shrimp meets an unmovable senator? A researcher goes to Washington to defend herself, her shrimp, and science itself.