Show Notes

Our second Q&A episode, wherein we ask our friends to help us answer the the MOST INTERESTING QUESTIONS FROM THE INTERNET!

Question: “Could you have x-ray vision?”

Answerer: Fraser Cain

X-ray vision. Cybernetic eye replacements. Wavelengths of light. The visible spectrum. Ghost in the Shell. Riddick. Light amplification. Gamma rays. Cancer avoidance.

Question: “What if numbers are wrong?

Answerer: Adrian Falcone

Math. Numbers. Logic. Ted Chiang’s short story “Divide by Zero” was in the collection Stories of Your Life and Others. Adrian mentioned Faith Physics.

Question: “What if black holes didn’t exist?

Answerer: Daniel James Barker

Physics! Black holes. Neutron stars. Gravity. Collapse.

Question: How long before all the gasoline spoils in the zombie apocalypse?

Answerer: James Peterson

The eternally-unanswered concern that zombie shows ignore always. How long after the zombie apocalypse before all the gas is spoiled? Chemical engineers vs chemists. Oxidation. Inert gas vapor displacement.

Question: Could there be a Star Trek-style universal translator?

Answerer: Nick Farmer

Please also see our Arrival episode with Nick for a ton more on alien languages. Machine learning. Man vs machine. Man vs alien languages. Universality of language. GIF communication.

  • black holes, 
  • math, 
  • physics, 
  • science, 
  • science fiction, 
  • x-ray vision, 
  • zombie apocalypse