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SFP: Episode 270: Blue Light Special

This Episode Contains: It’s been a week, says Steven. Steven tells us about his life and Devon tells us about how much his mother-in-law hated Joker.

Get Physical: NASA engineer’s ‘helical engine’ may violate the laws of physics. Designed by David Burns at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, the “helical engine” exploits mass-altering effects known to occur at near-light speed. However, would also need to be big – some 200 meters long and 12 meters in diameter – and powerful, requiring 165 megawatts of power to generate just 1 newton of thrust.

Biological Imperative: Daily exposure to blue light may accelerate aging, even if it doesn’t reach your eyes. Prolonged exposure to blue light, such as that which emanates from your phone, computer and household fixtures, could be affecting your longevity, even if it’s not shining in your eyes. New research suggests that the blue wavelengths produced by light-emitting diodes damage cells in the brain as well as retinas, according to a new study in a model organism.

Sci-Fi: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has gotten good buzz. Steven finished Iron Gold (Red Rising) by Pierce Brown and is now reading the next book: Dark Age. Devon tells us about the podcasts he is listening to. We then play some of Devon’s new music and he discusses what he might want to do with music in the future. Steven still hasn’t seen season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. Devon liked the new Picard trailer. We then guess actors ages. We also talk about Love, Death and Robots, and Bojack Horseman.

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