SFP: Episode 361: Devon’s Achilles Heel
This episode contains: Devon’s opens up about a delicate operation he had performed, as well as something about himself that he has never told anyone, not even his wife!
Now Wouldn’t You, Barracuda: Giant sea bass are thriving in Mexican waters. Scientific research that found giant sea bass to be critically endangered stopped at the US-Mexico border. We talk about data, sampling errors and how much they can affect scientific studies.
Brain Matters: ‘Feel good’ brain messenger can be willfully controlled, new study reveals. Mice can learn to manipulate random dopamine impulses for reward. We talk about why this would have evolved and how badly humans would use dopamine if they could directly control it.
Science Fiction: Steven read Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir and is so so so excited to talk about it. He and Devon succeed at a mostly spoiler free discussion regarding the structure of the story. Ben and Devon have been watching Schmigadoon! and tell Steven what it even is. Devon also name-checks Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. We round out the episode talking about the new Y the Last Man trailer that was revealed by FX Hulu. Steven and Ben compare it to and talk about the comic a bit.