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Sir Isaac Newton: Greatest Scientist of All Time?

There have been a lot of great scientist throughout history, but Sir Isaac Newton might just take the cake. But while he was a certified genius, he was also a little screwy. Dive into the life of this fascinating chap in today's episode.

How Hot Air Balloons Work

Arguably the most beautiful objects in the entire world, hot air balloons take advantage of some interesting physics and have a long history of killing their occupants. Find out more.

How Pinewood Derbies Work

Tens of millions of Scouts, and their parents, have taken standard blocks of wood and turned them into cars that zip along at up to 20 mph. Learn about the origin, physics and more of Pinewood Derbies in this episode.

How Slinky Works

It has been called a "glorified spring", but Slinky is one of the best selling toys of all time. From accidental origins to an unlikely resurrection, Slinky has a pretty great back story.

Is there a dark side of the moon?

Josh and Chuck explore the old notion that there's a dark side of the moon. There is, but it turns out it's not always the same side. And yes, there's a side we never see, but it's not always dark. Make sense? It will in this episode.

Chuck's Movie Reviews: GRAVITY

Chuck reviews Gravity.

Physicist Postulates Dimensions Added as Universe Expands

I remember many years ago in the mid-90s -- during the zenith of paranoia in the alien abduction phenomenon -- the whole affair being offhandedly dismissed by Car Sagan, I believe it was. Sagan (I think) mentioned that every description of aliens who were visiting Earth and carting off country folk for probing and the like all shared a suspicious similarity to humans. Despite the differences -- like communicating telepathically -- the alien abductors bore a real resemblance to people in that they had a roundish head atop a neck, a face that featured a mouth and eyes, used, ostensibly, to engage in sensing the world. They walked on two legs and were capable of and driven by malicious intent or callous indifference to the suffering of their captives. They were pretty much a rough sketch of how humanity saw itself.

Punkin Chunkin? What the Blarg?!?!

Hello folks - if you listen to the podcast then you've heard Dr. Clark and I mention this Science Channel show lately, something about pumpkins being flung through the air. The whole thing got me thinking about why humans like to fling things, or this case, chunk things. What is it about us that we'll put time and money into such a seemingly frivolous undertaking?