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Triangulating a location on a perfectly round globe is relatively easy, but how do you do it on a globe that's squished in the middle -- an "oblate spheroid"? This week we take a l...

#176 - Not NotNerd

Mark is out this week, which means Todd is joined by a very special guest: Nate Heath of the NotNerd podcast! This episode we do a news roundup of the stories that have been piling...

Company towns are nothing new. But company towns trying to replicated the Michigan suburbs in the Amazon rainforest are not. And when you hear about the calamities of Henry Ford's ...

In 1902, the biggest meteorite ever found in North America was found.....in West Linn?  Through thievery and lawsuits, the meteorite made its way through various owners and now res...

Sure, 2020 will go down as a hot mess of a year. But was it really so bad in the grand scheme of things? This week we'll check out the year 536 A.D., which has a scientific consens...

Ada Lovelace (or Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, if we're being particular), is often called "The world's first computer programmer," which is quite the claim to fame conside...

This week we take a look at the life and work of MC Escher, an artist more embraced by mathematicians than he was by the art world. His work endures, and his singular style infused...

This week we take a look at inventions that occurred either way earlier, or way later than we all might expect. From crossword puzzles to plywood, we find out the who's and whens o...

#169 - It's Gold, Jerry!

Why has gold been valued since the beginning mankind? Does it have any use outside of being pretty and tiny, or is it really just that humans really, really like things that are pr...

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