Moore’s Law

Moore's Law

Podcast Transcript In 1965, the director of research at Fairchild Semiconductor, Gordon Moore, made a prediction about the future of semiconductors. He said that over the next ten years, the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every two years. His prediction didn’t just hold true for the next 10 years, but it …

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Stanislav Petrov: The Man Who Saved the World

Stanislav Petrov: The Man Who Saved the World

Podcast Transcript I’ve done episodes before about people who have saved a large number of human lives. Mostly, these people have done so through inventions or innovations in fields like agriculture or medicine.  What about people who prevented an impending disaster? Like when Superman stops an asteroid from hitting the Earth.  Well, there was such …

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The Prophecies of Nostradamus

The Prophecies of Nostradamus

Podcast Transcript In 1555, a French physician and astrologer named Michel de Nostredame published a book of poems titled Les Prophéties. Ever since people have been trying to interpret world events through his writings.  Was Nostradamus a prophet? Was he a fraud? Or are people just reading way too much into a bunch of vague, …

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The USS Constitution: The Oldest Ship Still Afloat

Podcast Transcript On March 27, 1794, the United States Congress passed the Naval Act. The Naval Act authorized funding for six frigates which would become the basis for the new US Navy.  One of those six ships, and the third one built, was the USS Constitution. It was launched in 1797 and saw service in …

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The Straussberg Dancing Plague of 1518

The Strasbourg Dancing Plague of 1518

Podcast Transcript People who love to dance are said to have dancing fever. Dancing fever is just a phrase and not something meant to be taken literally.  However, could there really be an actual dancing fever? Could there be a disease that caused people, many people, to dance until they fell from exhaustion?  Well, maybe. …

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Which Came First: Beer or Bread?

Which Came First: Beer or Bread?

Podcast Transcript The rise of agriculture has been pointed to as being responsible for the rise of civilization as we know it.  However, that raises the question, what was responsible for the rise of agriculture? In particular, at least in the Middle East with the cultivation of grain, the debate has always been which came …

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The Four Great Inventions of Ancient China

The Four Great Inventions of Ancient China

Podcast Transcript As I have mentioned before on this podcast, there are a great many things that were originally invented in Ancient China. There are literally hundreds of inventions that were developed in China before they were introduced anywhere else. However, there are four inventions in particular which stand out as having revolutionized not just …

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The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

Podcast Transcript In the early 1950s, war ravaged the Korean peninsula. However, the fighting ceased on July 27, 1953. Both sides of the conflict pulled back from the front and created a buffer zone 4 kilometers or 2.5 miles wide.  That buffer zone still exists today.  Learn more about the Korean Demilitarized Zone, its past …

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Year One and How We Number Our Years

Podcast Transcript I am speaking these words in the year 2021. You might be listening to them in a different year, but whatever year you happen to be in right now, it will probably be a year using the same number convention for years. But why did we start counting years at year 1? What …

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