Episode #513

News Items

  • Black Box Tech
  • Tesla Home Battery
  • Podcasting Patent Troll
      • Interview with Julia Galef

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          • Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Science

              The sound of a TIE figher engine is actually an elephant call mixed with other sounds.

            • Item #2 Fiction

              Most actors cast as Storm Troopers needed to be left handed due to the design of their E-11 blaster rifle.

            • Item #3 Science

              Luke Skywalker and his relatives were originally imagined as dwarves in early drafts.

            • Item #4 Science

              Luke Skywalker and his relatives were originally imagined as dwarves in early drafts.

            • Item #5 Science

              R2D2 is named after a piece of film editor’s jargon. It means Reel 2 Dialog 2.

            • Item #6 Science

              During filming of Empire, the actors had a fake script that read, ‘Luke, you are your own father.’

            • Item #7 Fiction

              The Bates Vision Correction System claims to correct vision by staring in particular compass directions, aligning the eyes with the Earth’s magnetic field.

            • Item #8 Science

              Dr. Randell Mills claims that he has a process to make hydrogen atoms shrink into ‘hydrinos,’ providing a source of free energy.

            • Item #9 Science

              The ‘New Chronology’ claims that events attributed to ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian culture actually occurred in the Middle Ages and that recorded human history began around 800 AD.