There's absolutely no denying that it's Christmas. Heck, it's apparently been Christmas for months here in Atlanta, where the MARTA train service pipes in horrific holiday music as if a high enough dosage will inoculate us against unknown ailments while we wait for the train. Meanwhile, there's extra snack food in the HSW break room, holiday celebrations abound and SOMETHING WEARING JINGLE BELLS moves around in the walls.
So Julie and I decided to celebrate the season in an appropriate manner. No, don't let the image deceive you. We did NOT record a podcast about the Germany's secret plan to breed an army of 7-foot Santa's capable of surviving the void of space without a suit. Instead, we centered in on these two equally crazy, scientifically-based topics:
The Santa Claus Machine How does Santa Claus do it? How does he make so many kind of toys and gadgets in his humble, old-timey workshop? Clearly his elves have harnessed the power of nanomanufacturing to produce a universal constructor. But what does this mean for the fate of the planet? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I consider the possibilities of limitless custom manufacturing and a grey goo Christmas.
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Give the Gift of a Mystery Box Why are mystery packages so appealing? How do they improve our mental faculties and fuel our creativity? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie share tales of sealed envelopes, quantum thought experiments, virginity boxes and things Pandora should never have opened. You might even score a gift idea or two.
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I leave you with this basket of holiday nightmare: