Let's Get Mental by Dustin Driver
By Dustin Driver
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Let's Get Mental is a podcast about science, technology, and society by Portland-based tech writer and journalist Dustin Driver.
||CleanBooze is Poison||This summer a lot of science news bubbled up out of the quantum foam, but the one thing that really caught my attention was booze. And not Oregon’s world-famous craft beers. A study landed that allegedly found that any amount of alcohol—any—is bad||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRaccoon Poop||That’s the bone-chilling shriek of America’s favorite pest, the trash panda. Or Raccoon. And while they may sound like demons shredding the flesh from helpless babes, there’s something even more terrifying about them: Their poop.||5/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Simple Procedure||Psychologist and author David P. Barash recently wrote an article for Nautilus Magazine arguing that now is the time to make a humanzee. I wrote a story about an experiment gone horribly wrong. How are they related? Listen to find out!https://dustindriv||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMore CRISPR with Sam Sternberg||No fancy sci-fi introduction is needed this time, folks, because today we have world-renown CRISPR expert Sam Sternberg. Sam worked with biochemist, author, and science celebrity Jennifer Doudna to refine CRISPR gene editing technology at UC Berkeley. T||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAI and Common Voice with Kelly Davis||In this episode I had the opportunity to chat with the head of the Common Voice project, Kelly Davis. Kelly is a trained physicist who studied string theory before getting hooked on artificial intelligence in the late ‘90s. We talk about AI art collec||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFusion Power!||Nuclear fusion technology could herald a golden age of energy that will make the fossil fuel age look like the stone age! That’s right, limitless carbon-free energy for everyone, all thanks to the hard work of genius nuclear physicists and engineers!||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNuclear Apocalypse?||Are we headed for nuclear apocalypse? Everybody’s favorite crony capitalist and democratically elected dictator Vladimir Putin just announced an all-new nuclear-powered cruise missile that can hit any target on earth. The missile can, according to Put||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClone Puppies||Barbra Streisand cloned her favorite dog and things didn’t turn out as expected. Why? And How? And, most importantly, Whuuuuuuuut? First, Streisand revealed in a recent interview with Variety Magazine that she had her recently deceased dog Samantha cl||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCrawdad Invasion||In science fiction they call it gray goo - nanobots that replicate without limits until eventually everything on the planet is a featureless gray goo. It’s the first thing that came to mind when I read a recent article in the NY Times about a new spec||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMolerat Underlords||That’s right, naked mole rats may be the true underlords of this planet, shriveled immortals lurking beneath our feet, sewing discontent throughout society until humanity is on the verge of collapse. Explains the current state of the world quite well,||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpectre and Meltdown||Detroit’s hottest dubstep DJs Spectre and Meltdown live at the Music Institute Thursday, January 4th 2018. Get your tickets today at ticketmeister.org. Spectre and Meltdown are actually two serious security vulnerabilities discovered in nearly every c||1/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCRISPR at OHSU||This is a podcast about science, technology, and society. We’ll discuss some of the biggest questions facing humanity today, and ponder the future. In this, the very first podcast, I chat with Amy Koski at the Oregon Health and Science University abou||12/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|