Editors from Physics World magazine and its sister website physicsworld.com talk to leading scientists and science commentators about cutting-edge physics research, science education and the cultural and political issues shaping the international scientific community.
Dr. Ben Tippett and his team of physicists believe that anyone can understand physics. Black Holes! Lightning! Coronal Mass Ejections! Quantum Mechanics! Fortnightly, they explain a topic from advanced physics, using explanations, experiments and fun metaphors to a non-physicist guest. Visit the website to see a list of topics sorted by physics field.
Science Pie is a new independent podcast about physics, history, literature and engineering, exploring one fascinating topic per 15-minute episode. Manufactured in-house by Annika Brockschmidt and Dennis Schulz.
Radio Physics is for everyone! You don't have to be a scientist or even an aficionado to be fascinated by the questions and answers that you'll hear between 4:30 and 5:00 on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Radio Physics is a new collaboration with top high school physics students from Aspen to Rifle, the Aspen Center for Physics, and KDNK Community Radio in Carbondale. Students interview one of the more than 1,000 physicists who visit the Aspen Center for Physics every year. You'll want to know the answer to the questions that they ask. Tune in!
Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics host a morning of Theoretical Physics roughly three times a year on a Saturday morning. The mornings consist of three talks pitched to explain an area of our research to an audience familiar with physics at about the second-year undergraduate level and are open to all Oxford Alumni. Topics include Quantum Mechanics, Black Holes, Dark Matter, Plasma, Particle Accelerators and The Large Hadron Collider.
First detected 60 years ago, neutrinos provide a window to physics beyond the Standard Model. In this podcast, Nobel laureate Art McDonald explains why these particles continue to baffle and amaze physicists.
How does a camera work? no, a digital camera, I mean. yeah... yeah.. optics. I know all about lenses. how does the plate at the back.. the one the photons hit.. how does it turn photons into electronic signals that turn into digital information? we're talking: CCDs,CMOS cameras, MKIDs, and superconducting bolometers! Dr. Danica Marsden and Dr. Suresh Sivanandam are here, and our guest today is award winning author Elizabeth Bear!
Zebra fish are gaining popularity compared to lab mice - their heart, for example, seems to be a remarkable model for the human heart, despite it looking completely different. But: Their heart has one superpower the human heart has not - which motivates people to use lasers to shoot at it. Why? And is it worth it? You decide. Music by Tchaikovsky, Chopin played by Edward Neeman, Vienna Ditto, Malaventura, Airglow, Chris Zabriskie and Portrayal. Beating heart sound by Mike Koenig, Intro based on a sample by Vienna Ditto. Produced by Dennis Schulz and Annika Brockschmidt. Photo by zebra danio / flickr (CC-BY). Please support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/sciencepie.
Game of Thrones fans, this is for you! Because it'll get bloody. And treacherous. We take a look at the German epic "The Song of the Nibelungs" and try to untangle the mess of love, hate, betrayal and war that it contains. And we'll look at one of the first baddies in German literary history: Hagen of Tronje, who seems to be all sorts of things: loyal vasall, treacherous schemer and ruthless politician (GOT character comparisons in the comments are welcome, btw). Tune in! Music by Fasan, Kevin McLeod, Paul Arden-Taylor, Elizabeth Wright & Malcolm Peake, Maurice Ravel played by Luis Sarro, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Scott Holmes, Chris Zabriskie, Guillaume de Machaut, Franz Liszt, Kelly Latimore, Kai Engel and Pierce Murphy. All songs can be found here. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! It would mean a lot to us. Image: Hagen von Tronje im Nibelungenzyklus, Marmorpalais Potsdam. (CC-BY-SA von viborg~commonswiki / Wikipedia)
New to networking? Not sure how standing around talking with fellow scientists in a crowded conference room will help advance your career or your research? Make the most of your next conference with tips from networking experts.
Patrick Mchale makes his triumphant return to the show! Astrophysicists Catherine Neish and Brian Jackson explain how planets form around stars, and why the planets we see around other stars are so weird.
We're back in the wind canal, on the rotor blade, on the wings of change, so to speak. We continue to tackle wind energy and the mysterious inertia (cue to Dennis singing creepily in the backgorund) with Professor Simon Hogg of Durham University. Hang your coat in the wind! (We think that saying only works in German, but we're not sure.) Music by The Fish Who Saved the Planet, Dennis Schulz, Chris Zabriskie, Frederic Chopin played by Zuzana Šimurdová. Final song: fasan - The Last Watch. Also: a sound effect by Mike Koenig. The Science Pie title is still based on a song by Vienna Ditto. Find all the tracks we used here. Produced by Dennis Schulz and Annika Brockschmidt. Photo by Lawrence Murray/flickr (CC-BY).
Mary Somerville, the Scottish mathematician and science writer, will become the first woman other than a member of the royal family to appear on a Scottish banknote. In this podcast, we explore the life and legacy of this Scottish polymath, who became a fixture in Europe's intellectual circles.
The power of available computers has now grown exponentially for many decades. The ability to discover numerically the implications of equations and models has opened our eyes to previously hidden aspects of physics. Many exciting phenomena observed in condensed matter systems, such as superconductivity and the quantum Hall effect, emerge due to the quantum mechanical interplay of many electrons. The laws of quantum physics are governed by the Schrödinger equation, whose complexity grows exponentially with the number of particles it describes. Hence, even an approximate numerical solution of the Schrödinger equation is impossible for only just a few particles, not to mention for the millions of particles that are present in real materials. This talk focuses on a new approximation scheme in terms of so-called Tensor Network States, which allow for an arbitrarily accurate description of realistic quantum solid state systems at merely a polynomial overhead in the particle number, thus ...
The power of available computers has now grown exponentially for many decades. The ability to discover numerically the implications of equations and models has opened our eyes to previously hidden aspects of physics. In physics, "complex systems" are systems of many similar interacting parts, such as the interacting atoms that make up a solid or liquid, but also interacting organisms in an ecosystem, or interacting traders in the stock market. This lecture will discuss how recent advances in modeling and computer simulation have allowed us to apply physics-style approaches to these previously challenging real-world systems to learn about such things as the spread of diseases, the flow of traffic or the structure of entire human societies.
The power of available computers has now grown exponentially for many decades. The ability to discover numerically the implications of equations and models has opened our eyes to previously hidden aspects of physics. In this lecture, Myles Allen addressed how computers have transformed our understanding of the role of chaos and exponential error growth in weather forecasting; and our understanding of how climate change is impacting regional weather. He showed how research in Oxford Physics, made possible by high-end computing, is demonstrating the crucial role of eddies in controlling ocean climate; and how the probability of extreme weather events may respond to rising greenhouse gas concentrations. He concluded by throwing out a more controversial suggestion that super-computers haven’t really contributed very much to the problem of predicting century-timescale changes in global average temperature, however much they may have contributed to understanding the regional implications ...
Did you know that if something falls into a black hole it will "ring" like a bell, radiating gravitational waves at a very specific frequency. pretty fun! Brent Knopf and Matt Sheehy are back! Two new physicists: Leo Stein and Chiara Mingarelli! fun times!
We all need electricity. It's something we often don't even think about - we just switch the laptop on or plug our phone charger in. But electricity has to come from somewhere - and ideally it should be environmentally friendly. So is wind energy the solution we've all been waiting for? How eco-friendly is it, really? Join us and professor Simon Hogg from Furham University when we find out. Music by Scott Holmes, David Mumford, Rachmaninow played by Vadim Chaimovich and Chris Zabriskie. A sound by GoGo. Find all the tiles used here. Please rate us on iTunes! Photo by pastitio/flickr (CC-BY). Science Pie (English) RSS
The working lives of scientists and musicians are more similar than you might think: both are highly creative pursuits that can enable you to travel the world; but on the negative side, they both face challenges with diversity. This podcast you will hear music and opinion from scientist musicians.
*sorry about the audio quality* *one guy was in china, and my mic broke and all sorts of bad stuff happened. :(* OH MAN!!! Erika Ensign, from all the dr. who podcasts, has come on our show so that Darren Peets and Abby Shockley and I can do our best to explain how VORTICES enable MAGNETIC PINNING in TYPE 2 SUPERCONDUCTORS. rad.
This is part 2 of our episode on black holes - again with Chris Done from Durham University! We recommend listening to the first one, "This side of the horizon", first. In this episode: Stephen Hawking! Black holes of all sizes, supermassive, tiny, you name it! Collisions of black holes! Huge detectors to detect gravitational waves! And mouse droppings. Of course. We hope you enjoy it! Music by Malaventura, Rest You Sleeping Giant, Chris Zabriskie, Kai Engel, Vienna Ditto, Simon Mathewson and Pyort Il'yich Tchaikovsky. A complete list of all the tracks used in our episodes can be found here. Prouduced by Dennis Schulz and Annika Brockschmidt. Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (CC-BY).
As on Christmas Eve, we now present (get it?) to you: the second crossover episode with our friends from Outside of a Dog! We talk about everyone's favourite wizard, death, villains and hormones in the wizarding world. Like death, this episode will get you, whether you subscribe or not. Do you want to lick it? (Listen in to understand) You can find all episodes of Outside of a Dog on their website, www.outsideofadogcast.com. Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York (CC-BY).
If you want to escape the holiday madness, here's our first crossover episode with the literature podcast "Outside of a Dog" who very kindly invited us as guests for this episode full of witchcraft and wizardry. We drank butterbeer (a 16th century recepy) and discussed themes of this beloved book series. Tune in and be happy that your family at least aren't the Durselys, or so we hope (sorry, Harry.) Produced by our friends of "Outside of a Dog". You can find them here. Photo: Les Haines / flickr (CC-BY).
Our fourth advent episode: Bloopers! Slip-ups! Gaffes! Goof-ups! Bumblers! We're not a live podcast and therefore can just cut stuff that didn't work out. Here's some of that stuff. Music by Malaventura. All the music is to be found here. Produced by Dennis Schulz and Annika Brockschmidt. Photo: Christian Schirner / flickr (CC-BY-SA).
Radio telescopes have really crummy resolution. but if we line them up and hook them together, using a technique called "radio interferometry" we can see the head of a screw 300 km away. This episode, our guest is Ben Acker, one of the authors of "the thrilling adventure hour". amazing! Our Physicists are Rupinder Brar and Sabrina Stierwalt! exciting!
This is our second advent episode - this time with a snippet from our interview with Chris Done. She talks about the perception of mathematical genius in society and popular culture - and why she disagrees with the portrayal of Will Hunting in the academy award winning film Good Will Hunting. Also, we included what she told us about white holes - the opposite of black holes. Produced by Dennis Schulz and Annika Brockschmidt. Music by Chris Zabriskie. Find a list of all the music we used for our episodes here. Photo: simpleinsomnia / flickr (CC-BY). Science Pie (English) RSS
There is no force stronger. Gravity? get out. Electrostatics? no. Love? incorrect. THE STRONG FORCE! Tia Miceli! Ken Clark! AND OUR SPECIAL GUEST RYAN NORTH!!!! this is a really fun episode where we talk about how protons are made of quarks stuck together with gluons. so much fun.
Ever wondered what's inside of a Black Hole? Monsters? And how they form? We start our complete guide to one of the most fascinating phenomenons space has to offer. Our guide isn't Spock, but might just as well be - because she's an expert for astrophysics: it's Professor Chris Done from the Physics Department of Durham University. Let's travel to one of the great mysteries of space - just click play. Music by Cosmic Analog Ensemble, Airglow, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov played by The United Army Strings, Dennis Schulz, Juanitos, Maurice Ravel played by Ewen Birchhall, Chris Zabriskie, Rest You Sleeping Giant and Scott Joplin. Produced by Dennis Schulz and Annika Brockschmidt. You can find all the music used for our episode here. Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (CC-BY). Science Pie (English) RSS
We decided to do advent episodes! Short bits from our interviews we wanted to release, but couldn't fit into a story. Few minutes each, few edits, one piece of music in the background. We start with Jo Fox, talking about the process of teaching and how she knows less the more she knows. More next week! Music by Maurice Ravel, played by Luis Sarro. Produced by Dennis Schulz and Annika Brockschmidt. A complete list of all the music for our episodes can be found here. Photo by Susanne Nilsson / flickr (CC-BY-SA).
Our third advent episode is probably the last soundbit you'll hear from our interview with Jo Fox. Is advertising propaganda? Even if it is advertising for a good cause? And, in the century of social media, are we all propagandists ourselves? Produced by Dennis Schulz and Annika Brockschmidt. Music by Kelly Latimore. We have used a lot of music in all our episodes, and you can find all of it here. Photo: Wrote / flickr (CC-BY).
If life could exist on Mars, what might it look like? And could an upcoming mission by the European Space Agency finally lead to some answers on that eternal question of whether we are alone in the universe? In this podcast, astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell addresses these big questions.
We delve into the tricky field of atrocity propaganda. How does it work, why is it a thing we see time and time again? We travel through time to take a look at the form it took in World War 1 - and how it has changed since then. We follow the pictures into the present to the IS propaganda videos and discuss how we should deal with those images in the media. Follow us into the confusing labyrinth of atrocity propaganda, alongside Durham University professor Jo Fox who will guide us through! Music by Salakapakka Sound System, Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert, Chris Zabriskie, Fog Lake, Rest You Sleeping Giant, Johannes Brahms played by Luis Sarro. You can find all the music here. Science Pie (English) RSS