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The Nature Podcast brings you the best stories from the world of science each week. We cover everything from astronomy to zoology, highlighting the most exciting research from each issue of Nature journal. We meet the scientists behind the results and providing in-depth analysis from Nature's journalists and editors.
 
Physics World Weekly offers a unique insight into the latest news, breakthroughs and innovations from the global scientific community. Our award-winning journalists reveal what has captured their imaginations about the stories in the news this week, which might span anything from quantum physics and astronomy through to materials science, environmental research and policy, and biomedical science and technology. Find out more about the stories in this podcast by visiting the Physics World web ...
 
Unedited interviews with intellectuals on the topics of delineating Theories of Everything (theoretical physics), free will, and consciousness. We tend to not simplify concepts and expect those listening to either read up on the technical terms they're unfamiliar with, or choose another episode. A fully articulated approach, where each interlocutor says what they think to be the case as precisely as possible without concern for high-level non-detail oriented conversations, is what I believe ...
 
Belief in God does not have to be based on blind faith. Think Theism explores the rational basis for Christianity as well as the intellectual life of Christian students and faculty at Texas A&M University. For more information, check out thinktheism.org
 
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This episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast features an interview with Jason Smith, who leads the photonic nanomaterials group at the University of Oxford, UK, and is the founder and director of the spin-out Oxford HighQ. Smith talks about some of the practical challenges faced by those creating quantum technologies and how having a solid back…
 
Over the past few weeks, India has been experiencing a devastating second wave of COVID-19, recording hundreds of thousands of new cases a day. Evidence is growing that a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as B.1.617, first detected in India in October, may be driving this wave. On this week’s Coronapod we talk about the race to learn more a…
 
The 16th of May is the UNESCO International Day of Light so this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast focuses on the humble photon and some of the amazing science and technology that it makes possible. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-3759129-1'); }); Our first guest is the astronomer Megan Tannock of Canada’s Un…
 
A new neural interface lets people type with their mind, and a crafting journey into materials science. In this episode: 00:45 A brain interface to type out thoughts Researchers have developed a brain-computer interface that is able to read brain signals from people thinking about handwriting, and translate them into on-screen text. The team hope t…
 
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/7SodXrXFAsc Patreon for conversations on Theories of Everything, Consciousness, Free Will, and God: https://patreon.com/curtjaimungalHelp support conversations like this via PayPal: https://bit.ly/2EOR0M4Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOEwithCurtiTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/better-left-unsaid-with-curt-…
 
In surprise news this week, the US government announced its support for waiving patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines, in an effort to boost supplies around the world.As fewer than 1% of people living in low-income countries have received COVID-19 vaccines, it is hoped that this move is a major step towards addressing this inequity by allowing m…
 
The earliest evidence of deliberate human burial in Africa, and a metal-free rechargeable battery. Listen to our mini-series ‘Stick to the Science’: when science gets political and vote for the show in this year’s Webby Awards. In this episode: 00:44 Human burial practices in Stone Age Africa The discovery of the burial site of a young child in a K…
 
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWcTmeAs44I Bernardo Kastrup is the preeminent Western philosopher espousing metaphysical idealism, and John Vervaeke is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto focusing on the "meaning crisis" and a 3rd wave cognitive science approach to mindfulness. This is Round 1. Comment below as to wha…
 
For more than a century, public health researchers have demonstrated how poverty and discrimination drive disease and the coronavirus pandemic has only reinforced this. In a Coronapod special, Nature reporter Amy Maxmen takes us with her through eight months of reporting in the San Joaquin valley, a part of rural California where COVID's unequal to…
 
Perhaps one of the most exciting discovery in biophysics in the past decade or so is that some creatures use quantum effects to sense the Earth’s magnetic field. In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast, Alex Jones of the UK’s National Physical Laboratory explains how this quantum navigation system is inspiring the development of new met…
 
Ultra-precise measurements connect brain activity and energy use in individual fruit-fly neurons. Vote for our mini-series ‘Stick to the Science’: when science gets political in this year’s Webby Awards. In this episode: 00:45 How brain cells use energy A team of researchers have looked in individual fruit-fly neurons to better understand how energ…
 
Despite warnings, and a number of close calls, drugmakers failed to develop and stockpile drugs to fight a viral pandemic. Now, in the wake of SARS-CoV-2, they are pledging not to make the same mistake again. Around the world, researchers are racing to develop drugs to target COVID-19, but also broad-spectrum antivirals that could be used to treat …
 
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/2v7LBABwZKA Karl Friston is a British neuroscientist at University College London and an authority on the free energy principle and predictive coding theory. Patreon for conversations on Theories of Everything, Consciousness, Free Will, and God: https://patreon.com/curtjaimungalHelp support conversations like this via…
 
As COVID-19 vaccine roll-outs continue, attentions are turning to one group: children. While research suggests that children rarely develop severe forms of COVID-19, scientists still believe they could play a key role in transmission and a plan needs to be in place for the longer term. But clinical trials in children are more complicated than those…
 
In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast, we look at the science of mining precious commodities, both real and virtual. Our first guest is the geochemist Kevin Telmer of the Artisanal Gold Council. He explains how the Canada-based organization is developing and promoting technologies designed to improve the lives of subsistence gold mine…
 
The self-supporting structures that snap into place, and how a ban on fossil-fuel funding could entrench poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. In this episode: 00:45 Self-supporting, foldable structures Drawing inspiration from the art of origami, a team of researchers have demonstrated a way to design self-supporting structures that lock into place after…
 
Reports of rare and unusual blood clots have resulted in several vaccine roll outs being paused while scientists scramble to work out if the vaccines are responsible and if so how. The unusual combination of symptoms, including a low platelet count and clots focussed in the abdomen or brain, seems similar to a rare side effect from treatment with t…
 
Have physicists at Fermilab found evidence for a new force? In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast Sam Grant of University College London explains why he and his colleagues on Fermilab’s Muon g-2 experiment are excited about their recent measurement of the muon’s magnetic moment and what it could mean for the future of particle physics…
 
The lack of adequate sanitation in parts of the rural US, and physicists reassess muons’ magnetism. In this episode: 00:45 How failing sanitation infrastructure is causing a US public health crisis In the US, huge numbers of people live without access to adequate sanitation. Environmental-health advocate Catherine Coleman Flowers tells us about her…
 
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atntnU_baHc Kevin Knuth is a Professor of physics at the University of Albany, a former NASA scientist, and the Editor-In-Chief of the Entropy journal. He has a unique Theory of Everything called Influence Theory. Patreon for conversations on Theories of Everything, Consciousness, Free Will, and God: ht…
 
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/hTHDCD4MnqY Abraham "Avi" Loeb is an Israeli-American theoretical physicist who works on astrophysics and cosmology. Patreon for conversations on Theories of Everything, Consciousness, Free Will, and God: https://patreon.com/curtjaimungalHelp support conversations like this via PayPal: https://bit.ly/2EOR0M4Twitter: h…
 
Rick Bright exposed former president Trump's political meddling in the US COVID response. Now he is championing a new privately funded initiative to track viral spread and combat new variants. We discuss the challenges of collecting data on a rapidly spreading virus, from transmission dynamics to genomic surveillance. We also ask why a veteran gove…
 
This episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast looks at how new technologies can improve our health and how we perceive our surroundings. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-3759129-1'); }); First up is Kostas Kostarelos of the UK’s University of Manchester, who talks about the exciting role that graphene can play in the…
 
In 2020, the artificial intelligence (AI) GPT-3 wowed the world with its ability to write fluent streams of text. Trained on billions of words from books, articles and websites, GPT-3 was the latest in a series of ‘large language model’ AIs that are used by companies around the world to improve search results, answer questions, or propose computer …
 
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlxQwwmT9Ks Patreon for conversations on Theories of Everything, Consciousness, Free Will, and God: https://patreon.com/curtjaimungalHelp support conversations like this via PayPal: https://bit.ly/2EOR0M4Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOEwithCurtiTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/better-left-un…
 
From a sore arm to anaphylaxis, a wide range of adverse events have been reported after people have received a COVID-19 vaccine. And yet it is unclear how many of these events are actually caused by the vaccine. In the vast majority of cases, reactions are mild and can be explained by the body's own immune response. But monitoring systems designed …
 
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/6umrrokgeG4 Jonathan Pageau carves Eastern Orthodox Icons and other traditional Christian images in wood and stone. He's a cognoscenti with regard to symbolism and the West. *NOTE: This is a re-upload of a video that is approximately 2 years old.* Jonathan's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/pageaujonathanBetter L…
 
Many children are naturally curious and have vivid imaginations – two qualities that make them well-suited for careers in physics. So why do many children eschew science when they are asked what they want to be when they grow up? That is a research interest of Carol Davenport at the UK’s Northumbria University, who talks about how to broaden the ca…
 
Laser-cooled antimatter opens up new physics experiments, and the staggering economic cost of invasive species. In this episode: 00:44 Cooling antimatter with a laser focus Antimatter is annihilated whenever it interacts with regular matter, which makes it tough for physicists to investigate. Now though, a team at CERN have developed a way to trap …
 
Iain McGilchrist's website: https://channelmcgilchrist.com Master and His Emissary: https://www.amazon.com/The-Master-and-His-Emissary-audiobook/dp/B07ZJQ4QG7/ [not affiliate link] Patreon for conversations on Theories of Everything, Consciousness, Free Will, and God: https://patreon.com/curtjaimungalHelp support conversations like this via PayPal:…
 
Since the beginning of the pandemic the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been plagued by confusion and controversy. The vaccine has been authorised in over 100 countries, tens of millions of doses have been administered, and it has been demonstrated to be safe and effective. However, over the past few weeks the vaccine has again been in the headlines…
 
This episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast features an interview with the physics PhD student Elham Fadaly, who is a runner-up for 2020 Nanotechnology Young Researcher Award for making an important breakthrough in semiconductor technology. Indeed, that breakthrough was finding the Holy Grail of optoelectronics: a silicon-based material that i…
 
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