Wed, 16 December 2015
Radio telescopes have really crummy resolution.
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!
Mon, 30 November 2015
There is no force stronger.
Gravity? get out.
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.
Sat, 24 October 2015
The Big bang.
How do we know it happened? How do we know what happened?
Thu, 17 September 2015
BIOPHYSICS! Nicole Prent! Jacqueline Townsend!
Sun, 7 June 2015
Oh boy it's been a while since we got an episode scheduled, recorded, edited and out the door. but the wait has been worth it because THIS EPISDE IS AMAZING!
Dan Harmon (From Channel 101, The Sarah Silverman Show, Monster House, COMMUNITY!, Harmontown (the podcast), Harmontown (the documentary about the podcast), and Rick and Morty) joins us!
Physicist Katherine Brown RETURNS! and Ken Clark is flying shotgun!
this is a lovely episode and i am prouder than punch to present it to you.
Sun, 17 May 2015
Ken Clark Joins me!
we answer Ramiro's question, who asked
"I have heard that bosons are the force carriers. So what force is the higgs boson "carrying" ?"
Tue, 31 March 2015
THIS EPISODE IS ABOUT LASERS!
Dr. Abby Shockley and Dr. Tia Miceli join me in trying to explain lasers to a very Patient Aaron Fischer. this episode is super fun.
Sun, 22 March 2015
Me and Amanda Bauer Answer a question from dave!
"First of all I really enjoy the podcast! And for a while I’ve been wanting to send in this question and think it would be perfect for the new segment. My question is: What direction would one look to see the big bang? Now, I understand that we are in an ever expanding universe and technically the big bang is in all directions but I guess I’m having a hard time mentally grasping the concept. I’ve heard the balloon analogy but I just can’t understand that if I was expanding on an inflating balloon I would still be able to look to the center of said balloon, right?!. Conversely, would it be possible to look away from the big bang and into the space our universe is expanding into?
I hope this hasn’t already been covered but if it has would it be possible to go more in depth with an explanation of the expansion itself. Thanks for such an awesome podcast!
Wed, 11 February 2015
Erin McGathy (from the "This Feels Terrible" and "Harmontown" podcasts and the USB theater in LA) joins us! Dr. Rupinder Brar and Dr. Amanda Bauer have both returned after WAY TOO LONG!
We talk about the milky way! dust and pancakes. dusty pancakes. that'd be a great name! Oh man what a great show! this episode is GREAT!
Listen past the end music for some addition great conversing.
Sun, 1 February 2015
Dr. Katie Mack and I talk about big bang stuff.
the question is from bob:
"Hello again Ben. I've found and listened to the QB episodes. Thanks for the help with locating them.
Since you seem to have ready access to a cosmologist, I'd like to offer for QB a trio of related cosmological questions that have bugged me for some time.
1. How do we know that all the matter in the universe came from the big bang?
2. How do we know that the big bang did not expand into an existing precursor universe? (It seems plausible to me that this may be the case but we have no way to know because the hyperinflation immediately after the big bang and accelerating expansion due to dark energy will permanently keep us outside of the light cone of any event in this hypothetical precursor universe. I'm not fond of unfalsifiable theories...)"
Sat, 10 January 2015
Vicky Scowcroft and David Tsang were talkin' to me, and i was like "Yoooo what kind of show topic should we do" and Vicky was like "Cepheid Variables" so i was like... hmm. A star who tells us about distance and travelling...
Who else should I ask on the show to talk about these crazy stars, but Lucy Knisley, star of the comic book world and the travel memoir?
mmm. happy winter, everyone.