The Titanium Physicists Podcast (general)

Like how the same basic stuff can make many different types of star, and planet and cookie, this episode brings a lot of familiar things together in new ways!

Hanalore Gurling-Dunsmore! 
Dr. James Sylvester!

and our guest Zach Weinersmith!
(Zach and his wife Kelly just wrote an amazing book!)

we're going to talk about Supernovas (type 2). How a perfectly ordinary gigantic star can just one day decide to EXPLOOODDE.

today's episode is amazing. It brings together a lot of things we have talked about in other episodes!

Direct download: Ep_75_The_Undeniable_Outward_Push.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm PST

Biophysicists Dr. Nicole Prent and Dr. Jacqueline Townsend are back. this time we're talking about Electron Spin Resonance, a technique that's like Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, but different.

our guest this time is Diana Goodman, Host of the Thirty Twenty Ten podcast.

Direct download: Ep_74_Jingle_Bell_Sweaters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:56pm PST

Today our guest is a person I've wanted to meet for years: The founder of the Skepchick website, Rebecca Watson.

Our physicists are Dr. Katie Mack and Hannalore Gerling-Dunsmore.

TODAY'S TOPIC: Supermassive Black Holes!!

Direct download: Ep_69_Super_Hyper_Fire_Hose_Bucket_Challenge.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10am PST

A phonon.. that's not a spelling mistake... is a quantum of vibration.

it's a particle... that lives as a vibration in a crystal. 

and it's bananas!!!

Doctors Fiona Burnell and Darren Peets have joined me to try to explain this all to Megan and Anthony Leon.

Direct download: Ep_67_A_Phonon_Call.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:32am PST

There are astrophysicists who study life on mars. 
specifically, the prospects of detecting life on mars. 


Zach Weinersmith Joins Catherine Neish and Briony Horgan 
and we talk about LIFE ON MARSSSSS!!!

Direct download: Ep_66_Life_On_Mars.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:40pm PST

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.

Direct download: Ep_63_Worldbuilding.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am PST

Hi!
LIGO just announced detecting.
1. gravitational waves
2. colliding black holes 1.3 billion years away.

this is just me talking about my feelings about it. 

Direct download: Ben_Talks_About_Ligo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:31am PST

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!

TODAYS EPISODE TOPIC: QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT.

this is a lovely episode and i am prouder than punch to present it to you.

Direct download: Ep_56_What_In_Tangles_Meant.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43pm PST

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...)"

Direct download: qb6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:03am PST

Geoffrey Lovelace and I talk about Interstellar. 

mostly we geek out over the relativity.

we ran out of time before we could make this podcast 3 hours long. 

it was definitely a possibility.

Direct download: QB5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm PST