Sat, 14 July 2012
What causes the northern lights?
as far as I understand it... northern lights are what happens when polar bears drink cocacola.
but... maybe I'm just being silly.
Today's guest is Nathan Lowell! Go listen to some of his books on your next car trip. when you arrive, you'll feel pretty good about everything. maybe you'll even want to go back to school. learning is cool.
man, these things sure sound a lot different in the final cut than they do in their initial raw audiofile.
for one thing, we don't all talk like genius auctioneers.
maybe you should try listening to this with the *1/2 speed* turned on on your ipod. @_@
Sun, 27 May 2012
Oh My gosh! It's Kelly Link! The awardwinning Author of my favourite short story "Magic for Beginners"!!! You can download some of her stories for free, and even listen to them on the internet.
Anyway, we're talking about superfluids today. What's a superfluid? Well. It's what you get when you cool helium down really cold. It has strange properties. Watch some videos on it, if you have time... It might help.
Fiona and Jocelyn are back to help me explain. well. try to explain.
Direct download: Ep_16_Ti_Phy_Drinking_Superfluid_From_The_Firehose_Of_Knowledge.mp3
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Sun, 15 April 2012
Today we've got Andrew Johnstone from the Podcast Squared Podcast. I wanted to do him ONE BETTER, and In a cool way, so today we're going to talk about Ice Cube (not the rapper).
ICE CUBE is humankind's largest constructed structure. It's a one-kilometer squared cube neutrino detector buried one mile deep under a glacier in antarctica.
to help me along with this show, I've brought on my old friends Ken Clark and Laura Gladstone. note: This isn't an episode of the flintstones. if it were, Ken's name would be Slate Clarkrock.
BIG NOTE: this show has a long series of very silly conversations following the bunny song at the end. they are very silly. please don't try riding a bicycle slowly through a crowd of toddlers when listening to the appendix bits. you will probably laugh, lose your ballance and crush a child.
Sun, 1 April 2012
You all remember how Pluto got kicked to the curb.
It turns out that Pluto is just one of a large family of worlds: The Dwarf planets of the Kuiper Belt!
I have brought on two fantastic astronomers to aide me: Sean Moran and Laura Hainline.
We explain everything you've ever wanted to know about the Dwarf Planets of the Kuiper Belt:
what's a planet. what's a dwarf. How big are Kuiper's pants?
Listen after the closing bunny song to hear an interesting discussion on whether there's a big giant planet the size of jupiter (planet X) out beyond pluto.
Sun, 4 March 2012
OH HOH HOH! we're on episode 10. double digits! A NEW ORDER OF MAGNITUDE.
To celebrate, I've invited my old standards Jocelyn Read and David Tsang up from the basement I keep them in to help me explain Neutron Stars to my dear wife Bethany Murray.
What's a neutron star, you ask? well it's like a star made of neutrons. listen to the show.
Sun, 19 February 2012
In episode 9, Its back to the A team (which stands for Apple, which points to "g", cuz their words have weight!) with Jocelyn Read and Dave Tsang! Today We're talking about the Alcubierre Warp Drive. You've probably heard of this before, but not in this detail. Oh, we definitely brought our Bee game to this episode!
To help keep us in line and on time, we’ve invited Zach Weinersmith from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and our sister podcast: The Weekly Weinersmith. It's lively and fun, so Sit Down in your seat, turn up the podcast, pay attention, and bee hive yourself.
Note: There’s some Extra bits after the end music. Two extra bits actually. There was a third very long conversation about bees, but It didn't make the cut.
Sat, 4 February 2012
Jocelyn is back, and this time it's with our good pal Fiona Burnell! Today we get to talk to Ryan Haupt of Science Sort Of fame. The Topic of today's show is The Dirac Sea! You know how when you cookie-cutter out a cookie from some rolled out dough, there's a hole left behind the size and shape of the cookie? particles are like that too. and the cookie dough is called the Dirac sea: named after Dirac, the great lover of cookies. Listen past the end credits for a bit where I try to explain the dirac sea using bees, and jocelyn sings a song about the everlovin' Hulk! HULK! HULK!
Sun, 22 January 2012
It's my old Friends Rupinder Brar and Joanna Woo! Today we get to talk to Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics fame. We try to explain how planets around other stars get detected. Also Star Trek gets mentioned. There's some edited-out conversation after the end music, for those of you who like to hear people talk even more about star trek. May The Force Live Long And Prosper With YOU!!!
Sun, 8 January 2012
Dave and Jocelyn are back, and we talk to Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer (from the HP Lovecraft literary Podcast) about Gravitational waves. Long story short, Physicists are on the verge of being able to listen to the music of the spheres... those horrible monstrous spheres which have been devouring planets and stars for untold aeons. Who knows what we will hear?
Thu, 22 December 2011
In This Episode, charlie Barnhart, Catherine Neish and I talk to Ryan North about the similarities between Titan, Earth and Mars. This show has a bit of bonus conversation after the closing music