The Titanium Physicists Podcast (physics)

Yaaaay! Today we're talking about Entropy. It's an oft cited but also oft misunderstood law of nature. 

Our Guest is Cory Doctorow, Author, Blogger, King of the Blogosphere!

(If you go to the website www.titaniumphysics.com you can read an additional explanation which... I forgot to mention while we were recording the show, even though it IS REALLY actually very neat)

It's Jocely and Miles. My old friends. 

Have FUN!

Direct download: Ep_27_Death_and_Heat_Death.mp3
Category:physics -- posted at: 7:03pm PDT

Episode 26: Black Gold

Pssst. Want some free energy? 

who doesn't want an unlimited supply of energy? no one, that's who!

today we're talking about how to use a black hole to turn everyday objects (like garbage and ducks) into sweet, sweet energy.

our guest is Kai Nagata, and the physicists are Laura Hainline and Mike Zemcov.

three things to note:

1) listen past the end credits to hear a long-ass conversation about whether having free energy is a good thing. 

2) Kai's internet connection was lousy and kept dropping out. so today's episode is less conversational than we are used to. we had to fix it in editing.

3) speaking of editing, the bulk of this episode's edits were done by a gentleman named John Heath. John made our horrible skype recording sound so good. If you meet John on the street, please give him all the money in your pockets. you know, from me. 

Direct download: Ep_26_Black_Gold.mp3
Category:physics -- posted at: 8:02am PDT

Episode 22: Falling Down the Stepped Leader

Hi everyone! 

We're back, after a short vacation, with a show for the summertime!

THUNDER! banana-nananana THUNDER! banana-nananana! THUNDER!

today's guest is Elizabeth Bear, award winning author!

and our experts are Amanda Bauer and Zach Weinersmith!

lots of fun for everyone.

SHAZAM!

Direct download: Ep_22_Falling_Down_The_Stepped_Leader.mp3
Category:physics -- posted at: 5:34pm PDT

Today the topic is Particle decay. it's the first of a larger set of episodes leading up to an explanation of the discovery of the Higgs. 

but more interestingly. particles decay. 

My guest is Dan Jankwoski, and my physicists are Ken Clark and Tia Miceli! 

ALLEZ! PHYSIQUE!

Direct download: Ep_21_Things_Fall_Apart.mp3
Category:physics -- posted at: 8:11pm PDT

Episode 18: That Superconductor Episode

Fiona Burnell! Darren Peets! Ryan North!

it's a Festival of wonderful.

listen, i'm going to admit it here. I didn't know much about how superconductors work when i chose this topic.

I don't know why i never learned how it worked, but I never did. whoops. 

anyway, the answer is crazy. it has to do with electrons getting married and having to get their credit card spending under control. 

I don't know if that Gail Lady visited them or what. 

Direct download: Ep_18_That_Superconductor_Episode.mp3
Category:physics -- posted at: 6:55pm PDT

Hi tiphyters!

there was a problem this week and we had to postpone recording. boooo I know. 

but don't feel bad. the next episode will have ryan north and fiona return. we'll talk about superconductors.

anyway, I thought I'd try one of the fun features of the brachiolope media network: The Substitute Brachiolope System.

so the deal is that when one of our shows can't make it (for whatever reason) we can reroute content from one of our sister podcasts. 

That way you get lots of science, and we feel slightly less guilty.

So. I'm putting in an episode of The Weekly Weinersmith. this one is lots of fun!

Direct download: Episode_2-Plaits_Pluns_and_Planets.mp3
Category:physics -- posted at: 6:23pm PDT

Hellooo. today we're going to talk about how the solar dynamo causes sunspots to form. 

and we're doing it with David Malki!  

this episode is pretty rad.

listen past the end music to hear a lot of silly conversations. there are a lot of them. :( why does my show have to be half an hour of ramming physics down your gullet? why cant i leave the funny and distracting stuff in context? If you know the answer to these questions, email me, and I'll give you a prize. 

Direct download: Ep_17_Ti_Phy_See_Spot_Sun.mp3
Category:physics -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

Today's Show is Awesome because our guest is TED LEO! the guy from the intro-song (Tell Balgeary, Balgury is Dead)! I bring together Vicky Scowcroft and Mike Zemcov and we talk about how GIANT SOUND WAVES which rang through the universe at a time before recombination (like.. 13+ billion years ago) provided that seeds for gravitational collapse. as a result, the size of these sound waves explain the size of the largest "objects" in the universe: gravitational super clusters! They also explain why there's nothing bigger.

It turns out that before there was any differentiation at all, there was music.

ROCK ON TED LEO!

ROCK ON TIPHYTERS! 

(P.S. there's a couple rad conversations after the end music. that Ted Leo is a smart guy.)

Direct download: Ep_15_Ti_Phy_Music_From_Before_Time.mp3
Category:physics -- posted at: 1:06pm PDT

Hey everyone! 

I decided to do a show on Quasars. because I didn't know what they were. So then I looked It up. Turns out, they're black holes! My Favourite.

I also looked up two of my other favourites, Laura Hainline and Sean Moran. Turns out, they know Everything about Quasars. 

So then I looked up the author of one of my favourite webcomics,  Howard Tayler.

This show is fantastic. Too bad we had to record the show using two tin cans and a piece of string, and an old wax cylinder sound recorder. Oh well. It's not like I have any money to spend on sound quality (I spend it all on quality of character).

by the way, if anyone can spot the magical SUPERFLUOUS word I've worked into the usual script, send me an email with it as the subject line, and I'll write you back a prize. 

the prize is a haiku about whatever's on my mind.

Also note that there are a couple extra bits after the bunny song. not much. I left a couple extra (edited) minutes in the regular part of the show, so we ran a couple min overtime. 

bn

Direct download: Ep_14_Ti_Phy_How_Do_You_Spell_Quasar.mp3
Category:physics -- posted at: 10:45pm PDT

Hello everyone. Allow me to introduce my old friend Ken Clark, and my new friend Amanda Bauer. He works on Ice Cube and she works in australia. But he's not a bar tender, and she is not a kangarooist. rather, they are my NEWEST TITANIUM PHYSICISTS! and today we're going to talk about how dark things matter. specifically, dark matter.

We've invited the clever Kai Nagata, the revolutionary canadian journalist onto the show. I felt that we'd need a journalist to figure out the nature of that which could not be seen but which clearly exists.

Check out the website for this episode especially. Both Amanda and Kai have done some fantastic things which can be found on the internet, and you should not miss out. Ken is fantastic too. Once I made him a spinach sallad and I didn't wash the spinach enough so it was super sandy, but he still wolfed it down and told me that it was the greatest salad he ever ate because he is VERY POLITE.

enjoy the show. 

and if you read this, send me an email the phrase "sky palace 7" to tiphyter@titaniumphysics.com  I'll give you a prize. 

Direct download: Ep_11_Ti_Phy_Of_Matters_Dark.mp3
Category:physics -- posted at: 5:14am PDT