The Titanium Physicists Podcast
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

Oh gosh,

we got carried away on the discussions in this one.

the raw recording was about 100 minutes long,

and even after some heavy editing, i couldn't get the "regular show" part under 40 minutes *shame*.

perhaps... your clock is just running faster than mine?

well... it's summer.

anyway! This episode's guest is Michael Mookie Terracciano, author of the webcomic "Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire"

and we're taking the special event of our 20th episode to talk about SPECIAL RELATIVITY. 

Direct download: Ep_20_Time_Dilates_When_Youre_Having_Fun.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

Hello everybody. 

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. @_@

Direct download: Ep_19_The_Northern_Lights.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:01pm 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

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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:43pm 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