Posts Tagged Mars

TOSP Episode 23: March 5th 2012 aimee whitcroft Mar 06

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Episode 23 of TOSP is _out_, yo!

This week, aimee and Elf talk Mars, twisted radiowaves, a new livestock virus, the new number of neurons in a human brain (clue: it’s less than you might think), oxygen-generating biomaterial, SpeechJamming, meetings and IQ, using cellphone data following disasters, and the survival of the brightest.

Quite a selection!  We hope you enjoy it :)


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Scientists see red on NASA cuts of Mars missions

Adding a twist to radio technology

New livestock virus in UK and Europe, unlikely to reach NZ

Silence! Japanese researchers build speech-jamming gun

Researchers develop oxygen-generating biomaterial

How many neurons make a human brain? Billions fewer than we thought



if meetings really lower iq

Cellphones track Christchurch’s earthquake diaspora

Survival of the brightest




Other interesting things

Fossils reveal giant prehistoric NZ penguin

Milky Way Project: Data Release 1

Quest for quirky quantum particles may have struck gold


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TOSP Episode 5: October 10th 2011 aimee whitcroft Oct 10

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This week’s podcast is, as usual, filled with interesting things.  Particularly Nobel-related things!

We (aimee and Elf) talk about science prizes, figures, finding life on Mars, transhumanism, the beginning of infinity, nanotechnology (what is it?), statistics, space skiing, forensic science, nature vs nurture the Nobels, the Ig nobels and World Space Week.


The pearltree (remember, they’re Flash-based!) for this week’s episode is here.  All our pearltrees thus far are here.  If you can’t access pearltrees, don’t worry – we’ve faithfully hyperlinked to everything in the list below :)

As always, please do get in touch!  Your feedback is extremely valuable to us.

[UPDATE: Youtube vids available at the bottom of this post, or on our Youtube channel, here]


Nobel Prizes 2011

Astrophysicists awarded Nobel Prize

How two Nobel Prize medals in physics were saved from being seized by the Nazis

$53.8 Million Awarded to Marsden Fund Researchers

Nice figure

Help NASA find life on Mars

The human touch

Taurus G4: Electric plane wins biggest prize in aviation history

The Beginning of Infinity

Jason Silva

Full Interview: John Graham-Cumming on Building Babbage’s Computer

The story so far

Mercury Spotlight

What if academics were as dumb as quacks with statistics?

Best skiing in space is on Saturnian ice moon Enceladus



Unanswered questions for Brent and David Tong

Nature vs. nurture: score = one all

The Nobel Disease

Ig Nobel banter

World Space Week podcast — Episode 5: Mark Rocket




Other interesting things

Plasmonic Nanoparticle Chain in a Light Field: A Resonant Optical Sail

Optically and Biologically Active Mussel Protein-Coated Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Statistical physics: Self-aware particles

Materials: A maglev construction kit

Implementing the Quantum von Neumann Architecture with Superconducting Circuits

Extrasolar planets: Homing in on another Earth

Nanopore-based detection of circulating microRNAs in lung cancer patients

Using Polymer Conformation to Control Architecture in Semiconducting Polymer/Viral Capsid Assemblies

Superfast-Response and Ultrahigh-Power-Density Electromechanical Actuators Based on Hierarchal Carbon Nanotube Electrodes and Chitosan

Fermi Bubbles Are Burps from a Star-Eating Black Hole


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