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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

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if meetings really lower iq

Cellphones track Christchurch’s earthquake diaspora

Survival of the brightest

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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 14: December 12th 2011 aimee whitcroft Dec 14

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This week’s a little special.

In addition to aimee and Elf discussing how our brains process syntax and vocabulary (differently, it turns out!), the biggest black holes yet discovered and a 17 year old who’s made huge strides in the fight against cancer, Elf also sits down with a panel of our bloggers for a discussion!

Panelists (in order of appearance):

  • Prof. Shaun Hendy – Sciblogger: A Measure of Science
  • Ken Atkinson – Science Media Centre
  • Peter Griffin – Science Media Centre, Sciblogs founder and Sciblogger: Griffin’s Gadgets
  • John Kerr – Science Media Centre
  • Ken Parrot – Sciblogger: Open Parachute
  • Elf – TOSP co-host, Sciblogger: Just So Science

The topics covered are:

  • NZ science is often forced through funding to ‘pick winners’? What do you think of this strategy and which ‘winning’ technologies would you pick to invest in?
  • One of the responses often given by students who wish to continue their studies overseas is that you ‘can’t do world class science or get a world class qualification in NZ’. Do you see a solution to this? Is it an accurate description of your area in NZ science?
  • R&D tax credits are a significant (well – to US they are) election issue. Will they address NZ’s poor R&D expenditure per capita? Or is a more deep seated problem associated with NZ’s disperse population and low levels of capital investment?
  • China’s plan is to have a man on the moon by 2020. What goals would you like to see NZ science set during the same period?
  • What will be the big science developments over the next 12 months?

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It’s a wee bit longer than usual, but we figured it was interesting enough to warrant it!

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Study Finds the Key to Language: How Humans Form Sentences

How the brain strings words into sentences

Neuron – Syntactic Processing Depends on Dorsal Language Tracts

Monster Black Holes Are Most Massive Ever Discovered

17-year-old wins 100k for creating cancer-killing nanoparticle

From fireflies to superbugs….

Sciblogs Events

The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes

Other interesting things (from diet and mental health to transparent crab shells, and more!)

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Pearltree for this episode here, pearltree for all TOSP episodes here. You can also follow these posts by RSS here, or you can follow the podcast on iTunes!

You can find this podcast on New Zealand’s very own Ziln TV (which feeds through to services like Sony TV). Additionally, we have a Youtube Channel — Sciblogs Podcast — which gets updated weekly, too.  Thanks to State Shirt and Rhian Sheehan for the use of their music in our intro and outro.

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TOSP Episode 12: November 28th 2011 aimee whitcroft Nov 28

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Welcome back to a very icy, buggy TOSP!

This week, Elf and aimee talk about ice.  Well, mostly ice. Brinicles, ice on Europa and even ice-related geoengineering in Mongolia. And undersea silk. Excitingly, however, they also talk with their first guest, Sciblogger Siouxsie Wiles of Infectious Thoughts, and her post this week on (illegal) chickenpox lollipops.  She also talks about tuberculosis, why it’s so important, and why even New Zealand is getting in on the act of studying this disease.

PODCAST HERE

Pearltree for this episode here, pearltree for all TOSP episodes here. You can also follow these posts by RSS here, or you can follow the podcast on iTunes!

You can find this podcast on New Zealand’s very own Ziln TV (which feeds through to services like Sony TV). Additionally, we have a Youtube Channel — Sciblogs Podcast — which gets updated weekly, too.

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‘Brinicle’ ice finger of death filmed in Antarctic

Ice stalactite

New Evidence for Water Lakes on Europa

Silk from the sea: No sow’s ear

Illegal lollipops, bad teeth and a new ‘apple’!

Ulan Bator’s geoengineering scheme is THAT cool

[Update: Lemur Attack Force and the Mongol Rally]

Sciblogs Events

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Other interesting things

‘Just So Science’ — The Feynman Hypothesis

You don’t like it? Go somewhere else.

Tractor beams on full! First steps towards light-based tractor beams

Researchers create spinal cord connectors from human stem cells, heralding breakthrough

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Note: our new intro was courtesy of a Creative Commons piece – ‘Computer’ by State Shirt.  Viva Creative Commons!

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