Monday, October 28, 2013- DJ Bosonator, Matthias Ihl explains high energy particle physics

31Oct

The 2013 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to two physicists for the prediction of the Higgs Boson as the particle which imbues the property of mass to all other particles.  The particle was discovered this year at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.  Our Guest Dr. Matthias Ihl helps us to navigate the complicated table of sub-atomic particles known as the Standard Model.  

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Monday, October 21, 2013- Matthew Moskwik blown away by salamander spread in the Appalachians

31Oct

Amphibians are the metaphorical canary in the coal mine of the environment.  Specifically, salamanders are especially sensitive to changes in forest structure, and local climate changes.  Our guest this week Matthew Moskwik is blown away by his findings that salamanders have increased their range in a variety of transects in the Appalachians.  Matthew encountered the filming of the Hunger Games while looking for salamanders.

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Monday, October 14, 2013- Gautam Surya is chased by elephants in India

22Oct

Species is one of the basic units of biological classification and a taxonomic rank.  Our guest Gautam Surya talks about bird biodiversity in northeast India.  Gautam uses species distribution models to understand the diversity he observes directly in the field.

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Monday, October 7, 2013- Coffee! with Alejandro Berrio Escobar

16Oct

DJ Alejandro Berrio Escobar swore on the radio but we bleeped it out.  Who cares, the FCC is shut down anyways.  Alejandro primarily informed us about the science of coffee.  After oil, coffee is the most used product in the world, more than a half of adult Americans consume at least one cup a day.  Coffee has modest health benefits.  Aside from many fun facts about coffee, there are several difficulties that coffee growers face to bring this amazing beverage to your hand.  Scientific achievements have improved the quality and production size of coffee in Colombia.

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Monday, September 30, 2013-Dr. Jeffrey Silverman, “DJ Superdupernova”

10Oct

Supernovae are the most powerful explosions in the universe.  DJ Superdupernova (aka. Dr. Jeffrey Silverman) explains the origin of these celestial events, breaking down the different types and sub types.  One famous subtype, "Type Ia" is really useful as a "standardizable" candle, which means that we know the absolute luminosity of the stellar explosion, and can therefore calculate its distance.  The standardizable Type Ia supernovae reveal that the universal expansion is accelerating.  DJ R-naught gets downright frightened of dark energy!  Dr. Silverman is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Astronomy.

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Monday, September 23, 2013- Dr. Hans Hofmann and Rayna Harris

10Oct

Woods Hole Massachusetts is a summer destination for beach goers and scientists.  This week we spoke with evolutionary biologists Dr. Hans Hofmann and Rayna Harris who lead the Neural Systems and Behavior summer course in Woods Hole.  This intensive eight-week lecture and laboratory course focuses on the neural basis of behavior.  We asked Hofmann and Harris about what the students learn, and how they learn it.  Highlights include the stomatogastric cycle relating to rhythmic neural activity like breathing.

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Monday July 8, 2013- JJ Hermes: White Dwarf Stellar Pulsations

2Oct

JJ Hermes graduated from UT Austin with a degree in Physics in 2007. Since then he has become an expert in a class of stars called white dwarfs, studying under one of the sub-field's most prominent experts, Professor Don Winget.  As an undergraduate, JJ was the former Editor in Chief of the Daily Texan.  He has spent 184 nights using telescopes at the McDonald Observatory on 29 individual visits.  He's the author or coauthor of 21 refereed publications.  JJ's PhD is titled "Gravitational Waves, Pulsations, and More: High-Speed Photometry of Low-Mass He-Core White Dwarfs".
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Monday, April 22, 2013 - Dr. Hayley Gillespie: Art Science Gallery

2Oct

Dr. Hayley Gillespie (DJ ArtSci) is the founder of Art Science gallery, an gallery devoted to the interface of art and science, based in Austin, Texas.  Hayley joined us to describe the works visible during the first annual West Austin Studio Tour.  The website for Art Sci is artsciencegallery.com/  DJs Scott and G-rex make a cameo appearance, with the notable debut of DJ G-rex (like T-rex but with a G).

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Monday, April 15, 2013- You would have been obsessed with trilobites as a kid

2Oct

DJs Ganglion and Chrysalis explain recent science news on dinosaur embryos, trilobite eyes, and statistics.  The show includes some medical discovery news from Drs Norbert Herzog and David Niesel available at: medicaldiscoverynews.com

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