175 – Dr Charley Lineweaver – Is Our Solar System Special?

11:49 am April 4th, 2016

Listen to today’s episode as I talk to Assoc Prof Charley Lineweaver from the Australian National University on his thoughts about whether the Solar System is unique or special!

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174 – Dr Zara Dennis – From Sports Science and Geophysics to Teaching

12:51 pm September 3rd, 2015

Listen in as Dr Zara Dennis talks to us about her journey from sports science to teaching high school physics. In particular, Zara talks to us about:

– Her interest in geophysics and outer space
– Working with lasers
– What led to doing her PhD
– PhD that looked at electromagnetic to find gold mineralisation
– An explanation of the experiments Zara used for her research
– What other uses could these techniques be used for?
– Life as a teacher
– How cool science is!

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Brains Matter is Back From Hiatus

12:07 pm September 3rd, 2015

Hi listeners!

As you would have noticed, the Brains Matter podcast has been on a bit of a hiatus over the past year and you haven’t heard much from the show. If you’ve wondered why, well there’s been a combination of factors, from technical issues to funding issues, and in amongst this all was a dispute with a Chinese company who tried to hijack my domain name and a few other wrangles.


The Ordinary Guy in February

But perhaps the main factor has been several health related events – I’ve had to rush (or be rushed myself) to the Emergency Department four times in the past year for family members and as you can all appreciate, these things have taken precedence.

Hopefully I haven’t lost too many listeners, but I do plan on getting back to my regular output soon. I look forward to hearing from you all and thank you for your support.

OG

173 – Assoc Prof Brad Carter – Space Weather

8:34 pm December 6th, 2014

In today’s episode, I speak to Associate Professor Brad Carter from the University of Southern Queensland about Space Weather. What is it? How do we measure it? And what does it mean for the formation of life?

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172 – Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith – The SKA

2:03 am August 18th, 2014

In today’s episode, I speak to Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith from the CSIRO, about the Square Kilometre Array project.

– What is the the Square Kilometre Array Project?
– The results of the decision on where to host the project
– What are the different parts of he SKA project
– The Murchison Widefield Array

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171 – Sarah Bruzzese – Astronomical Society of Australia Poster Sessions

9:15 pm November 16th, 2013

During the Astronomical Society of Australia conference, I went and visited the Poster Sessions where students showcased their research. In today’s episode, I speak to Sarah Bruzzese, one of the poster session presenters.

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170 – Sarah Sweet – Astronomical Society of Australia Poster Sessions

8:16 am August 17th, 2013

During the Astronomical Society of Australia conference, I went and visited the Poster Sessions where students showcased their research. In today’s episode, I speak to Sarah Sweet, one of the poster session presenters.

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169 – Dr Charley Lineweaver – The Birth, Life, and Death of our Planet… and the Universe

1:59 pm August 6th, 2013

The following recording is of the 2013 Astronomical Society of Australia’s Harley Wood Lecture, hosted by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics.

People, planets, stars, and even universes are born, they live for a while, and then die. Associate Professor Charles Lineweaver reviews what we now about the origin of the Earth and the origin of the life on it – the coming extinction of this life and the death of the Earth and Sun. The second law of thermodynamics is relevant to the birth and death of the universe.

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168 – Matt Witkowski – Leukaemia and the Ikaros Gene

6:45 am July 14th, 2013

In today’s episode, I talk to Matthew Witkowski, a PhD student at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, on his research into the relationship between the Ikaros Gene and Leukemia.

We discuss:

– Matt’s background
– A definition of leukaemia
– Matt’s work in his PhD
– What is the Ikaros gene?
– What is the relationship between Ikaros and leukaemia?
– What are the possible outcomes from this research?

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167 – Robert Lloyd – 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who – Part 2

3:09 am May 26th, 2013

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic science fiction show, Doctor Who. I spoke to actor and comedian (and honourary 10th Time Lord) Rob Lloyd, also known as the Number 1 Doctor Who fan in the world, about the show.

This is the second part of a two part interview.

Topics we discuss include:
– Doctor Who’s companions
– Doctor Who villians
– Other related shows
– The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and what’s in store
– Rob’s background and Doctor Who shows

NOTE: This episode comes with a language warning

Today’s listener of the episode is Ellis Collins from Nottingham in the UK

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