Archive for the 'physics' Category

155 – Professor Brian Schmidt – The Accelerating Universe – Public Talk

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

In 1998, two teams traced back the expansion of the universe over billions of years and discovered that it was accelerating, a startling discovery that suggests that more than 70% of the cosmos is contained in a previously unknown form of matter, called Dark Energy. The 2011 Nobel Laureate for Physics, Brian Schmidt, leader of […]

153 – Dr Duncan Galloway – Neutron Star Binaries

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Duncan Galloway, ARC Future Fellow at Monash University. His interest is in Neutron Star Binaries and I talked to him about this: – Duncan’s background – What is a neutron star? – How big is a neutron star? – How does a neutron star stay together? – The […]

Encore – Brian Schmidt – The Acceleration of the Universe

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Professor Brian Schmidt won the Nobel Prize for physics for 2011, for his work in helping discover that the universe was accelerating in it’s expansion, which came as a huge surprise to the whole astronomical community. I spoke to Brian about his work for the 24/5/2009 episode of Brains Matter – for those of you […]

139 – Dr Michael Brown – The Square Kilometre Array

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

In this episode, I talk to Dr Michael Brown, the ARC Future Fellow from Monash University, who has been doing work on the planned surveys with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder. He talked to the podcast about the Square Kilometre Array. Topics we discussed included: – What are the different types of telescopes? – […]

138 – Prof Ray Jayawardhana – Strange New Worlds

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Professor Ray Jayawardhana is the Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics and the Steacie Fellow at the University of Toronto. He has just written a book called Strange New Worlds: The Search for Alien Planets and Life beyond Our Solar System, and he chatted to me about: – some of his background, and study areas […]

137 – Prof Lawrence Krauss – Dinner with a Physicist

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Professor Lawrence Krauss is the author of “The Physics of Star Trek”, a professor of physics, the Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Director of the Origins Project at the Arizona State University. I was privileged enough to have a chat with him about physics and science in general, […]

135 – Prof Claude Roux – Forensic Science

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

I talk to Professor Claude Roux from the Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Technology Sydney about forensics and how it is used. Topics we discuss include: – The type of research Claude is interested in – Finger printing – Forensic anatomy – Anti body forensic methods – DNA usage and profiling in […]

3/10/2010 365 Days of Astronomy Appearance – Transiting Extra Solar Planets

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

The Ordinary Guy from the Brains Matter Podcast has contributed to another episode of 365 Days of Astronomy: Transiting Extra Solar Planets

125 – Dr Mark Boland – Presentation on ACAS

Friday, September 24th, 2010

In this episode, I talk once again to the Dr Mark Boland, Principal Accelerator Physicist at the Australian Synchrotron, and he is alsoDeputy Director for the Australian Collaboration for Accelerator Science. He gave a presentation at the Synchrotron about ACAS, and has given his permission for all the listeners out there to hear it. Download […]

124 – Dr Mark Boland – Update on the Australian Synchrotron

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

In this episode, I talk to the Deputy Director for the Australian Collaboration for Accelerator Science. We talked about some of the work that has been done at the Australian Synchrotron since Dr Boland’s last appearance on the show. – How will measurements take place at the LHC? – What is a Linear Collider? – […]