Competition

8:58 am August 1st, 2017

Hi all,

The winner of the online tutoring competition that was mentioned in episode 183 has been announced. The winner is:

Giuliana De Bellis

Congratulations Giuliana! Please contact the folks out at MyWebTutor to collect your prize.

183 – Anant Tanna – Outreach and Science Fun

2:23 am June 3rd, 2017

In today’s episode, I talk to Anant Tanna once again. This time we talk about his interest in science outreach, why it’s important, and the fun of learning science.
Topics we cover include:

– Why is outreach important?
– Why is science outreach, in particular, important?
– How should outreach be approached?
– Why does science need outreach compared to other industries?
– The need to do more outreach now than in the past
– Understanding the need for fundamental research and indirect outcomes of science
– Techniques to communicate science
– Why science is fun
– Science for the right audience
– What inspired Anant to get into science

And make sure you listen right to the end! High school students have a chance to win a scholarship for one semester’s free tuition from MyWebTutor. So listen in for details on how to enter, and put your entry in for the chance to win. Entries close on the 20th of July, 2017.

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182 – Joanna Corby – Galactic Large Organic Molecules

4:57 am June 2nd, 2017

In today’s episode, I speak to Joanna Corby, who was visiting the University of New South Wales from the University of Virginia, while doing research into Large Organic Molecules in High Mass Star Forming Regions in our galaxy.

We spoke about

– What region of our galaxy is being looked at?
– What are the major chemically distinct regions in this area?
– Are these chemical compounds restricted to these areas?
– How complex are these molecules?
– What is the relationship between this and life in space?
– How dense are these regions
– What does it mean in terms of the process of star formation?

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181 – Anant Tanna – Searching for Invisible Galaxies

9:26 am April 5th, 2017

In today’s episode I speak to Anant Tanna from the University of New South Wales School of Physics, about his research on looking for invisible galaxies. During our conversation, we cover:

– What are invisible galaxies?
– How do we find distant galaxies that we can’t see via their own light?
– What are redshift distances?
– How does looking at neutral hydrogen emissions help show distances of galaxies?
– How are multiple galaxies detected along the same line of sight?

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180 – Ten Years of Brains Matter

10:40 am November 3rd, 2016

This Episode of Brains Matter celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the show. Yes, Brains Matter has hit the double figure mark. Starting out on the 16th of October 2006, the show has covered a wide range of topics and amazing guests.

In today’s show, I speak to Clive Weeks, who has been involved with the podcast for some time, and reminisce about the past ten years. The show is also a little bit of fun and turns things around a little bit – listen in to find out!

Also featured on today’s show are:

Richard Ogley
Karen Lewis
Allie Ford
Rob Lloyd

And a special thank you to Victoria from Russia for your contribution.

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179 – Dr Michael Childress – Supernovae

9:20 am October 28th, 2016

In today’s episode I speak to Dr Michael Childress from the Australian National University. He talks to me about his research into supernovae. During our conversations, we cover:

– His research into the progenitors of supernovae
– The techniques used to determine what type of stars they were before going supernovae
– The difference between the types of supernovae
– At what point would a star blow up?

Listen in!

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178 – Dr Roland Crocker – Fermi Bubbles

6:21 am August 30th, 2016

In this episode I speak to Dr Roland Crocker from the Australian National University on the topic of Fermi Bubbles – what are they and how do they form?

Listen in to find out!

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177 – Angus Wright – ICRAR and GAMA

10:27 am May 12th, 2016

I speak to Angus Wright from ICRAR who speaks to us about the GAMA project and radio astronomy, and the work he is doing as part of his PhD in the GAMA collaboration.

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This episode is supported by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics

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176 – Dr Anushi Rajapaksa – Spray Vaccines

7:28 am May 7th, 2016

Do you or someone you know dislike getting the needle? Well in today’s episode, I speak to Dr Anushi Rajapaksa from the Murdoch Children’s Institute on her research into delivering vaccinations via a spray.

We also talk about DNA vaccines and personalised medicine. Sounds intriguing!

To find out more, listen into the episode!

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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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