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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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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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.


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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