Big Science: What's the Big Idea? From Resonance FM
By Ed Gerstner
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Big Science FM began as an experiment borne of a belief that the laws that govern the Universe are simple. Fantastical, astonishing, often unbelievable, but ultimately comprehensible to anyone who wants to understand. For an hour each week, Dr Ed Gerstner and guests explore the ideas that make the Universe tick.
||CleanBig Science FM: The Mathematics of Donkey Kong||What is it about video games that makes them so addictive? Do we play these things not because they are easy but because they are hard? How hard are they? We asked MIT mathetmaticians Erik Demaine and Alan Guo.||18 4 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Medicating morality||Can racism be treated with heart drugs? A recent study suggests so. Does this mean that we can alter a person's moral values with drugs? And what other possibilities are there for engineering the human condition? We ask Julian Savulescu.||21 3 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Teaching relativity to your dog||Dogs were the first sentient beings to venture into space. Yet, they know surprisingly little about physics. Chad Orzel, professor of physics at Union College in upstate New York, hopes to redress this.||7 3 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Drug discovery crowdsourced||There are several ways that the public can contribute to the world of scientific exploration. We talk to David Baker and Chris Eibens how the networked computer game 'Foldit' is contributing to the development of new medical drugs.||22 2 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Newt's in space?||US Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich declared that if he were elected president, he would build a manned base on the Moon by 2020. Does this make him a visionary or a fantasist? We ask space guru and Royal Society Fellow, Mike Lockwood.||1 2 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Have we found the Higgs, yet?||The Large Hadron Collider is working better than expected. And it's collected oodles of data. But have they found the Higgs, yet? We ask Davide Castelvecchi, who flew to Geneva to find out.||14 12 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Neuroscience in the sky with diamonds||Within ten years of the first synthesis of LSD in 1938, it was being used to treat a range of psychiatric conditions, including addiction, anxiety and even headaches. It fell out of favour in the 60s. But medical LSD could be making a comeback.||7 12 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: The trouble with neutrinos||In September, physicists announced results suggesting that beams of neutrinos were travelling from Switzerland to Italy at faster than the speed of light, in flagrant violation Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity. Was Einstein wrong?||30 11 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: How to build a brain||IBM's BlueGene supercomputer has a similar processing power to the brain of a rat. But while a rat's brain takes up a half a cc and uses 50 mW of power, BlueGene covers 600 sq.ft and consumes 400 kW. We ask Richard Wingate what we're doing wrong.||16 11 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: It's a Small World after all||In 1929, Frigyes Karinthy wrote a short story suggesting that everyone is connected to everyone else by six or seven degrees of separation. We talk to Samuel Hansen about why this means our friends are more popular than we are.||9 11 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Multiverses and the Big Bang||How did the Universe begin? What made it expand from the size of a grapefruit to billions of lightyears across in a fraction of a second after the Big Bang? And why did it stop? And is ours the only Universe? We ask Hiranya Peiris and Matt Johnson.||12 10 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Understanding the Cosmos, Part 1||2011 Nobel Prize in Physics Special. In this show, we talk supernovae, cosmic acceleration, dark energy and the history and implications of this year's physics award to Perlmutter, Schmidt, and Riess, with Professor Ofer Lahav.||5 10 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: History of an Ancient Sponge||Geological evidence suggests that around 650 million years ago, the Earth was covered in ice. It was believed only single-celled organisms could have survived 'Snowball Earth'. Until Adam Maloof found a fossilized sponge...||28 9 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Higgs update||In this episode we discuss the intriguing results hot off the press from Cern's Large Hadron Collider with particle physicist Professor Jonathan Butterworth...||14 9 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Probing unconsciousness||We assume that modern medicine can distinguish between life and death. But when it comes to ‘brain death’, things aren't so clear cut. In this episode we explore unconsciousness, coma, and the bits in between with neuroscience writer, Mo Costandi.||7 9 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Green car tech||In recent shows we've been talking about technologies for generating energy. In this episode we look at the flip side with Ralph Clague who's working on green car technologies that use the energy we've got more efficiently.||31 8 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Alternative nuclear power||Conventional nuclear fission won't solve the world's energy problems. Thankfully, it's not the only nuclear game in town. Tonight we explore an alternative nuclear tech, in accelerator-driven subcritical nuclear reactors fueled with thorium...||17 8 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Update on Fukushima||Five months after the nuclear disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiich power plant, the crisis has all but slipped off the front pages. But the crisis continues. Nature reporter, Geoff Brumfiel gives us status update.||3 8 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Of Mice and Flies||How do you make a fly with the same genes you use to make a mouse? It's complicated. But that's what Big Science is all about.||20 7 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Anaesthesia, What's Your Poison?||From alcohol to ether and beyond, in this episode we explore the science of anaesthesiology with clinical anaesthetist, Dr Katie Grant.||13 7 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: The History of Mathematics||This week we take a rollercoaster ride through the history of maths. From the four Greek 'mathematics' - geometry, astronomy, arithmetic and music. To fierce opposition to arabic numerals from European accountants. And the disaster that was Isaac Newton||29 6 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Nanotechnology, What's the Big Idea?||What so big about nanotechnology? Does it represent a brave new world, or a means to hype more of the same. We ask nanotech guru Tim Harper.||22 6 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Truth, Gödel and Science Fundamentalism||Science is all about truth, right? So anything that is true can be determined by science, right? Probably not.||15 6 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Fukushima Meltdown||In the light of events at the Fukushima nuclear plant following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, we discuss nuclear power and the implications of the unfolding situation.||16 3 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: What does life know?||This week we start with the question, what does DNA know about the Universe? But, as usual, we don't stay on topic for long, instead segueing into a much more interesting discussion of Sarah Palin, fruit flies and cancer.||16 2 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Proteins, the building blocks of life, pt 2||There's more to life than DNA... much more. This week we continue our exploration of proteins, the true building blocks of life. How are they made? And what exactly do they do?||9 2 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Proteins, the building blocks of life, pt 1||This week we go beyond DNA to the real workhorses of life, proteins. How are they made? What do they do? And how do they interact to build a hedgehog?||2 2 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: DNA, Blueprint of life? pt 2||This week we continue to ask whether it's meaningful to describe DNA as the blueprint of life. And if the blueprint isn't in DNA where the hell is it?||26 1 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: DNA, Blueprint of life? pt 1||This week we talk DNA, with Nature's biological sciences editor, Tanguy Chouard. Is it really a blueprint? If not, why not?||19 1 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Plasma - the fourth state of matter||Everyone knows about the three states of matter, solids, liquids and gases. But few know about the fourth, plasmas. They're all around us, from neon signs to TVs. And they could provide us with an unlimited source of energy. Eventually.||17 11 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Antimatter - Fantasy to Reality||By the end of the first quarter of the 20th century, physicists increasingly realized that quantum mechanics provided a powerful means of describing the behaviour of subatomic particles. But until that point it only described slow moving particles...||15 9 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: What IS a Higgs boson, anyway?||So what the hell is a hadron, and why are they colliding large ones to find a Higgs botswain?||8 9 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Everything is Waves, pt 2||Quantum mechanics is by far and away the most accurate and successful theory that has ever been devised. It’s also the most bizarre. This week, Big Science continues to explore how the particle theory of light built to describe hot things ...||4 8 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Everything is Waves, pt 1||Quantum mechanics is by far and away the most accurate and successful theory that has ever been devised. It’s also the most bizarre. This week, Big Science explores how the particle theory of light built to describe hot things leads to ...||28 7 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Everything is Bits||To a casual observer, the Universe looks likes *really* complex. It isn't. In this show we'll discuss how just a handful of building blocks and the idea of beauty (or, rather, symmetry) produces diversity and complexity in the world around us ...||21 7 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Everything is Light, pt 1||Wouldn't it be nice if the laws of physics where same everywhere in the Universe, regardless of how fast you were travelling? In this episode Big Science explores how the constancy of the laws of electricity and magnetism leads to ...||14 7 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Science FM: Everything is Light, pt 2||This week, we continue on from the previous week, to discuss the implications of the fact that the laws of electricity and magnetism, and therefore the speed of light, are always the same regardless of how fast you are travelling ...||14 7 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
Interesting topics however the host tends to dominate the conversations and often interrupts!
Almost not listenable.
Despite being interested in learning from this podcast, the presentation style and abrasively arrogant host completely ruin it. The Higgs Boson episode has almost ten minutes of political ranting which set my teeth on edge. Not trying to be unpleasant here, just shooting as straight as I can.
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