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PhysicsCentral: Podcasts

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Van Allen Belts

You may think space is empty, but just outside Earth's atmosphere lies an area teeming with activity.

7 Aug 2013

Rank #1

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The Fluid Physics of Flocks

This week's PhysicsCentral podcast dives into the fluid dynamics that govern collective motion, like schools of fish and flocks of birds.

9 Dec 2015

Rank #2

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Scaling Down the Solar System

Meg interviews Wylie Overstreet, whose recent viral hit video "To Scale: The Solar System" gives us a glimpse of what the solar system would look like from the outside.

22 Oct 2015

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Mysteries of the Glass Transition

Does old cathedral glass really flow over time? Mike investigates this myth and more mysteries surrounding this peculiar material.

15 Jul 2013

Rank #4

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Carbon Nanotubes

Scientists are using carbon nanotubes to detect cancer cells in the bloodstream. The nanotube device is about the size of a dime and could provide a low cost and portable way to test for cancer.

27 Apr 2011

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Fibonacci in Nature

Calla investigates several surprising instances of math in nature, from rabbit breeding to plant DNA.Read more on this podcast's blog post

3 Jul 2013

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Supernova Neutrinos

Using particle detectors across the world, physicists are tracking neutrinos emitted from supernovae to better track and understand exploding stars.

4 Mar 2015

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Wine Physics

Join us on a three part tour of the physics behind wine making and tasting.

22 Apr 2015

Rank #8

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What's in a (Martian) Name?

This week's PhysicsCentral podcast takes a deeper look at the more notable name-drops in the new film The Martian.

29 Oct 2015

Rank #9

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Bird Compasses

Birds have an amazing, innate ability to sense where magnetic north lies, and scientists think they're closer than ever to understanding the secrets of their natural compass.

11 Mar 2015

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A Time Capsule of the Universe

The DASCH initiative, "Digital Access to a Sky-Century at Harvard", seeks to scan and upload tens of thousands of photographic plates, creating a comprehensive record of what the night sky has looked like over the past hundred years.

16 Sep 2015

Rank #11

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Manhattan Project Historical Park

History and physics enthusiasts can now rejoice as the U.S. government has commissioned the Manhattan Project National Historical Park located at three important sites critical to the World War II-era program.

18 Mar 2015

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Meteorite Markings Offer Clues to their Past

A slice of meteorite has a lot to say about where it came from, if you know how to listen!

8 Oct 2015

Rank #13

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The Muon Camera

Learn how two undergraduate students made their own makeshift muon detector out of a digital camera.

15 Apr 2015

Rank #14

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Science and Entertainment

From the physics behind Thor's Hammer to the beautiful black hole renderings of Interstellar, science has a lot to offer the film industry and vice versa. What does it take to pull off a successful collaboration?

24 Jun 2015

Rank #15

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How Robocats Land on Their Feet

How do falling cats always land on their feet? Physicists have been uncovering the answer with some help from a robocat.

25 Mar 2015

Rank #16

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Physics and the Smell of Snow

Can we smell a snowstorm before it begins? On today's podcast, were joined by olfactory scientist Pamela Dalton, a researcher at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, to explore the physics behind that crisp, snowy scent.

27 Jan 2016

Rank #17

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Lava in the Lab

Join Meg Rosenburg on a journey from the jagged, active slopes of Kilauea to the "artificial lava" lab at Syracuse University in this week's PhysicsCentral podcast!

30 Dec 2015

Rank #18

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The Physics Behind the Silver Screen

Explore the physics that makes film projection possible in all of its various forms.

25 Feb 2015

Rank #19

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The Impending Intergalactic Cloud Collision

Outside our galaxy, there's a gigantic gas cloud drifting in our direction. It'll collide with the galaxy in about 30 million years, but astronomers aren't worried.

18 Feb 2015

Rank #20