physics

#311      26 min 18 sec
Compound benefits: Creating new materials to aid cleaner energy generation

Prof David Sholl

Materials scientist Prof David Sholl explains how new hi-tech metal hydrides and metal-organic frameworks can be used to increase the efficiency of nuclear power stations and  to capture carbon dioxide emissions in coal-fired power plants. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#306      24 min 10 sec
Organs on a chip: How 3D models of living tissue are changing biomedical research

Prof Donald Ingber

Bioengineer Prof Donald Ingber discusses how three-dimensional models of living human organs can advance our understanding of human physiology in ways that animal models can’t. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#298      30 min 16 sec
Curve your expectations: Observing planets and galaxies with the help of gravity

Dr Bart Pindor

Cosmologist Dr Bart Pindor explains gravitational lensing, in which the curvature of space by gravity allows us to investigate galaxies and other astral bodies. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#290      27 min 58 sec
Refracted brilliance: How nature’s structures produce color

Prof Ullrich Steiner

Physicist Professor Ullrich Steiner explains how nature generates vibrant colors, as seen in many butterflies and beetles, through the structure of materials, and how these properties can be usefully reproduced. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#275      24 min 20 sec
Tick-tock tussles: Why physicists can't agree on time

Prof Craig Callender

Philosopher of science Prof Craig Callender tells us how physics has changed our understanding of time and why some even argue that the notion of time is unnecessary. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#270      30 min 46 sec
Useful imperfections: Nanodiamonds for quantum sensors in living cells

Prof Lloyd Hollenberg

Physicist Prof Lloyd Hollenberg explains how quantum technologies are leading to the development of sensors of only a few atoms’ size -- small enough to be placed inside living cells to enable monitoring of biological processes. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#240      28 min 55 sec
Mass nebulous: Our evolving understanding of dark matter

Dr Katherine Mack

Cosmologist Dr Katherine Mack delves into the mysteries of dark matter, examining the evidence and scrutinizing current explanations of the phenomenon. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#204      30 min 57 sec
Particles of doubt: What if it wasn't the Higgs boson?

Dr Serguei Ganjour
Dr Martin White

Physicists Dr Serguei Ganjour and Dr Martin White delve into the details around the "likely" discovery of the Higgs boson and discuss the uncertainties that still surround the newly observed particle. They ask what it means for our understanding of the universe and of physics if it turns out not to be the Higgs. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#203      34 min 27 sec
How we respond to music: Cultural construct or hardwired into the brain?

Associate Professor Neil McLachlan

Behavioral scientist and musician Assoc Prof Neil McLachlan brings a scientific understanding of sound to his research on our emotional responses to music. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#180      29 min 03 sec
Diamond data mining: Quantum computing and the materials that make it possible

Prof David Awschalom

Physicist Professor David Awschalom discusses the powerful potential of quantum computing, and how materials such as diamond play a crucial role in the development of this emerging technology. With host Dr. Shane Huntington.