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TOSP Episode 22: February 27th 2012

Hello, and welcome to a very watery TOSP :) [Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] This week, Elf and aimee talk of things watery – watery planets, flying squid and plankton blooms – as well as new FTL neutrino info (what may have gone wrong), genius computer software, bioscience’s contribution to NZ’s economy, plus a new brilliant site for science-based ebooks and apps, and the tree of diversification! PODCAST HERE [Did [...]

TOSP Episode 11: November 21st 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] And we’re back with another new episode of TOSP! This week, aimee and Elf talk of many things, including the winners of this year’s top NZ science award(s), the world’s lightest material, stem cell research, sexism in science (‘womanspace’), a nanocar, still-faster-than-light neutrinos, the casimir effect, and a very special congratulations to one of our Scibloggers (Sciblings)! PODCAST HERE We do hope you enjoy :)  [...]

FTL neutrinos FTW!

* Ahem *  Well, not quite.              (Note: FTL = Faster Than Light) Not entirely, at least. Those of you watching the science news today may have noticed an awful lot of excited wittering about results being published today which suggest the neutrinos may have broken the speed of light. Please note the use of ‘may’ there. First, a brief note on neutrinos themselves.  My favourites of the subatomic particles*, they are virtually massless, seldom interact [...]

Physics shorthand

As you may or may not be aware, I have something of a physics Jones. I’ve found the subject interesting ever since school, although I’ll freely admit that my contact therewith has been somewhat intermittent :) Recently, however, and for a slew of reasons, I’ve been getting back into it.  Trying, if nothing else, to fill in my gaping knowledge gaps. While on my trip to the States recently, I got the opportunity to pile [...]