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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 21: February 21st 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] We’re back!  And with a minimum of difficulties this week :) This week, Elf and aimee talk of a new soft motor, ROBOBEES, a teeeeeensy chameleon (squee!), hacking yoghurt, some very ancient art, ROBOBEES, investing in yourself, knitting needles and water bubbles and space, quantum computing for beginners, sequencing genomes on a USB stick-sized device (!!!!) and ROBOBEES. PODCAST HERE [Did you know you can [...]

TOSP Episode 20: February 14th 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Greetings, TOSP listeners! This week’s podcast is a teensy bit late (heh), and a little different to usual as it was the first we’ve done and edited ‘On the Road’. We (well, Elf – aimee was driving like a loon between Auckland and Wellington as practice for the Rally) travelled to Christchurch to chat to some of New Zealand’s young emerging scientists from both MESA [...]

TOSP Episode 19: January 30th 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Greetings, podcast audience of ours! This week’s podcast was supposed to be slightly shorter than usual, but then Elf and aimee got into a Discussion or two. There may have been some slight ranting :) We cover the human brain connectome (peeeerdy), awesome urchin-like nanospheres, a NZ critter app, the world’s first iridescent mammal, a medical/bioinformative challenge, science and weight loss, ranting discussion on the place [...]

Greetings, 2012ers

Hello, everyone! Yep, I realise I’m somewhat late back to the fold – but looks are deceiving.  Ive been back at work since Jan 4th (urg), but, well, there’s been a lot on. On top of the usual summer goings-on – cycling home into gale-force (well, almost) northerlies on sunny days, watching the harbour become jellyfish party central, and seeing Wellington become the ideal version of itself (everyone’s gone elsewhere) – I’ve also been to [...]

TOSP Episode 17: January 16th 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Greetings, listeners! This week, aimee was away in Melbourne at the inagural AdaCamp barcamp.  So Elf brought in his good friend Haritina Mogosanu, who works with KiwiSpace and World Space Week, to co-host with him. They talked about the number of planets in our galaxy, molecular time travel, calculating what’s in the universe, ‘getting’ science (or not), KiwiMars 2012, and aimee reports back from AdaCamp. [...]

TOSP Episode 16: January 9th 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Happy New Year! May 2012 be a wonderful year to you all. To start off the new year, aimee and Elf discuss last week’s announcement of the successful build of a temporal cloak, thorium’s potential as an alternative nuclear energy source and zombie bees! Also, we talk to fellow Sciblogger, and penner of The Atavism David Winter – who has recently turned in his PhD [...]

TOSP Episode 15: December 19th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] The last TOSP before Christmas! And, because we’re daring, it _isn’t_ Christmas-themed.  Just to give y’all a break. Instead, Elf and aimee cover the winners of the Prime Minister’s Science Prize(s), how bees reach consensus (warning: headbutting), a very special new crab, Jupiter’s heart-cannibalisation, the race to create the bionic eye, and the effect that Foo Fighters concert has both on GeoNet (seismic sensors) and [...]

TOSP Episode 14: December 12th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] This week’s a little special. In addition to aimee and Elf discussing how our brains process syntax and vocabulary (differently, it turns out!), the biggest black holes yet discovered and a 17 year old who’s made huge strides in the fight against cancer, Elf also sits down with a panel of our bloggers for a discussion! Panelists (in order of appearance): Prof. Shaun Hendy – [...]

TOSP Episode 13: December 5th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Another week, another collection of brilliant stuff to talk about. This week, Elf and aimee talk about groups.  Well, mostly groups, but also weta, astronomy, learning and why we don’t have a cure for AIDS.  As for groups – we look into how StarCraft 2 is contributing to cognitive science, how we can help the science of whale (dolphin) communication, and how physicists are doing [...]