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TOSP Episode 4: October 4th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site]

Including mix & mash winners, the IgNobels, beetles and beer, space broadband, predatory beetle larvae, decoding the brain, gold nanoparticles, a low-carbon world, hybrid cars, World Space Week, emotions in science and a Digital Pompeii.

Oh, man.  This just keeps getting more and more fun.  And the temptation to wax lyrical for hours stronger and stronger.

But we resist.  For you, our listeners.  So, without further ado, we (aimee and Elf), present This Week’s Podcast! Apologies it’s a day late - we explain why in the podcast :)


As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with suggestions, questions or comments.  We welcome them!  And stay tuned - the Youtube versions will go up in the next day or two :) UPDATE: They’re up!  See the bottom of this post, or our channel, here.

Pearltree for episode 4 here. Pearltree for all episodes here.


mix & mash - the great NZ remix & mashup - 2011 winners


Full bladders, wasabi alarm earn Ig Nobels

Sunday Spinelessness – For aussie beetles, beer bottles are an evolutionary trap

NASA to trial laser-powered space broadband

Did fifth giant planet get the boot?

Baby Beetle Uses Mouth to Lure Amphibians to Their Doom

More time for research: Fund people not projects

Reconstructing visual experiences from brain activity evoked by natural movies

3D Nanometer Images of Biological Fibers by Directed Motion of Gold Nanoparticles

Engineers can build a low-carbon world if we let them - opinion



Hybrid cars , on the subject of

How does a hybrid car work?”

Is there room for emotion in science

GeoCities site to be excavated as the ‘Digital Pompeii’

Just So Hiatus?



World Space Week New Zealand



Other interesting things

Women have stronger immune systems than men — and it’s all down to X-chromosome related microRNA

Superfast Muscles Set Maximum Call Rate in Echolocating Bats

Superluminal Neutrinos Would Wimp Out En Route

Why scientists should read science fiction

Why Facebook’s new Open Graph makes us all part of the web underclass


Materials Chemistry: How soft is your nanomaterial?

Diurnal and Seasonal Mood Vary with Work, Sleep, and Daylength Across Diverse Cultures

Nanoscale Topography: Aptamer-Mediated Efficient Capture and Release of T Lymphocytes on Nanostructured Surfaces

Elon Musk’s SpaceX to build ‘Grasshopper’ hover-rocket

‘Flesh-eating’ bug in the news

Spanish scientists trial promising HIV vaccine