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151 – Verbrennungsmotoren

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Unser Gast in dieser Episode ist Donatus Wichelhaus, seines Zeichens Leiter der Motorenentwicklung bei Volkswagen Motorsport. In den knapp 3 Stunden gehen wir auf die folgenden Themen ein: das Prinzip des Verbrennungsmotors, die wichtigsten Baugruppen, diverse Arten und Bauformen von Motoren, markenspezifische Eigenheiten (TDI, CDI) sowie auf die Steuerung des Motors. Gegen Ende unterhalten wir uns noch über die Spezifika von Rennmotoren sowie deren Bezug zur Serie.

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150 – The European Extremely Large Telescope

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In this episode we talk with Jochen Liske from the European Southern Observatory about the E-ELT Telescope for which construction is about to start. We discuss the engineering challenges of building a 40m mirror and the associated telescope, as well as the science that is planned to be addressed with the E-ELT once it is finished. We also discuss a number of issues around optical astronomy in general that were not covered in our episode about the LBT.

Joe Liske is also the host of both the HUBBLEcast and the ESOCast, two video podcasts about astronomy you may want to check out.

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149 – Risikoanalytik in technischen Produkten und Prozessen

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Diese Episode ist ein Interview mit Professor Stefan Bracke, Lehrstuhlinhaber für Sicherheitstechnik und Risikomanagement an der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal.In dem Gespräch geht es um Ausfallverhalten von technischen Produkten, um mathematische Modelle und statistische Verfahren zur Abschätzung des Risikos und um die Zusammenarbeit mit den Produkt-Herstellern.

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148 – Flying the Harrier

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In our little series on interesting aircraft, this episode covers the Harrier, the iconic VTOL fighter. Our guests are Joe Anderson and Art Nalls, who both fly Art’s civilian Harrier in airshows. We discussed the history of the Harrier and its predecessors, talked about its use in the military and the advantages of STOVL and then discussed in some details the intricacies of flying a Harrier (compared to other aircraft). We concluded by talking about Art and Joe’s airshow activities.

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147 – Kohlenstoffschichten

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Diese Episode ist ein Gespräch mit Nicolas Wöhrl und Reinhard Remfort von der Universität Duisburg-Essen über Kohlenstoff in seinen verschiedenen Ausprägungen Graphit, Graphen und Diamant und über die Herstellung, Charakterisierung und Anwendung von dünnen Schichten als Sensoren und in der Energietechnik. Außerdem sprechen wir über Methodisch inkorrekt, den Wissenschaftspodcast der beiden.

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146 – Container Shipping

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This episode is a conversation about the world-wide container shipping infrastructure with Martin Clausen, the former general counsel of Maersk and Nicolas Guilbert from Ange Optimization. We discuss the history of containers, routing, some details about the ships and container terminals as well as a brief outlook on the future of the container shipping industry. In part two we take a deeper look at optimisation of container stowage on ships and network planning.

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145 – Tiergestützte Therapie

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In dieser Episode geht es mal wieder um das Thema Tiere, allerdings weniger im biologischen Sinne und mehr um die Mensch-Tier-Beziehung und wie man diese therapeutisch nutzen kann. Ich spreche mit Professorin Sylvia Greiffenhagen, Autorin des Buchs Tiere als Therapie über das Thema tiergestützte Therapie. Dabei diskutieren wir die verschiedenen Arten der tiergestützten Therapie, welche Tiere man einsetzen und welche Effekte man erzielen kann. Außerdem geht es um die Ausbildung von Tieren und Therapeuten.

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144 – Flying from Aircraft Carriers

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This is the long-awaited episode on flying from aircraft carriers. Our guest is Scotty Bates who flew from US carriers in the 70s. We discuss all aspects of carrier aviation including training, cat shots, arrested landing, pattern work and how all of it changes at night or in bad weather.

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143 – Collision Avoidance with FLARM

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In this episode we talk with Gerhard Wesp, Development Manager Avionics at Flarm Technology GmbH about FLARM, a collision avoidance system for gliders and general aviation. We talk about the history of the FLARM system as well as about newer developments such as the PowerFlarm. Mostly, however, we talk about how FLARM works and how PowerFlarm integrates with Transponders and ADS-B systems.

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142 – Making Ayreon’s Music

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In this episode we talk with Arjen Anthony Lucassen, the man behind Ayreon about his music. We discuss about composition, instruments, recording, editing, mastering, as well as about some other random relating to his music and the music business. The episode also contains some of his songs to give non-Ayreon fans the necessary background. We also included parts of those songs Arjen cited as influences or used as examples for classical sounds.