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175 – Disordered Systems

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In this episode we talk with Peter Sollich of King’s College, London about disordered systems, statistical mechanics and complexity. In particular, we discuss the difference between quenched and annealing disorder, the relation to entropy, complexity and chaos, the formalisms used to tackle such systems as well as a whole lot of examples from physics and other sciences.

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174 – Stem Cells

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Stem cells are an important part of today’s medical practice, and their importance will grow in the future based on research conducted today. One of the researchers in Derrick Rossi of Harvard and the Boston Children’s Hospital. In the episode we introduce the different kinds of stem cells and their role in the body and in medical treatments. We then discuss some clinical use cases as well as current research (in general and in Derrick’s group).

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173 – Wirkstoffforschung

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In dieser Episode geht’s um Wirkstoffforschung (auch genannt Drug Design), dem ersten Schritt der Medikamentenentwicklung. Unser Gast ist Bernd Rupp (ein Hörer!) vom Leibniz Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie. Wir sprechen über Grundlagen und Begriffe, die Rolle der Wirkstoffforschung in der Medikamentenentwicklung, das prinzipielle Vorgehen sowie die Computerunterstützung.

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172 – Chasing Bears with the Phantom

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In this episode we talk to former RAF pilot Nick Anderson about his time flying the F-4 Phantom II in the cold war. We start out by describing the Phantom itself, the specific of the British Phantoms, and how it flew from a pilot’s perspective. We then discuss flying in the cold war and walk through a typical intercept mission. We close with a Nick’s personal perspective on the time and his flying, as well as with a quick view on the recent intercepts of Russian bombers in Europe. Nick has also kindly provided us with captioned images, which you can if you click through to the episode page.

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171 – Das Gedächtnis

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In dieser Episode sprechen wir mit Prof. Martina Piefke von der Universität Witten-Herdecke über das Gedächtnis. Dabei geht es um die verschiedenen Arten von Gedächtnis, ihre Aufgaben und Funktionsweise. Die Themen Lernen und Erfahrung spielen dabei eine wichtige Rolle. Außerdem sprechen wir über Erkrankungen, die sich auf das Gedächtnis auswirken.

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170 – Race Car Design

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In this episode we talk about the design, engineering and testing of race cars. I have visited Toyota Motorsport earlier this year and talked with Alastair Moffitt and a few of his colleagues. We start out with an introduction to TMG (Alastair Moffitt), then talk about component and full-car testing (Marco Gehlen), and then discuss wind tunnels and aerodynamics (Antonio Pavesi and Rene Hilhorst). We also cover design trade-offs, team/driver integration, the role of the driver during development, the cockpit, the elements on the steering wheel as well as testing. We close with a look at additive manufacturing (3D Printing) in TMG’s work.

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169 – Luftrettung bei der DRF

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In dieser Episode geht es um Luftrettung per Hubschrauber mit der DRF Luftrettung. Im Dezember letzten Jahres habe ich Christoph 51 in Pattonville besucht und mich dort mit dem Pilot Thomas Roth und dem Arzt Gregor Lichy ausführlich über die fliegerischen und medizinischen Aspekte der Rettungsfliegerei unterhalten. Im Februar diesen Jahres hatte ich dann die Gelegenheit einen Tag bei Christoph 41 in Leonberg zu verbringen und in der EC-135 mitzufliegen. Die Gäste diess Teils sind Pilot Michael Klippert, Notarzt Pavel Krejzek und Rettungsassistent Thomas Offenhäußer.

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168 – Empirische Forschung zu FLARM Displays

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Das Kollisionswarnsystem FLARM hat sich in den letzen Jahre als de facto Standard zur Kollisionswarnung in Segelflugzeugen (und teilweise in der allgemeinen Luftfahrt) durchgesetzt. In dieser Episode sprechen wir mit Christoph Santel von der TU Darmstadt über seine Forschung zur Effektivität von verschiedenen FLARM Displays. Neben dem offensichtlichen Bezug zu FLARM gibt die Episode auch einen Einblick in den Aufwand, den man für empirische Forschung treiben muss.

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167 – The Apollo Guidance Computer

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This episode is a mix between computer architecture, programming and (historic) space flight. We cover the ins and outs of the Apollo Guidance Computer. Our guest ist Frank O’Brien, who wrote an incredibly detailed book about this machine. In the episode we cover the hardware architecture, the instruction set, the various layers (native, executive and interpreter) as well as some mission programs.

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166 – Flying the Concorde

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Here is another episode in our ongoing (and hopefully never ending :-)) series on flying iconic airplanes. This time we talk with former Concorde pilot John Hutchinson about flying this Mach 2 airliner. We discuss the cornerstones of the design and construction of the aircraft, its operation (mostly with British Airways), flying characteristics as well as the infamous accident in Paris in 2000 (on which John has some very specific opinions).

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