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135 – High-Energy Neutrinos and the IceCube Neutrino Observatory

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This episode covers the discovery (strictly speaking, “strong evidence”) for high-energy (astrophysical) neutrinos. The discovery was announced on 22 November 2013. In this episode we talk with DESY‘s Markus Ackermann about the the evidence for astrophysical neutrinos and why they are important. We also discuss how the the IceCube Neutrino Observatory works, which opened up this new field of astronomy. We conclude with a brief conversation about traveling to, and living at the south pole, where IceCube is located.

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134 – Das Cherenkov Telescope Array

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In dieser Episode unterhalten wir uns im Stefan Schlenstedt vom DESY über Kosmische (Gamma-)Strahlung und das in der Entwicklung befindliche Cherenkov Telescope Array. In der Episode sprechen wir über die Grundlegende Physik der kosmischen Strahlung, welche Forschungsziele mit Gammastrahlenobservatorien verfolgt werden sowie die Herausforderungen bei der Entwicklung des CTA.

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133 – The Space Shuttle (Part 2, Operations)

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This is the second of two episodes on the the Space Shuttle’s systems and operations. We talk to Davide Sivolella, an aerospace engineer who has written a quite technical book on the shuttle. In this episode we talk about some of the shuttle’s operations, including launch, landing and proximity operations in space.

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132 – The Space Shuttle (Part 1, Systems)

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This is the first of two episodes on the the Space Shuttle’s systems and operations. We talk to Davide Sivolella, an aerospace engineer who has written a quite technical book on the shuttle. In this episode we talk about some of the shuttle’s systems, including the structure, the engines, the boosters and the thermal protection system.

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131 – Superzellen und Sturmjagd

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Aus Anlass des Unwetters vom 28.7. unterhalte ich mich in dieser Episode mit Benjamin Wolf vom Sturmjagd Blog über Superzellen, Unwetter und Sturmjagen (“Stormchasing”). In der Episode sprechen wir über einige meteorologische Grundlagen, über die Entstehung von Superzellen und über Sturmjagen an sich.

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130 – Violin Physics

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In this episode we investigate the physics of the violin in a conversation with Jim Woodhouse of Cambridge University. We discuss the way the bow interacts with the strings, the different vibration modes of the body and how they influence the sound and the playability of the violin as well as how scientific methods (can) help with understanding existing and creating new violins.

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129 – Die Neumayer-Station des AWI

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In dieser Episode unterhalten wir uns Gert König-Langlo über die Neumayer Station des Alfred-Wegener-Institut. Dabei sprechen wir über die innovative Architektur der Station, die Infrastruktur zur Versorgung, sowie Polarforschung im Allgmeinen und die Forschungsthemen der Station im Besonderen.

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128 – Insolvenz und Sanierung

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In dieser Episode unterhalten sich Nora und Markus mit Jochen Glück, seines Zeichens Insolvenzgeschäftsführer oder “Sanierer”. In der Episode unterhalten wir uns über Insolvenzverfahren, Gründe für Insolvenzen sowie die Möglichkeiten die der Sanierer hat um Firmen im Rahmen einer Insolvenz wieder “fit” zu bekommen.

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127 – Wolfram Alpha

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This episode covers Wolfram|Alpha, Wolfram‘s computational knowledge engine and the backend of Siri. Our guest is Michael Trott, the chief scientist of Wolfram|Alpha. In the episode we discuss how Wolfram|Alpha works, including aspects of language processing, ontologies and semantics as well as presentation of results to the user.

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126 – Mathematica

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In this episode we discuss Mathematica, Wolfram Research’s technical computing system. With our guest, kernel developer Daniel Lichtblau, we discuss Mathematica’s capabilities for symbolic, numeric and other forms of computation, and we can do and how it works internally.