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scilogs.eu becomes scilogs.com

29. July 2012, 11:44

As you may have heard elsewhere, scilogs.eu becomes scilogs.com, evolving into a world-wide science blogging platform. So from now on, you will find my posts at scilogs.com/omega_tau_podcast.

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Kitepower: Airborne Wind Energy

06. July 2012, 16:09

This episode is a conversation about airborne wind energy. In particular, we talk to Roland Schmehl who leads a team of researchers and engineers at TU Delft who develop the Kitepower system. In this system, kites are automatically flown in a pumping pattern to extract energy from wind as an alternative to classical ground-based wind turbines. In the conversation we cover the benefits of airborne wind energy in general and of kites in particular and we cover in some detail how the Delft system works technically.

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How Apollo Explored the Moon

18. June 2012, 19:30

This is the long-awaited follow-up to the first Apollo episode, once again with How Apollo Flew to the Moon. In this episode we cover that part that we omitted in the first episode: the time on the moon. We talk about life support, the various scientific instruments and experiments as well as the technology and use of the lunar rover (about which David is actually writing another book).

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Controlling the LHC Beam

03. June 2012, 09:42

In this fourth and (for the time being, last) episode in the series on physics at CERN we look at the LHC from the perspective of the beam producers, and more specifically, from the perspective of the control system for the LHC. To this end, we first talk to Vito Baggiolini, a software engineer in the controls group, and then we talk to Felix Ehm, a technical engineer for the beam control system. In the episode we recap what the LHC does and how it does it (you may want to re-listen to Episode 30 on the LHC), discuss the hardware elements used for beam control, some of the safety and security systems, as well as about the software aspects of the system.

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Niels Madsen on Antimatter and the CERN Alpha Experiment

17. May 2012, 21:52

This episode is a conversation with CERN's Niels Madsen about Antimatter. We first discuss theoretical aspects about the topic, and then focus on the ALPHA Experiment. Since Niels is an experimentalist and has helped building essential parts of the experiment, we discuss the experiment in some detail.

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CERN's Giudice and Geschwendtner on Neutrinos

05. May 2012, 09:04

In this episode we discuss neutrinos. In the first part we talk with CERN's Gian Giudice about the theory of neutrinos; we also discuss what it would mean if they were actually faster than light. Part two is a conversation with Edda Gschwendtner about the CERN Neutrinos to Gran Sasso experiment and the OPERA detector.

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John Ellis on the Standard Model of Particle Physics

20. April 2012, 20:42

This is the first episode in a series of episodes on particle physics and related research at CERN. In this episode we are talking to John Ellis about the standard model of particle physics, which is the current "big picture" about how subatomic matter and fields work.

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Building and Living on the ISS

10. April 2012, 10:45

This episode is a conversation with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli about the construction of and life on the ISS. As part of the STS-120 shuttle mission, Paolo was involved in installing the Harmony Module onto ISS. Later he served as a flight engineer on board ISS, as part of Expeditions 26 and 27. In the episode we talk about his two missions and compare the experiences on the Shuttle, the ISS and the Soyuz.

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The European Transonic Windtunnel

12. September 2011, 19:22

This episode is a converation with Dieter Schimanski, the Operations Manager of the European Transonic Windtunnel. In late June of 2011 I had the chance to visit the facility. The episode starts out with a one hour conversation about aerodynamics and the concepts behind the ETW. The rest of the episode is essentially an audio report of the tour I took of the facility. To better grasp the magnitude of the facility, I recommend you take a look at the picture gallery.

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Oracle Racing's USA 17

21. July 2011, 11:02

This episode is a conversation with Mike Drummond, the Executive Designer for OracleRacing. We talk about the USA 17 yacht which won the 33rd America's Cup. We talk about the characteristics of the boat, the design process and how the boat is driven during a race.

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The Cassini Mission to Saturn

19. April 2011, 09:00

This episode is about the Cassini Mission to Saturn. We talk with Nora Kelly Alonge, a Project Science System Engineer and Science Planning Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In the episode we cover the Cassini spacecraft's structure and sensors (and its lander, Huygens), some of the relevant science, as well as the challenge of coordinating science and engineering requirements on the mission.

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Bitcoin - a Decentralized, Digital Currency

11. April 2011, 18:53

This episode covers Bitcoin, a digital, decentralized currency. In our conversation with Gavin Andresen, the technical lead of the project, we cover basic economics of money, the way users interact with Bitcoin, as well as the technical implementation of the system. Bitcoin uses a couple of clever ideas about implementing distributed clocks and global ordering, and is a very nice example of applied cryptography.

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