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Physical Attraction is the show that tries to explain physics... one chat-up line at a time.

Physical Attraction is the show that tries to explain physics... one chat-up line at a time.
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Physical Attraction is the show that tries to explain physics... one chat-up line at a time.

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@physicspod

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English


Episodes

Thermodynamics, The First Law: You Can't Win

11/7/2018
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The laws of thermodynamics govern the flow of energy - from your coffee cup to the sparse plasma floating between stars to the formation of black holes. And, in short, they are: You can't win. You can't break even. You can't get out of the game. These laws, which were first derived by dreaming of ideal heat engines, turned out to have profound and vital physical and philosophical consequences. Far from just relating to an arbitrary concept called "temperature", they can teach us...

Duration:00:34:04

BONUS: Stalin Episode XI-XII-XIII Omnibus

11/4/2018
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Towards the end of Stalin's life, he became ever more paranoid, embittered, isolated, and vengeful. As his various ministers and members of the Politburo jockeyed for power and position around him, using his fits of paranoia to exact revenge on one another, the only thing that united them all was fear. This is the final omnibus in the series from our sister podcast, Autocracy Now, which brings the biography of Stalin to its conclusion. Listen to the rest of the show over at...

Duration:02:20:25

Interstellar Travel: Shooting for the Stars

10/29/2018
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The Starshot Project is one of those rare, exciting technological plans that seems to come straight out of science fiction - a plan to visit the nearest star to Earth within our lifetimes. It will require huge technological advancements in virtually every relevant field, but it's still the most feasible way to get to the stars. We'll discuss the project, how it would work, and the physics of why interstellar travel is so damn difficult. Comments? Questions? Concerns? Praise?...

Duration:00:26:20

Malicious Uses for Artificial Intelligence: Part II

10/25/2018
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A recent report released at https://maliciousaireport.com/ on the potential malicious uses for artificial intelligence brings us sharply to the present. In the TEOTWAWKI episodes on AI, we focused on "hard AI" - the potentials for chaos and rapid change if artificial intelligence becomes "truly sentient". But in the shorter term, machine-learning algorithms and increasing automation are already impacting all of our lives to a greater extent. Recent efforts at electoral manipulation, for...

Duration:00:41:45

Malicious Uses of Artificial Intelligence, Part 1

10/18/2018
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A recent report released at https://maliciousaireport.com/ on the potential malicious uses for artificial intelligence brings us sharply to the present. In the TEOTWAWKI episodes on AI, we focused on "hard AI" - the potentials for chaos and rapid change if artificial intelligence becomes "truly sentient". But in the shorter term, machine-learning algorithms and increasing automation are already impacting all of our lives to a greater extent. Recent efforts at electoral manipulation, for...

Duration:00:37:08

Nobel Prize 2018 Special!

10/9/2018
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So, as you probably already know by now, the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 was awarded to another trio: Gérard Mourou, Arthur Ashkin and Donna Strickland, “for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics”. Specifically, Arthur Ashkin was awarded the prize ““for the invention of optical tweezers and their application to biological systems” and Mourou and Strickland were awarded the prize for developing chirped pulse amplification, a method of generating very short but very...

Duration:00:35:08

Superconductors: Hard to Resist

10/4/2018
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In this episode, we'll discuss the discovery and possible applications of superconductors - these seemingly miraculous materials which have an electrical resistance that drops to zero at a low enough temperature. Contact us at www.physicspodcast.com Or follow us on Twitter @physicspod And tell as many people as you can about the show if you've enjoyed it or if you learned something worth knowing.

Duration:00:26:24

Thermonuclear Takes: #ExxonKnew and Solar Road to Nowhere

9/25/2018
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Welcome to Thermonuclear Takes, our roundup of all the news in science and technology that’s been fascinating me lately. Some of it will relate to things that we’ve discussed on the show before; some of it will relate to things that we’ll discuss in the future – and some will be just plain interesting. This episode, we're going to be talking about Ben Franta's latest reporting that Exxon Knew about climate change in advance, and we'll discuss why Solar Freakin' Roadways might not be such...

Duration:00:29:42

Concealing A Hadron III: I'm Sparticle!

9/20/2018
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Everything is made up of fundamental particles. You have the leptons: that’s the electron, muon, tau, and their ghostly neutrinos that help us to conserve momentum. You have the quarks, which make up all of the hadrons. The up, down, and strange quarks: and their heavier cousins, the top, bottom, and charm quarks. Mixing quarks can give you baryons, like the proton and neutron. It can give you mesons, like the pion particles. But you also have four forces. There’s gravity, which...

Duration:00:42:00

Concealing a Hadron II: The Standard Model

9/14/2018
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Quarks, hadrons, baryons, leptons - we explore the material particles, ponder the question of why the electron has two heavier cousins, and describe the snark of Wolfgang Pauli in this - our second episode in a series explaining fundamental subatomic and atomic physics, and the Standard Model. Can you tell your quarks from your elbow? If not, never fear, because these episodes will be your guide to particle physics, and, specifically, what’s called the Standard Model. Has absolutely nothing...

Duration:00:30:55

Autocracy Now: Stalin Omnibus Ep VIII, IX, X The Storm

9/12/2018
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A triple helping of our sister podcast, as we follow Stalin's career from the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact to the Battle of Stalingrad.

Duration:01:53:21

Concealing a Hadron: Particle Physics 101.1

9/7/2018
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Can you tell your quarks from your elbow? If not, never fear, because these episodes will be your guide to particle physics, and, specifically, what’s called the Standard Model. Has absolutely nothing to do with the catwalk, but instead the fundamental building blocks that make up all of visible matter and energy in the Universe. You can listen to all of our archived episodes up at www.physicspodcast.com or listen to our sister podcast, Autocracy Now, at www.autocracynow.libsyn.com. On...

Duration:00:38:26

Thermonuclear Takes: Hothouse Earth and Heatwaves

9/3/2018
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Sometimes, a news story that relates to some of the topics we talk about on this show catches my eye. That's when you know it's time for a Thermonuclear Take! (tl;dr, experimenting with new bonus episode format.) This episode, we're going to talk about the recent heatwaves over Europe, Japan and North America, and the thorny issues of Climate Change attribution. We'll also discuss that Steffen et al. paper about a Hothouse Earth: Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene....

Duration:00:31:43

Units and Dimensional Analysis II: GI Taylor and the Bomb

8/31/2018
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In this episode, we'll discuss how you can use dimensional analysis to measure the yield of the blast of a nuclear bomb, and weird units from banana equivalent doses to the distance at which sheep remain picturesque. You can listen to all of our archived episodes up at www.physicspodcast.com or listen to our sister podcast, Autocracy Now, at www.autocracynow.libsyn.com. On the physicspodcast website, you will find a contact form where you can discuss any comments, questions, concerns,...

Duration:00:30:02

Units and Dimensional Analysis, Pt I: The Metric Revolution

8/24/2018
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Units and Dimensional Analysis, Pt I: The Metric Revolution No physicist would be anywhere without dimensional analysis. In this episode, we answer the surprisingly complicated question - how long is a metre? www.physicspodcast.com for previous shows, information, donations. @physicspod on Twitter www.autocracynow.libsyn.com for Autocracy Now, a show about historical dictators.

Duration:00:25:37

CJ Schilt (Corpus Newtonicum) on Isaac Newton, part 2

8/10/2018
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So in this episode, I am fortunate enough to interview Cornelius Schilt – perhaps better known to the world by his blog title, Corpus Newtonicum, which you can go and read at Corpus Newtonicum.wordpress.com. He is a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, studying the History of Science, and focused on the life, career, and works of Isaac Newton. What’s more, he just handed in his thesis the day before I conducted this interview – best of luck on the viva, CJ! In this, the second part...

Duration:01:34:40

CJ Schilt (Corpus Newtonicum) on Isaac Newton: Part I

8/3/2018
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So in this episode, I am fortunate enough to interview Cornelis Schilt – perhaps better known to the world by his blog title, Corpus Newtonicum, which you can go and read at Corpus Newtonicum.wordpress.com. He is a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, studying the History of Science, and focused on the life, career, and works of Isaac Newton. What’s more, he just handed in his thesis the day before I conducted this interview – best of luck on the viva, CJ! In this, the first part of...

Duration:01:12:48

BONUS: Stalin Omnibus (Episodes IV-V-VI-VII)

7/28/2018
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To keep you all updated on the goings-on at my other podcast, I'm presenting a Stalin Omnibus with all of the episodes that have released since the last time Autocracy Now appeared on my feed. Episode IV: Revolution In The Economy After consolidating power over his Bolshevik rivals, Stalin dispensed with Lenin's pseudo-capitalist NEP and replaced it with the top-down bureaucratic nightmare that was the Five-Year Plans. Episode V: Nadya and Kirov In the early 1930s, two mysterious (at...

Duration:02:32:53

Antimatter

7/27/2018
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A primer episode on the world of antimatter. Every particle has its antiparticle equivalent - and if they ever meet, it's annihilation. You can find us online at www.physicspodcast.com On Twitter @physicspod On Facebook as Physical Attraction And check out my other show about the life of Stalin: Autocracy Now www.autocracynow.libsyn.com

Duration:00:31:28

Newton IV: Alchemy, Mercury, Legacy

7/19/2018
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Alongside all of his scientific achievements, there is another fascinating side to Newton - one intimately linked with the supernatural, even the occult. A belief in alchemy, an attempt to establish a new chronology, hunting through the Bible for the ability to predict the future: were these aspects to Newton's intellect contrary to his rationality, or did they actually feed into his studies of physics? And, as we bring his life to its conclusion, we'll try to answer Keynes'...

Duration:00:57:18