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A podcast about physics, history, computers, events, people, made with lots of passion by people studying Physics, History and German. Yeah!

A podcast about physics, history, computers, events, people, made with lots of passion by people studying Physics, History and German. Yeah!
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A podcast about physics, history, computers, events, people, made with lots of passion by people studying Physics, History and German. Yeah!




The End

Unfortunately, we have to discontinue the English channel of this podcast. We would have loved to continue, but right now, it is basically impossible for the two of us, as we are crazy busy right now and cloning - well. We are very sorry! If you, by any chance, learn or know German, though, there's still new episodes for you. Otherwise: Thanks for listening! It was a lot of fun bringing you stuff we love. The song is Vienna Ditto's "Stop" - the one we've used for our intro.


Fusion Facts

We are investigating fusion! After trying to master the basics in our first episode, we answer the big questions: Why does anyone want fusion power? Why do governments spend that much money trying to handle plasmas? Also, you and a friend of yours will be running laps in a stadium just to collide and fusion at some point. Why have we been so infrequent lately? It's because there will be a book! We have been working on it for the last few months and still have to do a lot of stuff. We'll be...

Taylor, Kanye and Justin

We're back on one of our favourite topics: generation of energy. In this episode, we talk to Thomas Klinger, scientific director of the fusion machine Wendelstein 7-X. But how did Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Justin Bieber get in here? And why do they appear the very moment natural scientists are asked to not listen too closely? For answers, you might have to listen to this episode. From now on, we'll list the music directly under each episode. We used: Visit us on Twitter or Facebook or...

Though this be madness, there is lead in't

This time around, we stay with the books and agree with Jojen from Game of Thrones: True, but sometimes, if you were a medieval illuminator, your manuscript could kill you before you could read it. Follow us into the world of hungry greens and poisonous ink! Does anyone of you read the text below the episode? If yes: You're cool! Hi! I want it to be known that all our music can be found here. This time, we even included links to all the songs. Here's the summary: Opening and closing song...


Please laser my library

We, together with Andy Beeby and Richard Gameson, will introduce you into the wonderful world of books! This episode is not about written stories, though. It's about the ink, the paper, the question "How did this get made?". How can we look at the different materials used to manufacture a book when we are not allowed to touch it, let alone take samples? This is part 1, an introduction, which will be followed by at least one more episode - so stay tuned! Science Pie is Annika Brockschmidt &...

Ice cream

It's summer time! Which means that our most trusted companion for hot sticky days is out there again: ice cream! In our third episode with John Girkin, we explore the most important question of 'em all: Why does the the stick of an ice cream look the way it does? And is there such a thing as a luxury stick? This question actually requires us to consider things like liquid nitrogen, heat capacity and crystalline solids. You can find and support us on Patreon! Dennis is part of a group of...

Blood, lasers & hearts

Zebra fish are gaining popularity compared to lab mice - their heart, for example, seems to be a remarkable model for the human heart, despite it looking completely different. But: Their heart has one superpower the human heart has not - which motivates people to use lasers to shoot at it. Why? And is it worth it? You decide. Music by Tchaikovsky, Chopin played by Edward Neeman, Vienna Ditto, Malaventura, Airglow, Chris Zabriskie and Portrayal. Beating heart sound by Mike Koenig, Intro...

A Song of Heroes and Murderers

Game of Thrones fans, this is for you! Because it'll get bloody. And treacherous. We take a look at the German epic "The Song of the Nibelungs" and try to untangle the mess of love, hate, betrayal and war that it contains. And we'll look at one of the first baddies in German literary history: Hagen of Tronje, who seems to be all sorts of things: loyal vasall, treacherous schemer and ruthless politician (GOT character comparisons in the comments are welcome, btw). Tune in! Music by Fasan,...

Gone with the Inertia

We're back in the wind canal, on the rotor blade, on the wings of change, so to speak. We continue to tackle wind energy and the mysterious inertia (cue to Dennis singing creepily in the backgorund) with Professor Simon Hogg of Durham University. Hang your coat in the wind! (We think that saying only works in German, but we're not sure.) Music by The Fish Who Saved the Planet, Dennis Schulz, Chris Zabriskie, Frederic Chopin played by Zuzana Šimurdová. Final song: fasan - The Last Watch....

The Wind in the Wheels

We all need electricity. It's something we often don't even think about - we just switch the laptop on or plug our phone charger in. But electricity has to come from somewhere - and ideally it should be environmentally friendly. So is wind energy the solution we've all been waiting for? How eco-friendly is it, really? Join us and professor Simon Hogg from Furham University when we find out. Music by Scott Holmes, David Mumford, Rachmaninow played by Vadim Chaimovich and Chris Zabriskie. A...


That side of the horizon

This is part 2 of our episode on black holes - again with Chris Done from Durham University! We recommend listening to the first one, "This side of the horizon", first. In this episode: Stephen Hawking! Black holes of all sizes, supermassive, tiny, you name it! Collisions of black holes! Huge detectors to detect gravitational waves! And mouse droppings. Of course. We hope you enjoy it! Music by Malaventura, Rest You Sleeping Giant, Chris Zabriskie, Kai Engel, Vienna Ditto, Simon Mathewson...


Death, Villains and hormones

As on Christmas Eve, we now present (get it?) to you: the second crossover episode with our friends from Outside of a Dog! We talk about everyone's favourite wizard, death, villains and hormones in the wizarding world. Like death, this episode will get you, whether you subscribe or not. Do you want to lick it? (Listen in to understand) You can find all episodes of Outside of a Dog on their website, Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New...

You're a phenomenon, Harry!

If you want to escape the holiday madness, here's our first crossover episode with the literature podcast "Outside of a Dog" who very kindly invited us as guests for this episode full of witchcraft and wizardry. We drank butterbeer (a 16th century recepy) and discussed themes of this beloved book series. Tune in and be happy that your family at least aren't the Durselys, or so we hope (sorry, Harry.) Produced by our friends of "Outside of a Dog". You can find them here. Photo: Les Haines /...

Us and our mistakes

Our fourth advent episode: Bloopers! Slip-ups! Gaffes! Goof-ups! Bumblers! We're not a live podcast and therefore can just cut stuff that didn't work out. Here's some of that stuff. Music by Malaventura. All the music is to be found here. Produced by Dennis Schulz and Annika Brockschmidt. Photo: Christian Schirner / flickr (CC-BY-SA).

Chris Done on genius and white holes

This is our second advent episode - this time with a snippet from our interview with Chris Done. She talks about the perception of mathematical genius in society and popular culture - and why she disagrees with the portrayal of Will Hunting in the academy award winning film Good Will Hunting. Also, we included what she told us about white holes - the opposite of black holes. Produced by Dennis Schulz and Annika Brockschmidt. Music by Chris Zabriskie. Find a list of all the music we used...

This side of the horizon

Ever wondered what's inside of a Black Hole? Monsters? And how they form? We start our complete guide to one of the most fascinating phenomenons space has to offer. Our guide isn't Spock, but might just as well be - because she's an expert for astrophysics: it's Professor Chris Done from the Physics Department of Durham University. Let's travel to one of the great mysteries of space - just click play. Music by Cosmic Analog Ensemble, Airglow, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov played by The United...

Jo Fox on teaching

We decided to do advent episodes! Short bits from our interviews we wanted to release, but couldn't fit into a story. Few minutes each, few edits, one piece of music in the background. We start with Jo Fox, talking about the process of teaching and how she knows less the more she knows. More next week! Music by Maurice Ravel, played by Luis Sarro. Produced by Dennis Schulz and Annika Brockschmidt. A complete list of all the music for our episodes can be found here. Photo by Susanne Nilsson...

Jo Fox on ads and social media

Our third advent episode is probably the last soundbit you'll hear from our interview with Jo Fox. Is advertising propaganda? Even if it is advertising for a good cause? And, in the century of social media, are we all propagandists ourselves? Produced by Dennis Schulz and Annika Brockschmidt. Music by Kelly Latimore. We have used a lot of music in all our episodes, and you can find all of it here. Photo: Wrote / flickr (CC-BY).

Into the Labyrinth

We delve into the tricky field of atrocity propaganda. How does it work, why is it a thing we see time and time again? We travel through time to take a look at the form it took in World War 1 - and how it has changed since then. We follow the pictures into the present to the IS propaganda videos and discuss how we should deal with those images in the media. Follow us into the confusing labyrinth of atrocity propaganda, alongside Durham University professor Jo Fox who will guide us...

No need to squash an eyeball

Why does a physicist build a tiny replica of a dishwasher to put under a microscope? And what invention has made going to the optician or eye doctor that much more bearable (and also created a fun moment in TV history)? Join in as Durham University's Professor John Girkin answers these questions (and some more) and explains his optical toys to us. Yes, you read that correctly, toys. What they are? Click play and listen. Music by Josh Woodward, Robert Schumann, Frederic Chopin played by...