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A podcast about all things materials hosted by award-winning materials scientist and engineer, Dr Anna Ploszajski

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A podcast about all things materials hosted by award-winning materials scientist and engineer, Dr Anna Ploszajski

    Diamond with Julia Griffith

    Diamond with Julia Griffith

    In this episode Anna talks to gemologist Julia Griffith about diamond. We discuss what makes diamond atomically superlative, how diamonds form in volcanoes, and what’s being done by the diamond industry to protect those who work within it.

    Check out Julia's website at www.gemtripper, and follow her on Facebook @GemTripper, and Instagram @gemtripper.

    Anna from the Future:
    1000BC, should be 800BC
    1525, should be 1725
    The company was the Diamond Producers Association (DPA)

    Cover art by Scary Boots (@schrodingerskit)
    Music recorded by Cl!ve and mixed by Alex Lathbridge (@thermoflynamics)

    'rial Talk is a proud member of the Smart Material Collective

    • 32 min
    Paper with Zofia Wyszomirska-Noga

    Paper with Zofia Wyszomirska-Noga

    Anna Ploszajski talks to Zofia Wyszomirska-Noga about paper. Zofia is a paper artist and paper conservator at The Royal Institution. This episode was recorded in the archives of The Royal Institution.

    Follow Zofia on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/zosianoga/

    Check out her websites:
    https://wyszomirska-noga.com/
    http://paper-conservator.co.uk


    Cover art by Scary Boots (@schrodingerskit)
    Music recorded by Cl!ve and mixed by Alex Lathbridge (@thermoflynamics)

    'rial Talk is a proud member of the Smart Material Collective

    • 30 min
    Glass with Charlie Murphy

    Glass with Charlie Murphy

    Anna talks to artist Charlie Murphy about glass. We talk about how Charlie’s work as a photographer led to her fascination with glass, and her various subsequent projects using glass, including studies of light using chandeliers. Some of Charlie’s recent work focussed on embodying kisses in glass, and a collaboration which involved turning her own skin cells into brain cells.

    Find out more about Charlie and find links to her work on our website, www.rialtalk.com.

    Cover art by Scary Boots (@schrodingerskit)
    Music recorded by Cl!ve and mixed by Alex Lathbridge (@thermoflynamics)

    'rial Talk is a proud member of the Smart Material Collective

    • 38 min
    Wood with Eleanor Schofield

    Wood with Eleanor Schofield

    Anna Ploszajski talks to Eleanor Schofield, Head of Conservation and Collections Care at the Mary Rose Trust.

    Find out more about the Mary Rose at www.maryrose.org, and follow them and Eleanor on Twitter at @MaryRoseMuseum and @E_Schofield.

    You can see photos from the visit and more bonus content from this podcast on the 'rial Talk website, www.rialtalk.com.

    Cover art by Scary Boots (@schrodingerskit)
    Music recorded by Cl!ve and mixed by Alex Lathbridge (@thermoflynamics)

    'rial Talk is a proud member of the Smart Material Collective

    • 35 min
    Henna with Hana Ayoob

    Henna with Hana Ayoob

    Anna Ploszajski talks to creative producer, illustrator and science communicator Hana Ayoob about henna.

    Follow Hana on Twitter at @HanaAyoob and check out her website at www.hanaayoob.co.uk.

    You can see examples of Hana's work and more bonus content from this podcast on the 'rial Talk website, www.rialtalk.com.

    Cover art by Scary Boots (@schrodingerskit)
    Music recorded by Cl!ve and mixed by Alex Lathbridge (@thermoflynamics)

    'rial Talk is a proud member of the Smart Material Collective

    • 24 min
    Brass with Steve Thompson

    Brass with Steve Thompson

    Anna Ploszajski talks to trombonist, composer, arranger and laser harpist Steve Thompson about brass. We talk the history of brass instruments (including a casual Ancient Egyptian cursed trumpet), what makes brass such a good material for things like trombones, and what musicians like Steve (and to a far lesser extent, Anna) look for from their brass. We also undertake the biggest and bravest ‘rial Talk experiment yet, where we - with the help of Andrea Sella - dip a trombone bell in liquid nitrogen just to see what happens. Big thanks to Andrea for providing the liquid nitrogen.

    You can see videos and images from this podcast on the 'rial Talk website, www.rialtalk.com.

    Check out Steve's band 1201_Alarm on Twitter @1201_Alarm and follow Steve at @SteveTMusic.

    Cover art by Scary Boots (@schrodingerskit)
    Music recorded by Cl!ve and mixed by Alex Lathbridge (@thermoflynamics)

    'rial Talk is a proud member of the Smart Material Collective

    • 37 min

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