17 episodes

Two Oxford astronomers discuss topical news in astronomy, space and science.

Recycled Electrons Robert Simpson and Chris Lintott

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.8, 36 Ratings

Two Oxford astronomers discuss topical news in astronomy, space and science.

    136: Woolly, Fluffy Attempts

    136: Woolly, Fluffy Attempts

    Chris and Rob discuss dusty Martian rovers, the 10th dotastronomy conference and an AI that writes astronomical papers.  [MP3 Link] Episode #136. Follow us on Twitter @recycledelec @orbitingfrog and @chrislintott. Credits: Audio content Copyright 2011-2018 Chris Lintott and Robert Simpson. Many thanks to the Space Telescope Science Institute for recording space. Podcast Image of lightbulb courtesy of Flickr user bazik (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazik/395792175/).

    135 Orbiting Rob

    135 Orbiting Rob

    Chris quizzes Rob about his upcoming departure from the Zooniverse. There is some brief coverage of news, but also politics, gadgets reviews and other nonsense. A sensible as ever. [MP3 Link] Episode #135. If you have anything you’d like us to look at, or any questions you’d like us to answer - use the links at the top of the web page at http://recycledelec.com. Follow us on Twitter @recycledelec @orbitingfrog and @chrislintott. Credits: Audio content Copyright 2011-2015 Chris Lintott and Robert Simpson. Many thanks to Oxford Press Office for recording space. Podcast Image of lightbulb courtesy of Flickr user bazik (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazik/395792175/).

    134 Astronauts and Streetlamps

    134 Astronauts and Streetlamps

    Chris and Rob discuss streetlights, astrology and Ceres: the dwarf planet. There are organic molecules at the centre of a galaxy, and a black hole that’s the wrong size. Links:Ceres is getting odd: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2015/02/26/ceres_shiny_spot_is_actually_twins.html Astrology on the NHS: http://boingboing.net/2015/02/25/uk-tory-mp-says-astrology-woul.html New jobs at Zooniverse: http://daily.zooniverse.org/2015/02/23/two-new-jobs-at-the-zooniverse/ Organic molecules around a black hole: http://alma.mtk.nao.ac.jp/e/news/pressrelease/20150226alma_revealed_surprisingly_mild_environment_around_a_supermassive_black_hole_1.html Astronauts and street lamps http://io9.com/how-to-hack-your-street-lamps-like-an-astronaut-1686876944 [MP3 Link] Episode #134. If you have anything you’d like us to look at, or any questions you’d like us to answer - use the links at the top of the web page at http://recycledelec.com. Follow us on Twitter @recycledelec @orbitingfrog and @chrislintott. Credits: Audio content Copyright 2011-2015 Chris Lintott and Robert Simpson. Many thanks to Oxford Press Office for recording space. Podcast Image of lightbulb courtesy of Flickr user bazik (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazik/395792175/).

    133 Candy Melt

    133 Candy Melt

    Chris and Rob are joined by Lovely Scottish Grant and Becky Smethurst for an expanded-panel Recycled Electrons. We discuss Mars One, Mars’s mysterious plumes, and astronomers on Twitter. Also: Super Mario. Links:A near miss: http://www.rochester.edu/newscenter/scholz-star/ Cube sat mission ideas: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-blogs/van-kane/0217-planetary-cubesats-begin-to-come-of-age.html Scientists slow the speed of light:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-30944584 Mystery Mars haze ‘baffles’ scientists: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31491805 Mars/Moon/Venus Conjunction on Feb 20th: http://www.universetoday.com/118906/catch-a-conjunction-triple-play-on-february-20th-as-the-moon-meets-venus-mars/ Rosetta is taking really close-up shots now: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2015/02/16/rosetta_closeup_photos_from_a_low_pass_over_the_surface.html We don’t know what hit Chelyabinsk: http://www.psi.edu/news/papervishnu Astronomers on Twitter: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0106086 Wikipedia sonification: http://listen.hatnote.com/ [MP3 Link] Episode #133. If you have anything you’d like us to look at, or any questions you’d like us to answer - use the links at the top of the web page at http://recycledelec.com. Follow us on Twitter @recycledelec @orbitingfrog and @chrislintott. Credits: Audio content Copyright 2011-2015 Chris Lintott and Robert Simpson. Many thanks to Oxford Press Office for recording space. Podcast Image of lightbulb courtesy of Flickr user bazik (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazik/395792175/).

    132 Ambitious Podcast

    132 Ambitious Podcast

    Chris is in Hawaii and Rob is not(!). They talk about observing at the CSO, the differing views of scientists and the public, and the new UK-based Twinkle exoplanet mission. Links:(American) Public vs. (AAAS) Scientists http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/01/29/public-and-scientists-views-on-science-and-society/ Curiosity form above: http://gizmodo.com/nasas-curiosity-rover-looks-like-a-tiny-pimple-on-mars-1684492070 First images from New Horizons of Pluto and Charon: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2015/02041311-new-horizons-returns-first.html [MP3 Link] Episode #132. If you have anything you’d like us to look at, or any questions you’d like us to answer - use the links at the top of the web page at http://recycledelec.com. Follow us on Twitter @recycledelec @orbitingfrog and @chrislintott. Credits: Audio content Copyright 2011-2015 Chris Lintott and Robert Simpson. Many thanks to Oxford Press Office for recording space. Podcast Image of lightbulb courtesy of Flickr user bazik (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazik/395792175/).

    131 Flocculent Penguin Isotropy

    131 Flocculent Penguin Isotropy

    Chris and Rob talk about advanced robotics, supernovae in M82, and the rise and fall of the BICEP2 results. There are Yellowballs in the Milky Way, and a lovely Philae GIF. Links:Philae GIF http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/30/7953217/philae-lander-descent-comet-67p-esa-rosetta The BICEP bubbles bursts https://telescoper.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/the-bicep2-bubble-bursts/ and http://sci.esa.int/planck/55362-planck-gravitational-waves-remain-elusive/ M82 from LOFAR: http://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/oso/news/Pages/Lofars-record-sharp-image-gives-astronomers–a-new-view-of-galaxy-M-82.aspx Yellowballs: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4462 A nice merger : http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1503/ A movie of a laser beam pulse at super high frame rate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq0H4-nvBB8 Making robots that can do better than us http://io9.com/atlas-the-pentagons-humanoid-robot-just-got-a-major-u-1680654984 MWP made APOD http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150131.html with the Yellow balls [MP3 Link] Episode #131. If you have anything you’d like us to look at, or any questions you’d like us to answer - use the links at the top of the web page at http://recycledelec.com. Follow us on Twitter @recycledelec @orbitingfrog and @chrislintott. Credits: Audio content Copyright 2011-2015 Chris Lintott and Robert Simpson. Many thanks to Oxford Press Office for recording space. Podcast Image of lightbulb courtesy of Flickr user bazik (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazik/395792175/).

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Dmdz22 ,

Top astronomical podcast

Love these guys! Fantastic podcast, among my top - always look forward to the new releases! Thank you for a fantastic resource!

Alex Morris-Tarry ,

New favourite thing

I came across this podcast after a mention on other featuring Robert Simpson. Very glad to have found it and am now in the process of an ill-considered binge-listening session.

Canicula ,

Funny and informative

Recycled Electrons is a great light hearted discussion of the weeks science news, with and astronomy and astrophysics bent. But interesting stories from all areas of science covered too. The chemistry between Rob and Chris (and other participants when they are guest hosting) is great. An essential addition to you podcast feeds.

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