LASER-the Materials Science Podcast is a science and engineering podcast discussing science and engineering topics from a materials science perspective. Materials science is about things, and the stuff that makes up those things. We cover anything STEM related-–popular science news articles, recent journal papers, and buzzword topics–-in a casual, unscripted, discussion “journal club” style.
Episode 21 – Underground with Dr. Sarah Truebe
Discussion of what we can learn form caves, how they are studied, and some ethics of studying sensitive cave features.
Episode 20 – Room Temperature Superconductivity Controversy
Discussion about recent controversy surrounding a claim of room temperature superconductivity. Very exciting claims, but because it isnt verified and there are some questions about the manuscript, this is treated almost as a review of the pre-print, with a short description of data issues found by Brian Skinner.
Episode 19 – 2015 Perihelion Edition
Welcome to 2015! This year's perihelion edition was recorded on the day which the earth is closest to the sun. We cover a diverse list of important scientific and engineering happenings from 2014, and even talk about a little biology and genomics research! (but don't worry, its mostly cool physics, space, and engineering stuff.)
Episode 18 – Space Space Space
This week we discuss Space X and Boeing contracts to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station by 2018, and some new luxuries that will soon be available on the ISS; a 3-D printer, and an espresso machine!
PULSE! #4 – Better Coffee Through Chemistry
Most coffee-particular people already know that the quality of the water you use is important for good coffee, but a recent paper describes how affecting the specific hard mineral content can have important changes in the relative extraction of specific flavor and strength affecting chemicals in your brew. We discuss the basics of coffee preparation, and the conclusions of the paper.
Episode 17 – Life, The Universe, and Frogs
This week on LASER we discuss a realistic computer simulation of a universe, a proposed mechanism for why tin whiskers are destroying our most sensitive computers, and GaInSn liquid metal used to reconnect severed nerves in frogs.
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Just found these guys/girls
Just moved to the area, found their podcast on a flier on campus. Hope they keep making new episodes
Definitely Worth a Listen !! !
If you are into science or engineering or even an interested person like me you will love the podcast! Its especially refreshing to hear some younger people in the science field speak on engineering and materials science. Being a Engineering student myself, the topics on the podcast definitely get me inspired open and interested in a wide variety of materials and science in general. keep up the good work guys, there are loyal listeners subscribed!!! =]