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[This is the feed of only English episodes.] How do scientists uncover phenomena and explain their connections? How do engineers design machines, methods and infrastructure? At omega tau, experts give detailed answers. Over the last ten years, we have produced 300 episodes in which we dug deeper, until we ran out of questions. Join us on our journey through the world of science and engineering: the closer you look and listen, the more interesting things get.

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[This is the feed of only English episodes.] How do scientists uncover phenomena and explain their connections? How do engineers design machines, methods and infrastructure? At omega tau, experts give detailed answers. Over the last ten years, we have produced 300 episodes in which we dug deeper, until we ran out of questions. Join us on our journey through the world of science and engineering: the closer you look and listen, the more interesting things get.

    378 – Flying the F-18 Classic Hornet

    378 – Flying the F-18 Classic Hornet

    It's been 377 episodes and we have not yet dedicated one to the F-18. This changes now. In the episode we first talk with Jerry Deren, a former US Navy Hornet pilot who also flew with the Blue Angels; we cover both aspects of his career. In part two we chat with Nick Anderson, former RAAF F-18 pilot (and co-host of the Airline Pilot Guy podcast). We chat about his experience flying the Hornet Down Under, focussing on quirks and funny stories.

    • 3 hr 40 min
    374 – Flying the F-22

    374 – Flying the F-22

    The main part of this episode is about flying the F-22 Raptor, the most modern air superiority fighter in the inventory of the USAF. Our guest is Dan Javorsek, callsign Animal, who has previously flown the Raptor in operational test. Dan has also been the initiator of the Alpha Dogfight trials, where an AI was tested against a real pilot in a simulator air-to-air engagement. Dan also flew the F-117 and the F-35, so we cover those airplanes as well.

    • 1 hr 47 min
    370 – Nixus, the Fly-by-Wire Glider

    370 – Nixus, the Fly-by-Wire Glider

    In this episode I talk with Paulo Iscold, a professor or aeronautical engineering at Cal Poly about Nixus Nixus, his most recent project. Nixus is one of the most fascinating and ground-breaking research efforts in the space of gliding. It uses advanced manufacturing techniques to support a very thing wing, plus a fly-by-wire system to control the ailerons and the flaps; the latter are automatically adjusted to the current speed.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    368 – Nuclear Waste Disposal and Storage

    368 – Nuclear Waste Disposal and Storage

    In this episode we cover the final storage of nuclear waste in underground facilities. We start out with a conversation about the basic process and the chemistry and physics of nuclear waste with Gareth Law, a professor of radiochemistry at the university of Helsinki. We then discuss geological issues with Heini Reijonen of the Geological Survey of Finland. Our third conversation is about the Onkalo storage facility in Finland with Sophie Haapalehto, who works for Posiva, the operator of the site.

    • 3 hr 15 min
    366 – The Viper Gliding Club

    366 – The Viper Gliding Club

    My guest Jens and I have two things in common: we both fly gliders, and we both got to fly in an F-16. Which is why we form the Viper Gliding Club :-) Jens is a Danish journalist and got to fly with the Danish Air Force in one of their F-16Bs. In this episode we compare notes on our experiences, appreciate the commonalities and discuss the differences. Image Credit for the Air-to-Air Foto: @JacekSiminski and @DawidKamizela, DefensePhoto.com

    • 1 hr 36 min
    364 – Physics beyond the Standard Model

    364 – Physics beyond the Standard Model

    A while ago we had a whole series about LHC, ATLAS and particle physics in general. However, despite all we know and the explanatory power of the standard model, there is also a variety of open questions and currently unexplained phenomena. These include dark matter, dark energy, the neutrino mass, the CP violation, the hierarchy problem, and of course the unification of the standard model with gravitation. In this episode, CERN's Valerie Domcke explains what it's all about.

    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
168 Ratings

168 Ratings

History Fan in Oklahoma ,

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This is an absolutely excellent podcast, with a nearly perfect blend of technical detail and pacing from one sub-topic to the next. The interviewer (Markus Voelter) clearly has considerable technical expertise, but does not derail the flow of the interview by showing off; at the same time he asks the right questions to keeps things moving along. I cannot overstate the overall quality of this podcast.

I regret to say that I accidentally hit the two star rating while trying to find the place to submit these comments. I then submitted a five star review to make up for that mistake as best I could.

Hesprus. ,

Sublime

Detailed technical knowledge about complex subjects presented coherently. If I were packing up to join a human colony on another planet I would definitely bring as many episodes of this podcast as I could.

SolInSeattle ,

One of my all-time favorite podcasts

You will learn something meaningful from each episode no matter how much or how little you know about the topic.

What I like most about Omega Tau is that it has exposed me to interesting problems in fields that never seemed that interesting to me (how do you build a seal around a piston that weighs 10 million tonnes? Episode 299). There is just the right level of technical depth to make things interesting without being overwhelming. Educational and entertaining!

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