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Podcast Profile: Physics World Weekly Podcast

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Site: physicsworld.com/l/audio
100 episodes
2021 to present
Average episode: 38 minutes
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Categories: Interview-Style • Physics

Podcaster's summary: Physics World Weekly offers a unique insight into the latest news, breakthroughs and innovations from the global scientific community. Our award-winning journalists reveal what has captured their imaginations about the stories in the news this week, which might span anything from quantum physics and astronomy through to materials science, environmental research and policy, and biomedical science and technology. Find out more about the stories in this podcast by visiting the Physics World website. If you enjoy what you hear, then also check out our monthly podcast Physics World Stories, which takes a more in-depth look at a specific theme.

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List Updated: 2023-Mar-24 12:44 UTC. Episodes: 100. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2023-Mar-23 • 36 minutes
From war torn Damascus to success as an aviation engineer and pilot, a refugee’s journey
Maya Ghazal talks about her successes in aeronautics despite facing prejudice in secondary education
2023-Mar-16 • 31 minutes
Nonlinear optics: we explore the science and its many applications
This podcast features two experts in nonlinear optics
2023-Mar-09 • 30 minutes
Revamping undergraduate physics degrees with a focus on translational skills
This podcast explores how graduates and employers would benefit from changing how physics is taught
2023-Mar-02 • 42 minutes
Machine learning joins the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence
Meet three astronomers who have identified potential technosignatures
2023-Feb-23 • 44 minutes
Creativity for scientists: how to build an innovation culture in your university, company or research group
This podcast features Dennis Sherwood, a creativity consultant and author
2023-Feb-16 • 35 minutes
The chatbot revolution: how physicists are using large language models in academia
This podcast features physicist and chatbot enthusiast Matt Hodgson
2023-Feb-09 • 34 minutes
Using radar to detect cosmic neutrinos in ice sheets, why Leo Szilard changed his mind on nuclear weapons
This podcast features the particle physicist Steven Prohira
2023-Feb-02 • 34 minutes
Atomic clocks put Einstein and the Standard Model to the test, UK’s XFEL plans enter design phase
In this podcast we chat about comparing atomic clocks and plans for a free electron laser
2023-Jan-26 • 29 minutes
Quantum technologies benefit from the bottom-up approach of synthetic chemistry
This podcast features a chemist who creates molecular qubits
2023-Jan-19 • 51 minutes
Seeking cosmic particles using a super-pressure balloon, the physics of babies
This podcast features the principal investigator of the EUSO-SPB2 mission
2023-Jan-12 • 39 minutes
New directions in environmental health and ecology, innovation in science and technology is waning
This podcast features the editors-in-chief of two new environmental journals
2023-Jan-05 • 30 minutes
Nuclear waste: how environmental radiochemistry is improving storage and site remediation
Katherine Morris talks about her research on the behaviour of radioactive contaminants
2022-Dec-15 • 24 minutes
How to deflect an asteroid: DART’s Andrew Cheng on the Physics World Breakthrough of the Year
Mission scientist recalls one of the greatest moments of his life
2022-Dec-08 • 32 minutes
Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2022: we explore this year’s best physics research
This podcast features a lively chat about the best physics results of 2022
2022-Dec-02 • 40 minutes
The physics of car crashes and the winners of the Institute of Physics Business Awards
In this podcast we celebrate innovation and learn how to thwart insurance cheats
2022-Nov-24 • 40 minutes
Synchrotrons and space telescopes: looking to the future of big science
In this podcast we talk about light-source facilities and NASA’s plans for the future
2022-Nov-17 • 39 minutes
Meteorites and magnetostrophic mathematics reveal unsung scientific heroes of the past
In this podcast we celebrate the applied mathematician Donna Elbert and a forgotten Black student who found a unique meteorite
2022-Nov-10 • 34 minutes
Artificial intelligence boosts multimessenger astronomy, ‘Quantum on the Clock’ winners
In this podcast we look to the future of gravitational-wave astronomy and meet the winners of a video competition
2022-Nov-03 • 46 minutes
Finding commercial success in the burgeoning quantum-technology sector
This podcast features three executives from quantum-computing companies
2022-Oct-27 • 35 minutes
Celebrating joy in #BlackInPhysics week, open-access publishing supports climate justice
In this podcast we speak to two #BlackInPhysics week essayists and a climate justice researcher
2022-Oct-20 • 42 minutes
Sand battery stores renewable energy, the economics of domestic heat pumps and solar panels
In this podcast we look at greener technologies for energy
2022-Oct-13 • 31 minutes
Nuclear forensics keeps tabs on radioactive materials, big science summer school launches in Spain
In this podcast we chat about nuclear diamond batteries and materials for fusion reactors
2022-Oct-06 • 48 minutes
The weird and wonderful history of quantum entanglement that led to this year’s Nobel prize
In this podcast we delve into the curious phenomenon at the heart of the 2022 prize
2022-Sep-29 • 48 minutes
Start-up company aims to build laser-driven particle accelerators
In this podcast we also chat about physicists who have won non-physics Nobel prizes
2022-Sep-22 • 47 minutes
Materials science for women’s health, the rise of Chinese science, Schrödinger fails in Oxford
In this podcast we also talk about a quantum sensor for electric vehicles
2022-Sep-15 • 31 minutes
Quantum computers could soon bring breakthroughs in nuclear physics
In this podcast we explore how quantum computers have captured the imaginations of nuclear physicists
2022-Sep-08 • 30 minutes
Meet an engineer who blows things up to help preserve lives and property
In this podcast we explore the physics of explosions
2022-Sep-01 • 25 minutes
Brain–computer interfaces offer hope to those with neurological disorders and injuries
This podcast features the chief neuroscientist of company developing an operating system for BCIs
2022-Aug-25 • 38 minutes
UK’s Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics bridges the gap between science and commercial research and development
This podcast features three researchers at the Glasgow institute
2022-Aug-18 • 33 minutes
Roasting New Mexico chile with a solar concentrator, Diamond: The Game simulates research at a synchrotron lab
In this podcast we learn how to cook with the Sun and how to create a scientific board game
2022-Aug-11 • 35 minutes
Building a science centre that will inspire local communities, musing over first lines in science books
In this podcast we meet four people who aim to build a science centre in their city
2022-Aug-04 • 29 minutes
Artificial muscles offer a route to greener air conditioning, breakthroughs in semiconductor physics and hidden consciousness
In this podcast we learn about a new refrigeration technology and chat about what’s new in physics
2022-Jul-28 • 31 minutes
Celebrating the life of the pioneering nuclear physicist Gertrude Goldhaber
We speak with her family and archivist about Goldhaber’s scientific legacy
2022-Jul-22 • 31 minutes
Bountiful exotic hadrons at the LHC inspire new naming convention
Two members of the LHCb collaboration talk about their success in finding tetraquarks and pentaquarks
2022-Jul-14 • 26 minutes
Projectile fusion offers new path to clean energy, quantum communications for alien civilizations
In this podcast we meet the CEO and co-founder of First Light Fusion
2022-Jul-07 • 44 minutes
How we know climate change causes extreme weather, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Higgs-boson discovery
In this podcast we chat with an expert in climate change attribution
2022-Jun-30 • 42 minutes
How climate change is affecting human and natural systems, test your knowledge of artificial intelligence
In this podcast we speak to a climate-change expert and take a quiz on AI in medical physics
2022-Jun-23 • 37 minutes
Prize-winning AI research, bringing machine learning tools into the radiotherapy clinic
In this episode we talk about the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare
2022-Jun-16 • 39 minutes
Seeking the warm glow of the Unruh effect, reconfigurable hardware drives innovation in test and measurement
We speak to an instrumentation entrepreneur and a particle dynamics expert
2022-Jun-09 • 34 minutes
Using social media to turn people on to physics, vacuum supplier sets science-based targets for greenhouse gas reductions
We chat with Sara Fry from Atlas Copco – Vacuum Technique and Georgina Phillips of the Institute of Physics
2022-Jun-02 • 33 minutes
Quantum-computing company focuses on quantum simulation for industry, celebrating the International Year of Glass
In this podcast we look at some practical applications of quantum computers
2022-May-26 • 45 minutes
Asking the big questions in the philosophy of physics and quantum biology
In this podcast we speak to a molecular geneticist and a philosopher of science
2022-May-19 • 35 minutes
Black-hole physics and that iconic ‘shadow’ image, balloons and rockets probe the atmosphere’s acoustic duct
We speak to a geophysicist and an astrophysicist in this week’s podcast
2022-May-12 • 28 minutes
Boosting the prospects of PhD students before and after graduation
We meet students and staff at two Scottish centres for doctoral training
2022-May-05 • 33 minutes
Ukraine’s stained-glass heritage shines through
Our coverage of the International Year of Glass takes an artistic turn
2022-Apr-28 • 35 minutes
Radiation detectors could help find ancient buildings and dinosaur bones
In this podcast we also discover how an astronomy technique is improving biomedical imaging
2022-Apr-21 • 25 minutes
Electron rain is driven to Earth by whistler waves, carbon nanotubes encapsulate explosive nitrogen
In this podcast we also chat about hunting meteorites
2022-Apr-14 • 51 minutes
Measuring gravity outdoors using a quantum gas, breakthroughs in materials processing and particle physics
In this podcast we speak to physicists who have taken a delicate experiment outside
2022-Apr-07 • 38 minutes
Quantum computing meets machine learning, how motorsport could save the planet
In this podcast we talk about motor-racing technologies and quantum machine learning
2022-Mar-31 • 45 minutes
Neutron capture destroys tumours from the inside, dead stars are born again, commercializing quantum sensors
In this podcast we talk about radiotherapy, stellar physics and quantum businesses
2022-Mar-24 • 39 minutes
Solar geoengineering is a ‘fire extinguisher’ for global warming, shark’s skin inspires underwater vehicles
In this podcast we chat with experts on hydrodynamics and climate-change mitigation
2022-Mar-17 • 35 minutes
Closest black hole is really a vampire star, augmented reality comes to prescription eyeglasses
We chat about curved waveguide technology and a mysterious stellar system
2022-Mar-10 • 39 minutes
Laser-powered photonic circuits drive displays, double-anonymous peer review takes on gender bias, International Year of Glass hits its stride
In this podcast we talk about the wonders of glass, removing biases in publishing and an award-winning start up
2022-Mar-03 • 45 minutes
Tracking space junk around the Moon, one teacher’s struggle to correct textbook errors
In this episode we chat about mistakes in educational materials and lunar space junk
2022-Feb-24 • 43 minutes
Start-up simulates quantum photonics devices, a physicist’s experience of the mental-health system
We talk to a physicist who has struggled with mental illness and the co-founders of Quantopticon
2022-Feb-17 • 46 minutes
Time crystals go large, challenges of quantum optimization, physics careers in 2022
In this podcast we chat about two fascinating quantum technologies
2022-Feb-10 • 36 minutes
Ion-based quantum computers could boost battery performance, how fuel cells are decarbonizing energy
This podcast has an energy-storage theme
2022-Feb-03 • 33 minutes
Physics buildings: the good, the bad and the ugly; breaking the silence on bullying and harassment
In this podcast we talk about documenting toxic workplaces and the architecture of physics
2022-Jan-27 • 40 minutes
Achieving success in research collaborations, celebrating the UN International Year of Glass
This podcast looks at glass in physics and how to create a research dream team
2022-Jan-20 • 34 minutes
How the Web went global after arriving in Silicon Valley from CERN
In this podcast we talk about how physicists and entrepreneurs changed the world
2022-Jan-13 • 54 minutes
The science and scientists of Don’t Look Up, low-cost optical technique is improving healthcare
In this podcast we chat about photoplethysmography and a controversial Hollywood film
2022-Jan-06 • 30 minutes
Exploring Pluto’s changing atmosphere by chasing its shadow on Earth
In this podcast we meet two siblings who have devoted their careers to studying the dwarf planet
2021-Dec-16 • 26 minutes
Meet the winners of the Physics World 2021 Breakthrough of the Year award
In this podcast we talk about the prizewinning entanglement of macroscopic drumheads
2021-Dec-09 • 35 minutes
Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2021: a lively round-up of the year’s best physics results
In this podcast we chat about our eclectic shortlist
2021-Dec-02 • 36 minutes
Cutting through the quantum hype, why the Stark effect should be renamed
We talk about the “German Physics” movement of the 1930s and the quantum-computing industry
2021-Nov-25 • 45 minutes
Materials science conserves 500-year-old warship, new gravitational-wave discoveries by LIGO–Virgo
In this podcast we chat with the chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust and LIGO–Virgo physicists at Cardiff University
2021-Nov-18 • 41 minutes
Clever aerodynamics makes owls silent hunters, why 2025 should be the International Year of Quantum Science and Technology
In this podcast we also chat about multiscale X-ray imaging and Pauli blocking
2021-Nov-11 • 35 minutes
Quantum start-up targets single photons, perovskite pioneers bag Rank Prize
In this podcast we meet the chief executive of Nu Quantum and two award-winning researchers
2021-Nov-04 • 44 minutes
COP26 special: energy innovation, sustainable cities and carbon capture
Second episode in a two-part series on climate science and solutions
2021-Oct-28 • 48 minutes
COP26 special: extreme heat, cloud mysteries and climate tipping points
First episode in a two-part series on climate science and solutions
2021-Oct-21 • 30 minutes
Donna Strickland on her life-changing Nobel prize, previewing #BlackInPhysics week, nuclear fusion in stars
In this episode we also chat about how to avoid professional burnout
2021-Oct-14 • 35 minutes
Why nuclear should be part of our net-zero-carbon future, green jobs for physicists, proton arc therapy
This podcast looks at how physicists can create a greener world and an emerging cancer treatment
2021-Oct-07 • 41 minutes
Exploring the science behind the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physics, travelling 13,000 km to become a medical physicist
In this podcast we speak to a spin-glass expert, a climate physicist and a medical physicist in training
2021-Sep-30 • 39 minutes
Tackling the big questions in physics with Jim Al-Khalili, how a physicist worked out why dinosaurs went extinct
In this podcast we also find out how muons are used to study materials
2021-Sep-23 • 40 minutes
How the US keeps its nuclear secrets and what it reveals, double anonymous peer review boosts inclusion
In this podcast we meet a historian of nuclear weapons and a scholarly publishing expert
2021-Sep-16 • 45 minutes
Probing the origins of the universe, using plasmonic tweezers to manipulate tiny objects
In this podcast we meet a nanophotonics expert and a cosmologist
2021-Sep-09 • 53 minutes
Pondering cosmic mysteries with Paul Davies, tandem solar cells could soon be on your roof
In this podcast the conversation runs from quantum fundamentals to the practicalities of powering the future
2021-Sep-02 • 34 minutes
Why fusion power could rely on high-temperature superconductors, China’s ambitious exploration of space
In this podcast we chat about the latest science superpower and magnets for tokamaks
2021-Aug-26 • 43 minutes
How to build an artificial brain, future is bright for hybrid perovskite solar cells
In this podcast we also look at the physics of rollercoasters
2021-Aug-19 • 35 minutes
Surfing, sunscreen and the perfect pizza: the physics of holidays
In this podcast we also chat about a new brain-machine interface and Saturn’s oscillating rings
2021-Aug-12 • 48 minutes
Balloon-borne telescope will ‘weigh’ the universe, remembering John Enderby
In this podcast we celebrate a pioneer of neutron science
2021-Aug-05 • 54 minutes
Physics-themed holidays, meet the next director of the European Spallation Source
In this podcast we also chat about the American Association of Physicists in Medicine virtual meeting
2021-Jul-29 • 44 minutes
Protecting self-driving cars from cosmic rays, size limits for wind farms
This podcast also looks at the latest discovery in twistronics
2021-Jul-22 • 49 minutes
The physics of Olympic sports, searching for continuous gravitational waves
In this podcast we try out an Olympics-inspired quiz and talk to three astrophysicists who are searching for continuous gravitational waves
2021-Jul-15 • 40 minutes
Talking about Hawking, Brazil’s new synchrotron light source
In this podcast we chat about a new biography of Stephen Hawking and catch up with the director of Latin America’s only synchrotron light source
2021-Jul-08 • 50 minutes
Metallic foams for face masks, why the UK needs an X-ray free electron laser
An ion clock in space, a vanishing pacemaker and a LEGO microscope are also discussed
2021-Jul-01 • 39 minutes
Physics tracks changes in English dialects, machine learning confused by COVID-19
This podcast also looks back on an exciting week in astronomy
2021-Jun-24 • 46 minutes
Physics of caramel wafers, neutron scattering focuses on self-assembled materials
This podcast also looks at sustainable materials for sound insulation
2021-Jun-17 • 34 minutes
Accelerating quantum start-ups, meet the CEO of D-Wave Systems
This podcast focuses on the business of quantum science and technology
2021-Jun-10 • 34 minutes
Quantum science and technology careers beckon, sneak preview of Physics World’s Quantum Week
In this podcast we talk to two PhD students about their passion for quantum physics
2021-Jun-03 • 33 minutes
Meet the new Astronomer Royal for Scotland, using fun and humour to teach physics
In this podcast we explore how physicists can share their love of science with others
2021-May-27 • 33 minutes
Ultracold circuits for quantum computing, graphene boosts sustainability, secrets of supercooled water
This podcast looks at the physics of liquids, nanomaterials and qubit integration
2021-May-20 • 50 minutes
Icequakes and rogue waves: geoscientists and musicians interpret the sounds of the sea
This podcast looks at Arctic seismology and music inspired by the ocean
2021-May-13 • 43 minutes
Observing the weather on brown dwarfs, powerful laser puts matter under extreme conditions
This podcast celebrates the UNESCO International Day of Light
2021-May-06 • 39 minutes
Why quantum technologists and materials scientists need to talk, lockdown silence is a boon to seismologists
In this podcast we chat about building better quantum devices and the seismology of human activity
2021-Apr-29 • 43 minutes
Quantum birds inspire new metrology for biosciences, particle physicist searches for the very small
In this podcast we talk about measuring tiny masses and magnetic fields
2021-Apr-22 • 47 minutes
New technology for artisanal gold miners and the pros and cons of blockchain
In this podcast we talk about reducing mercury use in gold production and the environmental impact of Bitcoin mining
2021-Apr-15 • 36 minutes
Fermilab physicists may have glimpsed a new force, reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from belching cattle
In this podcast we also chat about energy-generating floors
2021-Apr-08 • 41 minutes
Graphene gives neural interfaces a boost, the amazing physics of hearing and vision
This podcast features a neuromedicine specialist and the author of a book on the physics of sight and sound
2021-Apr-01 • 41 minutes
Inspiring young children to careers in science, the physics and economics of heat pumps
This podcast features education specialist Carol Davenport and our industry columnist James McKenzie