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Podcast Profile: Physics World Weekly Podcast

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100 episodes
2021 to present
Average episode: 36 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-Dec-02 13:28 UTC. Episodes: 100. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2023-Nov-30 • 37 minutes
Why Alice & Bob are making cat qubits, IOP calls for action on net-zero target
This podcast features a quantum entrepreneur and an energy expert
2023-Nov-23 • 28 minutes
Biomedical ethicist calls for rules governing human research in commercial spaceflight
Experiments should minimize risks to astronauts and benefit society
2023-Nov-16 • 31 minutes
New telecoms satellites will degrade our view of the cosmos
In this podcast, two astronomers discuss the implications of the BlueWalker 3 prototype
2023-Nov-09 • 31 minutes
New director looks to the future of the UK’s national labs
Our podcast guest is Dave Newbold of the Science and Technology Facilities Council
2023-Nov-02 • 29 minutes
Celebrating the physics of the cosmos and 20 years of JCAP
Three editors of the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics are our podcast guests
2023-Oct-26 • 40 minutes
Pioneering the physics of adaptation, writing the history of quantum computing
This episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast features two pioneers in their fields
2023-Oct-19 • 33 minutes
Quantum algorithms make clever use of noisy hardware
Our podcast guest is Phasecraft’s Toby Cubitt
2023-Oct-12 • 34 minutes
Fusion industry has ambitious plans for 2035, rounding out this year’s Nobel prizes
In this podcast we look at this year’s laureates from historical and societal perspectives
2023-Oct-05 • 41 minutes
Attosecond pulses and quantum dots: exploring the physics behind this year’s Nobel prizes
We also chat about that embarrassing leak of the chemistry winners in this podcast
2023-Sep-28 • 34 minutes
Scanning the seabed with lasers could inform the search for extraterrestrial intelligence
We also chat with an antimatter expert in this podcast
2023-Sep-21 • 56 minutes
Astrophysicist uses X-rays to explore the universe, heat pumps could prevent potholes
This podcast features conversations with an astrophysicist and a civil engineer
2023-Sep-14 • 53 minutes
Challenging the space industry’s attitudes towards diversity, the ‘wild boar paradox’ explained
In this podcast we meet members of Space Pride
2023-Sep-07 • 30 minutes
Quantum-safe cryptography: why we need it now
This podcast features an expert on post-quantum cryptography
2023-Aug-31 • 29 minutes
Mathematics makes sense of the modern world
This podcast features the mathematical biologist and author Kit Yates
2023-Aug-24 • 42 minutes
Metasurfaces simplify optical sensing systems
This podcast features the CEO of a company that makes metalenses
2023-Aug-17 • 48 minutes
LK-99: meet a materials scientist who put the room-temperature superconductivity claim to the test
In this podcast we also talk about Australia’s national quantum strategy
2023-Aug-10 • 39 minutes
Body-based units of measurement offer advantages over standardized systems, speaking of Oppenheimer
This podcast looks at traditional measurement units around the world
2023-Aug-03 • 20 minutes
Award-winning company uses quantum sensors to develop a lightweight, wearable brain scanner
Our podcast guests are from Cerca Magnetics and Quantum Exponential
2023-Jul-27 • 23 minutes
Quantum science and technology thrives when industry and governments join forces
This podcast features Celia Merzbacher of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium
2023-Jul-20 • 31 minutes
Interdisciplinary researcher explores the many facets of decarbonization
Our podcast guest is Emily Grubert of the University of Notre Dame
2023-Jul-13 • 33 minutes
Iconic Pink Floyd album cover provides a valuable lesson in optical physics
This podcast features a physics teacher inspired by The Dark Side of the Moon
2023-Jul-06 • 27 minutes
Nuclear clocks: why an experiment at CERN brings them closer to reality
This podcast features the nuclear physicist Sandro Kraemer
2023-Jun-29 • 25 minutes
Bioelectronic medicine aims to improve type-1 diabetes management
Our podcast guest is the biomedical engineer Amparo Güemes González
2023-Jun-22 • 25 minutes
Sniffing out drug driving: why a breath test for cannabis is so hard to create
An expert in nanoparticle metrology and neurotoxicology is our podcast guest
2023-Jun-15 • 41 minutes
Quantum woo: how to avoid mystical nonsense when doing physics outreach
This podcast features the physicist, author and musician Philip Moriarty
2023-Jun-08 • 30 minutes
X-ray detectors in space: the challenges and rewards of observing the ‘hot and energetic universe’
This podcast features an instrument scientist working on ESA’s Athena mission
2023-Jun-01 • 34 minutes
Machine learning meets nanotechnology, award-winning implant regulates blood pressure
This podcast features a computational scientist and a medical researcher
2023-May-25 • 30 minutes
FASER searches for dark photons at the LHC, and also finds neutrinos
CERN’s Jamie Boyd talks about the ForwArd Search ExpeRiment
2023-May-18 • 31 minutes
Charting the evolution of scientific measurement over the past century and looking to the future
We celebrate 100 years of Measurement Science and Technology
2023-May-11 • 34 minutes
Portable imaging system targets eye diseases, pondering the mysteries of dark matter
Meet the new president of the Australian Institute of Physics and the CEO of a medical start-up
2023-May-04 • 62 minutes
Freeman Dyson: we explore the extraordinary life of the rebel physicist
This podcast features David Kaiser, who has edited a new book on Freeman Dyson
2023-Apr-27 • 30 minutes
The folklore of the Milky Way and the future of scholarly books publishing
This podcast features an astrophysicist and folklorist; and an academic publisher
2023-Apr-20 • 57 minutes
Quantum technologies promise a secure future for cryptography
This podcast features an interview with Chris Schnabel of Qrypt
2023-Apr-13 • 44 minutes
Happy World Quantum Day, Fermilab advances quantum science and technology
This podcast celebrates all things quantum
2023-Apr-06 • 23 minutes
Quantum research and development thrives in the defence sector
This podcast features a quantum scientist at BAE Systems
2023-Mar-30 • 27 minutes
Quantum memories in space: experiments in Earth orbit push the limits of physics
This podcast features two scientists from the German Aerospace Center
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 extraterrestrial 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