The Sound of Science
The Sound of Science was previously a program on Radio Adelaide featuring the latest scientific discoveries and cutting edge research from the Faculty of Sciences.
- Theories of EverythingProfessor Anthony Thomas
Professor Anthony Thomas’s podcast is titled
Theories of Everything
Physics is split into two specialities – theoretical physics and experimental physics. The two disciplines have become more specialised as the complexity of mathematics and experiments required to test physical theories has increased..
- Earth Shaking ScienceProfessor Sandy Steacy
Professor Sandy Steacy’s podcast is titled
Earth shaking science
Earthquakes are one of the most dramatic and devastating natural disasters.
Scientists may not be able to predict where and when they will happen, but have developed an increasing understanding of how events unfold following big earthquakes and what that can mean for probability of future tremors or more big earthquakes. This knowledge can also contribute to decisions about building codes and planning that will minimise loss of life.
- A new discovery in Quantum ChromodynamicsProfessor Derek Leinweber
Professor Derek Leinweber’s podcast is titled
A new discovery in Quantum Chromodynamics
The subatomic particle Lambda 1405 has been of interest to physicists for more than 50 years, with the scientific community speculating about what it looks like.
A team of scientists have used supercomputers to make a definitive discovery about the particle that could change the way a number of other ‘exotic’ subatomic particles are researched.
- Tiny materials making big changesAssociate Professor Christian Doonan
Associate Professor Christian Doonan’s podcast is titled
Tiny materials making big changes
Research into the composition and creation of nanomaterials is changing the way gases can be stored and components of gases can be separated and used.
The Sound of Science speaks with Dr Christian Doonan, about how this research is being done and the various applications of nanomaterials for industry.
- Unlocking the capacity of chemical structuresAssociate Professor Chris Sumby
Associate Professor Chris Sumby’s podcast is titled
Unlocking the capacity of chemical structures
X-ray crystallography is a technology that has been around for over 100 years and has unlocked many mysteries at a molecular level. This understanding has led to the ability of chemists to alter and create nanomaterials, with many industrial applications.
- Understanding methane: From cow burps to coal seam gasDr Michael Hatch
Dr Michael Hatch’s podcast is titled
Understanding methane: From cow burps to coal seam gas
Methane is found in a number of sources. It’s released from coal seams as they are unearthed through mining processes, it’s released every time a cow burps and is also present in huge amounts where rice is grown. Understanding how much of the gas each of these sources produces is important to painting a picture of the overall impact it can have on the atmosphere, which in turn can inform planning processes and environmental responsibility.
- Chemistry Spectacular Taking Science to the PeopleProfessor Greg Metha
Professor Greg Metha’s podcast is titled
Chemistry Spectacular taking science to the people
Explosions and giant bangs are just some of the thrills on offer as the School of Physical Sciences takes to the stage with ‘Chemistry Spectacular’.
It’s a science show that blends exciting experiments with scientific explanation and hopes to inspire the next generation of scientists.
Professor Greg Metha, Head of Chemistry, is behind the development of the show. He visited The Sound of Science to talk about what goes into planning such an event, and what the audience can expect.
- Learning about climate from the distant pastDr Jonathan Tyler
Dr Jonathan Tyler’s podcast is titled
Learning about climate from the distant past
Understanding and predicting the future of the earth’s climate is a pressing challenge for scientists.
With only a few hundred years of climate records it’s difficult to really understand the cycles of the earth, which has existed for millions of years.
That’s why the work of paleoclimatologists is important, as they look at the long history of the earth and discover patterns and events that help put together the whole picture.
- Universal mysteries revealed by gravitational wavesAssociate Professor Peter Veitch
Associate Professor Peter Veitch’s podcast is titled
Universal mysteries revealed by gravitational waves
About 100 years ago Albert Einstein theorised about the existence of gravitational waves that travel through the universe.
While the existence of the waves has broadly been accepted by the scientific community, the challenge has been to record them and prove that Einstein had it right.
Large teams of scientists across the globe have collaborated on the problem of detection, and their efforts have been rewarded with the first ever recording of a cosmic event via gravitational waves.
- The science behind the nuclear fuel cycleProfessor Anthony Thomas
Professor Anthony Thomas’s podcast is titled
The science behind the nuclear fuel cycle
Nuclear energy has been a hot topic in South Australia of late.
A recent Royal Commission into the nuclear fuel cycle found the development of nuclear power capability isn’t currently feasible in the state, but there is much financial gain to be had from the development of a high-level nuclear waste storage facility.
- Connecting cosmic rays and super-massive black holesAssociate Professor Gavin Rowell
Associate Professor Gavin Rowell's podcast is titled
Connecting cosmic rays and super-massive black holes
Since the discovery of cosmic rays about 100 years ago, scientists have been trying to discover where they come from.
Over the past decade, the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) telescopes in Namibia has been recording gamma rays and have used this information to unlock some of the mystery of cosmic rays and where they come from.