Category Archives: Podcasts

Science: Inflatable Self-Supporting Structures, River Carbon Emissions

The self-supporting structures that snap into place, and how a ban on fossil-fuel funding could entrench poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.

In this episode:

00:45 Self-supporting, foldable structures

Drawing inspiration from the art of origami, a team of researchers have demonstrated a way to design self-supporting structures that lock into place after being inflated. The team hope that this technique could be used to create arches and emergency shelters that can be quickly unfolded from flat with minimal input.

Research Article: Melancon et al.

News and Views: Large-scale origami locks into place under pressure

Video: Origami-inspired structures could be deployed in disaster zones

07:32 Research Highlights

Nocturnal fluctuations cause scientists to underestimate rivers’ carbon emissions, and the ‘island rule’ of animal size-change is seen around the world.

Research Highlight: Rivers give off stealth carbon at night

Research Highlight: Animals around the world follow the ‘island rule’ to a curious fate

09:55 Banning fossil-fuel funding will not alleviate poverty

A ban by wealthy nations on the funding of overseas fossil-fuel projects would do little to reduce the world’s climate emissions and much to entrench poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, argues economist Vijaya Ramachandran.

World View: Blanket bans on fossil-fuel funds will entrench poverty

17:17 Briefing Chat

We discuss some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time, the first powered flight on another world, and estimating how many Tyrannosaurus rex ever lived.

News: Lift off! First flight on Mars launches new way to explore worlds

Video: Flying a helicopter on Mars: NASA’s Ingenuity

News: How many T. rex ever existed? Calculation of dinosaur’s abundance offers an answer

Morning News Podcast: George Floyd Murder Guilty Verdict, Vaccines

A.M. Edition for April 21. WSJ reporters discuss reactions as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is found guilty in the death of George Floyd. 

 WSJ’s Sabrina Siddiqui on vaccination challenges in the U.S. And, a soccer league meltdown in Europe. Marc Stewart hosts.

Morning News Podcast: Chauvin Jury Deliberates, European Soccer Wars

The jury is deliberating whether or not to convict former Minneapolis police Derek Chavin over the death of George Floyd.

Presiding Judge Peter Cahill will allow the jury to deliberate every day until 7pm, and if they reach a decision after sunset, the decision will be read the following morning.

  • Plus, a strong start to earnings season.
  • And, European soccer goes to war.

Guests: Axios’ Nick Halter, Aja Whitaker-Moore and Kendall Baker.

Morning News Podcast: George Floyd Trial, J&J Vaccine, Infrastructure

Closing arguments set for Monday in Derek Chauvin’s trial, five hurdles Democrats face to pass an infrastructure bill, and comfort dogs find bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.

Politics: Untied Kingdom, Political CEO’s, Myanmar’s Failing State (Podcast)

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, from United Kingdom to Untied Kingdomcorporations and democracy in America (09:00) and Myanmar: Asia’s next failed state (17:10).

Morning News Podcast: Myanmar Coup Protests, Cuba Castro Era Fades

Protests against February’s military coup are only growing, even as the army becomes more murderous. The economy is paralysed. What can be done to put the country back together?

In Cuba, the end of the Castro-family era is nigh; a new leader inherits a cratered economy and an ambitious vaccine-development effort. And some surprising road-fatality statistics from America.

Science Podcast: Muon Magnetism, The Counting Of All Tyranosaurus Rex

Host Sarah Crespi talks with Staff Writer Adrian Cho about a new measurement of the magnetism of the muon—an unstable cousin of the electron. This latest measurement and an earlier one both differ from predictions based on the standard model of particle physics. The increased certainty that there is a muon magnetism mismatch could be a field day for theoretical physicists looking to add new particles or forces to the standard model. 

Also on this week’s show, Charles Marshall, director of the University of California Museum of Paleontology and professor of integrative biology, joins Sarah to talk about his team’s calculation for the total number of Tyrannosaurus rex that ever lived. In a sponsored segment from the Science/AAAS Custom Publishing Office, Sean Sanders interviews Imre Berger, professor of biochemistry at the University of Bristol, about his Science paper on finding a druggable pocket on the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 and how the work was accelerated by intensive cloud computing. This segment is sponsored by Oracle for Research. 

Morning News Podcast: U.S. Housing Market, Russia Sanctions & Luxury Goods

A.M. Edition for April 15. WSJ’s Konrad Putzier discusses global investment in the U.S. housing market. WSJ’s Anna Hirtenstein on the growth of luxury goods. 

The Biden administration is set to punish Russia. Efforts to make band practice safe in the pandemic. Marc Stewart hosts.