Science & Technology


Infectious Music: How microbes have shaped our music

In this episode, Professor Joaquin (Quim) Madrenas discusses how certain diseases impacted the way compsers created music, and how these diseases influenced the way societies experienced this music.

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August 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm


Why We Love Music: A Neuroscience perspective

Professor Robert L. Zattore discusses the reason why people have continued to love music throughout history and proposes that affinity for music is inherently human (and undoubtedly neurological).

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August 14, 2014 at 1:36 pm


Nature’s Chorus: Frog Calls and Bird Songs

Prof. David M. Green enlightens us about various types of frog calls, followed by a lesson on bird songs by Prof. Jon Sakata.

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August 13, 2014 at 11:52 am


AstroMcGill Episode 52 – Dick Manchester

Guest: Dick Manchester (ATNF)

We had the chance to receive Dick at McGill for a special visit. During this episode, we had a broad discussion about pulsars, these very compact objects that we still do not understand very well, but that are extremely useful to better understand some areas of physics.

Hosts: Sebastien Guillot and Dave Tsang

Duration: 23 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan

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July 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 51 – Sarah Burke Spolaor

Guest: Sarah Burke Spolaor (CalTech)

The discussion of this podcast was centered on a new and unknown type of astrophysical phenomenon, called Fast Radio Bursts, very brief bursts of radiation disappearing as fast as they appeared.

Hosts: Ryan Lynch and Sebastien Guillot.

Duration: 22 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan

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June 11, 2014 at 10:29 am


AstroMcGill Episode 50 – Coleman Miller

Guest: Coleman Miller (U. of Maryland)

We had a great discussion about the formation of supermassive black-holes, and black-holes of all sorts.

Hosts: Ryan Lynch and Sebastien Guillot.

Duration: 21 minutes

Production: Mike Collicutt.

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May 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 49 – Leslie Rogers

Guest: Leslie Rogers (CalTech)

During this podcast, we had a general discussion about exoplanets.

Host: Dave Tsang

Duration: 11 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan.

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May 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 48 – Mariska Kriek

Guest: Mariska Kriek (U. of California, Berkeley)

Mariska’s work is focused on the study of galaxies. We discussed how galaxies formed, how they evolved across cosmic times, and how they form stars from the gas and dust they contain.

Host: James Kennedy and Ryan Lynch

Duration: 23 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan.

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April 28, 2014 at 4:15 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 47 – Falk Herwig

Guest: Falk Herwig (U. of Victoria)

This podcast discussion focused on stars and how they create the “heavy” elements present in the Universe, in other words, the nuclear reactions that led to the expression “We are made of star stuff”. To view the videos mentioned in this episode, see this page and this page.

Host: Ryan Lynch

Duration: 26 minutes

Production: Mike Collicutt

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April 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 46 – Jeff McMahon

Guest: Jeff McMahon (U. of Michigan)

Jeff’s field of study is cosmology. During this podcast, we talked about his work on measurements of the cosmic microwave background and his involvement with the Atacama Cosmology Telescope.

Hosts: Ryan Lynch and Sebastien Guillot

Duration: 26 minutes

Production: Mike Collicutt

 

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April 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm