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Dr. Ben Tippett and his team of physicists believe that anyone can understand physics. Black Holes! Lightning! Coronal Mass Ejections! Quantum Mechanics! Fortnightly, they explain a topic from advanced physics, using explanations, experiments and fun metaphors to a non-physicist guest. Visit the website to see a list of topics sorted by physics field.
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Episode 79: MiniBooNE or Giant Curse

Particle physicists Dr Erica Caden and Dr. Ken Clark are my physicists today.  Our guest today is Author, musician, composer and novelist Cecil Castellucci. Today we're talking about the MinniBooNE experiment and the possibility of Sterile Neutrinos....

The Heat Death of the Universe

Dr. Katie Mack and Dr. Robert McNees team up to explain the heat death of the universe to Award Winning Author Ken Liu. 

Disruptive Feedback

A supermassive blackhole at the centre of a galaxy can cause the gas that falls into it to glow SO BRIGHT that it stops the creation of new stars. What? How? Courtney Brooke Davis is here to ask the questions! Dr. Victoria Scowcroft and Dr. Carolin Vi...
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Episode 76: All that Glitters

Announcing the return of the A Team! Jocelyn Read! David Tsang! joining us today the comedian Charlie Demers! Episode 76! This episode is gold. specifically, it's about neutrons stars MASHING TOGETHER in the depths of space!

The Undeniable Outward Push

Like how the same basic stuff can make many different types of star, and planet and cookie, this episode brings a lot of familiar things together in new ways! Hanalore Gurling-Dunsmore!  Dr. James Sylvester! and our guest Zach Weinersmith! (Zach and ...

Episode 74: Jingle Bell Sweaters

Biophysicists Dr. Nicole Prent and Dr. Jacqueline Townsend are back. this time we're talking about Electron Spin Resonance, a technique that's like Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, but different. our guest this time is Diana Goodman, Host of the Thirty Twe...
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Episode 73: An Episode with Glass

A touch of Glass! Dr. Jane Cook and Dr. Jessica Rimsza are here to talk with Bobak Ferdowsi about glass. We talk about what glass is, and how it forms, and what makes it glassy, and where to find it, and so many more things! FASCINATING!

Episode 72: Moonquake

Dr. Briony Horgan and Dr. Meg Rosenburg are here to explain that the moon is actually shrinking. It's getting smaller. And we know that it is because we have been studying it. Today's guest is Eric Molinsky, host of the "Imaginary Worlds" podcast. 

Episode 71: Neutriyes or NeutriNO

I'm gonna give it to you straight: we make beams of neutrinos. Neutrinos are particles that barely touch anything as they pass through everything.   Ken Clark and Tia Michelli are back and this episode is awesome.  neutrino beams: why would we make the...

Episode 70: Muon, science cat, muon

Muons are very small fundamental particles that are much heavier than they should be.  they fall apart pretty quickly, but they rain down on us. It's magical. Today's physicists are Ryan Martin, the particle physicist; and Diana Cowern, host of the "...

Episode 69: Super Hyper Fire Hose Bucket Challenge

Today our guest is a person I've wanted to meet for years: The founder of the Skepchick website, Rebecca Watson. Our physicists are Dr. Katie Mack and Hannalore Gerling-Dunsmore. TODAY'S TOPIC: Supermassive Black Holes!!

Episode 68: The Shadows of Creation

This episode is about the¬†The Sunyaev‚ÄďZel'dovich Effect, where photons from the big bang are used to backlight giant galaxy clusters! My Physicists this episode are Dr. Michael Zemcov, and Dr. Danica Marsden. Our guest this time is TED LEO!!!!!!!!!!!!...

Episode 67: A Phonon Call

A phonon.. that's not a spelling mistake... is a quantum of vibration. it's a particle... that lives as a vibration in a crystal.  and it's bananas!!! Doctors Fiona Burnell and Darren Peets have joined me to try to explain this all to Megan and Anthon...

Episode 66: Life On Mars

There are astrophysicists who study life on mars.  specifically, the prospects of detecting life on mars.  Zach Weinersmith Joins Catherine Neish and Briony Horgan  and we talk about LIFE ON MARSSSSS!!!

Episode 65: New Ways of Looking

How does a camera work? no, a digital camera, I mean.  yeah... yeah.. optics. I know all about lenses. how does the plate at the back.. the one the photons hit.. how does it turn photons into electronic signals that turn into digital information? we'...

Episode 64: E and N (The edges of Einstein)

Maya Inamura Joins Me, Katie Mack and Leo Stein and we talk aboutTEST OF GENERAL RELATIVITY

Episode 63: Worldbuilding

Patrick Mchale makes his triumphant return to the show!Astrophysicists Catherine Neish and Brian Jackson explain how planets form around stars, and why the planets we see around other stars are so weird.

NONEPISODE: ben's feeling

Hi!LIGO just announced detecting.1. gravitational waves2. colliding black holes 1.3 billion years away.this is just me talking about my feelings about it. 

Episode 62: Black Bells

Did you know that if something falls into a black hole it will "ring" like a bell, radiating gravitational waves at a very specific frequency. pretty fun! Brent Knopf and Matt Sheehy are back! Two new physicists: Leo Stein and Chiara Mingarelli!  fun t...

Episode 61: Levitating Trains

*sorry about the audio quality**one guy was in china, and my mic broke and all sorts of bad stuff happened. :(*OH MAN!!!Erika Ensign, from all the dr. who podcasts, has come on our showso that Darren Peets and Abby Shockley and I can do our best to exp...

Episode 60: Meters Of Interference

Radio telescopes have really crummy resolution.but if we line them up and hook them together, using a technique called "radio interferometry" we can see the head of a screw 300 km away. This episode, our guest is Ben Acker, one of the authors of "the t...

Episode 59: Strange Truth and Charming Beauty

There is no force stronger.Gravity? get out. Electrostatics? no.Love? incorrect.THE STRONG FORCE!Tia Miceli! Ken Clark! AND OUR SPECIAL GUEST RYAN NORTH!!!! this is a really fun episode where we talk about how protons are made of quarks stuck together ...

Episode 58: Extraordinary Evidence

The Big bang.How do we know it happened? How do we know what happened?Dr. Michael Zemcov and Dr. Katie Mack and I talk to the clever hosts of Encyclopedia Brunch. It's Tim Dobbs and Kathryn Cogert! WHAT FUN!

Episode 57: Two Photons Walk Into An H Bar

BIOPHYSICS! Nicole Prent! Jacqueline Townsend! Broadway actor Brian Cross joins us to talk about how biophysicists use frequency doubling of photons To LOOK INSIDE CELLS! well, it's really cool I can't wait for you to hear it!

Episode 56: What "In Tangles" Meant

Oh boy it's been a while since we got an episode scheduled, recorded, edited and out the door. but the wait has been worth it because THIS EPISDE IS AMAZING!Dan Harmon (From Channel 101, The Sarah Silverman Show, Monster House,  COMMUNITY!, Harmontown ...

Question Barn 8

Ken Clark Joins me!we answer Ramiro's question, who asked"I have heard that bosons are the force carriers. So what force is the higgs boson "carrying" ?" 

Episode 55: Laser Laser Laser Laser Laser Laser

Appologies.the audio turned out way crunchier than i thought it would be while we recorded. I tried to fix it. My "Doctor Evil" impression is way crappier than it sounded in my head. after all these years of thinking i had a good doctor evil impression...

Question Barn 7

Me and Amanda Bauer Answer a question from dave!"First of all I really enjoy the podcast!  And for a while I’ve been wanting to send in this question and think it would be perfect for the new segment.  My question is:  What direction would one look to ...

Episode 54: The Way the Dog Ran Away

Erin McGathy (from the "This Feels Terrible" and "Harmontown" podcasts and the USB theater in LA) joins us! Dr. Rupinder Brar and  Dr. Amanda Bauer have both returned after WAY TOO LONG! We talk about the milky way! dust and pancakes. dusty pancakes. t...

Question Barn 6

Dr. Katie Mack and I talk about big bang stuff.  the question is from bob:"Hello again Ben. I've found and listened to the QB episodes. Thanks for the help with locating them.Since you seem to have ready access to a cosmologist, I'd like to offer for Q...

Episode 53: Consistent Variables

Vicky Scowcroft and David Tsang were talkin' to me, and i was like "Yoooo what kind of show topic should we do" and Vicky was like "Cepheid Variables" so i was like... hmm. A star who tells us about distance and travelling...Who else should I ask on th...

Question Barn 5

Geoffrey Lovelace and I talk about Interstellar. mostly we geek out over the relativity.we ran out of time before we could make this podcast 3 hours long. it was definitely a possibility.

Episode 52: Through The Mirror

I was super excited about this Episode! Our Guest is Patrick McHale! We Talk about CPT symmetry (Charge-Parity-Time inversion symmetry), which leads to discussions about antimatter, and the nature of time. it's a SUPER EPISODE! It goes ON AND ON! CRAZY...

Question Barn 4

email your questions to tiphyter@titaniumphysics.comthe question today: "Howdy, The Higgs boson turned out to be a massive particle from what Iunderstand.  It is also supposed to be a field through whicheverything moves.  So, there must be a lot of the...

Question Barn 3

This is the Third episode of "Question Barn"send your questions to TIPHYTER@TITANIUMPHYSICS.COMThis one has Mike Zemcov

Question Barn 2

This is the Second episode of "Question Barn"send your questions to TIPHYTER@TITANIUMPHYSICS.COMThis one has Ken Clark. 

Question Barn 1

This is the First episode of "Question Barn"send your questions to TIPHYTER@TITANIUMPHYSICS.COMThis one has Jocelyn Read on it.

Episode 51: Tabled Tops

Mr. Noah Zimmerman joins us to talk about nuclear magnetic resonance. you know MRIs? "Magnetic resonance Imaging" is what it stands for, "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging" is what it actually stands for. Essentially, magnets are used to make the nucl...

Episode 50: The Death Of Spirals

Galaxies are cool. some are eliplical (blobby) some are swirly. there's a reason why. Our guest today is Katrina Griffiths from the verity podcast. and my experts are Sean Moran and Laura Hainline (they're married. that's why they keep interrupting eac...

Ep 49: Parallel Philosophies with Christopher Reynaga

Christopher Reynaga is an awesome author, and he has written the best story ever which is called¬†¬†‚ÄúI Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee‚Ä̬†. look it up, a link to a podcast reading of the story will be on teh website.¬†Anyway, I wanted to talk to him so I...

Domains of Influence with Matt Sheehy and Brent Knopf

Some famous singing clowns once sang a song about magnets. The world looks down on a singing clown's ignorance, but how many of us can actually explain how magnets work? the question is rhetorical, though, because the answer is obviously "yes I can do ...

Episode 47: The Song Of Falling Stars with Robot Hugs

Long story short: there's no such thing as a stable orbit... any two objects in orbit will emit gravitational waves.. and slowly get closer and closer together. If the two objects in question are neutron stars, we can even detect the gravitational wave...

Episode 46: Burning Twice as Bright with Alasdair Stuart

Today is a super episode! it's got so much stuff in it it's CRAYCRAY.Alasdair Stuart, from the Pseudopod podcast joins James Silvester and Vicky Scowcroft and me.and we talk about STARS. what's inside them and how they work and how they change. 

Episode 45: The ThumBprint of Creation with Ryan North

The most amazing thing has come to pass: a telescope at the south pole called BICEP2 has detected decisive evidence demonstrating that the model of how the universe grew over the first second of existence is correct. It detected evidence of gravitation...

Episode 44: Radiation oncology

Chad Jones from the collapsed wavefunction podcast joins us today. My experts are Dr. Kiri Nichol and Dr. Ken Clark and we talk about how radiation can be used to cure cancer. Good work, everyone. We talk about Neutron Therapy, Radio Therapy, Brachythe...

Episode 43: Approaching Singularity

Jocelyn Read! Katie Mack! Jesse Moynihan! A mighty ensemble to talk about the strangest thing in physics: Gravitational Singularities! Black Holes! Big Bangs! Event Horizons! ADVENTURE. 

Episode 42: Quantum Twins Talk In Code

This episode we are talking about Quantum Cryptography! With the host of CANADALAND, Jesse Brown! Also announcing the completion of my ultimate quantum team: Miles Steininger and Dr. Katherine Brown!

Episode 41: The Light Which Pushes Back The Darkness

There was a time when light would not shine in the universe.  There was a time when nothing was shining, and the universe was full of light-absorbing gas. But the first stars came, and pushed back the darkness and made the heavens clear. This is the st...

Episode 40: Snowlines and No Rhymes

Teachers take things from an unrefined state to a point where they are wonderous. Poets are apt at describing both of these. This episode of TiPhy aims to teach genius poet Taylor Mali about where the planets in our solar system came from. Taylor's tim...

Episode 39: Pasta Stars

So. If someone comes up to you and tells you that there are planets out there made of ice and water, you'd go "yeah". and if they said "there are planets made of diamond", you'd probably shrug. what if I told you there were stars made of pasta? well th...