Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Thu, 4th Apr 2013

The SKA and Radio Astronomy

Artist's impression of the 5km diameter central core of SKA antennas. (c) SKA Project Development Office and Swinburne Astronomy Productions

We take a tour of the two Australian precursors to the Square Kilometre Array - the Murchison Wide Field Array and the Australian SKA Pathfinder - to discover how big radio astronomy projects will see the universe in a new light.  Plus, how understanding the physics of radio detectors helps us make better telescopes...

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In this edition of Naked Scientists

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  • 13:54 - Obama's brain science funding

    Obama announces $100 million to map the brain - but is this enough to fulfill this lofty dream?

  • 17:05 - Weightloss Using Gut Bacteria

    New research investigates whether gut bacteria changes following gastric bypass surgery can be transplanted into other patients...

  • 24:05 - How do you weigh an ocean?

    Oceanographers have come up with the unusual idea of weighing the global ocean at a single point to assess how big it is.

  • 29:12 - Astronomy with MRO and ASKAP

    Kirsten Gottschalk and Dominic Ford investigate the science being undertaken with the SKA's precursor instruments...

  • 55:11 - How long does it take for comets to "melt"?

    How long does it take for a comet to completely 'melt' away from repeated exposures to the sun? (Composition and size would certainly have something to do with it, I'm sure) Will there come a time when all the comets are gone from the Solar System because they have sublimated?



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