Perpetual Notion Machine
In this episode of PNM we talk to two experts in the field of quantum computing. Mark Saffman is a professor of physics at UW-Madison. Along with his team, Mark studies several different variations of quantum computing machines using particles such as ions and photons. Physicist John Martinis and his team at the U. of […]
Who would have thought that all those years you spent in school taking math classes could lead to more than just learning about the Pythagorean theorem? Yes, math provides the ways of thinking and reasoning that can be applied in many situations of everyday life. Tonight, PNM welcomes UW-Madison mathematics professor extraordinaire Jordan Ellenberg. He’s […]
Tonight’s show features Dr. Joanna Radin of Yale University and Dr. Kristoffer Whitney of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Learn more about Dr. Radin’s research on frozen collections, including those of nonhuman life for conservation, here Learn more about Dr. Whitney’s research on bird banding in his recent piece in The Atlantic This […]
Tonight, we explored a mystery of the cosmos that might be detected as a particle right here on Earth. That mystery is dark matter. PNM’er Dennis Shaffer talked with Yang Bai, theoretical particle physicist at UW-Madison. “Extra” matter was first postulated in the early 1930’s by Fritz Zwicky, when he noticed the gravitational effects of […]
Dustin Zarnikow talks about pollution issues inherent in mining for taconite in Wisconsin’s Penokee Range with Environmental Specialist for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Department of Natural Resources Cyrus Hester, Lawrence University Geologist Marcia Bjornerud, and Lakeland College Geologist Tom Fitz.
On this week’s episode, Matthew Zmudka interviews Fima Zaltsman, a graduate student at UW-Madison who researches stem cell differentiation. We discuss what a stem cell is, why some are opposed to using them, and recent research advances and failures.