omega tau - science & engineering [English only]

[This is the feed of only English episodes.] How do scientists uncover phenomena and explain their connections? How do engineers design machines, methods and infrastructure? At omega tau, experts give detailed answers. Over the last ten years, we have produced 300 episodes in which we dug deeper, until we ran out of questions. Join us on our journey through the world of science and engineering: the closer you look and listen, the more interesting things get.

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150.5 – Controlling the ELT


Six years ago, in episode 150, Jochen Liske of ESO told us about the Extremely Large Telescope that is currently being built in Chile. This episode is a continuation (which is why this is a kind of bonus episode labelled as 150.5) in which Thomas Pf[...]


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333 – (Flying and Simulating) The F-14 Tomcat


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332 – Attribution of Extreme Weather Events


An important consequence of the warming of the planet due to climate change is that the frequency and/or severity of extreme weather events will increase. But how can we tell whether a particular event can be attributed to the changing climate? Woul[...]


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 2019-12-22  1h22m
 
 

330 – Parabolic Flights at AirZeroG


When I was in Bordeaux with the DLR to report about their science campaign in September, I also talked to the team from AirZeroG/Novespace about the technical and aviation aspects of parabolic flights. These interviews are in this episode. I chat wi[...]


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 2019-11-29  1h33m
 
 

328 – Flying the P-3 Orion (and some other aircraft)


Marija Jovanovich is a pilot for the Royal Australian Air Force where she has been flying the P-3 Orion. We discuss the aircraft, the missions, and some anecdotes. Marija then also attended the USAF Experimental Test Pilot School, and we talk a bit [...]


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 2019-11-12  2h15m
 
 

326 – Weather Forecasting at the ECMWF


Earlier this year I visited the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, a European organization that produces global weather forecasts and performs research on how to improve those. The episode has three parts. First, Hilda Carr gives us[...]


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 2019-10-19  3h5m
 
 

324 – Air Traffic Control at Heathrow and RIAT


In July I visited the NATS tower at Heathrow Airport to interview my guest Adam Spink. We chatted about some of the mechanics of air traffic control at Heathrow and the unique ways of optimizing throughput. A few days later we met again on the tower[...]


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 2019-09-27  2h34m
 
 

321 – Societal Change and the Climate


I am interested in societal change: how can a complex society with lots of emergent (perhaps unintended) behaviors make a conscious change, such as transitioning to a more sustainable economy? We discussed this from an engineering perspective in the[...]


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 2019-08-29  58m
 
 

320 – The Event Horizon Telescope


A few months ago, a collaboration called the Event Horizon Telescope presented the first direct image of a black hole; or more specifically, of the radiation created by accelerated particles at its event horizon. The EHT is a Very Large Baseline Int[...]


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 2019-08-16  1h30m
 
 

318 – (My Flight with) The USAF Thunderbirds


In June 2019 I had the pleasure and honor to fly in an F-16D with the USAF Thunderbirds. The episode covers the medical briefing about how to prevent motion sickness and how to deal with Gs, suiting up with flight suit, g-suit, harness, helmet and m[...]


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