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Physical Attraction

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We are a physics podcast. But not just a physics podcast - interviews with scientists, scholars, authors and reflections on the history and future of science and technology are all in the wheelhouse.

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Feb 25, 2019

Hello, and welcome to this episode of Thermonuclear Takes - our occasional bonus episodes that deal with topics in the news when there's just TOO MUCH EXCITING STUFF out there to talk about. 

This episode:

  • The teenager who built a nuclear fusion reactor in his bedroom - should ITER give up and go home? (Spoiler:...

Feb 22, 2019

Building a nuclear fusion power plant is no easy feat. Fusion naturally occurs in temperatures comparable to those at the heart of the Sun - temperatures so hot as to instantly vaporise virtually any substance on Earth.

Physical Attraction is the podcast about physics, science, and technology. You can find further...

Feb 15, 2019

[Reupload with the actual, correct file this time - sorry! 



When Teller's dream of a hydrogen, fusion bomb was eventually realised, it was another physicist, Ulam, who really came up with the winning design... and the first steps along the road to nuclear fusion on Earth.

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Feb 15, 2019

Through a contrived, almost absurd series of circumstances, I've managed to release last week's episode again in place of this week's.

A re-record is in order and the REAL Nuclear Fusion, Episode V will be released hopefully this evening. 

Sorry everyone! 
Perils of the job. 

- Thomas

Feb 7, 2019

You can get too caught up in praising the beauty of science and conflating that with praising the individual. I think we should recognise and appreciate brilliance, but stop short of hero-worship. It’s reductive. It diminishes people. It removes important parts of who they were. It can, in its worst excesses,...