Cosmic Tea Party show

Cosmic Tea Party

Summary: Chew the fat with us as we muse over the wonders of the universe. More tea, anyone?

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 CTP Episode 20 - 15 November 2009 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:25:41

Ever been to a psychic, read a horoscope, or had a tarot reading? Well, Nadine has. We interview tauromancer Lynne Kelly about the techniques she uses to give readings. Ants are weird little critters. They barely have a brain, but between them they have managed to take over the world. We look at what makes them so great. We all bow down to the mighty Quizmaster.

 CTP Episode 19.1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:08:11

Shockingly enough, we continue our series on electricity from last week. This time we look at how batteries and power stations work - the information will be conducted right into your brain. Don't bother to insulate yourself, you know you can't resist. Lawrence Krauss wrote the book on the physics of Star Trek. We talk to him about stuff including time travel, 'warp' drives, negative energy, dark energy, the transporter and the tricorder. So much fun packed into such a short space of time - it's a singularity of awesomeness. Our continuing mission is to have a quiz at the end of each show.

 CTP Episode 19 - 18 October 2009 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:12:50

Shockingly enough, we continue our series on electricity from last week. This time we look at how batteries and power stations work - the information will be conducted right into your brain. Don't bother to insulate yourself, you know you can't resist. Lawrence Krauss wrote the book on the physics of Star Trek. We talk to him about stuff including time travel, 'warp' drives, negative energy, dark energy, the transporter and the tricorder. So much fun packed into such a short space of time - it's a singularity of awesomeness. Our continuing mission is to have a quiz at the end of each show.

 CTP Episode 18 - 11 October 2009 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:03

The magic of the internet is brought to you by the letter E, for electricity. This deserves a thanksgiving sacrifice, so we've offered up the first half of this episode to electricity. We all love alien movies, and District 9 is no exception. However, we can't spend half an hour just gushing about the movie (and expect to keep our listeners), so this section is about the possible mechanisms behind the alien technology.

 CTP Episode 17.1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:02:40

What did Sir Mix-a-Lot mean when he said, "I'm down to get the friction on"? We're not exactly sure, so we thought we would look into the world of friction for answers. What would it be like to be two dimensional? Well you might fall through sewer grate. But what if the whole world were two dimensional? In Flatland our hero A Square gives us a view of what it is like in his two dimensional world. Ask and ye shall receive - of the quiz.

 CTP Episode 17 - 16 August 2009 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:07:35

What did Sir Mix-a-Lot mean when he said, "I'm down to get the friction on"? We're not exactly sure, so we thought we would look into the world of friction for answers. What would it be like to be two dimensional? Well you might fall through sewer grate. But what if the whole world were two dimensional? In Flatland our hero A Square gives us a view of what it is like in his two dimensional world. Ask and ye shall receive - of the quiz.

 CTP Episode 16.1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:25:06

40 years ago the first earth-based humanoids stepped on the surface of the white marble that orbits the earth. We look back at the awesome achievement that was the moon landing - from rockets to rock! Chris finally finished Fallout 3, and returned to his loved ones. We can't let this continue, so we dedicate this section to the deleterious effects of long term exposure to fallout.

 CTP Episode 16 - 28 July 2009 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:19:38

40 years ago the first earth-based humanoids stepped on the surface of the white marble that orbits the earth. We look back at the awesome achievement that was the moon landing - from rockets to rock! Chris finally finished Fallout 3, and returned to his loved ones. We can't let this continue, so we dedicate this section to the deleterious effects of long term exposure to fallout.

 CTP Episode 15 - 4 July 2009 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:10:27

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). We all knew kids at school who would be classified under this heading today, in fact,...that's it, I'm changing the subject. "Is there anybody out there?" Not only is this a song from the world's greatest album, it's also the mantra of the gang at the SETI Institute. They're looking for the signs of aliens somewhere in this universe of ours. A thrilling quiz about the late, great MJ. Who's bad?

 CTP Episode 14.1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:12:45

Humans are infested with microscopic bacteria, and some of us with swine flu. We talk to Dr. Mark Crislip about the walking, talking pathogen factories that we are. Board games are what people played before computers were diverted from the business of business and science to the business of gaming. We look at some of our faves. 2 quiz or not 2 quiz? We quizzed.

 CTP Episode 14 - 22 June 2009 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:11:04

Humans are infested with microscopic bacteria, and some of us with swine flu. We talk to Dr. Mark Crislip about the walking, talking pathogen factories that we are. Board games are what people played before computers were diverted from the business of business and science to the business of gaming. We look at some of our faves. 2 quiz or not 2 quiz? We quizzed.

 CTP Episode 13.1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:09:38

Special Relativity may seem like exclusive territory of eggheads and Einsteins, but it really stems from just two basic principles of the universe. 1. rock, 2. roll. The movie 21 tells us that you need to be a mathematical genius on par with Rainman to be able to count cards in blackjack. Nevertheless, we ask Marty Ross to stretch our brains and make us understand this mentally taxing technique. Quizzzzesss.

 CTP Episode 13 - 10 June 2009 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:11:35

Special Relativity may seem like exclusive territory of eggheads and Einsteins, but it really stems from just two basic principles of the universe. 1. rock, 2. roll. The movie 21 tells us that you need to be a mathematical genius on par with Rainman to be able to count cards in blackjack. Nevertheless, we ask Marty Ross to stretch our brains and make us understand this mentally taxing technique. Quizzzzesss.

 CTP Episode 12 - 17 May 2009 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:18:43

The Bad Astronomer graces our podwaves this week. We talk to Dr. Phil Plait about his book, Death from the Skies – which is about the many and varied ways the universe is trying to kill us lonely humans. Universe: 3. Humans: 0. Film at 11. Let’s say humans don’t bite the big one for at least a few ten thousand years. Then the grandest plans of sci-fi might be realised - including Asimov's Seldon Plan. In the Foundation series, Isaac Asmiov tells us about one Hari Seldon. According to Hari, the galaxy is destined for thousands of years of backwardness (with endless repeats of Big Brother), unless he can harness the ultimate power in the universe: Mathematics! Quiz and stuff.

 CTP Episode 11 - 3 May 2009 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:17:35

Bigfoot and Yowie and Lake Monsters, oh my! Cryptozoology is the study of creatures of questionable veracity. We talk to Ben Radford, Managing Editor of The Skeptical Inquirer magazine and co-author of the book Lake monster mysteries: Investigating the world's most elusive creatures. The pollution of one's precious bodily fluids is a subject close to the heart of one Jack D. Ripper in the film Dr. Strangelove, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb. But now the international communist conspiracy of water fluoridation has extended its red tentacles into the Australian state of Queensland, and is making quite a splash. We look at the issues involved, and whether WWIII is coming. Kwiz.

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