Thursday, January 9, 2014

Where do we go from here?

In April of last year Sam and I started a new project: Google Hangouts to talk chemistry. By July we had decided that a podcast was the best way to continue and The Collapsed Wavefunction podcast was born. We've had some really awesome guests:
  • Kevin Bonham joined us on the first episode to talk about GMOs. He also joined us later to talk about viruses.
  • The chemistry blogger See Arr Oh joined us to talk about science in the movies.
  • Zach Weinersmith taught us some amazing lessons on evolution - or at least bad ad hoc hypotheses about evolution.
  • We talked about food chemistry with our friend Aaron.
  • Dr. Zoe Waller taught us about alternate forms of DNA.
  • Dr. Chris Cramer came on the show to talk about computational chemistry.
  • Marc Abrahams shared his experiences with the Ig Nobel prizes.
  • Carmen Drahl shared the chemistry mystery surrounding "Into the Wild".
  • Patrick Wheatley (from the podcast Science, sort of) shared some amazing isotope ecology (did you know dino bones aren't just for looking? There's some serious science you can do with those!)
  • And just this last week we interviewed Pulitzer Prize winning author Deborah Blum about her book "The Poisoner's Handbook".
All of this to say we've been pretty lucky. We've had some amazing guests that were willing - even excited - to spend an hour talking to us about chemistry.

So where do we go from here?

Well, Sam and I are planning some great episodes. The Collapsed Wavefunciton is a podcast to talk about chemistry and demystify the scientific process, so that's what we're going to keep doing. 

From here on out though we won't be doing it alone. We've joined forces with some of the most amazing podcasts to ever exist - The Brachiolope Media Network

The Brachiolope Media Network includes:
  • Astrarium - An astronomy podcast hosted by James Silvester and David Warrington.
  • Science, sort of - A podcast about "things that are science, things that are sort of science, and things that wish they were science." If the name sounds familiar read above again. Patrick from the podcast has been on our show. 
  • Technically Speaking - An engineering podcast you won't want to miss. Jacob and Joe talk about engineering marvels and awesome technology. 
  • The Titanium Physicists - Ben Tippett, physicist extraordinaire, hosts this amazing podcast. It's education. It's funny. It's one of the best podcasts you'll ever listen to.
  • The Weekly Weinersmith - Come on. You know Zach Weinersmith. He's been on our podcast. He's written an article for this blog. He even drew a comic for said article. Oh ya, and he draws comics or something. Zach and his wife Kelly host an amazing show. Kelly is just finishing up her PhD at UC Davis where she infects fish’s brains with parasites and then measure how that changes their behavior. You can't make up science that cool. 
And the newest member of the network:

Yes. I am excited about this. Keep listening, The Collapsed Wavefunction is going to have some great episodes in the coming months.