We're working on a new version of PRX. Want a sneak peek?

Caption: A supercomputer, Credit: NASA
Image by: NASA 
A supercomputer 

The Guardian's Science Weekly: The next generation supercomputer

From: Jason Phipps - Guardian
Series: Science Weekly from guardian.co.uk
Length: 29:39

How new technologies will put your laptop into hyper-drive; why Ikea is so good at getting you to buy stuff you don't need; plus, archaeological evidence that questions the Out Of Africa theory

Scg-6845-240x250_small
Presented by Ian Sample and produced by Andy Duckworth
guardian.co.uk, Monday 31 January 2011 00.01 GMT

We look at what the next generation of supercomputers could be built with. From new materials to changing the fundamentals of how they process information.

We have a packed studio of experts: Robert Thompson works with organic electronics at University College London, Lata Sahonta is developing the latest technologies used in LEDs and solar cells at the University of Cambridge, and Matty Hoban, also from UCL, is working in the field of Quantum Information.

WARNING: programme contains a melodica. Yet another first for the podcast.

More details about their work at noisemakers.org.uk.

Alan Penn, Professor of Architectural and Urban Computing at The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, looks at the psychology of how Ikea gets us to buy things we didn't realise we wanted. Plus, how that applies to improving the design of science labs.

Simon Armitage, a researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, explains his involvement in a study which is causing archaeologists to rethink human history. Newly discovered stone tools date from 125,000 years ago, around 55,000 years before our ancestors were thought to have left the continent.

Subscribe for free via iTunes to ensure every episode gets delivered. (Here is the non-iTunes URL feed).

Meet the Guardian's crack team of science bloggers:

The Lay Scientist by Martin Robbins
Life and Physics by Jon Butterworth
Punctuated Equilibrium by GrrlScientist
Political Science by Evan Harris

Follow the podcast on our Science Weekly Twitter feed and receive updates on all breaking science news stories from Guardian Science.

Email scienceweeklypodcast@gmail.com.

Guardian Science is now on Facebook. You can also join our Science Weekly Facebook group.

We're always here when you need us, listen back through our archive.

To hear the full audio, sign up for a free PRX account or log in.

Piece Description


Presented by Ian Sample and produced by Andy Duckworth
guardian.co.uk, Monday 31 January 2011 00.01 GMT

We look at what the next generation of supercomputers could be built with. From new materials to changing the fundamentals of how they process information.

We have a packed studio of experts: Robert Thompson works with organic electronics at University College London, Lata Sahonta is developing the latest technologies used in LEDs and solar cells at the University of Cambridge, and Matty Hoban, also from UCL, is working in the field of Quantum Information.

WARNING: programme contains a melodica. Yet another first for the podcast.

More details about their work at noisemakers.org.uk.

Alan Penn, Professor of Architectural and Urban Computing at The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, looks at the psychology of how Ikea gets us to buy things we didn't realise we wanted. Plus, how that applies to improving the design of science labs.

Simon Armitage, a researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, explains his involvement in a study which is causing archaeologists to rethink human history. Newly discovered stone tools date from 125,000 years ago, around 55,000 years before our ancestors were thought to have left the continent.

Subscribe for free via iTunes to ensure every episode gets delivered. (Here is the non-iTunes URL feed).

Meet the Guardian's crack team of science bloggers:

The Lay Scientist by Martin Robbins
Life and Physics by Jon Butterworth
Punctuated Equilibrium by GrrlScientist
Political Science by Evan Harris

Follow the podcast on our Science Weekly Twitter feed and receive updates on all breaking science news stories from Guardian Science.

Email scienceweeklypodcast@gmail.com.

Guardian Science is now on Facebook. You can also join our Science Weekly Facebook group.

We're always here when you need us, listen back through our archive.

Broadcast History

Uploaded to guardian.co.uk Monday 31st January 2011

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

To saisfy your inner-geek, we get our weekly dose of science from guardian.co.uk

In this programme we look at some of the latest technologies that could shape our laptops in the years to come, we also look at some of the psychology behind Ikea's success and how that could translate to science labs, plus, new archaeological evidence that questions the Out of Africa theory of human development.

OUTRO:

Science Weekly from guardian.co.uk

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Laboratory Tested David Rogers, Paul Shaw Space and Science. Atmosphere 02:35
Crazy Shoppers Andy Blythe, Marten Joustra Silly Day. Atmosphere 02:01
Sky Lounge Bill Ungerman, Chris Lang, Eric Cunningham American Housewives. Ultimate Series 02:02
Shopping Spree Arch Bacon Kitsch 'n' Lounge. Match 01:56
Too busy shopping Armando Trovaioli Kitsch 3. Atmosphere Kitsch 01:55

Related Website

http://www,guardian.co.uk/scienceweekly