Science Chatter Hamburg Blog and Podcast

Episode 7: Oindrila and Philine – STEMme #2 0

Episode 7: Oindrila and Philine – STEMme #2

Is the pursuit of science based in objectivity? Where do the lines cross between ethics and scientific research? Molecular and Developmental Biologist Theresa Schredelseker talks about transcription factors, embryonic zebrafish brains, the genome-editing tool TALEN, and the philosophy of science. Recently, she swapped her lab coat for a life in science management, supporting early career researchers and building bridges between the research community and non-scientists. She sheds some light on what makes the role of a science communicator so challenging yet fulfilling.

Episode 6: Oindrila and Philine – STEMme #1 0

Episode 6: Oindrila and Philine – STEMme #1

How do we search for physics beyond the Standard Model? What can we learn from the muon, the heavier cousin of the well-known electron? What happens when experimentalists and theorists start to disagree? And how do you move a gigantic particle collider across the US? The STEMme podcast will take you into the world of elementary particle physics, where everything is neatly ordered but still full of questions and confusions. In this episode, we unravel the mystery of the muon magnetic moment, and discuss a groundbreaking old-but-new experiment.

Episode 5: Pranjal Trivedi 0

Episode 5: Pranjal Trivedi

In this podcast, Michael and Pranjal dive into the big physics mystery of dark matter. Why do astronomers assume there must be 5 times more matter in the Universe than we know about? This matter is called dark matter because it seems invisible using light, yet it makes a heavy presence felt via gravity. It’s not made up of any atoms or ions like our bodies, the Earth or stars. It also does not match any subatomic particle discovered so far in physics experiments. So, what is it? Take a listen to find out why Hamburg scientists are busy doing theory and experiments hunting for dark matter in the form of the ‘axion’.