Helen Arney is a British physicist, presenter, stand-up comedian and musician. Described as a "geek songstress" by the Edinburgh Reporter, Arney plays the ukulele as one third of the Festival of the Spoken Nerd, accompanied by stand-up mathematician Matt Parker and television scientist Steve Mould.
In this final episode of Series 1, Steve talks about how plants transmit their genes, Helen eavesdrops on whales and Matt decodes spacecraft transmissions. Plus a song about the bravest little transmitter in the known universe.   00:48 - Steve's bit 14:13 - Matt's bit 28:38 - Helen's bit 41:42 - The Philae Song For show notes, links, merch, mailing list and more, visit: http://festivalofthespokennerd.com/podcast/episode-06-transmission/ Want to get in touch? We’re on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email podcast@festivalofthespokennerd.com.  Come for the Unnecessary Detail. Stay for the A Podcast Of. This podcast is sponsored by Brilliant.org, where you can learn science, maths and engineering through online interactive courses. Use this link for a free trial and discount on your annual subscription: https://brilliant.org/apoud.   NEW SECTION: SHOW NOTES!  By popular demand, we've put our complete show notes here in this episode description. There's a web version on the episode page, also linked above. Podcast shout outs! Steve mentions a few fab podcasts in this episode, and they are: Level Up Human Chemistry In Its Element Why Aren't You A Doctor Yet? Corrections and clarifications: None so far. And here's a heap of unnecessary detail from this episode: What does a cashew apple actually look like?  A visual guide to Golay code, including the beautiful Generator Matrix by Life Of Riley.  Matt doing his barcode trick on the Hammersmith Apollo stage. Listen to Sperm Whale codas from the Domenica Sperm Whale Project. Get involved in Citizen Science with Zooniverse.org right now! More about Whale FM. More about Manatee Chat. Thanks for listening!
Steve goes to war against rote learning; Matt tells us how ancient numbers affect what we can and can't name our dogs; and Helen's bit is elementary, my dear listener. 00:50 - Matt's bit 12:41 - Steve's bit 25:22 - Helen's bit 40:26 - Helen's bonus brassy song For show notes, links, merch, mailing list and more, visit: http://festivalofthespokennerd.com/podcast/episode-05-table/.  Want to get in touch? We’re on Twitter @FOTSN, Facebook, Instagram or email podcast@festivalofthespokennerd.com.  Come for the Unnecessary Detail. Stay for the A Podcast Of.  This podcast is sponsored by Brilliant.org, where you can learn science, maths and engineering through online interactive courses. Use this link for a free trial and discount on your annual subscription: https://brilliant.org/apoud.    NEW SECTION: SHOW NOTES!  By popular demand, we've put our complete show notes here in this episode description. There's a web version on the episode page, also linked above. Podcast shout outs! Helen mentions five of her favourite podcasts in this episode, and they are: Worst Foot Forward My Mate Bought A Toaster Drunk Women Solving Crime Scummy Mummies Hoovering Corrections and clarifications: Regular listener Paul has pointed out that not ALL phone numbers can actually be used as phone numbers. The system connects on the first valid match, so phone numbers longer than 4 digits cannot start with emergency services number 999, or 111, or anything like that. The actual numbers depend on which country you're in, of course.   Not every IV is written as IV... @DavidDanaci sent in several examples of watchmakers who use IIII instead of IV on their watch faces: Patek Philippe, Breguet and Alange & Soehne. One large scale counter-example is the Great Clock of Westminster, aka the Elizabeth Tower clock, aka, the clock that houses Big Ben aka the massive clock in London colloquially known as Big Ben. Yes, Big Ben is the bell, not the clock or the tower. But you knew that, didn't you, Unnecessary Detail listeners?  Benedikt Gocht emailed to point out that we won't be waiting for another 18 elements to reach the next noble gas, but more like 50 or 54, depending on which model you use to predict the properties of elements after 118. There go Helen's dreams of an element called "Hanon" in her lifetime... Something that never made it into the final edit was that Meitnerium, Element 109, features on the wall of Helen's daughter in a periodic table poster - but she doesn't have a list of Nobel Prize winners printed out on there. So, in a way, Lise Meitner won the bigger prize. And here's a heap of unnecessary detail from this episode: Full guidelines for naming your dog with the American Kennel Club. Steve talking about being dyslexic and learning times tables at TEDx. What on earth is this chunking thing?  The most extraordinary Countdown numbers game ever - Helen remembers seeing this episode when it first aired on Channel 4! Helen singing Tom Lehrer’s “Elements” - watch the whole thing in our comedy special “You Can’t Polish A Nerd”  Helen singing it even faster on Channel 4. ASAP Science “Periodic Table Song” set to the "Can-Can" tune. And, finally, Helen's latest version with Waterbeach Brass and the Royal Society of Chemistry.   Like free stuff? Get all of the songs from this series as downloads for zero pounds from Helen's Bandcamp page. Thanks for listening!
In this episode, Steve talks about a sticky effect, Matt gets us tangled in stick knots, and Helen gets stuck into sticky numbers:  00:43 - Steve's bit 11:29 - Matt's bit 24:16 - Helen's bit For show notes, links, merch, mailing list and more, visit: http://festivalofthespokennerd.com/podcast/episode-04-stick/.  Want to get in touch? We’re on Twitter @FOTSN, Facebook, Instagram or email podcast@festivalofthespokennerd.com.  Come for the Unnecessary Detail. Stay for the A Podcast Of.  This podcast is sponsored by Brilliant.org, where you can learn science, maths and engineering through online interactive courses. Use this link for a free trial and discount on your annual subscription: https://brilliant.org/apoud.    NEW SECTION: SHOW NOTES! By popular demand, we've put the complete show notes here in this episode description. For a web version head to the episode page, also linked above. Podcast shout outs! Matt mentions some of our favourite online nerdy media and podcasts in this episode, and they are: The Cosmic Shambles Network BBC Science Focus Podcast A Problem Squared with Matt and Bec Hill Corrections and clarifications: None, so far...  Some links of Unnecessary Detail:  Classic Nanette Newman advert for Fairy Liquid on YouTube. The best chalk lines from Walter Lewin, MIT lecturer in Classical Mechanics class. Violin string bowed in slow motion. More "stick slip" effect with Steve’s Chinese Spouting Bowl video. Subitising skills in children. Jo Van Herwegen’s research into Number Sense development. Want to improve your pre-schooler’s number foundations? Jo’s research can help. A song to get you soo-bi-tize-ing like a pro (albeit with upsettingly fake guitar-playing). To help you visualise Matt's knots, he took a bunch of photos and they below (if your podcast app can show them) and also here on our episode page. The Ashley Book Of Knots. The International Guild Of Knot Tyers, as sent in by listener Randy Cox. What is a trefoil knot? Can Matt help tie a knot in the London Underground? Tying a Tube Knot: behind the scenes. Thanks for listening!              
In this episode, Helen investigates a curious ring that lives in the sea, Steve contemplates the meaning of life itself and Matt brings along some bagels:  00:47 - Helen's bit 11:02 - Matt's bit 21:29 - Steve's bit Show notes, pictures of bagel-cutting, links, merch, mailing list and more are at: http://festivalofthespokennerd.com/podcast/episode-03-rings/.  Want to get in touch? We’re on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email podcast@festivalofthespokennerd.com.  Come for the Unnecessary Detail. Stay for the A Podcast Of.  This podcast is sponsored by Brilliant.org, where you can learn science, maths and engineering through online interactive courses. Use this link for a free trial and discount on your annual subscription: https://brilliant.org/apoud.  NEW SECTION: SHOW NOTES!  By popular demand, we've put our complete show notes here in this episode description. For a web version, head to the episode page, also linked above. Corrections and clarifications: 03:18 - Clemens Jusner wrote in to clarify that chitin is a polymer, which makes up squid beaks only in combination with cross-linked proteins. More on cephalopod beaks here. Here's some unnecessary detail from this episode: Giant squid have “donut” shaped brains (picture of anatomy below, or on our episode page)  “Insane in the chromatophores” - stimulating squid skin with music. How to visit a giant squid a London’s Natural History Museum. So, what does a sex pilus actually look like? Steve’s video on Horizontal Gene Transfer. Bagel-cutting pictures are now below! If they don't render properly in your podcast app, click here to see Steve and Helen attempt to cut a bagel. Thanks for listening!       
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