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“Explosions” (February 22, 2014)

Today we’re stepping outside the realm of biology, strapping on ear-muffs, and watching stuff blow up. This week’s episode is all about explosions, starting big and only getting bigger.
Andrew traces the career of Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite and instigator of the prestigious prizes that bear his name. Was Nobel a hero or a villain? Secondly, we turn our attention towards volcanoes, perhaps the most mighty and unstoppable force in planet Earth’s arsenal. Finally, astrophysicist Nathanael Lampe introduces us to supernovae, the largest explosions in the Universe.

Visit the webpage for this episode, with music credits here. Title image sourced from Wikimedia Commons (R.H. Darwall), and used under a Creative Commons attribution license.



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