The IslandCT podcast is a podcast about science, nature, technology, and education hosted by Kelly L. Sears and Patrick R. Sears. It is published every other week and was started in January 2015.
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Minutes: Administrative stuff. March 20, 2017. IslandCT shutdown for about six months. But we're back.  Had four, well three, ARDF events last fall. Hurricane Matthew ARDF event. Had an "extra" event, Dec-10. Hot chocolate at event. About 10 students coming back. Parents also.  Carrboro High School visit and meeting new student with amateur radio license.  Charles and Nadia Scharlau coming to volunteer. Hero, Dale Haiducek at every event. Charles Scharlau and Jerry Boyd designing a new dual band ARDF receiver. Local people have shown interest. Joseph Huberman talk at JARS.  Charles and Jerry also working on a transmitter project. Charles spending so much time working on these projects. Unsoldering headset jack in an attempt to fix R3500D receivers. Or just use DeoxIT-D5. Problems due to a combination of low quality plugs and jacks.  Finally! Wooo-Hoouu! School R3500D receivers purchased! First time! Owned by Smith Middle School ARDF Club. Finances of running the events.  Families going out on course. Female teams and male teams. Picnics on the course.  In future, podcasts will go back to having more science articles.  Science articles.  Disposable sweat based glucose monitors.  Underground labs in China developing new opiates.  Indigenous peoples. Ethics code for studying the San people, South Africa.  Fracking rules. Obama-era requirements for public disclosure.  Three parent babies. Faulty mitochondria. Proteins in mitochondrion coming from nucleus.  Malaria articles; new vaccination techniques.  April-8, first Spring CHCCS ARDF event.  New course timing system still in development. RFID.  Problems with available sport timing systems. RFID cards versus commercial sport timing system keys. Sudden progress made in December.  Wrapping up.
Minutes: intro admin stuff new section: news blog  China, acquisition of Syngenta. GM crops.  Golden rice. Vitamin A.  Phytase corn. Corn turned away at Chinese border.  Syngenta, DuPont, Monsanto.  Phytase transgenic pigs producing low phosphate manure. Aug 2001, Nature Biotechnology, page 741. Ruminants versus non-ruminants. Using promotor for PSP (salivary gland). Phytic acid, storage in grain.  Epidemic insurance. BPO, Bio-Preparedness Organization.  Great Barrier Reef, extensive bleaching.  What we've done and future plans... Apr-8 school ARDF, first of 2017. Fewer participants but added one school.  Excitement to try out 2m ARDF. Changes for next ARDF: Making a longer course and adding 2m. Thanks to Charles Scharlau for antenna tuners to do experiments. Thanks to Joseph Huberman for loaning us 2m transmitters. Course timing system work continuing slowly.  Next weekend will be super busy: Saturday school ARDF event; Sunday o-meet.
Minutes: Intro. Admin stuff.  Giant ring laser. Measuring earthquakes.  Interaction of human population, food production, and biodiversity. Reducing the human population.  Marine dead zones.  School ARDF Apr-22 done. Had low turnout. Deployed 2m for first time.  Coming up, last pre-planned CHCCS ARDF. Other plans. Early attempt to register for BOK ARDF.  Much of work for ARDF is communicating with people and getting them to understand what it is.  Charles and Nadia Scharlau coming to the events to help out. Using Charles' antenna tuners.  Deployed course timing system for first time.  O-meet on Apr-23. Chance meeting in middle of course area.  Wrap-up.
Minutes: Intro. Admin stuff. Recording one week late.  Where have all the insects gone? Krefeld Entomological Society. Malaise insect traps. Investigating droppings from chimney swifts to determine insect abundance.  Transition.  Fall army worm invading Africa.  Water soluble pesticides being sprayed on seeds.  New Zealand, invasive weevil, biological control. First documentation of a host developing resistance to a biological control. A parasitic wasp to control the Argentine stem weevil. Several hundred weevils per square meter.  What we've done and what's up next. ARDF 2m receivers ordered. Visited Isaac in Georgia. The birthday party ARDF event (CHCCS Spring 2017, #3). Had our first ever BOK ARDF event. Like James Bond running through the woods.  Future plans. O-meet this weekend. One more CHCCS ARDF event coming up. One more BOK ARDF.  Wrap-up.
Minutes: Intro.  The giant wetta. New Zealand. Saving the giant wetta. Thorny bush (gorse?) haven for wetta bugs; goats.  Topic list for this podcast. Transgenic orange petunias. Gold mine in south africa. Bat nose fungus. Selfish genes and C elegans.  Bat white nose syndrom (WNS), nose fungus. North Carolina Wildlife Service. Movement to create bat houses. Fungus living in a temperature range and in high humidity. Transmission across the USA. Northern long eared, little brown, tri-colored, indiana.  Selfish genes, C. elegans. A gene makes a poison and another gene makes the antidote. Crossing strains of C elegans to select particular genes. Chromosome 3 always coming from one strain. Sup-35 gene (poison in eggs), Fa-1 gene (antidote). Speciation.  Transgenic orange petunias. Regulating genetic engineering of plants. Finish Board for Gene Technology. US Department of Agriculture.  Earthquake directly below a mine in the South Africa. Seismology. Japanese scientists drilling in gold mine in S Africa. Deepest mine in world, 2 to 3 km deep. Transform boundary. First or one of first earthquakes over this fault. Fault found directly below mine. Microbes found.  Sub-millimeter telescope array in the Atacama Desert.  What we've been doing. School and BOK ARDF events. Last school ARDF. June 3, last BOK ARDF event. Transmitter 2 stopped working. Thanks to Charles Scharlau for going out and fixing it. Kids getting better and the courses are getting larger.  Eno River State Park o-meet.  School trip to whitewater center. 236 students. Climbing wall over water.  Future plans. Debian 9 release date is coming up. Trip to Canada. Isaac visits. Packing for Bear Island. Blog hasn't had new postings but there is a ton new stuff on the ARDF pages. Plan to make 2m transmitters. Course timing system on hold.
We didn't get around to uploading this podcast until after the next one was up. So this Bear Island recorded was labeled 048a and the next podcast was changed from 048 to 048b.
Minutes: Intro. Recorded in the tent on Bear Island during a thunder storm. Information about Bear Island. A Bear Island this year was wonderful with few bugs. Using head nets.  Finds coming. This is our last day on the island. Pelicans are awesome : ) Using binoculars to notice the birds fishing. The baby willet. Full moon. Blue crabs and speckled crabs. The tiny little clams on the beach, coquina. Mole crabs are gone. The missed turtle.  The rain is starting up again.  The rain is getting heavy.  The rain is so bad we're shouting to hear each other. ... The second time we've done the hike to both ends of the island. Changes in the island topology. Seeing the sun rise around 0530. Skimmers.  The rain is getting lighter. Terns. We may have seen a Wilson's plover. Sanderlings. Talking with an intern last year.  Looking at the stars. Three clear nights. Satellite passes. The milky way. Light pollution. Shooting stars. Planets. Binoculars - 8x40. The wind keeping bugs away but causing binoculars to shake.  Fiddler crabs in the marsh.  Future plans. Going home and the one weekend to get ready for the ARDF championships in Cincinnati.  Outro.
Minutes: Intro.  Topics for this podcast. Flu vaccines. Mini satellites. Bot hunters. Some chemistry.  Bot hunters. Programs masquerading as people and connecting to social media. Influencing elections. US and German elections. Researchers trying to determine what messages come from bots.  Eating placenta. Blind study comparing eating placenta or not after delivery.  Deep sea chemistry. Numbers of different types of communities without photoautotrophs. Flow of chemicals in different oxidation states. Communities in rings.  Flu vaccine. Low efficacy. The influenza virus mutating during expansion for making vaccine.  Mini-satellites. The number of cubesats running out of downlink bandwidth.  What we've been doing. ARDF events for the school. First foxoring school event ever. US/R2 ARDF Championships in Cincinnati, OH. Our new friends from Australia; Ewen, Jenelle, and Jack. New 80m receiver, FoxRex 80. Put on an extra BOK ARDF event.  More of what we've been doing - building. New foxoring transmitters. Schematic from Bob Frey. 3D printing for first time. Brian Henning's 3D printing hub. Joseph Huberman finding one of our foxo posts during a night-o before the school event. The IsCT website slow to update because of efforts to get all ARDF equipment built. Amplitude modulation of 2 m RF achieved. Designs from Rik Strobbe and David Deane. AF from CD4093 (quad 2-input NAND). RF form ICS525 (PLL). OSH Park boards being designed.  Future plans. Waiting to here ware US ARDF championships will be in 2018. Planning on using Jay Hennigan's 2 m antenna design.  Seeing the 2017 total solar eclipse. Seeing the corona. More future plans... Building. Trip to Canaan Valley.
Minutes: Intro and administrative stuff. Website updates with rsync, running out of bandwidth by mistake. Using rsync for simple websites. New microphone setup.  Narwhals. Fight-or-flight versus freeze response. Marine mammals. Different types of dives: escape, post escape, transit. Heart rate and tail stroke frequency. Cardiac freeze. Dives down to 250 m.  Aging attenuating antiviral responses. Interferon. RIG-I RNA sensor.  Fracking linked to low weight babies. Low sample sizes. John Snow, cholera, London. Pennsylvania, new wells.  Pat gets a new camera. Olympus TG5. FlipVid. GoPro.  PCBs for 2 m ARDF transmitter RF boards are almost finished. Moving from Kicad 3 to Kicad 4. The kicad footprint library format. The plant in Luke's room. Aphids. Ladybugs. Feeding ladybugs with fruits.  Future plans. Canaan Valley.
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