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043 - Spring ARDF season preparation.

Recorded: 2017-03-30
Duration: 44'05"


Topics:... Administrative stuff. But we're back. ... Had four, well three, ARDF events last fall. Hurricane Matthew ARDF event. ... 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. ... Charles and Jerry also working on a transmitter project. ... Finally! Wooo-Hoouu! School R3500D receivers purchased! Owned by Smith Middle School ARDF Club. ... Families going out on course. Female teams and male teams. Picnics on the course. ... Disposable sweat based glucose monitors. ... Underground labs in China developing new opiates. ... Ethics code for studying the San people, South Africa. ... Fracking rules. Obama-era requirements for public disclosure. ... Three parent babies. Faulty mitochondria. ... Malaria articles; new vaccination techniques. ... April-8, first Spring CHCCS ARDF event. ... New course timing system still in development. RFID. ... RFID cards versus commercial sport timing system keys. Sudden progress made in December.

044 - Phytase

Recorded: 2017-04-13
Duration: 42'32"


Topics:... admin stuff new section: news blog ... China, acquisition of Syngenta. GM crops. ... Golden rice. ... Phytase corn. ... Syngenta, DuPont, Monsanto. ... Phytase transgenic pigs producing low phosphate manure. ... BPO, Bio-Preparedness Organization. ... Great Barrier Reef, extensive bleaching. ... What we've done and future plans... Apr-8 school ARDF, first of 2017. ... 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.

045 - World population

Recorded: 2017-04-27
Duration: 44'09"


Topics:... 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. Deployed 2m for first time. ... 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.

046 - Insects

Recorded: 2017-05-18
Duration: 52'15"


Topics:... Where have all the insects gone? Krefeld Entomological Society. Malaise insect traps. Investigating droppings from chimney swifts to determine insect abundance. ... Fall army worm invading Africa. ... 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. ... 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. ... Future plans. O-meet this weekend. One more CHCCS ARDF event coming up. One more BOK ARDF.

047 - Orange petunias.

Recorded: 2017-06-14
Duration: 68'00"


Topics:... The giant wetta. New Zealand. ... Bat white nose syndrom (WNS), nose fungus. ... Selfish genes, C. elegans. Sup-35 gene (poison in eggs), Fa-1 gene (antidote). Speciation. ... Transgenic orange petunias. Regulating genetic engineering of plants. ... Earthquake directly below a mine in the South Africa. Japanese scientists drilling in gold mine in S Africa. ... Sub-millimeter telescope array in the Atacama Desert. ... School and BOK ARDF events. Kids getting better and the courses are getting larger. ... School trip to whitewater center. Climbing wall over water.

048a - Bear Island 2017.

Recorded: 2017-07-15
Duration: 25'


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.

Topics:... Recorded in the tent on Bear Island during a thunder storm. A Bear Island this year was wonderful with few bugs. ... 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 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. ... 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. ... Going home and the one weekend to get ready for the ARDF championships in Cincinnati.

048b - Influenza.

Recorded: 2017-12-01
Duration: 52'52"


Topics:... Bot hunters. 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. ... Flu vaccine. Low efficacy. The influenza virus mutating during expansion for making vaccine. ... Mini-satellites. The number of cubesats running out of downlink bandwidth. ... 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. ... More of what we've been doing - building. New foxoring transmitters. 3D printing for first time. Amplitude modulation of 2 m RF achieved. ... Seeing the 2017 total solar eclipse. Seeing the corona. More future plans... Building. Trip to Canaan Valley.

049 - Narwhal.

Recorded: 2017-12-17
Duration: 48'15"


Topics:... Website updates with rsync, running out of bandwidth by mistake. ... Narwhals. Fight-or-flight versus freeze response. ... Aging attenuating antiviral responses. Interferon. ... Fracking linked to low weight babies. John Snow, cholera, London. ... Pat gets a new camera. ... PCBs for 2 m ARDF transmitter RF boards are almost finished. Moving from Kicad 3 to Kicad 4. The plant in Luke's room. Aphids. Ladybugs. Feeding ladybugs with fruits.

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