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1/17/17 Show feat. Mark Miller on wind turbines and scaled fluid dynamics + Lian Zhu on curiosity

1/17/17 Show feat. Mark Miller on wind turbines and scaled fluid dynamics + Lian Zhu on curiosity

Playing tracks by

Dk3, The Ruby Suns, John Coltrane Quartet, Eels and King Sunny Ade.

We welcome Mark Miller, a PhD candidate in Prof. Hultmark's Gas Dynamics Lab, who knows all about the aerodynamics of wind turbines. Wind energy is a crucial component of the future's energy landscape, but learning how to optimize their engineering is a work in progress. How should a windmill farm be laid out to maximize each turbine's output? How can scientists model the air flow around windmills in lab-sized models? And finally, how does wind energy fit into the grid? Before Mark's interview an hour in, listen for science news from ant laziness to polar ice shelves melting; afterwards we brought back former guest Lian Zhu to dive into the philosophy of curiosity (detailed in Carlo Rovelli's new book, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics).

The playlist is available online at: http://wprb.com/tpm/world/printplaylist.php?show_id=39896

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