Podcasts

Podcasts

To help bring materials information to future engineers and scientists, ASM asked its newest members — University Student Material Advantage members — to pass along their knowledge onto middle school students. To this end, ASM International started Materials Radio, a series of podcasts on materials and their uses.

  • The podcasts are mp3 files that can be played on your computer or downloaded

  • All of the podcasts are between two and four minutes long

  • Materials Around Us podcasts focus on items students see and touch

  • Science of Materials podcasts focus on basic materials concepts and properties

Any questions or suggestions – email us at materialsradio@asminternational.org.

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October 01, 2011
Author: Nick Fries, Iowa State University Material Advantage Chapter

Intermetallics and the amazing things they do are discussed. For example, when you mix iron, neodymium, and boron together in the right amounts, you get neodymium iron boride. This intermetallic is the strongest magnet in the world.

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October 01, 2011
Author: Rutvik Mehta, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute Material Advantage Chapter

We are all not perfect, nor are materials. It is defects which make materials (and people) unique, and ultimately more attractive.

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October 01, 2011
Author: Alex Stanley, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Material Advantage Chapter

Steel is fabled for its strength, but what is it about this legendary material that makes it so strong? Listen to this catchy song to find out!

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October 01, 2011
Author: Kathryn Mireles, New Mexico Tech Material Advantage Chapter

A soulful song about corrosion in steel nails. Do you know why nails turn brown? Listen and find out.

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October 01, 2011
Author: Allie Anderson, Gonzaga University Material Advantage Chapter

Aerogel is a futuristic substance that currently holds fifteen Guinness world records. It is a gel whose liquid component has been replaced with a gas.

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October 01, 2011
Author: David Ketelsen, University of Idaho Material Advantage Chapter

Pulp is not just in orange juice. It also can be processed wood that goes on to make paper, and many other products we use every day.

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October 01, 2011
Author: Nadine Alexis, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute Material Advantage Chapter

Fuel cells are the next big thing in alternative energy. They have clean emissions and efficiently produce large amounts of electrical power. They will one day be used to power our planet.

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October 01, 2011
Author: Patrick Sinner, Gonzaga University Material Advantage Chapter

The importance of wax on skis and snowboards and how it affects the riding of the board is discussed. Examples are provided. The traditional and new ways of applying polymers to skis are discussed.

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October 01, 2011
Author: Gavin Mitchell, Washington State University Material Advantage Chapter

Ever pick up a bottle of shampoo and wonder: What's in this stuff? What kind of crazy chemicals am I putting in my hair?

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October 27, 2010
Author: Alex Miller, Boise State University Materials Advantage Chapter

Have you ever found a seashell on the beach and noticed how shiny it is on the inside? Did you know that the same shiny material helps to make shells strong? Learn about the exciting materials science that you never knew existed on the beach!

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