Episode 26: Black Gold with Kai Nagata

Posted Dec 10, 2012 by bn

You can get a lot of energy by throwing a duck into a black hole.

the Active Galactic Nucleus of galaxy Hercules A. the mightiest galaxy, evidently. Spoiler alert, but the thing causing the energetic plumes? it’s a black hole.


You might be incredulous when I tell you that this is true.

that’s what we explore today, by the way.

and to help us sort things out, I’ve invited Kai Nagata back to the show. He’s an expert on sacrificing ducks to get energy.

Incidentally, three things are notable in this episode.

1) Kai’s internet kept shutting off skype. thus, conversation is not as wild as it aught to be. we edited it, so you can’t really tell. but I CAN TELL.

2) Listen after the end to hear an extended conversation about whether an infinite amount of free energy would be a good thing. WHO KNOWS?!?

3) This week’s episode was edited, cleaned up, and made listenable by John Heath. John volunteered to help us, and he has done such a great job. it sounds so good. If you are impressed, email barn@titaniumphysics.com, and i’ll pass on your glowing remarks.

Physicists: Laura Hainline, Mike Zemcov

Intro Music: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists 

Exit Music: John Vanderslice 

Transcript: Ep_26_Black_Gold