The Sound of Science – Show 1 – 16th May 2008
Extra info and links from the first episode of the Sound of Science.
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Science in the news.
Become an astronaut with the European Space Agency.
The ESA are looking for four new astronauts for their manned space programme. Application opens on 19th May and is open to anyone in Europe. But you do need to have a medical certificate issued by an Aviation Medical Examiner before you fill out the on-line form.
Super Tall Buildings
The Burj Dubai in Dubai is set to be the World’s tallest building at over 800m tall when it’s completed next year. Even this monster won’t hold the record for long, with the proposed Madinat al-Hareer tower in Kuwait, and the al-Burj tower in Dubai both looking to break the 1km barrier for the first time.
By comparison, Sheffield’s current tallest building, the Arts Tower stands a measly 78m tall – less than 1/10th of the height of the Burj Dubai.
Smoking – Just not cool.
More information on Michael Siegel’s research at Boston university that showed that restaurant smoking bans discourage teenagers from smoking can be found in The Boston Globe.
Movers and Shakers.
Noel spoke to Kirsty Roach about the purpose of the Dana Centre. – http://www.danacentre.org.uk
Prof. Mick Wallis from the School of Performance and Culture at Leeds University, talked about his Spidergrab robot – A cross between a dancing partner and an architectural environment – Shown here dancing with Isobel Jones, Artistic Director of Salamander Tandem in Nottingham.
Mark Norman from Merlin Robotics in Plymouth showed Noel their Avatar which can pick out faces might be used as an interface with robots of the future.
The HaRT (Human and Robot Together) robot from Robotic Systems LTD and the Autonomous Helicopter from the Institute of Creative Technologies. The helicopter can be seen in action on the Centre for Computational Intelligence’s YouTube channel.
The Snake Robot with a ballerina.
An issue of ‘Weird Science’ comic from the 1950’s. Now very possibly gathering dust in Ross’s Mum’s loft
The Mongoose powered landmine detector
More information (and a video!) of a Robot and Mongoose teaming up to clear landmines in Sri Lanka can be found here.
The Robo-Roach – useful for hunting for surviors following an earthquake or bomb or for spying on people!
Music used in the Show.
DBLF Studios – Ununpentium
NWA – Straight outta Compton
Chemical Brothers – Saturate
Herbert – Movers and Shakers
Oingo Boingo – Weird Science
Neon Neon – Neon Theme
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