Show 10 – First broadcast 18/07/2008
Presented by Professor Noel Sharkey and Dr. Ross Drayton, Sheffield University
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In this weeks programme after the news Noel has a feature on the science of speech synthesis and Ross goes on a trip to Cafe Scientifique at the Showroom in Sheffield. In Weird Science we talk about The Virtual Girlfriend
Science in the news
In this week’s news Ross and Noel discuss:
The Financial TImes article discussing how manufacturers will not be showing Armed Unmanned Systems at this years Farnborough Air Show because of public disapproval – a major hit for our programme.
How infertile men may be able to lose a tooth, and gain a child – (Article)
New research on the development of an Automated Wearable Artificial Kidneythat has the potential to really improve the lives of those in need of dialysis.
Brady Haran and Prof. Martin Poliakoff’s series of videos dealing with each element of the period table – Links to videos here -Plenty of explosions!
Autonomous flight testing of the Neuron stealth plane – a major joint European military project that does not include the UK.
Ross also spoke to Dr Marysia Placzek, deputy director of the MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics in Firth Court in Sheffield and Debbie Eldridge, a teacher from King Ecbert’s School in Dore about the centre’s efforts to engage A-level students with developmental biology.
Feature: The science of speech synthesis
Professor Phil Green runs one of the top speech and hearing groups in the world. He tells us about the developments in synthesizing artificial voices past and present. We hear a Stephen Hawking sound alike and then the synthesized voices of Yorkshire Poet, Ian McMIllan and Look North presenter Christa Android. Then research student Susan Creer tells us about her reconstructive work on developing voices for people with speech problems – capturing their old voices.
Cafe Scientifique is held on the first Monday of (nearly) every month in the cafe bar of the Showroom cinema in Sheffield. The event centres around a guest speaker who gives a short talk on a scientific subject, then opens the floor to debate over a beer or or coffee. Ross spoke to Chamu Kuppuswamy and Kenneth McDonald, two of the organisers of the event.
Ross and Noel chat about The Virtual Girlfriend in this weeks x-rated edition of Weird Science