The Sound of Science

Fridays 9am – Sheffield Live! – 93.2FM

Show 11 – First broadcast 26/07/2008


Presented by Professor Noel Sharkey and Dr. Ross Drayton, Sheffield University

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In this weeks programme after the news, Ross talk to Mover and Shaker Prof Roger Bronsword about the development of laws that regulate Science and technoogy, Then Noel begins an extended feature on the history of robots with a serialisation of the 1921 play, Rossum’s Universal Robots, that gave us the word “Robot”.

Science in the news

In this week’s news Ross and Noel discuss:

The fact that the mere presence of a female is enough to raise a man’s testosterone levels, and prompt behavioral changes including boasting. Telegraph report here.

The Emotiv EPOC helmet that allows you to “though control” your lastest electonic games. This extraodinary helmet reads electrical signals coming from your brain (EEG) and allows you to lift and move objects on you gaming screen.

Read an article about this incredible new device in the Times online and decide for yourself.

There is also a Youtube demo.

Ross also discussed research carried out at the Université de Bretagne-Sud in France, that showed that loud music in bars makes people drink more, and drink faster. Guardian article here.

Wall-E the latest robot animation movie by Pixar. Read a review by Noel in the Guardian

Mover and Shaker – Prof. Roger Brownsword.

Prof Roger Brownsword a professor of Law at King’s College London, with a particular interest in laws concerning the regulation of science. Ross spoke to Prof. Roger Brownsword about his career, and the need to regulate rapidly evolving technology. Of particular relevance at the moment as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill works its way through parliament.

Feature: Rossum’s Universal Robots

This week we present part 1 of a four part serialisation of the 1921 play, R.U.R, by the Carel Capek. This is an old NBC radio production for hear on 2000X. Noel introduces the play and set it in its historical context.


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