The Sound of Science

Fridays 9am – Sheffield Live! – 93.2FM

Show 22 – First broadcast 10th Oct 2008


Science in the News

Ross describes a new test for Down’s Syndrome which is much less dangerous than currently available methods. Article Here.

A new way to create less space junk – Repairing satellites with autonomous robots.

Fish found at depths at 8km have been caught on camera – see the video here.

A new robot suit to help the elderly and the disabled to walk and run. It read signals from the nervous system and initiate movement

Feature: The Story of Maths

The Story of Maths with Marcus de Sautoy

The Story of Maths with Marcus de Sautoy

Noel Talks to Professor Macus de Satauy about his new series on Channel 4. It is on for three more weeks and highly recommended. Marcus is well known for his ability to explain complex concepts to the public in an exciting and enertaining way – so get watching even if maths makes you tremble.

Noel ends by asking Marcus about an algorithm to compute prime numbers (a likely story).

Feature: Astrobiology – what is it and what is life anyway?

Noel talks to astrobiologist Professor Mark Brake from the University of Glamorgan about extra-terrestrial life. Mark has jsut published a very interesting new book called Future World about the relation between science and science fiction. You can get in on Amazon for a very low price. Well worth a look at.

Weird Science:

Marc Abrahams with a group of leading scientists

Marc Abrahams with a group of leading scientists

Our very special guest on weird science this week is Marc Abrahams – founder of the ig Nobel Prize. Visit the ig Noble webite and get a very different view of scientists having fun. Marc also write the regular Improbable Science column for the Guardian and editor of the Annals of Improbably Research. In this interview he talks to Noel about how the ig Nobles stared in 1991 and tells about this years prize. Noel is very amused.

Music on the Programme

Intro: Sound of Silence, Beastie Boys followed by Polar Bear’s Dim Lit

News: Mathew Herbert music

Astrobiology = Sun Ra’s Space is the Place

Movers and Shakers, Mathew Herbert.

Outro Track: Poor Man’s Moon by the legendary Henry McCullough (Grease Band with Jo Cocker and Wings with Paul McCartney)


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