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.
Feature: The Story of Maths
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.
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)