The Sound of Science

Fridays 9am – Sheffield Live! – 93.2FM

Show 31 – First broadcast 12th Dec 2008

LISTEN TO A PODCAST OF SHOW 31 HERE

Science in the News

A new 2nd tallest building in the world – construcion has begun on China’s tallest building the Shanghai Tower. At 632 meter it would be taller than the current world’s tallest building in Taiwan but will not be a s tall as the Burj Dubai currently being constructed. It now  stands at 688 meters but is expected to be over 900 meters when completed.

Feature

Noel Interviews BBC R4 Producer and Presenter, Martin Redfern, about science on radio 4 and his best stories. Martin is a familiar voice to R4 listeners over the last three decades. He current produces Radio 4’s weekly science programme: Material World. Professor Kevin Warwick from Reading University’s Department of Cybernetics talks about how he became the world’s first cyborg. He describes the operation to put a chip into his nervous system. He tell us about his love for science fiction as a boy and how despite leaving school at 16, he went back into education again in his 20s.

We hear from our futures defence correspondent Rear Admiral Chris Parry about the potential for a “Space Pearl Harbour”. What will the battle of the satellites be like?

Mover and Shaker: Professor Kevin Warwick

Professor Kevin Warwick from Reading University’s Department of Cybernetics talks about how he became the world’s first cyborg. He describes the operation to put a chip into his nervous system. He tell us about his love for science fiction as a boy and how despite leaving school at 16, he went back into education again in his 20s.

The Science Fiction Serial: Minority Report part 2

Minority report is a short story by Noel’s favourite Sci-Fi author, Philip K. Dick, first published in 1956 in the magazine Fantastic Universe. It was made into a movie by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Cruise in 2002. It introduces the notion of pre-crime where three pre-cogs predict crimes and the criminals are arrested before they commit them. There is currently a lot of discussion about using the internet for pre-crime detection but currently they have to wait for the criminals to commit the crime before arresting them.

Music on the show

Intro: Sound of Silence, Beastie Boys followed by Polar Bear

News: Mathew Herbert

Intro to the serial was tic by Niall Griffith

Outro: Locomotion by John Coletrane Quartet


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