The Sound of Science

Fridays 9am – Sheffield Live! – 93.2FM

Show 33 – First broadcast 26th Dec 2008


A weekly sience, engineering and technology magazine produced and presented by Professor Noel Sharkey.

Welcome to the last Sound of Science for 2008. Our first programme was on 16th May this year and it has been quite an experience producing a weekly one hour science programme. It takes a lot longer than you could imagine. There have been many highs with many great interviews. We did a best of for the 6th month anniversary – show 26 which is worth a listen.

Feature Interviews

In this weeks programme we feature two Sheffield Scientists interviewed specially for us by Martin Redfern who has been a producer and presenter for BBC Radio 4 for over thirty years. He currently produces R4’s weekly science programme Material World.

He was in Sheffield helping me with a university media training course that I run. These interviews were part of the course.

Richard Coop talks to Martin about Ski Technology and some new self-lubricating skies being developed at the university of Sheffield.

Helen Philips talks to Martin about cellular changes and the science of rheumatoid arthritis.

Cafe Scientifique

This months package from Cafe Scientifique is about the quest for every larger astronomical telescopes. The discussion was led by Richard de Grijs, Reader in Astrophysics,Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Sheffield.

Astronomy is in a golden age. It is, in particular, a technology- enabled science: progress in astronomy demands new technologies and new facilities. In the past half-century a new generation of telescopes and instruments allowed a golden age of remarkable new discoveries: quasars, masers, black holes, gravitational arcs, extrasolar planets, gamma ray bursts, the cosmic microwave background, dark matter and dark energy have all been discovered through the development of a succession of ever larger and more sophisticated telescopes.

The Science Fiction Serial: Minority Report part 4

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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