The Sound of Science

Fridays 9am – Sheffield Live! – 93.2FM

Show 34 – First broadcast 2nd Jan 2009


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

Welcome to the first Sound of Science for 2009. May I wish you all a very happy new year and the best for 2009.

Feature Interviews

We finish our series of Redfern interviews this week with Martin Redfern (BBC Producer/presenter) interviewing three more Sheffield Scientists.

He talks to David Roberson about research on the temperature of the sun – why is the sun’s atmostphere so hot.

Then he  interviews Jan Bagert about the crystals that are grown for the pharmaceutical industry. How can we get those drug prices down.

Finally he will talk to Jiaming about his research on robots and emotion.

A seasonal feature on telescopes

As an offshoot of last weeks cafe scientifique package on the quest for ever larger astronomical telescopes, Alison Cooper and Tasha Yee-King produced a package with interivews of a selection of amateur and professional astronomers about stars and telescopes. There is even a telescope making workshop where Alison locks her parents in the kitchen to get on with it.

The Science Fiction Serial: Minority Report part 5 (final)

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

Rage Against the machine: Killing in the name


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