The Sound of Science

Fridays 9am – Sheffield Live! – 93.2FM

Show 35 – First broadcast 9th Jan 2009


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

Science in the News

Traffic control by satellite on UK roads (and then Australia). This is reported on the BBC website.

Powering up the insect cyborgs. Reported in the New Scientist.

The new lightweight high precision mortar weapon for unmanned aircraft.

Herds of robots help with order control in Walgreens and Staples wharehouses in the US. Reported in Scientific American.

Feature: Muslim Science


Noel talks to Professor Jim Al-Khalili about his new BBC 4 TV programme Muslim Science. Noel highly recommends watching this programme.

Feature:You stink!

Noel explores some new and old results about the idea of what our smell signals to other people – from sexual attraction to fear. Some interesting music and a clip of Russel Brand telling Britany Spears about how nice she smells and what this means.

The Science Fiction Serial: Second Variety part 1


A destroyed Type-1 (of first variety) screamer

This (longish) short story by Philip K. Dick was adated for the move Screamers starring Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis and Jennifer Rubin (1995). The movie takes it title from the deadly attack robots shown in the picture – these were called “Claws” in the original story.

The story takes place in a harsh futuristic environment in which American Block governments are in a state of war with Russian forces. During the first year of conflict, the American block people escaped to the moon, leaving a few survivors in Canada and South America.  Russian parachutists landed and managed to wipe out many of the survivors, until they too were forced to evacuate to the moon – along with the last of American production; leaving behind a relatively small number of troops. It is only after this crisis, that the so-called “Claws” become a force to be reckoned with – as they start to exterminate lone Russian soldiers and even make their way into the Russian bunkers. For a while, it looks as if the tide is turning in favour of American forces – but there is a new danger for both sides.

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


January 9, 2009 - Posted by | Science on Radio

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