Show 40 – First broadcast 13th Feb 2009
LAST IN THE CURRENT SERIES
Sound of Science will return as a leaner meaner show on March 13th, 2009
Some old programmes will be broadcast in the one month gap but they will not be re-podcast here.
Science in the News
Nasty Noises: We ran a feature with Professor Trevor Cox on the world;s most annoying noises on Programme 37. This evoked quite a lot of correspondence from our listeners. Noel reads some of the most amusing ones. Then our field reporter, Tasha Yee-King hits the streets of Sheffield to find out noises people dislike most.
Flouride: Most of us have heard that flouride is good for our teeth and helps to prevent tooth decay. More than 10% of UK drinking water contains flouride and our Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, wants more council to use it because poorer kids are less likely to brush their teeth. But there is a downside as well. Ulrich Weigert, ex-director of the National Pure Water Association, was talking at the Cafe Scientifique in Sheffield this week about the ill effects of flouride. We sent our reporter, Alison Cooper, to investigate. And to get a balanced picture she also interviewed a Professor of Dental Public Health from the University of Sheffield.
Light bulb ban: There is to be a European ban on tradional lightbulbs by 2012 (and 2011 in the UK). These will be replaced by low energy lightbulbs. This will cut carbon dioxide emissions and will therefore be good for the health of the planet (in human terms). But has it been well enough thought through – it may cause considerably problems for the visually impaired. Tasha Yee-King collected opinions from the people of Sheffield.
The Science Fiction Serial: Second Variety part 5
This extended episode 5 of Philip K. Dick’s Second Variety completes the story. We played a much longer episode this week so that we would not leave listeners “hanging” over the one month break in the programme.
We’ll be back
Tune in on March 13th for the new tighter 30 minute version of Sound of Science.
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