Show 54 – First broadcast 12th June 2009
Bach’s horn in software and reality
The Lituus was a trumpet like instrument used by Bach in the 18th century. We have no existing instruments or even drawings. So when Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, a Swiss-based music conservatoire, specialising in early music wanted to use one they found out about software being developed at Edinburgh University (funded by EPSRC) that might help. And it did. There is a YouTube video
Alistair Braden, who designed the software, came onto the show to tell us how well it worked.
Are living buildings the future of architecture?
Dr. Rachel Armstrong is a medical doctor and a science fiction author one of the organisers of the London Science Fiction festival where I met her. Now she is doing a PhD in architecture at UCL with a very futuristic flavour. She is working on the idea of creating living building with protocells. Rachel has just been awared a prestigious TED global fellowship for this work. She is on the programme to explain what it is all about and how it can help save our planet.
The invasion of the painted ladies
There has been an invasion of Painted Lady butterflies this year all across Europe. The start out in North Africa and pass through the UK on their way up North. Dr. Lars Pettersson from Lund University in Sweden has been tracking their progress and tells us.
Lars has provided us with an animated movie of Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) observations in Sweden from May 21st to June 6th. During four days (May 29th to June 1st), thousands of these butterflies arrived and spread northwards. Each red dot on the map shows one observation, representing one or more butterfly sightings. All observations have been reported to the Swedish Species Gateway (http://www.artportalen.se/default.asp) by the public. The compilation was made by Dr. Lars Pettersson, Lund University, Sweden (email@example.com).
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