Snoopy & The Drone

Many of us are unaware how much personal information we permit apps to take but what about our phones alone. If we had no apps, our personal data would be safe, right?  Wrong: As it turns out, just by having your WiFi switched to ‘on,’ you could be broadcasting messages to the world about who you are, what you like and even where you sleep at night. This is all possible with a free bit of software, available online, called Snoopy. I investigated…

Ice bucket challenge: Two years later

Remember the ice bucket challenge? I certainly do… It’s been two years since we all dunked out heads in freezing cold water, raising money for motor neuron disease. But what progress has been made against the fight against the disease? I went to find out…

Scrutinizing Science

This week, The Naked Scientists celebrated their 15th birthday and so I put science under the microscope and questioned its importance in today’s world.

Connie won a meteorite

My colleague Connie won a meteorite and so I made it my mission to find out as much as possible about this hunk of space rock, including how I might go about finding one of my own…

Jupiter: King of the Planets

NASA’s Juno probe has reached Jupiter after a five year battle through our solar system and is orbiting the gas giant. But now it’s completed this death-defying stunt, what now? This month on Naked Astronomy, I colluded with the king of the planets to find out what it’s really all about…

Reaching for the Stars

This month, I get all starry eyed over our Sun. Where did it come from? Where is it going? And what it’s taught us about the universe? Plus, the mission that’s taking us the closer to the Sun than we’ve ever been before…

The unlikely mathematical genius

Srinivasa Ramanujan was born in a small village outside Madras, India. And in an unlikely turn of events this man, despite having no formal education, became one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century. This week, biopic ‘The Man who knew Infinity’ comes out to celebrate the man’s achievements, just over a hundred years after he came to Cambridge to study under Trinity College’s G.H. Hardy. I went to learn more about his life in Cambridge…

 

Will an artificially intelligent robot steal your job?

With the recent rise of the machines and robots – could an artificially intelligent robot take your job any time soon? And could they then take over the world, terminator-style? In this edition of the Naked Scientists, I journey into the world of cyborgs to see if Skynet, Ex Machina and the realms of science fiction could turn into science fact and if so, when? And what can we do about it?

Why scaring animals is good for the environment…

… It’s surprising to think that roaring at a raccoon may in fact be good for the environment. Raccoons and many other species like deer have become numerous because of us – we’ve killed off all their predators and thus, they can live in what Justin Suraci describes as ‘raccoon paradise.’

But what Justin’s research shows is that the fear of a predator may be as effective in keeping numbers down as predation itself. In other words, scaring a raccoon could be a good thing.

People like my aunty will be thrilled to hear that’s all it takes to stop them digging up the garden…

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