Scientists have been searching for dark matter for 80 years, so CrowdScience wondered whether they could find it faster. Armed with a boiler suit, hard hat and ear defenders, Marnie Chesterton travels over a kilometre underground into a hot and sweaty mine to see how we could catch dark matter in action. She investigates various theories as to what it might be with popping candy and gazes at galaxies to determine how we know it exists in the first place. But most importantly, she questions whether it really matters. And, as our Singaporean listener Koon-Hou askes, what impact would finding it have on our everyday lives?
Presenter: Marnie Chesterton
Producer: Graihagh Jackson
Over the summer, I had the pleasure of travelling to Holland to document the incredible of Cassini-Huygens – a space mission which took us closer to Saturn that we’ve ever been and found that at least two of its moons could harbour life.
This is the promotional video I made and here is a link to the programme.
Are we increasingly more prone to struggle with stress in today’s world and if so why? I probe the state of my mental health by taking a stress test to unearth how the human body responds and why; we’ll be seeing whether having a ‘gut feeling’ has anything to do with it and what we can all do to unwind a little more.
Most astrophysicists would agree that it’s highly likely that there’s life beyond Earth. But then why haven’t we found any? This month on Naked Astronomy, I tackle one of the fundamental questions of mankind with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jim Al-Khalili and Dallas Campbell.
As the northern hemisphere enters the dark depths of winter, days get shorter and nights get longer. Or at least that’s how it’s supposed to be. But since the invention of the light bulb, we’ve long been working towards the end of night. But does this matter? I investigate…
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…
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…