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Cosmic Quandries: The Origins of Time

Last month, I launched my own podcast – Naked Astronomy and  thought what better place than to start a podcast all about cosmology than at the beginning of time!

One of the big questions in cosmology is what happened at the beginning of the universe and what happened before? Astrophysicists are edging closer to answering this question – we can now look back to a fraction of a second after the Big Bang. But what happened before that still remains elusive and there are still many loose ends to tie up. In this episode of Naked Astronomy, I take a look at the the origins of time…

Do you have skinny genes?

I have a very clear memory of my brother holding clinging on to a pole and managing to lift himself horizontal to the floor, aged 7. Charlie had incredible strength and actually, has always been one of those people who were very good at any sport they tried. Infuriating as this was, I now have to admit, it’s pretty impressive.

But, I had one remaining question – why is it that Charlie was insanely strong whilst Scotty, my youngest brother, and I were comparatively ‘weak?’ Well, I set out to answer just this in my latest Naked Scientists programme.

Expect cold water immersions, lots of shrieking, singing about DNA and much, much more…

Broadcast: BBC 5 live, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, ABC Radio National and as a Naked Scientists podcast. 

Electric vs Petrol: Who will win?

Thanks to our friend Waseem Mirza at the BBC, we managed to race a petrol car against an electric Tesla in time trials to see what would win…

How bad is city air for your lungs?

It’s no surprise to hear that city air isn’t great for our lungs. Turns out, jumping in taxi is worse for your health than walking along a busy road, as I found out with Kings College London’s Dr Ben Barratt…

Pluto, at long last…

Pluto – our favourite planet / non-planet… The marmite of our solar system and with the New Horizon’s mission passing Pluto by, a special edition of the programme seemed like too good an opportunity to miss.

On my mission to the edge of our solar system, I ask leading astronomers how did Pluto get there in the first place? What has the New Horizons probe uncovered? And what’s beyond Pluto?

Broadcast: BBC 5 Live Science; BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, ABC Radio National, Radio Europe and as a Naked Scientists podcast.

ONE STAR IN WALLACE’S UNIVERSE

November 2013 marks the centenary of Alfred Russel Wallace. A 19th century genius, not only did Wallace develop the theory of natural selection alongside Darwin, he was also the first to scientifically explore whether it was possible for life to exist beyond Earth. 100 years on, this podcast discovers just how much closer we are to one of mankind’s ultimate goals, finding extraterrestrial life and whether the long forgotten genius of the 19th century was right all along.

This is what I made as apart of my MSc at Imperial College. It was subsequently published on the journal, Wild Culture