Tag Archives: science

BBC World Service: The Science Hour

Over the last 6 months, I have been producing BBC World Service’s The Science Hour – a programme which takes a look at the week’s highlights from science, health and medicine.

The broadcast can be found here.

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.

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?

Caffeine: Friend or Foe?

If you’re like me and health is important to you, you are no doubt aware of the conflicting advice in the literature about caffeine. I drink quite a lot of coffee and just couldn’t find any guidance on whether the black stuff is good or for bad for me? How much is too much? And what am I doing to myself if I continually over consume?

Cue radio programme…

Broadcast: BBC 5 live, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, ABC Radio National as on The Naked Scientists podcast

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. 

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