Category: showpodcast

scientist 70: the biotechnologist – biosciences for Africa BFA (2014)

A Cambridge project seeks to improve farming practices in Africa by sharing advances in biotechnology. They’re called Biosciences for Farming in Africa (www.b4fa.org). Chris Creese meets one of their founders Dr David Bennett. There’s a ‘demonstration...

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scientist 66: the science journalist – report from the MRC LMB Cambridge (2014)

Dr Chris Creese and Roger Frost tour the LMB-MRC open day exhibition and learn about body clocks and worms. Follow-up link Read more at Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology www.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk

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scientist 64: the molecular biologist – Hugh Pelham at MRC LMB Cambridge (2014)

The Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge is credited for landmark discoveries and cutting-edge techniques. This podcast offers an overview of what the LMB do. On the occasion of the Medical Research Council centenary, and a visit by...

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scientist 63: the molecular gastronomist – Peter Barham on gastronomy (2014)

We talk with Peter Barham, a professor of ‘Molecular Gastronomy’ about what his delicious subject entails. He wrote the book “The Science of Cooking”. His idea is that “a kitchen is like science laboratory”...

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scientist 61: the grain business manager – Andrew Wingate wheat and flours (2014)

CAMGRAIN is a farmer-owned central storage co-operative, set up 20 years ago to provide facilities for storing, analysing, cleaning and distributing grain to the food industry such as those who mill, brew and make...

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scientist 59: the psychiatrist – Karen Ersche cocaine addiction (2013)

Dr Karen Ersche tells about her research into cocaine addiction. The work investigates the finding that cocaine addiction affects some people and not others. Also, unlike other addictions, there are no substitute chemicals that can be...

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scientist 58: the archaeologist – John Creese ceremonial pipes (2013)

Dr John Creese tells about the science of archaeology and the investigative techniques they use. Dr Creese is a researcher at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Interviewer Roger Frost asks how is archaeology distinguished...

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scientist 57: the gastroenterologist – Stephen Middleton Smart pill for IBS (2013)

An electronic medical procedure offers an innovative way for doctors to find out what’s going on inside the intestine. The ‘SmartPill’ is a tablet-sized device with sensors to take measurements inside your gut and...

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scientist 56: the motor vehicle development manager – Nissan LEAF electric car (2014)

The technology behind the world’s best selling electric vehicle. Called the Nissan LEAF, it’s a car to drive across town with the thought that you’re not polluting, or adding to the traffic noise. We speak with...

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scientist 55: the cancer researcher – Hayley Whittaker – prostate cancer markers (2014)

Every year 41,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK. Dr Hayley Whitaker is a Cancer Research UK scientist who specialises in prostate cancer. We hear about her quest for better screening for...

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scientist 53: the civil engineer in aerodynamics – Prof Holger Babinsky (2014)

We find out about aerodynamics and what it involves. We meet Professor Holger Babinsky at Cambridge University Engineering Department. He talks about wind tunnels and the need for bumps on aeroplane wings. Follow-up link...

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scientist 52: the civil engineer – Robert Mair on Crossrail and Westminster (2014)

Asking someone to send you an “engineer” will conjure up all sorts of people who build and fix things. But today’s show is about civil engineers. Professor Robert Mair of the University of Cambridge...

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scientist 51: the climate physicist – Tim Palmer predicts climate change (2015)

Can we believe that the climate will change in the long term, when we can’t even predict tomorrow’s weather? Our guest Tim Palmer is a Professor in Climate Physics at the University of Oxford, and President...

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scientist 50: the chemical engineer – Mark Haw fluid and process engineering (2013)

Hear about measuring the properties of materials that are not just solids or liquids or gases but are all three in one. The soil under your feet is one such material – it is of course a solid...

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scientist 49: the building scientist – heat pumps and an eco-home (2012)

Building scientist David Crowther in Cambridge explains how a heat pump, under floor heating and good insulation keep a house warm. He talks to the Science Show’s Nicola Terry 05/02/2012 Tagged engineering, home energy, Nicola Terry, physics, Roger Frost,...

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scientist 48: the religious paleontologist – Rob Asher on evolution and belief (2013)

The author of ‘Evolution and Belief’ tells why understanding evolution is less of a challenge to religious belief, and doesn’t make people into atheists. Dr Rob Asher shares evidence for the evolution of animals...

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scientist 47: the drug discovery chemist – how medicines are discovered (2012)

In this podcast, a Cambridge chemist talks about drug discovery. Sean McKenna, a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, describes techniques that take the guesswork out of making pills. We think you will be intrigued...

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scientist 46: the bioengineer – Michelle Oyen develops and uses new materials (2012)

Dr Michelle Oyen is a Reader in bioengineering at the University of Cambridge. Dy Oyen explains how materials science can be put to use in medicine where there’s a need to create surgical implants and new tissues....

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scientist 45: the headteacher – a science technical college UTC Cambridge (2012)

Cambridge’s newest secondary school opened to start teaching in 2014. Called University Technical College – Cambridge, it specialises in biomedical and environmental science and technology. The UTC is a state funded school open to students...

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scientist 42: the clinical immunologist – Mark Larche on pet and grass allergies (2013)

A UK biotechnology company has been testing vaccines for common allergies. The vaccines use SPIREs (synthetic peptides that regulate immune system cells) to help people fend off their allergies to cats, grasses and dust...

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scientist 41: the earth scientist – British Antarctic Survey and the ionosphere (2013)

Dr Ingrid Cnossen is an earth scientist who works for the British Antarctic Survey. She studies the ionosphere, a layer of the upper atmosphere where satellites orbit the earth. Related podcasts Professor John Pyle works on computer...

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scientist 40: the science presenter – the ugly animal society – Simon Watt (2013)

Hear about a fun campaign to save the ‘ugly’ animals. Simon Watt of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society tell us that ugly animals face extinction because the cute creatures, like cuddly pandas, “steal all the glory”. He...

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scientist 39: the plant breeder – Gillian Covey developing wheat at KWS (2013)

You may wonder how today’s farmers are able to grow wheat reliably. We talk with plant scientist Gillian Covey, who explains how different strains of wheat can be bred to make better seeds for farmers....

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scientist 37: the farmer – catchment sensitive farming (2013)

A government initiative to help farmers keep the water supply free of pollutants. We visit a farm in Duxford, England where Andrew Down from ‘Natural England’ explains what is meant by “Catchment Sensitive Farming”. Environment...

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scientist 36: the research biotechnologist – Alan Tunnacliffe & the bdelloid rotifer (2013)

Professor Alan Tunnacliffe of the Cambridge University Department of Chemical Engineering tells why the bdelloid rotifer has fascinated top biologists. This microscopically tiny invertebrate lives in rain puddles. The creature can survive without water for millions of years, and by now...

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scientist 34: the atmospheric scientist – John Pyle & atmospheric ozone (2012)

We visit the Centre for Atmospheric Science in Cambridge University and speak to Professor John Pyle about modelling the lower atmosphere using supercomputers. Follow-up link: Centre for Atmospheric Science atm.ch.cam.ac.uk See also ‘the earth...

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scientist 32: the experimental psychologist – Cambridge Cognition tests for Alzheimers disease (2012)

Dr Jenny Barnett of Cambridge Cognition speaks about the neuropsychological tests they develop including one designed for the early detection of dementia. Their test is to be used in a government-funded field trial. And...

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scientist 31: the science outreacher at Cambridge science centre (2012)

The Cambridge Science Centre is a really useful educational attraction in the city centre. Founder Dr Chris Lennard tells Roger Frost what the centre aims to do for science education. The Cambridge Science Centre opened in 2013 at 18 Jesus Lane,...

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scientist 30: the social psychologist – cleanliness and perception (2012)

Does cleanliness affect perception? University of Cambridge psychology PhD student, Dario Krpan thinks so. He discusses how the state of our body affects how we perceive things. For example, feeling more clean might harshen...

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