Three parent babies, Nigel the lonely gannet, and when dogs bite

February 7, 2018

This week Hannah and Malcolm are joined by Julianna to discuss three person babies, who's more likely to be bitten by a dog, how we can measure ice from space with lasers, and orcas who can talk like people. 



Space graffiti, evolution of eyes, and crows with hooks

January 31, 2018

This week we discussed tool use in crows, space graffiti, and heard from Professor David Newbold about the difference between Physics and Astronomy. 

Orang Utan medicine, Bloodhound Super Sonic Car, and new planet discoveries

January 16, 2018

This week we have Ben Sykes on the show to talk about the Bloodhound Project which aims to get a car to 1000 mph. 

We discuss the use of herbal medicine observed in Orang Utans, how alcohol can irreversibly damage your genome, the importance of sleep, and how citizen scientists have identified new planets through Zooniverse. 

A bionic arm, frozen iguanas, the Cassini crash and growing lambs in bags.

January 15, 2018

In the first show of the new year, Hannah and Malcolm recap their favourite stories from last year.

We revisit the incubation premature lambs in fluid-filled bags and the crash of Cassini, have an interview with Seth Shostak about the search for extra terrestrial life, and hear news about the bomb cyclone's effect on iguanas. 

Chewbacca, a poorly Polar Bear and a planet discovered by Artificial Intelligence

December 18, 2017

In the last show of 2017, Malcolm, Hannah and Andrew are joined by Juliana Cuccaro to discuss a whole host of science stories.

Alex Vail is a scientist come Cameraman who worked on the Blue Planet 2 series

We hear from the people behind the BBC's stunning Blue Planet 2 series as well as the man inside the Wookie...Chewbacca.
Timon Singh, Joonas Suatamo (Chewbacca) and Andrew

Timon Singh, Chewbacca and Andrew

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Show notes

Andrew also mentions this NASA article about 8 exoplanets which nearly match planets in Star Wars
Thanks for joining us in 2017. See you in 2018.

Vaccinations save lives, Space Junk mission planned and Yetis still never existed

December 4, 2017

Hannah, Malcolm and Andrew gather to discuss this week's pressing science stories.

An alien asteroid, a message to Aliens and our thanks to spiders

November 27, 2017

Hannah, Malcolm and Andrew discuss a new Avatar therapy which is helping voice hearers and the neutrinos which actually do interact with our planet before we hear from Douglas Vakoch, an American search for extraterrestrial intelligence researcher, psychologist, and president of METI, a nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to transmitting intentional signals to extraterrestrial civilizations. 


Doug tells us why he thinks we're safe enough to be calling out to potential alien civilisations and discusses the message METI have just sent out to a nearby solar system.

Andrew also catches up with geologist Leanne Staddon to discuss the interstellar asteroid Oumuamua and Leanne's own research looking at the earliest materials on Planet Earth.


We all then find a way to thank the spiders before John Ford pops in for a couple of things that happened on this day.

Head transplants, editing your own DNA and The Idiot Brain

November 20, 2017

Malcolm, Hannah and Andrew dissect the latest science stories as controversial head transplants and gene editing hit the headlines.

Andrew tells us about his latest adventure bringing Andy Weir, author of the Martian to Bristol and we hear how having a dog is really good news if you live alone.

We also hear from Dr Dean Burnett, author of The Idiot Brain.

It wouldn't be Love and Science without some astronomy though so Andrew tells us about the latest attempts to contact alien life.


The Zombie Star, A Behemoth Planet and Prof James Hough OBE FRS

November 13, 2017

Malcolm and Andrew discuss the star that wouldn't die, a giant planet and hear from Prof James Hough OBE FRS.

Sheep that can recognise faces, Blue Planet 2, elastic bras and a whole host more crop up as John Ford pops in towards the end of the show.

Nigel Lawson wrong about the climate again and a Monster New Planet

November 6, 2017

Malcolm is joined by a host of guests for a packed show this week and we begin the show by discussing Nigel Lawson being wrong again.

We hear from Ian Jones of the LIGO collaboration on the new discovery of colliding Neutron Stars.