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

November 13, 2017
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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
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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.

Record surge in CO2 and apossible visitor from another solar system

October 30, 2017
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Malolm is joined by Robert Goddard and Jamini Thakrar for another delve through the science headlines.

Lord Martin Rees, How Gold is Made and the Lightyear Foundation

October 24, 2017
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On today's 'Love and Science' show - Andrew and Malcolm are joined by the Lightyear foundation - the charity that helps EVERY child get access to a good science education.

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Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Lightyear Foundation, along with Katie Sparkes, CEO of the Lightyear Foundation with Malcolm and Andrew.

We hear from Astronomer Royal - Lord Rees. We find out where gold and silver come from (not locally apparently), why the lack of midges on your wind screen is a bad thing and why wolves get a bad rap.

Andrew also reports back from UWE's new Envirotron where Nicol Caplin took him on a tour of UWE's new, hi-tech installation.

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All this and more on today's 'Love and Science',

The Nobel Prize for Physics 2017 and Pseudoscience in the Abortion Debate

October 9, 2017
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Andrew and Hannah were joined by Tushna Commissariat from Physics World to discuss the Nobel Prize for Physics 2017, given to LIGO for the discovery of Gravitational Waves.

Here is a photo of LIGO, taken by Tushna herself on her trip there, which can read all about here

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Photo credit: Tushna Commissariat.

We also talk about the controversy surrounding the Nobel Prize and the pseudoscience in the abortion debate.

Professor Ethan Siegel even pops in to explain why some stars appear to be older than the universe. Spoiler: They aren't.

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Prof Ethan Siegel doesn't look like the image you had in your head, does he? 

Credit for the illustration of gravitational waves above is Henze NASA.

BBC Astronauts winner Dr Suzie Imber and Gravitational Waves

October 2, 2017
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Malcolm and Andrew were delighted to be joined by Dr Suzie Imber, a space scientist and winner of the wonderful BBC show Astronauts: Do you have what it takes? Andrew and Suzie chatted about the show and Suzie's research as well as Elon Musk's plans to colonise Mars.

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With the discovery of graitational waves coming from two massive black holes hitting the news last week, Andrew and Malcolm were very fortunate to be joined by Professor Gabriela Gonzalez of the LIGO facility to talk about the significance of the discovery.

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A fair few other science stories crop up before John Ford pops in to tell Malcolm and Andrew what they could have been talking about instead.

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Icebergs, Cosmic Rays and Vacuuming

September 27, 2017
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Malcolm and Hannah discuss the week's news as Andrew takes the day off to watch Star Trek.

It’s the end of the world as we know it but we feel fine

September 18, 2017
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Andrew, Hannah and Maddy take the helm to discuss Cassini, the end of the world, the science of genders, how do teeth grow and so much more in today's Love and Science

You can get tickets for Science Show off, featuring Maddy, on the Grain Barge here

Astronauts’ Tim Gregory and the end of Cassini

September 11, 2017
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Malcolm and Andrew are joined in the studio by Tim Gregory to discuss the wonderful BBC Two series Astronauts: Do you have what it takes which stars Tim.

As you can see from the picture, they had a wonderful time and you can listen to the resulting podcast here now. The podcast was recorded in the new BCFM studios and there was a small problem with the sound so we apologise for the slightly less than perfect audio but think you'll agree that Tim is worth it.

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Tim, Andrew and Malcolm also discuss the awe of the wonderful Cassini mission and how dogs vote by sneezing...no really!

We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself, Exomoons and crickets

July 31, 2017
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There's an alien moon outside our solar system, a moon with the possibility of alien life within our solar system and up to half the matter in our galaxy coming from supernova explosions in our galactic neighbours for Malcolm, Hannah and Andrew to explore in today's episode of Love and Science.


The Huygens probe snapped the above images of Saturn's Moon Titan.

Somehow, they also find time to discuss the hoped for return of crickets and the darkening of Greenland.

Finally, John Ford pops in to give us some interesting titbits that happened on this day in science history.

That's our last show for the summer. See you in September.