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

July 31, 2017

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.

Expensive Moon Dust, Rusty Squid, Friendly Dogs and much more

July 26, 2017

Malcom and Hannah return for another show packed full of science news and science chat.

We'll pop some proper notes for this here, later. We just wanted to you to have this for your ears sooner.

Butterflies, Doctor Who and Jupiter’s Red Spot

July 18, 2017

Malcolm is joined in the studio by Hannah Bestwick again to discuss the latest science news.

Andrew joins in briefly with Dr Sarah Tesh from the International Conference of Women in Physics to discuss the appointment of Jodie Whittaker to the role of Doctor Who

Malcolm and Hannah discuss the stunning new images of Jupiter's Red SpotDippy being replaced by a Blue Whale at the Natural History Museum and the pivotal moment for Butterflies


Sick Jungle Beats and Could you be an Astronaut?

July 3, 2017

Malcolm and Andrew are joined in the studio by Hannah Bestwick to discuss a whole host of topics including a strange coincidence in the mass and alignment of exoplanets lurking in the Kepler data, birds making their own drumsticks to beat jungle beats and the chance for 10,000 citizens to go into space.

Sophie Pavelle joins live on the phone as she celebrates completing her 300 mile trek around the Cornish Coast for Sophie's Wild Cornwall.

Alice Whale also joins the show on the phone to tell us all about Tech Spark Uk and the SPARKies awards

LISA’s Gravitational Waves, Dame Evelyn Glennie and Hannah Peel

June 26, 2017

Dame Evelyn Glennie, Hannah Peel and Michael Perreur Lloyd join Andrew for this week's Love and Science.

Michael tells us about his work on LISA and LISA Pathfinder as ESA give LISA the green light to hunt for gravitational waves in space.

Dame Evelyn Glennie tells us about what science means to her as she tours her new show Sounds of Science.

Hannah Peel joins Andrew for a chat about her work as a musicians inspired by science.


Sophie Pavelle give us an update on her travels round the coats of Cornwall and John Ford pops in to wish a couple of very important things a very happy birthday.

Prof Alice Roberts, NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan & Dr Lauren Gavaghan

June 12, 2017

It's an interview packed show this week as Andrew, freshly back from the wonderful Cheltenham Science Festival, is joined by Professor Alice Roberts, former NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan, Philosopher, scientist and poet Professor Ray Tallis and Dr Lauren Gavaghan.

Up first is Prof Alice Roberts to answer our listener Lyra's question "How do we grow?" Alice also discuess the stunning new discovery of "The first of our kind". We also hear of the Professor's forthcoming book and book tour "Tamed".

Alice is followed swiftly by Ellen Stofan who tells us about her favourite mission (Cassini) and just what it takes to be Chief Scientist at NASA. If you're looking for Andrew from now on, he'll mostly be looking at NASA's NIAC pages.

Ellen Stofan's work has laid the way for humans to walk on Mars. On this show, Ellen is followed by Professor Raymond Tallis who shares his concerns about the way politicians misuse science


Ray Tallis also mentions Jeremy Hunt's plans for the NHS and is followed on the show by NHS constultant Dr Lauren Gavaghan.

Lauren tells us why she is fighting for the NHS. 

Bloodhound SSC and Trump pulls out of Paris Climate Agreement

June 5, 2017

Malcolm is joined by Ben Sykes to talk all about the Bloodhound SSC project.

Here's a film Ben made with several other students from the MSc in Science Communication at UWE all about the project.


In the film (and the screenshot above) you may well recognise Tay from the previous episode of Love and Science.

Malcolm also begins to express his dismay at Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate agreement.

Lactose Tolerance, Women in Science and your ideas for a Europa Mission

May 22, 2017

Andrew was delighted to be joined in the studio by Tay Aziz who is a member of the Live Sciences team at At Bristol and is just beginning a project looking at perceptions of Women in Science.

Andrew and Tay discovered how we all don't see the world as it really is and actually prefer the fake version of reality to the real thing.

Andrew also catches up with the wonderful Dr Julie Dunne of Bristol University to explore how 10,000 years ago everyone on earth was Lactose Intolerant...

Peggy Whitsun goes on an unplanned Space Walk tomorrow and Andrew and Tay ponder that and much more about the night sky, includng NASA calling for ideas for a mission to Europa to look for alien life.

We also hear how Instagram has got a bad bit of PR recently with a study showing it is bad for young people's self esteem.

Science and Religion, Volcanoes and Jupiter

May 15, 2017

Malcolm and Andrew were delighted to be joined in the studio by Ailsa Nailsmith, a phd student researching Volcanoes and the risks associcated with them.

Ailsa told us all about her volcano Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala and vulcanism more widely and had us both enthralled.

Malcolm told us all about his recent trip to Bulgaria where he gave a talk all about the intersection between Religion and Science.

Andrew nearly falls off his chair with excitement several times as he tries to pick his highlights from the first findings of the Juno mission.

Jupiter's pole as photographed by NASA's wonderful Juno mission

John Ford pops in at the end for an on this day and tells us this is one of our best ever shows. We hope you agree.

Mars, Bees, Orcas, Sophie’s Wild Cornwall and Pint of Science

May 8, 2017

Malcolm and Andrew are joined in the studio by Sophia Pavelle, Rachel Botrugno and Jamini Thakrar to discuss the origins of Mars, the awful fate of one of the UK's most precious creatures and much, much more.

Left to right: Malcolm, Andrew, Jamini, Rachel and Sophia.

Sophia tells us all about her 300 mile walk around the coats of Cornwall this summer to explore the wildlife and discover how social media can engage people with science and nature. You can find out more on her website.

Jamini and Rachel tell us all about Pint of Science including this rather unmissable opportunity to meet and hear from the man who has saved the lives and mental health of so many new born children. Get your tickets now.

We also chat about the effect of some pesticides on bees.