Arachnophobia, memory transplants, and the first stars in the universe!

May 22, 2018

This week it's Malcolm and Hannah again without Andrew. We give the space news a crack ourselves to not leave you without. We hear from Charlie Carter about arachnophobia and we discuss the shocking impact humans are having on our so called protected areas, detecting the legacy of the first stars in our universe, whether or not they have managed to transplant, and whether clothes moths are on the rise!

The Man Who Saved the Planet, the Man (allegedly) ruining it and Creative Reactions

May 14, 2018

We hear from Professor Mario Molina, who won the Nobel Prize for demonstrating that CFCs were causing the hole in the ozone layer and he tells us which politician he thinks is being simply "irrational".

We also hear about Donald Trump's administration calling an end to the funding for NASA to study greenhouse gas emissions...

Elsewhere, Lyra gets her question put to Professor Alice Roberts, "How do we grow?" and Andrew visits Creative Reactions, an art exhibition taking place at Hamilton House this week as part of the Pint of Science festival. Charlotte Mugliston and Mary Rouncefield guide Andrew and all you listeners round some of the exhibition.

Two Professors, a Nobel Prize winner and an exhibition about art and science. Don't tell us we don't bring you the good stuff! 

Show notes 

Andrew spoke to Professor Mario Molina as he was at 3M for the wonderful Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative (NPII) event which "seeks to bring the Laureates into closer contact with the worldwide scientific community, and especially with an audience of young scientists."

Toxic caterpillars, gorillas, and Martian rocks.

April 30, 2018

This week Malcolm and Hannah are sadly without Andrew, meaning a bit less space news. We discuss the infestation of toxic caterpillars in London, the top three things we need to address to help gorilla and chimp populations, and how Nasa and ESA intend to fire rocks from Mars back to Earth. 

Where everything was before the big bang, asteroid mining, and the plastic eating enzyme.

April 24, 2018

*The issue is now fixed*

This week Malcom, Andrew and Hannah discuss this week's science news. We learn about asteroid mining, the enzyme which can break down plastic, advancements in understanding motor neurone disease, and Lyra asks the big question of where everything was before the big bang.

P.S. I don't really dislike cows, and I'm sorry I said that. My appologies to cows. 


Hypersonic travel, dementia, and a man who almost died eating a chili pepper

April 16, 2018

Malcolm and Andrew were joined by Jamini Thakrar and Alfie Wearn and conversations ranged from hypersonic travel around earth to dementia. We talked about the salty, icy lakes on Earth that might give us clues to life in the oceans of Jupiter's moon Europa and Pint of Science, the festival that brings all the wonderful work being done by scientists in cities around the world to you, in the company of a pint.

Pint of Science, Space Lightning and the Paralympics

April 10, 2018

This week we have a full house at BCFM!

Malcolm, Hannah, and Andrew are joined by Alfie Wearn, Romain Costil, Jamini Thakrar and Catherine Gilmore who discuss their involvement in the upcoming Pint of Science events around Bristol, and Maddy Nichols tells us a bit about what it was like working at the Paralympics fixing prosthetics. 


A volcano sliding into the sea, driverless cars, and an update on ’Oumuamua

March 27, 2018

Malcolm and Andrew are joined again by Arran and Rosie again to discuss this week's science news.

Space junk, plastic in your water, and volcanic lightning.

March 26, 2018

This week, Malcolm and Hannah are joined by Rosie and Arran to discuss how much plastic is in bottled water, how we can hope to clear up all the space junk with a harpoon, and what lightning from volcanoes sounds like. 

Holding hands, a space station falling to earth, and pine martens

March 12, 2018

This week we hear back from Pavel Goldstein about his research into holding hands and how it can reduce pain, and from Peter Beck for a bit more information about his disco ball in space. We also talk about the "out of control" space station which is due to enter the earths atmosphere sometime soon, and how introducing a predator can help boost a squirrel population. 

Penguin super colony, insight into the cosmic dawn, and the five new categories of diabetes.

March 6, 2018

This week, Malcom, Hannah, and Andrew discuss how you can use radio waves to uncover secrets from the cosmic dawn, the 1.5 million penguin super-colony recently discovered, how diabetes has now been found to be at least five different diseases.