Chris Packham, PT Scientists and their Moon Rovers and Hobbits

April 24, 2017

Andrew is joined in the studio by Harriet Croome as they discuss bird poaching with Chris Packham, Karsten Becker tells us about his plans to send two rovers to the Moon in 2018, hitching a ride on one of Elon Musk's rockets and Grace Mullally joins us to tell us all about a brand new exhibition exploring CRISPR technology coming to Bristol this week.

Karsten Becker is head of electronics at PTScientists who are sending two rovers to the Apollo 17 landing site next year. This is what they look like.

Chris Packham was talking to Andrew at the March for Science in Bristol

The SynBioExpo exhibition runs Tuesday 25th April to Saturday 29th April. Open 10am – 6pm daily.
Admission is free. For more information visit their Facebook page or click on the image below.

Here is Alice Roberts on the "Hobbits"  Homo floresiensis.

Pint of Science, the lost atmosphere of Mars and Lyme Disease

April 3, 2017

Malcolm and Andrew were delighted to be joined in the studio by three of Bristol's Pint of Science team (left to right: Jamie Thakra, Sharon Hook and Hanna Isotalus).


Pint of Science is a three day festival which comes to Bristol, along with several other places around the world, where science comes to the pub. We hear all about it. Get your tickets here now

We also talk about Mars losing its atmosphere, as revealed by NASA"s Maven mission and how we are missing a vaccine for Lyme's disease even though we actually have a vaccine for it!

Moon, Mars, Trappist 1 and Dinosaurs Reclassified

March 27, 2017

Guests galore as Andrew tries to fill the void left by Malcolm. Luke Jerram tells us about his stunning artwork Museum of the Moon, Emeline Bolmont tells us about the tidal effects on and of the Trappist 1 planets and Andrew is joined in the studio by Maddy Nichols and Steve Bullock to discuss all that and much more.

Dinosaurs are reclassified, the waters on Mars are Tsunamis in one report and not the cause of streaks in another.

This handy graphic from the BBC explains the Dinosaur reclassification we talk about.

Boaty McBoatface launches, Ben Carson and Memory Palaces

March 13, 2017

Malcolm and Andrew are joined by Dr Dean Burnett, author of Idiot Brain and the Brain Flapping blog on the Guardian website to discuss just how wrong Ben Carson was about the way the brain works in his speech this week.

The Boaty McBoatfaces (3 submarines looking into Climate Change) launch on their first mission and Malcolm and Andrew discuss the findings that Memory Palaces are scientifially demonstrated to boost your memory significantly.

There's also the news that Andrew's podcast The Cosmic Shed is up for an award. The Bristol Life Awards, in fact.

Malcolm and Andrew also consider whether Fast Radio Bursts could really be aliens and how our brains fill in the gaps of words when we don't actually hear them.

How Mars lost its atmosphere, The Nature Report and Michael Gillon

March 6, 2017

Michael Gillon is the lead scientist on the Trappist project which found the seven exoplanets orbiting the star Trappist 1, just 40 light years from Earth and we are thrilled to say that he joined us for this episode of Love and Science. He tells us just how they found those planets and what we might see in the sky if we were to be standing on the surface of one of them. Quite simply amazing. You can hear the full interview over on Andrew's other podcast The Cosmic Shed.

An update from MAVEN, NASA's Mars probe tells us how Mars lost its atmosphere and we hear from Sarah Moore of the Avon Wildlife Trust on the reasons for the delay in the government's Nature report and we also hear about how elephants sleep and Andrew wonders how they can remember so well without enough REM sleep.

Love and Science is a radio show on BCFM. Malcolm Love and Andrew Glester present an hour of fascinating facts, interviews and reviews from the world of science.

The podcast does not include any of the music from the original radio show. To hear that you need to tune in on Monday afternoons to BCFM on 93.2FM in Bristol or online here.

Trappist 1, Bees playing golf, Zealandia and Cucumber

February 28, 2017

NASA announced the discovery of a treasure trove of planets and, in this show, Malcolm and Andrew try to contain their excitement as they discuss this amazing discovery. 

The (relatively) newly discovered continent of Zealandia makes us ponder just what else is lurking in our oceans and we hear about the never endingly wonderful world of animals with birds feeling a sense of justice and bees playing golf.

Katy Parrott, Steve Wright, Natural History and Drones

February 20, 2017

Natural History filmmaker and star of BBC Two's Special Forces - Ultimate Hell Week, Katy Parrott joins Malcolm and Andrew to chat about natural history film making and what on earth possessed her to sign up for Ultimate Hell.

Dr Steve Wright is the second guest of the show and he joins in for a fascinating chat about drones, both racing and autonomous.

Besides all that, the de-extinction of mammoths edges closer, Space X have another successful launch and much more.


Stranded Whales saving themselves, Robotic Bees and Dr Gabrielle Hogan-Brun

February 16, 2017

Malcolm consoles himself with the lack of Andrew in the studio by delving deep into the science news and the science behind the headlines.

Black Mirror and the link with bees, whales saving themselves and much more in this episode of Love and Science. 

Malcolm is also joined on the phone by Dr Gabirelle Hogan-Brun to discuss her new book "Linguanomics. What is the Market Potential of Multilingualism?"

All that plus understanding how our planet formed and the fate of a star being sucked into a black hole.

Professor Richard Pancost, Bee Immigration Policy and Visiting Alpha Centauri

February 6, 2017

Malcolm and Andrew were delighted to be joined in the studio by Professor Rich Pancost, Director of the Cabot Institute.

Richard told us all about the work he and the Cabot Institute do and joined us to discuss the immigration policy of bees, sending tiny space craft to (and stopping them at) at Alpha Centauri and what Trump and Brexit might mean for science.

A whole lot more came up in conversation in this episode of Love and Science.

16463022_1200757540031928_8627133673134299530_o.jpgLeft to right: Malcolm, Professor Richard Pancost and Andrew

You can hear more of the good professor as he discusses Planet Earth 2 and the science thereof on Andrew's other podcast The Cosmic Shed.

Rogue NASA, Rachel Ignotofsky and Exoplanet Atmospheres

January 30, 2017

Andrew was joined in the studio by Maddy Nichols, a nanoscientist from the University of Bristol for a look behind the science headlines.

Andrew mentions this stunning video of planets orbiting an alien star...from NASA, obviously as Andrew and Maddy discuss looking for atmospheres on exoplanets.

Maddy tells us how the world of science is feeling where she is right now with the way Donald Trump and Brexit are affecting things.

We also hear from New York Times Bestseller Rachel Ignotofsky on her book Women in Science and a whole lot more

Malcolm Love was not in the studio for this show but will be back next week.