Neanderthal art, ketamine, and supernovas

February 27, 2018

This week Andrew, Hannah, and Malcolm discuss an amateur astronomer who discovered a supernova as it was happening, new research into which anti-depressants appear to be the most effective, the art that Neanderthal man may have made, ketamine on the brain, and had you noticed that it's getting a bit cold lately?

The earthquake, 8 months of Mars, and a cherry red Tesla

February 20, 2018

This week Hannah and Andrew discuss the cherry red Tesla which is was shot into space, and we hear from Nicky Young about the earthquake we felt on Saturday, and from Dr. Michaela Musilová about what she's going to be up to for 8 months in an analogue of Mars. 


If you'd like to hear more about the analogue of Mars you can find the rest of the interview here on The Cosmic Shed.

Putting plants to sleep, the loneliest frog, and the Cheddar Man

February 18, 2018

This week Malcolm, Juliana, and Hannah discuss the Cheddar man, how you can put plants to sleep with anaesthetic, the asteroid which is going to fly by, and Romeo the frog who cant find a mate. 

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

February 7, 2018

This week Hannah and Malcolm are joined by Juliana 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

To hear more of those conversations, visit

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.