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Professor Sir Michael Berry
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Professor Sir Michael Berry is a theoretical mathematical physicist at the University of Bristol.  He is perhaps best known for his work with the Berry Phase, a phase observed in optics and quantum mechanics.  He is a fellow of the Royal Society and was knighted in 2006 for his services to science. When I come to work in the morning, I often don't know...

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Professor Marcus Munafo
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Marcus Munafo is professor of Biological Psychology at the University of Bristol.  The bulk of his research focuses on understanding pathways into, and the subsequent consequences of, health and mental health.  He has particular focus on addictive substances, primarily tobacco and alcohol use. No single study or article is going to be authoritative On becoming interested in science Well, how I got to where...

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Heroes of Science Outreach
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I think there’s a set change in the way that science community is perceiving people who do outreach I think there’s a set change in the way that the science community is perceiving people who do outreach.  So there was, even as I was coming up as a phD student, there as an attitude to belittle those people who were doing outreach and for...

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Chaos of Delight – Episode 20
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Charles Darwin wrote wonderful sentences, beautiful books and fabulous phrases and one of my favourite is when he describes his mind being a 'Chaos of Delight' after seeing many of the splendid lifeforms in a Brazilian forest.  And we have asked everyone who's been involved in this App when they experience that 'Chaos of Delight.' - Robin Ince I have a concept I have...

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The Quest For Wonder Special Features – Episode 6
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After a hard day’s questing for Wonder with his puppet pal Professor Brian Cox, puppet Robin is left with a few questions.  So after each episode he’s taking time to video chat with one of our Cosmic Genome scientists. The Quest For Wonder Episode 6 Subscriber Exclusive Space with Commander Chris Hadfield Robin - Hello, Astronaut Chris Hadfield. Now, by all accounts it seems...

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The Quest For Wonder Special Features – Episode 5
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After hard day’s questing for Wonder with his puppet pal Professor Brian Cox, puppet Robin is left with a few questions.  So after each episode he’s taking time to video chat with one of our Cosmic Genome scientists. The Quest For Wonder Episode 5 Subscriber Exclusive Telescopes and Astronomy with Professor Chris Lintott Robin - Chris Lintott, it’s currently day so you don’t have...

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The Quest For Wonder Special Features – Episode 4
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After hard day’s questing for Wonder with his puppet pal Professor Brian Cox, puppet Robin is left with a few questions.  So after each episode he’s taking time to video chat with one of our Cosmic Genome scientists. The Quest For Wonder Episode 4 Subscriber Exclusive Maths and Computers with Matt Parker Robin - Matt Parker, so, if computers used to be made of...

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The Quest For Wonder Special Features – Episode 3
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After hard day’s questing for Wonder with his puppet pal Professor Brian Cox, puppet Robin is left with a few questions.  So after each episode he’s taking time to video chat with one of our Cosmic Genome scientists. The Quest For Wonder Episode 3 Subscriber Exclusive Medicine with Dr Kevin Fong Robin: Hello Kevin Fong, X-rays seem like a pretty big deal in medicine,...

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The Quest For Wonder Special Features – Episode 2
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After hard day’s questing for Wonder with his puppet pal Professor Brian Cox, puppet Robin is left with a few questions.  So after each episode he’s taking time to video chat with one of our Cosmic Genome scientists. The Quest For Wonder Episode 2 Subscriber Exclusive D.N.A. & Genetics with Dr Kat Arney Robin - Hello Kat Arney.  So, first things first.  X-rays are...

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The Quest For Wonder Special Features – Episode 1
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After hard day’s questing for Wonder with his puppet pal Professor Brian Cox, puppet Robin is left with a few questions.  So after each episode he’s taking time to video chat with one of our Cosmic Genome scientists. The Quest For Wonder Episode 1 Subscriber Exclusive Steam Power with Dr Helen Czerski Robin - Hello Helen Czerski.   So, right, first question, how can...

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The Rosetta Mission – Part 2
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  Rosetta for me, scientifically, is the whole package On choosing a comet With Rosetta, we were going to go to a comet, now we had to select a particular comet, and there are a particular class of comets called periodic comets.  Comet Halley was the first periodic comet that was discovered. Basically, we can reproduce its orbit over years, we know its going...

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DNA Patterns
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DNA Patterns

Jan 10, 2016

DNA is only part of the answer to how biology actually works You know, that’s an incredibly hard question, it would be like asking me what is my favourite opera.  I mean, how do you go about comparing Janacek with Benjamin Britten, with Strauss, with Mozart, Tchaikovsky, I don’t know, Monteverdi, Jesus, I mean, you know, how can you do it? Reinhard Kaiser!  You...

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Girls In Science
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Girls In Science

Jan 10, 2016

  I think the problems are in many ways not that different from when I set out For young girls thinking about doing something like physics and engineering, I think the problems are in many ways not that different from when I set out.  I went to a girl’s school, no one told me I shouldn't do physics and I think that makes a...

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Restarting Civilisation – Episode 18
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  Richard Feynman once said: ‘If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? I believe it is the atomic hypothesis that all things are made of atoms-little particles that that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each...

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Science in a Vacuum
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Science in a Vacuum

Jan 10, 2016

  It’s important to keep in mind what was going through the scientists’ mind at the time It’s certainly, when you're talking about particle physics that resulted in the creation of arguably the most horrific weapon ever created, it’s important to keep in mind what was going through the scientists’ mind at the time and you have to put in the background that they...

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Worms
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Worms

Jan 10, 2016

  Their cat coughed this up and they thought that I might like it. So, in my hands here I have something called Trichuris; these are whip worms so these many, many whip worms, thousands of whip worms in there, don’t know if you can see them. So, these are a parasite that we study a lot in Manchester, so whip worms affect one...

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Research Funding
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Research Funding

Jan 10, 2016

For any scientist it’s incredibly exciting to discover something new. For any scientist it’s incredibly exciting to discover something new and just know that you’re the only person who really understands some new scientific principle or some observation.  So it’s kind of exciting, it’s like having a secret treasure, if you can make something out of it. However, when you take it to the...

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Dame Professor Athene Donald
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Dame Athene Donald is Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge.  Her research focuses primarily on soft matter physics and its structures and relationships with living organisms.  Her list of awards and honours is extensive, including being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, numerous honorary doctorates and Women in Science awards.  In 2010, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order...

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Dr Matt Taylor
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Dr Matt Taylor

Nov 13, 2015

Dr Matt Taylor is an astrophysicist who, with the European Space Agency, is the Project Scientist of the Rosetta mission, which became the first successful mission in human history to land a space probe on a comet.  He received a PhD in space physics from Imperial College London and has been an author on over 70 publications.  He has also made numerous appearances on...

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The Rosetta Mission – Part One
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It started with Giotto about 30 years ago… On the beginnings of Rosetta It started with Giotto about 30 years ago, ESA’s first deep space mission which flew past Halley’s comet in 1986.  At that point, we knew already what we had to do next.  Giotto flew very quickly past Halley, at hundreds of kilometres a second; we needed to get next to a...

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A Brief History of Islamic Science
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  These are guys that should be spoken in the same breath as Einstein and Newton and Galileo and Darwin Many of the ancient Greek philosophers are household names, so Plato, Aristotle, and these were great thinkers.  Very often we think once the period of the ancient Greeks, the golden age of the ancient Greeks, ended with the fall of Rome and so, you...

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