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QED Ask a Scientist – Brenna Hassett
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During this year’s QED Conference in Manchester, the Cosmic Genome team gave attendees the chance to tweet in, ask us at the CG desk, or even ask on camera, a question to a select few scientists from the Cosmic Genome App.  Dr Brenna Hassett Question - Hello, I’m Jo from Oxford Skeptics in the Pub, I have a very simple but confusing question: why...

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QED Ask a Scientist – Susie Maidment
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During this year’s QED Conference in Manchester the Cosmic Genome team gave attendees the chance to tweet in, ask us at the CG desk, or even ask on camera, a question to a select few scientists from the Cosmic Genome App.  Dr Susie Maidment Question - Will the new Jurassic World movie help people get interested in dinosaurs, or is it more damaging because...

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QED Ask a Scientist – Francisco Diego
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During this year’s QED Conference in Manchester the Cosmic Genome team gave attendees the chance to tweet in, ask us at The CG desk, or even ask on camera, a question to a select few scientists from the Cosmic Genome App.  Dr Francisco Diego Question - Hi, my name’s Tom [@Askwho on Twitter] and my question is: which, as a percentage, is more empty,...

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Claudia Hammond
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Claudia Hammond

Apr 20, 2015

  Claudia Hammond is an award-winning author, broadcaster and psychology lecturer.   She received her MSc in Health Psychology studying at Sussex and Surrey University.   Whilst she still lectures in the subject at Boston University in London she is perhaps best known as the long term presenter of BBC’s ‘All in the Mind’ and the author of a number of popular psychology books...

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Alexei Sayle
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Alexei Sayle

Apr 20, 2015

Alexei Sayle is a comedian, author and writer who was a central part of the  British alternative comedy scene in the 1980s.  His comedy is often surreal whilst dealing with, particularly of late, political issues.  Alexei has recently returned to stand up but is still probably most remembered as one of the creators, writers and performers of the BBC series ‘The Young Ones’. I...

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Dr Robin Hesketh
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Dr Robin Hesketh

Apr 20, 2015

Dr Robin Hesketh is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge.  For over 30 years he has worked as a research scientist on the subject of cancer.  He is the author of many papers and books on the subject including the authoritative textbook ‘Introduction to Cancer Biology’.  In a first for a comedy event, he had blood taken...

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Improv in an MRI
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Improv in an MRI

Apr 20, 2015

Earlier this year, Cosmic Genome host Robin Ince went along to take part in an experiment on brain activity being conducted at University College London.  The UCL team have been monitoring the brain’s activity during improvisation and playing a version of the BBC show ‘Just a Minute’ with a number of people, particularly comedians, to see how their brains work compared to ‘normal’ people. ...

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Memes
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Memes

Apr 20, 2015

What's not so obvious is they also behave as the basis for a Darwinian process I had occasion to look up the number of books that had been published recently containing the word meme in the title and it's more than 20.  I originally, in the last chapter of the first edition of 'The Selfish Gene’, coined the word meme really as a kind...

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Perceptions of Time
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Perceptions of Time

Apr 20, 2015

We look at time in two different ways. On writing on the perception of time Time Warped is a book about the subjective perception of time; I’m not talking about the physics of time here but about how we feel time passing and why it is that not all minutes feel the same as others.  So if you've got 20 minutes, say, to grab...

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Dealing with Quackery
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Dealing with Quackery

Apr 20, 2015

Quackery is a really interesting window onto how medicine and science sit in  contemporary culture. That’s actually one of the really interesting things about quackery; I feel quite relaxed about quackery generally, like I think it’s more interesting than evil, quackery is a really interesting window onto how medicine and science sit in contemporary culture.  Isn’t it amazing, really, that people are willing to...

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Heroes of Science – Episode 16
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I would say the unsung hero is Dr Lykoudis and it makes all of us, perhaps, keep our eyes open for quirky discoveries. You might say, ‘Well, if Helicobacter has infected nearly all humans for the past hundred thousand years there were probably other people who discovered that, or almost discovered that, helicobacter caused ulcers’, and one of the great unsung heroes in that...

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Chaos of Delight – Episode 19
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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 am interested in these fundamental...

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Steve Backshall
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Steve Backshall

Mar 2, 2015

Steve Backshall is one of the best-known wildlife TV presenters in Britain, working primarily with the BBC’s Natural History Unit.  He studied arts, and later biology, at university before moving into presenting.  His TV work has seen him win two BAFTAs and front a variety of shows including Lost Land of the Jaguar, The Really Wild Show and the hugely popular Deadly 60.  When...

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Professor Matthew Cobb
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Matthew Cobb is a Professor of Zoology at the University of Manchester.  With an initial background in psychology, these days much of his laboratory studies involve working with maggots and focus on how the sense of smell works.  He has also published a number of books on both science and history, and his latest book focusing on the race to crack the genetic code...

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Steve Aylett
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Steve Aylett

Mar 2, 2015

Steve Aylett is a British satirical science fiction writer.  Amongst novels and other comic books, Steve created Jeff Lint, a fictional author, who has been referenced across much of his work including a film about the character that featured the likes of Alan Moore, Josie Long and Robin Ince.  He is also a synesthete, a writer who does not think in words. I really...

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A Quantum Misunderstanding
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Back in 2014, self-help guru Deepak Chopra made claims on social media along the lines that science could not explain the Big Bang or what happened before it.  He was quickly corrected by many people who disagreed.  One of them was Professor Brian Cox.  There was a short brouhaha over the whole thing and it now seems Deepak might owe Brian a million dollars. ...

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Heroes of Science – Episode 15
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She would sit outside for hours and hours I would say my [hero] - and you might think she’s too known but at the time she wasn't - is Caroline Herschel.  She was the first, or one of the first, woman astronomers.  She would sit outside for hours and hours, she wasn't just a tea maker, she was the writer, she catalogued so much...

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Chaos of Delight – Episode 18
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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 We’re realising how little we know...

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Restarting Civilisation – Episode 16
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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 other...

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Citizen Science
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Citizen Science

Mar 2, 2015

It brings real meaning and it’s better than just sitting in front of the telly. If you’re looking at how we get information from birds in nature, well, it can’t be done just by the scientists because there aren’t enough scientists and there’s not enough money to do that science.  So it’s done through volunteer organizations - The Audubon Society in the United States,...

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Reverend Richard Coles
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The Reverend Richard Coles is a musician, journalist and priest.  He had a number of top ten hits with his band The Communards in the eighties.  After leaving the band, he gained a BA in Theology at King’s College London before being ordained a priest in 2005.  He is often referred to as being a very ‘modern vicar’, helped by his hosting slots on...

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