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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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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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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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Truth is Stranger Than Fiction
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  Truth is stranger than fiction is that real sense of Victorian modernity So quite often in these books we see the phrase, truth is stranger than fiction; this is fairly new, it comes in at the beginning of the century I think and it really taps into quite a lot of people writing these books are trying to say; you like your monster...

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Extended Backstage Interviews at Science is Vital Rally
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  It’s no surprise that here at Cosmic Genome we know that science is incredibly vital to our every day lives. The British government is sadly, yet again, threatening science research with cuts, and that’s after no increase in funding in the past five years. The Science is Vital campaign is trying to do something about this.  From their site: Over the last five years,...

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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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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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Behind the Scenes at the Compendium of Reason
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On December 18 and 19 2015 Robin Ince and Brian Cox staged their annual Compendium of Reason at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.  The sold out shows featured an incredible line up from the world of science, music and comedy.  Performing with Robin and Brian were, to name just a few, Alice Roberts, Carolyn Porco, Ben Goldacre, Dara O’Briain, Helen Czerski, Grace Petrie, Josie...

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Welcome to the Cosmic Genome Australian Special
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Welcome to the Australian edition of Cosmic Genome. Welcome to the Australian edition of Cosmic Genome.  I’m Brian Cox.  I’m usually in Britain, with Cosmic Genome, its native land, but at the moment I’ve bumped into them in Perth because I’m doing some shows with, um, him. [Points to a reading Adam Spencer sat behind him.]  Science shows! One of the things we’re talking...

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The Robin & Brian Puppets visit Scitech
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  The Robin Ince & Brian Cox puppets went on an excursion to Scitech in Perth, an interactive science museum for kids. Brian - But why can’t I have any candy floss? Robin - r - Because last time we took a toffee apple to CERN you went and dropped it right in the middle of the large Hadron Collider Brian - Oh yeah....

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Barry Marshall’s Lab Tour
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    Nobel Laureate Barry Marshall takes us on a quick tour of his labs. Barry - This is The Marshall Centre and in here we’ve got the refurbished lab.  So this is an old building but the labs are all very, very new.  It’s very noisy because of the refrigerators.  This is the Ondek Laboratory which is housed inside the Universtiy of Western...

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The Story of SciTech
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The Story of SciTech

Nov 25, 2014

I’m a great believer that scientific literacy is something that everyone should have. When SciTech opened in 1989 I was really interested because, to me, SciTech would be a place where kids could go and they’d have wild exciting fun and then they’d go back to school and the poor old science teacher didn’t have the same facilities, the same freedom that kids have...

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1st Year Anniversary
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1st Year Anniversary

Aug 18, 2014

In the next year we hope to continue to expand Hello and welcome to The Incomplete Map of the Cosmic Genome which is now one year old.  And in that one year we have interviewed over a hundred scientists as well as many writers, poets and performers who are also curious about what it is to live in this Universe.  Remember, other universes may...

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Doctor Who
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Doctor Who

Aug 18, 2014

Doctor Who is the ultimate science fiction gateway drug. What is it about Doctor Who? What isn’t it about Doctor Who?  Doctor Who is the ultimate science fiction gateway drug.  I mean, I kind of consider my book to be the same kind of thing on a sort of literary level. There’s a nice piece by Craig Ferguson, who’s probably laughing his arse off...

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Art and Science
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Art and Science

Aug 18, 2014

I like the idea of study and knowledge for its own sake. So Arts Emergency is a charity which myself and my friend Neil set up, and Neil does all the hard work and I get to sort of walk around like, ‘Heya’.  And Arts Emergency is there to defend studying art as a viable and important thing to do for it’s own sake. ...

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Science Funding
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Science Funding

Jun 22, 2014

Science is something that we really need to invest more in. I started working on a project called the Scienceogram, and that actually was spawned by a larger project called the Cashogram, in which a friend and I were trying to work out how much of this money that the government spends on all of our behalves…and, you know, we see these massive mind-boggling...

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