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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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Compendium of Reason Physics Q & A
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One of the many highlights of 2014’s Brian Cox and Robin Ince’s Christmas Compendium of Reason shows that took place at the Hammersmith Apollo was the live Question and Answer sessions that opened the second act.  Audience members tweeted in questions for the panel during the interval and then a select few were answered on stage.  This recording is taken from the second night...

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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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Science School – A Maths Magic Trick
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I’m going to show you how to use maths to do a magic trick.  You may not have noticed this, but there is a pattern in numbers whenever you multiply them by nine, and you may have seen this in the nine times table because if you go through every single answer in the nine times table and you add the digits together, they...

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Being a Doctor
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Being a Doctor

Jan 9, 2015

You don’t get up to be average, you get up to be the best you can be, learn as much as you can. I learnt lots of very hard lessons along the way but I feel it’s a privilege to be able to help people when their life is going awry, and to be able to do something about that I’ve always felt, and...

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Chaos of Delight – Episode 17
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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 are uncovering a whole landscape...

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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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The Ebola Virus
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The Ebola Virus

Nov 25, 2014

Ebola’s an absolutely hideous disease. Look, Ebola’s an absolutely hideous disease, it’s what we call a hemorrhagic fever.  It’s caused by a filovirus.  It’s like a…sort of like long strings when you look at it down an electron microscope.  It’s, fortunately, rather sensitive to environmental degradation.  So it doesn’t survive for a long time on tabletops or door handles or that sort of thing,...

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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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Science Book Club – Episode 18
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Forty is the only number that spells out in alphabetical order.   I’ve written a book on the numbers 1 to 100 and it’s actually two books in one.  Half of it is the mathematics of these numbers, aimed at smart, curious, early high school kids who want a bit more than what they do at school, and a real fun adventure to get...

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Heroes of Science – Episode 14
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Acknowledge that kids are natural scientists.  I think the unsung heroes of science are definitely the teachers in primary school and also the mums and dads who are kind of into science themselves.  You know they say that children are natural scientists, they always test things, the terrible twos are always testing your patience and testing the limits of things, and when they're younger...

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Spray On Skin
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Spray On Skin

Nov 25, 2014

 The drive was really around trying to understand how we could cover really bad burns which were large surface areas. Spray-on skin cells is a fascinating story for me because it’s now coming up to 20 years of my life and I can probably encompass it in a few minutes!  The drive was really around trying to understand how we could cover really bad...

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Science School – Treating a Burn
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    The best thing about treating a burn is to think about prevention in the first place. Really easy things you can do, like not lift a heavy kettle that’s boiling, like putting the handles of a pan, push it to the back. Always think, if you've got your younger brother and sister around, what about a fire guard around that open fire? ...

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Restarting Civilisation – Episode 15
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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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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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Darwin vs Wallace?
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Darwin vs Wallace?

Oct 8, 2014

  Both were very decent gentlemen. There is no doubt at all that Wallace got it and he got it independently of Darwin. There’s also no doubt at all that Darwin got it more than a decade earlier, just didn’t publish it. He privately wrote it out and the manuscripts exist, there’s no question that Darwin was well on top of the idea a...

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Heroes of Science – Episode 13
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  It is an extremely odd curio. So one of the greatest unsung heroes of biology is the 20th century genius called J.B.S. Haldane who worked in loads of different fields including the origin of life, he was the guy who came up the term primordial soup but also he helped fuse the idea of genetics with evolutionary biology, with Natural Selection, Darwin’s ideas...

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Chaos of Delight – Episode 16
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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 could have my genome read...

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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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