Category Archives: Science interview

Scientists at work 35 The biotechnologist – Difinigen clone liver cells for pharmacology

We talk to Dr Marcus Yeo about how human cell production benefits drug development. Dr Yeo is from DifiniGEN, a Cambridge company that grows liver cells used to test if new drugs are harmful. Their technology comes from the Nobel … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 34 The atmospheric scientist – John Pyle – atmospheric ozone

We visit the Centre for Atmospheric Science in Cambridge University and speak to Professor John Pyle about modelling the lower atmosphere using supercomputers. Follow-up link: Centre for Atmospheric Science atm.ch.cam.ac.uk See also ‘The earth scientist’, interview 41 in this series … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 33 The entrepreneur – Hildago Equivital and Felix Baumgartner’s skyjump

Our guest Anmol Sood of Hildago was on the team that monitored Felix Baumgartner health as he jumped from the edge of space and reached a speed of over 800 mph. Based in Cambridge UK, the company makes the Equivital … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 32 The experimental psychologist – Cambridge Cognition tests for Alzheimers disease

Dr Jenny Barnett of Cambridge Cognition speaks about the neuropsychological tests they develop including one designed for the early detection of dementia. Their test is to be used in a government-funded field trial. And Jenny has advice for how to … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 31 The science outreacher – Cambridge science centre

The Cambridge Science Centre is a really useful educational attraction in the city centre. Founder Dr Chris Lennard tells Roger Frost what the centre aims to do for science education. The Cambridge Science Centre opened in 2013 at 18 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, near the round church. Follow-up … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 30 The social psychologist – cleanliness and perception

Does cleanliness affect perception? University of Cambridge psychology PhD student, Dario Krpan thinks so. He discusses how the state of our body affects how we perceive things. For example, feeling more clean might harshen our judgement, and feeling pious might … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 29 The eco-home builder – solar panels by Polysolar

Pete McKeown, director of Cernunnos Homes and Hamish Watson, director of Polysolar tell Chris Creese about their special solar panels and offer some smart ideas for using solar energy. Follow-up link: Cernunnos Homes http://www.cernunnos-homes.co.uk Polysolar http://www.polysolar.co.uk 05/10/2013 Tagged 105science, Chris Creese, environment, home energy, physics, Roger … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 28 The ice chemist – Robert Mulvanney British Antarctic Survey

We hear how British Antarctic Survey scientists drill ice to discover how the world has changed over thousands of years. Dr. Robert Mulvaney of the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge talks to the Science Show’s Roger Frost. He finds out that not … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 27 The conservation scientist – Andrew Balmford Wild Hope

Speaking to The Science show’s Chris Creese, the author of “Wild Hope” explains what ecosystems do for us, and how we can help ourselves by helping the environment. Cambridge conservation scientist, Andrew Balmford, explains why there’s hope for saving the planet. Follow-up link: Andrew … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 26 The ecology researcher – Marten Sheffer Critical Transitions

The Science Show’s Chris Creese reports from the Ecological Society of America conference in Portland, USA. She chats with ‘critical transitions’ expert Marten Scheffer (Netherlands). They talk about Marten’s book and a collaboration on a film with artist Tone Bjordam. Follow-up link: … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 25 The computer scientist – Raspberry Pi computer and its aims

Cambridge University’s Dr Rob Mullins and Alex Bradbury, developed the inexpensive Raspberry Pi computer to bump start computing, much like the Acorn BBC Micro did thirty years ago. Follow-up link: Learn about the Raspberry Pi computer http://www.raspberrypi.org/ Raspberry Pi Foundation co-founder, Rob … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 24 The ecologist – phenology and public involvement in research

Chris Creese reports from the Ecological Society of America conference in Portland USA. She has the stories on how the Internet is enabling ordinary people to become get involved in scientific discovery. She talked about how we can all get … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 23 The engineer – Bloodhound the fastest car on earth

Roger Frost finds out about Bloodhound, an engineering initiative for students to build the world’s fastest car. He speaks with Ian Galloway, Bloodhound’s Education Professional Development Director about the bid to break the world land speed record. Follow-up link: The … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 22 The bird watcher – Cambridgeshire wetland birds

Learn about wetlands and bird habitats as Chris Creese grabs binoculars and speaks with Peter Herkenrath, Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Bird Club. Follow-up links: Cambridgeshire Bird Club cambridgebirdclub.org.uk. Bird watching sites in Cambridgeshire http://www.cambridgebirdclub.org.uk/topsites.html Local nature reserves by Cambridge City Council http://lnr.cambridge.gov.uk/ Wildlife Trust http://www.wildlifebcn.org/reserves-by-county Royal Society for … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 21 The experimental psychologist – Alzheimers disease – love addiction

Experimental psychologist Brianne Kent talks to Chris Creese about memory, Alzheimer’s disease; and why love is a drug. Brianne Kent was working on a PhD in experimental psychology at the University of Cambridge. She studied Alzheimer’s disease and how memories … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 20 The water company – supplying a city with water

Stephen Kay of the Cambridge Water Company talks to Nicola Terry on how the city is supplied with water. We learn about our underground source of water and an intriguing range of pipes. We also hear about a lovely ‘Dry Garden’, containing … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 19 The sun seeker – travel advice

The Science Show’s Chris Creese looks at the science behind travel health advice and offers tips on sun cream and more. Follow-up link: Look up the area to where you’ll be travelling at the World Health Organisation who.int/ith/en and figure out what … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 18 The data logger company – agriculture

Roger Frost meets Tony Peloe from Cambridge firm, Delta-T, who supply plant and environment monitoring equipment to plant growers and researchers. Follow-up link: Delta-T www.delta-t.co.uk Tagged biology, Nicola Terry, physics, technology, datalogger, data logging, pyranometer, soil humidity, Delta-T, Roger Frost 19/02/12  

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Scientists at work 17 The plant scientist – plants coping with drought

With water shortages and hosepipe bans in summer, Nicola talks to plant scientist Dr Helen Holmes about the importance of water and how plants respond to a lack of it. Helen is based at the University of Cambridge Department of … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 16 The chocolatier – making chocolate

Chocolatier Cheryl Brighty of Artistry in Cocoa, tells Nicola Terry how chocolate is made from a cocoa pod. Follow-up link: Artistry in cocoa www.artistryincocoa.co.uk Tagged biology, making, chocolate, cocoa, chemistry,artistryincocoa, Nicola Terry Roger Frost 19/05/2012

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Scientists at work 15 The Antarctic scientist – hydrothermal vents

Roger Frost visits the British Antarctic Survey HQ at Madingley. We hear from scientist Dr Alastair Graham about the work of BAS and about the life around hydrothermal vents. Follow-up links: BAS at www.bas.ac.uk www.antarctica.ac.uk/about_bas/news/news_story.php?id=1688 Tagged biology,hydrothermal vents,British Antarctic Survey,BAS, … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 14 The home insulation advisor – heat loss from houses

Nicola Terry hitches a ride on the Heatseekers vehicle in Cambridge as speaks with Dawn Morley.  Dawn explains how their infra red camera is able to see where a house loses its heat. They take their infra red camera on … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 13 The architect – Cambridge eco-homes

Roger Frost visits a super-insulated city home that minimises its use of energy and has a garden for insulation on the roof. He talks to architect Jeremy Ashworth about the ways that his building saves energy. Thanks to Ashworth Parkes … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 12 The materials scientist – properties of materials

Stuart Dye from Granta Design in Cambridge explains how the company help engineers choose materials to make a product. Tagged engineering, chemistry, materials, choosing, physics, Granta Design, Cambridge, Nicola Terry, Stuart Dye 22/01/2012

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Scientists at work 11 The building scientist – home energy use

Science Show reporter Nicola Terry asked a local environmental scientist Dr Ray Galvin to tell us about houses and heat loss. He offers a scientific look at ways to reduce our use of energy in the home. He also suggests … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 10 The entrepreneur – purifying water from fracking shale

Roger Frost speaks with Matt Bruff of Altela Inc, a Denver company making technology that turns the most polluted water useful again. The company licence large-scale water recycling plants that handle the massive quantities of polluted water that arise when … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 09 The statistician – choosing a university

Looking for a place at Oxbridge? This show looks at the information available to help students make a better choice of university. Roger Frost talks to former college admissions tutor John Green on the need for scientific data and intelligent … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 08 The journal editor – parasitology and parasites

Journal editor Sally Hirst talks about a group of micro-organisms called parasites.   Tagged biology, health 30/06/2012

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Scientists at work 07 The gardener – weeds and herbicides

As the season switched from spring to summer we look at weedkillers. How do weedkillers (aka herbicides) work? How can a weedkiller target one plant and not another? Roger Frost asked plant scientist, Chris Creese and gained some intriguing answers.

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Scientists at work 06 The conservation scientist – about the IUCN

The ‘International Union for Conservation of Nature’ is the world’s oldest and largest environmental organisation and has a base in Cambridge in Huntingdon Road. Nicola Terry hears from with the IUCN’s Rebecca Miller about her work. Read more at iucn.org Find … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 05 The science teacher – writing a dictionary of science jargon

Cambridge science teacher Dr William Hirst tells Roger Frost how learning the language of science can improve children’s success at school. Dr Hirst is the author of a science dictionary for ages 10 -14 called “William’s Words in Science” Follow-up link see … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 04 The technical specialist – mobile phone signal reception

Chris Cox  of IPACCESS in Cambourne explains to Roger Frost how mobile phones talk to radio masts; how signals decrease inside buildings and how femtocells (aka ‘small cells’) can improve a weak signal. Follow-up link IP access ipaccess.com Tagged technology, physics, Roger Frost … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 03 The inventor – making an IR camera for art museums

When the news told of the discovery of ‘another’ Mona Lisa, Roger Frost visited local inventor Lawrence Robinson of OPUS Instruments.  He learned about the OSIRIS infra-red camera which had been used to verify the find by ‘seeing’ under the … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 02 The diet doctor – promoting a Mediterranean diet

The sponsors of the London Olympic games included a fizzy drink maker; a fast food restaurant and a chocolate brand, so we go in search of advice on a healthy diet. Cambridge doctor Simon Poole offered his knowledge on healthy … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 01 The cancer researcher – working to save the Tasmanian devil

Hear about a cute animal with the less cute name of the Tasmanian Devil. It is fast becoming extinct as it can suffer from an unusual cancer that is contagious. The Science Show’s Chris Creese asks Sanger Institute researcher Elizabeth … Continue reading

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