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Astronomy with Paul Fellows of Cambridge Astronomical Association + astronomy events in Cambridge

What is about the study of the stars that captivates so many? Paul Fellows of the Cambridge Astronomical Association explains about his subject. Hear about dark matter, isotopes, space probes and the association’s weekly events in Cambridge. What’s on in Cambridge UK … Continue reading

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Ensuring quality wheat – CAMGRAIN 105science

This podcast is about what happens when wheat leaves the farm. We take up the story after the August crop harvest and speak with Dr Andrew Wingate who tells how CAMGRAIN deliver quality assured wheat. Ideas in this show:  How is wheat tested … Continue reading

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Choosing a guitar – 105science

With many different types of guitars, we find out how much more is involved in the sound we get from various models, and whether or not this impacts on the price. Are we just paying for a brand name or … Continue reading

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Growing food crops interview with Dr Julian Little of Bayer Crop Science – 105science

This podcast focuses on the science of food crops. The growing world population leads to a demand to farm the land several times more effectively than we used to. But growing crops comes with risks. The farmer wants more of … Continue reading

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Molecular Gastronomy with Peter Barham plus Improving cycling using psychology – 105science

We talk with Peter Barham, a professor of ‘Molecular Gastronomy’ about what his delicious subject entails.  He wrote the book “The Science of Cooking”. His idea is that “a kitchen is like science laboratory”, and that cookery is indeed an … Continue reading

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Civil Engineering with Professor Robert Mair – 105science

Asking someone to send you an “engineer” will conjure up all sorts of people who build and fix things. But today’s show is about civil engineers. Professor Robert Mair of the University of Cambridge Engineering Department will explain what are … Continue reading

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Climate change + Crop development in Africa – 105science

Can we believe that the climate will change in the long term, when we can’t even predict tomorrow’s weather? Our guest Tim Palmer is a Professor in Climate Physics at the University of Oxford, and President of the Royal Meteorological Society. In … Continue reading

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The Nissan LEAF electricity powered car – 105science

About the technology behind the world’s best selling electric vehicle. Called the Nissan LEAF, it’s a car to drive across town with the thought that you’re not pumping out pollution, or adding to the traffic noise as you do. We speak with … Continue reading

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Bioengineering research in Cambridge – 105science

Dr Michelle Oyen is a Reader in bioengineering at the University of Cambridge. Dy Oyen explains how materials science can be put to use in medicine where there’s a need to create surgical implants and new tissues. We hear about measuring the properties … Continue reading

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A new science college for Cambridge – 105science

Cambridge’s newest secondary school will open and start teaching in 2014. Called University Technical College – Cambridge, it will specialise in biomedical and environmental science and technology. The UTC is a state funded school open to students with a flair … Continue reading

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Screening for prostate cancer with Dr Hayley Whitaker – 105science

Dr Hayley Whitaker is a Cancer Research UK scientist who specialises in prostate cancer. We hear about her quest for better screening for the disease. Dr Whitaker is lead author of a study about how a particular protein helps identify if a … Continue reading

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Influenza: the flu, the virus and the vaccine with Professor Derek Smith – 105science

Professor Derek Smith of Cambridge University tells how flu, also known as Influenza, so successfully eludes the immune system. In times when cancers can be treated, FLU or INFLUENZA continues to infect vast numbers of people. And why is it … Continue reading

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Exploring and modelling the atmosphere – 105science

At the Centre for Atmospheric Science in Cambridge University we speak to Professor John Pyle about modelling the lower atmosphere using supercomputers. See www.atm.ch.cam.ac.uk Dr Ingrid Cnossen is an earth scientist who works for the British Antarctic Survey. She studies the ionosphere, a layer of the … Continue reading

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Dr Mark Larché and new hope for allergy sufferers – 105science

A UK biotechnology company has been testing vaccines for common allergies. The vaccines use SPIREs (synthetic peptides that regulate immune system cells) to help people fend off their allergies to cats, grasses and dust mites. The Science Show’s Chris Creese … Continue reading

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Reducing heat loss from houses -105science

A scientific look at ways to reduce our use of energy in the home while still staying warm! We’ll meet a building scientist and ask how does a house lose heat? On the same theme, we take an infra red … Continue reading

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The big questions in science – 105science

Answers to the most intriguing questions in science today. The author of a riveting book called “The Big Questions in Science” explains how they researched How did life begin? Why do we dream? And when can I have a robot … Continue reading

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Preserving ugly animals – plus breeding better wheat – 105science

Hear about breeding plants commercially and a fun campaign to save the ‘ugly’ animals. Simon Watt of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society tell us that ugly animals face extinction because the cute creatures, like cuddly pandas, “steal all the glory”. He … Continue reading

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Helping farmers keep water supplies pollution-free – 105science

A government initiative to help farmers keep the water supply free of pollutants. We visit a farm in Duxford, England where Andrew Down from ‘Natural England’ explains what is meant by “Catchment Sensitive Farming”. Read more at http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/csf Environment is such … Continue reading

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A DNA cocktail; research on your body clock plus hands on at the Cambridge Science Centre – 105science

A DNA drink to enjoy in the sun, how camping can reset your biological clock, and why the Cambridge Science Centre is the place to take the kids this summer! The Science Centre tell us how to make a lemon battery and … Continue reading

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SmartPill comes to Cambridge and we play the Science Fact and Fiction quiz – 105science

A new pill can diagnose you from the inside out. A new medical procedure offers an innovative way for doctors to find out what’s going on inside the intestine. The ‘SmartPill’ is a tablet-sized device with sensors to take measurements inside … Continue reading

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Research into cocaine addiction – 105science

COCAINE ADDICTION is DIFFERENT. Dr Karen Ersche tells about her research into cocaine addiction. The work investigates the finding that cocaine addiction affects some people and not others. Also, unlike other addictions, there are no substitute chemicals that can be used in cocaine … Continue reading

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The science of archaeology – 105science

Dr John Creese tells about the science of archaeology and the investigative techniques they use. Dr Creese is a researcher at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Website: www.mcdonald.cam.ac.uk/. Interviewer Roger Frost asks how is archaeology distinguished from history which … Continue reading

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Author of ‘Evolution and Belief’ tells why understanding evolution is less of a challenge to religious belief, and doesn’t make people into atheists – 105science

Dr Rob Asher shares evidence for the evolution of animals and sheds light on misunderstandings about science and religion. We also consider whether religious explanations of the natural world ought be included in school science education; whether teachers can be … Continue reading

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Drug discovery special – 105science

DifiniGEN is a new Cambridge University spin-off company who have a process for growing human liver cells. CEO Dr Marcus Yeo explains how their cells are used by pharmaceutical companies, to test if a newly discovered drug is harmful. The ability to grow … Continue reading

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A Cambridge chemist talks about drug discovery. Plus ‘Cambattery’ building a better battery – 105science

How drugs for medicine are discovered and improved by chemistry. Sean McKenna, a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, describes techniques that take the guesswork out of making pills. Followed by: What’s on in Cambridge The new Cambridge Science Centre is … Continue reading

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DifiniGEN are experts in human cell production. We talk to Dr Marcus Yeo about how this benefits drug development – 105science

Dr Marcus Yeo is from DifiniGEN, a new Cambridge company that grows liver cells to test if new drugs are harmful. Their technology comes from the Nobel Prize-winning work of Cambridge university’s Sir John Gurdon. And there’s a seriously possible … Continue reading

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Modelling chemistry of the atmosphere – 105science

We visit the Centre for Atmospheric Science in Cambridge University and speak to Professor John Pyle about modelling the atmosphere using supercomputers. See www.atm.ch.cam.ac.uk We talk about Norovirus and how to avoid it. See www.sturff.org We also reflect on New Year’s resolutions … Continue reading

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