Tag Archives: biology

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Introduction to anaesthesiology – we visit the Royal Society summer science exhibition – 105science

Hear about the wonders of anaesthesia. Have you ever had surgery in an operating theatre? If like us you wondered what the anaesthetist does, listen in to hear Dr Jessica Kentish tell us what her work entails. We met Dr Kentish on … Continue reading

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Molecular biology research at the Medical Research Council lab of Molecular Biology in Cambridge – 105science

The Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge is credited for landmark discoveries and cutting-edge techniques. This podcast offers an overview of what the LMB do, as the Science Show team visit the lab. On the occasion of the Medical Research … Continue reading

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Keeping bees, honey and making chocolate – 105science

Keeping bees and making honey: Long-time beekeeper Steve Poyser tells us how honey bees work and how nectar turns into the stuff we buy. The Science Show’s Roger Frost asks about clear versus creamed honey. He also wonders why honey … 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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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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Cambridge Science Festival Preview – 105science

In the Cambridge Science Festival, Nick Crumpton tells why mammals are better than dinosaurs. And researcher Dr Andrew Holding tells of the Skeptics in the Pub discussion group and of Bright Club, where scientists collide with humour. The next Science Show will be on … Continue reading

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Researching the invertebrate that lives in puddles: bdelloid rotifer – 105science

Professor Alan Tunnacliffe of the Cambridge University Department of Chemical Engineering tells why the bdelloid rotifer has fascinated top biologists. This microscopically tiny invertebrate lives in rain puddles. The creature can survive without water for millions of years, and by now really ought to be … 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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Fact or Fiction on Breakfast Show – 105science

Neil and Lottie invite us to the Breakfast Show on Cambridge 105. Chris and Roger answer questions about the show, and introduce their Science Fact or Fiction quiz. Lots of giggling but useful chat too. Running order: Introductions; what the … Continue reading

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Social psychology: does cleanliness affect perception? 105science

University of Cambridge psychology PhD student, Dario Krpan, discusses how the state of our body affects how we perceive things. We consider how feeling more clean might harshen our judgement, and how feeling pious might make us feel more clean. … Continue reading

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‘Wild Hope’ – the book on conservation – 105science

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

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Report from Ecological Society of America conference – 105science

Report from the Ecological Society of America conference in Portland, USA by the Science Show’s Chris Creese. This show features a chat with ‘critical transitions’ expert Marten Scheffer (Netherlands) covering big ideas from his book and a new film collaboration with … Continue reading

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The Raspberry-Pi computer + Involving the public in environmental research – 105science

Raspberry Pi: Cambridge University’s Dr Rob Mullins and Alex Bradbury, developed this inexpensive computer to bump start computing, much like the Acorn BBC Micro did thirty years ago. Chris Creese reports from the Ecological Society of America conference in Portland USA. … Continue reading

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Birds and habitats + Engineering for the world land speed record – 105science

Learn about wetlands and bird habitats as Chris Creese grabs binoculars and speaks with Peter Herkenrath, Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Bird Club. Also in this Science Show Roger Frost finds out about Bloodhound, an engineering initiative for students to build the world’s fastest car. He … Continue reading

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Purifying water from the energy business + Alzheimer’s disease and memory – 105science

Experimental psychologist Brianne Kent talks to Chris Creese about Alzheimer’s disease; memory and why love is a drug. We also hear from Matt Bruff of Altela Inc, a Denver company making technology that turns the most polluted water into something useful. Brianne Kent is … Continue reading

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Parasites + Holiday health – 105science

Journal editor Sally Hirst talks about an interesting group of micro-organisms called parasites. Interviewed by Roger Frost. And in Chris Creese’s holiday health tips. Chris looks at the science behind travel advice and offers tips on how sun cream works and more. Visit the World … Continue reading

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A contagious cancer + How herbicides work – 105science

Learn about a cute animal, that goes by the much less cute name of the Tasmanian Devil. It is a fast disappearing creature that can suffer from an unusual cancer that is contagious. The Science Show’s Chris Creese spoke with … Continue reading

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Making chocolate + Jargon and words in science – 105science

Chocolatier Cheryl Brighty of Artistry in Cocoa, tells Nicola Terry how chocolate is made from a cocoa pod. Cambridge science teacher Dr William Hirst talks to Roger Frost explaining that learning the language of science can improve children’s success at school. Dr … Continue reading

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