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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 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 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 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 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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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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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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Fluid physics and chemical engineering with Dr Mark Haw – 105science

Hear about measuring the properties of materials that are not just solids or liquids or gases but are all three in one. The soil under your feet is one such material – it is of course a solid with air and water mixed in. … 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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Aerodynamics – Professor Holger Babinsky – 105science

This week we find out about aerodynamics and what it involves. We meet Professor Holger Babinsky at Cambridge University Engineering Department. He talks about wind tunnels and the need for bumps on aeroplane wings.  Listen to the interview or hear the full show at … 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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The ionosphere – 105science

Dr Ingrid Cnossen is an earth scientist who works for the British Antarctic Survey. She studies the ionosphere, a layer of the upper atmosphere where satellites orbit the earth. Link to show podcast – see below Link to interview with Dr … 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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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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Sky jumper Felix Baumgartner’s health monitored by Cambridge company Equivital. We talk to CEO, Anmol Sood – 105science

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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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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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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An eco-home + The aims of Cambridge Carbon Footprint – 105science

Eco-homes feature: Roger Frost visits a stunning, super-insulated city home that minimises its use of energy; has a garden for insulation on the roof but without a heat pump in sight. He talks to architect Jeremy Ashworth about the ways … Continue reading

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Mobile phone signals + Olive oil and the Mediterranean diet – 105science

Chris Cox from the Cambourne-based, ‘IP access’ explains to Roger Frost how phones talk to radio masts; how signals decrease inside buildings and how femtocells (aka ‘small cells’) can improve signals in places and buildings with a weak signal. (With thanks to … Continue reading

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Heat seekers infra red camera + Antarctic hydrothermal vents – 105science

Heat Seekers’ Dawn Morley explains how their infra red camera in a van is able to ‘see’ where a house loses its heat. Staff trainer Dawn spoke to Nicola Terry.  Roger Frost visits the British Antarctic Survey HQ at Madingley to … Continue reading

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Dataloggers for agriculture + Art of Science game – 105science

“The Art of Science” is a unique science quiz game and we ask quiz  expert, Nigel Oakely what it’s like to play. Read more at www.academicboardgames.com. Roger Frost meets Tony Peloe from Cambridge firm, Delta-T, who supply plant and environment monitoring equipment … Continue reading

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A building scientist’s home + Infra red and the Mona Lisa – 105science

Building scientist David Crowther explains how a heat pump, underfloor heating and good insulation keep his Cambridge house warm. He was talking to the Science Show’s Nicola Terry. And with news of the discovery of ‘another’ Mona Lisa, Roger Frost talks … Continue reading

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How houses lose heat + Scientists who help the choice of materials – 105science

Dr Ray Galvin talks about ways that our houses lose heat. He suggests that we might look at dehumidifiers and heat pumps to reduce our energy  bill. Stuart Dye from Granta Design explains how they help engineers  choose materials to … Continue reading

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