Episode 135 – 11th May 2012

This week we discover what genetic modification experiments they’re actually doing in Rothamsted – the place that anti-GM campaigners have announced they intend to trash in a few weeks time. We also speak to Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the woman who discovered pulsars – and discover the intriguing ethical dilemma behind “do not resusitate”. And more!


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Libel Reform in the Queen’s Speech (2:42) by James O’Malley (ft Sile Lane)
Don’t Destroy Research (6:10) by Tracey Brown & Sile Lane (ft Toby Bruce & Huw Jones)
Kony 2012 (19:05) by Michael Story
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell Interview (27:04) by Liz Lutgendorff
Do Not Resusitate (36:05) by Simon Howard
ACE creationism (45:38) by Jonny Scaramanga
Before Watchmen (51:08) by Declan O’Riordan
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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3 thoughts on “Episode 135 – 11th May 2012

  1. With regard to the Mass Effect ending, if Bioware are to be believed they are not making an entirely new ending, but extending and clarifying the existing one. This is in my opinion not necessarily a bad thing. The ending as it stands is very jarring because not only does it seem to conflict with many of the themes of the previous games but it is brief and poorly explained.

    I think that rather than diluting their creative vision, the approach that they have taken will give them an opportunity to strengthen it and make it more comprehensible, perhaps allowing them to include ideas that were cut due to time constraints imposed by the original release schedule. The ending might become what they originally intended, which I suspect was supposed to be a “Doh! Everything I thought I knew was wrong!” moment instead of the “WTF just happened?” that they finished up with…

    Had they decided to make a totally new and different set of endings then I’d agree with Declan’s point, but that doesn’t actually seem to be the case which I think is a good thing.

  2. Is anyone organising a counter demo, supporting the right of scientists to research genetically modified foods. It would be such a shame that all that work get trashed without anyone standing up for reason.
    Weirdly, there is a ‘Prof Chris Leaver’ who is quoted in the Sense About Science docs. It’s definitely not me!

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