This week we review the PRISM scandal, discover the science of sleep, assess a new drug and fight for what’s right in women’s cycling. Then to chill out afterwards we have a game of Chess 2 – the sequel to the popular ancient boardgame, Chess!
PRISM (2:38) by Kate Russell Material Science (16:02) by James O’Malley (ft Mark Miodownik) Sleepy Science (20:40) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Debra Skene) Polypill (30:08) by Adam Jacobs & Hayley Johnson Women’s Cycling (42:36) by Emma Shiels Chess 2: The Sequel (50:33) by Salim Fadhley (ft Zac Burns) Iszi Lawrence (59:17) by Iszi Lawrence The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Was the internet really attacked this week? What did the big budget cuts mean for NASA? Why do Americans worship the constitution, and why is Lynx deodorant causing a right old stink? Plus highlights from our interviews at Royal Holloway Science Festival.
Internet Under Attack? (1:48) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Andy Halsall) NASA Sequestration (10:46) by Sandra Prow (ft Keith Cowing) Lynx Cause A Stink (22:38) by James O’Malley (ft Kate Arkless Gray) Constitutional Worship (32:10) by Salim Fadhley (ft Mike Seidman) Royal Holloway Highlights (42:05) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Alan Gange and Rafael Yáñez) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
We go bee-hind the scenes of an opera about bees! Why alien life might not be as common as we hope, the future of feminism, religion & criminality, weird Popes and outrage at the death of Google Reader.
Bee Opera by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Lucy Yeomans, Mark Brown and Kelvin Thomson) Life Isn’t Everywhere by Kash Farooq (ft Prof Charles Cockell) Feminism Debate by James O’Malley (ft Helen Lewis) Religion and Criminality by Salim Fadhley (ft Volkan Topalli) Most Unlikely Popes by Chris Chapman Free Doesn’t Mean Permanent by Georgia Gale Grant The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two The amazing image above is by Stuart Taylor
Bordering On The Ridiculous (1:40) by Matt Flaherty Religious Antivaxers (12:50) by Salim Fadhley (ft Steve Novella) Circ Debate (21:29) by Marianne Baker Bradford Earthquake (32:08) by Cory Hazlehurst Synthetic Biology (43:46) by Jonny Serfaty NHS Reforms (49:45) by Max Davie Atheist Photobook Update (55:44) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Chris Johnson) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy, Brian Two and Sean McDermott
Space Tourism (1:53) by Sean Ellis Thorium (9:12) by Helly McGrother 4G Revolution (17:11) by Arthur Embleton Verified Facts (23:28) by Salim Fadhley (ft Laura Michet) PCC Elections Aftermath (30:39) by Cory Hazlehurst Sheriff Joe (39:11) by Tom Hodden Edinburgh SecSoc (45:09) by Sean Slater The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we look find out how prophecy predicts the Pope’s resignation could signal the destruction of Rome, we reflect on the Pope’s use of Twitter, discover when 4G phones are going to happen – and if the networks are going to continue to rip us off, as well as hear about how school kids are standing up for LGBT people. And more!
Papal Prophecies (2:15) by Chris Chapman Blessed Are The Cheesemakers (7:23) by Mat Greenfield High School Shootings & Terrorists (12:10) by Salim Fadhley (ft Adam Lankford) Bad Valentines PR (21:04) by Marsh The Science of Persuasion (27:32) ft Marcus Brigstocke! 4G Auction (35:16) by Sean Slater LGBT Groups in Schools (43:00) by Adam Knowles (ft Adam Castle) Stand Up For Darwin (52:44) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Nick Doody, Kate Smurthwaite, Dean Burnett and more!) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Liz Lutgendorff presents this week’s show as James is under the weather. We look at research into dinosaur cannibalism, the big fight in academia over open access, why the RI perhaps isn’t worth preserving after all, and how creationists are taking over American classrooms. Also do we finally have elections for the House of Lords? And how the Brazilian nightclub fire could have been less deadly with some extra health and safety rules.
Cannibalism in Giant Tyrannosaurs (2:00) by Kash Farooq (ft Dave Hone) Open Access and Academé Luddites (12:12) by Rich Godbehere What’s the point in the RI? (20:44) By Dr*T Elections to the Lords at last! (29:00) by Cory Hazlehurst Health & Safety (36:34) by Claire Benson Texas Freedom Network (43:36) by Salim Fadhley (ft Dan Quinn) Tragedy Actor Conspiracies (52:20) by Tom Hodden AHS and Thinkweek Plug (57:10) by Liz Lutgendorff and James O’Malley (ft Jess Vautier and David Shorthouse) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
A Christmas special episode devoted entirely to the many things that could destroy the earth and humanity. We talk about the Mayan prophecies, the believers, the history, as well as real threats to our survival from space, from technology and from nuclear weapons. Plus we also manage to squeeze in the more localised world ending scenarios of unhealthy eating and the sequel to seminal videogame Elite.
What The Mayans Said (2:53) by Sven Rudloff The Prophecy and the Believers (9:26) by Salim Fadhley (ft Kevin Whitesides and Andrew Wilson) Early Modern Millennials (23:24) by Rich Godbehere Space Apocalypse (29:21) by Kash Farooq (ft Phil Plait!) Points of Failure (40:37) by Drew Rae Nuclear War (49:07) by Blakeley Nixon Jamie Oliver Vs Ready Meals (55:10) by Simon Howard Elite: Dangerous (61:39) by Kate Russell (ft David Braben) Profiting From The End (73:01) by Tom Hodden The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
The amazing music is by Dr*T and Milton Mermikidies
This week: ZOMBIES at the LHC, who won the first annual Good Thinking Soc Science Blog prize, we speak to sci-fi writer Jasper Fforde, who was a judge on the Royal Society’s Winton Prize, we check in with Friendly Atheist blogger Hemant Mehta about his new book, try to save the naked scientist, posit a radical idea for changing benefits and find out why Argos is powered by nanotechnology.
Science Blogging Awards (1:57) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Simon Singh, Ben Goldacre, Suzi Gage & More) The Winton Prize (17:14) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Jasper Fforde) Decay (23:35) by James O’Malley (ft Luke Thompson, Clara Nellist and Michael Mazur) Young Atheists Survival (32:23) by Salim Fadhley (ft Hemant Mehta) Universal Basic Income (40:24) by Steven Sumpter Naked Scientists (48:36) by Kat Arney Argos Conspiracy (53:46) by Sean Ellis The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
Internet freedom around the world – an exclusive report from Azerbaijan, the gamification of war, Bayes Theorem, former Labour MP Chris Mullin on “A Very British Coup” 30 years on, Peter Tatchell getting arrested and some American atheists take on the American tax man. What more could you want?!
Freedom of Tweet Around The World (2:15) by Kate Russell Gamification of War (19:59) by David Eastman Bayes is the Wayes (25:40) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Richard Carrier) Chris Mullin Interview (36:17) by Cory Hazelhurst (ft Chris Mullin!) Peter Tatchell’s Arresting Experience (49:30) by Adam Knowles and Richard Unwin (ft Peter Tatchell) FFRF vs The IRS (57:00) by Salim Fadhley (ft Annie Laurie Gaylor) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two