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Send Ben to Space!

posted 24.01.13 at 5:08pm

Here at The Science Show we have been planning a show on how to become an astronaut for some time. We've even found someone who went through the European Space Agency's training program as a guest. But that is for another time.

So why that preamble? Well, its been a childhood dream of many on the team to become one of these fabled spacemen. But that's all it was. A pipedream.

But not for our Ben Henderson.

Ben realises he has left the iron on.Ben realises he has left the iron on.

By sheer fluke or otherwise a certain deodorant company are giving people the chance to take to the heavens. Ben has entered himself and has a realistic chance of making it!

To get past the first national round, he needs to be in the top 200 for votes received (of which he is tantalisingly close). So all you need to do is visit this website and click VOTE.

(The site doesn't work on campus, our elite hacking unit are working on this.)

If that doesn't convince you enough, our love for ridiculous film trailers and making videos kicked into overdrive and we have made this.

Spread the word.

Attracting The One - Sophie Mowles

posted 03.12.12 at 6:33pm

Are you looking for love at your time at university? Unsure why you are still single with Nottingham's supposed 4 girls to every guy ratio? Don't know where to start? Well fear not as the Science Show are taking its cues from nature into mating habits.

Join George, Carl and special guest Dr. Sophie Mowles as they delve into the weird, wonderful and downright bizarre methods implemented by natures finest. If not for the factual wonders, it will be worth it just to see two guys with no clue about romance try to pretend they know what they're doing.

Also on the show, the student science team make light, using just sugar. Impressed? Thought so.

Join us 6-7 today, only on URN.

Carl, George and Sophie in the Studio!Carl, George and Sophie in the Studio!

Biodiversity, Islands and Anolis Lizards - Adam Algar

posted 26.11.12 at 7:10pm

Today we're joined by Adam Algar who is talking about biodiversity, islands and Adams favourite anolis lizards!

Adam with Carl and George in the studio!Adam with Carl and George in the studio!


Our first topic is islands, you may think you know about these since most of us live on one, but islands have proved to be pretty important when it comes to determining things such as biodiversity and evolution.Darwins FinchesDarwins Finches

Adam actually researches islands, and more specifically lizards, leading him to work in the Caribbean and the canary islands. Lizards to tend to live in warm areas so he's got pretty lucky! Islands by definition are a singular block of land with no easy in/out for a lizard, this means the research is easier out there.

Adam used a process adaptive radiation, this is the evolution of ecological and phenotypic diversity within a rapidly multiplying lineage - thanks Wikipedia! A good example of this is Darwins Finches shown on the right.

Anolis Lizards

Shining a Light on Dark Matter - Anne Green

posted 04.11.12 at 4:39pm

Today on The Science Show, whist most people will be looking to the heavens to see fireworks light up the sky, we are going all gothic and looking to the darkest corners of the universe.

It turns out that in the visible universe, everything which we can observe makes up a paltry 5% of the mass. So either our laws of physics need rewriting, or there are mysterious forces at play. Cosmologists across the planet fall into either camp, and we Have Dr. Anne Green from the School of Physics and Astronomy to talk about one candidate, the mysterious dark matter.

Dark matter is different to the stuff we see around us as light doesn't reflect of absorb it. This makes it a darn sight more difficult to detect. However, it turns out gravity still behaves as anticipated, so dark matter can bend light and be detected that way.

A map of Dark MatterA map of Dark Matter

But what on earth could dark matter actually be made of? Some mysterious exotic particle we have no knowledge about? Or possibly the fondant center of a chocolate Krispy Kreme? Find out the answer to this and more from 6pm on The Science Show.


Also on tonights show some of the team investigate what happens when you put metal in a microwave... Do not try this one at home!

Dark Matter:

The Science of Music

posted 22.10.12 at 5:44pm

On today's show we will be talking about music and how science can actually enhance the listening experience! We also have arranged for a very special guest - Science Show elf Ben! Ben will be playing his guitar to help demonstrate what we will be talking about.

Sheet musicSheet music

If anyone can work out what piece of music that is above, you get the love and admiration of Carl. Not that it's worth much ;)

Part One - A Journey Into Sound

We'll be talking about how sound is produced and how the ear works. Tune in to find out more!

Sound, as you probably know, is a wave! However it needs something, or a medium to travel through. This is why there's no sound in space. Sound travels at 340.29 meters per second in air.

So how does the ear work?
The EarThe Ear

Sounds from the outside world are picked up by the outer ear, the sound wave is directed down the ear canal towards the ear drum. The sound vibrations continue their journey into the middle ear, which contains three tiny bones which bridge from the outer ear to the inner ear. The inner ear is shaped like a snails shell which contains fluid. The vibrations are then converted into electrical signals which are sent to the brain.