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We're a podcast that explores the way science and storytelling collide. Previous guests include Nichelle Nichols, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hadfield and Jill Tarter.

We're a podcast that explores the way science and storytelling collide. Previous guests include Nichelle Nichols, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hadfield and Jill Tarter.
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United Kingdom

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We're a podcast that explores the way science and storytelling collide. Previous guests include Nichelle Nichols, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hadfield and Jill Tarter.

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English

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07788444127


Episodes

Door 10 - The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar

12/10/2018
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It's time to open Door 10 of The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar. We're returning to a shed favourite again today but a brand new conversation. He is an ultra sound kind of chap. Again, we'll keep his identity hidden until farther down the page but typing some words here. Did you know that "farther" is used for physics distance and "further" is used for metaphorical distance. So the farther we push the identity down the page, the further you feel from knowing their identity. By the way, did...

Duration:00:15:29

Door Nine - The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar

12/9/2018
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Behind Door 9 of The Cosmic Shed advent calendar is an old friend of the Shed from the early days back in 2015. It's sometimes hard to believe that we've been doing this for quite that long but it's been a whole lot of fun and we thank you all for sticking with us through everything. To play this episode, simply press play above and let the identity of today's guest appear like the surprise only an advent calendar door can create. The Cosmic Shed has remained its rickety old self, with the...

Duration:00:06:38

Door VIII of The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar

12/8/2018
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Episode VIII of The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar is now available right here. Simply click play above and the identity of today's guest behind The Cosmic Shed door will be revealed. Alternatively, you can head to your favourite Podcast App, search for The Cosmic Shed and subscribe, allowing each episode of our advent calendar of science and science fiction to drop into your phone each morning. You can, of course, also listen to The Cosmic Shed on Spotify here. In fact, if you say "Alexa,...

Duration:00:22:43

Door Seven - The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar

12/7/2018
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It's time to open Day 7's door on the Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar. Simply press play above and let the episode into your ears using technology. Have you ever noticed how reliant we are on technology? Of course you have. Yesterday, in the UK, this was the lead story on the BBC website. A phone network was down. HELP! We can't text people! Behind Door 7 of The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar is Andrew Spooner, Technologist for Microsoft. Andrew's job is to look at the world and wonder how we...

Duration:00:24:46

Door Six - The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar

12/6/2018
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It's time to open Door 6 of The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar. All you need to do it press play above and let the episode reveal all. In this episode, you will hear about life in our solar system from somebody who knows a lot about it. We won't reveal their identity until further down this page so you can retain the surprise of the Advent Calendar door opening by pressing play and listening now. We'll fill this space with some words to make that identity appear further down the page. Sorry if...

Duration:00:25:09

Door Five - The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar

12/5/2018
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It's Day 5 and it's time to open Door 5 of The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar. All you need to do is press play above and discover who is behind the door... It looks like an ordinary shed door. It's pretty much indistinguishable from a normal shed door. It even sounds like a shed door (yes, that is actually the shed door in the intro to our podcasts) but is it a shed door? Yes it is. Again, we're typing some words to make the identity of today's guest appear lower down the page. That way, if...

Duration:00:06:02

Door Four - The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar

12/4/2018
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It's Day 4, Door 4 of the Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar. To open the door, simply press play above and/or subscribe and let each day drop into your favourite podcast app or however you listen. In the first 3 days of the Advent Calendar, we've been typing all sort of meaningless words here to make sure that the identity of today's guest is hidden lower down the page but we thought we'd give you some useful information today. Did you know, for example, that you can watch many, if not all, of...

Duration:00:10:29

Door Three - The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar

12/3/2018
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It's the third day of the Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar and we've brought you a somewhat stellar name today. Open the door by clicking play above or simply subscribe and let each episode of the Shedvent Calendar arrive in your phone each morning for a treat while you shower/walk/cycle/lie in bed/make breakfast/eat breakfast/make tea/drink coffee/open the post/stand still/lie down with your eyes closed or however you listen to podcasts. Again. we're filling up space here to allow people who...

Duration:00:06:17

Door Two - The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar

12/2/2018
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It's Day Two of the Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar and, again, we'll be typing some words here to keep the identity of our guest hidden for those of you who want to have the surprise of the door opening to reveal our mystery guest. If you'd like that surprise, simply click play above or subscribe to The Cosmic Shed and download this episode to your phone and see why we've posted this picture here. The shed has dived deep into the ocean for today's guest but found him lurking near the...

Duration:00:15:14

Door One - The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar

12/1/2018
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Day One, Door One of the Cosmic Shed advent calendar. Each morning until...well, until we stop, we'll be bringing you a short episode of The Cosmic Shed. This is the first. We'll reveal who is behind the door lower down this post but if you'd rather be surprised...like an Advent Calender...then simply press play or download and subscribe and let each one drop into your phone each morning. We've put this picture here to hide who is behind door number one but we're sorry if it hasn't quite...

Duration:00:25:05

First Man, Alan Bean (and the Oumuamua Aliens)

11/19/2018
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In our first episode for some time, we discuss the delights of the new Neil Armstrong biopic First Man and hear from Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean who Andrew was fortunate to spend some time with. We also hear from the Harvard Professor, Avi Loeb, whose explorations tell him that there might be an alien spacecraft in our solar system right now. First Man is a beautiful film. See it on the biggest screen you can. Alan Bean took off on Apollo 12 and walked on the moon, becoming only the...

Duration:01:10:31

First Man, Alan Bean (and the Oumuamua Aliens)

11/14/2018
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In our first episode for some time, we discuss the delights of the new Neil Armstrong biopic First Man and hear from Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean who Andrew was fortunate to spend some time with. We also hear from the Harvard Professor, Avi Loeb, whose explorations tell him that there might be an alien spacecraft in our solar system right now. First Man is a beautiful film. See it on the biggest screen you can. Alan Bean took off on Apollo 12 and walked on the moon, becoming only the...

Duration:00:57:14

Blue Dot Festival 2019

7/25/2018
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Andrew and Maddy report back from the wonderful Blue Dot Festival at Jodrell Bank. We hear from Prof Tim O'Brien, Professor of Astrophysics and Director of the Festival and Dr Lucy Quinn, the woman largely responsible for mobilising a nation into rethinking the way we rethink our use of plastic. There's Professor Jim Wild, Professor of Space Physics telling us about Space Weather and how to live on Mars and a whole lot more. The Blue Planet Live! kicked off the festival The Thursday...

Duration:01:10:49

Public Service Broadcasting

7/16/2018
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Ahead of their performance at The Blue Dot Festival, Public Service Broadcasting's J Wilgoose joins Andrew in this very special episode of the Cosmic Shed. The Race for Space is a simply glorious piece of work. Blue Dot Festival takes place at the iconic Jodrell Bank site in Cheshire. We brought you a podcast from the festival before. You can hear that here. Blue Dot Festival - Just brilliant. At the festival, Public Service Broadcasting will be performing songs from across their...

Duration:00:32:43

Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom

6/16/2018
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How did the birds survive the Asteroid Strike that wiped out the Dinosaurs? Is Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom better than Jurassic World...or even Jurassic Park? Is the Cosmic Shed really surrounded by Dinosaurs? We answer all these questions (apart from the last one) in this brand new episode of The Cosmic Shed. Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom. Image Credit: Universal Pictures We are joined by Dr. Daniel J Field from the Milner Centre for Evolution at the Univeristy of Bath who led the...

Duration:00:49:56

Talking to Aliens - Language in the Cosmos

5/26/2018
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Noam Chomsky and Douglas Vakoch are in the business of universal communication. In the case of Doug Vakoch, it's literally Universal as he seeks to communicate with potential alien life out there among the stars. Doug talks to the Cosmic Shed in this special episode about the language and forms of communication that might enable us to speak with aliens. Douglas Vakoch is the President of METI - Messaging Extra Terresttrial Intelligence Noam Chomsky is co-author on a paper that argues that...

Duration:00:24:13

May the 4th be with Cavan Scott

5/3/2018
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Happy Star Wars Day everybody. We gathered in the Cosmic Shed with Cavan Scott, the author of a number of official Star Wars books and stories (and Doctor Who, Pacific Rim, Star Trek, Blakes7, Vikings and more) to talk all things Star Wars and what it means to be an official writer for these much loved series. Choose your own adventure with Han and Chewie Cavan is the best selling author of books and comics, including web comics for the Pacific Rim universe. His 2016 book Star Wars:The...

Duration:00:48:17

Space Rocks with Tim Peake and ESA

4/29/2018
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Tim Peake, Bryan May, Maggie Lieu, Dallas Campbell, Beth Healey, Matt Taylor and Mark McCaughrean feature in this special episode of the Cosmic Shed as Andrew and Steve return from Space Rocks at the o2 in London. The Cosmic Shed's Andrew talking to Tim Peake at Space Rocks Steve, Bryan May and Andrew play Who's Got The Best T-shirt Beth Healey is pleased to see the Sun again Star Wars, Science Fiction and Rosetta - Matt Taylor talks The Cosmic Shed crew Dr Maggie Lieu tells...

Duration:00:40:39

Ready Player One

4/27/2018
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Huge excitement in the shed as we are joined by Territory Studio to talk about their work on the stunning Ready Player One film, based on Ernie Cline's book which was loved by (the vast majority of) us. They tell us about working for Steven Spielberg and how their ideas were incorporated into the characters in the film as part of what we see on the big screen. Steve, Andrew Popplestone and Andrew on the terrace at Territory - Photo by Willie Runte Ti joins Andrew in the shed and the less...

Duration:00:57:47

The Space Hotel

4/23/2018
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Aurora Station is the dream of a hotel in Space straight from the mind of Frank Bunger, CEO of Orion Span. Frank joined Andrew to talk about this ambitious new venture to launch a hotel into space in the early 2020s with guests getting 12 days in space for an "affordable price". A really special episode of the Cosmic Shed. The Space Hotel is slated to take its first guests in 2022 Frank dreams big and Andrew loves big dreams, particularly when they are in Space. Guests will arrive via...

Duration:00:25:37