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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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Episodes

HBO's Chernobyl

12/4/2019
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We try to separate fact from fiction and our love for the HBO series Chernobyl from our dislike of misleading information about nuclear power in this brand new episode of The Cosmic Shed. We are joined by two professors and someone who won an Oscar too so download and listen in. HBO's Chernobyl comes to The Cosmic Shed Professor Neil Willey of UWE Bristol and Professor Tom Scott of The University of Bristol join Andrew and Steve to explore the science of Chernobyl, both in the real...

Duration:01:07:27

Destination Star Trek and ESA

10/26/2019
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Ti brings you interviews with the first ESA Astronaut to captain the International Space Station (Frank De Winne), Chase Masterson (Leeta in Deep Space Nine), Lead Scientist on the Rosetta Mission (Matt Taylor), The Trekkie Girls, Dr Nicol Caplin and J.G Herzler (Martok in Deep Space Nine) as he reports back from Destination Star Trek 2019. Chase Masterson joins us for this episode of The Cosmic Shed We hear about the exciting missions ESA have planned as we explore comets, planets, the...

Duration:00:36:44

An alien planet with water and Ad Astra

9/22/2019
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Scientists have announced the first ever discovery of water vapour on an alien world outside our solar system. We bring you the lead author on the paper that made the discovery Professor Giovanna Tinetti of University College London in this episode of The Cosmic Shed. An artists impression of K2-18b (not a Star Wars Droid but a watery exoplanet) Just a few years ago, exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars than our own) were theorised but we'd never actually detected any. With improving...

Duration:00:56:05

Life After the Navigator (and on the Moon)

8/14/2019
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We travel back to the 1986 classic Flight of the Navigator as we talk to Lisa Downs, the film maker in the midst of producing Life After the Navigator, a documentary tracking what has happened to Joey Cramer, star of the Disney film. Lisa Downs with Joey Cramer filming Live After the Navigator (c) Lisa Downs Lisa and Andrew discuss their love of the 80s classic scifi and Lisa tells us about the wonderful film she is making about Joey Cramer, the child star at the centre of the film and...

Duration:00:39:45

Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek

8/6/2019
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Manu Saadia is the author of Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek and he joins us for this episode of The Cosmic Shed podcast. Obviously, we're no strangers to Star Trek with previous guests including Marina Sirtis, Nichelle Nichols and Benedict Cumberbatch but economics is new to us. Those who came to our live event with Andy Weir will know that our Andrew has something of a disdain for economics but add Star Trek to it and he, and we, are all ears. Talking economics and Star Trek is...

Duration:00:54:53

HBO's From The Earth to the Moon

7/31/2019
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We're going back to the Moon as we talk all things From The Earth to the Moon. We speak to two Apollo Astronauts and two people heavily involved with the wonderful HBO miniseries; Graham Yost and Paul McCrane. Our Ti with Graham Yost, guest for this episode, also wrote Speed. Paul (Robocop, 24, Fame) plays Pete Conrad in From the Earth to the Moon and Graham (Speed, Band of Brothers, The Pacific) was the series producer and writer of more than one episode of the wonderful...

Duration:01:15:53

Explorers - The Spirit of Apollo

7/16/2019
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The Apollo missions took humanity's spirit of exploration to its most brilliant so far and we celebrate that sense of adventure with this special episode of The Cosmic Shed podcast. Michaela Musilova, Emma Brisdion and Lizzie Daly join us to share their love of science and exploration and tell us about their latest adventures including delving into the lava tubes of volcanoes, climbing mountains in the arctic and exploring human and elephant conflict in Kenya. Michaela Musilova tells us...

Duration:00:51:59

Mika McKinnon - Science Adviser to Star Trek and SGU

7/5/2019
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Mika McKinnon is a field geophysicist, disaster researcher and science adviser to The Stargate Universe and Star Trek Discovery. Mika joins us for this episode of The Cosmic Shed. That's Mika's handwriting you see on the blackboards in the SGU Mika joins our Andrew to discuss being a science adviser, being in the writers room on Star Trek Discovery and all the fascinating science she gets involved in with SETI and more. show notes Mika mentions the Osiris-REx mission and the Hyabusa2...

Duration:00:25:14

Sheddy McShedFace - A trip to the Antarctic

6/21/2019
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It's an action packed episode today as Russell Arnott reports back from his exciting science expedition to Antarctica on the RRS James Clarke Ross. The James Clarke Ross is a British Antarctic Survey ship and Russell was on board for a whole host of adventures including the saving of a baby dolphin. show notes The Cosmic Shed is now part of The Stimulus Network Russell Arnott is a friend of the shed and a Researcher in Phytoplankton

Duration:00:45:03

Jim Al-Khalili - Sun Fall

6/8/2019
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Professor Jim Al-Khalili makes some of our favourite science documentaries. He's professor of Theoretical Physics, Chair of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey and now he's written a Science Fiction novel. We're delighted to welcome him to this very special episode of The Cosmic Shed. Jim Al-Khalili and our Andrew at Cheltenham Science Festival Jim and Andrew were chatting at Cheltenham Science Festival in 2019. Listen by pressing play or download via your usual...

Duration:00:24:19

Lost in a Good Game

6/6/2019
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Are computer games really bad for us? Is Psychology in a bit of a mess? Who did Andrew meet at MCM ComicCon? All these questions, and more, answered in this episode of the Cosmic Shed as we're joined by Dr Pete Eetchells, author of the wonderful book, Lost in a Good Game and researcher in the short and long term effect of video games. Dr Pete Etchells and his wonderful book Lost in a Good Game. Pete and Andrew discuss all things video games and we hear from some game developers...

Duration:01:08:29

Godzilla

5/17/2019
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Up from the deep, you know the rest. We're joined by Aardman's Tom Vincent to explore all things Godzilla ahead of the new film in cinema's and Ti and Tom's Godzilla-Geddon in Bristol on May 25th. Ti and Tom in The Cosmic Shed We also hear from Dr Olivier Lambert, the co-author on the paper on the discovery of a Four Legged Whale with teeth. Yes, really. It was discovered just off the coast of Peru and dates back some 50 million years. Godzilla and the Four Legged Whale with big...

Duration:00:44:54

May the Fourth be with Mark O'Connell

5/3/2019
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It's Star Wars Day, May the 4th, and we're joined by Mark O'Connell, author of the wonderful book Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg and Us. Mark is, like our Ti, an author and the two of them sat down to discuss all things Star Wars and 80s nostalgia for this special Star Wars Day episode of the Cosmic Shed. Pop on your Walkman, press play on the tape and go for a bike ride through the golden era of American cinema. show notes You can get your own copy of Watching Skies here You...

Duration:00:29:04

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

4/25/2019
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We're joined by neuroscientist Dr Felicity Inkpen as we delve into Michel Gondry's 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Can we remove memories? Should we? Would we? Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Andrew, Maddy and Steve gathered with Dr Felicity Inkpen in the shed and this fun and fascinating chat ensued. Happily, it's now a podcast so you can listen to it and no unethical company can remove it from your mind. Download, press play or...

Duration:00:55:35

Robert Llewellyn (Kryten)

4/18/2019
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Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf, Fully Charged, Science Fiction author, Scrapheap Challenge, Carpool) joins Andrew ahead of the Fully Charged Live event at Silverstone (June 7-9, 2019). Andrew and Robert have a wide ranging chat all the way from Red Dwarf, through to the wonderful News From Trilogy and, of course, electric cars. Download, press play or head over to wherever you subscribe to us from to listen now. show notes You can get your tickets for Fully Charged Live here The Cosmic...

Duration:00:44:51

Sheddy McShedFace - A trip to the Antarctic

3/18/2019
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It's an action packed episode today as Russell Arnott reports back from his exciting science expedition to Antarctica on the RRS James Clarke Ross. The James Clarke Ross is a British Antarctic Survey ship and Russell was on board for a whole host of adventures including the saving of a baby dolphin. show notes The Cosmic Shed is now part of The Stimulus Network Russell Arnott is a friend of the shed and a Researcher in Phytoplankton

Duration:00:49:22

Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse

3/1/2019
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There were so many ways this episode could have gone. We explore the wonderful Spider-man into the Spider-verse and the science of multi-verses. Miles Morales is Spider Man Ti and Andrew are joined by Professor Jo Dunkley, professor of Physics and Astrophysics at Princeton University and try not to get too tangled up in her research into the Cosmic Microwave Background or caught in the discussion about Dark Matter before we end up wondering if we really can spark a whole new universe...

Duration:00:47:09

Science & Religion:Exploring the Spectrum

2/15/2019
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A former Creationist, a former Muslim and a former Baptist Minister walk into a shed... Don't worry. There's plenty of science fiction chat but we explore the relationship between science and religion with three former religious people who are now working in science communication. We're joined by Jordan Collver, Tay Aziz and Malcolm Love as we explore some of the themes brought up by Jordan's wonderful comic "My Evolution: Loving along the spectrum of science & religion". Jordan...

Duration:00:59:54

The Meg

2/7/2019
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We're inundated with wonderful guests for this megalong episode of The Cosmic Shed all about sharks and The Meg. Jump in, it's perfectly safe. The Meg is a fun movie and this episode of the Shed reflects that. We hear from Steve Alten, the man who wrote the books that the film The Meg is based on. We hear from Kayleigh Burns who recently got up close and personal with the biggest Great White Shark we know of. Her encounter, with her colleagues at One Ocean Diving hit the news recently...

Duration:01:21:38

The Meg

2/6/2019
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We're inundated with wonderful guests for this megalong episode of The Cosmic Shed all about sharks and The Meg. Jump in, it's perfectly safe. The Meg is a fun movie and this episode of the Shed reflects that. We hear from Steve Alten, the man who wrote the books that the film The Meg is based on. We hear from Kayleigh Burns who recently got up close and personal with the biggest Great White Shark we know of. Her encounter, with her colleagues at One Ocean Diving hit the news recently...

Duration:01:21:36