The BlueSci Radio Show Blog
03 Jun 2016 16:38 | By: Simon Moore
Joining Simon for a chat this week is leading conservationist Professor Andrew Balmford from the Zoology department at Cambridge, discussing reasons for protecting the environment, the economic value of ecosystem services, kids' fascination with Pokémon, land sharing vs. land sparing, GM technology and perhaps most importantly, the impact of the EU Referendum on the environment.
The Social Science of Conservation
03 Jun 2016 16:37 | By: Simon Moore
Show 14 (3/06/16)
Simon spends an hour with Dr. Chris Sandbrook, lecturer in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge & UNEP-WCMC, chatting about opposing viewpoints for why we do conservation, the ethics of zoos, Harambe the western lowland gorilla, gamification of conservation, the value of science blogging and plenty more.
18 May 2016 14:13 | By: Simon Moore
ï»¿Simon has the pleasure of talking to Dr. Marta Lahr and Professor Robert Foley, co-founders of the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies in Cambridge, about their recent publication in Nature on warfare in hunter-gatherers, public engagement with scientific research and recent enigmas such as Homo floresiensis and Homo naledi. Plus climate change, river diversion and the evolutionary origins of multicellular life in the news!
Combatting Climate Change
11 May 2016 15:27 | By: Simon Moore
Two special guests join Simon and Laura for a discussion based around climate change - Oscar Gillespie, Cambridge City Councillor for the Green Party, and Dr. Peter Carey, Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Plant Sciences. Nuclear power, meat tax, agri-environment schemes, flooding, carpageddon, renewable energy and plenty more interesting topics are covered!
21 Apr 2016 12:19 | By: Simon Moore
5th May - 8pm
Simon and Laura get chatting to Dr. Thomas Maguire, a research fellow at Cambridge, to discuss the illegal wildlife trade and strategies for dealing with it – particularly the poaching of elephants in Kenya, and the burning of confiscated tusks. In the news are advances in understanding breast cancer, gorilla proto-language, youthful ginger gene plus some wolfy songs.
Drugs and Addiction - from Chocolate to LSD
21 Apr 2016 12:18 | By: Simon Moore
28th April - 8pm
Raghd and Laura are joined by experimental psychologist Craig Burns who explains how addictions can manipulate memories to turn into habits which can not be controlled consciously. In his research, he is interested in how drug-related memories can be manipulated or erased to help sufferers of addiction. In other news, Raghd tells us about a skyscraper made from Tinder, and Laura talks about why researching LSD is useful. There's a lot of music, too.
Making a Difference in Conservation
21 Apr 2016 12:16 | By: Simon Moore
21st April - 8pm
Simon and Simon interview Tom Jameson, Natural Sciences undergraduate and President of the Cambridge University Wildlife Conservation Society, and discuss the recent BES/CCI conference: linking conservation research with policy and practice. We also look at the recent gagging order on government funded bodies, drones colliding with commercial planes, tiger numbers and Indian frogs with eel-like tadpoles.
29 Mar 2016 17:19 | By: Simon Moore
29th March - 8pm
Laura and her guest Felicity Bedford are bringing you that spring-feeling: Felicity, an expert on all things bee, will tell us why and how we can take better care of our pollinators, how plants know when to flower, plus hear a Symphony by an orchestra of 12 musicians and 40,000 bees!
Survival of the Fattest
29 Mar 2016 16:58 | By: Simon Moore
22nd March - 8pm
Simon and Raghd host Dr. David Bainbridge, popular science writer and veterinary anatomist, for an evolutionary look at the human species. Up for discussion are teenagers, middle age, female body shape and the reputation of fat. Also drones in marine parks, vegetarian spiders and more.
Insects & Palm Oil
15 Mar 2016 13:32 | By: Simon Moore
15th March - 8pm
This week Simon Moore and Simon Hoyte get chatting to Dr. Edgar Turner - a conservation scientist who focuses on insects and the effects of oil palm plantations on biodiversity. Hear about the state of nature and impact of consumer choices from an active conservation researcher. Hear a song about Orangutans from a great Indonesian rock band, and catch up on the latest goings-on from the science world.