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Flâneur and irrepressible commentator, Rick Edwards, and "Indiana Jones in a lab coat" Dr. Michael Brooks, delve into the science behind popular culture.
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Flâneur and irrepressible commentator, Rick Edwards, and "Indiana Jones in a lab coat" Dr. Michael Brooks, delve into the science behind popular culture.
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    8: Episode 100: The Invisible Man

    8: Episode 100: The Invisible Man

    Will we ever be able to turn invisible? The idea of magically disappearing has fascinated humanity for centuries. Once dismissed as impossible, a promising new wave of technologies could bring this dream one step closer to reality. Rick and Michael wrap up in bandages and plunge into HG Wells’ seminal work: The Invisible Man. 

    Featuring Professor Sir John Pendry

    Produced by Eli Block
    Sources: http://bit.ly/Scienceish_The_Invisible_Man_Sources

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    • 41 min
    7: Dark Waters

    7: Dark Waters

    Have we all been poisoned? PFAS chemicals are all around us and almost certainly in your blood. But just how worried should we be? Michael sits down with Mark Ruffalo and Rob Bilott to talk about the shocking true story behind Dark Waters.

    Link to Rob Bilott’s excellent book: bit.ly/Rob_Bilott_Exposure

    Sources: bit.ly/Scienceish_Dark_Waters_Sources

    Produced by Eli Block
    Assistant Producer: Holly Aquilina

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    • 41 min
    6: Robocop

    6: Robocop

    Will we inevitably all become Cyborgs? More than ever, we’re hearing from Silicon Valley types that humans are going to need to merge with machines. But just what would our augmented future look like? Rick and Michael plug in to the techno-dystopian classic Robocop to find out whether we’ll radically alter our bodies or risk being left behind.

    Featuring: Professor Kevin Warwick

    Produced by Eli Block and Ivor Manley
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    • 40 min
    5: Silence of The Lambs

    5: Silence of The Lambs

    Why aren’t there more cannibals? Through the unforgettable horror of Silence Of The Lambs, Rick and Michael discover that eating your own has all sorts of surprising evolutionary benefits. So why have humans (for the most part) given it up? Time to settle back with some fava beans and a nice Chianti… fffthff..fftsf.ffthf...

    Featuring Bill Schutt - billschutt.com
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    • 36 min
    4: Star Wars

    4: Star Wars

    Is the Force a real thing? Michael takes Rick on a mind bending tour through a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars! Crucial questions will be answered: did Luke Skywalker get his powers from a parasite? Can we use quantum entanglement to summon a lightsaber? Did George Lucas cheat on his homework? All will be revealed... Featuring: Patrick JohnsonSources: http://bit.ly/StarWars_Sources

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    • 38 min
    3: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    3: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Looking to escape to another reality? Why not try a virtual one? In this episode Rick and Michael get sucked into the world of Jumanji, as they pose the question on everybody's mind's right now, "could we ever live in a game?" Whether it's digital forest bathing, VR experiences for Cockroaches or turning ourselves into inanimate objects, no virtual stone will be left unturned. 
     
    Featuring: Professor Bob Stone

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

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Science(ish)

By far my favourite podcast. The most important scientific discussions facing modern society framed in entertaining sci fi movie classics. Dr. Michael Brooks shines in this podcast bringing years of expertise as one of the worlds best science writers. Rick Edwards is also in the podcast and provides great chemistry and conversation. Tune in for laughs and new found understanding of interesting scientific topics.

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