Photo credit: NASADr Ian Crawford
As the shuttle Discovery has touched down for the last time and preparations get underway for her sister shuttle Endeavour’s final flight, Adam Rutherford talks to Dr Ian Crawford, from Birkbeck College, to reflect on the missions and also to discuss the future of human space exploration.
Scientists from Oxford University claim to have defined exactly what the trumpet of a daffodil is. Flowers are usually built from the same basic four parts: sepals, petals, stamens and carpels, but daffodils also have a fifth part, known as the trumpet, or corona. After dissecting thousands of bulbs Dr. Robert Scotland and his team have suggested that the trumpet is a new organ. Robert joins Adam to explain more.Dr Robert Scotland
James Watt exhibition
Adam visits the Science Museum in London, where curators are preparing for a new exhibition which allows visitors to step inside the extraordinary workshop of inventor and engineer James Watt. Watt was seen as the founder of the Industrial Revolution - his improvements to the steam engine were fundamental to the changes brought by the revolution. The exhibition opens on March 23rd. Ben Russell and Andrew Nahum show Adam around the exhibition and explain Watts and his partner Matthew Boulton’s legacy.Science Museum
Ig Nobel Prizes
Adam talks to Marc Abrahams, founder of the annual Ig Nobel Prizes. The prizes honour achievements in ‘improbable research’ that first make people laugh, and then make them think. Now in their 21st year, the awards are intended to celebrate the unusual, honour the imaginative — and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology. Marc is in the UK on the 2011 Ig Nobel Tour of the U.K, as part of national Science and Engineering week.
Weekly science conversation, on everything from archaeology to zoology, from abacus to the…