Dinosaurs

Jurassic Park

Physicist Dr Jen Gupta and comedian Alice Fraser travel the worlds of science and sci-fi.
Astro-physicist Jen Gupta and comedian Alice Fraser travel the parallel worlds of science and sci-fi.

Starting with the latest books and films, they discover real life science that sounds too strange to be true - from babies grown in bags, via black hole Jacuzzis, to flowers that behave like our ears.

In this episode, they tackle the question everyone wants to know the answer to – can we bring the dinosaurs back to life? They talk to the journalist Britt Wray about the surprising origin story for the book Jurassic Park. Then they dive into the world of de-extinction research and find out why there is a group of scientists who focus all their time on reviving extinct species. 

They ask if we might soon see woolly mammoths roaming the Siberian steppe once again. What are the potential pitfalls of resurrecting the dead? 

Produced by Joe Sykes 
Executive Producer: Peggy Sutton
A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

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Dippy the dinosaur
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The first stop of Dippy's UK tour was Dorset County Museum in Dorchester

He is not just a pretty face - Dippy the dinosaur has been a money-spinner on its UK tour.

The 26-metre-long dinosaur skeleton cast, which was on show at the Natural History Museum for almost 40 years, is travelling around the country.

And a report demonstrates the extent of Dippy's money-making powers.

Dippy kicked off its tour last year at the Dorset County Museum.

According to the National Museums Partnership Report, the local area "benefited from £2.2m of visitor spend as a result of Dippy on Tour".

And the museum saw an almost tenfold boost in its income, up from £38,293 to £372,013, its own report shows.

Shop spend, where knitted dinosaurs and dinosaur Monopoly were on sale, enjoyed an even bigger year-on-year increase, from £9,531 to £188,152.

Dippy is on a two-year tour of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and five regions across England.

The National Museums Partnership Report says UK museums loaned nearly 450,000 objects across the globe last year.

Nearly 70,000 objects from UK national collections were on display in cultural venues around the world in 2018.

The report, published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, comes as UK museums face increasing demands for objects to be returned to their original countries.

Arts minister Rebecca Pow said: "I'm delighted to see that by loaning objects to local, regional and international galleries, last year more than 33 million extra people got to enjoy and engage with treasures from our national collection. It's UK soft power at its best, and benefits all those involved in these innovative partnerships."