Never Lick the Spoon
Episode 6 - Bacteria hysteria

Episode 6 - Bacteria hysteria

January 30, 2020

From HG Wells to David Bowie, "is there life on Mars?" is one of the most iconic questions yet to be answered. We speak to someone who could be one of the first people to answer that question in the next year! Also, the recent coronavirus outbreak shows us just how quickly disease can spread. With the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance is it just a matter of time before now curable infections - like bubonic plague - make their return?

Episode 5 - Sprouts and fatbergs, it must be Christmas!

Episode 5 - Sprouts and fatbergs, it must be Christmas!

December 20, 2019

Ever wonder why you hate Brussels sprouts? It turns out the answer could be in your genes! It's also the reason chemical in these controversial little vegetables was used as a paternity test! We also investigate an unintended side effect of our festive gorging - fatbergs - and how researchers in Imperial are exploring ways to use them as a biofuel. 

Episode 4 - Penicillin’s untold story

Episode 4 - Penicillin’s untold story

August 2, 2019

Every schoolchild will tell you that Penicillin, one of the great discoveries of the 20th century, was discovered by Alexander Fleming. But it was a young German refugee that brought Penicillin out of the scientific papers and into the hospital, his name was Ernst Chain. Kieran travels to University College London to speak to Ernst’s son, Benny, himself a pioneer in biochemistry.

Episode 3 - 3D printing and Brian Cox-ing

Episode 3 - 3D printing and Brian Cox-ing

May 24, 2019

3D printing has evolved to the stage where we can now create aircraft parts, satellite components, medical implants and even copies of people’s faces. However, as Kieran finds out, this promising field also has potentially troubling aspects. Also, in the era of "fake news", we hear how science communication is more important than ever with the presenter of the BBC World Service programme "Digital Planet", Gareth Mitchel.

Episode 2 - Hey Alexa, please turn off the patriarchy

Episode 2 - Hey Alexa, please turn off the patriarchy

March 28, 2019

Kieran hears how the efforts of a Physics postdoc for greater recognition for female scientist resulted in her being named in Nature's 10 scientists that mattered in 2018, and we speak to the next generation of female entrepreneurs.

Episode 1 - Smart tattoos and internet blues

Episode 1 - Smart tattoos and internet blues

February 19, 2019

In our first episode, Kieran finds out how social you are can influence how you feel about social media. We also hear how researchers in Imperial are developing smart tattoos capable of monitoring health by changing colour, which could tell an athlete when they are dehydrated or a diabetic when their blood sugar level rises.