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Should we be vaccinating children in the UK against SARS-Cov 2? Children are rarely seriously ill if they catch Covid but infections mean missed school, and they can pass it onto older vulnerable people. The US, Canada, Israel and Dubai are some places that are already vaccinating the under 18s and Pfizer has recently published data from a trial of…
 
In this episode we leave Genebackis and visit Unta briefly before settling into the Seven Cities. We meet Felisin, Ganoes Paran’s sister in the worst possible circumstances. And we explore new characters and old in the Raraku Desert, Hissan and Ehrlitan. Predictions: Pormqual won’t survive this book…anyone named Pormqual is not someone that the aut…
 
Sars Cov2, as the Covid19 coronavirus is called, probably began as the vast majority of new diseases do, when an animal virus infected a person – perhaps in a market or farm. There’s a large animal market in the city of Wuhan that sold wild as well as farmed animals, and studies have shown that different species of animals can infect each other wit…
 
Human impact on planet earth’s plant life might be detectable several thousand years back in fossil pollen cores taken from mud columns around the world. As Suzette Flantua and Ondrej Mottl describe in a paper published in the journal Science, a rapid acceleration in the changes in pollen species goes back further than we might have expected. This …
 
Vic Gill talks to scientists who have cured a vaccine-induced blood clot patient, and meets a former top F1 chief engineer who wants to transform the fuel industry.Scientists in Vienna have been continuing to look at the rare blood clots associated with the AZ Covid-19 vaccination. Paul Knoebl describes to Vic his paper describing the diagnosis and…
 
Take a supernatural journey as we tour the music history of Lynyrd Skynyrd. We reveal the harrowing details of their fatal plane crash and the deadly curse that followed the band around like a ghost. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacyโดย Death by Misadventure
 
Untreated wastewater "routinely released into UK rivers" is creating microplastic hotspots on riverbeds. That is the conclusion of a study in Greater Manchester, which revealed high concentrations of plastic immediately downstream of treatment works. The team behind the research concluded: untreated wastewater was the key source of river microplast…
 
Despite being home to our early ancestors, attempts to find evidence of early burials in Africa have proved unsuccessful. That is until now. Professor María Martinón-Torres explains how findings from a 78,000-year-old Kenyan grave shed light on how our ancestors related to the dead. In keeping with the theme of clues from the past, Cardiff Universi…
 
Now that NASA engineers have successfully flown a helicopter remotely on Mars planetary scientists are exploring how to use the technology elsewhere. Marnie Chesterton talks to Elizabeth "Zibi" Turtle, from Johns Hopkins University who is working on a mission to fly a drone, called Dragonfly, above Titan, one of Saturn's moons. A new report that ha…
 
In this episode, Scott reflects on some of the themes the movie portrays and how it can shape our lives.Film for Thought is a segment, where the movies' spiritual and psychological themes get reveal and are used as teachable moments.
 
This week has seen a huge surge in Covid- 19 in India leading to concern of a "double mutant" variant, but what do we know about this B.1.617 as it is otherwise known. It was first described in October and is now in other countries including the UK. Virologist Dr Muge Cevik looks at the emerging evidence around vaccines and new variants.Climate cha…
 
In this episode we encounter the Jaghut Tyrant. He’s everything we were told he would be…and yet he isn’t even the Big Bad! There is an epic dual at Simtal’s Estate. The Eel is unmasked. Lorn meets a cruel fate. Paran is once again whisked to a magic realm. And, oh yeah, Anomander Rake is a real party animal/dragon. Predictions: We will hear about …
 
The story of what we understand about the rare cases of blood clots associated with certain Covid-19 vaccines is constantly evolving. In today’s programme Professor Beverley Hunt looks at the emerging evidence.How have the restrictions due to Covid 19 affected how we grieve? Professor Claire White, an expert in grief and mourning, is investigating …
 
In 2016, an accelerator physics centre called Fermilab acquired a massive circular 50 foot magnet from a lab in New York. Too big for the roads, the magnet had to take a 2000km detour via New Orleans to get to its new home. This was the start of the “muon g-2” experiment. Last week, Fermilab announced some of their results, and they don’t quite add…
 
Scientists were delighted earlier this year to find they would still have access to the EU Horizon 2020 funding and collaborations. Now, it has been revealed that membership of this group, which was previously paid for through fees to the European Union, may come directly from the science budget, at a cost of about £15 billion over the next 7 years…
 
The UK is reportedly halfway towards meeting its 2050 target of "net zero" carbon emissions. How did we get there and how will we achieve the next stage? ‘UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 were 51% below 1990 levels, according to a new Carbon Brief analysis. This means the UK is now halfway to meeting its target of “net-zero” emissions by 2050.’ …
 
We still know very little about exactly how the embryo forms out of a mass of dividing cells in those crucial first weeks after conception. This is also the time when many miscarriages occur, and scientists want to understand why. Couples going through IVF donate spare embryos for research and scientists are permitted to study them in a test tube, …
 
On Friday 5th March China published a draft for its 14th five-year plan in Beijing. The document acts as a national economic blueprint and was expected to provide an outline as to how the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions planned on tackling its target of reaching net zero emissions by 2060, put forward by President Xi Jinping las…
 
With global warming continuing to increase at an alarming rate, we need all the help we can get to lock up the carbon that we’ve released into the atmosphere. Fortunately, plants have evolved to do just this, but there’s a whole class of plants that often get forgotten: the mangroves and seagrasses that grow between land and sea, which are among th…
 
In this episode Paran reunites with the Bridgeburners, Rallick and Mallet save Coll’s life, and Crokus is stupid. Predictions: Baruk saves Darujhistan. Not Anomander Rake. Kruppe knocked out Serat. The Finnest will be put inside Darujhistan Mammot Survives Our next episode will finish Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson. If you’re looking for coo…
 
On Thursday, The UN Environmental Programme published a report called Making Peace With Nature. It attempts to synthesise vast amounts of scientific knowledge and communicate “how climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution can be tackled jointly within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals”. But it also offers clear and digestible…
 
From the Lower East Side of Manhattan to the hearts and minds of millions around the world, Jack Kirby very much earned the title of "King". But his was not an easy journey. Join Scott as he talks with writers Fred Van Lente and Crystal Skillman about their play turned audio drama King Kirby, a fantastic exploration of the man behind some of the mo…
 
On Thursday 18th Feb 2020 Nasa’s Perseverance Rover is due to touch down – gently and accurately – in the Jezero crater on Mars. Using similar nail-biting Sky Crane technology as its predecessor Curiosity, if successful it will amongst many other things attempt to fly the first helicopter in the thin Martian atmosphere, and leave small parcels of i…
 
In a final roundtable discussion led by retired homicide detectives Pat Tapia and Paul Delhauer, we conclude the Dragonfly series with an exclusive look inside the history of Brett Cantor’s cold case and what they discovered in our year long murder investigation. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcirc…
 
Happy Valentines Day Capers! Okay, yeah, it's been a few days since the 14th, but Scott and Jillian Diblasio want to celebrate anyway. By watching one of the crappiest "romance" films to come out of the 90's. Hey, you have your traditions, we have ours! Listen & Subscribe: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher | PodBean | Podchaser | Podpar…
 
Victoria Gill and guests discuss the signs and symptoms of melting ice and anthropogenic climate warming, illicit CFC production and the racket we make in the seas. As two robotic missions from UAE and China arrive at Mars , and a third from NASA arrives next week, UK astronaut Tim Peake talks of the international collaboration in Mars research tha…
 
Does this video game series have a soul? Scott and Kit certainly think so! And with the latest trailer for Mass Effect: Legendary Edition out, they have a lot of opinions about how they'd like the remaster of three of their favourite games to turn out. Imagine that. Sci-fi fans having an opinion on something. You so rarely see that these days. List…
 
Ahead of the COP summit in Glasgow at the end of the year, this week an important study was published that attempts to enumerate the value of biodiversity in the economics of humankind. Prof Sir Partha Dasgupta's review makes it clear how essential and yet vulnerable it is.Trees play a large part in the biosystems of the planet, and replanting them…
 
Keep on truckin' soul brothers! I'll stop now. Batman has a new animated movie...one that would be better suited without him. Scott and Alex run down the good and the bad of this 70's exploitation inspired outing, all while simping over Lady Shiva. Peace, love, and granola! Listen & Subscribe: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher | PodBean…
 
A year after the first SARS-Cov2 sequences were received in the vaccine labs, Dr Alex Lathbridge and guests look into ongoing development and what next year's booster shots might be like. Prof Robin Shattock's team at Imperial College are still working on their vaccine technology - called 'Self Amplifying RNA' or saRNA. A little bit behind their we…
 
With Wonder Woman 1984 continuing to garner negative criticism, it makes you question what the future of the DCEU really is. Sure, there's a brand new Suicide Squad coming up, but what about some of the lesser known heroes of the DC universe? When are they going to get their time in the spotlight? Scott is joined by new AP2HYC writer Francisco Andr…
 
In this episode the Scooby Gang heads to the Gadrobi Hills, and run home with their tails between their legs. Tool and Lorn have a crisis of faith while engaged in a task that they both know is stupid. And Paran does…well everything. Predictions: Toc is not dead. Hairlock is dead. Cotillion will return to Sorry’s body at the end of this book. Our n…
 
Reports this week talk of some BAME ethnic minorities being significantly less likely to take a covid vaccine if offered. Vittal Katikireddi and Tolullah Oni both sit on the SAGE ethnicity subgroup, and they discuss with Alex Lathbridge where the figures come from and quite what they might mean. Some of these same groups have suffered some of the w…
 
We speak exclusively with Brett Cantor's former girlfriend, Rose McGowan about his final days and how she convinced LAPD in 2006 to take a second look at his cold case. The new investigation leads to a DNA hit and a person of interest. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy…
 
With the recent announcement that EA has lost their exclusive license to make Star Wars video games, Scott and Alex have decided to talk about the history of video games that take place a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. They discuss their own personal beefs with certain games, their dissatisfaction with EA, and what the future might …
 
In the new EU-UK deal, the UK is to be an associate member of the latest EU research funding round, known as Horizon Europe. Costing around £2bn to take part, what can UK scientists now do and what has changed? UKRI CEO Otteline Leyser and the Wellcome Trust EU specialist Beth Thompson discuss ways in which UK researchers are breathing a sigh of re…
 
We needed this. With all the horrible things happening right now, we needed to have a bit of fun. Scott is joined by Archit Tripathi to laugh at a terrible movie that everyone has already made fun of. But who cares, it's The Last Airbender. It can take it. Stay safe Capers. Listen & Subscribe: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher | PodBean…
 
After the decision by the UK government last week to change the spacing between dosings of vaccine from the recommended 3 weeks to 12 weeks, immunologists around the world have been discussing with some urgency the wisdom of such a move. The FDA and the WHO are deeply sceptical, and the manufacturers have distanced themselves to some extent, by cau…
 
Grab your impractically long scarf, sonic screwdriver and robot dog, we're talking about Doctor Wibbling Wobbling Who! Except Chris Chibnall wrote it so maybe lets not get too excited. The decline of New Who continues with the latest New Years Day Special, a disappointing outing for the madwoman in the blue box. Is there anything of worth to enjoy?…
 
As a new decade ticks over, Dr Adam Rutherford, Professor Alice Roberts and Professor Brian Cox look back on a decade of science that has transformed perceptions of our medicine, our history and our universe.From advances in genetics that have brought personalized medicine to reality, and revealed the ghosts of ancestral human species never before …
 
After what feels like an eternity, Wonder Woman 1984 is here! But does it match the hype? Short answer, no. Long answer......it's complicated. From tonal problems to a fantastic cast, WW84 is a mixed bag that only Scott and Alex Mirabal can sort out. That is, when they're both done squeeing over Pedro Pascal. Listen & Subscribe: Spotify | Apple Pod…
 
The "911 Calls with the Operator" podcast series presents and dissects the gripping emergency calls made throughout the world. Travel the rough road that dispatchers, and those on the other end of the line, must travel to help those in crisis. (PROMO) Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/priva…
 
Nobody could have failed to notice the one story dominating the science news this year - but what about the discoveries that have been overshadowed in 2020? This week, Dr Adam Rutherford eschews all mentions of the pandemic as he invites dinosaur researcher Dr Susie Maidment, climate scientist Dr Tamsin Edwards and astrophysicist Dr Emma Chapman to…
 
Merry Crimbo and Happy Holidays ya filthy animals! The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! A time of thanksgiving, joy, and goodwill to all the people of the world. So lets celebrate it with a game where elves and hobbits punch each other! Hey you have your traditions and we have ours. Scott is joined by Alex, Jillian, James, and Molly for …
 
We go beyond the grave to search for clues in Brett Cantor's unsolved murder. We speak with four esteemed psychic detectives who offer their supernatural insight about his cold case. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacyโดย Death by Misadventure
 
In this episode the two main groups, the Darujhistan Scooby Gang and the Bridgeburners, collide. So do Anomander Rake, and the Assassins Guild. Crokus decides that “love” can make a thief into a respectable man. Sorry kills multiple people without a second thought. Predictions: Kruppe is the Eel. Kruppe’s warren is opposed to the Shadow Warren. Sor…
 
Dr Alex Lathbridge with your peek at the week in science.This week in the House of Commons Matt Hancock announced a new variant in the Covid virus, discovered to be spreading through the south east of the UK. As Professor Jonathan Ball of the University of Nottingham describes, there have been many slight mutations and changes to the DNA in the vir…
 
This week, Podcapers goes weird! Well...weird-ER! Scott is joined by Dara Berkey to talk about the strangest shows they watched as kids, which I'm sure in no way messed them up as adults. From Ghostwriter to The Demon Headmaster, this is some of the most bizarre stuff that coked up children's TV execs can imagine! Oh also, there's a bunch of new St…
 
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