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March 2018 Extra: Brains in Space

March 2018 Extra

In the show this time, we talk to Helen Fraser about Laboratory astrophysics and astrochemistry, Dr Adam Avison tells us about Massive star formation and ALMA in this month's JodBite, and your astronomy questions are answered by George Bendo in Ask an Astronomer.

JodBite with Dr Adam Avison

A familiar voice returns to the Jodcast as Dr Adam Avison from the University of Manchester talks about massive star formation and brings us some highlights from the ALMA telescope. You can find his earlier interviews from July 2010 and February 2011 on our website.

Interview with Helen Fraser

Dr Helen Fraser talks to us about her work in laboratory astrophysics and astrochemistry, trying to recreate the conditions of space to study the chemistry in various region in the universe.

Ask an Astronomer

George Bendo answers your astronomical questions:

Odds and Ends

A 'floating brain' will begin working on board the ISS CIMON (the Crew Interactive Mobile Companion), it is a small metal and plastic device with a screen that can move and behave autonomously, helping the astronauts onboard with tasks, whilst also being a massive milestone in AI technology. Amazingly, CIMON is able to 'engage with astronauts as a colleague','learning about those onboard and behaving differently depending on who it is interacting with!

Could the first stars shed light on Dark Matter? We have a chat about the recent Cosmic Dawn papers which present an observation of the light from the first stars. Discussing also the implications this observation could have on the possible interaction between baryons and dark matter! Click here for more details.

The Tiangong-1 space station which is currently hurtling towards the earth. Where will the pieces land? Will they land on you? Is the sky falling?.

Show Credits

JodBite:Dr Adam Avison and Monique Henson
Interview:Helen Fraser and Fiona Healy
Ask An Astronomer:George Bendo and Eunseong Lee
Presenters:Josh Hayes, Nialh McCallum, Christopher Joel Williams
Editors:Adam Avison, Emma Alexander, Jake Morgan
Segment Voice:Mike Peel
Website:Naomi Asabre Frimpong and Stuart Lowe
Producer:Naomi Asabre Frimpong
Cover art:The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has snapped the best ever image of the Antennae Galaxies CREDIT: ESA/Hubble and NASA

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