Christmas is a time for over indulgence, letting go and unwinding, but not for everyone. Addiction is a problem for over 280,000 people in the UK. In this episode we talk to Dr Niki Ray to help us understand the reality of addiction and explore it’s biological impact and treatment.
One in two British, German and American people believe in alien life. But if alien life existed, what would it mean for humans? In this episode we are investigating Independence Day: Resurgence, discussing evidence for aliens, the practicality of living in space and asking why so many people believe in alien life?
In this episode of the podcast we talk to Dr Steve Millington about the 1949 film Passport to Pimlico, and try to determine what it can tell us about the current political situation in the UK, especially with regards to what Devolution could mean for Manchester following Brexit.
In this episode of the podcast we talk to Dr Emma Coulthard about the 2002 film The Mothman Prophecies, and attempt to find out what it is about moths that seem to freak so many people out. We also talk about cryptids, pseudoscience and pancakes.
For this episode of the Neutrinos are Mutating, we are joined by Tor Yip, Specialist Project Manager in Augmented Reality, at Manchester Metropolitan University, who will be exploring the current state of AR, its similarity to the ‘future’ of the Minority Report, and giving us a heads up as to what to expect in the not-so-distant future.
In this special live edition of the podcast we talk to Dr Sophie Nixon and Professor Neil Reeves about the 2015 film ‘The Martian’. This episode was produced in conjunction with Into Film, the Institute of Physics and the European City of Science. Make sure to check out the Into Film resource on ‘The Martian’ here at: www.intofilm.org/resources/275
In this episode of the podcast we talk to Dr Matthew Southgate about the 2007 film ‘Transformers’, discussing robots, washing machines, the Beagle 2 lander, and of course Cristiano Ronaldo’s six pack.
Ever walked into an interview concerned your tie or shirt colour might give the wrong impression? What about if your genetic information wasn’t up to the standards of the employer? Join us as we discuss genetic profiling, genetic disorders, eugenics and the 1997 Sci-Fi classic Gattaca.
Would you like the ability to control electronics with your mind? Store data on your internal flash memory? Want to be a cyborg? In this episode we discuss the 1989 Jean-Claude van Damme film ‘Cyborg’ and ask what makes a cyborg? Where is the technology going? And are we headed for an ethical blackhole?
In this episode of the podcast, the team chat to Dr Hannah Mossman about the science fact behind the sci-fi classic ‘The Day of The Triffids’, and we find out why you should never water your plants with sea water…
In this episode we talk with Professor Mark Slevin, a researcher in cell pathology about the possibilities of medical immortality. We also look at Transcendence, the 2014 film staring Johnny Depp which deals with many of the same issues.
In this episode of the podcast we talk Dr Lisa Simmons, Senior Lecturer in Applied Physics, about the science of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. This includes a discussion of the StarKiller Base, Sam making a fool of himself and LOTS OF SPOILERS!
In this episode of The Neutrinos Are Mutating, we talk to Dr Kathryn Adamson, a climatologist specialising in the Quaternary environmental change, and in particular the impacts of climate change on glacial activity. Together, we venture into the world of “Hollywood Climate Change” and discuss the 2004 climate science fiction disaster movie “The Day After Tomorrow”. Listen in to find out if Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid and co should expect to see a ship in the streets of New York surrounded by frozen ice any time soon…
This episode of the podcast sees the TNAM team discussing Jurassic World, dinosaurs and evolution in front of a live studio audience as part of the Into Film Festival.
Halloween is observed on October 31st, a holiday dedicated to all things scary, gruesome and gory. Whilst we experience Halloween with pumpkins, trick-or-treating and costume parties, many movie makers have attempted to scare movie goers – join us (and our bad vampire impressions) to find out if our fear is scientifically accurate.
In this episode, we talk to Oliver Sutcliffe, Sr. Lecturer in pharmaceutical & analytically chemistry at Manchester Metropolitan University. We find out about the drug smuggling techniques used in the 16th James Bond film ‘Licence To Kill’.
Hands up, how many people wanted a Scrupdiddlyumptious bar when they were younger? In this episode we talk to Haleh Moravej, a Nutrition expert and entrepreneur discussing everything from calorie consumption, low-calorie sweeteners and even human milk, whilst delving into the messages behind Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
In this episode of the podcast, we talk to Dr Ed Harris, a Senior Lecturer in Conservation Genetics at Manchester Metropolitan University, and find out why splicing a termite and a praying mantis make the perfect killing machine, in Guillermo Del Toro’s 1997 film ‘Mimic’.
In this episode, we talk to Jo Verran, Professor of Microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan University, and find out if bombs could prevent the spread of disease, as seen in Wolfgang Peterson’s 1995 film ‘Outbreak’.
In this episode, we talk to Martyn Amos, a Professor of Novel Computation at Manchester Metropolitan University, and find out how close we are to killer sentient robots, specifically in relation to Ridley Scott’s 1982 film ‘Blade Runner’.
In this episode, we take a look at Hydrogen fuel cells and how they have appeared in Terminator, James Bond and most importantly Chain Reaction. A 1996 action movie starring Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman who make a hydrogen-based breakthrough that could revolutionize the world’s energy crisis.