Monday, 22 January 2018

Round-up of top science discoveries of 2017 with @smrolfe

Radio Verulam Science Feature 22-01-2018
Some of the top science discoveries and stories from 2017

Sam and Danny discussed the following stories:

Giant Pandas and Humpback whales no longer endangered
Thanks to conservation efforts both species are no longer endangered and wild panda populations have grown by 17 % since 2007.

Hole in the Ozone layer is healing
Since the discovery of the hole in the ozone layer, CFCs were banned in products in the late 1980s, early 1990s, since then we have been monitoring the size and shape of the hole. This is the first time that we have been able to estimate the healing of the hole to somewhere between 2050 and 2070.

Cure for the common cold?
A gene-targeting drug is being developed that may be able to cure all examples of the virus could be available by 2027. It targets the genes responsible for the assembly of the virus, which can attack all varieties, unlike a vaccine. Vaccines encourage drug resistance, whereas this is like pouring sand into a clock mechanism, disabling it.

Organ transplant breakthrough
Human-pig embryos have been created, potentially paving the way for doctors to be able to grow an unlimited supply of organs.

Brain implant helps quadriplegic man
He was able to move his fingers after he broke his neck six years ago, thanks to a cybernetic implant in his brain

Malaria death rates drop
Death rates have fallen by 60 % since 2000, translating to 6.2 million lives saved over the past 17 years, thanks to efforts to control and eliminate the disease.

These are the stories we didn’t have time to get to:

A new state of matter – time-crystals
Solid, liquid, gas, plasma, Bose-Einstein condensates and now, time-crystals. Time crystals have a repeating crystal structure, not just in space, but also in time. This discovery could help revolutionise quantum computing. They are a material that can have movement, even at their lowest energy state, by periodically switching the alignment of the atoms inside the crystal.

Therapy that reverses ageing in mice
Scientists in the Netherlands have developed a molecule that purges the damaged cells in tissues that build up promoting age-related diseases. Elderly mice re-grew fur and could out-run untreated mice by twice the distance.

Physicist creates drip-free wine bottle
An additional small groove at the top of the bottle saves every drop! Because glass is hydrophilic (‘water-loving’), it attracts the wine as it pours out. The groove forces droplets to fall with the wine as it pours or return to the bottle.

For more details, pictures and videos, visit the sources below.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Coming up next week on West Herts Drivetime (w/b 22nd Jan 2018) including @smrolfe, @pheeniie, and @FBerrynews

On Monday, Space Dr Sam talks Science.

Regular feature "Interior Design" with Gwendoline Alderton, find out how to bring a cosy winter touch to your home on Tuesday.

Drivetime Sessions on Wednesday welcomes Phoenix O'Neill, who will play original songs and the regular required cover.

On Thursday, Danny will get local news stories from Franki Berry from the Herts Ad.

And Friday brings the usual Radio Verulam Film Guide with Simon Carver...

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 19th January 2018

Simon was in the studio again to talk at length about the 10 top movies in the box office as well as his choice of free-to-air TV for the coming week:

Idiocracy (2006)
9.00pm – 10.40pm

Sicario (2015)
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Channel 4

The Sting (1973)
11.00pm – 1.30am

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
8.00pm – 10.15pm

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
9.00pm – 11.30pm

The Madness of King George (1995)
7.50pm – 10.00pm

Pulp Fiction (1994)
9.00pm – 12.00am

Liz from Fleetville Community Centre tells us about the history and upcoming new build

Fleetville is a widely multi-cultural area in St Albans and the Community Centre brings a secular space for the residents to host community events.

Open for a total of 75 years, the building became a community centre from around the late 1970s, previously a nursery.

Upcoming events include:
Friday 26th Jan - 7:30 pm - Burns Night, book in advance.
Friday 23rd Feb - 7:30 pm - Big Quiz
Friday 16th March - 7:30 pm - Silent Disco

Other regular uses of the building that you can get involved with include: a nursery, Bridge club, learn IT skills, cooking classes, play table tennis, painting, rehearsing for plays and learn about Fleetville's full and amazing history.

The new build will be replace the current pre-fab building, which was only meant for around 10 years use. It is not fuel efficient and cracks and damp patches are appearing...!

'Friends of Fleetville Community Centre' are always looking for people to join their team, helping with organising events and to raise money for the new build. You don't have to live in Fleetville!

For more details visit:
Tel: 01727 836 843

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: High Fidelity

Charlotte rounds off a week of Jack Black films with 2000 Drama/Romance "High Fidelity".

John Cusack stars as the owner of a failing record store in Chicago, where he sells music on vinyl. Although they have an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music and are consumed by the music scene, it's of no help to Rob when his long-time girlfriend, Laura (Iben Hjejle), walks out on him. As he examines his failed attempts at romance and happiness, his two friends, played by Jack Black and Todd Louiso.