Monday, 23 June 2014

Science Correspondent - Sam Rolfe

Sam Rolfe our science correspondent was back for our monthly science update, featuring intriguing stories such as the exciting discovery of a mystery object in the sea on Saturn's moon, Titan, which has been colloquially referred to amongst it's discoverers as a "Magic Island". It is possible that moons and planetary bodies such as Titan could sustain life, which is why the discovery of this "island" is so interesting. In the sea, a mysterious object was visible then disappeared in the space of two weeks. Danny suggested the possibility of a "extra terrestrial craft", sadly this is contrary to the scientists' current theories, which include icebergs and deep sea deposits.

Sam also enlightened us with the discovery of a new drug which can target antibiotic resistant bacteria such as MRSA, so hope is not lost! Unfortunately, a huge loss to the scientific community has been sustained with the death of Stephanie Kwolek, who invented Kevlar. This remarkable woman has made a significant contribution to the international community, saving lives, as Kevlar has many uses including: body armour, car tyres and boots for firefighters. Kwolek was a pioneer for women in the scientific community who is an inspiration to us all and will be sorely missed.

For the sky this month, you may need to stay up later, but put the date 4th July in your diaries where the Earth is furthest away from the sun during its orbit, so make sure to look for Ursa Major, Hercules , Virgo and Lyra and Cygnus.

We'd like to thank Sam for being with us for what was a educational and enjoyable experience and if you missed anything, be sure to catch up with our listen again service.

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