Produced by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), these naked Scientist podcasts look at physics questions in an amusing but also informative way.
The oldest light in the Universe • The Planck mission which measures the cosmic microwave background. • Mapping the surface of Mercury. • How Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) crashed into the surface of the Moon and what it revealed. • Imaging of the Moon surface. • Cosmological questions including, what is a quasar, why are the rings of Uranus vertical and do astronauts age more rapidly?
Is there a planet beyond Pluto? • The discovery of new super-Earths. • Images of protoplanetary discs. • The visual and infra-red survey telescope (VISTA) which is making a sensitive survey in the infra-red region. • Astrobiology and where to look for alien life. • Asteroids, moons, dark energy and the fabric of space.
Seeing your house from the Space Station • UrtheCast – integrating images and video from space with social media. • Keppler 22b, an exoplanet that could be like the Earth. • A comet which survived passing close to the Sun. • The influence of cosmic forces on the Earth. • Meteor showers. • Questions on neutrinos, cosmic expansion and the age of the universe.
The dominant force in the Universe • Different types of galaxies. • Disc-systems around nearby stars. • The history of the expanding universe and when dark energy became the dominant force. • The expansion of the Universe. • Trade in meteorites and the conflict between science and collectors. • Fusion in stars and the production of photons and how galaxies move.
Introducing space boffins • The science and technology of space exploration. • Missions to Jupiter and its moons. • SpaceEx mission to service the International Space Station. • The solar orbiter mission which will use a spacecraft being built by UK company Astrium.
SETI, aliens and the origins of life • The search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). • Chemistry that may have led to life on Earth. • Space and astronomy in the cinema. • How researchers sequenced the genome of an unborn baby and why a pregnant woman's immune system does not attack the developing foetus. • A way to help dyslexics read more easily. [b]Plant pathogens observed from orbit[/b] • How satellite imaging can help to understand and control crop diseases. * The Keppler mission and the search for habitable exoplanets. • How precise measurements of pulsars help to indicate gravitational waves.
Work, rest and play: Mars and space tourism • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission lands on Mars. Geologist and MSL scientist Professor Sanjeev Gupta discusses the excitement and science behind the mission. • A fascinating look back at the first manned Gemini spacecraft, with original mission recordings from the launch. STFC is a part of Research Councils UK (RCUK).