This week’s theme, Chemistry, was chosen to coincide with RSC Chemistry Week, which takes place from the 16th to 23rd of November. We’ve been saving some chemistry songs especially for this one!
Carla’s Quiz had an extra special chemistry-themed challenge. In place of the usual Sheffield question, Carla asked Steph and Vicky to learn as much of the elements song as possible. Easier said than done, we think! (Steph would like to point out that it might be slightly more useful to learn a version of the song that contains the elements in order…) Talking of catchy songs, we also had a chat about earworms and how scientists have investigated what happens when a song gets stuck in your head.
This week’s Alphabet of Science word was elements. Steph chose carbon (C) as her favourite elements and Carla chose einsteinium (Es).
Our Chemistry Week guest was Nate Adams, a post-doc at the University of Sheffield who will be delivering this year’s Science Brainwaves Christmas lecture along with Jon Wood. He is known for his spectacular science demonstrations and his light-up lab coat, and he discussed his favourite chemistry demos and what we might expect from the Christmas lecture, Throwing Spanners at Nanobots. The Christmas lecture will be on December 6th at St Georges Church Lecture Theatre. Tickets will be released soon, please check our Facebook and Twitter for details. Nate also runs Project Neurone, a science-based art installation at Furnace Park in Sheffield which Science Brainwaves volunteers are helping with.
Our next show airs on Sunday November 24th at 11am on Forge Radio and our theme will be science policy, looking at conservation and the environment in particular. Our guest is Professor Peter Bridgewater, Chairman of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.
This week’s songs:
- Britney Spears – Toxic
- Tom Lehrer – The Elements
- Spandau Ballet – Gold
- Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
- The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize
Listen to the Week 5 show at: mixcloud.com/sciencebrainwaves/17112013-science-brainwaves-chemistry-week/