Driving the Curiosity Mars Rover

Listen here: Science Weekly podcast – driving the Curiosity Mars Rover

Mars-Planet

It was a busy show for Science Weekly. To kick things off I spoke to Paolo Belluttaone of Nasa’s leading engineers on the Curiosity Mars rover mission and one of the only people in the world to have an interplanetary driving licence.

I also interviewed Professor Pratibha Gai, winner of this year’s L’Oréal-Unesco for Women in Science Award, Europe. Pratibha’s work in molecular microscopy is opening up the atomic world.

Scientist and journalist Maria Botcharova then joined me in the studio to talk about some of the week’s major science news stories, including dinosaur embryos and the thorny issue of conducting research into psychedelic drugs which may have a role in treating severe depression.

Finally, Guardian design and architecture writer Oliver Wainwright dropped by to discuss 4D printing and a future world in which chairs assemble themselves and nano-robots track down and kill cancer cells.

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