Category Archives: Science

Lockdown London: Anjana Ahuja

Deserted streets. Public transport carrying a fraction of its usual passenger payload. Theatreland a wasteland. The daily toll of death and suffering.

This is not a fictional disaster movie, but the current reality in London and for much of the world as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Presenter Adrian Lacey speaks to FT science columnist Anjana Ahuja about how she spotted the potential significance of the coronavirus which causes Covid-19.

Adrian also shares his reflections on these strange times, finding a parallel in a Wordsworth poem. Perfect lockdown (or post-lockdown) listening.

Anjana’s FT January 8th article (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/e1cdfa46-3142-11ea-a329-0bcf87a328f2

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Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Incidental music: What Have You Done by Lee Rosevere and Great Expectations by Kai Engel

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Can Your Spine Think? And other problems

The marvel that is your mind, and more mysteries of consciousness in this fun workout for your grey matter! If your brain’s like a computer, then your spine is carrying a load a of data cables to it. So does that mean it’s ‘thinking’?

Top consultant neurologist Dr Angus Nisbet addresses this and other knotty nerve-based issues with Adrian Lacey. Join both on walkabout in Bloomsbury’s Queens Square, home to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, where Angus trained in his specialism. It’s also where a pub may hold the key to King George III’s madness, and where a medical device sounds like you’re on the set of Dr Who!

This podcast includes the second part of a studio-based interview with Dr Nisbet – companion to the edition called How Do We Know We Know? Angus is currently writing on the themes explored here, with the working title The Treble Soul: the Three Mysteries of Human Consciousness.

Angus in dinner jacket with bow tie, smiling to camera
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Dr Angus Nisbet (Nuffield Health)

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There’s more on Angus here

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Produced by Adrian Lacey ©2019

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email: London@adrianlacey.com

Instagram: lacey.adrian

Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Incidental music: What Have You Done by Lee Rosevere

Music used, mixed with speech, with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

Apollo 50 & Lunar London

In this oblique angle on the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon in the Apollo 11 mission, presenter Adrian Lacey talks to Ron Burkey. He’s made it his mission to reconstitute the computer code that got humans to the moon, in order for you to be able to reproduce some of that experience on your own computer!

You’ll also hear how Adrian met the second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, in London, as well as the story of a hairy happening in the same BBC building while the lunar module came into land. Quite literally far out, man!

Ron Burkey
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Ron Burkey at home in Dallas

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2019

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email: London@adrianlacey.com

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Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Music used, mixed with speech, with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence