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EINSTEIN’S WAVES

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The detection of gravitational waves in 2015 confirmed Einstein’s prediction of a century before – and opened an entirely new window on the universe. Prof. Martin Hendry of Glasgow University, a senior member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration which made the discovery, surveys the brief history of gravitational-wave astronomy ...

MAXWELL’S LIGHT

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James Clerk Maxwell’s discovery of the nature of light led to radio waves and modern telecommunications as well as laying the foundations for much of modern physics. It was on Maxwell’s new foundations that Einstein rebuilt Newton’s work on motion, and the three are widely regarded together as the greatest physicists of all time. ...

JOIN US FOR LUNCH …

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... We’ll also hear today about a way to make electric vehicles more efficient – putting motors in the wheels. It avoids the need for the whole transmission system and makes for a lighter vehicle with better road-holding. We’re joined by the founders of the pioneering Slovenian company ...

COMMUNITIES FOR CLIMATE

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Are the challenges of climate change so great that we should leave them for the world’s leaders, meeting in November in Glasgow? Not at all, says Dr Bobby Macaulay, of Perth College UHI’s Centre for Mountain Studies. Communities can take actions that make a difference, ranging ...

WALK: BURWICK COASTLINE

”There are stunning views over Scapa Flow, the islands and of course the Pentland Firth and Caithness. This area can be a good place for seeing cetaceans and seabirds.”

CRITICAL THINKING

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Can public bodies cope with the biggest challenges of today? Yes they can, says Prof. Iain MacLeod of the Institution of Engineers in Scotland, if they put in place an ethos of critical thinking – constantly challenging and revising proposed solutions and approaches. He gives examples of organisational ...

A WEALTH OF WEEDS

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Gardening can sometimes seem a battle against those plants we consider weeds which want to grow in our carefully-prepared spaces for flowers and vegetables. But, say ethnobotanical researcher Anna Canning and gardener/composter Elizabeth Woodcock, there are other ways ...

CURBING THE ICE MELT BY MINING THE SKY

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With the signs of global warming ever more evident and little international agreement on action, the time has come, says Prof. Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University, to switch to a new approach – to develop technology to remove the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide ...

TUNNELS TO THE ISLES

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The tunnels linking islands in Faroe are transforming the lives of communities. Teitur Samuelsen, the chief executive of the company that owns the new 11-kilometre Eysturoy tunnel, describes how the project was planned, organised and financed.

THE FESTIVAL CLUB

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Our guests tonight are some of the contributors to a new work of science fiction in which a mysterious Scottish rocket launch is gradually uncovered. The book Alba ad Astra – Scotland’s Forgotten History of Space Exploration is structured as a sequence of interwoven texts, and its editor, scientist Madeleine ...

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