Caption: Ham at work, Credit: Nasa
Image by: Nasa 
Ham at work 

The Guardian's Science Weekly: Ham the astrochimp and the LHC keeps going

From: Jason Phipps - Guardian
Series: Science Weekly from guardian.co.uk
Length: 34:10

It's 50 years since the first American went into space; why the Large Hadron Collider isn't going to shut down for a year as planned; and we trick Alok into talking about his first book

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We celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of America's space milestones. His name was Ham and he came from French Cameroon. Henry Nicholls is back in the studio with us. He's unearthed some never before broadcast audio footage he recorded in 2007 when he went to visit the remains of this amazing chimpanzee.

The Higgs Boson might be closer than ever. The decision has been made to keep the Large Hadron Collider up and running for another year before its scheduled maintenance. We cross live-ish to Paul Collier in the room at Cern where the beam is switched on and off. Paul's job title is possibly the greatest on the planet. He is Head of Beams at Cern.

Our very own Alok Jha has his first book out. Despite his best efforts to avoid talking about it, we trick him into discussing How To Live Forever: And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses Of Science. Other books are available!

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The Lay Scientist by Martin Robbins
Life and Physics by Jon Butterworth
Punctuated Equilibrium by GrrlScientist
Political Science by Evan Harris

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Piece Description


We celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of America's space milestones. His name was Ham and he came from French Cameroon. Henry Nicholls is back in the studio with us. He's unearthed some never before broadcast audio footage he recorded in 2007 when he went to visit the remains of this amazing chimpanzee.

The Higgs Boson might be closer than ever. The decision has been made to keep the Large Hadron Collider up and running for another year before its scheduled maintenance. We cross live-ish to Paul Collier in the room at Cern where the beam is switched on and off. Paul's job title is possibly the greatest on the planet. He is Head of Beams at Cern.

Our very own Alok Jha has his first book out. Despite his best efforts to avoid talking about it, we trick him into discussing How To Live Forever: And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses Of Science. Other books are available!

Subscribe for free via iTunes to ensure every episode gets delivered. (Here is the non-iTunes URL feed).

Meet the Guardian's crack team of science bloggers:

The Lay Scientist by Martin Robbins
Life and Physics by Jon Butterworth
Punctuated Equilibrium by GrrlScientist
Political Science by Evan Harris

Follow the podcast on our Science Weekly Twitter feed and receive updates on all breaking science news stories from Guardian Science.

Email scienceweeklypodcast@gmail.com.

Guardian Science is now on Facebook. You can also join our Science Weekly Facebook group.

We're always here when you need us, listen back through our archive.

Broadcast History

Uploaded to guardian.co.uk on Monday 7th february 2011

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Time to satisfy our inner-geek with the Guardian's Science Weekly podcast recorded in London. This week, some American space history, and the decision to keep the Large Hadron Collider going

OUTRO:

Science Weekly from guardian.co.uk

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