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The Guardian's Science Weekly: A world without oil; plus 30 years of the space shuttle

From: Jason Phipps - Guardian
Series: Science Weekly from guardian.co.uk
Length: 37:05

Shai Agassi's vision of a green future; plus, former Nasa astronaut Jeff Hoffman reflects on 30 years of the shuttle

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Shai Agassi, CEO of sustainable transport firm Better Place, looks ahead to a world no longer dependent on oil - and why he thinks the UK isn't going to be overrun by electric cars any time soon.

We never get bored of speaking to people who have been into space. As the shuttles prepare for their final lift-offs, we ask former Nasa astronaut Jeff Hoffman whether they would have been scrapped if Challenger and Columbia were still flying.

Jeff has just presented a documentary on the BBC World Service, The Last Chance to Fly the Space Shuttle.

If like us you love hearing tales from people who have been into space, listen to our interview with Jeff in full in the latest Science Weekly Extra podcast. It should automatically download to this podcast feed.

And to finish this show, a song ... about yeast ... the sex life of yeast actually. Artist Gethan Dick teamed up with six biomedical students from University College London to make songs about their research. The album's called Trying and Trying and Trying.

WARNING: this music contains strong language.

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.

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Piece Description

Shai Agassi, CEO of sustainable transport firm Better Place, looks ahead to a world no longer dependent on oil - and why he thinks the UK isn't going to be overrun by electric cars any time soon.

We never get bored of speaking to people who have been into space. As the shuttles prepare for their final lift-offs, we ask former Nasa astronaut Jeff Hoffman whether they would have been scrapped if Challenger and Columbia were still flying.

Jeff has just presented a documentary on the BBC World Service, The Last Chance to Fly the Space Shuttle.

If like us you love hearing tales from people who have been into space, listen to our interview with Jeff in full in the latest Science Weekly Extra podcast. It should automatically download to this podcast feed.

And to finish this show, a song ... about yeast ... the sex life of yeast actually. Artist Gethan Dick teamed up with six biomedical students from University College London to make songs about their research. The album's called Trying and Trying and Trying.

WARNING: this music contains strong language.

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 as a podcast on Feb 21 2011

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

We check in with the Science Weekly team in London who have a distinctly American flavour to their latest programme

OUTRO:

And there's an extended interview with Nasa astronaut Jeff Hoffman at guardian.co.uk/scienceweekly

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/scienceweekly