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The Guardian's Science Weekly: Why scientists love Germany

From: Jason Phipps - Guardian
Series: Science Weekly from guardian.co.uk
Length: 57:33

In a specially extended show, we visit the European Space Agency's operations centre, and get a taste of some of the most exciting research being carried out in Germany. What can the rest of the world learn from the way Germans do science? Read the full description.

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We've been let out of the studio, and the UK, as part of the Guardian's New Europe month.

The team has been tracking down some of the most exciting science in Germany. We visited Darmstadt, Bremen, Berlin and Cologne to investigate everything from microgravity, a famous Archaeopteryx and ageing fruit flies. We even spoke to a satellite.

We also looked at the nuts and bolts of how science works in Germany: the funding and how the various institutes fit together.

First on our itinerary was the Natural History Museum in Berlin, home of the Mona Lisa of fossils: an exquisitely preserved specimen of the earliest known bird, Archaeopteryx.

In Bremen at the Zarm drop tower we used a pneumatic catapult to create microgravity. We also dropped in on a researcher controlling part of the International Space Station.

Meanwhile, Alok managed to get into the control room of ESOC, part of the European Space Agency, where he communicated with CryoSat-2 and touched some space debris.

Watch the first in our series of videos from the trip, filmed inside 'Europe's Houston'.

Ian visited Cologne to explore the newest Max Planck Institute, which investigates the biology of ageing by teasing apart the genetics of fruit flies, worms and mice.

Brian Cox somehow gets a mention.

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Piece Description


We've been let out of the studio, and the UK, as part of the Guardian's New Europe month.

The team has been tracking down some of the most exciting science in Germany. We visited Darmstadt, Bremen, Berlin and Cologne to investigate everything from microgravity, a famous Archaeopteryx and ageing fruit flies. We even spoke to a satellite.

We also looked at the nuts and bolts of how science works in Germany: the funding and how the various institutes fit together.

First on our itinerary was the Natural History Museum in Berlin, home of the Mona Lisa of fossils: an exquisitely preserved specimen of the earliest known bird, Archaeopteryx.

In Bremen at the Zarm drop tower we used a pneumatic catapult to create microgravity. We also dropped in on a researcher controlling part of the International Space Station.

Meanwhile, Alok managed to get into the control room of ESOC, part of the European Space Agency, where he communicated with CryoSat-2 and touched some space debris.

Watch the first in our series of videos from the trip, filmed inside 'Europe's Houston'.

Ian visited Cologne to explore the newest Max Planck Institute, which investigates the biology of ageing by teasing apart the genetics of fruit flies, worms and mice.

Brian Cox somehow gets a mention.

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

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 14th March 2011

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

A specially extended programme from the Guardian's team as they explore what's going on in their European neighbour's research labs

OUTRO:

An extended programme from the Guardian's science team as they explored some of the research going on in Germany

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