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BBC Inside Science

A weekly programme that illuminates the mysteries and controversies behind the science that's changing our world

About this radio series

Covering everything from the humble test tube to the depths of space, BBC Inside Science is your guide to how science is evolving, transforming our culture, and affecting our lives.

BBC Inside Science is broadcast on Thursdays at 4:30pm and 9:00pm, on BBC Radio 4. For more information and for links to listen to the programmes again go to the BBC programme page.  

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Dr Marcus Badger, Open University Lecturer
Dr Marcus BadgerLecturer in Earth Sciences - School of Environment, Earth & Ecosystem SciencesVIEW FULL PROFILE
Dr Marcus Badger, Open University Lecturer
Dr Marcus BadgerLecturer in Earth Sciences - School of Environment, Earth & Ecosystem Sciences

Marcus is a Lecturer in Earth Sciences in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at The Open University. His research concentrates on exploring the links between the Earth’s climate and the carbon cycle on multi-million year timescales. Marcus deploys a range of approaches including the geochemistry of molecular and carbonate fossils, alongside computational climate models.

Marcus teaches across the environment and Earth sciences curriculum at The Open University, and is co-chair of the level 1 STEM module Science: Concepts and Practices.

Dr Julia Cooke, Lecturer in Ecology
Dr Julia CookeLecturer in Ecology - School of Environment, Earth & Ecosystem SciencesVIEW FULL PROFILE
Dr Julia Cooke, Lecturer in Ecology
Dr Julia CookeLecturer in Ecology - School of Environment, Earth & Ecosystem Sciences

Julia is a plant functional ecologist who uses plant traits, such as leaf longevity, plant height and maximum photosynthetic rate, as a powerful tool to describe plant ecological strategies. She has examined invasive species biology and how plants respond to climate change. Julia's work spans cellular to global patterns. 

Julia has taught courses on plant physiology, plant ecology and field studies, at Macquarie University, Sydney as well as an award-winning Masters level science communication course. At The Open University, she produces level 1 and 3 course materials.

Considering public engagement a critical part of being an academic, Julia is the author of a natural history picture book, has given public lectures, recorded postcasts and worked with school students to conduct an experiment that was later published in a peer-reviewed journal. Last year she was a presenter for Soapbox Science which seeks to bring science to a broader audience while increasing the visibility of women in science.

Dr Daniel Johnson, Lecturer in Health Sciences, The Open University
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Dr Daniel Johnson, Lecturer in Health Sciences, The Open University
Dr Daniel JohnsonLecturer in Health Sciences

I am a cardiac (electro)physiologist concentrating on the ionic basis of cardiac arrhythmias. I have used various approaches over the years, mostly revolving around electrophysiological and imaging techniques, at the single cell and tissue level as well as in (large) animal models.  I am also very interested how the structure of the cardiac muscle cells may influence ion channel behaviour, and how this may be altered in disease- for example in heart failure.

I have also been trying to understand how temporal and spatial dispersion of repolarization may influence arrhythmogenic outcome, and how this may be influenced by neuronal innervation, and I previously received a fellowship from the Flemish government (FWO) to work on this at the KU Leuven. Ultimately it is hoped that my work will lead to the development of novel anti-arrhythmic strategies. Finally, I also have an interest in cardiac safety pharmacology and have carried out research utilising surrogate markers of arrhythmia generation to improve the prediction and prevention of life-threatening arrhythmias caused by non-cardiac drugs.

Dr Sheona Urquhart, The Open University
Dr Sheona UrquhartAstrophysicist and Staff Tutor - School of Physical SciencesVIEW FULL PROFILE
Dr Sheona Urquhart, The Open University
Dr Sheona UrquhartAstrophysicist and Staff Tutor - School of Physical Sciences

Dr Sheona Urquhart is an astrophysicist and staff tutor at The Open University. Her current area of research is that of galaxy evolution using a multiwavelength approach, making use of some of the best facilities both around the world and out of it!  Sheona works with scientists in many different countries, regularly presenting to diverse audiences and is passionate about contributing to outreach and media work.

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