Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Sat, 6th Jun 2009

The Science of Architecture

The Bank of America Tower under construction on 12 October 2007. (c) Photo by Eric R. Bechtold

This week, we seek the science of Architecture.  We  find out how rapid prototyping technology could help us print out entire houses, and how natural light and ventilation could cut our energy bills.  Plus, giggling gorillas tell us how laughter evolved and birds that learn from their neighbours.  In Kitchen Science, Dave challenges you to build the best bridge, using only a single sheet of A4 paper!

Listen Now    Download as mp3

In this edition of Naked Scientists

Full Transcript

  • 34:33 - Natural Ventilation for Low-Energy Buildings

    Shaun Fitzgerald takes us on a tour of the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies where a giant atrium provides the necessary air conditioning.

  • 41:37 - Thermal shutters

    Controlling how natural light gets into a building could help to reduce energy demands and costs. Professor Stephen Gage joins us to explain how thermal shutters could turn your windows in to walls whenever you go out...

  • 47:16 - Where on Earth is the safest place for an asteroid to hit?

    I was wondering what the short and long term difference would be if a significant (i.e. dinosaur killing) meteor/asteroid were to impact Earth in either: 1- land mass 2- deep ocean 3- polar ice cap It would seem that each would have different materials ejected, displaced. ...



Subscribe Free

Related Content


Make a comment

Jerry asked the Naked Scientists: Dear Naked Scientists, Love Your Show! My wife came up with what I think is the strongest paper bridge yet, a box section with tape sealed ends. This keeps the box section from turning into a parallelogram when a transverse load is put on it. Her second idea was also very strong is to roll each long end into a tube respectively, with a small flat span section between them. My own idea is to have a sealed end box section with a circular inner corrugation, but haven't figured out how to do that with one piece of paper. I need an origami expert to assist! Jerry and Lisa Kuchera, USA What do you think? Jerry , Sat, 11th Jul 2009

Mel Holloway asked the Naked Scientists: RE: 7th Jun 2009 - The Science of Architecture - Part of the discussion was the use of light by squid to become "invisible."† In WWII, lights were fixed to the wings of sub chasing bombers to render them invisible to German submarines. What do you think? Mel Holloway, Tue, 11th Aug 2009

See the whole discussion | Make a comment

Not working please enable javascript
Powered by UKfast
Genetics Society