Episode 21: Lewis Dartnell

"I look for aliens" is how high-flying young astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell describes his work, and we hear the wheres and hows of that search in this week's episode. During the fascinating chat Lewis explains how aliens might resemble anything from bacteria to "sky whales", Roo has a question about methane, and Leila jumps at the chance to defend Spock.

Elsewhere this week, a generous listener supplies us with some very exotic snackfood from China, and Dave joins us to review it in possibly most gruesome installment of "Around the World in 80 snacks" so far. And don't forget that all episodes of the podcast are available on audio cassette, and our exclusive Audible offer still stands - so get your audio book here.

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Posted: April 8th, 2010 | 2 Comments »


2 Comments on “Episode 21: Lewis Dartnell”

  1. 1 Leo Vegoda said at 1:44 am on April 10th, 2010:

    Another excellent episode. Thanks.

    That being said, I should point out that kimchi is a Korean pickle, rather than a Japanese one. I tried a few different kinds when I was in Seoul in October and they were really pretty good.

  2. 2 Liam said at 10:35 am on April 11th, 2010:

    Really interesting guest this week – I also find the views of Simon Conway Morris fascinating in this area i.e., evolution is strangely predictable.

    I’m so impressed that you all tried the Chinese snacks and particularly enjoyed Dave’s analysis! The duck tongue tasting session sounded more like a scene from Alien the movie – sorry to have put you through all that!

    In response to last post, yes, Kimchi is indeed Korean in origin (fermented and pickled cabbage). I worked with a team of Korean engineers for a year – it’s a staple food in Korea, enjoyed with every meal. Much like bread over here.


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