March 1st, 2016
Episode 77 of 113 episodes
Why do we post selfies in England and footies (photos of their feet) in Chile? How does our nationality impact on social media activity? Such themes are explored in Why We Post - a global social media research project carried out by a team of UCL anthropologists. Click talks to two of the researchers: Jolynna Sinanan worked Trinidad and Tom McDonald worked in China. 5D Data Storage: Ultrafast Laser Writing on Glass Scientists have made a major step forward in the development of digital data storage that is capable of surviving for billions of years. Using nanostructured glass, scientists from the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have developed the recording and retrieval processes of five dimensional (5D) digital data by femtosecond laser writing. Click has a clip of lead researcher, Professor Peter Kazansky and interview with PHD student Aabid Patel. 3D Mapping in Lesotho Although more than 90% of people in Lesotho are literate, a large number of people have difficulty reading and understanding maps. This is important when it comes to the dissemination of information about town/village planning and mapping danger zones. Click talks to Seitebatso Mohlahatsa, the planner who has a project to use 3D printers to map villages. Ex Machina’s Special FX Triumph at the Oscars Click hears from the special FX technicians who were responsible for creating the humanoid robot Ava for the Oscar-winning film Ex Machina. Simon Robinson from the Foundry discusses how specialist software underpinned the FX behind the film’s visualisation of artificial intelligence. (Photo caption: Feet selfie Bill Thompson) Producer: Colin Grant
Have you trembled ‘round the campfire as the ghost stories are told? Do tales of horrors wrought by nature and beyond strike fear in your soul? Is it best when you are afraid to turn out the light? Thrill to stories that strike at your deepest fears, as host Stephen Kilpatrick brings the best of horror fiction to your ears and your mind, read to you by the most chilling narrators that podcasting has to offer. <br /> <br /> Podcasting the finest in genre fiction, Tales to Terrify is where the depths of horror reveal the truths of good, evil, and the human spirit in the District of Wonders podcast network. Like all shows in the District of Wonders, Tales to Terrify is supported by a welcoming community of dedicated fans and contributors. Subscribe today, and begin your journey through the spine-tingling depths of storytelling.<br /> <br /> Everyone has a story in the District of Wonders. Come and find yours.