April 15, 2024

I, Science

The science magazine of Imperial College

IScience: bad science edition; AIDS breakthrough?; First ever IScience Radio drama club: County Lines

This week we heard from co-editor Aoife all about the origins for this term’s IScience magazine edition Bad Science – what topics go with mis-representation in science of the female orgasm? Well so many it seems: misrepresentation of people of colour, women, purely bad science and a whole host of articles in a beautifully produced magazine. We followed this with some internal controversy – our news team said  a “functional cure” for AIDS had been reported. Bernadeta begged to differ….


For the last half of the show we launched the IScience radio drama club – where we discuss the narrative and sound effects of radio dramas (not necessarily about science as understanding communication itself is so important for communicating science). Not your cup-of-tea? Worth thinking again. Digital editing means that radio dramas can create amazing and complex images in our minds – how is this done? Bernadeta, Hilary and Kathy did their very best acting to recreate a dramatic scene from County Lines and then we heard the scene with the sound effects to see what the sound effects added. How did the sound create three dimensional spaces and how as silence used to create additional tension?. We talked about the role of music in the drama and how it raised our emotions. Listen in to see if you agree with what we thought and felt. County Lines is available here:https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b493vc

Listen below and find the rest of our shows here.

Catch us next Monday at ICRadio.com from 5-6pm!


This week’s I, Science Radio show was hosted by Lily Matson and Emily Medcalf, and produced by Hilary Guite and Jason Hosken. We joined by guests Bernadeta Dadonaitė, Harry Lampert, Kathy Grenville, and Aoife Hardesty. 


Banner image: HIV/AIDS, Wikipedia