Mars Colonisation, Dark Matter Mapping, Lego Scientists, and Sex and Happiness

March 6, 2017

In this episode we cover Mars colonisation efforts, Lego's line up of the women of NASA, dark matter maps and Laura talks us through the psychology of sex and happiness. 

Adam's links

Women of NASA Lego set

Dark matter mapping

Heart transplant for the Large Hadron Collider

Laura's links

It's all the cuddling: sex and happiness


James Webb Telescope, Wired for the Outdoors, Trappist-1, Photographing a Black Hole and Organic Matter on Ceres

February 27, 2017

In this weeks show we discuss the James Webb Telescope, Trappist-1 and it's seven Earth-sized planets, photographing a black hole, the discovery of native organic chemistry on the dwarf planet Ceres, and a fascinating article about how humans are seemingly wired to love nature. One minor correction: I said the James Webb telescope is about the size of a football field, it is more like the size of a tennis court.

Adam's links

NASA James Webb telescope fact sheet

Organic chemistry on Ceres

Photographing a black hole

Trappist-1 and its seven planets

Laura's link

Wired for the outdoors


Charon’s Plate Tectonics, Mystery on Mars, Bridge of Stars Plus Special Guest Simon Ebo on Asteroseismology

February 13, 2017

This week we have special guest Simon Ebo (check his success out here) talking about his research into asteroseismology. Laura and I discuss Charon's plate tectonics, the mystery of water on Mars, a bridge of stars between galaxies and Laura talks us through research on personality changes over time.

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Adam's Links

Charon's plate tectonics

Mysterious martian water

Bridge of stars

Laura's Link

Study on aging and character traits

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Io’s Atmosphere, Starless Void, ‘Rain’ on Black Holes, Lunar Water, Gas Spewing Mystery and the Science of Sleep

August 14, 2016

This week Laura and I discuss Io's collapsing atmosphere, starless void with no cepheids, 'rain' falling on a black hole, the origin of lunar water, mysterious objects spewing gas at a quarter of the speed of light, and Laura discusses the science of sleep.

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Adam's Links

Io's collapsing atmosphere

Starless void with no cepheids

'Rain' falling on black holes

Origins of lunar water

Gas spewing mystery

Laura's Link

Science of sleep


IBEX, Cold Poles of Venus, Makemake, Dark Sunshine, Andromeda Blows Bubbles and Bystander Apathy

August 2, 2016

We are back! After an extended break the Beauty In The Universe Show is back and this week we discuss the Andromeda Galaxy blowing giant bubbles, IBEX exploring the boundary of interstellar space, dark sunshine, the frigid poles of Venus and the new moon discovered orbiting the planetoid Makemake, and Laura talks to us about an experiment dealing with bystander apathy, aka the Bystander Effect. Contact us at or follow me on Twitter.

Adam's links

Andromeda blowing bubbles

Dark sunshine

IBEX exploring the boundary of interstellar space

Makemake's new moon

The frigid poles of Venus


Space Noodles, Pyramids and Rest in Peace Alfie, the Podcast Dog

January 31, 2016

This week Laura and I discuss space noodles, massive solar systems, muons and the Pyramids and Laura discusses childhood criminal responsibility.

In this episode we also say goodbye to Alfie, the Beauty In The Universe Show podcast dog, who passed away this year after sixteen fantastic years of loyalty, love and faithful companionship.

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Disappearing Planets, Voyager’s Latest Problem Solved and How Dirty is the ISS?

December 1, 2015

In this episode Laura and I discuss a disappearing planet, the cleanliness of the International Space Station, Voyager's further discoveries in the interstellar medium and using dust spirals to detect newborn planets. Laura also talks about the psychology of swinging court juries using dubious tactics. Do stick around for our complete laughter melt down at the end...

As ever you can leave a comment or email us any questions, criticisms or comments. Enjoy!

Adam's links

Disappearing planet

How dirty is the ISS?

Voyager solves a mystery in the interstellar medium

Sunless planet

Using dust spirals  to detect newborn planets

Laura's link

Influencing juries with dubious tactics


Flowing Water on Mars, NASA Hedgehog, Hurricane Prediction Satellites and More!

October 1, 2015

This week the podcast covers flowing water on Mars, the NASA Hedgehog, hurricane prediction satellites and the fading universe. Laura also talks to us all about the problem  of ethnicity and facial identification. As always feel free to leave a comment and contact us at

Adam's links

Water on Mars

NASA Hedgehog

Fading cosmos

Hurricane satellites

Laura's link

Recognition of other race faces is challenging

Terrahawks Zeroids and Cubes


Russia Returning to the Moon, Saturn’s Hexagon, Radio Phoenix and Revisiting old Science and NASA’s Plans to Live off the Land

September 15, 2015

This week Laura and I discuss a potential explanation of  the hexagonal polar storm on Saturn, NASA's detection of a 'radio phoenix', Russia's pledge to return to the Moon and resurrect its Venera program, NASA plans to live off the land in space and Laura talks about a study of old studies and why revisiting old science is vital, especially when relearning first principles. As ever, feel free to comment, ask questions, subscribe through iTunes or Stitcher, and if would like to email us here you go:

Adam's links

Living off the land in space

Saturn's hexagon

Russia returning to the Moon

Radio phoenix

Laura's links

Revisiting old science


Binary Black Holes Powering a Quasar, Astronauts in Bed, Saturn’s F Ring, Planets Orbiting Pulsars, Experts Under Pressure and More!

September 2, 2015

This week Laura and I talk about the discovery of a binary black hole powering our nearest quasar, ESA conducting bed rest studies, the origin of Saturn's F ring, and searching for exoplanets around pulsars, and Laura tells us how and why experts so easily fool themselves. As ever, feel free to comment on the blog or email us at

Adam's links

Binary black holes powering a quasar

ESA's bed rest study

Saturn's F ring

Exoplanets missing from pulsars

ROSETTA photographs comet 67P-Churyumov/Gerasimenko at perihelion

Laura's link

Experts easily fool themselves