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Florence Nightingale - That girl got lamp

Florence Nightingale was born, by some amazing coincidence, in the city of Florence, Italy on 12 May 1820. She was the second daughter of parents with enough money that they could name their children whatever they wanted. Her elder sister was called Parthenope. So there you go.

A photo of Florence Nightingale

She got Flo

Her mother wanted Florence to marry a rich man, because she was very progressive. However Florence was a devout Christian, and when she was 17 she felt God was calling her to serve him. Possibly bringing him a lovely cup of tea.

At first Florence wasn’t sure how God wanted her to serve (sugar?), but by 1844 she was convinced she was to nurse the sick. Her parents, William and Frances were horrified because at that time nursing was definitely not a respectable job! Nurses were often drunk and conditions in hospitals were dreadful. Nothing changes, huh? Huh? Amirite?!

10 facts about Mars

  1. Mars has never been known by another name, unlike Snickers.
  2. It’s known as the red planet because of its communist tendencies.
  3. Matt Damon is the only person who has been to Mars.
  4. We only send Rovers to Mars as they’re a proper British car brand.
  5. Mars is named after the Roman god of war. Someone put the first letter on upside down.
  6. There is no life on Mars. Which is why it’s twinned with Slough.
  7. H.G. Wells wrote ‘The War of the Worlds’ about an invasion from Mars. But the chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one.
  8. Mars is covered in ‘canals’. It is currently not possible to navigate them on an overpriced gondola.
  9. The centre of Mars is solid ice. As well as caramel and soft nougat.
  10. The symbol for Mars is the same as the symbol for man. This is why Mars never washes its hands after taking a pee.

Science Christmas around the world

Christmas isn’t just for ordinary people, scienticians like to celebrate it too. Of course, different countries have different traditions with regards to how the celebrate the day of presenty goodness. Let’s take a look at how sciencefolk mark the day of turkey munching in different countries of the world.

Vote for us! Please! Go on!

Audio Verse Awards Finalist 2015Good news! We’ve been shortlisted in 3 categories in the 2015 Audio Verse Awards!

This is recognition for the sheer amount of nonsense we manage to cobble together every month in the name of entertainment.

Specifically, we’ve been nominated for:

  • Best Original Anthology/Variety Show
  • Best Original Short-Form, Serial Comedy
  • Best Original, Short-Form, Small Cast, Serial Production

And, as it’s nearly Christmas (nearly) we’d like to ask you for a present. We’d like you to vote for us. Please. Go on. Do it.

  1. Go to the Audio Verse Awards website
  2. Sign in somehow (there are options)
  3. Vote for who you like (you do have to pick one in every category – so if you haven’t heard of any of them just choose at random or something – but make sure you vote for Action Science Theatre!)
  4. Feel good about yourself for the rest of the day!

Lunch after launch

Eating in space has its own challenges. Everything floats around, for a start, and keeping the meatballs in a meatball sandwich is difficult at the best of times. So food, like everything else in human space flight, is very tightly controlled.

But it was not always that way.

Pluto, planets and you

SpaP_2_01-600x900Engines to power! Turbines to speed!

Action Science Theatre is back, everyone!

I’m only allowed, by law, to use one more exclamation point in this blog, so I’m going to save it for later.

Now that we’ve returned, let’s tackle one of the big problems, something which has dogged humanity since at least 2006.

Is Pluto a planet or not?

We interrupt this programme for an announcement

Hello dear blog reader / podcast listener  / audio drama aficionado,

We have a small announcement to make. Due to commitments from all AST members we have taken the decision to go on hiatus for a few months. Those of you used to getting an episode every month will, no doubt, be disappointed, confused and possibly very angry about this. May we suggest perhaps you have a nice cup of tea?

There we are, that’s better isn’t it?

So, thank you for listening / reading over the past 2 years. We hope when we do return you’ll continue to enjoy AST – like you’d enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass on a summers day.

See you soon (well we wont see you, obviously).

VIVA AST!