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OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Crowd-funded missions and academic spats

Updated Tuesday 18th November 2014

Crowd-funded missions and academic spats will be the focus of this week's programme.   

In BBC Inside Science, Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

On this week's programme:

Rosetta: The Open University's Professor of Planetary Sciences Monica Grady discusses the latest results from the Rosetta mission. 
Crowd-funding the Moon: Sue Nelson talks about the recently announced crowd-funded UK project to go to the Moon. 
Academic spats: This items explores the argument between eminent biologist EO Wilson and the majority of evolutionary biologists. This spat officially kicked off in 2010 EO Wilson  published a paper in  Nature  -  together  with  Harvard  mathematicians  Martin Nowak and  Corina Tarnita – in which he  presented an alternative explanation of why  social insects like ants and bees co-operate. It provoked an extraordinary response from the whole evolutionary biology community, including Richard Dawkins. The show hears from Richard Dawkins and ant expert Professor Adam Hart of University of Gloucestershire. 
Want to share your views on any of the topics discussed in the programme? Use the comments function on this page or talk about the programme on Twitter using the #insidescience hashtag. 

Listen to Inside Science

Tune in to BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 20 November at 16:30 to listen to this week's programme. More information and a link to listen again later will be available from the BBC's Inside Science pages



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