Science Focus Podcast: The London Fatberg + Why you should break up with your phone

How the Museum of London acquired a piece of the London Fatberg and keep it “fresh”, and we talk to author Catherine Price about the science that inspired her to break up with her phone.

12th February 2018
A museum employee poses behind a piece of the Whitechapel fatberg on display at the Museum of London © Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

A museum employee poses behind a piece of the Whitechapel fatberg on display at the Museum of London © Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Last September, Thames Water made a startling discovery. Lurking in the sewers beneath Whitechapel was a monstrous ‘fatberg’ – a 130-tonne blob of raw sewage. Now, the Museum of London is putting it on display. We asked Sharon Robinson-Calver, Head of Conservation and Collection Care at the museum, how they made it happen.

We also chat to Catherine Price, who in her new book, How To Break Up With Your Phone, looks at what the latest research says how addictive your smartphone and tablets can be, and how apps and social networks are designed to keep us hooked. And if that gets you looking at your phone differently, she has a digestible 30-day plan, that will help you identify bad habits, tidy up your apps to make them less addictive, and enable you to become more mindful of your phone to stop it sucking up your precious time.

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