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Podcast Profile: Unexpected Elements

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229 episodes
2019 to 2024
Median: 58 minutes
Collection: Science


Description (podcaster-provided):

The news you know, the science you don’t. Unexpected Elements looks beyond everyday narratives to discover a goldmine of scientific stories and connections from around the globe. From Afronauts, to why we argue, to a deep dive on animal lifespans: see the world in a new way.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Global scientific stories • human physiology • animals • environmental concerns • technology • historical and cultural insights • quirky science • mysterious phenomena • health and medicine • unusual scientific findings

This podcast, titled "Unexpected Elements," offers a unique blend of news and science content, exploring fascinating scientific narratives and connections that aren't part of the everyday news cycle. Each episode delves into a wide array of topics, uncovering intriguing stories from various parts of the world and contextualizing them within a scientific framework.

The podcast covers an eclectic mix of subjects, ranging from environmental issues and animal behavior to advances in technology and unique human experiences. Listeners can expect episodes on political and ecological phenomena, such as the impact of jet lag on U.S. leaders or how thinning ice affects indigenous communities in Northern Canada. The podcast dives into health and physiological topics, with episodes exploring mushroom supplements, the effects of psychedelic drugs, and the science behind healthy aging in dogs.

Ecology and climate science are recurring themes, illustrated by discussions on the power outages in Ecuador, the role of deep-sea fish in studying ultra-black colors, and the catastrophic and beneficial roles of wildfires in ecosystems. Episodes also highlight scientific principles and discoveries, such as seismology inspired by music concerts, quantum computing, and the mechanics of touch screens.

Storytelling extends into space and futuristic concepts, with fascinating looks at ancient water management techniques, the intricacies of coral conservation, and how humanity might adapt to subterranean living. There is an evident interest in the interaction between technology and everyday life, seen in explorations of AI, deepfakes, and groundbreaking health applications like brain implants.

Above all, the podcast aims to shed light on the unexpected intersections of science with daily life, consistently bringing forward overlooked or less-discussed scientific stories. With a global perspective, the series engages experts, scientists, and local correspondents, weaving a rich tapestry of scientific discovery and cultural reflection.


Episodes:
Political Jet Lag
2024-Jul-12
49 minutes
Mushroom magic
2024-Jul-05
49 minutes
Lights out
2024-Jun-28
49 minutes
Seismic swift
2024-Jun-21
49 minutes
An unexpected burger
2024-Jun-14
49 minutes
Balloon manoeuvres
2024-Jun-07
49 minutes
Eternal flames
2024-May-31
49 minutes
A world going on underground
2024-May-24
49 minutes
Winning Losers
2024-May-17
49 minutes
Unexpected birthday party
2024-May-10
49 minutes
Horsey driverless cars and competitive cloning
2024-May-03
49 minutes
A scientific séance
2024-Apr-26
50 minutes
Computer memories and quantum futures
2024-Apr-19
49 minutes
Beyoncé, banjos and dancing chemistry
2024-Apr-12
49 minutes
Unexpected elections
2024-Apr-05
50 minutes
G.O.A.T
2024-Mar-28
50 minutes
Ancient water, modern solutions
2024-Mar-21
50 minutes
Fandom: The next generation
2024-Mar-14
50 minutes
Unexpected Oscars
2024-Mar-07
50 minutes
Leaping in Sync
2024-Feb-29
50 minutes
Going the distance
2024-Feb-22
50 minutes
Not so random acts of kindness
2024-Feb-15
50 minutes
Deep in thought
2024-Feb-08
50 minutes
How plankton made mountains
2024-Feb-01
50 minutes
Populations of people, frogs and microbes
2024-Jan-25
50 minutes
Rulers and the rules of ageing
2024-Jan-18
50 minutes
Super corals and science diplomacy
2024-Jan-11
50 minutes
Episode Image Timing is everything
2024-Jan-04
50 minutes
The Best of Unexpected Elements
2023-Dec-28
49 minutes
A very dark day
2023-Dec-21
50 minutes
An exploration of empathy
2023-Dec-14
50 minutes
Boring science
2023-Dec-07
50 minutes
Meetings with intelligent worms
2023-Nov-30
50 minutes
All about cricket(s)
2023-Nov-23
50 minutes
Why we need to talk toilets
2023-Nov-16
50 minutes
Working 70 hours a week
2023-Nov-09
50 minutes
Scary science
2023-Nov-02
50 minutes
Fashion to dye for
2023-Oct-26
50 minutes
Putting Madonna to the test
2023-Oct-19
50 minutes
How bedbugs took over the world
2023-Oct-12
53 minutes
Complete shutdown
2023-Oct-05
50 minutes
How inflation affects the entire cosmos
2023-Sep-28
50 minutes
Can technology read our mind?
2023-Sep-21
50 minutes
Forgetful fish, telescopic worms and bad air days
2023-Sep-14
50 minutes
Zombies, cows and coups
2023-Sep-07
53 minutes
Protecting the Moon
2023-Aug-31
50 minutes
The man who couldn’t lie
2023-Aug-24
50 minutes
Corrupted thinking and cancerous co-option
2023-Aug-17
50 minutes
Some of our universe is missing
2023-Aug-10
53 minutes
The World Cup and hallucinogenic bananas
2023-Aug-03
50 minutes
Password1234#Invisibility&Moonshot
2023-Jul-27
50 minutes
Barbie in Space
2023-Jul-20
50 minutes
Nato and the left-handed universe
2023-Jul-13
50 minutes
Unexpected elements on the sea bed
2023-Jul-06
50 minutes
Predictions from the sky and murderous fish
2023-Jun-29
50 minutes
Hayfever, paleobotany and snot palaces
2023-Jun-22
50 minutes
Wildfires and wild animals
2023-Jun-15
50 minutes
Collapsing pensions and civilisations
2023-Jun-08
50 minutes
Migrate ideas
2023-Jun-01
49 minutes
Signals, seaweed and space
2023-May-25
50 minutes
Co-operation and cohesion
2023-May-18
53 minutes
Coronation exploration
2023-May-11
50 minutes
Return of Cyclone Freddy
2023-Mar-19
61 minutes
Human genome editing: Promise and Peril
2023-Mar-12
61 minutes
Drought worsens in East Africa
2023-Mar-05
59 minutes
Animals at the Wuhan Market
2023-Feb-26
77 minutes
Cyclone Freddy batters Madagascar
2023-Feb-26
64 minutes
CRISPR & bioethics
2023-Feb-19
55 minutes
Turkey-Syria earthquake
2023-Feb-11
53 minutes
Science on ice
2023-Feb-05
53 minutes
Bird flu (H5N1) outbreak in mink
2023-Jan-29
51 minutes
Climate science activism
2023-Jan-22
53 minutes
Atmospheric rivers
2023-Jan-15
60 minutes
One year on from the Tonga eruption
2023-Jan-08
56 minutes
The James Webb Space Telescope - the first 6 months
2023-Jan-01
63 minutes
Mosquito pesticide failing
2022-Dec-25
59 minutes
Fusion milestone
2022-Dec-18
68 minutes
Ancient warmth in Greenland
2022-Dec-11
62 minutes
COVID spreads in China
2022-Dec-04
65 minutes
A distant planet’s atmosphere
2022-Nov-27
55 minutes
Online harassment of Covid scientists
2022-Nov-20
61 minutes
Neurons that restore walking in paralysed patients
2022-Nov-13
68 minutes
What peat can tell us about our future
2022-Nov-06
53 minutes
Seismic events on Mars
2022-Oct-30
54 minutes
The most powerful explosion ever recorded
2022-Oct-23
53 minutes
Inserting human neurons into the brains of rats
2022-Oct-16
58 minutes
Nobel Prize 2022: The science behind the winners
2022-Oct-09
57 minutes
The final moments of DART
2022-Oct-01
53 minutes
Should we mine the deep sea?
2022-Sep-24
53 minutes
Science and the causes behind Pakistan’s floods
2022-Sep-18
57 minutes
The genetics of human intelligence
2022-Sep-11
62 minutes
The China Heatwave and the New Normal
2022-Sep-04
55 minutes
Surprises from a Martian Lake Bed
2022-Aug-28
53 minutes
Deadly drought
2022-Aug-20
55 minutes
Icelandic volcano erupts again
2022-Aug-14
54 minutes
Synthetic mouse embryos with brains and hearts
2022-Aug-07
56 minutes
The first galaxies at the universe's dawn
2022-Jul-30
54 minutes
Heat waves in the Northern Hemisphere
2022-Jul-23
56 minutes
First images from the James Webb Space Telescope
2022-Jul-16
63 minutes
Long Covid ‘brain fog’
2022-Jul-11
64 minutes
Extreme heat death risk in Latin America
2022-Jul-03
59 minutes
Monster microbe
2022-Jun-26
69 minutes
Thirty years after the Earth Summit
2022-Jun-19
61 minutes
Body scan reveals HIV's hideouts
2022-Jun-11
60 minutes
Should we worry about the latest Omicron subvariants?
2022-Jun-04
56 minutes
Episode Image Heat death by volcano and other stories
2022-May-29
56 minutes
Death in the rainforest
2022-May-21
58 minutes
Portrait of the monster black hole at our galaxy’s heart
2022-May-15
64 minutes
Mekong Delta will sink beneath the sea by 2100
2022-May-08
61 minutes
The Indian subcontinent’s record-breaking heatwave
2022-May-01
65 minutes
Climate techno-fix would worsen global malaria burden
2022-Apr-24
67 minutes
How ‘magic mushroom’ chemical treats depression
2022-Apr-17
74 minutes
Tsunami detective in Tonga
2022-Apr-10
61 minutes
Radioactive Red Forest
2022-Apr-03
58 minutes
Covid in the sewers
2022-Mar-20
58 minutes
Why are Covid19 cases rising in Hong Kong?
2022-Mar-13
64 minutes
Covid -19 origins
2022-Mar-06
57 minutes
Reforming the 'China Initiative'
2022-Feb-27
58 minutes
Bone repair from Covid-19 vaccine technology
2022-Feb-20
64 minutes
Inside Wuhan's coronavirus lab
2022-Feb-13
65 minutes
Identifying a more infectious HIV variant
2022-Feb-06
63 minutes
The roots of Long Covid
2022-Jan-30
56 minutes
Tonga eruption – how it happened
2022-Jan-23
59 minutes
Have we got it wrong on Omicron?
2022-Jan-16
57 minutes
CORBEVAX – A vaccine for the world?
2022-Jan-09
57 minutes
Omicron – mild or monster?
2021-Dec-26
60 minutes
Omicron’s rapid replication rate
2021-Dec-19
63 minutes
Can the weather trigger a volcano?
2021-Dec-12
69 minutes
Omicron, racism and trust
2021-Dec-05
62 minutes
Deliberately doomed dart
2021-Nov-28
62 minutes
The end for coal power?
2021-Nov-21
57 minutes
Bambi got Covid
2021-Nov-14
53 minutes
Jet fuel from thin air
2021-Nov-07
73 minutes
Can we still avoid climate catastrophe?
2021-Oct-31
62 minutes
Red blood cells’ surprising immune function
2021-Oct-24
53 minutes
Wetlands under attack
2021-Oct-15
58 minutes
Youngest rock samples from the moon
2021-Oct-10
63 minutes
Drug resistant malaria found in East Africa
2021-Oct-03
61 minutes
New evidence for SARS-CoV-2’s origin in bats
2021-Sep-26
63 minutes
Ebola can remain dormant for five years
2021-Sep-19
63 minutes
Keep most fossil fuel in ground to meet 1.5 degree goal
2021-Sep-12
53 minutes
Methane - a climate solution?
2021-Aug-15
67 minutes
Record-shattering weather
2021-Aug-08
65 minutes
Insects in incredible detail
2021-Jul-04
69 minutes
Nyiragongo Eruption
2021-May-29
54 minutes
Robot revolution
2021-May-23
72 minutes
Covid and clean air
2021-May-16
59 minutes
Africa’s oldest burial
2021-May-09
65 minutes
Uncovering history with Little Foot's skull
2021-Mar-07
54 minutes
Waste not, want not
2021-Feb-28
70 minutes
Weird weather
2021-Feb-21
66 minutes
Perseverance approaches Mars
2021-Feb-14
72 minutes
Mixing Covid vaccines
2021-Feb-07
69 minutes
Saving the Northern White Rhino
2021-Jan-24
61 minutes
Gravitational waves and black holes
2021-Jan-17
63 minutes
New variants of SARS-Cov2
2021-Jan-10
53 minutes
Coping with Covid
2021-Jan-03
52 minutes
2021 the year of variants
2021-Jan-02
67 minutes
A year with Covid -19
2020-Dec-27
53 minutes
Covid -19 – Mutations are normal
2020-Dec-20
67 minutes
The unchecked spread of Covid-19 in Manaus
2020-Dec-13
55 minutes
Freak weather getting even freakier
2020-Dec-08
66 minutes
Vaccines – the Covid confusion
2020-Nov-29
64 minutes
Covid- 19 – Good news on immunity
2020-Nov-22
63 minutes
Covid-19 defeats US Marines
2020-Nov-15
66 minutes
Coronavirus spreads from mink to humans
2020-Nov-08
59 minutes
Osiris Rex stows asteroid material
2020-Nov-01
63 minutes
Nasa probe Osiris Rex lands on asteroid
2020-Oct-25
60 minutes
Covid -19 mortality
2020-Oct-18
68 minutes
Do Covid–19 mutations matter?
2020-Oct-11
70 minutes
Are children the biggest Covid-19 spreaders?
2020-Oct-04
70 minutes
Why Covid -19 vaccines may not stop transmission
2020-Sep-27
75 minutes
Malaria resistance breakthrough
2020-Sep-20
55 minutes
Covid -19 science versus politics
2020-Sep-13
69 minutes
Nyiragongo - is Goma under threat?
2020-Sep-06
62 minutes
Covid-19 Therapy Controversy
2020-Aug-29
65 minutes
Trouble in Greenland
2020-Aug-23
59 minutes
Putin’s Covid-19 vaccine
2020-Aug-16
72 minutes
Counting the heat health threat from climate change
2020-Aug-09
60 minutes
NASA rover heads for Mars ancient lake
2020-Aug-02
62 minutes
Making a Covid-19 vaccine for two billion people
2020-Jul-26
61 minutes
How long do Covid-19 antibodies last?
2020-Jul-18
53 minutes
Rwanda’s game changing coronavirus test
2020-Jul-11
68 minutes
Covid-19 and children
2020-Jul-05
63 minutes
Record high temperatures – in the Arctic
2020-Jun-28
67 minutes
Covid -19 hope for severe cases
2020-Jun-21
71 minutes
Food security, locusts and Covid -19
2020-Jun-14
64 minutes
The medical complexity of Covid -19
2020-Jun-07
65 minutes
Brazil’s Covid chaos
2020-May-31
77 minutes
Loosening lockdown
2020-May-17
78 minutes
Covid -19 new hope from blood tests
2020-May-10
75 minutes
Ebola drug offers hope for Covid-19
2020-May-03
84 minutes
Presidents and pandemics
2020-Apr-26
77 minutes
Italy, getting Covid 19 under control
2020-Apr-19
49 minutes
The impossibility of social distancing and even handwashing in crowded refugee camps
2020-Apr-12
53 minutes
Covid 19 – The fightback in Africa begins
2020-Apr-05
58 minutes
The science of social distancing
2020-Mar-29
67 minutes
Covid -19, are you carrying the virus?
2020-Mar-22
66 minutes
Covid -19 how infectious is it really?
2020-Mar-15
67 minutes
Australia’s fires - fuelled by climate change
2020-Mar-08
62 minutes
Tracking coronavirus spread
2020-Mar-01
67 minutes
Monitoring Covid-19, harvests and space junk
2020-Feb-23
59 minutes
CoVid-19: Mapping the outbreak
2020-Feb-16
65 minutes
Coronavirus, prospects for treatment?
2020-Feb-09
62 minutes
Understanding the Wuhan coronavirus
2020-Feb-02
66 minutes
Wuhan Coronavirus
2020-Jan-26
66 minutes
Mount Taal volcano
2020-Jan-19
60 minutes
Australia’s extreme fire season
2020-Jan-12
68 minutes
Adapting California
2020-Jan-05
61 minutes
Gaming climate change
2019-Dec-29
53 minutes
Understanding the Anak Krakatau eruption
2019-Dec-22
53 minutes
White Island volcano eruption
2019-Dec-15
56 minutes
CRISPR babies scandal – more details
2019-Dec-08
71 minutes
New Malaria target
2019-Dec-02
56 minutes
Politics and Amazonia’s fires
2019-Nov-24
64 minutes
Australia burning
2019-Nov-17
56 minutes
Climate in crisis
2019-Nov-10
60 minutes
Episode Image Wildfires and winds in California
2019-Nov-03
62 minutes
Is quantum supremacy ‘garbage’?
2019-Oct-27
72 minutes
Malaria, origins and a potential new treatment
2019-Oct-20
61 minutes
From batteries to distant worlds
2019-Oct-13
56 minutes
Global climate inaction
2019-Sep-29
64 minutes
South East Asia choking - again
2019-Sep-25
66 minutes
Embryoids from stem cells
2019-Sep-15
60 minutes
New evidence of nuclear reactor explosion
2019-Sep-07
62 minutes
Nanotube computer says hello
2019-Aug-31
63 minutes
Amazonian fires likely to worsen
2019-Aug-24
68 minutes
Cracking the case of the Krakatoa volcano collapse
2019-Aug-18
73 minutes
Episode Image The birth of a new volcano
2019-May-26
63 minutes