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Podcast Profile: Unexpected Elements

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216 episodes
2019 to present
Average episode: 60 minutes
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Podcaster's summary: 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.

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-14 06:46 UTC. Episodes: 216. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2024-Apr-12 • 50 minutes
Beyoncé, banjos and dancing chemistry
Beyonce's reappraisal of who can do country music spurs an Unexpected Elements hoedown
2024-Apr-05 • 50 minutes
Unexpected elections
What do stickleback fish have to do with millions of people’s voting intentions?
2024-Mar-28 • 50 minutes
The greatest baseball player of all time and the greatest science to boot!
2024-Mar-21 • 50 minutes
Ancient water, modern solutions
With water shortages and melting ice caps making the news we look at unexpected solutions
2024-Mar-14 • 50 minutes
Fandom: The next generation
K-Pop fans send us on a journey into fandom through Star Trek, football and physics
2024-Mar-07 • 50 minutes
Unexpected Oscars
As award season reaches its climax, Unexpected Elements holds its own glitzy ceremony.
2024-Feb-29 • 50 minutes
Leaping in Sync
As the leap year helps keep us in sync, we explore nature’s ways of staying in rhythm
2024-Feb-22 • 50 minutes
Going the distance
A tribute to marathon runner Kelvin Kiptum and the science behind his record performances
2024-Feb-15 • 50 minutes
Not so random acts of kindness
Are African spiders behind the ultimate act of kindness in nature?
2024-Feb-08 • 50 minutes
Deep in thought
News of a microchip implanted in a human brain sends our imagination running wild
2024-Feb-01 • 51 minutes
How plankton made mountains
The world’s largest cruise ship has set sail – but what stowaways are hiding onboard?
2024-Jan-25 • 50 minutes
Populations of people, frogs and microbes
With China’s population declining, would decreasing populations be better for the planet?
2024-Jan-18 • 50 minutes
Rulers and the rules of ageing
Under the stress and strains of leadership, how might power affect youthfulness?
2024-Jan-11 • 50 minutes
Super corals and science diplomacy
Could tensions around the Red Sea affect research into heat-resistant super corals?
2024-Jan-04 • 50 minutes
Timing is everything
Can you visualize time? We don’t all see it the same way
2023-Dec-28 • 50 minutes
The Best of Unexpected Elements
Marnie Chesterton and Caroline Steel look back at some of the best bits of the show.
2023-Dec-21 • 50 minutes
A very dark day
The solstice takes us on a journey through darkness and light.
2023-Dec-14 • 50 minutes
An exploration of empathy
On the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, we look at empathy
2023-Dec-07 • 50 minutes
Boring science
How might our future lie underground?
2023-Nov-30 • 50 minutes
Meetings with intelligent worms
From worm blobs to mangoes - there’s more to meetings than you thought.
2023-Nov-23 • 50 minutes
All about cricket(s)
The science of spitting on cricket balls, particle accelerators and insect sounds
2023-Nov-16 • 50 minutes
Why we need to talk toilets
Nov 19 is UN World Toilet Day. Can the world sanitation crisis be tackled?
2023-Nov-09 • 50 minutes
Working 70 hours a week
If you work twice as long, do you get twice as much done?
2023-Nov-02 • 50 minutes
Scary science
Is fear good for you? In the week where many celebrated Halloween, we look at the science
2023-Oct-26 • 50 minutes
Fashion to dye for
As Lagos Fashion Week begins, we follow the trends into science
2023-Oct-19 • 50 minutes
Putting Madonna to the test
Do Madonna's lyrics stand up to scientific scrutiny?
2023-Oct-12 • 53 minutes
How bedbugs took over the world
Why is bedbugs' unconventional mode of reproduction so successful?
2023-Oct-05 • 50 minutes
Complete shutdown
How would it feel wake up several years later?
2023-Sep-28 • 50 minutes
How inflation affects the entire cosmos
The science behind news about inflation leads us to the first moments of the universe.
2023-Sep-21 • 51 minutes
Can technology read our mind?
The UN General Assembly has us examining how our brains process language
2023-Sep-14 • 50 minutes
Forgetful fish, telescopic worms and bad air days
As oceans take the heat for global warming, fish find it harder to learn their way.
2023-Sep-07 • 53 minutes
Zombies, cows and coups
The wasp that turns cockroaches into zombies and the science hiding behind coups
2023-Aug-31 • 50 minutes
Protecting the Moon
India's lunar landing has us looking at unexpected science around the moon
2023-Aug-24 • 50 minutes
The man who couldn’t lie
Why do we believe in conspiracy theories, and what’s going on in our brains when we lie?
2023-Aug-17 • 50 minutes
Corrupted thinking and cancerous co-option
Can scientific thinking detect political and corporate corruption?
2023-Aug-10 • 54 minutes
Some of our universe is missing
Could science help trace Yevgeny Prigozhin, and the missing gas in the cosmos?
2023-Aug-03 • 50 minutes
The World Cup and hallucinogenic bananas
The unexpected science of the World Cup and are banana skins hallucinogenic?
2023-Jul-27 • 50 minutes
Why do teenagers share passwords so often?
2023-Jul-20 • 50 minutes
Barbie in Space
How Barbie is helping humans return to the moon, and is the colour pink actually real?
2023-Jul-13 • 50 minutes
Nato and the left-handed universe
Nato’s summit has us considering decision-making and the balance of the universe
2023-Jul-06 • 50 minutes
Unexpected elements on the sea bed
The team discover mysterious potato shaped nodules and hydroelectric power in your garden
2023-Jun-29 • 50 minutes
Predictions from the sky and murderous fish
Celebrations of Eid send us on a science-filled odyssey to the stars.
2023-Jun-22 • 51 minutes
Hayfever, paleobotany and snot palaces
Why does pollen make us sick, what it tells us about the past; and a look at snot palaces
2023-Jun-15 • 50 minutes
Wildfires and wild animals
Smog in North America leads us to conservationists using air pollution to track animals.
2023-Jun-08 • 50 minutes
Collapsing pensions and civilisations
French pension protests lead us to the lifespans of people, naked mole rats and societies
2023-Jun-01 • 50 minutes
Migrate ideas
The science behind migration, a wall of wind and the real life human labour supporting AI
2023-May-25 • 51 minutes
Signals, seaweed and space
The anniversary of the telegraph sparks an unexpected conversation about bioelectricity.
2023-May-18 • 54 minutes
Co-operation and cohesion
Social cohesion, cellular cohesion and glue. Science stories inspired by election news
2023-May-11 • 51 minutes
Coronation exploration
Why are rituals so important to humans - and why do they often involve precious objects?
2023-Mar-19 • 62 minutes
Return of Cyclone Freddy
Record-breaking Cyclone Freddy devastates Mozambique for the second time in one month.
2023-Mar-12 • 62 minutes
Human genome editing: Promise and Peril
What are the benefits and limitations of gene editing?
2023-Mar-05 • 59 minutes
Drought worsens in East Africa
Why the long rains in East Africa are forecast to fail again.
2023-Feb-26 • 65 minutes
Cyclone Freddy batters Madagascar
Cyclone Freddy batters Madagascar and threatens Mozambique and South Africa.
2023-Feb-26 • 77 minutes
Animals at the Wuhan Market
What does animal DNA from the Wuhan Market reveal about the start of the pandemic?
2023-Feb-19 • 55 minutes
CRISPR & bioethics
He Jiankui refuses to talk about his controversial genome editing of twin babies in 2018.
2023-Feb-11 • 54 minutes
Turkey-Syria earthquake
Turkey’s most powerful earthquake on record
2023-Feb-05 • 53 minutes
Science on ice
The different forms of frozen water from ice made in labs to Jupiter’s icy moons
2023-Jan-29 • 51 minutes
Bird flu (H5N1) outbreak in mink
A review of the first mammal to mammal transmission of avian flu, observed in Spain
2023-Jan-22 • 54 minutes
Climate science activism
What happens when climate scientists take to the streets?
2023-Jan-15 • 61 minutes
Atmospheric rivers
The phenomenon driving California’s extreme weather
2023-Jan-08 • 57 minutes
One year on from the Tonga eruption
We take a look at everything we’ve learnt since the Tonga volcano erupted a year ago.
2023-Jan-01 • 64 minutes
The James Webb Space Telescope - the first 6 months
NASA's James Webb Telescope: science in the images
2022-Dec-25 • 59 minutes
Mosquito pesticide failing
Mosquito pesticide failing
2022-Dec-18 • 68 minutes
Fusion milestone
Fusion milestone - the science behind the headlines
2022-Dec-11 • 63 minutes
Ancient warmth in Greenland
Climate change in the Arctic
2022-Dec-04 • 65 minutes
COVID spreads in China
COVID spreads in China
2022-Nov-27 • 55 minutes
A distant planet’s atmosphere
A distant planet's atmosphere
2022-Nov-20 • 62 minutes
Online harassment of Covid scientists
Virologists studying Covid-19 have been subject to online threats.
2022-Nov-13 • 68 minutes
Neurons that restore walking in paralysed patients
Neurons that restore walking in patients with spinal cord injuries have been identified.
2022-Nov-06 • 54 minutes
What peat can tell us about our future
Peat can offer us early alarm bells to climate change tipping points.
2022-Oct-30 • 54 minutes
Seismic events on Mars
New data from Nasa reveals information on Mars’ origin and evolution.
2022-Oct-23 • 54 minutes
The most powerful explosion ever recorded
A celestial explosion has produced the brightest beam of light ever observed
2022-Oct-16 • 59 minutes
Inserting human neurons into the brains of rats
Fusing the brain of a human with a rat could offer insight into neurological disorders
2022-Oct-09 • 57 minutes
Nobel Prize 2022: The science behind the winners
We meet the winners behind this week’s Nobel Prize announcements
2022-Oct-01 • 54 minutes
The final moments of DART
Reflections on NASA’s latest mission as it hits an asteroid 11 million km from earth
2022-Sep-24 • 54 minutes
Should we mine the deep sea?
A new license for deep sea mining could change the way we harvest rare earth minerals.
2022-Sep-18 • 57 minutes
Science and the causes behind Pakistan’s floods
A new report demonstrates the impact of global warming on flooding in Pakistan.
2022-Sep-11 • 63 minutes
The genetics of human intelligence
A single gene mutation may have propelled a major leap in human brain development
2022-Sep-04 • 55 minutes
The China Heatwave and the New Normal
The record-breaking heatwave in China and its connection to extreme weather elsewhere
2022-Aug-28 • 54 minutes
Surprises from a Martian Lake Bed
The latest analysis of Nasa’s perseverance discoveries confounds scientists’ expectations
2022-Aug-20 • 55 minutes
Deadly drought
The gloomy predictions for East Africa’s long running drought
2022-Aug-14 • 55 minutes
Icelandic volcano erupts again
Science in the heat of Iceland's new volcanic eruption
2022-Aug-07 • 57 minutes
Synthetic mouse embryos with brains and hearts
Researchers make synthetic mouse embryos with brains and beating hearts from stem cells
2022-Jul-30 • 55 minutes
The first galaxies at the universe's dawn
James Webb Space Telescope expands our view of the universe ever deeper back in time
2022-Jul-23 • 56 minutes
Heat waves in the Northern Hemisphere
Heat waves in the Northern Hemisphere - how and why more frequent and more extreme?
2022-Jul-16 • 63 minutes
First images from the James Webb Space Telescope
A sensational new view of the universe from the James Webb Space Telescope.
2022-Jul-11 • 65 minutes
Long Covid ‘brain fog’
New insights into the cause of Long Covid ‘brain fog’
2022-Jul-03 • 59 minutes
Extreme heat death risk in Latin America
New study reveals risk of death as temperatures rise in Latin American cities
2022-Jun-26 • 69 minutes
Monster microbe
Gigantic bacterium discovered in the Caribbean. It’s the size and shape of an eyelash.
2022-Jun-19 • 61 minutes
Thirty years after the Earth Summit
Thirty years on, we ask what has the Earth Summit in Rio achieved?
2022-Jun-11 • 61 minutes
Body scan reveals HIV's hideouts
Science news and highlights of the week
2022-Jun-04 • 57 minutes
Should we worry about the latest Omicron subvariants?
Two recent subtypes of the Omicron virus are much better at evading our immune defences.
2022-May-29 • 57 minutes
Heat death by volcano and other stories
New insights into Tonga’s cataclysmic volcanic eruption revealed
2022-May-21 • 59 minutes
Death in the rainforest
Climate change may have doubled the death rate of rainforest trees over the last 50 years
2022-May-15 • 65 minutes
Portrait of the monster black hole at our galaxy’s heart
Astronomers image the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy
2022-May-08 • 61 minutes
Mekong Delta will sink beneath the sea by 2100
Vietnam’s vast Mekong Delta is set to sink beneath the sea by the end of the century
2022-May-01 • 66 minutes
The Indian subcontinent’s record-breaking heatwave
The Indian subcontinent is roasting in a prolonged heatwave. Is climate change to blame?
2022-Apr-24 • 68 minutes
Climate techno-fix would worsen global malaria burden
Climate techno-fix would worsen global malaria burden
2022-Apr-17 • 75 minutes
How ‘magic mushroom’ chemical treats depression
Brain scanning study reveals how psilocybin can help people with severe depression
2022-Apr-10 • 62 minutes
Tsunami detective in Tonga
What really happened in the cataclysmic eruption of the volcano Hunga Tonga in January?
2022-Apr-03 • 58 minutes
Radioactive Red Forest
Are Russian troops in forests around Chernobyl receiving a dangerous dose of radiation?
2022-Mar-20 • 59 minutes
Covid in the sewers
Could novel forms of the virus be lurking in wastewater?
2022-Mar-13 • 64 minutes
Why are Covid19 cases rising in Hong Kong?
The territory is experiencing a rapid increase in infections and deaths
2022-Mar-06 • 58 minutes
Covid -19 origins
New analysis shows where inside the Wuhan market the virus first showed itself.
2022-Feb-27 • 58 minutes
Reforming the 'China Initiative'
US scheme accused of persecuting scientists is to be refocused
2022-Feb-20 • 64 minutes
Bone repair from Covid-19 vaccine technology
Messenger RNA used in vaccines against Covid-19 has been used to encourage bone healing
2022-Feb-13 • 65 minutes
Inside Wuhan's coronavirus lab
The inside story of Wuhan’s coronavirus lab,
2022-Feb-06 • 64 minutes
Identifying a more infectious HIV variant
A new form of HIV has been uncovered in the Netherlands.
2022-Jan-30 • 57 minutes
The roots of Long Covid
Detecting the early signals for long Covid
2022-Jan-23 • 60 minutes
Tonga eruption – how it happened
Why a small volcanic eruption had a global impact
2022-Jan-16 • 58 minutes
Have we got it wrong on Omicron?
It seems to be no more viable than the earlier delta variant
2022-Jan-09 • 58 minutes
CORBEVAX – A vaccine for the world?
Could a cheap and conventional vaccine for Coivd19 end the pandemic?
2021-Dec-26 • 61 minutes
Omicron – mild or monster?
Cases of the latest coronavirus variant are mild, so far – but that’s not the whole story
2021-Dec-19 • 63 minutes
Omicron’s rapid replication rate
Omicron replicates seventy times faster than earlier variants.
2021-Dec-12 • 70 minutes
Can the weather trigger a volcano?
The eruption of Semeru in Java was linked to heavy rain
2021-Dec-05 • 63 minutes
Omicron, racism and trust
How the global political response to the new variant is hampering science in Africa
2021-Nov-28 • 63 minutes
Deliberately doomed dart
The sacrificial space mission designed to protect the Earth from asteroid impact.
2021-Nov-21 • 58 minutes
The end for coal power?
The fossil fuel is on target to be replaced with renewables in both India and China.
2021-Nov-14 • 53 minutes
Bambi got Covid
Why the discovery of Covid 19 in white-tail deer has implications for climate policy
2021-Nov-07 • 73 minutes
Jet fuel from thin air
A solar powered solution to emissions creates aviation fuel by extracting gases from air
2021-Oct-31 • 62 minutes
Can we still avoid climate catastrophe?
The UNEP Emissions Gap Report reveals we need to do more to reach our climate goals.
2021-Oct-24 • 53 minutes
Red blood cells’ surprising immune function
New research reveals red blood cells form part of the body’s immune defence.
2021-Oct-15 • 59 minutes
Wetlands under attack
The invasive cordgrass taking over China’s coastal wetlands.
2021-Oct-10 • 64 minutes
Youngest rock samples from the moon
Youngest samples from lava flows on the moon returned by Chang’e-5 mission
2021-Oct-03 • 62 minutes
Drug resistant malaria found in East Africa
The spread of resistance to one of the most important anti-malarials
2021-Sep-26 • 64 minutes
New evidence for SARS-CoV-2’s origin in bats
Study of bats in Laos has identified viruses with a similar spike protein to SARS-CoV-2
2021-Sep-19 • 64 minutes
Ebola can remain dormant for five years
Ebola infections can re-emerge after five years, and cause new outbreaks
2021-Sep-12 • 54 minutes
Keep most fossil fuel in ground to meet 1.5 degree goal
90% of coal and 60% of oil and gas must remain untouched for world to meet climate target
2021-Aug-15 • 68 minutes
Methane - a climate solution?
Can reductions in this potent greenhouse gas help keep global temperature rises down?
2021-Aug-08 • 65 minutes
Record-shattering weather
Why we should expect more sudden extreme temperatures
2021-Jul-04 • 70 minutes
Insects in incredible detail
Insects; climate change & the law; missions to Venus; masks with Covid detecting sensors
2021-May-29 • 55 minutes
Nyiragongo Eruption
Understanding ‘ The world’s most dangerous volcano’
2021-May-23 • 72 minutes
Robot revolution
The robot arm that comes with feelings
2021-May-16 • 60 minutes
Covid and clean air
How improving indoor air quality can prevent illness from many viruses
2021-May-09 • 66 minutes
Africa’s oldest burial
A fossilised child reveals an ancient caring society
2021-Mar-07 • 54 minutes
Uncovering history with Little Foot's skull
Scanning Little Foot’s skull at the Diamond Light Source.
2021-Feb-28 • 70 minutes
Waste not, want not
Novel recycling to make new products
2021-Feb-21 • 66 minutes
Weird weather
Why is there snow in Texas?
2021-Feb-14 • 73 minutes
Perseverance approaches Mars
How Perseverance will land on Mars
2021-Feb-07 • 70 minutes
Mixing Covid vaccines
Can Covid vaccines be mixed?
2021-Jan-24 • 62 minutes
Saving the Northern White Rhino
Bringing back the Northern White Rhino from extinction
2021-Jan-17 • 63 minutes
Gravitational waves and black holes
Gravitational waves from colliding supermassive black holes
2021-Jan-10 • 54 minutes
New variants of SARS-Cov2
SARS-Cov2: UK and South African new variants
2021-Jan-03 • 53 minutes
Coping with Covid
Making sense of a year of confusion
2021-Jan-02 • 68 minutes
2021 the year of variants
The year began with Alpha and ends with Omicron, what have we learnt?
2020-Dec-27 • 54 minutes
A year with Covid -19
Looking back on how the virus emerged and the scientific response
2020-Dec-20 • 68 minutes
Covid -19 – Mutations are normal
Viral mutations happen all the time but we still need to be wary of their impact.
2020-Dec-13 • 56 minutes
The unchecked spread of Covid-19 in Manaus
Around three-quarters of the city’s population are thought to have been infected
2020-Dec-08 • 67 minutes
Freak weather getting even freakier
This year has seen record-breaking Atlantic hurricanes, and now an Australian heatwave
2020-Nov-29 • 64 minutes
Vaccines – the Covid confusion
The problems with incomplete or contradictory trial data published by press release.
2020-Nov-22 • 64 minutes
Covid- 19 – Good news on immunity
Immunity to the virus may last longer than previously thought
2020-Nov-15 • 66 minutes
Covid-19 defeats US Marines
The virus spread amongst recruits despite a range of thorough precautions
2020-Nov-08 • 59 minutes
Coronavirus spreads from mink to humans
What does transmission of coronavirus from mink to humans mean for the future vaccine?
2020-Nov-01 • 64 minutes
Osiris Rex stows asteroid material
Science news and highlights of the week
2020-Oct-25 • 61 minutes
Nasa probe Osiris Rex lands on asteroid
Science news and highlights of the week
2020-Oct-18 • 68 minutes
Covid -19 mortality
Why is there such a range in the number of deaths from Covid -19 between countries?
2020-Oct-11 • 71 minutes
Do Covid–19 mutations matter?
Results from the most detailed investigation to date into mutations in the Covid-19 virus
2020-Oct-04 • 71 minutes
Are children the biggest Covid-19 spreaders?
Are children are spreading the virus more than any other group
2020-Sep-27 • 76 minutes
Why Covid -19 vaccines may not stop transmission
They're only designed to prevent disease developing, none have been tested against spread
2020-Sep-20 • 56 minutes
Malaria resistance breakthrough
Discovered in East Africa, the finding holds promise for completely new treatments.
2020-Sep-13 • 70 minutes
Covid -19 science versus politics
Are the politicians finally coming round to the scientist’s views on the way forward?
2020-Sep-06 • 62 minutes
Nyiragongo - is Goma under threat?
More than 2 million people live around this volcano, which has become more active
2020-Aug-29 • 66 minutes
Covid-19 Therapy Controversy
Is convalescent plasma really a ‘tremendous’ treatment for Covid-19?
2020-Aug-23 • 60 minutes
Trouble in Greenland
Greenland Ice Sheet; stalagmites & climate change;
2020-Aug-16 • 72 minutes
Putin’s Covid-19 vaccine
Despite widespread alarm, Russia is not about to roll out an untested vaccine.
2020-Aug-09 • 60 minutes
Counting the heat health threat from climate change
Future heat death toll; infections we catch from wildlife;
2020-Aug-02 • 62 minutes
NASA rover heads for Mars ancient lake
NASA 2020 rover launched on fresh search for life on Mars
2020-Jul-26 • 62 minutes
Making a Covid-19 vaccine for two billion people
The challenge of making two billion Covid-19 vaccine doses within the year.
2020-Jul-18 • 54 minutes
How long do Covid-19 antibodies last?
New research on how long our defences against the coronavirus last.
2020-Jul-11 • 68 minutes
Rwanda’s game changing coronavirus test
African scientists have developed a reliable, quicker and cheaper mass testing method
2020-Jul-05 • 64 minutes
Covid-19 and children
Why a minority become gravely ill is still a mystery
2020-Jun-28 • 67 minutes
Record high temperatures – in the Arctic
Siberia has seen 38 degrees Celsius, 100 degrees Fahrenheit
2020-Jun-21 • 72 minutes
Covid -19 hope for severe cases
A readily available drug prevents some deaths, and others may also be useful
2020-Jun-14 • 64 minutes
Food security, locusts and Covid -19
Efforts to irradiate locust swarms and save harvests continue despite the pandemic
2020-Jun-07 • 65 minutes
The medical complexity of Covid -19
Understanding viral damage to the brain and heart
2020-May-31 • 78 minutes
Brazil’s Covid chaos
Numbers of cases and deaths may be much higher than official figures show
2020-May-17 • 78 minutes
Loosening lockdown
Understanding which situations pose the highest risk for virus transmission is key.
2020-May-10 • 75 minutes
Covid -19 new hope from blood tests
Research from New York shows how our own immune response is responding to Covid 19
2020-May-03 • 84 minutes
Ebola drug offers hope for Covid-19
Early trials suggest Remdesivir can aid recovery
2020-Apr-26 • 77 minutes
Presidents and pandemics
Why they don’t mix
2020-Apr-19 • 50 minutes
Italy, getting Covid 19 under control
Tentative steps to relax the lockdown
2020-Apr-12 • 54 minutes
The impossibility of social distancing and even handwashing in crowded refugee camps
The impossibility of social distancing and even handwashing in crowded refugee camps
2020-Apr-05 • 58 minutes
Covid 19 – The fightback in Africa begins
As cases spread in Nigeria, can lessons from Ebola counter covid 19 ?
2020-Mar-29 • 67 minutes
The science of social distancing
Research shows most important measure in limiting spread of Covid 19 is social distancing
2020-Mar-22 • 67 minutes
Covid -19, are you carrying the virus?
Research from Italy and China, shows many people have the coronavirus but no symptoms
2020-Mar-15 • 68 minutes
Covid -19 how infectious is it really?
As numbers continue to rise we look at pattern of transmission & prospects for treatments
2020-Mar-08 • 62 minutes
Australia’s fires - fuelled by climate change
A study shows fires were at least 30% worse due to mankind’s influence on the climate.
2020-Mar-01 • 68 minutes
Tracking coronavirus spread
More new cases of Covid-19 are now outside China than inside - how can we map the virus?
2020-Feb-23 • 60 minutes
Monitoring Covid-19, harvests and space junk
Monitoring spread of Covid-19, harvests in Africa from space, and space junk
2020-Feb-16 • 65 minutes
CoVid-19: Mapping the outbreak
A new public tool allows anyone to see where the virus is spreading.
2020-Feb-09 • 62 minutes
Coronavirus, prospects for treatment?
Could untried drugs developed for Ebola stop the virus?
2020-Feb-02 • 67 minutes
Understanding the Wuhan coronavirus
Analysis of the impact of the new virus.
2020-Jan-26 • 67 minutes
Wuhan Coronavirus
What science can tell us about the emergence of a new virus in China
2020-Jan-19 • 61 minutes
Mount Taal volcano
Why Mount Taal volcano near Manila produces so much ash and lightning
2020-Jan-12 • 68 minutes
Australia’s extreme fire season
2019 was Australia’s hottest year on record, a major factor behind continued bushfires
2020-Jan-05 • 61 minutes
Adapting California
Living with the threat of fires and earthquakes
2019-Dec-29 • 54 minutes
Gaming climate change
Can a role playing game improve climate negotiation outcomes?
2019-Dec-22 • 54 minutes
Understanding the Anak Krakatau eruption
How a relative small volcanic eruption caused a tsunami
2019-Dec-15 • 56 minutes
White Island volcano eruption
Why a small eruption on White Island was so dangerous
2019-Dec-08 • 71 minutes
CRISPR babies scandal – more details
Science news and highlights of the week
2019-Dec-02 • 56 minutes
New Malaria target
Molecular research opens the way to prevent antimalarial resistance
2019-Nov-24 • 65 minutes
Politics and Amazonia’s fires
Scientists refute government claims that this year’s Amazon fires have been normal
2019-Nov-17 • 57 minutes
Australia burning
To what extent is ‘Bush fire weather’ influenced by climate change?
2019-Nov-10 • 60 minutes
Climate in crisis
Inaction on climate change while the impact of air pollution is likened to smoking
2019-Nov-03 • 63 minutes
Wildfires and winds in California
How dry land and high winds are fuelling fires in California
2019-Oct-27 • 72 minutes
Is quantum supremacy ‘garbage’?
Has a new era of computing finally arrived or not, or is it both at the same time?
2019-Oct-20 • 62 minutes
Malaria, origins and a potential new treatment
How malaria jumped species and why Antarctica may hold a new treatment
2019-Oct-13 • 57 minutes
From batteries to distant worlds
Nobel Prize wins for a range of well-known discoveries
2019-Sep-29 • 64 minutes
Global climate inaction
The latest climate report look like earlier ones, where is the call to action?
2019-Sep-25 • 66 minutes
South East Asia choking - again
Why even staying indoors offers no escape from fires across the region
2019-Sep-15 • 60 minutes
Embryoids from stem cells
Embryoids from stem cells; water vapour in atmosphere of rocky exoplanet
2019-Sep-07 • 63 minutes
New evidence of nuclear reactor explosion
An isotopic fingerprint is reported of a nuclear explosion in Russia last month.
2019-Aug-31 • 63 minutes
Nanotube computer says hello
A 16bit computer processor made of carbon nanotubes is unveiled to the world
2019-Aug-24 • 68 minutes
Amazonian fires likely to worsen
Is it going to be a particularly bad burning season for Brazil’s rainforest?
2019-Aug-18 • 74 minutes
Cracking the case of the Krakatoa volcano collapse
Scientists investigate the precise events around last year’s lethal eruption
2019-May-26 • 63 minutes
The birth of a new volcano
A new undersea volcano has appeared off the coast of East Africa