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541 episodes
2013 to present
Average episode: 31 minutes
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Podcaster's summary: A weekly programme that illuminates the mysteries and challenges the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-14 06:46 UTC. Episodes: 541. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2024-Apr-11 • 28 minutes
World’s oldest forest fossils
Oldest forest fossils found in Somerset show how our world looked 390 million years ago.
2024-Apr-04 • 28 minutes
How pure is the water from your tap?
We look at the quality of water from your kitchen tap and check out some clever bees.
2024-Mar-28 • 33 minutes
Dimming the Sun
Should we even consider solar geoengineering?
2024-Mar-21 • 28 minutes
Laboratory-Grown Meat
Is it a solution to global emissions or a distraction? And, will people actually eat it?
2024-Mar-14 • 28 minutes
The Gulf Stream’s tipping point
Will the Gulf Stream collapse? A new modelling study suggests it could.
2024-Mar-07 • 28 minutes
Ancient Roman writings revealed
Thanks to AI, scientists can now read charred scrolls from Herculaneum for the first time.
2024-Feb-29 • 27 minutes
When brains and computers meet
A look at the science and ethics behind the companies driving brain-computer interface.
2024-Feb-22 • 28 minutes
Hydrogen and the race to net zero
A look at the role of hydrogen in the UK’s future energy economy with Prof Mark Miodownik.
2024-Feb-15 • 28 minutes
A New Volcanic Era?
Are we entering a new volcanic era in Iceland?
2024-Feb-08 • 28 minutes
Understanding Flood Forecasting
Understanding how flood forecasting and warning systems work, plus a mission to Europa.
2024-Feb-01 • 29 minutes
Space Exploration
Inside Science explores the planned missions to the Moon in 2024.
2024-Jan-25 • 28 minutes
12 days of Christmas - science version
A festive special in the style of the 12 days of Christmas.
2024-Jan-18 • 28 minutes
The Science of the South Pole
On board the RSS Sir David Attenborough for the vessel’s first big science season
2024-Jan-11 • 28 minutes
Biggest COP in history
Some of the biggest stories from COP28: oceans, food security and fossil fuel dependence.
2024-Jan-04 • 28 minutes
Vagrant Birds
Why are non-native species of birds arriving in the UK?
2023-Dec-28 • 28 minutes
Finding Tunnels
The geophysics at work to locate tunnels.
2023-Dec-21 • 28 minutes
UK Covid-19 Inquiry
The key takeaways from the evidence of top scientists this week at the Covid inquiry.
2023-Dec-14 • 28 minutes
Iceland Volcano
How scientists are monitoring Fagradalsfjall volcano and keeping people safe.
2023-Dec-07 • 31 minutes
Loss and damages for vulnerable countries
Saleemul Huq, an advocate for vulnerable countries affected by climate change, has died.
2023-Nov-30 • 28 minutes
Metal Mines
How disused mines are having a harmful effect on our rivers.
2023-Nov-23 • 30 minutes
Forever chemicals
What goes into our water supply and never comes out?
2023-Nov-16 • 28 minutes
White phosphorus
What is white phosphorus and why is it so dangerous?
2023-Nov-09 • 29 minutes
Tumbling down the rabbit hole of assembly theory
Could a radical theory help us understand the origins of life?
2023-Nov-02 • 39 minutes
Life beyond Earth
In the shadow of the Lovell Telescope, Victoria Gill questions our place in the universe.
2023-Oct-26 • 28 minutes
The state of nature in the UK
A new report has revealed that one in six native UK species are at risk of extinction.
2023-Oct-19 • 35 minutes
Why is Prime Minister Rishi Sunak rowing back on climate pledges?
Why is Prime Minister Rishi Sunak rowing back on climate pledges?
2023-Oct-12 • 31 minutes
The halfway point for sustainable development
How close are we to achieving the UN’s goals by 2030?
2023-Oct-05 • 28 minutes
What’s the cost of invasive species?
A landmark report reveals the staggering damage from invasive species across the world
2023-Sep-28 • 28 minutes
How will climate change affect where we can live?
Extreme weather is forcing communities to leave their homes. What can we do about it?
2023-Sep-21 • 36 minutes
What makes a healthy river?
Broadcasting from Green Man Festival in Wales, we find out about the state of our rivers.
2023-Sep-14 • 28 minutes
Why do we want to go back to the Moon?
Russia and India are due to land on the Moon next week. Here’s what you need to know.
2023-Sep-07 • 28 minutes
Time is still ticking for the Amazon
Can we ensure a brighter future for the Amazon rainforest?
2023-Aug-31 • 28 minutes
Reality check: carbon capture and storage
Will two new carbon capture and storage plants help bring UK to net zero?
2023-Aug-24 • 34 minutes
Battles with flames
Is climate change the cause of wildfires?
2023-Aug-17 • 33 minutes
The wide-ranging effects of climate change
Record heatwaves have scorched parts of the planet. What are the impacts of these events?
2023-Aug-10 • 33 minutes
How social media can affect the health of teenagers
Should social media apps be better regulated in order to protect young people?
2023-Aug-02 • 35 minutes
Mapping the universe
Catch up on the latest cosmological research that has physicists ‘excited’.
2023-Jul-27 • 30 minutes
Heat and health
Temperatures are soaring. But is there anything we can do to prepare for the heat?
2023-Jul-19 • 36 minutes
The science of sound
Tune in and hear how rich soundscapes can inform science and help us conserve the planet.
2023-Jul-13 • 28 minutes
The Kakhovka dam and global food security
A week on from the disaster what are the long-term implications for Ukraine and the globe?
2023-Jul-05 • 33 minutes
An ocean of opportunities
In the coming years, how could the seas help us feed the world and tackle climate change?
2023-Jun-29 • 28 minutes
AI and human extinction
The machines are getting smarter. But is this a cause for concern?
2023-Jun-21 • 31 minutes
The benefits and problems of eDNA
A new study to track turtles revealed unexpected levels of human eDNA in the environment.
2023-Jun-14 • 30 minutes
Science in the making
Travel back in time via 370 years of research from some of the greatest minds in science.
2023-Jun-07 • 32 minutes
Can we prevent natural disasters?
Gaia Vince explores the steps we can take to mitigate the impacts of natural disasters.
2023-May-31 • 29 minutes
Wild Britain
What would the UK look like if it protected 30 per cent of its land and sea for nature?
2023-May-24 • 33 minutes
70th anniversary of the discovery of DNA’s structure
Fresh insights into Rosalind Franklin’s role in the identification of DNA’s double-helix.
2023-May-17 • 28 minutes
Rocket Launch Pollution
Popping the bonnet on the environmental impacts of a rapidly growing space industry.
2023-May-11 • 28 minutes
Negotiation
Tips and insights into the art of negotiating and the science underpinning it
2023-May-04 • 28 minutes
Recycling
We are facing a waste crisis; what must be done to promote and incentivise recycling?
2023-Apr-27 • 35 minutes
Net Zero
How does the government’s latest plan to reduce emissions stack up against the science?
2023-Apr-20 • 28 minutes
Covid – missing link found?
A potential intermediate species in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from bats to humans.
2023-Apr-13 • 41 minutes
Sweet Science
The unexpected medical uses of artificial sweeteners.
2023-Apr-06 • 29 minutes
Science superpower?
The government’s strategy for the future of science and technology
2023-Mar-30 • 36 minutes
Covid leaks and conspiracies
Ministers, scientific advice and the search for scientific facts on the pandemic.
2023-Mar-23 • 32 minutes
Antarctic Ice Special
What does the new record-breaking sea ice minimum mean for Antarctica?
2023-Mar-16 • 29 minutes
Gene Editing Ethics, Killer Whale Mummy's Boys and Ancient Hippo Butchery
CRISPR controversy, a stone tool discovery and killer whale mummy's boys.
2023-Mar-09 • 28 minutes
Abundant energy
What would the world look like if we had affordable energy available for everyone?
2023-Mar-02 • 31 minutes
Exploring the New Environmental Improvement Plan
What does the government's Environmental Improvement plan really mean?
2023-Feb-23 • 31 minutes
Vegetarian school dinners
Can serving less meat in school dinners help the UK reach its climate goals?
2023-Feb-16 • 32 minutes
Towards Net Zero
Changing our home heating and improving insulation to reduced bills and emissions.
2023-Feb-09 • 30 minutes
Chatbot plagiarism
Does modern AI technology pose a threat to student learning?
2023-Feb-02 • 28 minutes
The UK's first satellite launch
Competition in the space industry is set to boom.
2023-Jan-26 • 28 minutes
Game changers
Marnie, Vic and Gaia look back at some of the biggest science news stories of 2022.
2023-Jan-19 • 28 minutes
A Scientifically Superior Christmas Dinner
We head to the kitchen to cook up the best Christmas dinner that science has to offer.
2023-Jan-12 • 28 minutes
Cancer cure, Strep A research and hopes for biodiversity
Editing DNA seems to have cured a teenager’s leukaemia
2023-Jan-05 • 28 minutes
Biodiversity
Can international efforts plan a more sustainable future?
2022-Dec-29 • 32 minutes
Killer smog
Seventy years ago, the deaths of thousands in London's smog led to the Clean Air Act.
2022-Dec-22 • 30 minutes
Science funding
Can the UK reach agreement with the EU on future scientific collaborations ?
2022-Dec-15 • 28 minutes
Climate science and politics
Holding the decision makers to account
2022-Dec-08 • 33 minutes
COP27
Loss and damage, Funding climate change impacts
2022-Dec-01 • 35 minutes
Monkeypox
Could you have it and not know ?
2022-Nov-24 • 31 minutes
Turtle Voices, a Pandemic Retrospective and a Nose-Picking Primate
Turtle voices shed light on the evolutionary origins of vocal communication.
2022-Nov-17 • 51 minutes
The BBC at 100
Science, technology and the future of broadcasting.
2022-Nov-10 • 29 minutes
Avian flu
A new strain of the virus is taking a toll on both wild birds and poultry.
2022-Nov-03 • 34 minutes
Coronavirus - new variants
What does virus evolution mean for Covid severity as we head into winter?
2022-Oct-27 • 32 minutes
Fracking Science
The moratorium on fracking has been lifted, but what does the science say?
2022-Oct-20 • 32 minutes
Science collaborations – with Russia
How the war in Ukraine is impacting international research
2022-Oct-13 • 29 minutes
Is the James Webb Space Telescope too good?
Is the James Webb Space Telescope too good?
2022-Oct-06 • 29 minutes
Ancient Amputation
How hunter gatherers in Borneo successfully performed surgery thousands of years ago.
2022-Sep-29 • 31 minutes
Dealing with drought
Dealing with drought, satellite clutter and mucus evolution.
2022-Sep-22 • 27 minutes
Return of the ozone hole
Australian fires have impacted the ozone layer.
2022-Sep-15 • 31 minutes
A Possible Sequel to the Dinosaur Armageddon
Did the Chicxulub meteor that did for the dinosaurs have a smaller cousin?
2022-Sep-08 • 28 minutes
Amplified Arctic Amplification and Microclot Clues to Post-Viral Disease
Arctic warming around four times faster than previously thought.
2022-Sep-01 • 31 minutes
Shaun The Sheep Jumps Over The Moon, Bronze Age Kissing and PPE Rubbish
ESA announce that Shaun The Sheep will fly around the moon this month aboard Artemis 1.
2022-Aug-25 • 35 minutes
Heatwave: the consequences
What are the consequences of the recent UK heatwave for us, plants and our energy supply.
2022-Aug-18 • 28 minutes
Multiverses, melting glaciers and what you can tell from the noise of someone peeing
What came before the Big Bang; why the theory of the multiverse makes sense.
2022-Aug-11 • 28 minutes
Deep Space and the Deep Sea - 40 years of the International Whaling Moratorium.
The James Webb Space Telescope is finally in business - what treasures yet to come?
2022-Aug-04 • 28 minutes
Robotic Thumbs, Mending Bones with Magnets, and the State of Science this Summer
A trip round the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2022.
2022-Jul-28 • 35 minutes
10 Years of the Higgs Boson
July 2022 marks 10 years since the Higgs Boson was confirmed to exist. What next?
2022-Jul-21 • 30 minutes
Engineering Around Mercury, Science Festivals, and The Rise of The Mammals
How hard is it to get to Mercury and why are we going?
2022-Jul-14 • 28 minutes
Inside Sentience
How could we spot a synthetic sentience even if we had made one?
2022-Jul-07 • 33 minutes
Miscounting Carbon, EU Funding Stalemate, and How to Make a Royal Hologram
A stalemate in EU/UK science cooperation, and secrets of the jubilee 'hologram' revealed.
2022-Jun-30 • 39 minutes
A Reign of Science
Marnie Chesterton and guests take a walkabout through 70 years of science.
2022-Jun-23 • 35 minutes
Monkeypox, Pompeii aDNA, and Elephant Mourning Videos
Why are non-African monkeypox cases causing concern?
2022-Jun-16 • 28 minutes
Buried Mars Landers, Freezing Species, and Low-Tide Archaeology
Why Nasa's Marsquake monitor is powering down for good.
2022-Jun-09 • 28 minutes
Running Rings Around Matter
A remarkable image of the supermassive black hole at the middle of the Milky Way.
2022-Jun-02 • 32 minutes
Precious Metals, Earlier Eggs, and Meaningful Meteorites
How bacteria could soon harvest precious metals from your old phone.
2022-May-26 • 44 minutes
The Ebb and Flow of the Tidal Power Revolution
What do we know about the mysterious cases of hepatitis in children?
2022-May-19 • 34 minutes
Building Better Engagement
Why does scientific communication matter and how might it be done better?
2022-May-12 • 35 minutes
A Trip-Switch for Depression?
Could magic mushrooms be the key to a revolution in treating depression?
2022-May-05 • 36 minutes
Declining Data, Climate Deadlines and the Day the Dinosaurs Died
Without mass studies and free testing, how will the UK keep an eye on Covid?
2022-Apr-28 • 28 minutes
How can the UK get to zero carbon?
With energy bills soaring, what's the best way to cut carbon use and keep the lights on?
2022-Apr-21 • 32 minutes
Racial inequality in UK science
Improving diversity in science; heatwaves at both poles; finding the best hedge to plant.
2022-Apr-14 • 29 minutes
Global food security during Ukraine conflict
Food supply risks; lead poisoning in birds; Covid monitoring; Artemis mission to moon.
2022-Apr-07 • 29 minutes
High Seas treaty talks and discoveries from the deep
UN talks on ocean protection; Covid’s effects on the brain; disruptions to Russian science
2022-Mar-31 • 28 minutes
Cyber frontlines in Ukraine
Cyber war in Ukraine, global energy security, and the IPCC climate change report.
2022-Mar-04 • 1 minutes
Inside Science is now first on BBC Sounds
New episodes will now be available first on Sounds for 28 days before other podcast apps.
2022-Feb-24 • 29 minutes
World’s largest Jurassic pterosaur found on Skye
Exciting finds from the dinosaur age, and how human behaviour shapes climate predictions
2022-Feb-17 • 33 minutes
COVID-19: Beginnings... and endings?
Is the pandemic coming to an end? Scientists weigh in.
2022-Feb-10 • 29 minutes
Fusion energy smashes world record
Record-breaking energy extraction gets us closer to nuclear fusion at the UK-based JET lab
2022-Feb-03 • 37 minutes
The Continuing Story of the Nuclear Waste Bill
As energy costs rise, a look at the legacy cost of radioactive waste.
2022-Jan-27 • 36 minutes
Predicting Long Covid, and the Global Toll of Antimicrobial Resistance
Promising results suggest new biomarkers could rate the risk of developing Long Covid.
2022-Jan-20 • 37 minutes
The 'perfect' depth for a destructive eruption
Whay was the blast from the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano so violent?
2022-Jan-13 • 28 minutes
The Rutland ‘Sea Dragon’, An Astronomer's Christmas and some Animal Magic
What does it take to unearth the largest Jurassic reptile fossil the UK has ever seen?
2022-Jan-06 • 37 minutes
Deep ocean exploration
The wonders and mysteries of the deep ocean, and the potential threats to it.
2021-Dec-30 • 42 minutes
A new space age?
Could humans be on the Moon and Mars before this decade is out?
2021-Dec-23 • 38 minutes
The Origin of Celtic Culture in Britain?
Archaeologists use ancient DNA to uncover an unrecognised mass migration into Britain.
2021-Dec-16 • 34 minutes
The James Webb Space Telescope
A new giant space telescope that will show us the first stars that shone in the universe.
2021-Dec-09 • 31 minutes
Initial Omicron Lab Data, Creative Naps, and Fishy Sounds.
T-Cells in vaccinated folk might just hold the fort against the latest SARS CoV2 variant.
2021-Dec-02 • 41 minutes
When Pandemics Collide
Did the omicron variant incubate in an immunocompromised patient?
2021-Nov-25 • 36 minutes
Malaria: what's in it for the mosquito?
Gaia Vince finds out what benefit the malaria parasite brings to blood feeding mosquitoes.
2021-Nov-18 • 37 minutes
Yet More Space Junk; COP-up or COP-out; The End of Bias.
How much junk can we leave in orbit before space becomes impenetrable?
2021-Nov-11 • 39 minutes
Propane: Keeping Your Cool as the World Warms Around You
Can propane prevent air conditioning becoming a bigger burden on our heating planet?
2021-Nov-04 • 34 minutes
How Whales Farmed For Food, COP progress, and The Last Stargazers
Gaia Vince hears how blue whales' huge appetites helped generate more food for themselves.
2021-Oct-28 • 34 minutes
Atmospheric Pollutants and Where to Find Them
Do Ultra Low Emission Zones in Cities Work?
2021-Oct-21 • 39 minutes
The Possible Impact of false-negative PCR Tests
False-negative PCRs, World Weather Attribution Science, and Metascience Studies.
2021-Oct-14 • 32 minutes
Early Alzheimer's Alert
A simple test for the earliest stages of Alzheimer's.
2021-Oct-07 • 32 minutes
Surprising choice for Nobel prizes in a pandemic?
Nobel prizes; BepiColombo snaps Mercury; carbon take up by old oaks; mystery illnesses.
2021-Sep-30 • 33 minutes
Covid vaccine boosters; why we don't have a tail; cassowary domestication; Royal Society Science book prize shortlist
Covid vaccine boosters; why we don't have a tail; cassowary farming; book prize shortlist
2021-Sep-23 • 32 minutes
La Palma volcano; wind energy in the UK; origins of SARS-Cov2; Formula 1 safety
La Palma volcano; wind energy in the UK; origins of SARS-Cov2; Formula 1 safety.
2021-Sep-16 • 31 minutes
Perseverance drills on Mars; space tourism; Australian fire debris and algal blooms; DNA vaccines against Covid
Mars rock samples; space tourism; fire debris and algal blooms; DNA vaccines for Covid.
2021-Sep-09 • 29 minutes
Climate change and oil and gas exploration; cutting methane emissions; African wild dog populations; freezing eggs and sperm
What's the future of oil and gas exploration when limiting global heating to 1.5 degrees?
2021-Sep-02 • 29 minutes
Rugby and the brain
New clues on how tackles and knocks impact the brains of professional rugby players.
2021-Aug-26 • 29 minutes
Window to solve pandemic origins closing
Is time running out to trace the origins of the pandemic?
2021-Aug-19 • 30 minutes
Mammoth Journey
Tusk reveals the story of a woolly mammoth's 70,000 kilometre journey
2021-Aug-12 • 30 minutes
IPCC report - extreme weather events
Climate change and extreme weather events.
2021-Aug-05 • 32 minutes
Bees and multiple pesticide exposure
Pesticides more than double the trouble for bees
2021-Jul-29 • 30 minutes
Covid 19 – reaching the unvaccinated
How to balance individual rights with the collective action needed to end the pandemic.
2021-Jul-22 • 33 minutes
A life-changing database
Revolutionising research into every aspect of life.
2021-Jul-15 • 28 minutes
Covid19 - should we test everybody ?
Testing the entire population could stop the virus spreading, but how would we do it?
2021-Jul-08 • 28 minutes
Covid and our ancient ancestors
The role our genetic inheritance plays in determining how the virus affects us.
2021-Jul-01 • 32 minutes
Gene editing gets real
A treatment to change faulty genetic instructions in the liver seems to be successful.
2021-Jun-24 • 34 minutes
UK science policy shake-up; Ivermectin & Covid; black fungus in Indian Covid patients; many hominins in Siberian cave
How will the new UK strategy affect funding for existing research and future innovation?
2021-Jun-17 • 30 minutes
Cov-Boost trial; SARS-Cov 2 infection in action; sapling guards; why tadpoles are dying
Cov-Boost trial; SARS-Cov 2 infection in action; sapling guards; why tadpoles are dying
2021-Jun-10 • 32 minutes
Covid vaccines in children; preventing dengue; algal blooms; supersonic flight
Covid vaccines in children; preventing dengue; algal blooms; supersonic flight.
2021-Jun-03 • 32 minutes
Lab origin theory of SARS-Cov2; gene for obesity; dark matter map; rock art in Scotland
Lab leak theory of SARS-Cov2; gene for obesity; dark matter map; rock art in Scotland
2021-May-27 • 36 minutes
Human use of plants beyond the limits of history.
Vic Gill and guests take a look at human impacts on the earth over thousands of years.
2021-May-20 • 43 minutes
Blood Clot Cure, Synthetic Fuels and Coal Mine Heat Pumps
Viennese scientists describe a cure for infamous vaccine-induced thrombosis.
2021-May-13 • 36 minutes
Microplastics in UK river beds
Victoria Gill wades into the microplastic problems in UK riverbeds.
2021-May-06 • 28 minutes
Early burials, diversity in Tudor England, a malaria vaccine, and rogue brain waves
Early burials, diversity in Tudor England, a malaria vaccine, and rogue brain waves.
2021-Apr-29 • 32 minutes
Dragonfly on Titan, Retreating Glaciers, Surge Testing, Acoustic lighthouses
Dragonfly on Titan, Retreating Glaciers, Surge Testing for Covid 19, Acoustic lighthouses.
2021-Apr-22 • 29 minutes
Coronavirus variants and vaccines, climate change resistant coffee, dare to repair and how to get rid of moths
Coronavirus variants, climate change resistant coffee, dare to repair and clothes moths.
2021-Apr-15 • 28 minutes
Blood clots, grieving and the emotion of screams
Evolving research on blood clots associated with vaccines, the emotion of screams, grief.
2021-Apr-08 • 31 minutes
Disobedient particles, noisy gorillas, sharks and fictional languages
Disobedient particles, noisy gorillas, sharks and fictional languages.
2021-Apr-01 • 29 minutes
Science funding cuts; Mice get Covid-19; Native oyster reintroductions
Science funding cuts; Mice and Covid-19; Native oyster reintroduction.
2021-Mar-25 • 32 minutes
Halfway to net zero; hydrogen as a fuel; Fagradalsfjall, Iceland’s active volcano
Halfway to net zero; hydrogen as a fuel; Fagradalsfjall, Iceland’s active volcano.
2021-Mar-18 • 32 minutes
Human embryo research and ethics; sperm whale social learning; Antikythera mechanism
Human embryo research and ethics; sperm whale social learning; Antikythera mechanism.
2021-Mar-11 • 28 minutes
China's green growth plan
China’s five-year plan; cloning the black footed ferret; seals lending a flipper.
2021-Mar-04 • 31 minutes
Blue carbon; inside Little Foot's skull; reading locked letters
Blue carbon; seeing inside Little Foot's skull; reading locked letters with X rays.
2021-Feb-25 • 30 minutes
Good COP Bad COP, Shotgun Lead Persistence, and Featherdown Adaptation
UN Environment Programme publishes Making Peace With Nature report ahead of COP 26.
2021-Feb-18 • 50 minutes
Nasa's Perseverance - will it pay off? And spotting likely hosts for future pandemics.
Landing, driving, flying on Mars, and where on Earth to look out for the next big virus.
2021-Feb-11 • 41 minutes
Meeting Mars, Melting Ice, Ozone on the Mend Again, and A Sea Cacophany
Tim Peake on Mars, melting poles and glaciers, CFC anomaly disappears, Oceanic cacophany.
2021-Feb-04 • 42 minutes
Putting a number on biodiversity
Biodiversity, planting trees for good and bad, and the hidden impacts of traffic noise.
2021-Jan-28 • 36 minutes
Next Gen Covid Vaccines; Man's Oldest Bestest Friend; Bilingual Brain Development
What will the next generation of Covid vaccines be like? And when was the first pet dog?
2021-Jan-21 • 31 minutes
Vaccine Hesitancy and Ethnicity; The Joy of catnip; Lake Heatwaves
Unpacking some causes of vaccine hesitancy in different quarters, and what does catnip do?
2021-Jan-14 • 33 minutes
UK Science post Brexit; GMOs vs Gene Editing regulation; Identical Twins That Aren't Indentical
UK Science after Brexit, changing the rules for GMO's, and how identical twins differ.
2021-Jan-07 • 39 minutes
Vaccine Dosing and Biodiversity Soundscape Monitoring
Spacing vaccine doses, and monitoring biodiversity through sound and machine learning.
2020-Dec-31 • 39 minutes
Brian Cox and Alice Roberts on a decade of extraordinary science
Adam Rutherford, Brian Cox and Alice Roberts reflect on a decade of extraordinary science.
2020-Dec-24 • 32 minutes
Space Rocks, Aquatic Dinosaurs and Global Temperatures; 2020 science reviewed
Dr Adam Rutherford and guests discuss space, dinosaurs and climate science in 2020.
2020-Dec-17 • 33 minutes
Covid mutation; On the facial expression of emotions; A mystery object
Tracking Covid variants, AI v. the expression of human emotions, a mystery museum object.
2020-Dec-10 • 37 minutes
Future risk planning; Millennium Seed Bank; Urban trees
Future risk planning; Millennium Seed Bank; Urban trees.
2020-Dec-03 • 37 minutes
Protein folding; Hyabusa sample return; Holiday Covid testing
AI ‘solves’ protein puzzle; Chasing Asteroids; holiday testing students
2020-Nov-26 • 30 minutes
26/11/2020
Sentinel 6 launch; The Cosmic Dark Ages; Lithium Batteries
2020-Nov-19 • 31 minutes
COVID Operation Moonshot; Big Compost Experiment; Gulf of Mexico meteorite and new life
COVID Operation Moonshot; Big Compost Experiment; Gulf of Mexico meteorite and new life.
2020-Nov-12 • 36 minutes
mRNA vaccinations; bacterial space miners; Artemis accords
How do the new type of mRNA vaccines work actually work? And how lawless is space?
2020-Nov-05 • 31 minutes
COVID in families; earthquake under Aegean Sea; Camilla Pang wins science book prize
COVID in families; earthquake under Aegean Sea; Camilla Pang wins science book prize.
2020-Oct-29 • 34 minutes
A new saliva gland, Bill Bryson on the Human Body, and the return of the Dust Bowl
A new saliva gland, Bill Bryson on the Human Body, and the return of the Dust Bowl.
2020-Oct-22 • 34 minutes
COVID reinfections, Susannah Cahalan questions psychiatry and sense of smell and COVID
COVID reinfections, Susannah Cahalan questions psychiatry, and sense of smell and COVID.
2020-Oct-15 • 40 minutes
Test and trace - how the UK compares to the rest of the world; Linda Scott's book The Double X Economy
COVID test and trace around the world and Linda Scott's book - The Double X Economy
2020-Oct-08 • 34 minutes
08/10/2020
The science of affectionate touch, from the skin to brain.
2020-Oct-01 • 37 minutes
Brian May's Cosmic Clouds 3-D; How fish move between waterbodies and Jim Al-Khalili's take on physics
Brian May's 3-D nebulae; how fish move between lakes; Jim Al-Khalili's take on physics.
2020-Sep-24 • 35 minutes
Royal Society Science Book Prize - Gaia Vince; Biodiversity loss and Science Museum mystery object
Royal Society Science Book Prize - Gaia Vince; Biodiversity loss and Science Museum object
2020-Sep-17 • 31 minutes
COVID-19 in Winter, Acoustics of Stonehenge and Dog years
COVID-19 in winter; acoustics of Stonehenge; dog years.
2020-Sep-10 • 29 minutes
Coronavirus: The types of vaccine; How the UK is scaling up vaccine production
Coronavirus: the types of vaccine; how the UK is scaling up vaccine production.
2020-Sep-03 • 28 minutes
Bird and dinosaur skull evolution; the wonders of yeast and Science Museum mystery object
Bird and dinosaur skull evolution; the wonders of yeast and Science Museum mystery object
2020-Aug-27 • 32 minutes
What does the science say about the COVID risks of schools reopening? Dolphin ear autopsy
What does the science say about the Covid risks of schools reopening? Dolphin ear autopsy.
2020-Aug-20 • 28 minutes
Smart bricks, The Royal Academy of Engineering awards for pandemic engineering solutions and detecting SARS-Cov-2 in sewage
Smart bricks, awards for pandemic engineering solutions and detecting Covid in sewage.
2020-Aug-13 • 28 minutes
Land use and zoonoses, California's earthquake risk and the Tuatara genome
Land use and zoonoses, Los Angeles’ earthquake risk and the Tuatara genome.
2020-Aug-06 • 28 minutes
How sperm swim, the theory of soil & the Big Compost Experiment update
How sperm actually swim, the theory of soil and an update on the Big Compost Experiment.
2020-Jul-30 • 32 minutes
Science Museum mystery objects; home security camera security and Rosalind Franklin at 100
Science Museum mystery objects; home security camera security and Rosalind Franklin at 100
2020-Jul-23 • 32 minutes
Pre-prints over peer review during the COVID pandemic and roads and birds
Pre-prints over peer review during the COVID pandemic, and roads and birds.
2020-Jul-16 • 28 minutes
Science Fraud & Bias, Immunity to COVID-19
Adam Rutherford explores fraud and bias in science. And immunity to SARS-CoV-2.
2020-Jul-09 • 34 minutes
Satellite navigation in the UK; the science of the World Wide Web and Neolithic genomics
Satellite navigation in the UK; the science of the World Wide Web; Neolithic genomics
2020-Jul-02 • 28 minutes
Preventing pandemics, invading alien species, blood types & COVID-19.
Preventing zoonotic pandemics; invasive species; blood groups and COVID-19
2020-Jun-25 • 32 minutes
The Human Genome Project's 20th Anniversary
An Inside Science Special on the 20th anniversary of the Human Genome Project.
2020-Jun-18 • 41 minutes
Coronavirus conspiracy, Listeners' mask questions, Solar Orbiter gets close to the Sun
Coronavirus conspiracies, listeners' mask questions, Solar Orbiter gets close to the Sun
2020-Jun-11 • 28 minutes
Engineering out of lockdown and should we castrate male dogs?
Engineering solutions to reduce the spread of Covid-19, and should we castrate male dogs?
2020-Jun-04 • 28 minutes
Back to School and Covid-19 and Ordnance Survey and the pandemic
Back to School and Covid-19 and Ordnance Survey and the pandemic.
2020-May-28 • 31 minutes
Testing & Tracing the coronavirus, and the traces our movements leave behind
Testing and Tracing the coronavirus, and the traces our everyday movements leave behind.
2020-May-21 • 28 minutes
Coronavirus-free science, the impact of lockdown on climate change and the odds of both life and intelligent life existing.
Marnie Chesterton brings us some coronavirus-free science breakthroughs since lockdown.
2020-May-14 • 33 minutes
Coronavirus R number, genome study of Covid-19 survivors and using aircraft messages to assess aviation
Coronavirus R number, genome study of Covid survivors and assessing aviation with big data
2020-May-07 • 29 minutes
Should the public wear face masks? Did SARS-Cov-2 escape from a laboratory in Wuhan?
Should the public wear face masks? Did the coronavirus escape from a laboratory in Wuhan?
2020-Apr-30 • 31 minutes
Testing for immunity to COVID-19 and Citizen science on BBC Radio past and present
Testing for immunity to Covid-19 and citizen science on BBC Radio past and present.
2020-Apr-23 • 42 minutes
Understanding Covid-19 death rates; Contact tracing apps; Whale sharks and atomic bombs
Understanding Covid-19 death rates; contact tracing apps; whale sharks and atomic bombs.
2020-Apr-16 • 28 minutes
Lockdown lessons for climate change and the carbon neutral Cumbrian coal mine
Lockdown lessons for climate change and the carbon neutral Cumbrian coal mine.
2020-Apr-09 • 29 minutes
Testing for asymptomatic coronavirus carriers, Human Cell Atlas, and invasive parakeets
Testing for asymptomatic coronavirus carriers, Human Cell Atlas, and invasive parakeets.
2020-Apr-02 • 32 minutes
Coronavirus: Models & being ‘led by the science’; Mars500 isolation tips; Kids’ science - singing glasses
Models and graphs informing government strategy; Isolation tips; Fun science for kids.
2020-Mar-26 • 43 minutes
Coronavirus - Lockdown efficacy; viral testing; surface survival; dog walking safety
Coronavirus - lockdown efficacy; viral testing; surface survival; dog walking safety
2020-Mar-19 • 29 minutes
TB vaccination to replace culling in badgers; Neil Shubin on the wonders of evolution
TB vaccination to replace culling in badgers; Neil Shubin on the wonders of evolution.
2020-Mar-12 • 28 minutes
Biology of the new coronavirus
Why and how does the new coronavirus make us ill?
2020-Mar-05 • 34 minutes
Banning lead shot for hunting; UK Fireball Network and Extremely thin gold
Banning lead shot for hunting; UK Fireball Network and Extremely thin gold
2020-Feb-27 • 28 minutes
The Big Compost Experiment; Using AI to screen for new antibiotics; Science of slapstick
The Big Compost Experiment; Using AI to screen for new antibiotics; Science of slapstick
2020-Feb-20 • 42 minutes
Coronavirus questions; HMS Challenger and ocean acidification; Sean Carroll's quantum world
Coronavirus questions; HMS Challenger & ocean acidification; Sean Carroll's quantum world
2020-Feb-13 • 41 minutes
Ordnance Survey - Britain's 220-year-old tech company; Launching synthetic voices and personality test
Ordnance Survey - 220-year-old tech company, synthetic voices and personality test.
2020-Feb-06 • 28 minutes
Solar Orbiter launch; Mutational signatures in cancer; paleo-oncology
Solar Orbiter launch; Mutational signatures in cancer; paleo-oncology
2020-Jan-30 • 37 minutes
Coronavirus update, Typhoid Mary and 200th anniversary of the first sighting of Antarctica
Coronavirus update, Typhoid Mary and 200th anniversary of the first sighting of Antarctica
2020-Jan-23 • 31 minutes
Coronavirus outbreak in China; Genetic diseases in Amish communities and getting an Egyptian mummy to speak
Coronavirus outbreak in China, Amish genetic diseases and Egyptian mummy speaks.
2020-Jan-16 • 30 minutes
Reproducibility crisis in science; Aeolus wind-measuring satellite; electric cars
Reproducibility crisis in science, Aeolus wind-measuring satellite, and electric cars.
2020-Jan-09 • 32 minutes
Australian bush fires; Veganuary and LIGO
Gareth Mitchell discusses the Australian bush fires; Veganuary and LIGO
2020-Jan-02 • 28 minutes
The hidden history in our DNA - Part 2 - Travel and Culture
The hidden history in our DNA - Part 2 - Travel and Culture
2019-Dec-26 • 33 minutes
The hidden history in our DNA - Part 1 - Sex and Disease
The hidden history in our DNA - Part 1 - Sex and Disease
2019-Dec-19 • 30 minutes
Ten years of Zooniverse; what happened to volcano Anak Krakatau and visualising maths
Ten years of Zooniverse; what happened to volcano Anak Krakatau and visualising maths.
2019-Dec-12 • 28 minutes
Earliest hunting scene cave painting; animal domestication syndrome
Earliest prehistoric hunting scene; fox domestication study flaw
2019-Dec-05 • 32 minutes
Global Carbon Emissions; Parker Solar Probe and simulating swaying buildings
Global Carbon Emissions; Simulating swaying buildings and Parker Solar Probe
2019-Nov-28 • 30 minutes
What's the problem with palm oil and should we be supporting sustainably grown oil? Virtual reality skin
Should we be supporting sustainably grown palm oil? Virtual reality skin
2019-Nov-21 • 37 minutes
Noise pollution and wildlife; No till farming; Cornwall's geothermal heat
Noise pollution and wildlife; No till farming; Cornwall's geothermal heat
2019-Nov-14 • 29 minutes
Soils and floods, Air pollution and ultra-low emission zones, detecting the drug Spice
Soils and floods, air pollution and ultra-low emission zones, detecting the drug Spice
2019-Nov-07 • 28 minutes
Fracking moratorium; Bloodhound; Big Compost Experiment; transit of Mercury
Fracking moratorium; Bloodhound; Big Compost Experiment; transit of Mercury
2019-Oct-31 • 29 minutes
African genomes sequenced; Space weather; sports head injuries
African genomes sequenced; Space weather; sports head injuries.
2019-Oct-24 • 28 minutes
Organic farming emissions; Staring at seagulls; Salt and dementia
Agriculture and greenhouse gases: We answer your questions
2019-Oct-17 • 28 minutes
Ebola model, Partula snails, Malaria origin
Ebola model, partula snails, malaria origin.
2019-Oct-10 • 28 minutes
Extinction Rebellion, UK net zero emissions and climate change; Nobel Prizes
XR protest – how best to reach net zero emissions? And science and culture of Nobel Prizes
2019-Oct-03 • 36 minutes
HIV protective gene paper retraction, Imaging ancient Herculaneum scrolls, Bill Bryson's The Body
HIV protective gene paper retraction, imaging Herculaneum scrolls, Bill Bryson's The Body.
2019-Sep-26 • 35 minutes
Oceans, ice and climate change; Neolithic baby bottles; Caroline Criado-Perez wins RS Book Prize
Oceans, ice and climate change; Neolithic baby bottles; and Caroline Criado Perez
2019-Sep-19 • 31 minutes
MOSAiC Arctic super-expedition, Likely extinction of the Bahama nuthatch, Tim Smedley's book on air pollution
MOSAiC expedition, Bahama nuthatch and Tim Smedley's book on air pollution.
2019-Sep-12 • 36 minutes
Model embryos from stem cells, Paul Steinhardt's book on impossible crystals, Mother Thames
Model embryos, Paul Steinhardt's book on impossible crystals and Mother Thames.
2019-Sep-05 • 30 minutes
Inventing GPS, Carbon nanotube computer, Steven Strogatz and Monty Lyman discuss calculus and skin
Inventing GPS, carbon nanotube computer, RS Prize shortlisted books on calculus and skin.
2019-Aug-29 • 28 minutes
Amazon fires, Royal Society Book Prize shortlist announced, John Gribben on quantum physics
Amazon fires, Royal Society Book Prize shortlist, and John Gribben on quantum physics.
2019-Aug-22 • 28 minutes
UK's black squirrels' genetic heritage; nuclear fusion in the UK and the Royal Society's science book prize
UK's black squirrels' genetic heritage; nuclear fusion and the Royal Society's book prize.
2019-Aug-15 • 34 minutes
UK power cut, Huge dinosaur find in Wyoming, Micro-plastics in Arctic snow
UK power cut, huge dinosaur find in Wyoming and micro-plastics in Arctic snow
2019-Aug-08 • 28 minutes
Making the UK's dams safe, AI spots fake smiles, How many trees should we be planting?
Making the UK's dams safe; AI spots fake smiles and how many trees should we be planting?
2019-Aug-01 • 30 minutes
Lovelock at 100; Hydrothermal vents and antibiotic resistance in the environment
James Lovelock at 100, hydrothermal vents and antibiotic resistance in the environment
2019-Jul-25 • 28 minutes
False positives in genetic test kits, Impact of fishing on ocean sharks, Sex-change fish
False positives in genetic test kits, impact of fishing on sharks, and sex-change species.
2019-Jul-18 • 28 minutes
Turing on the new £50 note, Moon landing on the radio, 25 years since Shoemaker-Levy comet
Turing on the new £50 note, moon landing on the radio, 25 years since Shoemaker-Levy comet
2019-Jul-11 • 31 minutes
Earliest modern human skull, Analysing moon rocks, Viruses lurking in our genomes
Earliest modern human skull, analysing moon rocks, and viruses lurking in our genomes.
2019-Jul-04 • 35 minutes
X-Rays on Mercury, Monkey Tools, Music of Molecules, AI Drivers
Summer Science from the Royal Society: a trip to Mercury, Music of Molecules, and AI Cars.
2019-Jun-27 • 32 minutes
Global Food Security, Reactive Use-By Labels, Origins of the Potato
Global Food Security, a threat to wheat, future use-by labels and origins of the potato.
2019-Jun-20 • 36 minutes
Rinderpest destruction, Noise and birdsong, Science as entertainment
Destroying rinderpest virus, how noise confuses birds, and science as light entertainment.
2019-Jun-13 • 30 minutes
Net-Zero carbon target, Science Policy Under Thatcher, Screen time measures
Gareth Mitchell discusses a new carbon emissions target, and Science Policy Under Thatcher
2019-Jun-06 • 38 minutes
CCR5 Mutation Effects, The Surrey Earthquake Swarm, Animal Emotions
CCR5 mutation effects, the Surrey earthquake swarm, Mama’s Last Hug by Frans de Waal.
2019-May-30 • 29 minutes
How maths underpins science
How mathematics underpins science, recorded at the Hay Festival.
2019-May-23 • 28 minutes
New CFC emissions, Cannabis and the Environment, The Noisy Cocktail Party, Automated Face Recognition
New CFC emissions, Cannabis and Yeast, A Noisy Cocktail Party, Automated Face Recognition.
2019-May-16 • 34 minutes
Hubble Not-So Constant, Synthetic E. Coli, The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt
Hubble Not-So Constant, Synthetic E. Coli, The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt
2019-May-09 • 29 minutes
Forensic science provision, optimal garden watering strategy, and a mystery knee bone
Forensic science provision, an optimal garden watering strategy, and a mystery knee bone.
2019-May-02 • 28 minutes
Sex, gender and sport - the Caster Semenya case and the latest Denisovan discovery
Sex, gender and sport - the Caster Semenya case; the latest Denisovan discovery in Tibet
2019-Apr-25 • 28 minutes
Thought-to-speech machine, City Nature Challenge, Science of Storytelling
Thought-to-speech machine, City Nature Challenge, the Science of Storytelling
2019-Apr-18 • 33 minutes
Notre-Dame fire, Reviving pig brains, ExoMars, Evolution of faces
Notre-Dame fire, reviving pig brains, ExoMars and evolution of faces.
2019-Apr-11 • 39 minutes
Visualising a black hole, Homo luzonensis, Two ways to overcome antimicrobial resistance
Visualising a black hole, Homo luzonensis, Two ways to overcome antimicrobial resistance
2019-Apr-04 • 39 minutes
Cretaceous catastrophe fossilised, LIGO and Virgo, Corals, Forensic shoeprint database
Cretaceous catastrophe fossilised, LIGO and Virgo, corals and forensic shoeprint database
2019-Mar-28 • 28 minutes
UK pollinating insect numbers, Tracking whales using barnacles, Sleep signals
UK pollinating insect numbers, tracking whales using barnacles and sleep signals.
2019-Mar-21 • 32 minutes
Where next World Wide Web? Space rocks and worms
Where next World Wide Web? Space rocks and worms
2019-Mar-14 • 31 minutes
Rules and ethics of genome editing, Gender, sex and sport, Hog roasts at Stonehenge
Rules and ethics of genome editing, gender, sex and sport, and hog roasts at Stonehenge.
2019-Mar-07 • 29 minutes
A cure for HIV? Sleepy flies, Secrets of the Fukushima disaster, Science fact checking
A cure for HIV? Sleepy flies, secrets of the Fukushima disaster and science fact checking
2019-Feb-28 • 28 minutes
Falling carbon and rising methane; Unsung heroes at the Crick
Falling carbon and rising methane, and unsung heroes at the Francis Crick Institute.
2019-Feb-21 • 34 minutes
Mars - rovers v humans? Forests and carbon, Ethiopian bush crow
Goodbye Mars Opportunity rover - what's next? Forests and carbon, Ethiopian bush crow
2019-Feb-14 • 28 minutes
Insect decline, Gut microbiome, Geomagnetic switching
Insect decline, gut microbiome and geomagnetic switching.
2019-Feb-07 • 28 minutes
Sea Level Rise, Equine Flu, Generator Bricks, Iberian Genes
Antarctic ice melting and sea level, equine flu, generator bricks, and Iberian gene maps.
2019-Jan-31 • 28 minutes
Sprinting Neanderthals, Geodynamo, Spreading Sneezes and Dying Hares
Sprinting Neanderthals, geodynamo, spreading sneezes and dying hares.
2019-Jan-04 • 31 minutes
Ultima Thule, Dry January, Periodic Table
The latest on Nasa's Ultima Thule mission and the science behind Dry January
2018-Nov-29 • 28 minutes
Gene-edited twins, Placenta organoids in a dish, When the last leaves drop
Gene-edited twins; placenta organoids in a dish; when the last leaves drop.
2018-Nov-22 • 37 minutes
Mars InSight mission, Detecting dark matter, Redefining the kilogram, Bovine TB
Mars InSight mission, detecting dark matter, redefining the kg and more on bovine TB.
2018-Nov-15 • 31 minutes
Bovine TB and badger culling, Shrimp hoover CSI, Shark-skin and Turing
Bovine TB and badger culling; shrimp hoover CSI; shark-skin and Turing patterning.
2018-Nov-08 • 29 minutes
Oldest cave picture; the Anthropocene under London; a new scientist for the £50 note
Oldest cave picture, the Anthropocene under London and a new scientist for the £50 note.
2018-Nov-01 • 28 minutes
Repairing potholes, Ozone hole, Internet of hives, Drugs from fingerprints
Repairing potholes, ozone hole, internet of hives and drugs from fingerprints.
2018-Oct-25 • 28 minutes
Science and Brexit, Antibiotic livestock growth promoters, Bepicolombo goes to Mercury
Royal Society President Venki Ramakrishnan on UK science and Brexit.
2018-Oct-18 • 28 minutes
Old Dogs and Physics in Space
The dogs of Neolithic farmers and rocket science.
2018-Oct-11 • 28 minutes
IPCC report, Cairngorms Connect project, grass pea, the Sun exhibition at Science Museum
IPCC report, Cairngorms Connect project, grass pea, the Sun exhibition at Science Museum
2018-Oct-04 • 28 minutes
Nobel Prizes - Hayabusa 2 latest - IPCC meeting - North Pole science
Adam Rutherford investigates the news in science and science in the news.
2018-Sep-27 • 28 minutes
Hyabusa 2 at Ryugu, deadly 1918 flu pandemic; WW2 bombing and ionosphere, teenage brain
Hayabusa2, the deadly 1918 flu pandemic, WW2 bombing and the ionosphere, the teenage brain
2018-Sep-20 • 28 minutes
Science of Addiction
Adam Rutherford looks at the art and science of addiction at the Science Gallery London.
2018-Sep-13 • 28 minutes
First human drawing, Cycling genes, Oden Arctic expedition, Hello World
First human drawing; cycling genes; Oden Arctic expedition; Hello World.
2018-Sep-06 • 40 minutes
Complexity in Biology
Adam Rutherford wrestles with biological complexity with help from guests in Dublin.
2018-Aug-30 • 28 minutes
Electronic brain probe; Rural stream biodiversity; Arctic weather research trip; Science book prize
Electronic brain probe; River biodiversity; Arctic weather expedition; Science book prize
2018-Aug-23 • 28 minutes
Cavendish banana survival; Guillemot egg shape; Unexpected Truth About Animals; Tambora's rainstorm
Banana survival; Guillemot egg shape; Unexpected Truth About Animals; Tambora rainstorm
2018-Aug-16 • 28 minutes
Capturing greenhouse gas, Beating heart failure with beetroot, Why elephants don't get cancer, Exactly - a history of precision
Why elephants don't get cancer, Exactly - a history of precision
2018-Aug-09 • 28 minutes
New Horizons' next mission, Helium at 150, The Beautiful Cure, Oden arctic expedition
New Horizons next mission, helium at 150, The Beautiful Cure, Oden arctic expedition.
2018-Aug-02 • 28 minutes
Parker solar probe, Diversity in the lab, Royal Society book prize, Arctic circle weather
Parker solar probe, Diversity in the lab, Royal Society book prize, Arctic circle weather.
2018-Jul-26 • 28 minutes
Liquid water on Mars, Early embryo development, Earth Biogenome Project, Marine wilderness
Liquid water on Mars, Early embryo development, Earth Biogenome Project, Marine Wilderness
2018-Jul-19 • 32 minutes
Peatbog wildfires, Coral acoustics, Magdalena Skipper, Fuelling long-term space travel
Peatbog wildfires, coral acoustics, Magdalena Skipper and fuelling long-term space travel.
2018-Jul-12 • 31 minutes
Out of Africa, Predicting future heatwaves, Virtual reality molecules, Life in the dark
Out of Africa, predicting future heatwaves, virtual reality molecules, life in the dark.
2018-Jul-05 • 28 minutes
Northern white rhino preservation, Deep sea earthquake detection, Twitter's rare Heuchera discovery, Human roars
Preserving white rhino, deep sea earthquake detection, Twitter's plant find, human roars.
2018-Jun-28 • 28 minutes
Hyabusa mission; ProtoDUNE neutrino detector; Caledonian crow skills; Koala microbiome
Adam Rutherford discusses the latest space mission to grab samples from an asteroid.
2018-Jun-21 • 28 minutes
The Large Hadron Collider Upgrade, Voltaglue, Cambridge Zoology Museum, Francis Willughby
The Large Hadron Collider Upgrade, Voltaglue, Cambridge Zoology Museum, Francis Willughby.
2018-Jun-18 • 32 minutes
Antarctic melt speeds up, Antarctica's future, Cryo-acoustics, Narwhals
Antarctica's ice melt is speeding up. What does this mean for rising global sea levels?
2018-Jun-14 • 32 minutes
Dinosaur auction, Who owns the genes of the ocean life, Cancer immunotherapy
Should dinosaurs be sold to the high bidder?
2018-May-31 • 40 minutes
Hay Festival
Adam Rutherford and guests at the Hay Festival on what science learns when things go wrong
2018-May-24 • 33 minutes
CO2 and rice, Underground farming, Ancient interstellar asteroid, Microplastics air pollution
Will rising CO2 levels make rice less nutritous?
2018-May-17 • 30 minutes
Face Recognition, ‘Thug’ plants, Cancer Funding Inequalities, Feynman’s 100th birthday
How good is face recognition technology? Adam Rutherford investigates.
2018-May-10 • 28 minutes
Rat eradication; elephant talk; the rise of the dinosaurs; physics of snooker
Why eradicate every rat on South Georgia?
2018-May-03 • 28 minutes
Antarctic, Kew, Paleogenomics, Sea birds
Antarctic glacier collapse and rising sea levels plus Adam asks who owns ancient DNA.
2018-Apr-26 • 31 minutes
Human Consciousness: Could a brain in a dish become sentient?
Could a brain grown in a dish become sentient? Adam Rutherford investigates.
2018-Apr-19 • 39 minutes
Plastic-eating bacteria, Foam mattresses for crops, The evolved life aquatic, The Double Helix
Adam Rutherford investigates the plastic-eating bacteria in the news this week.
2018-Apr-12 • 31 minutes
Pesticides in British Farming
How widespread is pesticide use in British farming? Adam Rutherford presents.
2018-Apr-05 • 30 minutes
Stephen Hawking Tribute
Adam Rutherford presents a special tribute to the science of Stephen Hawking.
2018-Mar-29 • 31 minutes
Genes and education, John Goodenough, Caring bears and hunting
Adam Rutherford looks at the latest study on genetics and education.
2018-Mar-22 • 28 minutes
Data Scraping
Data scraping, Future of the Sea report, Cleaning up space junk, Dinosaur eggs and nests.
2018-Mar-15 • 32 minutes
Buzz kill
With Brexit approaching, what stance will the UK take on bee-harming pesticides?
2018-Mar-08 • 31 minutes
Russian Spy Poisoning
What are nerve agents and what antidotes are available?
2018-Mar-01 • 33 minutes
Weird Weather?
Is the current weather really so unusual?
2018-Feb-22 • 30 minutes
Science after Brexit
Post-Brexit science funding, the Great pot invasion, Hurricane bells and Dancing worms.
2018-Feb-15 • 30 minutes
Shipping air pollution; Cheddar Man; Millirobots in the body;Dog brain training
Shipping air pollution; Cheddar Man; millirobots in the body; dog brain training.
2018-Feb-08 • 29 minutes
Democracy in Space
How space science is getting down with the kids.
2018-Feb-01 • 33 minutes
Scientists on Trial
Scientists under threat in Turkey.
2018-Jan-25 • 29 minutes
Did typhoid kill the Aztecs, DNA stored in Bitcoin, Glow-in-the-dark plants and levitating humans
Did typhoid kill the Aztecs? DNA and Bitcoin, Glow-in-the-dark plants, Human levitation.
2018-Jan-18 • 28 minutes
African swine fever, Oil spill update, CRISPR gene editing, Rat eradication in New Zealand, Chimp kin recognition
Adam Rutherford investigates the news in science and science in the news.
2018-Jan-11 • 28 minutes
Sanchi oil tanker, Gut gas-monitoring pill and Chimpanzee portraits
Sanchi oil tanker, Gut gas sensor, Do babies look like their fathers?, Neanderthal sex.
2018-Jan-04 • 33 minutes
Tabby's Star, Space 2018, Mosquito sounds, C diff and food additive link
Strange star seeks an explanation that doesn't involve alien civilisation
2017-Dec-28 • 34 minutes
Ancient DNA and Human Evolution
Adam Rutherford on the DNA revolution in our understanding of human evolution.
2017-Dec-21 • 29 minutes
Antisense RNA therapy, Fossils vs Trump, Printing mini-kidneys, Electric eel power
A turning point in treating brain diseases? Why are palaeontologists suing Donald Trump?
2017-Dec-14 • 35 minutes
The Future of Coral Reefs, Little Foot, Arthur C Clarke
Adam Rutherford considers the future of coral reefs and the visions of Arthur C Clarke.
2017-Dec-07 • 31 minutes
Trophy hunting, Gene drives, Nuclear lightning, Peregrine falcons and drones
Does trophy hunting threaten big game species with extinction?
2017-Nov-30 • 39 minutes
Prehistoric Strong Women, Semi-synthetic Life, Listener Feedback, Artificial Superintelligence
Prehistoric women were as strong as today's top female rowers.
2017-Nov-23 • 34 minutes
Interstellar visitor, Svante Paabo, Synthetic biology, Plight of the Axolotl
Oumuamua - the first known visitor from beyond the solar system.
2017-Nov-16 • 36 minutes
Can we forecast earthquakes?, Britain's space race rocket Skylark, Francis Galton
Does the length of the day influence the risk of large earthquakes?
2017-Nov-09 • 33 minutes
Boy gets New Skin, The York Gospels, Stephen Hawking's Thesis
A young boy is saved by a remarkable combination of stem cell and gene therapy
2017-Nov-02 • 34 minutes
Climate Change and Health; Moth Snow Storm Feedback; Whale Brain Evolution; Pharoah's Serpent
A major global study finds that climate change has already damaged the health of millions.
2017-Oct-26 • 34 minutes
Insects disappearing, DNA Biosensor, Dog faces, Bandit dinosaur
Where have all the insects gone?
2017-Oct-19 • 34 minutes
Colliding Neutron Stars, Krakatoa, Centigrade vs Celsius
Astronomy enters a new age as gravitational waves locate the collision of neutron stars.
2017-Oct-05 • 38 minutes
HiQuake, Plate Tectonics@50, Sonic Weapon Puzzle, The Chinese Typewriter
Earthquakes caused by human activities - a new global database
2017-Sep-28 • 31 minutes
Gravity wave breakthrough, The antibiotic pipeline, Microbial waste recycling, Fausto - an AI opera
How can we avert the antibiotic resistance crisis?
2017-Sep-21 • 28 minutes
Cassini's finale; Science and Technology Select Committee; Crick's lecture; Cave acoustics
Cassini's finale; Science and Technology Select Committee; Crick's lecture; Cave acoustics
2017-Sep-14 • 36 minutes
Farewell to Cassini, the epic 20 year mission to Saturn
Farewell to Cassini - the latest and final results of the 20 year mission to Saturn.
2017-Sep-07 • 33 minutes
North Korea Bomb Tests, Warming Antarctic Sea Life, the Microbiome, Cuckoo Chuckle
Did North Korea test a hydrogen bomb?
2017-Aug-31 • 28 minutes
Noxious haze over south coast; In Pursuit of Memory book; technosphere; Big Wasp Survey
Noxious haze over south coast; In Pursuit of Memory book; technosphere; Big Wasp Survey
2017-Aug-24 • 28 minutes
Killer robots; Myths and superstitions and conservation; Science book prize nominee - Cordelia Fine; Taxidermy
Killer robots; myths and conservation; Cordelia Fine's book - Testosterone Rex; taxidermy.
2017-Aug-17 • 29 minutes
Antarctica's volcanoes, science book prize nominee - Mark O'Connell, US solar eclipse and 40 years of NASA's Voyager mission
Antarctica's volcanoes; Mark O'Connell's book; US solar eclipse; Voyager at 40.
2017-Aug-10 • 28 minutes
European heatwave and climate change, Eugenia Cheng, Next generation batteries for electric cars, Joseph Hooker exhibition.
Heat waves; Eugenia Cheng's book; next generation batteries; Joseph Hooker exhibition.
2017-Aug-03 • 36 minutes
Gene-editing human embryos, Spaceman's eyes, Science book prize, Sexual selection in salmon
Gene-editing human embryos; spaceman's eyes;science book prize; sexual selection in salmon
2017-Jul-27 • 30 minutes
Cod fisheries, Our connection to nature, Domestic electricity and Gamma ray bursts
Cod; connection to nature; domestic electricity; gamma ray burst.
2017-Jul-20 • 32 minutes
Genetics and privacy, Global plastic, Great Ape Dictionary, Ocean Discovery X Prize
Genetics and privacy; Global plastic; Great Ape Dictionary; Ocean Discovery X Prize.
2017-Jul-13 • 29 minutes
Genetic testing; Pugs on treadmills; Frankenstein
What areas of medicine will benefit from genetic testing? Has its promise been overstated?
2017-Jul-06 • 30 minutes
Neonics dispute, Hygenic bees, Hip-hop MRI
Disagreement over the results of the latest field study into neonicotinoids and bee health
2017-Jun-29 • 28 minutes
Sex bias in biology, Engineering prize, Olympic bats, Angry Chef
Huge genetic differences between the sexes may result in more drug side-effects for women.
2017-Jun-22 • 28 minutes
Forensics Centre in Dundee; D'Arcy Thompson centenary; Scottish science adviser; Coffee and climate
Dundee University forensics science centre expands to test new psychoactive substances.
2017-Jun-15 • 28 minutes
Science in Fire Prevention
Applying scientific techniques to reduce fire risk in tall buildings
2017-Jun-08 • 28 minutes
Early Humans Were Even Earlier Than We Thought
Homo sapiens walked the earth at least 300,000 years ago.
2017-Jun-01 • 44 minutes
The Importance of Basic Research
Adam Rutherford and guests discuss the usefulness of useless knowledge at the Hay Festival
2017-May-25 • 33 minutes
Sherpas - dolphin rescue - quantum computing - hot lavas
What is the secret of the Sherpa people's adaptation to life at high altitude?
2017-May-18 • 28 minutes
Childhood cancers - Ghana telescope - Nano-listening device for cells - Ancient whales
Searching for 100-year-old tumours to boost research on rare childhood cancers.
2017-May-11 • 33 minutes
Violins - Social networks and cliques in great tits and snow monkeys - Exploring DNA and art
Do new violins sound better than old famed instruments? A scientist and soloist discuss.
2017-May-04 • 33 minutes
The moral brain, stem cell developments, ancient DNA in cave dirt, mangrove forest
Shocking experiment shows how the brain makes us do the right thing.
2017-Apr-27 • 28 minutes
Homo naledi, First humans in America, Dark matter detector, New theory of dark matter
Homo naledi; first humans in America; dark matter detector; new theory of dark matter.
2017-Apr-20 • 28 minutes
Cassini’s death, scrapping diesel, weather balloon, satellites monitoring volcanos
Cassini's death; scrapping diesel cars; weather balloons; satellites monitoring volcanoes
2017-Apr-13 • 28 minutes
23andMe Genetic Sequencing, Human Knockout genes, Coral Bleaching
23andMe genetic sequencing, Human knockout genes, Coral bleaching.
2017-Apr-06 • 28 minutes
Creation of island Britain, Sleep gene, Mary Kelly forensics, Global Tree Search survey
How a megaflood severed Britain's connection to what is now France 450,000 years ago.
2017-Mar-30 • 28 minutes
Climate change and extreme weather; Primate brain size; Earthquake forecasting; Planet 9
Climate change and extreme weather; primate brain size; earthquake forecasting; planet 9.
2017-Mar-23 • 28 minutes
Comet 67P images; Etna eruption; Brain navigation; Octopus intelligence
Comet 67P images, Etna eruption, brain navigation, octopus intelligence.
2017-Mar-16 • 28 minutes
Boaty McBoatface in Antarctica, Aeroplane biofuels, Bakhshali manuscript, Goldilocks zones
Boaty McBoatface in Antarctica, aeroplane biofuels, Bakhshali manuscript, Goldilocks zones
2017-Mar-15 • 28 minutes
Rise of the Robots: 3. Where is my mind?
Adam Rutherford asks if we are ready for artificial intelligences making decisions for us
2017-Mar-09 • 58 minutes
Cells and Celluloid: Aliens on Film
With Adam Rutherford and Francine Stock.
2017-Mar-06 • 28 minutes
Rise of the Robots: 2. More human than human
Adam Rutherford explores our relationship with contemporary humanoid robots
2017-Mar-03 • 28 minutes
Rise of the Robots: 1. The history of things to come
Adam Rutherford explores the role of robots in past societies
2017-Mar-02 • 29 minutes
Earth's Earliest Life, The Benefits of Pollution, Sexuality and Science and New ideas on Evolution
The World's oldest sedimentary rocks reveal traces of our earliest ancestors.
2017-Feb-23 • 28 minutes
The perils of fake science news, The neanderthal inside us, What The Beatles really sang - statistically speaking
How a woolly story about resurrecting mammoths raises serious questions for medical ethics
2017-Feb-16 • 29 minutes
Science and cyber security, Dinosaur babies, Winston Churchill and level crossings
Testing cyber security with science.
2017-Feb-09 • 28 minutes
Measuring human impact on earth, Awards for engineers, Sounds of space junk.
Quantifying the impact of humanity on the earth's natural systems.
2017-Feb-02 • 29 minutes
Wildlife trafficking, New quantum computers, Ancient bird beaks, Glassblowing.
How measures set up to conserve endangered species are being eroded.
2017-Jan-26 • 28 minutes
Crime, volcanoes, ghosts and how we are influenced by the genes of unrelated others
How the genes of unrelated others can influence our health and behaviour.
2017-Jan-19 • 28 minutes
Antarctic science rescue, Killing cancer with viruses, Measuring wind from space and the Last man on the moon
Why the British Antarctic science base is being temporarily abandoned.
2017-Jan-12 • 31 minutes
The perils of explaining science, Living to 500, What's good for your teeth and The future of stargazing
Why the simplest explanations are not always the best when it comes to science.
2017-Jan-05 • 33 minutes
RIP Granny the oldest Orca - Graphene + Silly Putty - Moving a Giant Magnet - Space in 2017
Science mourns the death of the world's oldest killer whale, 'Granny'.
2016-Dec-29 • 44 minutes
Listeners' Questions
Adam Rutherford puts listeners' science questions to his team of experts.
2016-Dec-22 • 29 minutes
Inuits and Denisovans, Sex and woodlice, Peace through particle physics, Caspar the octopus in peril?
Can Inuits survive the Arctic cold thanks to deep past liaisons with another species?
2016-Dec-08 • 37 minutes
Rock traces of life on Mars, Desert fireball network, Gut microbes and Parkinson's Disease, Science Museum's maths exhibition
Could rocks discovered by the Mars rover Spirit contain the hallmarks of ancient life?
2016-Dec-01 • 33 minutes
Alzheimers research, Lucy in the Scanner, Smart bandages, From supernovae to Hollywood
How well do we understand Alzheimers disease after the latest drug trial disappointment?
2016-Nov-24 • 28 minutes
Predator bacteria therapy, New money for UK science, Stick-on stethoscope, Taming fears in the brain scanner
Can we use predatory bacteria as treatments for antibiotic resistant infections?
2016-Nov-17 • 28 minutes
Does Pluto have an ocean, Antarctica's oldest ice, Meat emissions, Swifts fly ten months non-stop
Does Pluto have an ocean under its ice crust?
2016-Nov-10 • 28 minutes
Climate change questions, Animal computer interaction, Sounds and meaning across world's languages
Climate change - listeners' questions answered.
2016-Nov-03 • 28 minutes
Italy's quakes, Ebola virus, Accidental rocket fuel, China in space
Italy's earthquakes: is there a pattern?
2016-Oct-27 • 31 minutes
Making mozzies safe with a microbe, CO2 at 400 ppm, Chixculub crater rocks, Why Mars Lander failed
Fighting Zika and dengue virus with an insect bacterium.
2016-Oct-20 • 30 minutes
HFC Ban; Human Cell Atlas; Origin of Hunting with Dogs
A map of the 37 trillion cells in the body and when did humans first use dogs for hunting?
2016-Oct-13 • 29 minutes
Life on Mars? Quantum Gravity. The deep origins of bird song
New mission searching for signs of life on Mars about to arrive at the Red Planet
2016-Sep-08 • 30 minutes
Microbead impact, Remote animal logging, Royal Society book prize, Surgewatch
Microbead impact, remote animal logging, Royal Society book prize, Surgewatch.
2016-Aug-25 • 29 minutes
Proxima b exoplanet, The Hunt for Vulcan, East Antarctic lakes, Deep sea shark hunting
Proxima b exoplanet, The Hunt for Vulcan, east Antarctic lakes, deep sea shark hunting.
2016-Aug-18 • 28 minutes
Autonomous cars, Bees and neonicotinoids, Marden Henge, Royal Society Book Prize
Autonomous cars, bees and neonicotinoids, Marden Henge, Royal Society Book Prize.
2016-Aug-11 • 28 minutes
Blow to the LHC "bump", Crow intelligence, Robot mudskippers, Royal Society book prize
A blow to the LHC "bump"; Crow intelligence; Robot mudskippers; Royal Society book prize.
2016-Aug-04 • 28 minutes
Signs of life on planets, Royal Society Book Prize, Queen Bee control, Galactic Prom 29
What clues should we look for when searching for life on other planets?
2016-Jul-14 • 28 minutes
Dinosaur extinction, Neanderthals in Gibraltar, Music appreciation, A year of New Horizons
Dinosaur extinction, Neanderthals in Gibraltar, music appreciation; a year of New Horizons
2016-Jul-07 • 28 minutes
Juno, Space debris, Fake tumours, Risky plants
Welcome to Jupiter: Juno mission unlocks secrets of this giant gas ball of a planet.
2016-Jun-30 • 28 minutes
Juno, Nanotech art conservation, Robots fix the city, Eel conservation
Nasa's Juno space mission approaches Jupiter.
2016-Jun-23 • 28 minutes
National Insect Week, Venus' electric field, Green mining, Wimbledon grass science
Adam Rutherford finds out why insects are being celebrated across the UK.
2016-Jun-16 • 31 minutes
More gravitational waves; Ocean floor mapping; Selfish Gene 40th; Spoonies
Gravitational waves have been found for a second time. What’s different this time?
2016-Jun-09 • 32 minutes
Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance
What can be done to tackle antimicrobial resistance, a massive threat that humans face?
2016-Jun-02 • 28 minutes
Fixing the Future
From the Hay Festival, Adam Rutherford and guests ask how science can fix the future.
2016-May-26 • 32 minutes
GM plants; Svalbard Seed Vault; Directed Evolution; Dolphin Snot
Adam Rutherford examines the science of GM plants as the Royal Society takes on the issue
2016-May-19 • 30 minutes
Climate Change, State of the World's Plants, Antibiotic Resistance, Telephone Metadata, Bat Detective
How can complex science tell us what to do about the effects of climate change?
2016-May-12 • 28 minutes
Genetics and education, Eyam plague, Pint of science, Labradors and chocolate
Adam Rutherford investigates a small but significant link between genetics and education.
2016-May-05 • 28 minutes
Human embryos, Transit of Mercury, Fishackathon, Fat labradors
Scientists can keep human embryos alive for longer. Should they?
2016-Apr-28 • 33 minutes
Chernobyl, Drones, Tree crickets, Cern
Have physicists at Cern found a new particle?
2016-Apr-21 • 28 minutes
EU membership and UK science, Quantum games, Fixing genes
What are the consequences for UK science of leaving the EU? Adam investigates.
2016-Apr-14 • 29 minutes
Breakthrough Starshot, Moon mining, QB50, Solar Q&A
Will a fleet of tiny craft, pushed by lasers, sail to a star?
2016-Apr-07 • 28 minutes
Air pollution monitoring, Britain breathing, Tracking Hannibal
Dung Roman: the historical mess of Hannibal's elephant march may have been cleared up.
2016-Mar-31 • 31 minutes
Solar farm, Gravity machine, Kakapo
As Europe's largest floating solar farm goes online, Adam Rutherford discusses solar power
2016-Mar-24 • 28 minutes
Flu, Coffee yeasts, Wave machine, Cochlear implants
Predicting how the flu virus mutates could help make better vaccines to fight it.
2016-Mar-17 • 28 minutes
Recovering lost memories, Storks eat junk food, Oldest pine fossil, Spring flowering
Lost memories can be recovered in mice. Are there implications for Alzheimer's patients?
2016-Mar-10 • 28 minutes
Gain-of-function research, Mindfulness, Women in science, Snake locomotion
Tracey Logan investigates whether there is some science that is just too dangerous to do.
2016-Mar-03 • 28 minutes
UK's longest-running cohort study, The Brain prize, Hairy genetics
Babies from the longest-running cohort study turn 70 this month.
2016-Feb-25 • 28 minutes
UK science and the EU, Sex of organs, Artificial colon, Gorillas call when eating
What does a Brexit mean for UK science?
2016-Feb-18 • 28 minutes
Gravitational Waves, UK Spaceport, Big Brains and Extinction Risk, Conservation in Papua New Guinea
Adam Rutherford puts listeners' gravitational wave queries to cosmologist Andrew Pontzen.
2016-Feb-11 • 28 minutes
Gravitational Waves Special
Gravitational waves detected - scientists prove Einstein right after 100 years.
2016-Feb-04 • 28 minutes
UK pollinators' food, Brain implant, Holograms, Lunar 9
How charting the UK's nectar-providing flowers could help pollinating insects.
2016-Jan-28 • 28 minutes
Zika, Penguins, Erratum, Fossil fish
What can science reveal about the Zika virus and microcephaly?
2016-Jan-21 • 28 minutes
Ancient Britons' DNA, Concorde's 40th Anniversary, Giant dinosaur, New planet?
Adam Rutherford examines the genetics of ancient Britons and reminisces about Concorde.
2016-Jan-14 • 28 minutes
The 100,000 Genome Project, Stem cell doping, Nuclear waste, Dinosaur sex
Adam Rutherford finds out how the 100,000 Genome Project is helping children and families.
2016-Jan-07 • 28 minutes
El Nino Special
How the current El Nino event is affecting lives in the UK and around the world.
2015-Dec-31 • 28 minutes
31/12/2015
Adam Rutherford and guests answer listeners' science questions.
2015-Dec-24 • 28 minutes
New Horizons Pluto update; friendly predatory bacteria; Christmas in the lab; human ancestry
New Horizons Pluto update;friendly predatory bacteria;Christmas in the lab;human ancestry
2015-Dec-17 • 35 minutes
Tim Peake's mission to the ISS, Spaceman Chris Hadfield, AGU round-up, Air pollution, Human Evolution at the NHM
Astronaut Chris Hadfield gives Tim Peake advice on how to cope in space.
2015-Dec-10 • 30 minutes
Flooding, Scientific modelling, Magnetoreception, Escalators
Adam Rutherford asks how models can help to predict floods and improve defences.
2015-Dec-03 • 32 minutes
Science funding, Carbon capture storage, Graphene
Adam Rutherford questions the latest government science funding review.
2015-Nov-26 • 37 minutes
Ancient farmers' genomes, Alice at Cern, Astrophysics questions
Ancient genome research shows the effect of the introduction of farming to Europe.
2015-Nov-19 • 28 minutes
Antarctic ice sheet instability, Groundwater, Accents, Fluorescent coral
Melting Antarctic ice sheet will not lead to as big a sea level rise as previously thought
2015-Nov-12 • 28 minutes
Sex-change tree, Pluto's cryovolcanoes, Sellafield's plutonium, Ant super-organisms
Adam Rutherford asks whether Britain's oldest tree has changed sex.
2015-Nov-05 • 28 minutes
Grid cells and time, Boole, How your brain shapes your life
Tracey Logan unpicks how people's brains work and discusses maverick scientist Boole.
2015-Oct-29 • 28 minutes
Oxygen on comet 67P; Bees and antimicrobial drugs; Reproducibility of science experiments; Reintroduction of beavers
Oxygen detected on comet 67P doesn’t fit with models of early Solar System formation.
2015-Oct-22 • 28 minutes
Animal experiments, Bees and diesel, Sense Ocean, Readability of IPCC report
Latest stats shows UK scientists used fewer research animals last year. Or did they?
2015-Oct-15 • 28 minutes
Time Travel in Science and Cinema
Adam Rutherford and Francine Stock explore time travel in science and cinema.
2015-Oct-08 • 28 minutes
Ethiopian genome, Coral nutrients, The hunt for gravitational waves, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Adam Rutherford meets Carlo Rovelli, author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.
2015-Oct-01 • 28 minutes
Write on Kew festival at Kew Gardens, Preserving global biodiversity
Adam Rutherford is at Kew Gardens to discuss challenges in preserving global biodiversity.
2015-Sep-24 • 28 minutes
Listeners' Science Questions
Adam Rutherford is joined by guests to answer listener questions.
2015-Sep-17 • 28 minutes
Pluto images, Space elevator, Insect migration, Imagination app
Adam Rutherford looks at the new photos of Pluto which were beamed back to Earth this week
2015-Sep-10 • 28 minutes
Homo Naledi, New spacesuit, Quantum biology, A possible cure for motion sickness
Tracey Logan investigates an ancient human and a zero-gravity space suit.
2015-Sep-03 • 28 minutes
El Nino, Sphagnum moss and peatlands, Inside Cern, Measuring air pollution with iPhones
Tracey Logan investigates the El Nino warnings and the search for the Higgs boson.
2015-Aug-20 • 29 minutes
20/08/2015
Gareth Mitchell asks whether paleolithic people ate carbs and why corals are in peril.
2015-Aug-13 • 28 minutes
Scottish GM ban, Earth's magnetic field, OCD, Birth of a new galaxy
Scottish GM ban, the Earth's magnetic field, life with OCD, and how galaxies are born.
2015-Jul-23 • 28 minutes
Pluto's surface, Increased Arctic ice in 2013, Linking brains together, Signals of fertility
Adam Rutherford presents news on the latest New Horizons images of Pluto's surface.
2015-Jul-16 • 28 minutes
Pluto: New Horizons
The flyby of Pluto. Adam Rutherford with early pictures from New Horizons space probe.
2015-Jul-09 • 28 minutes
Intrusive memories, Silent aircraft, Nuclear fusion, Pluto
Adam Rutherford investigates intrusive memories, silent aircraft, nuclear fusion and Pluto
2015-Jul-02 • 28 minutes
Aphid-repelling wheat, National Institute for Bioscience, Global map of smell, Parrot mimics
Adam Rutherford examines results of a field trial of a new way to repel aphids from wheat.
2015-Jun-25 • 28 minutes
Malaria drug, Listener feedback, Imaging the singing voice, Classifying human species
Adam Rutherford presents news of a novel drug to potentially prevent and treat malaria.
2015-Jun-11 • 28 minutes
Stars, Fracking, Ice Cores, Drunken Chimps
Adam Rutherford examines new images from the Alma telescope of the earliest galaxies.
2015-Jun-04 • 28 minutes
Origins of life, Earthquakes in London, Frog plague, Ancient pollen
New research on the origins of life. How do scientists unpick the start of biology?
2015-May-28 • 28 minutes
Self-adapting robots, Artificial intelligence in medicine, Ageing healthily
Tracey Logan examines technology to enable robots to remain fully autonomous when damaged.
2015-May-21 • 28 minutes
El Nino, Echolocation, Seasons, Snakes
Studying human echolocation at the quietest place on earth.
2015-May-14 • 28 minutes
Seasonal Variation in Immunity, Chemosynthesis, Role of the ISS, Storing Digital Data in DNA
New research on seasonal variation in people's immune systems. With Adam Rutherford.
2015-May-07 • 28 minutes
Listeners' Science Questions
Adam Rutherford investigates the news in science and science in the news.
2015-Apr-30 • 28 minutes
Nepalese Earthquake, Monkey Hands, Maritime Light Pollution, Light in Bacteria
The earthquake in Nepal, monkey dexterity, maritime light pollution and light in bacteria.
2015-Apr-23 • 28 minutes
Healthy Guts; Future High Speed Trading; Body Clocks and Colour; William Smith's Geology Map
How the gut bacteria of isolated communities shed light on diseases in the western world.
2015-Apr-16 • 28 minutes
Hubble Space Telescope at 25
The Hubble Telescope and its contribution to shaping our understanding of the cosmos.
2015-Apr-09 • 28 minutes
Legacy of Messenger, Computer Touch, AI and Traumatic Forgetting, Stained Glass Restoration
Dr Lucie Green examines the legacy of the Messenger mission to Mercury.
2015-Mar-26 • 28 minutes
Invasive Species, Coral Seaview Survey, Evolution of the Brain, A New Virtual Reality
Should people embrace the changes resulting from invasive alien species?
2015-Mar-19 • 28 minutes
Genetic Map of the British Isles, Drones for Conservation, Lab Photosynthesis, Solar Eclipse
Genetic map of British Isles, drones for conservation, lab photosynthesis, solar eclipse.
2015-Mar-12 • 28 minutes
Large Hadron Collider Run Two, Flooding, Nasa's Biggest Rocket, Violin Evolution
Large Hadron Collider opportunities and the acoustics of the violin. With Adam Rutherford.
2015-Mar-05 • 28 minutes
Encoding memories; 350 years of the science journal; Women in science; Ceres
Encoding memories; 350 years of the science journal; women in science; arrival at Ceres.
2015-Feb-26 • 29 minutes
Artificial Intelligence, Desalination, History of Forensics, Music from Cells
Adam Rutherford examines a significant step towards the intelligent computer.
2015-Feb-19 • 28 minutes
Alzheimer's Disease, False Memory, Diamond Light Source, Twins in Space
The need for new treatments for Alzheimer's, a twin space experiment and false memories.
2015-Feb-12 • 29 minutes
Earth's Core; What Can Chemistry Do for Us?; Ocean Acidification; Darwin Day
Adam Rutherford investigates new insights into what lies at the centre of the Earth.
2015-Feb-05 • 28 minutes
Goshawk, Cosmic Renaissance, Carl Djerassi and Charles Townes
Hunting tactics of goshawks and the men who invented the contraceptive pill and the laser.
2015-Jan-29 • 28 minutes
Climate change belief; Anthropocene era; Eyes on the sea; Origins of multicellular life
Perceptions of climate change, the Anthropocene era and a new theory of cell evolution.
2015-Jan-22 • 28 minutes
GMOs; International Year of Light; Coral health
Proposed failsafe for genetically modified organisms and the International Year of Light.
2015-Jan-15 • 28 minutes
International Year of Soils
Adam Rutherford takes a special look at the role soils play in providing for our planet.
2015-Jan-08 • 28 minutes
Venus mission, Science highlights for 2015, Sonotweezers, Tsunami 10 years on
Mission to return to our planetary neighbour Venus and astronomy highlights in 2015.
2015-Jan-01 • 28 minutes
Listeners' Science Questions
Adam Rutherford and guests answer listeners' science questions.
2014-Dec-18 • 28 minutes
Microplastics; Holey Ice; Vesalius; Overeating
Tiny plastic particles have been found polluting the deep ocean sediment.
2014-Dec-11 • 28 minutes
Water on Comets; DNA in Space; Sounds of the Ocean; Science in Fashion
Earth's water does not come from comets, the recent Rosetta mission suggests.
2014-Dec-04 • 28 minutes
Orion Launch; Fake Mars trip; XDNA; Richard the Third's skeleton
A NASA space capsule which could transport humans to Mars is set to make its maiden flight
2014-Nov-27 • 28 minutes
Campylobacter in Chicken; Artificial Intelligence Guru Demis Hassabis; Sexology; Lucy
The Food Standards Agency reports that 70 per cent of supermarket chicken is contaminated.
2014-Nov-20 • 28 minutes
Comet landing detects organics molecules; Lunar Mission One; Biological warfare
Philae lander detects organic molecules on Comet 67P.
2014-Nov-13 • 28 minutes
Rosetta; Thought-controlled genes; Biophonic Life; Arecibo message 40 years on
Adam Rutherford discovers what is happening now that Rosetta's lander has touched down.
2014-Nov-06 • 28 minutes
Science of ageing; Microneedles; Firelab; Rosetta; Scientific authorship
Adam Rutherford asks if science can offer answers to our rapidly ageing population.
2014-Oct-30 • 28 minutes
The Making of the Moon
Lucie Green investigates the past, present and future of the moon.
2014-Oct-23 • 28 minutes
Hobbit; Genetics of height; Solar science; Snails
The 'Hobbit' skeleton - rewriting human history, but still controversial 10 years later.
2014-Oct-16 • 28 minutes
Ebola; Ada Lovelace Day; Space Weather
What can science tell us about the virus at the centre of the current Ebola outbreak?
2014-Oct-09 • 28 minutes
Nobel Prizes 2014; Gauge; Genetics and Diabetes; UK Fungus Day
Adam Rutherford hosts a post-match analysis of the 2014 Nobel Prizes for science.
2014-Oct-02 • 28 minutes
Women, Science and the Royal Society; Open Access Research
Adam Rutherford asks the Royal Society about the decline in awards to female scientists.
2014-Sep-25 • 28 minutes
Cosmic inflation latest; Indian space success; Science and language; Wax Venus
Claims of evidence for cosmic super-expansion just after the Big Bang are questioned.
2014-Sep-18 • 28 minutes
European ancestry; Cern is 60; Graphene plasters; Penguins
How most present-day Europeans derive from at least three ancestral populations.
2014-Sep-11 • 38 minutes
Jack the Ripper; Future of Scottish science
Examining the latest Jack the Ripper ID, and debating the future of Scottish science.
2014-Sep-04 • 31 minutes
Bardarbunga volcano; Geology in Minecraft; Synthesising opioids; Ammonia
Adam Rutherford talks to researchers in Iceland studying the erupting Bardarbunga volcano.
2014-Aug-28 • 28 minutes
Manipulating mouse memory; London pollution; Nature of knowing; Snail fur
Adam Rutherford shines a light on how the mouse brain processes memory.
2014-Aug-21 • 28 minutes
TB in the New World; Trusting Wikipedia; Shipwreck of the London; @LegoAcademics
Adam Rutherford discovers that TB was introduced to the Americas from seals and sea lions.
2014-Aug-14 • 28 minutes
Anaesthesia; Chilean earthquakes; Strange weather; Jellyfish
Will quantum physics bring us any closer to understanding how anaesthetics work?
2014-Aug-07 • 28 minutes
New dinosaur; GM chickens; Lightning; Rosetta; Diatoms
Professor Alice Roberts reveals Laquintasaura, a new dinosaur found in South America.
2014-Jul-31 • 28 minutes
ExpeRimental; Rosetta; MOOCs
Alice Roberts indulges in some science experiments for kids, including Bubblecano!
2014-Jul-24 • 28 minutes
Science's fascination with the face
Adam discusses the ethics and privacy issues surrounding facial recognition programmes.
2014-Jul-17 • 28 minutes
A special programme on plants and their pollinators, poisons and pests
Adam visits Kew Gardens to root amongst the foliage and reveal the latest in plant science
2014-Jul-10 • 28 minutes
Behavioural profiling at airports; Light and colour in art; Hadrian's Wall; Cassini
Adam Rutherford questions the science behind behavioural profiling at airport security.
2014-Jul-03 • 29 minutes
Informed consent, El Nino, Gravitational Waves, Cloud cover
Can we be used in experiments without our consent? Adam Rutherford investigates.
2014-Jun-26 • 28 minutes
Longitude Prize Winner; Solar cells; New species; Fiji fisherwomen; Physics questions
Dr Adam Rutherford learns about this year's Longitude Prize challenge.
2014-Jun-19 • 29 minutes
Antarctic Invaders; Patents; Longitude Challenges for Water and Antibiotics
Adam Rutherford finds out why Antarctica isn't such a pristine environment after all.
2014-Jun-12 • 28 minutes
Turing test; World Cup exo-skeleton; Plant cyborgs; Music hooks
Big Science - the first World Cup kick is to be made using a mind-controlled robotic suit.
2014-Jun-05 • 28 minutes
Moving Mountains; Invasive Species; Football Stickers
China is taking the tops off mountains to build cities. What are the risks?
2014-May-29 • 29 minutes
Women scientists; Mapping the ocean floor; Amplituhedron
Tracey Logan and modern women scientists discuss past inspirational ladies of science.
2014-May-22 • 28 minutes
Longitude Prize 2014; Dementia; Matter from light; Coastal deposition
Adam Rutherford discusses the launch of the Longitude Prize 2014.
2014-May-15 • 28 minutes
Antarctic melt; brain enhancing devices, atomic clocks and anti-bat moth sounds
Adam Rutherford discusses the irreversible melting of the Antarctic Western Ice shelf.
2014-May-08 • 28 minutes
Colin Pillinger; Fire? Artificial DNA
The first living organism is created using artificial DNA with man-made genetic letters
2014-May-01 • 28 minutes
Mice & Men; Fuel from CO2; fRMI; Insect calls
How can you get jet fuel from thin air? Just add water, carbon dioxide and sunlight.
2014-Apr-24 • 28 minutes
Y chromosome; Everest avalanche; Aphid survey; Longitude
Adam Rutherford finds out, when it comes to chromosomes, what's the point of the Y.
2014-Apr-17 • 28 minutes
Sperm and egg; Dogs; Automatic Facebook; Invasive species
Tracey Logan finds out how a sperm recognises an egg.
2014-Apr-10 • 28 minutes
Whales; Dark Matter; Falling; Arty brains
Tracey Logan asks whether killing whales for science can be justified?
2014-Apr-03 • 28 minutes
Calorie Restriction; Moon Age; Mars Yard; IPCC.
Tracey Logan unpicks new research on calorie restriction.
2014-Mar-27 • 29 minutes
Fracking; Purple GM tomatoes; Bionic humans; Shark attacks
Gareth Mitchell is joined by BBC School reporters to get their take on the week’s science.
2014-Mar-20 • 28 minutes
Cosmic inflation; LISA; Photonic radar; Bird stress camera; Water research; Taxidermy
Gareth Mitchell explores the compelling new evidence for the Big Bang Theory.
2014-Mar-13 • 28 minutes
Tracking planes; Peer review; Mega-virus; Astronaut
Are black boxes outdated technology? Adam Rutherford asks about ways to track aircraft.
2014-Mar-06 • 28 minutes
LG - Chemical weapons, Turtles, Tech for wildlife, Climate
Dr Lucie Green on how Syria's chemical weapons are being neutralised and made safe.
2014-Feb-27 • 28 minutes
Brain Machine Interfaces; Question on Gay Genes; Studying Drinking Behaviour
Adam Rutherford looks at controlling paralysed bodies using thought.
2014-Feb-20 • 28 minutes
Bees; Whales; Pain; Gay genes
Bee diseases, whale-spotting question, epigenetics of pain and genes for sexual preference
2014-Feb-13 • 28 minutes
Whales from space; Flood emails; SUYI JET Lasers; CERN's new tunnel; Discoveries exhibition
Dr Lucie Green discovers how underwater whales can be spotted from space.
2014-Feb-06 • 28 minutes
Engineering for floods; Neanderthal genes; Switching senses; Genes in Space game
Adam Rutherford asks architects and engineers how to protect homes against floods.
2014-Jan-30 • 28 minutes
Neanderthals; Plague; Wind Tunnel; Music Timing; Stem Cells
Adam Rutherford asks: What did the Neanderthals ever do for us?
2014-Jan-23 • 28 minutes
Higgs Boson; Neutrinos; Antarctic echo locator; Rainforest fungi; Alabama rot
Tiny particles and the huge and hugely expensive experiments needed in order to find them.
2014-Jan-16 • 28 minutes
Personal genetics kits; Persister cells; Earthquake mapping; Scorpions
Personal genetics kits - useful service or unregulated, irresponsible and gimmicky?
2014-Jan-09 • 28 minutes
Antarctica weather and climate change; GM Fish Oils; Melanin Fossils; Time Travel
The astrophysicists, the poker game, and the search for time travellers in our midst.
2014-Jan-06 • 27 minutes
Ancient Human Occupation of Britain
Who lived in Britain thousands of years ago, and how do we know?
2013-Dec-26 • 28 minutes
Bacteriophages; Breath-detecting disease; Our bees electric and DNA Barcoding
Bacteriophages as a tool to fight infections; bees and their electric sensing for nectar
2013-Dec-19 • 28 minutes
Antimicrobial soap; GAIA; Stone-age jellybones; Antarctica
The voyage to map a billion stars - the GAIA satellite camera is launched into space.
2013-Dec-12 • 28 minutes
Horsemeat; NanoSims; Early bacteria; Crystallography
Scientists are ready to form the vanguard in the fight to protect UK food from criminals.
2013-Dec-05 • 28 minutes
Badger culls; Douglas Mawson; Plastics; Uptalk
The global march of valley-girl 'uptalk' - now men too are upwardly inflecting.
2013-Nov-28 • 28 minutes
Therapeutic hypothermia; Cameras on Gaia; Methane; Wine microbiota
Adam Rutherford toasts microbial 'terroir', the fungi and bacteria that make grapes unique
2013-Nov-21 • 28 minutes
Bird Atlas; Flywheels; Energy capture; Science lessons for MPs
The citizen science army who've logged 19 million birds for the new UK Ireland Bird Atlas.
2013-Nov-14 • 28 minutes
DNA to ID typhoon victims; Volcanic ash; Hope for red squirrels; Robogut
How DNA matching techniques can help identify those who perished in Typhoon Haiyan.
2013-Nov-07 • 28 minutes
Personal genome; Solar cells and music; Asteroids; Alfred Russel Wallace
Dr Lucie Green on putting your sequenced DNA, your personal genome, on the internet.
2013-Oct-31 • 28 minutes
Moon dust; Electro-ceuticals; Soil and climate change; Dogs' tails
Dust in space - Dr Lucie Green on the LADEE Moon Mission and the perils of moon dirt.
2013-Oct-24 • 28 minutes
Nuclear Waste; Exoplanets; BBC time and pips, Synthetic Biology Olympics
Adam Rutherford asks how radioactive waste from Hinkley C nuclear plant will be dealt with
2013-Oct-17 • 28 minutes
Genetics and education; Golden Rice inventor; Chimp Chatter and Lightning Lab
Robert Plomin on why Michael Gove's advisor is right to highlight genetics in education.
2013-Oct-10 • 28 minutes
US shutdown; Nobels; New climate science; Airport heart attack headlines
With the US government on lockdown, Dr Adam Rutherford considers the risks for science.
2013-Oct-03 • 29 minutes
Menopause; IPCC; Fracking feedback; Particle accelerator; Zombie chemicals
Adam Rutherford explores the science behind the menopause and the uncertainty of science.
2013-Sep-26 • 28 minutes
Fracking FAQs; Fingerprint feedback; Lipstick forensics; Snake hook
Adam Rutherford tackles the subject of fracking in the UK, sorting myth from science fact.
2013-Sep-19 • 28 minutes
Chemical weapons; Crowd-sourcing weather; Fingerprint ID; Dino drill
Adam Rutherford asks how difficult it is to destroy chemical weapons.
2013-Sep-12 • 28 minutes
Stem cell news; Science practicals; Phantom head; Sewage power
Is this week's new stem cell research a breakthrough for regenerative medicine?
2013-Sep-05 • 28 minutes
Fukushima ice wall; Martian menus; Science practicals; Eye tracker
Will the proposed ice wall at Fukushima nuclear plant finally fix their radioactive leaks?
2013-Aug-29 • 28 minutes
Research bias; Sniffer dogs; Lasers; Roadkill
Alice Roberts looks at research bias, training sniffer dogs, mapping roadkill and lasers
2013-Aug-22 • 28 minutes
Artificial reefs; Scanning beehives; Ape feet; NMR
The science of artificial reefs, and why our feet are more ape-like than we thought.
2013-Aug-15 • 28 minutes
Universal flu vaccine; Science games; AllTrials; Penguin camera
Search for a universal flu vaccine, and the scientists using online games for research.
2013-Aug-08 • 28 minutes
Lab-grown leather; Goal line technology; Bacteria outrage; Marine buoy
New goal line technology kicks in this month - Adam Rutherford looks at how Hawk-Eye works
2013-Aug-01 • 28 minutes
Crash risk; Mary Rose bacteria; History of Science; Greenwich telescope
With seven disasters last month, Adam Rutherford asks if trains crash more often in summer
2013-Jul-25 • 28 minutes
2D supermaterials; Inside an MRI; Antarctic architecture
Dr Adam Rutherford explores supermaterials, brain scanning and Antarctic architecture.
2013-Jul-18 • 29 minutes
Animal research; Astronaut selection; Show us your instrument
Publication of the annual government statistics on scientific research on animals.
2013-Jul-11 • 28 minutes
Bioscience to bioweapons; Synthetic diamonds; Stem cell transplants
Could the same knowledge used to save lives create viruses to use as weapons of terror?
2013-Jul-04 • 28 minutes
Bovine TB; Coral sunscreen; Space junk
Bovine TB, sunscreens from nature, and cleaning up space junk.