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  1. The rise and fall of Concorde and supersonic passenger flight - podcast 2016/03/04

    Why did supersonic passenger flight end when Concorde retired in 2003? Could we still see a new generation of supersonic aircraft?
  2. A proper mouthful: how do we prevent food fraud? Podcast 2016/02/26

    From fake eggs to horsemeat burgers, food fraud is common , but hard to detect. How can we be sure that what we’re eating is the real thing?
  3. The end of chronic pain? podcast 2016/02/19

    Scientists at University College London have made a discovery which makes mice pain-free, and have reversed painlessness in a woman with a rare condition.
  4. Ben Miller on the search for alien life - podcast 2016/02/12

    Why are we so fascinated by the idea that we aren’t alone in the universe?
  5. The amazing designs of Leonardo Da Vinci - podcast 2016/02/05

    On the eve of a major new Science Museum exhibition , we look at Leonardo’s designs, and consider his influence on modern robotics and aeronautics
  6. What makes a good con artist? Podcast 2016/01/29

    How does the brain of the con artist differ from the rest of us? And how could some of their skills be redeployed for the greater good?
  7. The future of innovation in the NHS - podcast 2016/01/22

    We look at the innovations that are changing the NHS today and asks what science on the horizon will transform the health service in the next decade
  8. Dark matter, dinosaurs and the science of uncertainties - podcast 2016/01/15

    We look at the science of uncertainties, taking in meteoroid impacts and gravity, to ask what role dark matter may have played in the demise of the dinosaurs

  9. Space 2016: what new frontiers will be explored this year? Podcast 2016/01/08

    A look at this year’s most exciting missions, from a probe bound for Mars, a spacecraft arriving at Jupiter and a sample return mission from an asteroid
  10. Touch technology: a medical and musical instrument of change - podcast 2015/12/21
    From the dentist's drill to the piano, we explore innovations in touch-based, or haptic, technology
  11. British astronaut Tim Peake talks about his space mission - podcast 2015/12/14

    Tim Peake tells Ian Sample about ESA’s Principia mission, how to use a jetpack, and why flying into space won’t be the most dangerous thing he’s ever done
  12. Are we on course to find the solution to Earth's energy crisis? - podcast 2015/12/04

    As the Paris climate change conference takes place, author Tim Flannery talks to Ian Sample about the prospects for preventing irreversible climate change
  13. Are humans transitioning as a species? podcast 2015/11/27

    Will our great-grandchildren effectively be a different species from us?
  14. Inside the mind of renowned mathematician John Conway - podcast 2015/11/20
    John Conway sheds light on the true nature of numbers, the beauty lying within maths and why game-playing is so important to mathematical discovery
  15. Why are conspiracy theories so attractive? podcast 2015/11/13
    Should we distrust our own ability to reason? Why is debunking conspiracy theories such a risky business? And is David Icke a force for good?
  16. The story of our brains - podcast 2015/11/06
    Neuroscientist David Eagleman discusses how neuroscience and technology are reshaping how we understand our brains
  17. When will humans return to the moon? podcast 2015/10/30
    We speak to Frank De Winne, head of the European Astronaut Centre
  18. How certain can we be that humans originated in East Africa? - podcast 2015/10/26

    Dr Richard Leakey on paleoanthropology, what still surprises him about hominids and the the technology that could revolutionise the study of our ancestry
  19. Steve Silberman winner of the Samuel Johnson prize 2015 discusses Neurotribes 2015/10/16
    Awarded the prestigious Samuel Johnson prize 2015 Neurotribes traces our scientific and social understanding of the autism spectrum
  20. Seven brief lessons on physics - podcast 2015/10/09
    From black holes to Einstein's theory of relativity, Carlo Rovelli's acclaimed book condenses the revelations of modern physics into just 78 pages - listen to find out more
  21. Science and sensibility: on the untrustworthy nature of truth - podcast 2015/10/02
    Tracey Brown delivers the 2015 Sense About Science lecture: The Ugly Truth - on the need to encourage accountability and support scrutiny over research
  22. Guardian Live presents a Science Weekly Extra: Pluto and beyond - podcast 2015/09/24

    In July, after travelling for 3bn miles and nine and a half years, Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto, giving us our first ever glimpse of the dwarf planet. What else is in store during this exciting year of space exploration?
  23. Why is the scientific revolution still controversial? podcast 2015/09/21
    David Wootton's new book challenges the notion that knowledge is culturally relative and truth is simply consensus
  24. New species of human relative discovered - podcast 2015/09/10
    Homo naledi is the single largest fossil hominin to be found on the African continent
  25. Safeguarding the world's archaeological treasures - podcast 2015/09/07
    How new technology is enabling monuments and sites to be recorded in incredible detail
  26. What is the nature of creativity? Podcast 2015/07/31
    What does the creative brain look like, and can we boost our creative powers?
  27. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence - podcast 2015/07/24
    The most intensive ever search for alien life
  28. Should we genetically-screen four-year-olds? – Science Weekly podcast 2015/07/17
    Professor Robert Plomin on the role genetics play in children's success
  29. The potential of quantum computing – Science Weekly podcast 2015/07/03
    Ian Sample explores the journey from logic to modern computers
  30. What threat do asteroids really pose to life on Earth? - podcast 2015/06/26
    To coincide wth Asteroid Day, Lord Rees, the astonomer royal, joins the team to discuss what can be done to prevent a disastrous collision with our planet
  31. Leonard Mlodinow on human thought and the evolution of science - podcast 2015/06/19
    Why is it important to view scientific advances within the cultural and historical contexts from which they emerged?
  32. Scientific retractions and fraud explored - podcast 2015/06/12
    Do big research step-downs reflect a general problem with science and scientific publishing?
  33. How maths can change your life - podcast 2015/06/05
    Mathematician Jordan Ellenberg argues that maths can help all of us become sharper thinkers
  34. 'Sceptical environmentalist' Bjorn Lomborg on climate change - podcast 2015/05/29
    We take a closer look at some of Lomborg's arguments on fracking, emissions and green energy
  35. Could extinct species be brought back to life? Podcast 2015/05/22
    Is de-extinction scientifically viable?
  36. Facebook and the rise of social algorithms - podcast 2015/05/15
    How the filter bubble is shaping our lives
  37. How realistic is ultra-long-distance space travel? - podcast 2015/05/08
    Astronomy professor Chris Impey joins Ian Sample to discuss a future in which humans no longer view earth as their only home planet
  38. Should we genetically engineer humans? – podcast 2015/05/01
    The team look at the rapid rise of genome editing procedures and the power scientists now have to tinker with human DNA. Where's the technology going? And where should it stop?
  39. The gift of the gab – podcast 2015/04/24
    The team look at what makes some people brilliant public speakers, and others lost for words
  40. Let's talk about sex – podcast 2015/04/17
    The team discuss the ins and outs of sex surveys, plus the secrets of knuckle-cracking are revealed at last
  41. The Large Hadron Collider is Back - podcast 2015/04/10
    The greatest particle accelerator ever built is up and running again - but what will it find this time?
  42. How to find a nuclear bomb - podcast 2015/04/02
    This week world powers attempted to reach a deal to prevent Iran producing nuclear weapons. What is the potential global fallout from the talks? And how do you detect secret nuclear tests?
  43. The science behind our sense of touch - podcast 2015/03/27
    Neuroscientist David J. Linden on why touch is the sense that most defines us as humans
  44. The UK's genetic structure revealed - podcast 2015/03/20
    The first fine-scale genetic map of any country in the world is published
  45. How will automation transform our lives? - podcast 2015/03/13
    What will happen to human skill and sensibility as robots take on more tasks and aspects of human existence? What are the challenges facing inhabitants of remote Pacific Ocean islands, and why does 1610 mark a new human epoch?
  46. The future of extreme thrills - podcast 2015/03/09
    Why are humans attracted to intense, thrilling experiences that expose us to danger?
  47. Can we trust the claims made in scientific research findings? – podcast​ 2015/02/27
    What does the mathematical model of accuracy of research papers say and is CIA studying climate control as a potential weapon? Ian Sample reports from the AAAS meeting in San Jose
  48. Norman Doidge on how the brain heals - podcast 2015/02/20
    Norman Doidge talks about the implications of neuroplasticity and his new book 'The Brain's Way of Healing', and from San Jose in California Ian Sample gives a roundup of key issues discussed at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  49. Steven Weinberg on the history of science - podcast 2015/02/13
    Theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Prof Weinberg talks about his new book, To Explain The World, and explains how we learn to learn about the world
  50. The return to Antikythera - podcast 2015/02/09
    Marine archaeologists return to the remains of the Roman ship from the first century BC where they had discovered a 2,000-year-old proto-computer built to detect the motion of celestial bodies, plus Hannah Devlin , our new science correspondent talks about UK parliament's yes vote to 'three-person embryos', and launch of Nasa's twin astronaut study
  51. The story of computing - podcast 2015/01/30
    Tony Hey talks to Ian Sample about the Computing Universe, his book with Gyuri Papay, on the evolution of computers
  52. How viable is nuclear fusion as an energy source? Podcast 2015/01/26
    Are scientific and industrial ideas about commercial nuclear fusion reactors in the near future just wishful thinking?
  53. Ecstasy and tragedy: how to prevent recreational drug deaths – podcast 2015/01/19
    Four recent deaths in the UK have been linked to a batch of 'Superman' ecstasy pills. Should public facilities for testing drugs without fear of prosecution be made available?
  54. What are the risks of DIY synthetic biology? – Science Weekly podcast 2015/01/12
    Are safety measures adequate in the burgeoning field of synthetic biology – which involves the creation of novel biological systems – in particular among amateur enthusiasts?
  55. Scientists far from home at Christmas - podcast 2014/12/22
    We speak to researchers working in the Arctic, Antarctic, Greenland, Sudan, South Africa and the Indian Ocean to find out what they will do on Christmas Day far away from home. Plus, Ian Sample , Nicola Davis and Robin McKie review the year's best science stories
  56. Chris Hadfield on the future of manned space exploration - podcast 2014/12/15
    Former astronaut Chris Hadfield describes the thrill of rocket launches and spacewalks, and explains why he thinks it's too soon to send people to Mars
  57. Cosmology in crisis – podcast 2014/12/08
    Roberto Mangabeira Unger argues that cosmology has wandered far from the disciplines of conventional science in its obsession with untestable speculations
  58. The multiverse in a nutshell - podcast 2014/12/01
    Is our universe just one of an unimaginably large number of parallel universes? Prof David Wallace from the University of Oxford and Dr Roberto Trotta of Imperial College, London, summarise the dizzying permutations and implications
  59. The role of genes in our sexual orientation - podcast 2014/11/24
    What do the latest studies into sexual orientation reveal? Plus, can we win the fight against Ebola in West Africa, and what threat does the virus really pose to people in Europe and the US?
  60. Science, technology and democracy: Sense About Science lecture - podcast 2014/11/17
    Professor Steve Rayner delivers the 2014 Sense About Science lecture, 'Science, Technology and Democracy: Dissecting the Anatomies of Controversy'
  61. A new strategy for tackling climate change - podcast 2014/11/17
    Have we been going about tackling climate change in completely the wrong way? This year's Sense About Science lecture proposed an alternative strategy
  62. Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books - podcast 2014/11/07
    Which is the best popular science book of the year? Robin McKie and Nicky Clayton discuss the six shortlisted. Plus, Rosetta's moment in space and Cern gets its new leader
  63. The science of food and drink - podcast 2014/11/03
    Food author Harold McGee reveals the chemistry of cooking and what is it like to work with Heston Bluementhal. And finally we find out why James Bond prefers his Martini shaken, not stirred
  64. Should the creation of novel viruses be banned? – podcast 2014/10/24
    Do the benefits of creating enhanced viruses to study transmissibility and virulence outweigh the risks? Virologist Wendy Barclay and epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch debate this controversial question
  65. Halloween special: the science of scary apparitions – podcast 2014/10/20
    Why are we obsessed with ghosts, werewolves, witches and voices from the other side? Psychologist Chris French and vampire slayer Deborah Hyde explain
  66. How the brain navigates: science Nobel prize special – podcast 2014/10/10
    We speak to the three winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, who discovered 'the brain's GPS'
  67. Sarah Boseley asks if the latest guidelines on drugs for MS sufferers are good news or bad 2014/10/07
    With Nice announcing its latest guidelines on drugs and clinical care, the Guardian's health editor is joined by an expert panel to discuss the implications for those who suffer from MS
  68. Do antibiotics cause obesity? - podcast 2014/10/06
    Professors Nick Finer and Tim Spector consider the possible role of gut microbes in human disease, including a study linking childhood obesity to antibiotic use
  69. The science of The Simpsons – podcast 2014/09/29
    Al Jean and David X Cohen of The Simpsons and Futurama reveal the maths behind the two hit animation series
  70. Mark Miodownik on why stuff matters - podcast 2014/09/22
    Mark discusses his exploration of the wonders of modern materials in Stuff Matters, which has just been shortlisted for this year's Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books
  71. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - podcast 2014/09/15
    Ian Sample meets the historian Yuval Noah Harari to discuss his international bestseller, in which he suggests we'd have been better off without agriculture, and puts our species' dominance down to our ability to fantasise
  72. The science of the invisible - podcast 2014/08/18
    The prolific British science writer Philip Ball discusses his latest book Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen
  73. Did Aristotle invent science? – podcast 2014/08/11
    Evolutionary biologist Armand Leroi argues that Aristotle laid the foundations of modern science. Plus, the Ebola outbreak; Rosetta's rendez-vous with a comet; and taking aspirin to prevent cancer
  74. How super AI could end the age of humans – podcast 2014/08/04
    Professor Nick Bostrom discusses the existential threats posed by a superintelligent computer and why we will only get one chance to control such a powerful machine
  75. Smashing Physics: how we discovered the Higgs boson - podcast 2014/07/28
    The British physicist Jon Butterworth discusses his new book Smashing Physics, an insider's account of the discovery of the Higgs boson. Plus, the origins of life
  76. From Roots to Riches: the power of plants - podcast 2014/07/21
    The first director of science at Kew Gardens, Kathy Willis , discusses her BBC Radio 4 series From Roots to Riches
  77. Can science explain consciousness? Science Weekly podcast 2014/07/14
    Three leading researchers and thinkers discuss the emerging scientific understanding of this mysterious human faculty
  78. Science Weekly podcast: Robbert Dijkgraaf on where great minds can think 2014/07/07
    The celebrated Dutch mathematician discusses his role as director of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies and why, from Einstein to Chomsky, big ideas are born there
  79. A journey to the heart of the planet we made - podcast 2014/06/30
    The Earth is entering a new epoch shaped by human activity. Gaia Vince embarked on an epic journey to discover the fate of the planet, and what ordinary folk are doing to preserve it. Plus, we look into new research suggesting low-dose aspirin can prevent cancer
  80. What great scientific challenge should win the Longitude Prize? – podcast 2014/06/20
    From creating carbon-neutral flights to fighting antibiotic resistance, the team debate which 21st century problem should be the focus of the second incarnation of the Longitude Prize. Plus: Longitude committee members Lord Martin Rees and Dame Sally Davis introduce the contenders
  81. Ice, water and mind games: the science behind an England triumph in Brazil – Science Weekly podcast 2014/06/13
    Sports scientist and Olympian Prof Greg Whyte describes the physiological challenges of jet lag, high temperature and humidity England must combat during their first match
  82. Science Weekly podcast: gravitational waves and The Power of Others 2014/06/09
    Michael Bond talks about his book on how the people around us shape everything we do. Plus, why researchers got the data wrong on gravitational waves, and how light-sensitive brain cells in mice allowed scientists to create and erase memories
  83. Science Weekly podcast: staying safe in a risky world 2014/06/02
    Ian Sample meets the renowned psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer to discuss his work advising governments, the military and bankers on how to manage risk
  84. Science weekly podcast: the solar revolution and bison in Romania 2014/05/26
    Adam Vaughan meets Prof Keith Barnham to discuss his new book The Burning Answer: A User's Guide to the Solar Revolution and the team discuss the release of bison into the wilds of Romania
  85. Science Weekly podcast: the synthetic biology revolution 2014/05/19
    Alok Jha meets scientists and artists working at the cutting edge of the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology, which aims to reshape the very fabric of life
  86. Science Weekly podcast: DNA gains two new letters 2014/05/12
    Prof Jason Chin explains last week's breakthrough in synthetic biology. Plus, Dr Claire Jones and Prof Tilli Tansey discuss the forgotten women of science, and Dr Elizabeth Blackburn describes the discovery that led to her winning a Nobel prize
  87. Science Weekly podcast: can we save the Galapagos? 2014/05/06
    Author of The Galapagos, Henry Nicholls , delivers his verdict on the future of the islands' unique wildlife, and discusses new evidence of the role of sea levels in past speciation
  88. Science Weekly podcast: Iceland's Laki volcano seared into history 2014/04/28
    Geologist Alexandra Witze and writer Jeff Kanipe discuss their book on Iceland's infamous 18th-century natural disaster
  89. Science Weekly podcast: why we should leave fossil fuels in the ground 2014/04/21
    Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clarke argue that the only way to prevent runaway climate change is to curb the extraction of coal, gas and oil
  90. Science Weekly podcast: James Lovelock on the future of planet Earth 2014/04/14
    James Lovelock takes Guardian science correspondent Ian Sample on a tour of a new exhibition at London's Science Museum, documenting his inventions and theories, and delivers a grim prognosis for Gaia's future
  91. Science Weekly podcast: has personal genome sequencing been overhyped? 2014/04/07
    What is the true medical value and cost-effectiveness of personal genome mapping? Prof Euan Ashley discusses his latest research
  92. Science Weekly podcast: how to rebuild our world from scratch 2014/03/31
    Astrophysicist and author Lewis Dartnell reveals why he has written The Knowledge, a handy guide for post-Apocalypse survivors
  93. Science Weekly podcast: gravitational waves and Einstein's perfect theory 2014/03/24
    Gravitational waves were predicted in Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity in 1916. Ian Sample meets Prof Pedro Ferreira to discuss the extraordinary and continuing influence of the theory
  94. Science Weekly podcast: the wonder of human skin 2014/03/17
    Prof Des Tobin , director of Bradford University's Centre for Skin Sciences, discusses his research into our outer layer
  95. Science Weekly podcast: A celebration of the science demo 2014/03/10
    Recorded in front of a live audience at the Royal Institution's famous Faraday lecture theatre in London, Alok Jha introduces some masters of the science demonstration
  96. Science Weekly podcast: what are science museums for? 2014/03/03
    Ian Sample meets Ian Blatchford , director of the Science Museum in London, to discuss the role of science museums in the 21st century
  97. Science Weekly podcast: trapped in Antarctica's icy grip 2014/02/25
    After their plight made headline news around the world early this year, Alok Jha and Laurence Topham debrief us on the ill-fated Australasian Antarctic Expedition and the controversy that followed
  98. Science Weekly podcast: forensics – the science written in blood 2014/02/17
    The UK's leading forensic scientist Mike Silverman describes the remarkable transformation in his field over the past 30 years … and explodes one popular forensic myth. Plus, flooding in the UK, and why Marius the giraffe had to die
  99. Science Weekly podcast: affairs of the human heart 2014/02/10
    As athletes test their bodies to the limit at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Kevin Fong investigates the long-suffering human heart
  100. Science Weekly podcast: Max Tegmark on his book Our Mathematical Universe 2014/02/03
    From fundamental particles to the expanses of space and time, Max Tegmark believes that matter is not merely explained by mathematics, but is mathematics
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