Discovery

Discovery

The science documentary series that looks in depth at the most significant ideas, discoveries and trends in science. Available to download weekly on Mondays.

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  • Brian Cox 20 Oct 14

    Mon, 20 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Brian Cox, physicist and media star, talks fame and quantum mechanics with Jim Al-Khalili.

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  • Urine Trouble: What's in our Water 13 Oct 14

    Mon, 13 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    What happens to the medicines we take after they leave our body? Andrea Sella finds out.

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  • Patients Doing It for Themselves 06 Oct 14

    Mon, 6 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Vivienne Parry explores how patients are taking control of their own treatment.

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  • Preventing Disease in Animals 29 Sept 14

    Mon, 29 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    BBC science reporter Melissa Hogenboom hears about pioneering genetic techniques to combat diseases in our livestock animals.

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  • Beyond the Abyss 22 Sept 14

    Mon, 22 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Rebecca Morelle talks to explorers of deep ocean trenches – the final frontier of exploration on Planet Earth. She meets biologists who have discovered dark realms of pink gelatinous fish and gigantic crustaceans at 8,000 metres down

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  • Power Transmission 15 Sept 14

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Gaia Vince looks at the future of power transmission

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  • Biosafety 08 Sept 14

    Mon, 8 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Mistakes involving anthrax, deadly flu and smallpox have put high-security lab safety under the spotlight, and increased calls to limit potentially risky research

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  • Mum and Dad and Mum 01 Sept 14

    Mon, 1 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Rebecca Morelle examines how children could be born with DNA from three people. The UK might be the first country in the world to make this legal.

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  • Antibiotic Resistance Crisis - Part II 25 Aug 14

    Mon, 25 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    A global antibiotic resistance crisis looms but antibiotics drugs don’t make pharma the profits which other medicines do. Roland Pease looks for ways to avert a medical dark age.

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  • Antibiotic Resistance Crisis - Part I 18 Aug 14

    Mon, 18 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Our antibiotics are failing. Bacteria are developing resistance to an increasing number of the drugs that used to kill them. How bleak is the future for global health? Roland Pease looks at scientific issues behind the gathering crisis. The last new class of antibiotics was discovered in the 1980s. Are there any others in the pipeline?

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  • Cosmology 11 Aug 14

    Mon, 11 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In March astronomers in the BICEP2 collaboration announced they had found gravitational waves from the Big Bang. But now the evidence is being questioned. Dr Lucie Green reports.

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  • Rosetta Mission Arriving At Comet 04 Aug 14

    Mon, 4 Aug 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Looking ahead to the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission – the first spacecraft to follow a comet and land a probe on its icy surface. Rosetta arrives at comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6th August. It will then accompany the 4 km chunk of ice and dust close by for more than a year. In November, the craft will a drop a lander to analyse the comet’s make-up and photograph the icescape. Andrew Luck-Baker talks about the mission’s daring orbital manoeuvres and the big scientific questions the mission is designed to answer.

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  • Professor Sir Michael Rutter 28 July 14

    Mon, 28 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Jim Al-Khalili meets child psychiatrist Professor Sir Michael Rutter

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  • What's happened to El Nino? 21 July 14

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Roland Pease asks what's making this year's predicted El Nino so hard to forecast

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  • Swarming Robots 14 July 14

    Mon, 14 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Adam Hart on how insect and cell structure research is helping develop swarming robots

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  • Anaesthesia 07 July 14

    Mon, 7 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Linda Geddes explores the latest research into how general anaesthetics work in the body.

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  • Janet Hemingway 30 June 14

    Mon, 30 Jun 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Janet Hemingway tells Jim Al-Khalili about forthcoming insecticide resistance developing in the mosquitos that transmit malaria, and how it could cost many lives.

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  • Ageing Brain 23 June 14

    Mon, 23 Jun 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    As we grow older, it is assumed we will all become more forgetful, slower witted and much less useful members of society. Geoff Watts looks at the latest research showing this is not the case. In fact one new theory suggests older people might be slower at psychologists’ intelligence tests, merely because they know more.

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  • Driverless Cars 16 June 14

    Mon, 16 Jun 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Jack Stewart meets the engineers inventing vehicles that drive themselves, including Google’s new car without a steering wheel or pedals and Stanford University’s fast moving Shelley

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  • Driverless Cars 09 June 14

    Mon, 9 Jun 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Jack Stewart reports on the connected car pilot in Michigan.

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  • Taming the Sun 02 June 14

    Mon, 2 Jun 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    ITER, the world's effort to harness nuclear fusion, and the most complex experiment ever

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  • Beauty and the Brain 26 May 14

    Mon, 26 May 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Dr Tiffany Jenkins explores what neuroscience knows about art

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  • Alf Adams 19 May 14

    Mon, 19 May 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Alf Adams remembers his small idea that changed the world, with Jim Al-Khalili.

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  • Mark Miodownik 12 May 14

    Mon, 12 May 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Mark Miodownik talks nuclear weapons, 3D printers and smart materials with Jim Al-Khalili

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  • Sue Black 05 May 14

    Mon, 5 May 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Jim Al-Khalili talks to forensic scientist Sue Black about identifying human bodies

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  • Whatever happened to biofuels? 28 Apr 14

    Mon, 28 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Gaia Vince asks if we can ever run our vehicles on biofuels from algae or bacteria.

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  • Whatever happened to Biofuels? 21 Apr 14

    Mon, 21 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Gaia Vince asks can we make biofuels from sugars in the inedible parts of plants.

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  • Peter Higgs 14 Apr 14

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Peter Higgs opens up to Jim Al-Khalili, admitting that he failed to realise the full significance of the Higgs boson and a theory that later changed the face of physics.

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  • Vikram Patel 07 Apr 14

    Mon, 7 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Jim Al-Khalili talks to psychiatrist Vikram Patel about the global campaign he leads to tackle mental health.

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  • Inside the Shark's Mind 31 Mar 14

    Mon, 31 Mar 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Western Australia is killing big sharks to prevent attacks on swimmers. Can science offer much better solutions to protect people - and sharks?

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  • The Biology of Freedom 24 Mar 14

    Mon, 24 Mar 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    As part of the Freedom2014 season, Entomologist Professor Adam Hart asks if what humans call free will, exists in other organisms, from chimps, all the way down to the cells in our bodies.

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  • Fructose: the Bittersweet Sugar 17 Mar 14

    Mon, 17 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Dr Mark Porter asks is fructose a "toxic additive" or a healthy fruit sugar?

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  • Hack My Hearing 10 Mar 14

    Mon, 10 Mar 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Aged 32, science writer Frank Swain is losing his hearing. But could he hack his hearing aid to give him supersenses?

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  • Show Me The Way To Go Home 03 Mar 14

    Mon, 3 Mar 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Gardening grandmother Ruth Brooks, also known as 'the snail lady', sets out to investigate how different animals navigate, from smell maps for cats to astronomy for newts.

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  • Saving the Oceans 4/4 24 Feb 14

    Mon, 24 Feb 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    How combining traditional Aboriginal teachings with cutting edge science is helping to preserve Australia’s unique marine reef ecology.

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  • Saving the Oceans 3/4 17 Feb 14

    Mon, 17 Feb 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The evolutionary impact of commercial fishing operations on seabirds. And a plague of coral eating starfish threatening Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

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  • Saving the Oceans 2/4 10 Feb 14

    Mon, 10 Feb 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    How Pacific islanders are being encouraged to give up the shark fin trade by reconnecting with their traditions and how GPS trackers in New Zealand help sustain a catch of marine snails.

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  • Saving the Oceans 1/4 03 Feb 14

    Mon, 3 Feb 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Kiribati is an isolated Pacific island group threatened by rising sea levels and human development pressures. We meet the scientists working to keep the population afloat on these tiny coral atolls.

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  • Fixing Nitrogen 27 Jan 14

    Mon, 27 Jan 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    How best to feed the plants that feed the world. 100 years of the Haber-Bosch process, making synthetic fertilizers by the millions of tonnes and dumping them on our fields has had serious environmental consequences. Prof Andrea Sella meets the scientists who are starting to look at ways of making plants feed themselves more efficiently.

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  • Chronotypes 20 Jan 14

    Mon, 20 Jan 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Are you a lark or an owl? Are you at your best in the morning or the evening? Linda Geddes meets the scientists who are discovering the genetic differences between larks and owls.

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  • Geo-engineering 13 Jan 14

    Mon, 13 Jan 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Geoengineering is a controversial approach to dealing with climate change. Gaia Vince explores putting chemicals in the stratosphere to stop solar energy reaching the earth.

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  • Return to Mawson's Antarctica 06 Jan 14 4/4

    Mon, 6 Jan 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Andrew Luck-Baker has been on a scientific expedition to the Antarctic retracing the steps of Douglas Mawson. He reports on the 10 days trapped in ice and the eventual rescue.

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  • Return to Mawson's Antarctica 30 Dec 13 3/4

    Mon, 30 Dec 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Alok Jha and Andrew Luck-Baker follow the scientists on their research expeditions to find out how the seals and penguins are faring on and under the icebergs in the freezing waters of the Antarctic.

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  • Return to Mawson's Antarctica 23 Dec 13 2/4

    Mon, 23 Dec 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Alok Jha and Andrew Luck-Baker continue their adventure with the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013. Ice, the oceans and climate change are the themes this week as one of the expedition scientists makes a troubling finding.

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  • Return to Mawson's Antarctica 16 Dec 13 1/4

    Mon, 16 Dec 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Discovery comes from the ice flows around East Antarctica. Join Alok Jha and the scientists retracing the steps of Australian explorer Douglas Mawson a century ago

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  • Self-Healing Materials 09 Dec 13

    Mon, 9 Dec 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Quentin Cooper takes a look at the new materials that can mend themselves, from bacteria in concrete which excrete lime to fill cracks, to car paint that heals its own scratches.

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  • The Power of the Unconscious 02 Dec 13

    Mon, 2 Dec 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Geoff Watts reveals the crucial role the unconscious plays in what we do, think and feel, and discovers how scientists are now starting to harness its powers.

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  • Gut Microbiota 25 Nov 13

    Mon, 25 Nov 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Adam Hart discovers the role gut microbes play in our health and development, and asks if we should consider ourselves an ecosystem rather than an individual?

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  • Nirvana By Numbers 18 Nov 13

    Mon, 18 Nov 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Did the number zero come out of religious culture in ancient India? Alex Bellos explores.

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  • Jenny Graves 11 Nov 13

    Mon, 11 Nov 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Australian geneticist Jenny Graves discusses her life pursuing sex genes in her country's weird but wonderful fauna, the end of men and singing to her students in lectures.

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  • Mike Benton 04 Nov 13

    Mon, 4 Nov 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Jim al-Khalili discusses digging up dinosaurs in remote places with Professor Mike Benton

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  • Joanna Haigh 28 Oct 13

    Mon, 28 Oct 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Joanna Haigh studies the influence of the sun on the earth's climate using satellites. She talks to Jim al-Khalili about her fascination with climate and how it is changing.

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  • Russell Foster 21 Oct 13

    Mon, 21 Oct 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at Oxford University, is obsessed with biological clocks. He talks to Jim al-Khalili about how light controls our wellbeing.

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  • Ashes to Ashes 2/2 14 Oct 13

    Mon, 14 Oct 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Could an emerald coloured beetle wipe out ash trees in Europe? Professor Adam Hart investigates the latest threat to the common ash.

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  • Ashes to Ashes 1/2 07 Oct 13

    Mon, 7 Oct 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Can ash trees be saved from the deadly ash dieback fungus? Adam Hart looks at the latest scientific research and asks is it enough to save Europe’s ash trees.

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  • Fracking 30 Sept 13

    Mon, 30 Sep 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Gaia Vince explores the science and technology behind fracking for shale gas.

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  • The Future of Navigation 23 Sept 13

    Mon, 23 Sep 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Quentin Cooper looks at the weaknesses in GPS and the future of navigation.

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  • Deep Down Inside 16 Sept 13

    Mon, 16 Sep 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Geoff Watts finds out how Deep brain stimulation is treating Parkinson's and depression

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  • E-cigarettes 09 Sept 13

    Mon, 9 Sep 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Lorna Stewart reports on electronic cigarettes. Do they really help smokers to quit and are they safe?

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  • Raising Allosaurus 02 Sept 13

    Mon, 2 Sep 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Adam Hart investigates whether scientists can bring extinct animals back from the dead?

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  • CERN and Science in Africa 26 Aug 13

    Mon, 26 Aug 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    How 'big science' projects such as the search for the 'Higgs Boson' at CERN are helping with science teaching in Africa.

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  • SARS 2/2 19 Aug 13

    Mon, 19 Aug 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Kevin Fong continues the story of SARS and how medical workers fought to contain the spread of this deadly disease

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  • SARS 1/2 12 Aug 13

    Mon, 12 Aug 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Kevin Fong explores the personal and medical impact of SARS ten years on

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  • Crossrail - Tunnelling under London 05 Aug 13

    Mon, 5 Aug 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tracey Logan goes underground to find out how Crossrail is using the latest engineering techniques to bore 26 miles of tunnels below London's tube network, sewers and foundations.

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  • Oxytocin 29 Jul 13

    Mon, 29 Jul 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The hormone oxytocin is involved in mother and baby bonding and in creating trust. Linda Geddes finds out if taking oxytocin can help people with autism become more sociable

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  • Forecasting Quakes 22 Jul 13

    Mon, 22 Jul 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Forecasting earthquakes - Increasing numbers of seismologists say that hopes of forecasting earthquakes may be doomed, because the earth is just too complicated. Roland Pease reports

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  • Plate Tectonics and Life 15 Jul 13

    Mon, 15 Jul 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Roland Pease discovers whether photosynthetic life on early Earth led to the evolution of plate tectonics, making our planet unique in the Solar System.

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  • Quorum Sensing 08 Jul 13

    Mon, 8 Jul 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Bacteria need to talk to each other to cause disease. The bugs coordinate their assaults on use with a communication system known as quorum sensing. Geoff Watts explores whether we can stop their virulent chatter to prevent the looming antibiotic resistance crisis – the global phenomenon which threatens to leave us defenceless against bacteria infections.

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  • Build Me a Brain 01 Jul 13

    Mon, 1 Jul 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Roland Pease meets scientists in the UK and the US who are hoping to connect cultures of living human neurons to robots to understand how the mind works.

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  • Solar Max 24 Jun 13

    Mon, 24 Jun 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Astronomer Lucie Green looks at the dangers a solar superstorm could pose to us on Earth

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  • Amoret Whitaker 17 Jun 13

    Mon, 17 Jun 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Jim Al-Khalili talks to Amoret Whitaker, one of only a handful of forensic entomologists in the UK, about how her detailed knowledge of insects helps the Police solve crimes.

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  • Alan Watson

    Mon, 10 Jun 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Jim Al-Khalili talks to Alan Watson about his quest to discover the source of cosmic rays, particles with energies millions of times greater thany anything produced at CERN

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  • On the Trail of the American Honeybee 2/2

    Mon, 3 Jun 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In the second of two programmes, Dr Adam Hart explores migratory bee-keeping in the United States and the threats to bee health worldwide.

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  • On the Trail of the American Honeybee 1/2

    Mon, 27 May 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Dr Adam Hart meets the migratory bee keepers of America as they travel to the annual Almond bloom in California, the largest single pollination event on Earth.

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  • Deep Sea Vents

    Mon, 20 May 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    This week’s Discovery makes a voyage into the ocean’s mysterious depths. The BBC’s science news editor David Shukman joins a team of scientists sending a robot submarine 5000 metres into an undiscovered realm of volcanic activity and strange creatures new to science. But just as we begin to explore the sea’s last great secrets, could they be under threat from a new global industry – deep sea mining?

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  • After Sandy

    Mon, 13 May 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    After Sandy: Angela Saini reports from New York where scientists, engineers and State officials have gathered to debate how best to protect against super storms

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  • The Crying Game

    Mon, 6 May 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Geoff Watts investigates why we cry, and the peculiar purpose of our tears. Why do we produce tears in response to strong emotion and is there an evolutionary advantage to crying?

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  • A Trip Around Mars with Kevin Fong 2/2

    Mon, 29 Apr 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Kevin Fong concludes his grand tour of the planet Mars, in search of water. Some of the most spectacular Martian landscapes were carved by vast and violent quantities of water in the planet’s past. The Tolkienesque terrain of Iani Chaos created when gigantic fountains of water burst of the Martian surface. Kevin also talks to scientists on the current Curiosity Mars rover mission about water in the deep history of Gale Crater and its central mountain Mount Sharp. The journey concludes with gullies on cliffs and craters, suggesting that water still gushes on the surface of Mars today. Could this mean that life exists on the Red Planet today?

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  • A Trip Around Mars with Kevin Fong 1/2

    Mon, 22 Apr 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The planet Mars boasts the most dramatic landscapes in our solar system. Kevin Fong embarks on a grand tour around the planet with scientists, artists and writers who know its special places intimately- through their probes, roving robots and imaginations. This first part of the journey includes Mars’ gargantuan volcanoes, an extreme version of Earth’s Grand Canyon and the cratered Southern Highlands where future explorers might find safety from the Red Planet’s deadly radiation environment.

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  • Noel Sharkey

    Mon, 15 Apr 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Jim Al-Khalili talks to Noel Sharkey about psychology and robots; and why he thinks artificial intelligence is a dangerous dream.

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  • Annette Karmiloff-Smith

    Mon, 8 Apr 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In Discovery this week psychologist Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith talks to Jim Al-Khalili about her Life Scientific. For over forty years she’s been researching brain development and how babies and children learn. She’ll be talking about her controversial response to guidance from the American Academy of Paediatrics, that parents should discourage TV viewing in children under 2. She says that if the subject matter is chosen well, a TV screen can be better for a baby than a book.

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  • Premiership Science

    Mon, 1 Apr 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Like football, science is an international endeavour complete with its own stars and prima donnas. Alok Jha investigates what it takes to make a winning team.

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  • Science Africa 2: What If.....

    Mon, 25 Mar 13

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Gareth Mitchell at the BBC Science Africa Festival in Uganda looks at space research - a growth area for science in Africa

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  • What if we could stay young forever? 3/3

    Mon, 18 Mar 13

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Could eating less help us live longer? Peter Bowes investigates.

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  • What if we could stay young forever? 2/3

    Mon, 11 Mar 13

    Duration:
    18 mins

    What if we could stay forever young? Peter Bowes explores the medical possibilities.

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  • What if we could stay young forever? 1/3

    Mon, 4 Mar 13

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Peter Bowes asks what if science could help us stay young forever?

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  • What if…we could all become cyborgs?

    Mon, 25 Feb 13

    Duration:
    27 mins

    As part of the BBC World Service’s “What if…?” season, biologist Dr Andrew Holding meets some of the people straddling the line between man and machine.

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  • Sexual Nature 3/3

    Mon, 18 Feb 13

    Duration:
    18 mins

    When a couple are expecting a baby, the big question is: girl or boy? Adam Rutherford explores the many ways Nature decides that question. If you're a human, a kangaroo or a komodo dragon, it's in the sex chromosomes. If you're a crocodile, it's the temperature of your eeg. And if you're a fish, it can be one sex first and, later in the life, the other.

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  • Sexual Nature 2/3

    Mon, 11 Feb 13

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Sex is one of Nature’s great forces of change. Yet it is one of life’s great mysteries. Adam Rutherford investigates how and why living things first invented sex about 1.5 billion years ago. He begins by exploring why so many animals and plants have carried on doing it, given that sex has some big disadvantages compared to asexual reproduction.

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  • Sexual Nature 1/3

    Mon, 4 Feb 13

    Duration:
    18 mins

    The oldest known sexual being, a 400 million year old fish sex movie and the prehistoric turtles which were fossilised in the act of copulation. Discovery on the BBC World Service this week is strictly adults-only as we begin a three part natural history of sex. Adam Rutherford talks to the scientists studying the world’s most revealing fossils.

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  • Quantum Biology

    Mon, 28 Jan 13

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Jason Palmer looks at the emerging field of quantum biology. From smell to navigation, it seems that some of the hardest problems in biology could be solved with the insights from theoretical physics.

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  • Encode Project

    Mon, 21 Jan 13

    Duration:
    18 mins

    The ENCODE project recently announced that much of our genome is not junk, in other words doing nothing. Adam Rutherford reports on the significance of this major discovery.

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  • John Gurdon

    Mon, 14 Jan 13

    Duration:
    18 mins

    2012 Nobel Prize winner, John Gurdon, on cloning a frog decades before Dolly the Sheep

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  • Jared Diamond

    Mon, 7 Jan 13

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Jim Al-Khalili talks to Jared Diamond about his journey from the gall bladder to global history via a passion for the birds of Papua New Guinea.

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  • Andrea Sella

    Mon, 31 Dec 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Jim Al-Khalili meets science showman Andrea Sella and discovers how his theatrical chemistry demonstrations are thrilling audiences.

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  • Why do women outlive men

    Mon, 24 Dec 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Evolutionary biologist Dr Yan Wong asks whether men are at a biological disadvantage when it comes to life expectancy

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  • Piltdown Man

    Mon, 17 Dec 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    The most notorious fraud in the history of Science is the focus of this week’s programme. Exactly one hundred years ago, British scientists announced their discovery of fossilised skull and jaw bones of what appeared to be the earliest human – a species of humanity closer to our prehistoric ape ancestors than any found before it. In December 1912 it was a sensational find. In 1953 it was revealed as just a horrible hoax. Jonathan Amos talks to palaeontologists and archaeologists about the case of Piltdown Man and asks, could anything as scientifically scandalous happen today?

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  • Particle Physics

    Mon, 10 Dec 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Finding the Higgs boson was the last piece in physicists' model of matter. But Tracey Logan discovers there's much more for them to find out at the Large Hadron Collider.

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  • Last Man, First Scientist on the Moon

    Mon, 3 Dec 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Kevin Fong talks to one of the last two men on the moon, forty years after the final Apollo 17 mission launched on 7th December 1972. As an Apollo astronaut, Harrison Schmitt was special. He was the only scientist ever to visit the lunar surface. The field work Dr Schmitt did among the craters, and the rocks he and his fellow astronauts brought back, transformed our knowledge of the Moon and the Earth. Harrison Schmitt also shares the human experience of running around another planet and explains why he thinks we should go back, and beyond.

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  • Hallucination 2/2

    Mon, 26 Nov 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    The science behind hallucination.

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  • Hallucination 1/2

    Mon, 19 Nov 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    The culture and science of hallucination.

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  • The Age We Made 4/4

    Mon, 12 Nov 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Gaia Vince concludes her journey through the geological age humans have launched. After climate change and mass extinction, she now explores how cities, manufactured artefacts (from plastic bottles to mobile phones) and chemical pollution might become ‘fossilised’ and incorporated into the geological record. Some are bound to survive in crushed form for the rest of the Earth’s existence. Any distant-future geologist would recognise them as strange features unique in the planet’s 4 billion year rock record, and as evidence of a planetary shift into the new time period, which today’s geologists call the Anthropocene.

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  • The Age We Made 3/4

    Mon, 5 Nov 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Earth scientists say humanity’s impact on the Earth’s animals and plants is so profound that we have started a new geological time period on the planet. They call it, the Anthropocene. The accelerating extinctions of animal and plant species: the rearing of agricultural animals in their billions: and, what some describe as, the general ‘macdonaldisation’ of life on Earth. All three factors will leave striking evidence in the fossil record in the limestones and sandstones, forming on the Earth’s surface today. Millions of years in the future, a geologist chipping at the rocks of our times might conclude that something in the world happened as big as the asteroid which wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Gaia Vince presents.

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  • The Age We Made 2/4

    Mon, 29 Oct 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    In this part of her journey into the Anthropocene, Gaia Vince explores how fossil fuel burning will leave enduring marks in geological record forming on the Earth in current times. Climate change and ocean acidification are in the process of transforming the planet on such a scale that humanity has shifted Earth history into a new geological epoch. Millions of years from now, scientists will be able to read the rocks forming now and see that something profound and unprecedently rapid - from sea level rise to dissolving coral reefs. Drawing from similar episodes in Earth history, leading geoscientists warn of a global blanket of oxygen-starved muds, extinctions of much marine life and a sea level 20 metres higher than today's.

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  • The Age We Made 1/4

    Mon, 22 Oct 12

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Humanity’s impact on the Earth is so profound that we’re creating a new geological time period. Geologists have named the age we’re making the Anthropocene. The changes we’re making to the atmosphere, oceans, landscape and living things will leap out of the rocks forming today to Earth scientists of the far future, as clearly as the giant meteorite that ended the Age of the Dinosaurs does to today’s researchers. In this four part series, science journalist Gaia Vince looks at the impact of our planetary transformations from the perspective of geological time. When was the last time comparable events happened in Earth history, and are what are the tell-tale marks we’re making on the planet that define the Anthropocene?

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  • End of Drug Discovery 2/2

    Mon, 15 Oct 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Geoff Watts discovers how new medical drugs will be developed, and the answer is collaboration between big pharma and academia.

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  • End of Drug Discovery P1/2

    Mon, 8 Oct 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Geoff Watts asks why the source of new medical drugs is drying up.

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  • The Sound of Deafness

    Mon, 24 Sep 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    In this edition of Discovery, Dr Carinne Piekema explores the science of sound and hearing, asking how close we are to a cure for deafness and demonstrating what being deaf might actually sound like.

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  • Darwin's Tunes

    Mon, 17 Sep 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Is our taste in music, and how it's changed over the centuries, governed by creative genius or simply by survival of the fittest sounds, chosen by us the consumer? Does Darwin's theory of natural selection apply to more than just life on the planet? The idea of survival of the fittest and cultural evolution can be applied to many aspects of our lives; from fashion to the naming of our children. In a world of digital sampling scientists have designed an experiment to see if they can create the perfect song by asking individuals to choose which tunes survive and reproduce to create new tunes and which ones die out. If they can do this, where does that leave today's musical producers and composers? Do we still need a trained mind to compose truly amazing music?

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  • Frankenstein's Moon

    Mon, 10 Sep 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    What can astronomy tells us about great literature? Forensic astronomer Don Olson tells Andrew Luck-Baker about two of his investigative cases He explains how plotting the path of the moon in 1816 solved a controversy about Mary Shelley’s novel ‘Frankenstein’. The Texas State University professor also outlines his theory that a star referred to in Shakespeare’s Hamlet was inspired by a spectacular supernova which blazed in sky one year during the playwright’s childhood.

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  • OnePlanet: Scott's Legacy

    Fri, 7 Sep 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    One hundred years ago, the first humans reached the South Pole of this planet. More than 40 years ago, man first walked on the moon. When will our species first set foot to explore the planet Mars? Kevin Fong seeks a likely launch date. He asks who will get us there and why we really need to explore the Red Planet. Among others, Kevin talks to Elon Musk, founder of the rocket company SpaceX. The commercial space pioneer claims that he has worked out to take humans to Mars for US$500,000 per passenger with a new kind of reusable spacecraft.

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  • Lloyd Peck

    Mon, 3 Sep 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Jim Al-Khalili finds out about the life scientific of the Antarctic biologist, Lloyd Peck who studies whether the underwater animals can adapt to rising sea temperatures

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  • OnePlanet: Scott's Legacy

    Fri, 31 Aug 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    100 years ago, Scott reached the South Pole. 50 years later, the first geologist briefly walked on the Moon. Kevin Fong asks if why we might want to return to the lunar surface and what will get us. He talks to that first lunar geologist of Apollo 17, Harrison Schmitt and NASA’s Chief Administrator Charles Bolden, among others.

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  • Barbara Sahakian

    Mon, 27 Aug 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Jim Al-Khalili talks to neuroscientist Barbara Sahakian about her Life Scientific.

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  • Inside The Paralympics: 1/5 Intellectual Disabilities

    Wed, 22 Aug 12

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Athletes with learning disabilities, back in the Paralympics after a 12 year ban

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  • OnePlanet: Scott's Legacy

    Fri, 17 Aug 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    One hundred years ago, Robert Scott's bid to lead the first expedition to reach the South Pole may have ended in tragic failure but Kevin Fong argues the scientific discoveries were much more important than who won the polar race.

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  • Saving the Ganges River Dolphin

    Mon, 13 Aug 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Discovery this week goes in search of the Gangetic River Dolphin, an extraordinary creature which inhabits the muddy waters of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers. Not long ago the dolphin was a common sight for people along these mighty water ways, but now it is one of the world’s rarest freshwater mammals. Andrew Luck-Baker joins Indian biologists studying the dolphins and the threats to them along the stretch of the Brahmaputra in the state of Assam . In a joint project between Aaranyak, an Indian conservation organisation, and the Zoological Society of London, the scientists are also mobilising local communities to protect this special animal and the ecosystem they share with it.

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  • NASA’s Curiosity robot lands on Mars

    Mon, 6 Aug 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    After the most daring and complex landing of a robot on another planet, the search for evidence of life on Mars enters a new era. NASA’s Curiosity rover is now sitting inside Gale Crater, a vast depression close to the Martian equator. The one tonne machine is the most sophisticated science robot ever placed on another world. Over the coming years, Curiosity will climb a mountain at the crater’s heart, gathering evidence on one of science’s greatest questions – was there ever life on Mars? The $2.5 billion project will discover whether Mars once had conditions suitable for the evolution and survival of life. BBC Space specialist Jonathan Amos talks to mission scientists about where Curiosity is going and what it will do as it trundles up Mars’ Mount Sharp.

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  • Future Flight: Prog 2 of 2

    Mon, 30 Jul 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Gareth Mitchell meets the engineers who are designing flying cars and green aircraft.

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  • Future Flight: Prog 1 of 2

    Mon, 23 Jul 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Gareth Mitchell meets the engineers who will transform the way we fly around the world. He finds out how aircraft may take on new shapes in the future.

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  • Artificial Photosynthesis

    Mon, 16 Jul 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Prof. Andrea Sella reports on the race to better nature at harnessing the sun's energy, using cheap inorganic chemistry to turn photons into useable fuels.

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  • Artificial Blood

    Mon, 9 Jul 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    With a shortage of donors and worries over possible infections - the demand for a global risk-free supply of blood has never been greater. Could artificial blood be the answer?

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  • Gene Therapy

    Mon, 2 Jul 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Geoff Watts explores new techniques in gene therapy for cystic fibrosis

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  • Legacy of Alan Turing P2/2

    Mon, 25 Jun 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Alan Turing, born June 23 1912, is famous for his key role in breaking German codes in World War 2. But for mathematicians, his great work was on the invention of the computer. In this second of two episodes devoted to Turing, the BBC’s Roland Pease follows the events following Turing’s design for the ACE machine at NPL, and the race against the Baby Computer in Manchester.

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  • Legacy of Alan Turing P1/2

    Mon, 18 Jun 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Alan Turing, born June 23 1912, is famous for his key role in breaking German codes in World War 2. But for mathematicians, his great work was on the invention of the computer. In part 1 of this two part series Roland Pease follows the events leading up to Turing’s design for the ACE machine at NPL.

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  • Flu

    Mon, 11 Jun 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Two suppressed reports showing how bird flu could be made more infectious have now been released. Kevin Fong asks what lessons for public health can be learned from GM viruses.

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  • Transit of Venus 2012

    Tue, 5 Jun 12

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Marek Kukula explores the scientific implications of the transit of the planet Venus across the face of the Sun

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  • Tejinder Virdee, CERN Physicist

    Mon, 28 May 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Jim al-Khalili talks to CERN physicist, Tejinder Virdee about the search for the elusive Higgs boson or "God" particle at the Large Hadron Collider.

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  • Hurricane Rash

    Mon, 21 May 12

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Kevin Fong looks at the surprising and heroic origins of modern day plastic and reconstructive surgery, born not in the operating rooms of Hollywood, but in the great air-battles of World War II.

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  • Science of Morality

    Mon, 14 May 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    How fixed are our moral beliefs? Carinne Piekema investigates how advances in psychology and neuroscience are starting to shed light on our moral choices.

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  • 1000 Days - A Legacy of Life

    Mon, 7 May 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Mark Porter explores the new idea that your health as an adult is partly determined by what happens to you in the womb.

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  • Scott's Legacy: Programme 3 - Mars

    Mon, 30 Apr 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    One hundred years ago, the first humans reached the South Pole of this planet. More than 40 years ago, man first walked on the moon. When will our species first set foot to explore the planet Mars? Kevin Fong seeks a likely launch date, and asks who will get us there and why we really need to explore the Red Planet. He talks to Elon Musk, founder of the rocket company SpaceX. The commercial space pioneer claims that he has worked out to take humans to Mars for $500,000 per passenger with a new kind of reusable spacecraft.

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  • Scott's Legacy: Programme 2 - Moon

    Mon, 23 Apr 12

    Duration:
    19 mins

    100 years ago, Scott reached the South Pole. 50 years later, the first geologist briefly walked on the Moon. Kevin Fong asks if why we might want to return to the lunar surface and what will get us. He talks to that first lunar geologist of Apollo 17, Harrison Schmitt and NASA’s Chief Administrator Charles Bolden, among others.

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  • Scott's Legacy: Programme 1 - Antarctica

    Mon, 16 Apr 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    One hundred years ago, Robert Scott's bid to lead the first expedition to reach the South Pole may have ended in tragic failure but Kevin Fong argues the scientific discoveries were much more important than who won the polar race.

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  • Titanic - In Her Own Words 09 Apr 12

    Mon, 9 Apr 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    To mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the BBC’s Sean Coughlan narrates one of the most authentic versions of events in existence. Using voice synthesis to re-create the strange, twitter-like, mechanical brevity of the original Morse code, this programme brings to life the tragedy through the ears of the wireless operators in the area that night.

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  • Global Body 4 of 4 - Sydney 02 Apr 12

    Mon, 2 Apr 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In the last of the Global Body series, Lynne Malcolm is joined by a panel of experts to discuss the future of the health of the human body.

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  • Global Body 3 of 4 - Los Angeles 26 Mar 12

    Mon, 26 Mar 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In Global Body, Lynne Malcolm discovers if the Hollywood dream is really true for the health of millions of LA immigrants.

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  • Global Body 2 of 4 - Manila 19 Mar 12

    Mon, 19 Mar 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Global Body goes to Manila to look at the health consequences of moving from the countryside to the city.

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  • Global Body 1 of 4 - Sri Lanka 12 Mar 12

    Mon, 12 Mar 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Lynne Malcolm reports on how the modern world is affecting our biology. This week, rural life in Sri Lanka.

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  • Fukushima Anniversary 05 Mar 12

    Mon, 5 Mar 12

    Duration:
    50 mins

    The Scientific legacy of the Fukushima nuclear accident

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  • Beyond The Abyss 2 of 2 27 Feb 12

    Mon, 27 Feb 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Rebecca Morelle reports on what scientists have discovered in the deepest parts of the oceans.

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  • Beyond The Abyss 1 of 2 20 Feb 12

    Mon, 20 Feb 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Rebecca Morelle meets the explorers building submersibles to return to the deepest point of the ocean, the Mariana Trench.

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  • Time 13 Feb 12

    Mon, 13 Feb 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Science writer Zeeya Merali joins an international group of scientists as they gather to discuss the nature of time.

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  • Smart Streets 06 Feb 12

    Mon, 6 Feb 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Angela Saini explores the revolution taking place in the streets beneath our feet as she reveals the story behind a new urban design movement called shared space

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  • Depression 30 Jan 12

    Mon, 30 Jan 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Geoff Watts meets researchers trying to find a new way to fight depression by studying those who never get it.

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  • Depression 23 Jan 12

    Mon, 23 Jan 12

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Geoff Watts meets researchers looking for clues to the origins of depression as a way of finding new solutions to treating it.

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  • SETI, prog 2, 16 Jan 11

    Mon, 16 Jan 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Documentary series exploring the past, present and future of SETI

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  • SETI, prog 1, 09 Jan 12

    Mon, 9 Jan 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Documentary series exploring the past, present and future of SETI

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  • Hypersonic Flight 2 Jan 12

    Mon, 2 Jan 12

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Flying at many times the speed of sound has been an elusive goal of aeronautical engineers for many years. Gareth Mitchell looks at how near we are to achieving hypersonic flight.

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  • Spooklights 26 Dec 11

    Mon, 26 Dec 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Chemist Andrea Sella investigates things that go flash in the dark.

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  • Exchanges At The Frontier 2011: Steven Pinker

    Fri, 23 Dec 11

    Duration:
    54 mins

    AC Grayling in conversation with Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading authorities on language and the mind.

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  • Higgs particles at CERN 19 Dec 11

    Mon, 19 Dec 11

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Higgs particles at CERN. Roland Pease gets to meet the scientists and hears whether they’ve made a discovery.

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  • Exchanges At The Frontier 2011: Gebisa Ejeta

    Sat, 17 Dec 11

    Duration:
    54 mins

    AC Grayling in conversation with Gebisa Ejeta, a World Food Prize Laureate and an advisor to President Barrack Obama.

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  • Antivirals 12 Dec 11

    Mon, 12 Dec 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Antivirals. Kevin Fong looks at new techniques aiming to cure all viral infections

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  • Exchanges At The Frontier 2011: Valerie Mizrahi

    Fri, 9 Dec 11

    Duration:
    54 mins

    Valerie Mizrahi is the Director of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cape Town, where she has done ground-breaking work on tuberculosis. Join her in conversation with AC Grayling, where she talks about her zeal for medical research and her determination to bring life saving innovations to the developing world.

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  • Crucial role of Leptin in the body

    Mon, 5 Dec 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Leptin, a hormone produced by fat cells, failed to be a wonder solution to obesity 20 years ago. But now scientists believe it's critical to how the body works. Vivienne Parry investigates.

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  • Exchanges At The Frontier 2011: Vilayanur Ramachandran

    Fri, 2 Dec 11

    Duration:
    54 mins

    Vilayanur Ramachandran has been called the Marco Polo of neuroscience. Join him in conversation with AC Grayling, as he demonstrates some of the simple experiments which reveal hidden truths about all of our brains.

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  • Antarctic subglacial lake exploration

    Mon, 28 Nov 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    One hundred years since humans first ventured to the South Pole, we are on the verge of a new era in Antarctic exploration. In Discovery Andrew Luck-Baker talks to scientists who’ll soon be entering the last untouched realms on the planet. They’re poised to drill into ancient lakes trapped beneath thousands of metres of polar ice. The scientists will search for unique forms of life in them and their efforts might ultimately lead to finding life on other worlds.

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  • Exchanges At The Frontier 2011: Sir Paul Nurse

    Fri, 25 Nov 11

    Duration:
    54 mins

    Sir Paul Nurse is a Nobel Prize-winning cell biologist and the new President of The Royal Society, the oldest science establishment in the world. Join him in conversation with AC Grayling, about the cell cycle, trying to cure cancer and his thoughts for the future of science.

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  • Neutrinos 21 Nov 11

    Mon, 21 Nov 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Roland Pease investigates whether scientists observed neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light, a result that could have enormous implications for physics and prove Einstein wrong.

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  • Robots that Care, programme 2 - 14 Nov 11

    Mon, 14 Nov 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Jon Stewart examines the growing use of social robots

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  • Robots that Care, programme 1 - 7 Nov 11

    Mon, 7 Nov 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Jon Stewart examines how scientists are trying to bridge the gap between robots and humans.

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  • India's e-governance project 31 Oct 11

    Mon, 31 Oct 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Angela Saini reports from India on the country’s vast e-governance project aimed at driving out corruption, reducing bureaucracy and getting the nation’s 1.2 billion people online.

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  • Tribes of Science 3 - 24 Oct 11

    Mon, 24 Oct 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Discovery - Tribes of Science - Peter Curran meets the volcanologists, holders of what one British magazine claimed was the second coolest job in the world after being an astronaut.

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  • Tribes of Science 2 - 17 Oct 11

    Mon, 17 Oct 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Discovery – Tribes of Science - Peter Curran meets the beam line scientists, the guides to the UK’s largest particle accelerator.

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  • Tribes of Science 1 - 10 Oct 11

    Mon, 10 Oct 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Tribes of Science - Peter Curran puts archaeologists under his anthropological microscope.

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  • Aboriginal Astronomy 3 Oct 11

    Mon, 3 Oct 11

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Aboriginal Astronomy – does the unearthing of an "Aboriginal “Stonehenge” change the history of astronomy?

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  • In Our Own Image prog 3

    Mon, 26 Sep 11

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Are humans still evolving? – Part 3 of 3

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  • In Our Own Image prog 2

    Mon, 19 Sep 11

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Are we still evolving – part 2

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  • In Our Own Image prog 1

    Mon, 12 Sep 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Adam Rutherford asks how our ability to talk, travel and develop technology - our unique human culture, affects human genetic evolution.

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  • Artificial Gene

    Mon, 5 Sep 11

    Duration:
    19 mins

    The world’s first animal with an artificial genetic code. Roland Pease reports

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  • Happy Birthday, Neptune

    Mon, 29 Aug 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Tracey Logan investigates how Neptune was found, 165 years ago, and what secrets it still holds

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  • From Cradle to Grave

    Mon, 22 Aug 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Dr Ben Goldacre explores the past, present and future of epidemiology.

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  • Green Ears

    Mon, 15 Aug 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Horticultural science has been used to improve the sights and smells of plants for centuries. But what can physics do to improve how a garden sounds?

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  • Ageing & Telomeres 2

    Mon, 8 Aug 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    If you're among the lucky few, you'll live past 90 without suffering years of debilitating illnesses. Your final decline will come swiftly and relatively gently. In this week's Discovery Andrew Luck-Baker looks at whether scientists can extend this kind of final exit to many more of us. Their research centres on structures in our cells known as telomeres. More immediately, this science may also lead to a kind of new cancer therapy.

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  • Telomeres

    Mon, 1 Aug 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Is there a test that tells you how long you’ll live? If you read and believed some newspaper headlines in recent months, you might think so. The claim surrounds an area of ageing research known as telomere biology. Telomeres are DNA structures which cap the ends of our chromosomes. They shorten over the course of our lives. Some scientists believe measuring their length reveals how fast we are ageing biologically and are making telomere tests available to the public for the first time. What’s the science behind telomere length and what can it really tell you about your heath and life prospects? Andrew Luck-Baker reports from a meeting of leading telomere researchers in Stockholm.

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  • Nakhla meteorite

    Mon, 25 Jul 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Dr Marek Kukula tells the story of a meteorite that landed in Egypt a century ago, which is helping astronomers explore Mars today.

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  • Tsunami 3

    Mon, 18 Jul 11

    Duration:
    19 mins

    The Magnitude 9 earthquake that hit the coast of Japan in March was the most powerful in the country’s recorded history – but what awaits the country in the future? Roland Pease reports.

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  • Tsunami 2

    Mon, 11 Jul 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Around 25,000 died in the tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 this year. The authorities had built defences against possible tsunamis and prepared evacuation plans. But these had not considered the scale of events that actually happened. Roland Pease talks to the experts in Japan about how the science failed the victims. Programme 2 of 3.

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  • Tsunami

    Tue, 5 Jul 11

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Tsunami – Roland Pease joins scientists investigating the effects of the terrible tsunami in Japan last March. Did the extensive preparations save lives?

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  • GM Animals

    Mon, 27 Jun 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    GM animals, Pigs with bright green noses and glowing chickens on your dinner table soon.

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  • Bacteria

    Mon, 20 Jun 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Why bacteria can be a good thing.

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  • Monkey Talk

    Mon, 13 Jun 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Can monkeys talk?

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  • Aids

    Mon, 6 Jun 11

    Duration:
    19 mins

    5 cases of an unusual disease 30 years ago were the first signs of what became the global AIDS pandemic.

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  • James Gleick

    Mon, 30 May 11

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Colin Grant talks to James Gleick, about his book, The Information, a history of information.

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  • Dengue fever

    Mon, 23 May 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    We report on the implications of the world's first release of genetically modified mosquitoes in a populated area where Dengue Fever is rife.

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  • Smallpox

    Mon, 16 May 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    As the World Health Organisation's annual assembly takes place in Geneva, Jon Stewart asks if they should take the decision finally to destroy remaining stocks of smallpox virus that have been held in the USA and Russia since the eradication of the disease was announced in 1980.

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  • Inflight Science

    Mon, 9 May 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Inflight Science - Brian Clegg guides Jon Stewart in the science of aeroplane flight

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  • 02 May 2011: Square Kilometre Array

    Mon, 2 May 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Astronomer Dr Lucie Green hears about the Square Kilometre Array; 3000 radio telescopes spread across a continent that could search for habitable planets, intelligent life and new-born galaxies

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  • Surgery

    Thu, 21 Apr 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Surgeons are great innovators but are they good researchers? Do they need to be? In this Discovery, Geoff Watts asks the question "Is Surgery Scientific?"

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  • Happiness

    Mon, 18 Apr 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Claudia Hammond investigates why happiness seems to have hit the headlines recently and asks whether a happier nation would ultimately be a more successful one, as she goes "In Pursuit of Happiness".

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  • Yuri Gagarin - space flight anniversary

    Mon, 11 Apr 11

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Yuri Gagarin was the first spaceman. This week's special is an hour long special on that epic mission 50 years ago.

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  • Science Betrayed

    Mon, 4 Apr 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    What happens when science goes bad? From the anthropological hoax of Piltdown man back in 1912, through to more recent cases, such as that of Dr Hwang Woo-suk, the Korean scientist accused of faking his "breakthrough" in stem cell research, there have been some dramatic and spectacular examples of scientists, who, for whatever reason, have chosen to be less than honest with their research and data. Adam Rutherford looks at the impact of science fraud, and asks if deceit and misconduct are more common than we think. And what can be done to halt the cheating before it does any damage.

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  • Fingerprints on Trial 28 Mar 11

    Mon, 28 Mar 11

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Claudia Hammond investigates criticisms that fingerprinting needs radical reform

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  • Caught in the Web 23 Mar 2011

    Wed, 23 Mar 11

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Vera Frankl reports on a 21st Century affliction - Internet Addiction Disorder. Should this be classed as a mental health issue?

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  • Memristors 16 Mar 11

    Wed, 16 Mar 11

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Roland Pease investigates the future of computing power

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  • Artificial Meat 09 Mar 11

    Wed, 9 Mar 11

    Duration:
    27 mins

    At a time when we're being told that livestock production is an inefficient and unsustainable use of resources, Geoff Watts considers progress in developing synthetic alternatives. Would you sit down to a plate of artificial meat that had been grown in a lab?

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  • Can Chemistry Save The World? [2] 2 Mar 11

    Wed, 2 Mar 11

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Fixing the nitrogen fix. Roland Pease asks whether after a hundred years of the old industrial process, there’s a better way of making nitrogen fertilisers. Nitrogen is one of the most important elements for life, and we’re virtually swimming in it – the atmosphere is four fifths nitrogen gas. And yet nitrogen is one of the hardest elements for life to capture – it’s a molecule that’s almost completely inert. But can chemists copy nature’s tricks to ensnare this elusive molecule, using gentle reactions and without harming the environment in the process.

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  • Can Chemistry Save The World? [1] 23 Feb 11

    Wed, 23 Feb 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Roland Pease looks into the new discipline of Green Chemistry, which seeks to improve our world, without doing harm at the same time. Since before the industrial revolution, chemistry has been transforming our lives, and the world around us, giving us medicines, materials, the fuels to make things happen, and the fertilisers and pesticides to boost our crops. But for many that progress has also brought damage in the form of pollution and contamination of the planet. Green chemistry could change all that.

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  • The Last Space Shuttle 16 Feb 11

    Wed, 16 Feb 11

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Veteran astronaut Jeff Hoffman looks back on 30 years of the Space Shuttle and asks how US astronauts will get into space after it is gone

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  • A Taste of Honey 09 Feb 11

    Wed, 9 Feb 11

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Adam Hart explores the science and history behind honey and the bees that make it. Honey is amazing stuff. Made by an insect, the honeybee, it is a long-term storage product that keeps them alive throughout the winter, but its physical, biological and chemical properties make it very useful for us too. A sweet treat, a part of our culture, a feature of our holy books and a component of our medicine cabinets, honey has been an important part of our history, but will it have a role in our future?

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  • Thin Air [3] 02 Feb 11

    Wed, 2 Feb 11

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Gabrielle Walker investigates how the thin veil of our atmosphere protects life on Earth from the hazards of deep space

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  • Thin Air [2] 26 Jan 11

    Wed, 26 Jan 11

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Earth's atmosphere is both sustainer and destroyer of life. Gabrielle Walker discovers surprises in how it does so

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  • Thin Air [1] 19 Jan 11

    Wed, 19 Jan 11

    Duration:
    27 mins

    We not only live in the air, we live because of it. And air is about much more than just breathing. It is a transformer and a protector, though ultimately also a poison. Gabrielle Walker experiences air – floats in it, flies in it, weighs it and discovers that 'Thin Air' packs one of the most powerful forces on the planet.

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  • Musical Instruments [3] 12 Jan 11

    Wed, 12 Jan 11

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Trevor Cox explores how percussion and string instruments make their own particular sounds

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  • Musical Instruments [2] 5 Jan 11

    Wed, 5 Jan 11

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Trevor Cox examines the science of wind instruments.

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  • Musical Instruments [1] 29 Dec 10

    Wed, 29 Dec 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Trevor Cox examines how the human voice makes sound.

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  • Nanotechnology [2] 22 Dec 10

    Wed, 22 Dec 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In the second of two programmes about nanotechnology, Richard Hollingham concentrates on the environmental uses for nanotechnology, especially water and energy generation. Professor Eugene Cloete from Stellenbosch University has developed a water filter that looks like a teabag and which uses nanofibres to filter out contaminants. Researchers at the University of Brighton are developing ways of purifying large amounts of water at source. Scientists at the University of Cambridge are developing thin films of nanocrystals that capture sunlight and turn it into electrical energy. As nanoparticles become more widely used, there’s growing concern about their safety. Richard talks to Professor Ian Colbeck from Essex University and Richard Denison from the Environmental Defence Fund about the potential risks posed by nanoparticles if they escape into the environment.

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  • Nanotechnology [1] 15 Dec 10

    Wed, 15 Dec 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    In the first of two programmes about nanotechnology, Richard Hollingham investigates how a better understanding of the properties of nanoparticles is helping researchers develop novel medical treatments. He talks to Dr Simon Holland and Wendy Knight at GlaxoSmithKline about research into using nanoparticles to deliver therapeutic agents to precise locations in the body. Richard also visits MagForce, a German research company, that's developing a novel therapy using heated nanoparticles of iron oxide to destroy brain cancers.

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  • Science and Libel 08 Dec 10

    Wed, 8 Dec 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The blogger and the author of Bad Science, Dr Ben Goldacre, himself a defendant in a lengthy and costly legal case, explores the battle to keep libel out of science and what it might mean for us and the future of medical research if that battle is lost.

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  • Climate Connection: Consumption on the couch

    Wed, 1 Dec 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    As world leaders gather in Cancun for the latest UN climate negotiations, the Climate Connection series asks a key question in the story of action on climate change: what's stopping us? In part three Jon Stewart considers if the lack of action is down to a failure of communication

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  • Exchanges at the Frontier Ep 5 24 Nov 10

    Wed, 24 Nov 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    What is the secret of pleasure? And why do some people seem to experience more of it than others? A.C.Grayling talks to Morten Kringelbach, a neuroscientist who is exploring how the brain processes pleasure and how that relates to happiness.

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  • Exchanges at the frontier 17 Nov 2010

    Wed, 17 Nov 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    How do we treat extreme violence that seems to have no rationale? A.C.Grayling speaks to Forensic Psychiatrist Gwen Adshead with an audience of the public at Broadmoor High Security Psychiatric Hospital.

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  • Exchanges at the Frontier 10 Nov 10

    Wed, 10 Nov 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Can you unite the forces of nature in one theory? Is there a way to make gravity compatible with the Quantum world? A. C. Grayling and an audience at Wellcome Collection talk to Brian Green about String Theory.

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  • Exchanges at the Frontier 3 Nov 2010

    Wed, 3 Nov 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Why does Malaria have such an appalling impact on Sub Saharan Africa? Leading Epidemiologist discusses the social, economic and medical aspects of the disease with A.C.Grayling and an audience of the public.

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  • Exchanges at the Frontier Oct 27 2010

    Wed, 27 Oct 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Do you want to double your life span, and stay young for longer too? Cynthia Kenyon’s genetic research has uncovered a latent ability for animals to live much longer than they do. In the first of this year’s Exchanges At The Frontier she is tested by A.C.Grayling and an audience of the public about her success in making simple animals live twice as long and her current experiments on human genes.

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  • The Heart Has its Reasons

    Wed, 20 Oct 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Does the head really rule the heart as modern science would have us believe, or does this organ play a far greater role in our emotional responses? For Discovery, Tim Healey makes a personal exploration of the mysteries and science of the heart.

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  • The Vaccine Detectives Part Two

    Wed, 13 Oct 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    According to research by Dr Peter Aaby vaccines and vitamin supplements can have long term unintended consequences - some good and some bad - on the immune system of young children. In the most alarming cases, girls fare much worse than boys.

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  • The Vaccine Detectives - Part One

    Wed, 6 Oct 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    This two-part documentary takes us inside the world's most remarkable health surveillance unit, in the impoverished West African country of Guinea Bissau, where a team of Danish and African medical researchers are piecing together evidence that could change public healthcare forever. The results challenge the UN's global health advice which is followed by most countries in the developing world. The findings which show that vaccines and vitamin supplements have long-term unintended consequences - some good and some bad - on the immune system of young children.

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  • The Feynman Variations 29 Sep 2010

    Wed, 29 Sep 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Brian Cox presents an archive tribute to Richard P Feynman. Widely regarded as the finest physicist of his generation and the most influential since Einstein. With contributions from friends, colleagues, students and the great man himself.

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  • The Alien Equation 22 Sep 10

    Wed, 22 Sep 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    The Alien Equation. Kevin Fong celebrates the 50th anniversary of an equation that has reached iconic status. The Drake Equation seeks to answer one of the most profound questions in science: are we alone in the universe.

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  • Graphene 15 Sep 10

    Wed, 15 Sep 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Roland Pease reports on a new form of carbon that looks set to transform technology.

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  • Muscle Wastage 08 Sep 10

    Wed, 8 Sep 10

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Vivienne Parry hears how new research into the science of muscles is giving new hope to the many thousands of people who suffer from muscle wasting due to illness or ageing.

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