Frontiers

Frontiers

Frontiers explores new ideas in science and meets the people behind them. There are two six-part series of Frontiers a year, in summer and winter. The programme is half an hour long.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Inflation and Cosmology

    Wed, 9 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 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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  • Swarming robots

    Wed, 2 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Adam Hart looks at how new developments in understanding insect behaviour, plant cell growth and sub cellular organisation are influencing research into developing robot swarms.

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  • Anaesthesia

    Wed, 25 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    General anaesthetics which act to cause reversible loss of consciousness have been used clinically for over 150 years. Yet scientists are only now really understanding how these drugs act on the brain and the body to stop us feeling pain. Linda Geddes reports on the latest research using molecular techniques and brain scanners

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  • Power Transmission

    Wed, 18 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Gaia Vince looks at the future of power transmission. As power generation becomes increasingly mixed and demand increases, what does the grid of the future look like?

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  • Ageing and brain

    Wed, 11 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Geoff Watts investigates the latest thinking about our brain power in old age. He talks to researchers who argue that society has overly negative views of the mental abilities of the elderly - a dismal and fatalistic outlook which is not backed up by recent discoveries and theories

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  • Driverless cars

    Wed, 4 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Engineers are designing vehicles with built in sensors that send messages to other cars, trucks, bikes and even pedestrians, to prevent collisions happening. The idea is to make the vehicles react to whatever's going on faster than the human drivers.

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  • Chronotypes

    Thu, 19 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 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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  • Geoengineering

    Wed, 11 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 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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  • Nitrogen Fixing

    Wed, 4 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    100 years since the first synthetic fertilizers, Prof Andrea Sella looks at efforts to reduce our dependence on the legendary Haber-Bosch process.

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  • Self-Healing Materials

    Wed, 27 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 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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