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.

  • Updated:
    Weekly
  • Episodes available:
    Indefinitely help

Subscribe for free

Subscribe to this podcast and automatically receive the latest episodes.

More help with subscribing

Recent episodes (10)

  • Animal Personality

    Wed, 10 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Personality is not a uniquely human trait. From chimpanzees to hermit crabs, from birds to sharks, each animal has its own individual ways and whims. What can this new field of animal behaviour science tell us about the evolution of human personalities?

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Vegus Nerve

    Mon, 8 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Many people are living with chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions in which the body attacks itself. Although drug treatments have improved over recent years they do not work for everyone and can have serious side effects. Now researchers are trying a new approach to improving the lives of these patients by firing electrical pulses along the vagus nerve, a major nerve that connects the brain with all the organs.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • New Space To Fly

    Wed, 3 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    As our skies become more crowded Jack Stewart examines the long awaited modernisation of air traffic control which could allow pilots to choose their own routes.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • The Rosetta Mission

    Wed, 12 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Jonathan Amos with the latest news on the Rosetta space mission as it lands a probe on Comet 67P-Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 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.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 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.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 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

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 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?

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 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

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 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.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

Terms of Use

The BBC Podcasts are for your personal non-commercial use only.

All title, ownership rights and intellectual property rights in and to the BBC Podcasts shall remain the property of the BBC or third parties. You may not edit, alter, adapt or add to the BBC Podcast in any way. The BBC Podcasts are made available by the BBC on an "as is" and "as available" basis and the BBC gives no warranty of any kind in relation to the BBC Podcast. To the maximum extent permitted by law the BBC will not be liable for any loss or damage which you may suffer as a result of, or connected to, the download or use of the BBC Podcasts.

 

See the full Standard Licence Terms here.

Play recent episodes

You may also like

Analysis

  • Factual > Politics
  • Factual > Science & Nature
  • News

Analysis makes sense of the ideas that change the world, from economics to social affairs to global politics to political Islam. With thought-provoking and expert presenters, Analysis aims to make the

Mon, 17 Nov 14

28 minutes

Science Hour

  • Factual > Health & Wellbeing
  • Factual > Science & Nature > Science & Technology
  • Factual > Science & Nature

Science news and highlights of the week from BBC World Service. The Science Hour is a weekly digest of our science programmes Discovery, Click, Health Check and Science in Action.

Mon, 15 Dec 14

49 minutes