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

Recent episodes (10)

  • Virtual Therapy

    Wed, 24 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Quentin Cooper looks at the therapeutic possibilites of Virtual Reality.

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  • Maths and Terrorism

    Tue, 23 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dr Hannah Fry investigates the hidden patterns behind terrorism and asks whether mathematics could be used to predict the next 9/11.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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