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)

  • 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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  • The Power of the Unconscious

    Wed, 20 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 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

    Wed, 13 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 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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  • Oxytocin

    Wed, 17 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 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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  • Crossrail Tunnelling

    Wed, 10 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

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

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  • Plate Tectonics and Life

    Wed, 3 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Earthquakes are feared for their destructive, deadly force. But they are part of a geological process, plate tectonics, that some scientists say is vital for existence of life itself.

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  • Biofuels

    Wed, 26 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Gaia Vince asks if we can ever run our vehicles on biofuels derived from algae or bacteria? She takes to the water of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland to see an experiment in growing algae that can be turned into fuel, and talks to the researchers who are manipulating bacteria to make petrol.

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