BBC Inside Science

BBC Inside Science

Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world. Covering everything from the humble test tube to the depths of space, Inside Science is your guide to how science is evolving, transforming our culture, and affecting our lives.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Jack the Ripper; Future of Scottish science 11 Sep 14

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

    Duration:
    39 mins

    Dr Adam Rutherford challenges the science of the latest claims that Jack the Ripper has been identified and asks how Scottish independence could change the scientific landscape in the UK

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  • Bardarbunga, Minecraft, Opioids, Ammonia 04 Sep 14

    Thu, 4 Sep 14

    Duration:
    32 mins

    Bardarbunga volcano; Geology in Minecraft; Synthesising opioids; Ammonia

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  • Mouse memory;Pollution;Nature of knowing;Snail fur

    Thu, 28 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Researchers have been using optogenetics to manipulate fearful or pleasurable memories in mice to see how memories are overwritten in the brain’s processing regions; a recent report has put London air pollution levels as some of the worst in the world, on a level with Mexico City and Beijing; Nature of knowing – how can science possibly understand the ‘unseeable’, if it is supposed to be dealing with the observable universe?; researchers studying Hydractinia’s (snail fur's) regenerative powers think that most animals, including us, may have the potential to regrow lost limbs using stem cell systems lying dormant within us.

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  • TB, Wikipedia, Shipwreck of London, @LegoAcademics 21 Aug 14

    Thu, 21 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    TB in the New World; Trusting Wikipedia; Shipwreck of the London; @LegoAcademics

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  • Anaesthesia;Earthquakes;Jellyfish 14 Aug 14

    Thu, 14 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dr Adam Rutherford discovers if quantum physics holds the answer to the long-held mystery of how our common anaesthetics work.

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  • Dinosaur;GM Chickens;Rosetta 7 Aug 14

    Thu, 7 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    New dinosaur bones found in Venezuela; genetically editing chickens; a listener asks why lightning is jagged; latest from the European Space Agency’s robotic spacecraft Rosetta; will Diatoms be able to carry drugs into our bodies in entirely new ways?

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  • ExpeRimental; Rosetta; MOOCs 31 Jul 14

    Thu, 31 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alice Roberts indulges in some science experiments for kids, including Bubblecano!; The Rosetta mission about to start its detailed study of the comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko; Learningn via MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses; and the evolutionary biologist view on the human condition.

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  • Science’s fascination with the face 27 Jul 14

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Facebook can tag your image, cameras at supermarket checkouts can measure your age and sex. Your image is being used, but what about the ethics and your right to privacy?

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  • Plants, their pollinators and pests 17 Jul 14

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Adam Rutherford finds out how some plants deal with pollinators and sneaky nectar thieves, and how others limber up their defences at the mere sound of the munching of a caterpillar. He finds out how Azolla, an ancient pond weed could have been responsible for changing the fate of the planet. He also visits Kew Gardens to root amongst the foliage & reveals the latest in plant science. And finally he gets an answer to a listener’s question on composting.

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  • Behavioural profiling at airports 10 Jul 14

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Behavioural profiling at airports; Light and colour in art; Hadrian’s Wall; Cassini

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