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)

  • 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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  • Can we be used in experiments without knowing?

    Thu, 3 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Informed consent; El Nino; Gravitational Waves; Cloud cover

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  • Longitude Prize 2014 winner 26 Jun 14

    Thu, 26 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Longitude Prize Winner - Antibiotics; Solar cells; New species; Fiji fisherwomen; Physics questions

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  • Antarctic invaders; Patents; Longitude water & Antibiotics 19 Jun 14

    Thu, 19 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Adam Rutherford finds out why Antarctica isn't such a pristine environment after all. The Longitude Prize entries on desalination and antibiotic resistance. And patents in science.

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  • World Cup exoskeleton and Turing test 12 Jun 14

    Thu, 12 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Turing Test; World Cup Exoskeleton; Plant Cyborgs; Antibiotics; Music hooks

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  • Critics blast China’s mountain-moving programme 05 Jun 14

    Thu, 5 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Moving Mountains; Alien snakes; Carbon zero flight; Football stickers

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  • Women scientists; Mapping ocean floor; Amplituhedron 29 May 14

    Thu, 29 May 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Tracey Logan and modern women scientists discuss past inspirational ladies of science. Searching for the missing Malaysia airlines flight MH370 highlights how uncharted our ocean floor is, and is explained by leading geophysicist Dr Walter Smith. The Longitude Challenge 2014 – this week Marnie Chesterton reports on the topic of food security. And the jewel-like structure called the Amplituhedron created by particle physicists that could help unpick the crazily complex calculations resulting from particle collisions.

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  • Longitude Prize 2014; Dementia; Matter from light; Coastal deposition

    Thu, 22 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Adam Rutherford discusses the launch of the Longitude Prize 2014; Marnie Chesterton visits Designability, a charity that works with people with dementia to develop new technologies. In 12 months’ time, researchers say they will be able to make matter from light - Adam Rutherford talks to Professor Steven Rose and science writer Philip Ball. And how researching the effects of storm surges on sand dunes is helping scientists understand coastal erosion.

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