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The third episode of this new six-part science series presented by Dara O Briain takes a weird and wonderful look at life, death and extinction.

Oceanographer Helen Czerski reports on bringing extinct species back from the dead, special guest comedian Mark Steel learns about how to deflect an incoming asteroid and neuroscientist Tali Sharot attends the first ever taste-test of beef grown solely in the lab.

Plus Alok Jha asks whether pandas should be allowed to die, as he examines if there are other species it would make more sense to invest effort saving.

Combining lively and in-depth studio discussion, with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, Dara O Briain's Science Club takes a single subject each week and examines it from lots of different and unexpected angles from sex to extinction, Einstein to space exploration and brain chemistry to music. It brings some of the world's foremost thinkers together to share their ideas on everything, from whether computers are ruining music to whether or not we are still evolving.

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1 hour

Last on

Sat 12 Jan 2013 00:15

Replay web chat with Dr Jan

Replay web chat with Dr Jan

As well as insights and photos from the production team, guest expert and paleobiologist Dr Jan Zalasiewicz was on hand to answer your questions about life, death and extinction.

Replay the live web chat

Are some animals too 'ugly' to be saved?

Are some animals too 'ugly' to be saved?

People are used to being asked to help save photogenic pandas, but are there animals whose strange appearance hinders conservation?

Read the full article at BBC News

Extinction: Guest experts

Extinction: Guest experts

Professor Richard Fortey and Lucy Cooke joined Dara in Episode 3 to talk about life, death and extinction.


Role Contributor
Series EditorNigel Paterson
PresenterDara O Briain
PresenterAlok Jha
PresenterHelen Czerski
PresenterTali Sharot
ParticipantMark Steel
Executive ProducerAndrew Cohen
Series ProducerKaye Godleman
Production ManagerRoger Houston
ParticipantRichard Fortey
ParticipantLucy Cooke

Why does a magnetised needle face north?


Mark demonstrates how to magnetise a needle in order to create your own working compass.

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