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Brain

In the fifth episode of this six part science series, Dara O Briain and his crack team of experts take a weird and wonderful look at the brain.

Dara traces the brain's journey from a useless organ once ditched by Egyptian embalmers to the centre of everything that makes us human. Science journalist Alok Jha asks whether smart drugs really make you brainier, oceanographer Helen Czerski explores cutting edge therapies allowing the brain to control limbs remotely and materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes apart a smart phone.

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 how to avoid asteroid impact to whether or not we are still evolving.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Thu 24 Jan 2013 01:20

Replay the web chat

Replay the web chat

As well as insights and photos from the production team, neuroscientist Professor Sophie Scott answered your questions about the brain.

Replay Sophie's web chat

How happiness changes with age

How happiness changes with age

When it comes to happiness, it seems that the young and the old have the secret. And it turns out what's true for humans is also true for our primate cousins, explains neuroscientist - and Science Club presenter - Tali Sharot.

Read Tali's article at BBC News

Professor Uta Frith

Professor Uta Frith

Dara's guest expert for Episode 5 is a Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London, and best known for her research on autism spectrum disorders.

More about Uta Frith

Credits

Role Contributor
Series EditorNigel Paterson
Series EditorNigel Paterson
PresenterDara O Briain
PresenterDara O Briain
PresenterAlok Jha
PresenterAlok Jha
PresenterMark Miodownik
PresenterMark Miodownik
PresenterHelen Czerski
PresenterHelen Czerski
PresenterTali Sharot
PresenterTali Sharot
ParticipantJessica Hynes
ParticipantJessica Hynes
ParticipantUta Frith
ParticipantUta Frith
Executive ProducerAndrew Cohen
Executive ProducerAndrew Cohen
Series ProducerKaye Godleman
Series ProducerKaye Godleman
Production ManagerRoger Houston
Production ManagerRoger Houston

Why does a magnetised needle face north?

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