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Future Fantastic

Dara and the team attempt to discover what the future may hold over the next fifty years.

Science journalist Alok Jha travels to America to meet the latest generation of humanoid robots including one that has mastered that most human of attributes - a sense of touch. The team also investigate the most revolutionary brain-imaging techniques that promise to unlock the mysteries of our minds. Professor Mark Miodownik meets some pioneering engineers who plan to mine the moon, while in the studio Dara and Mark attempt some very low temperature experiments as they explore cryonics, the practice of freezing yourself after death. Plus, what self-respecting science show about the future would be complete without checking out the fashions of tomorrow?

1 hour

Last on

Wed 21 Aug 2013 23:50
BBC Two Northern Ireland only

Supercool water

Supercool water

'Supercooling' is when you chill a liquid below its freezing point without it becoming solid. Try this amazing trick by following Mark's simple step-by-step instructions.

Freeze me for the future

Freeze me for the future

Could cryonics be a genuine way of being brought back to life, years into the future, or will it forever be science fiction rather than science fact?

Helen's science news

Helen's science news

Find out more about the stories featured in Dr Helen Czerski's latest science round-up.

Guest experts

Guest experts

Joining the team in the studio for Episode 4 are Dr Molly Crockett, a cognitive neuroscientist, and Dr Michio Kaku, a physicist and futurologist.

Follow us on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter

Get an extra helping of surprising facts and links and join the conversation for some really social science.

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterDara O Briain
ExpertMark Miodownik
ReporterHelen Czerski
ReporterAlok Jha
Executive ProducerHelen Thomas
Series ProducerKaye Godleman
Series EditorNigel Paterson

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.

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