Why are scientists and designers are deliberately planning for failure?
Jim Al-Khalili discusses the scientific life with fellow scientists
Natural history programme
Why were tens of thousands of people lobotomised in the 1940s and 50s in the UK and US?
Narrative history series exploring over 2,000 years of western medicine
Sue Broom cracks the code of the cryptic names that are given to genes by scientists.
Andrew Luck-Baker meets today's telescope builders and astronomers
Could a strange dog from remote New Guinea have been man's first best friend?
Scientist and arts lover Dr Mark Lythgoe looks at the divide between the disciplines
What should be in a Hippocratic Oath for scientists?
Reverend Richard Coles explores the science of sacred sounds.
Mark Cocker indulges his obsession as he follows a colony of rooks over a year
Science news and highlights of the week
Prof Robert Winston looks at music with a scientist's eye
Chris Ledgard asks if gender testing will mean a level playing field for female athletes.
In a series mixing science with art, myth and poetry, Paul Farley explores sleep
Materials scientist Mark Miodownik asks whether we could live without cash.
Peter Curran visits members of the many and varied disciplines of science
Exploring the different attitudes and definitions of mental health and mental wellbeing
Mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing, and his role in the invention of the computer.
New research on how society works
Angela Saini explores shared space - an idea set to bring peace and harmony to our streets
Documentary looking at the concept of growing plants in space and even on spacecraft.
Discover birds through their songs and calls. 265 programmes of 90 seconds, over a year
What makes people early or late risers?
Roger Harrabin investigates whether the arguments over climate change can ever be won
BBC Somerset's weekly look at rural news, countryside issues, wildlife and local events.
Iain Stewart reveals the impact of human activity on Scotland's most intriguing landscapes
The Australian government's deal with an indigenous community to take their nuclear waste.
Naomi Alderman looks at the advantages of thinking algorithmically.
A year after the Copenhagen climate summit, Roger Harrabin explores what really happened.
BBC World Service hosts an international science festival from the heart of Africa.
Nature detective Tom Heap investigates who, or what, is killing the common sparrow.
Mark Miodownik challenges the conventional wisdom that more scientists are essential.
Entomologist Erica McAlister takes listeners on an adventure in insect world
Series following the movement and migration of animals across the planet
Roger Law on the entrepreneurs behind some of Britain's best designs and inventions
Exploring the process of speaking and the causes of stammering.
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