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Why do we laugh?

Michael Rosen finds out why we laugh and why we cry, with neuroscientists Sophie Scott and Sam Evans, and linguist Laura Wright. It's probably not why you think... And does it matter if laughter and crying are real or false, in terms of their effect on us? Producer Beth O'Dea.

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  • Tue 30 Dec 2014 16:00
  • Mon 5 Jan 2015 23:00

Ittibitium, borborygmus, and Ba humbugi – 14 wonderful science words you’ve never heard of

Ittibitium, borborygmus, and Ba humbugi – 14 wonderful science words you’ve never heard of

Michael Rosen puts the language of science under the microscope.

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Keywords for Our Time

Keywords for Our Time

Series of programmes examining key phrases in public debate.

Smiley face: Seven things you didn't know about emoji

Smiley face: Seven things you didn't know about emoji

Some facts about emoji - possibly the world's first truly global form of communication.

The funny words that kids invent

The funny words that kids invent

Have a look at some of the fantastic words that children invent and reimagine.

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