Jim Al-Khalili talks to roboticist and psychologist, Noel Sharkey. Read more
Jim Al-Khalili talks to roboticist and psychologist, Noel Sharkey.
Roger Penrose on black holes
Sir Roger Penrose talks to Jim Al-Khalili about black holes and flaws in quantum physics.
Julia Higgins on polymers
Professor Dame Julia Higgins shares her passion for polymers with Jim Al-Khalili.
Richard Morris on how we know where we are
Neuroscientist Richard Morris explains how brain cells remember.
Neil de Grasse Tyson on Pluto
US science superstar, Neil de Grasse Tyson describes why Pluto isn't a planet.
Michele Dougherty on Saturn
Michele Dougherty tells Jim Al-Khalili why she diverted the Cassini mission to Saturn.
Jan Zalasiewicz on the Age of Man
Geologist Jan Zalasiewicz talks to Jim Al-Khalili about the Anthropocene, the Age of Man.
Sadaf Farooqi on what makes us fat
Sadaf Farooqi describes how she found ten rare genetic disorders that cause obesity.
Alison Smith on algae
Professor Alison Smith talks to Jim Al-Khalili about the many and varied uses of algae.
Sean Carroll on how time and space began
Sean Carroll tells Jim why he abandoned Einstein for quantum entanglement.
Simon Wessely on unexplained medical syndromes
Simon Wessely on medically unexplained symptoms and syndromes.
Alan Winfield on robot ethics
Alan Winfield talks to Jim Al-Khalili about the ethics of robots, from drones to androids.
Alison Woollard on what she has learnt from mutant worms
Geneticist Alison Wollard explains her enthusiasm for a tiny nematode worm.
Daniel Dennett on the evolution of the human brain
Daniel Dennett talks to Jim Al-Khalili about the evolution of the human brain.
Nick Fraser on Triassic reptiles
Nick Fraser tells Jim Al-Khalili about some extraordinary fossil finds.
Liz Sockett on friendly killer bacteria
Jim Al-khalili talks to Professor Liz Sockett about the evil genius of predatory bacteria.
Graham MacGregor on tackling the demons in our diet
Jim Al-Khalili talks to Prof Graham MacGregor about his remarkable war on sugar and salt.
Ann Clarke on The Frozen Ark
Jim Al-Khalili talks to Dr Ann Clarke about preserving global animal DNA in The Frozen Ark
Fay Dowker on a new theory of space-time
Fay Dowker and Jim Al-Khalili discuss the texture of space-time.
Ottoline Leyser on how plants decide what to do
Ottoline Leyser talks to Jim Al-Khalili about how plants decide to grow the way they do.
Tim O'Brien on transient stars and science and music festivals
Jim Al-Khalili talks transient stars and music festivals with Tim O'Brien of Jodrell Bank.
Tamsin Mather on what volcanic plumes reveal about our planet
Tamsin Mather explains what volcanic plumes tell us about our planet, past and present.
Jennifer Doudna talks to Jim Al-Khalili about her research that is transforming genetics.
Tracey Rogers on leopard seals and Antarctica
Singing leopard seals and other perils of research in Antarctica.
Lucie Green on the sun
Jim Al-Khalili talks to astrophysicist Lucie Green about studying the sun.
Steve Cowley on Nuclear Fusion
Jim Al-Khalili asks Steve Cowley if we will ever have energy from nuclear fusion.
Tim Birkhead on bird promiscuity
Sex, guillemots and the virtuoso finch.
Ellen Stofan on being NASA chief scientist
Ellen Stofan, former chief scientist at NASA, talks to Jim Al-Khalili.
Adrian Thomas on the mechanics of flight
Zoologist and inventor Adrian Thomas talks to Jim Al-Khalili about the mechanics of flight
Eben Upton on Raspberry Pi
The computer that costs little more than a toasted sandwich.
Eugenia Cheng on the mathematics of mathematics
Jim talks to mathematician Eugenia Cheng about mathematics, music and baking.
Wendy Barclay and the flu virus
Jim Al-Khalili discusses the flu virus with Professor Wendy Barclay of Imperial College.
Richard Henderson zooms in on the molecules of life
2017 Nobel Prize-winner Richard Henderson on how he zoomed in on the molecules of life.
John Burn and the genetics of cancer
Jim Al-Khalili discusses the genetics of cancer with Professor Sir John Burn.
Ailie MacAdam on the biggest construction project in Europe.
From sewage treatment to Crossrail, engineer Ailie MacAdam talks to Jim Al-Khalili.
Clare Grey on the Big Battery Challenge
Jim Al-Khalili talks to Clare Grey about the batteries that could power our future.
Stephen Reicher on the psychology of crowds
Psychologist Stephen Reicher talks to Jim al-Khalili about how we behave in crowds.
Callum Roberts on the urgent need for marine conservation
Callum Roberts on coral reefs and the urgent need for marine reserves.
Carlo Rovelli on why time is not what it seems
Carlo Rovelli describes how he abandoned the concept of time.
Caroline Dean reveals the genetic secrets of flowering
Professor Dame Caroline Dean on why some plants need cold before they can flower.
Cat Hobaiter on communication in apes
Jim Al-Khalili talks chimp gestures with Dr Cat Hobaiter.
John Taylor on being an inventor
John Taylor tells Jim Al-Khalili how his inventions transformed the electric kettle.
Sheena Cruickshank on the wonders of the human immune system
DIY Faecal Transplants? Don't do this at home, immunologist Sheena Cruickshank tells Jim.
Frank Close and particle physics
Jim Al-Khalili discusses quarks and popularising particle physics with Frank Close.
Rachel Mills exploring the sea floor
Rachel Mills on volcanoes under the sea and how metal deposits feed the oceans.
Jacqueline McGlade on monitoring the environment from space
Jacqueline McGlade on monitoring the environment from space.
Noel Fitzpatrick on becoming a supervet
Supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick, talks to Jim Al-Khalili
Detective of the mind Dr Suzanne O'Sullivan
Detective of the mind Dr Suzanne O'Sullivan talks about brain seizures with Jim Al-Khalili
Mike Stratton and cancer genes
Mike Stratton talks about searching for cancer genes with Jim al-Khalili.
Formula One engineer Caroline Hargrove
Formula One engineer Caroline Hargrove talks to Jim Al-Khalili.
Banning chemical weapons with Alastair Hay
Alastair Hay talks with Jim Al-Khalili about ridding the world of chemical weapons.
Sky at Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock
Sky at Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock talks to Jim Al-Khalili about astronomy.
Clive Oppenheimer on the volcanic offerings of our angry earth
Clive Oppenheimer on volcanoes that shake the world.
Jim Al-Khalili on HIS life scientific
Physicist Jim Al-Khalili tells Adam Rutherford what motivates and inspires him.
Sue Black on women in tech
Sue Black tells Jim Al-Khalili how she became a software engineer.
2018 Chemistry Nobel Prize winner, Sir Gregory Winter
Sir Gregory Winter, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Gwen Adshead on treating the minds of violent offenders
Gwen Adshead tells Jim Al-Khalili how she treats the minds of violent offenders.
2018 Nobel Prize winner, Donna Strickland, on laser physics
Donna Strickland, the first woman to win a Physics Nobel Prize in 55 years.
Ken Gabriel, Why your Smartphone is Smart.
How working with robots in the 1980s kicked off a microelectronics revolution.
Corinne Le Quéré on the global carbon cycle
Professor Corinne Le Quéré talks to Jim Al-Khalili about tracing global carbon.
Paul Davies on the origin of life and the evolution of cancer
Physicist Paul Davies on the origin of life, aliens and the evolution of cancer.
Irene Tracey on pain in the brain
Irene Tracey tells Jim Al-Khalili how imaging the brain reveals how and why we feel pain.
Richard Peto on why smoking kills but quitting saves lives
Epidemiologist Richard Peto on the links between tobacco, disease and early death
Erica McAlister on the beauty of flies
Dr Erica McAlister talks to Jim Al-Khalili about the beautiful world of flies.
Plastic pollution with Richard Thompson
How Richard Thompson alerted the world to the micro-plastics in the ocean.
Ewine van Dishoeck on cosmic chemistry
Astrochemist Ewine van Dishoeck tells Jim Al-Khalili about the space between the stars.
DNA detective Turi King
How geneticist Turi King identified the 500 yr old skeleton of Richard III.
Katherine Joy on moon rock
Lunar geologist Katherine Joy tells Jim Al-Khalili why we need to go back to the moon.
Robin Dunbar on why we have friends
Why do we have friends? Robin Dunbar tells Jim Al-Khalili.
Jonathan Ball on his arms race against viruses
Virologist Jonathan Ball talks to Jim Al-Khalili about his quest to disarm killer viruses.
Richard Wiseman on lying, luck and the paranormal
How to spot a liar. Professor Richard Wiseman tells Jim Al-Khalili
Anne Magurran on how to measure biodiversity
Professor Anne Magurran on how nature is going the same way as our high streets.
Martha Clokie on the viruses that could improve our health
Professor Martha Clokie on the viruses that destroy antibiotic-resistant bugs.
Adrian Owen on scanning for awareness in the injured brain
Adrian Owen tells Jim Al-Khalili about his search for awareness in brain-injured patients.
Saiful Islam on materials to power the 21st century
Professor Saiful Islam on the materials that make renewable energy possible.
Demis Hassabis on artificial intelligence
Demis Hassabis tells Jim Al-Khalili why he wants to create artificial intelligence.
Elizabeth Fisher on chromosomes in mice and men
Elizabeth Fisher on studying chromosomal abnormalities in mice and men
Patricia Wiltshire on how pollen can solve crimes.
Using pollen to solve crimes. Prof Pat Wiltshire talks to Jim Al Khalili.
Susannah Maidment on stegosaurs
Susannah Maidment tells Jim how she came to be a world authority on stegosaurs
Peter Fonagy on a revolution in mental health care
How Peter Fonagy changed the way we treat our mental health.
2019 Nobel Prize winner for Physiology or Medicine, Sir Peter Ratcliffe
The 2019 Nobel Prize-winner Sir Peter Ratcliffe on living with low oxygen.
Optical communications pioneer Polina Bayvel
The invention of the optical fibres that makes ultra-fast broadband possible.
Myles Allen on understanding climate change
The physicist behind net zero. Prof Myles Allen talks to Jim Al-Khalili.
Anya Hurlbert on seeing colour
Anya Hurlbert tells Jim Al-Khalili how colours are made in the mind.
Matthew Cobb on how we detect smells
What maggots teach us about our sense of smell. Prof Matthew Cobb tells Jim Al-Khalli
Brian Greene on how the universe is made of string
Is the universe really made of string? Physicist Brian Greene talks to Jim Al Khalili.
Jim McDonald on power networks
Is the National Grid fit for purpose? Jim McDonald talks to Jim Al-Khalili.
Debbie Pain on conserving globally threatened bird species
Professor Debbie Pain talks to Jim Al-Khalili about conserving our endangered birdlife.
Frank Kelly on air pollution
The impact of lockdown on the quality of the air we breathe.
Liz Seward and the dream of spaceflight
Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to Liz Seward about designing spacecraft.
Jane Goodall on living with wild chimpanzees
Jane Goodall describes her life with the wild chimpanzees of Gombe.
Emma Bunce on the gas giants
Professor Emma Bunce shares her passion for Jupiter and Neptune with Jim Al-Khalili.
Clifford Stott on riot prevention
How to stop peaceful protests turning into riots.
Alice Roberts on bones
What can we learn from human remains? Alice Roberts talks bones with Jim Al Khalili.
Andy Fabian on black holes
Professor Andy Fabian on supermassive black holes and their dramatic hold over galaxies.
Dale Sanders on feeding the world
Why the world needs more plant scientists. Prof Dale Sanders talks to Jim Al-Khalili.
Heather Koldewey on marine conservation
Saving seahorses and turning old fishing nets into luxury carpets.
Francesca Happé on autism
Francesca Happé talks to Jim al-Khalili about the abilities of people with autism.
Steve Haake on technology, sport and health
Steve Haake talks to Jim al-Khalili about how technology improves sporting ability.
Sarah Gilbert on developing a vaccine for Covid-19
How did Sarah Gilbert get so far, so fast in developing a vaccine for Covid-19?
Neil Ferguson on modelling Covid-19
Predicting the spread of Covid-19. Neil Ferguson talks to Jim Al-Khalili about lockdown.