Alf Adams remembers his small idea that changed the world, with Jim Al-Khalili. Read more
Alf Adams remembers his small idea that changed the world, with Jim Al-Khalili.
Robert Plomin on the genetics of intelligence
Professor Robert Plomin talks to Jim Al-Khalili about the genetics of intelligence.
Patrick Vallance on pharmaceuticals
Jim Al-Khalili meets Patrick Vallance heading drug development at a pharmaceutical company
Kathy Willis on botany
Kathy Willis, Kew Gardens' director of science, discusses biodiversity with Jim Al-Khalili
Paul Younger on energy for the future
Professor Paul Younger talks to Jim Al-Khalili about keeping the lights on in the future.
Peter Piot on tackling ebola and HIV
Peter Piot talks to Jim Al-Khalili about Zika, Ebola and HIV.
Naomi Climer on engineering
Naomi Climer tells Jim Al-Khalili why engineers should be as famous as rock stars.
Dr Nick Lane on the origin of life on earth
Dr Nick Lane of UCL talks about studying the origin of life on earth with Jim Al-Khalili.
George Davey-Smith on health inequalities
Epidemiologist Prof George Davey-Smith talks to Jim Al-Khalili about health inequalities.
Venki Ramakrishnan on ribosomes
Jim Al-Khalili talks to Nobel Prize-winner Venki Ramakrishnan.
Helen Sharman on being an astronaut
Jim Al-Khalili talks to the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman.
Carolyn Roberts on flood control
Environmental scientist Carolyn Roberts talks to Jim al-Khalili about floods and forensics
Lawrence Krauss on dark energy
Author and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss discusses dark energy with Jim Al-Khalili.
Marcus du Sautoy on mathematics
Marcus Du Sautoy shares his passion for mathematics with Jim Al-Khalili.
Sheila Rowan on gravitational waves
Sheila Rowan talks to Jim Al-Khalili about her role in the search for gravitational waves.
Nick Davies on cuckoos
The battle between cuckoos and warblers, as told by Nick Davies to Jim Al-Khalili.
Hazel Rymer on volcanoes
Hazel Rymer talks volcanoes with Jim Al-Khalili.
Faraneh Vargha-Khadem on memory
Faraneh Vargha-Khadem talks to Jim Al-Khalili about how memories are made.
Georgina Mace on threatened species
Georgina Mace talks to Jim Al-Khalili about her Red List of Threatened Species.
Trevor Cox on sound
Acoustic engineer Trevor Cox discusses the science of sound with Jim Al-Khalili.
Frans de Waal on chimpanzees
Frans de Waal tells Jim Al-Khalili why we should expect chimpanzees to be clever.
Ian Wilmut on Dolly the sheep
Jim Al-Khalili talks cloning with the creator of Dolly the sheep, Ian Wilmut.
Lynne Boddy on Fungi
Lynne Boddy enthuses about fungi.
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