Sydney Brenner talks about his part in the DNA revolution between the 1950s and 1980s
Sydney Brenner: A Revolutionary Biologist
Bacteria and Blood – The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry
How much of me is bacteria? And why do we have blood types?
Cats and Itch – The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry
How do cats find their way home? Plus, should you scratch an itch?
Balloon and Memory
Could a party balloon reach space? And why can’t we remember being babies
The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry
Bacteria and Blood
Our science sleuths Drs Rutherford & Fry take on your everyday mysteries and solve them with the power of science.
Cats and Itch
Balloons and Memory - The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry
Poles and Spin
What will happen with the Earth’s poles swap? And why do planets spin?
Black Hole and Sonic Weapons - Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry
What would happen if you fell into a black hole?
New hope for incurable neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia
Cheating the Atmosphere
Dodgy emissions data could fatally undermine the Paris Climate Agreement
The Day the Earth Moved
How scientists learned the earth’s crust is made up of shifting plates.
Science Stories: Series 4
Alcuin of York
Philip Ball dives into the Dark Ages to reveal the author of the river crossing riddle
How a 13-year old girl mapped metamorphosis in the 1600s. Naomi Alderman presents
How physicist Lise Meitner unlocked the science of the atom bomb that cost Hitler dearly
The story of how Humphry Davy discovered laughing gas in 1799.
The Anatomy of Pain
Why do some people feel more pain than others and what happens in the brain during surgery
Phantom limb pain, babies’ pain, people without pain, help understand the nature of pain.
How do brains control pain? Irene Tracey asks can we distance ourselves from agony
Pain of Torture
Does knowing that someone is inflicting pain on you deliberately make the pain worse?
The Power of Sloth
Lucy Cooke discovers the joy of sloth and sloths and the benefits of being really slow.
In Their Element
Mercury - Chemistry's Jekyll and Hyde
The most beautiful and shimmering of the elements, the weirdest, and yet the most reviled
Oxygen: The breath of Life
Trevor Cox takes a deep breath and tells the story of oxygen on earth and in space
And then there was Li
The element that links the formation of the universe with the functioning of our brains
Carbon - the backbone of life
Why is all known life built on carbon?
Silicon - The World's Building Block
The key component of rocks, sand and materials from glass and concrete to microelectronics
The impact of the use and abuse of lead on humanity.
How a discovery in boiled urine led to the trade union movement and chemical weapons.
Why iodine is essential for our health?
Why We Cut Men
Across the world, 1 in 3 men are circumcised. Mary-Ann Ochota investigates why we cut men
Killing Insects for Conservation
Killing insects in the name of research upsets some people. How do scientists justify it?
The Far Future
What fragments of our civilisation will persist 10,000 years in the future?
Science Stories: Series 5
A man who put maths into biology and saw physics in shells, seeds and bees 100 years ago
Philip Ball tells the story of US geneticist and 1983 Nobel prize winner Barbara McLintock
Bringing Schrodinger's Cat to Life
Roland Pease meets the quantum scientists hoping to bring Schrodinger's cat to life
The Cooperative Species
Why human cooperation fails online
Behaving Better Online
Gaia Vince meets the scientists studying our built in human behaviour
Why Do Some Songs Get Stuck in Your Head?
And why do I get so many static shocks?
Can We Use Chemistry to Bake the Perfect Cake?
And what makes something sharp?
Why Do We Dream?
And are machines better than humans when it comes to recognising faces?
Can Anything Travel Faster Than Light?
Plus, how can we measure the age of the Universe?
What’s the Tiniest Dinosaur?
And how do bats differentiate their own echolocation signals?
Killing Insects: The Rights and Wrongs
Killing insects in the name of research upsets some people. How do scientists justify it?
Do Insects Feel Pain?
Do insects experience pain and suffering?
The Second Genome
Manipulating Our Hidden Half
New research into manipulating our microbiome to stay healthy and beat chronic disease
Dirt and Development
How the microbes in us set us on a path of health or chronic disease
Gateway to the Mind
Could our microbiome have an influence on our mood and behaviour?
A Tale of Two Axolotls
The Aztec Salamander
Saving a cultural icon and biomedical marvel from extinction.
The Nun’s Salamander
Why are Mexican nuns breeding a rare salamander? Could they save this remarkable species?
Science Stories: Series 6
The Real Cyrano de Bergerac
Philip Ball on the real Cyrano de Bergerac and his 17th century space ship.
Making Natural Products in the Lab
How 19th century chemist Wohler made a natural product in the lab
Philip Ball goes back to the 17th Century to talk about Descartes and his "daughter"
Hypatia: The Murdered Mathematician
Naomi Alderman on the life and death of Hypatia, the ancient Greek mathematician
Mary Anning and Fossil Hunting
How a poor woman became one of 19th-century Britain's most successful fossil finders
How the feared element ended up giving us better teeth, mood and health
How iron has shaped human biology and culture
Why sodium powers everything we do
The Long Hot Summer
Roland Pease asks why the Northern Hemisphere had unusually high temperatures this year.
The Long Hot Summer - Part Two
How did mild temperatures in the Arctic affect 2018's extreme weather?
China's Organ Transplants
Who To Believe?
Matthew Hill explores the Chinese approach to organ transplantation.
Tourism and Transparency
Cooling the City
How can we adapt and prepare our cities for extreme weather conditions?
Tracking the First Animals on Earth
In search of the first animals on the Earth, more than half a billion years ago
The Genius of Accidents
Viagra and CRISPR
Viagra was first developed to treat heart disease, but it had some surprising side-effects
The Big Bang and Jet Streams
Evidence for the big bang was initially thought to be a mistake in the data
Finding the Coelacanths
A huge, four-limbed fish, was discovered 65 million years after its supposed extinction
Why We Fell In Love with Plastic
Professor Mark Miodownik explores our love/hate relationship with plastic.
How Much Plastic Can We Recycle?
The China Syndrome
China's ban on importing other countries' waste plastic is having a big impact
Alex Bellos meets the supercalculators taking part in the Mental Calculation World Cup.
The story of one of the most iconic photos of the last 50 years
Eddington's Eclipse and Einstein's Celebrity
Philip Ball tells the story of Arthur Eddington's confirmation of general relativity.
Science Stories: Series 7
Lucretius, Sheep and Atoms
Two thousand years ago Lucretius composed about atoms and the natural world
Philip Ball tells the story of Johannes Kepler and the six cornered snowflake.
Ibn al-Haytham: The Father of Modern Optics
The Arabic scholar who showed how light and the human eye produce our sense of vision
Eye in the Sky
SOFIA is a flying observatory setting out to study Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon
Back from the Dead
The hunt for the Night Parrot: a fat, dumpy, green parrot that lives in the desert
Trouble in paradise
How scientists are trying to eradicate rats and mosquitoes threatening French Polynesia
Tracks across time
Scientists race to save a set of 95-million-year-old footprints
Chemists' Dirty Secrets
From the Crimean War to the end of World War Two
Andrea Sella looks at the role chemists have played in the development of weapons
From the Cold War to the present day
The role chemists have played in the development of chemical weapons
ShakeAlertLA - California’s earthquake early warning system
The mobile app that will warn southern Californians if an earthquake is heading their way
Roland Pease investigates the growing fire hazard in California
Unbottling the past
The discovery and recreation of an iconic perfume formula for Soir de Paris
The Life Scientific
Donna Strickland and extremely powerful lasers
Donna Strickland on inventing extremely powerful lasers and winning a Nobel Prize
Ken Gabriel on why your smartphone is smart
Ken Gabriel on inventing micro devices found in smartphones
Corinne Le Quéré on carbon and climate
Corinne Le Quéré on carbon and the global climate
Carlo Rovelli on rethinking the nature of time
Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli on why time is not what it seems
Cat Hobaiter on communication in apes
Jim al-Khalili talks chimp gestures with Dr Cat Hobaiter
A sense of time
Does a second feel the same for a fly, a bird, or a swordfish, as it does for me?
How do instruments make music?
1/6 Why do different musical instruments sound unique?
Why people have different pain thresholds
2/6 The biomechanics of running and why some people feel pain more than others
Yr Athro Deri Tomos a Bryn Tomos yn edrych ar wyddoniaeth y gofod.
Shut down of Google’s Ethics Panel
Google launch an advisory AI ethics board and disband it within a fortnight.
Here Comes the Summer - Feargal Sharkey
Clare Balding joins singer Feargal Sharkey for a river walk.
The birth of a new volcano
A new undersea volcano has appeared off the coast of East Africa
New CFC emissions, Cannabis and the Environment, The Noisy Cocktail Party, Automated Face Recognition
New CFC emissions; cannabis and yeast; a noisy cocktail party; automated face recognition.