The practice of burial stretches back deep into prehistory, but how did it evolve? Read more
Why Do We Bury Our Dead?
The practice of burial stretches back deep into prehistory, but how did it evolve?
Is Recycling All Our Waste at Home Possible?
Could we recycle all of our unwanted household materials ourselves?
Could a ‘zombie’ virus kill us all?
Might ancient ice from the Antarctic depths contain deadly viruses?
Where was the last place humans made home?
Our species started in Africa, but what was the last habitable landmass we reached?
Does brain size matter?
Why have a big brain if a small one would do?
What do clouds feel like?
We turn our gaze skywards to tackle three questions about what’s going on above us
Why am I shy?
Is shyness written in our genes, or more to do with our upbringing?
When will an African visit Mars?
We head to South Africa’s biggest science festival for a debate before a live audience
Why do we like some animals and hate others?
What makes us fawn over a puppy, but run away from rats?
Which milk is best for me and the planet?
Is switching from dairy milk to plant-based milks a healthier choice?
What are dreams for?
Do we actually need to dream? Is there an evolutionary reason for it?
Why do we find things beautiful?
Humans seem programmed to appreciate beauty – but why?
Will we ever know what the universe is made of?
CrowdScience finds out if there’s a limit to what physicists at CERN can discover
Could viruses help fight super-bugs?
CrowdScience travels to Georgia in search of solutions to antibiotic resistance
Did cooking make us human?
When did we switch from eating our food raw, to heating it?
How does a single cell become me?
How do trillions of individual cells work together to build bodies?
Could dark matter harbour dark life?
Marnie Chesterton answers Indian listener Gautam’s question about dark life
Bonus: 13 Minutes to the Moon
Introducing the new podcast about how humans reached the moon. Theme music by Hans Zimmer
Could our household microbes help or harm us?
We revisit our episode on dust to decide what we should do with our invisible housemates
How are we evolving?
How are we changing genetically to adapt to modern lifestyles and our environment
Can singing improve our health?
Could this much-loved musical pastime improve our mental and physical strength?
Are there new ways to beat depression?
We investigate how science is uncovering new ways to help beat long-term depression
What’s the best way to breathe?
Can certain breathing techniques improve your exercise performance?
Can we prevent traffic jams?
Should our cities cater less for cars and what are the alternatives?
Why do some people eat soil?
What drives the body to crave something that isn’t real food?
Who were the first farmers?
The story of how our ancestors tamed plants and animals
Where’s my time machine?
When will sci fi’s favourite technologies become reality?
Why do we pull faces when we concentrate?
We tackle the science of scowling, gesturing, and counting
How many fossils are there?
Have we already found the last T. rex? Or are there many more to be discovered?
Can I predict the future?
There are ordinary people among us who are exceptionally good at predicting the future
Global infertility: Could The Handmaid’s Tale become reality?
What could cause mass infertility? Marnie Chesterton investigates
How can I motivate myself?
We put science to the test to try and find out how can we best motivate ourselves
Do we need more space stations?
Would more satellites and space stations help us get further into the solar system?
Are extroverts really happier?
We probe the links between happiness, personality and culture
Can my migraines be cured?
What’s happening in my brain when I get a migraine? CrowdScience investigates
Could I learn to think like Sherlock Holmes?
What does science have to say about the famous fictional detective?
Is a vegan diet better for your health?
Many people follow a plant based diet, but is a vegan diet really better for your health?
Do green spaces make us healthier?
Is there more to living alongside greenery?
How can I live a longer life?
What is the secret to living healthily into very old age?
Is maths real?
Is maths a tool created by humans? Or is it reality itself?
Will my salmon swim home?
Could we repopulate salmon rivers?
Can my stutter be cured?
Most of us take speaking for granted, but for Breeda it has been a lifelong struggle
Why do I get sleepy?
We ask what happens in our body and brain when tiredness takes over
Can a machine read my mind?
How machine learning is enabling minds to start melding with machines
20/11/19 Wet weather consequences, Grass-fed beef, Cheese training course
Farmers are having to change their cropping plans because of the wet weather.
Tractor trydan carbon neutral. Datblygiad gwyddonol all achub coed ynn.
Thrift and austerity
Sam Dilcock celebrates rural life in North Yorkshire.
BBC Wiltshire celebrates the county's great outdoors.