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The Second Genome
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
In Their Element
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
A sense of time
Does a second feel the same for a fly, a bird, or a swordfish, as it does for me?
The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry
How do instruments make music?
1/6 Why do different musical instruments sound unique?
Why people have different pain thresholds
2/6 Plus, how fast can a human run?
Will we ever find alien life?
3/6 Where are we looking for alien life and what are the chances of finding it?
Why do we get déjà vu?
4/6 Plus is anything really random?
Does infinity exist?
Rutherford and Fry embark on a never-ending quest for infinite knowledge
Why do birds sing?
6/6 And why does the human voice change as we age?
Vaccination: The Global Picture
Global attitudes towards vaccines
From New York to Madagascar: attitudes to vaccines around the world
Can psychology boost vaccination rates?
Is compulsory vaccination necessary or can gentle persuasion boost immunisation rates?
What next for the Moon?
The Moon rush is back. And everyone is a player. Roland Pease looks at the new space race
Lovelock at 100: Gaia on Gaia
James Lovelock on how he developed Gaia theory.
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
Paul Davies on the origin of life and the evolution of cancer
Paul Davies talks to Jim al-Khalili about the origin of life and the search for aliens.
Irene Tracey on pain in the brain
Irene Tracey tells Jim Al-Khalili how imaging the brain reveals how and why we feel pain.
Epidemiologist Richard Peto talks about his work on the links between tobacco and disease.
Dr Erica McAlister talks to Jim Al-Khalili about the beautiful world of flies.
The Great Science Publishing Scandal
Matthew Cobb asks who owns research. Scientists, publishers or the public?
Prof Deborah Bowman reveals how a cancer diagnosis transformed her view of medical ethics
The power of deceit
Lucy Cooke discovers why being a bit sneaky may be an excellent evolutionary strategy.
The power of petite
Lucy Cooke discovers why being small can give you a step up on the evolutionary ladder
The power of peace
Lucy Cooke discovers whether it's better to fight or make peace in the animal kingdom
Alan Stennett with farming community news, issues and prices.
Apples and Swshi
We're pressing apples in Pembrokeshire and Japanese cuisine handmade in Wales.
BBC Yorkshire's favourite weatherman hosts a special about the weather in our county.
Sue Kinnear celebrates the county's great outdoors.
Science unwrapped - interactive science, medicine and technology.