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Can a machine read my mind?
How machine learning is enabling minds to start melding with machines
Should I stop eating palm oil?
Is palm oil environmental foe or poverty-fighting crop? Graihagh Jackson investigates
Could humans hibernate during interstellar travel?
Hibernation could allow people to travel long distances in space. How realistic is it?
Would humans exist if dinosaurs were still alive?
We explore an alternative reality where dinosaurs still roam the earth
Can I save the insects?
The world’s insects are in trouble. What can each of us do to help them?
Did Crowdscience change your life?
We delve into the Crowdscience archive to hear how our shows changed listeners’ lives
How does the Sun affect my body and mind?
We explore the power of light to impact our health and wellbeing
What is empathy?
What drives our feelings of compassion for others – what is happening in our brains?
How low-carbon can CrowdScience go?
We try to find out the best ways to reduce our carbon footprint
What is infinity?
We tackle impossible-sounding questions on topics from infinity to quantum mechanics
Could we survive an extinction event?
Are humans capable of outwitting asteroids, volcanoes or other causes of mass extinction?
Can digital technology transform West Africa?
A panel of experts discuss how digital technology and AI are transforming West Africa.
How did humans discover medicine?
Diseases have always been with us, but when did we first find ways to cure them?
What is cancer?
We take a look at cancer treatment’s dark past, its current state and future
Why do insects prefer to bite certain people?
Why are some people magnets for mosquitos and others not? CrowdScience investigates
What’s the weirdest weather?
Our expert panel tackle multiple meteorological queries in the CrowdScience inbox.
Why are we obsessed with crime?
Kay from Hamburg wants to know where our obsession with crime comes from
Introducing 13 Minutes to the Moon Season 2
Jump on-board a doomed mission to the Moon. Apollo 13: the extraordinary story
What are scientists doing about coronavirus?
CrowdScience goes into labs to meet researchers urgently searching for COVID-19 solutions
Can I trust DNA ancestry tests?
How much do DNA tests really tell you about your ancestors?
Can science explain why I love shopping?
Crowdscience investigates the brain science behind our buying behaviour
Will a placebo boost my sports performance?
Can we trick ourselves into running faster or playing better?
How can I reduce stress?
Listener Keith from Lincolnshire wants to know how to reduce stress - he's a firefighter.
What makes a spider spin a web?
How instincts let spiders build complex structures
Why do you sweat more than me?
What affects how much and where we sweat?
How do I learn maths when school’s shut?
We tackle maths questions sent in by high school students in lockdown
What is the smallest particle?
We tackle particle physics questions from around the world
Does my toilet make sense?
Is it time to reinvent the flush toilet?
How does a language begin?
How does one language become two, or even 7000?
Why can’t you tickle yourself?
In this kids special, we explore a raft of questions from our younger listeners
Would you risk your life to save another?
Why do some people put themselves in danger to help others?
Were my atoms once your atoms?
What is the likelihood that an atom in your body has been used in someone else’s body?
Do animals have consciousness?
What does it feel like to be a cat or a cuttlefish?
What’s the point of blood types?
We, like most animals, have a variety of different blood types. But what are they for?
Is barefoot running better?
How does a bare foot change our running pain and performance
Could earthworms help transform the future of farming?
As they work the soil worms can hugely increase its fertility but there’s a downside.
How is human sound affecting sealife?
Are peaceful seas an illusion? We find out how human sound affects life under the waves.
Are some soaps better than others?
How was soap discovered, and what else is used for washing around the world?
Why do conspiracy theories exist?
Why do conspiracy theories exist and why are we seeing so many in this pandemic?
Does air traffic affect our weather?
Has reduced air travel due to pandemic lockdown affected our weather and climate?
What is the point of slime?
Squelching into the science of slime.
What’s the yeast doing inside my bread?
Yeast: the tiny organism with massive potential
Why does running water make me need the toilet?
What does science say about controlling urination, and other bodily functions?
Why do we like spicy food?
Join the CrowdScience dinner party as we tackle listeners’ food questions
Why am I embarrassed to be naked?
We all have naked bodies – so why are we so embarrassed to show them?
What makes stuff sticky?
Our world would fall apart without adhesives - but how do they hold things together?
Why do planets spin?
Crowdscience answers listeners’ celestial questions
Why do I blush?
Does blushing have some sort of evolutionary purpose? And why do we yawn?
Am I related to a virus?
Although they’re not technically ‘alive’ might viruses hold a place in our family tree?
Can I learn to sing in tune?
Why are some of us tone deaf, and can you improve your singing with practice?
Why are elephants so big?
An episode dedicated to the curious minds of our younger listeners
How can I beat pain?
Listener Bebeto wants to know how to get rid of a pain in his wrist
How does a breeze become a gale?
Why are some winds friendly and others fierce?
Can we prevent wildfires?
How can we reduce the spread of forest fires?
Are humans naturally clean and tidy?
What hygiene instincts do we have, and are they fit for purpose?
Will our spacecraft ever reach the stars?
How spaceship engineering could power us through interstellar space
Was I born clumsy?
Simon is sick of knocking stuff over, so CrowdScience looks at the science of clumsiness
Do animals exercise?
Some of the CrowdScience team answer listeners' questions from all over the world
Is a fungus intelligent?
Fungal networks are entangled with life on Earth and even show signs of intelligence.
What are the limits of human endurance?
Meet the athletes pushing against the limits of human endurance
Are there downsides to deep cleaning?
Could overzealous hygiene routines damage our immune system or promote superbugs?
Will giving up alcohol improve my sperm count?
Investigating how lifestyle can affect male fertility
Can being happy help me fight infection?
Can happiness boost immunity?
Can I improve my sense of direction?
Why do some people navigate with ease whilst others struggle to find their way?
Can we build houses from living trees?
Treehouses are magical but are they viable dwellings for modern living?
Why do men rule the world?
Listener Paula from Kenya wants to know why men rule the world
Why does it feel so good to swear?
How swearing relieves pain and helps us bond with others
How does my mind talk to my body?
The nerve connecting mind and body
Can space exploration be environmentally friendly?
Are the space junk and carbon footprint issues of extra-terrestrial endeavours solvable?
Do animals use medicine?
Find out how animals cure their illnesses
If a tree falls in a forest… does it make a sound?
If a tree falls in a forest, and there’s no-one there to hear it, does it make a sound?
Why do we gossip?
Are we hardwired to seek out salacious stories and can we harness gossip for good?
Why does grief leave me feeling this way?
Grief can be crippling. Why have we evolved to be so affected by loss?
What can we learn from wastewater?
Sewage testing could help stop the spread of disease
Why are seeds such different sizes?
Why are seeds the size they are? Does their size affect how big the plant grows?
Why is learning stuff harder as you get older?
Why as children we effortlessly absorb new skills but as adults we don’t