Professor Saiful Islam on the materials that make renewable energy possible. Read more
Professor Saiful Islam
Professor Saiful Islam on the materials that make renewable energy possible.
How to spot a liar. Professor Richard Wiseman tells Jim Al-Khalili
The Evidence: Young people, lifting lockdowns, USA and Kenya updates
International experts take a look at the science surrounding Covid-19
Anne Magurran on how to measure biodiversity.
Desert locust swarms
A second wave of locusts threatens crops in East Africa. Scientists lead the fightback
The Evidence: Mental health and Covid 19
How is our mental health during the pandemic?
Ignaz Semmelweiss: The hand washer
Lindsey Fitzharris tells the story of Ignaz Semmelweiss, the hand washer
Science of Dad
Dr Oscar Duke discovers how pregnancy, birth and childcare affect the father
The Evidence: Covid 19: ending lockdowns
When and how to end lockdowns?
The Evidence: Covid 19: Sub-Saharan Africa and Testing
How sub-Saharan Africa is handling the pandemic and the different kinds of tests
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?
Gold and silver
Science and art of gold and silver
Aluminium and strontium
Science and art of aluminium and strontium
Science and art of helium
The Evidence: Covid 19: Transmission and South America
How South America is handling the pandemic and a look at disease transmission.
The Evidence: Covid 19: vaccines and after lockdown
The latest on vaccines and how people are behaving after lockdown
The latest on how people are recovering from Covid-19
The Origin of Stuff
Katy Brand investigates the toothbrush from its humble start, as a stick, to the present.
Katy Brand tracks the extraordinary life of the high heel, from past to the present.
Katy Brand explores the life of the unsung hero of the cutlery world – the fork.
Katy Brand toasts the wine glass, learning why it became the gargantuan glass it is today
Katy Brand reveals how attitudes to the toilet have shaped it's place in history.
Katy Brand reveals how our attitudes to sleep, sex and status are played out in the bed.
Jane Goodall describes her life with the wild chimpanzees of Gombe.
Brian Greene studies the universe at the largest and smallest scales imaginable.
Human Genome Project's 20th Anniversary
Twenty years of the Human Genome Project
On the menu
Adam Hart explores our relationship with some of the animal kingdom's deadliest predators
What difference has lockdown made to our air? Frank Kelly talks to Jim Al-Khalili.
Professor Emma Bunce
Emma Bunce tells Jim Al-Khalili why she is intrigued by the gas giants Jupiter and Neptune
Jim Al-Khalili talks to Liz Seward, Senior Space Strategist for Airbus Defence and Space.
Return to Mars
How will NASA’s latest robot rover search for life on Mars?
The Evidence: Covid lessons for safe school reopening
Will schools and colleges reopening fuel Covid-19 spread?
Megadrought in Chile
Why Chile has a megadrought
The Evidence: Are national lockdowns evidence of policy failure?
Locked in the lockdown cycle – evidence for a more targeted response
Anatomy Of Touch
Why we’re starved of touch
How can we stop unwanted touch?
How we experience gentle touch
Can touch be replicated digitally?
Birds: singing for survival
Birds are changing their tunes
Helen Keen had a diagnosis of autism as an adult. She explores how it appears in women
The Evidence: Pandemic rules: follower or flouter?
Why a sense of “we” rather than “I” makes us more likely to follow pandemic rules
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?
The growling stomach
Why do our tummies rumble - and when they do, does it always mean we are hungry?
The seeded cloud
Can we make it rain?
The sting in the tail
What’s the point of wasps?
The end of everything
When and how is the universe going to end?
The Zedonk Problem
What are ligons and tigers? What is a species?
The Space Burrito
Is there a point in space where the Sun could heat a burrito perfectly? And other puzzles
Steve Haake talks to Jim al-Khalili about how technology improves sporting ability
Evolutionary biologist Alice Roberts
What can we learn from human remains? Alice Roberts talks bones with Jim Al Khalili
Hopes and fears for Covid-19 vaccines
Vaccines and virus mutations
Wildfires, floods, hurricanes made 2020 record breaking. What it says about climate change
Marine conservationist Heather Koldewey
Saving seahorses and turning old fishing nets into luxury carpets.
Astrophysicist Andy Fabian
Professor Andy Fabian on supermassive black holes and their dramatic hold over galaxies
Plant scientist Dale Sanders
Why the world needs more plant scientists. Prof Dale Sanders talks to Jim Al-Khalili.