Science Weekly

Science Weekly

United Kingdom

The Guardian's science team bring you the best analysis and interviews from the worlds of science and technology

Episodes

Cross Section: Neil deGrasse Tyson – Science Weekly podcast  

What first attracted one of the world’s foremost astrophysicists to the night sky? Are we alone in the universe? And how can scientific thinking benefit us all?

Big Unknowns: can we stop ageing? – Science Weekly podcast  

With advances in medicine, science, and technology allowing humans to live longer than ever, can we finally crack the code of ageing and stop it altogether?

Big Unknowns: what is dark matter? – Science Weekly podcast  

Matter as we know it accounts for less than 5% of the known universe - the rest remains something of a mystery

Big Unknowns: is free will an illusion? – Science Weekly podcast  

Free will has been debated by philosophers and theologians for centuries. Neuroscientists and psychologists have now entered the fray - but what new light can they shed? And just how free are we when it comes to “free” will?

Big Unknowns: how did life begin? – Science Weekly podcast  

According to our best estimates, life first appeared on planet Earth around 3.8bn years ago. But what happened leading up to it? What conditions were necessary? And what is ‘life’ anyway’?

Big Unknowns Series 2 trailer - the Science Weekly podcast  

How did life begin? Is free will an illusion? Where’s all the dark matter? And can we live forever? These are some of science’s big unknowns and in this returning mini-series, we’re going to pull some of them apart

Cross Section: Mike Massimino – Science Weekly podcast  

Like many kids, Mike Massimino dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Against all odds, he turned that dream into reality. This is his story

Ethics and genetics: opening the book of life – Science Weekly podcast  

When it comes to the ethics of genetic technologies who decides how far we should go in our pursuit for perfection?

False memories: from the lab to the courtroom - Science Weekly podcast  

How much of our memory is fictitious? And how is this psychological research now being applied to the world of eyewitness testimony and victim statements?

The quest for a theory of everything – Science Weekly podcast  

In the race for a unifying ‘theory of everything’ two frontrunners are miles ahead. But what will win? String theory? Loop quantum gravity? Or something else entirely?

Weapons of math destruction: how big data and algorithms affect our lives - podcast  

In this special collaboration between the Guardian’s Science Weekly and Chips with Everything podcasts, we explore how big data and algorithms affect our lives - for better and worse

The eureka moment: how scientists learn to trust their gut – podcast  

In the final episode of Brain waves, Dr Kevin Fong and Nathalie Nahai move from the science of emotion to the emotion of science. We learn about the years of research behind a flash of inspiration – and ask where the stereotype of the unemotional scientist came from

The man who lost touch – Science Weekly podcast  

What happens without proprioception, our innate ability to know where and how our body is moving through space? And what can we learn from those who have lost it?

Express yourself: how music plays with our emotions - podcast  

In the fourth instalment of Brain waves, Dr Kevin Fong and Nathalie Nahai explore the power that music has to trigger our emotions, and ask if there’s an evolutionary function behind it all. Plus, why do sad songs say so much?

Cross Section: Sir Roger Penrose – Science Weekly podcast  

Has string theory become too fashionable? Do we place too much faith in quantum mechanics? And does mathematics exist in the external objective world?

Fever pitch: how sport hacks your emotions - Brain Waves podcast  

In the third episode of Brain waves, Dr Kevin Fong and Nathalie Nahai discover how our love of sport evolved out of ancient emotional experiences and ask how modern stadiums are designed to maximise sensation. Plus, we meet the world’s first “thrill engineer”

The nature of intelligence - Science Weekly podcast  

How do we define intelligence? How do we decide which animals possess it? And why are some people so uncomfortable with the idea of intelligence and consciousness existing outside the world of Homo sapiens?

Scents and sensibility: what's it like to live without smell? - podcast  

In the second instalment of Brain waves, Dr Kevin Fong and Nathalie Nahai explore what it’s like to live without smell. Plus, can a multisensory chef help anosmiac Lucy Mangan appreciate the joy of food?

The fate of Arctic sea ice – Science Weekly podcast  

The extent of the Arctic sea ice continues to drop, but how accurate are the predictions that measure it? And what could happen if it finally disappears?

Brain waves: the science of emotion – podcast  

What is love – and what does it have to do with meeting a bear in the woods? In the first of a five-part series, Dr Kevin Fong and Nathalie Nahai unpick the causes of emotions. But where’s the best place to start – history, culture, society or our bodies?

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