Science Weekly

Science Weekly

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


Communicating climate change: a psychoanalysis – Science Weekly podcast  

What is the psychology behind climate change denial? Can it be overcome? And what communication tips can scientists take from political campaigns?

Universal grammar: are we born knowing the rules of language? – Science weekly podcast  

Do all human languages share a universal grammar? And can science shed light on a schism that’s divided the world of linguistics for over half a century?

Stephen Hawking at 75: a brief history – Science Weekly podcast  

The origin of the universe, the distribution of galaxies, and the nature of black holes – it’s all in a day’s work for one of the most prominent scientists of all time

Recast: Us and Them - Science Weekly podcast  

Are we biologically primed to fear outsiders? And can science help us bridge the divide when conflicts arise?

Juno probe's Jupiter mission update - Science Weekly podcast  

What has Juno revealed since it dropped into Jupiter’s orbit earlier this year? And how is the probe holding up against the solar system’s largest gas giant?

The male contraceptive pill: how close are we? – Science Weekly podcast  

Over 100 million women around the world use the female contraceptive pill. But why isn’t there a male alternative? And are the barriers to its creation scientific or social?

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?

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