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  • Brian Cox 20 Oct 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Brian Cox, physicist and media star, talks fame and quantum mechanics with Jim Al-Khalili.

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  • Urine Trouble: What's in our Water 13 Oct 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    What happens to the medicines we take after they leave our body? Andrea Sella finds out.

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  • Patients Doing It for Themselves 06 Oct 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Vivienne Parry explores how patients are taking control of their own treatment.

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  • Preventing Disease in Animals 29 Sept 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    BBC science reporter Melissa Hogenboom hears about pioneering genetic techniques to combat diseases in our livestock animals.

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  • Beyond the Abyss 22 Sept 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Rebecca Morelle talks to explorers of deep ocean trenches - the final frontier of exploration on Planet Earth. She meets biologists who have discovered dark realms of pink gelatinous fish and gigantic crustaceans at 8,000 metres down

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  • Power Transmission 15 Sept 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Gaia Vince looks at the future of power transmission

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  • Biosafety 08 Sept 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Mistakes involving anthrax, deadly flu and smallpox have put high-security lab safety under the spotlight, and increased calls to limit potentially risky research

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  • Mum and Dad and Mum 01 Sept 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Rebecca Morelle examines how children could be born with DNA from three people. The UK might be the first country in the world to make this legal.

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  • Antibiotic Resistance Crisis - Part II 25 Aug 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    A global antibiotic resistance crisis looms but antibiotics drugs don't make pharma the profits which other medicines do. Roland Pease looks for ways to avert a medical dark age.

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  • Antibiotic Resistance Crisis - Part I 18 Aug 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Our antibiotics are failing. Bacteria are developing resistance to an increasing number of the drugs that used to kill them. How bleak is the future for global health? Roland Pease looks at scientific issues behind the gathering crisis. The last new class of antibiotics was discovered in the 1980s. Are there any others in the pipeline?

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  • Cosmology 11 Aug 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    In March astronomers in the BICEP2 collaboration announced they had found gravitational waves from the Big Bang. But now the evidence is being questioned. Dr Lucie Green reports.

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  • Rosetta Mission Arriving At Comet 04 Aug 14

    Duration: 30 mins

    Looking ahead to the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission - the first spacecraft to follow a comet and land a probe on its icy surface. Rosetta arrives at comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6th August. It will then accompany the 4 km chunk of ice and dust close by for more than a year. In November, the craft will a drop a lander to analyse the comet's make-up and photograph the icescape. Andrew Luck-Baker talks about the mission's daring orbital manoeuvres and the big scientific questions the mission is designed to answer.

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  • Professor Sir Michael Rutter 28 July 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Jim Al-Khalili meets child psychiatrist Professor Sir Michael Rutter

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  • What's happened to El Nino? 21 July 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Roland Pease asks what's making this year's predicted El Nino so hard to forecast

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  • Swarming Robots 14 July 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Adam Hart on how insect and cell structure research is helping develop swarming robots

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  • Anaesthesia 07 July 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Linda Geddes explores the latest research into how general anaesthetics work in the body.

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  • Janet Hemingway 30 June 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Janet Hemingway tells Jim Al-Khalili about forthcoming insecticide resistance developing in the mosquitos that transmit malaria, and how it could cost many lives.

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  • Ageing Brain 23 June 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    As we grow older, it is assumed we will all become more forgetful, slower witted and much less useful members of society. Geoff Watts looks at the latest research showing this is not the case. In fact one new theory suggests older people might be slower at psychologists' intelligence tests, merely because they know more.

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  • Driverless Cars 16 June 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Jack Stewart meets the engineers inventing vehicles that drive themselves, including Google's new car without a steering wheel or pedals and Stanford University's fast moving Shelley

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  • Driverless Cars 09 June 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Jack Stewart reports on the connected car pilot in Michigan.

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  • Taming the Sun 02 June 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    ITER, the world's effort to harness nuclear fusion, and the most complex experiment ever

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  • Beauty and the Brain 26 May 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Dr Tiffany Jenkins explores what neuroscience knows about art

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  • Alf Adams 19 May 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Alf Adams remembers his small idea that changed the world, with Jim Al-Khalili.

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  • Mark Miodownik 12 May 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Mark Miodownik talks nuclear weapons, 3D printers and smart materials with Jim Al-Khalili

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  • Sue Black 05 May 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Jim Al-Khalili talks to forensic scientist Sue Black about identifying human bodies

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  • Whatever happened to biofuels? 28 Apr 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Gaia Vince asks if we can ever run our vehicles on biofuels from algae or bacteria.

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  • Whatever happened to Biofuels? 21 Apr 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Gaia Vince asks can we make biofuels from sugars in the inedible parts of plants.

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  • Peter Higgs 14 Apr 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Peter Higgs opens up to Jim Al-Khalili, admitting that he failed to realise the full significance of the Higgs boson and a theory that later changed the face of physics.

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  • Vikram Patel 07 Apr 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Jim Al-Khalili talks to psychiatrist Vikram Patel about the global campaign he leads to tackle mental health.

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  • Inside the Shark's Mind 31 Mar 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Western Australia is killing big sharks to prevent attacks on swimmers. Can science offer much better solutions to protect people - and sharks?

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  • The Biology of Freedom 24 Mar 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    As part of the Freedom2014 season, Entomologist Professor Adam Hart asks if what humans call free will, exists in other organisms, from chimps, all the way down to the cells in our bodies.

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  • Fructose: the Bittersweet Sugar 17 Mar 14

    Duration: 28 mins

    Dr Mark Porter asks is fructose a "toxic additive" or a healthy fruit sugar?

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  • Hack My Hearing 10 Mar 14

    Duration: 27 mins

    Aged 32, science writer Frank Swain is losing his hearing. But could he hack his hearing aid to give him supersenses?

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Show Me The Way To Go Home 03 Mar 14

Duration: 27 mins

Gardening grandmother Ruth Brooks, also known as 'the snail lady', sets out to investigate how different animals navigate, from smell maps for cats to astronomy for newts.

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Saving the Oceans 4/4 24 Feb 14

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How combining traditional Aboriginal teachings with cutting edge science is helping to preserve Australias unique marine reef ecology.

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Saving the Oceans 3/4 17 Feb 14

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The evolutionary impact of commercial fishing operations on seabirds. And a plague of coral eating starfish threatening Australias Great Barrier Reef.

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Discovery podcast: Oceans 1/4 03 Feb 14 

Discovery podcast: Saving the Oceans 2/4 10 Feb 14 

 



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Discovery podcast: Fixing Nitrogen 27 Jan 14 

 



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Russell Foster 21 Oct 13

Duration: 27 mins

Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at Oxford University, is obsessed with biological clocks. He talks to Jim al-Khalili about how light controls our wellbeing.

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Fracking 30 Sept 13

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Gaia Vince explores the science and technology behind fracking for shale gas.

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The Future of Navigation 23 Sept 13

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Quentin Cooper looks at the weaknesses in GPS and the future of navigation.

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Deep Down Inside 16 Sept 13

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Geoff Watts finds out how Deep brain stimulation is treating Parkinson's and depression

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