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Sexual Nature

Mon, 4 Feb 13

Duration: 18 mins

The oldest known sexual being, a 400 million year old fish sex movie and the prehistoric turtles which were fossilised in the act of copulation. Discovery on the BBC World Service this week is strictly adults-only as we begin a three part natural history of sex. Adam Rutherford talks to the scientists studying the worlds most revealing fossils.

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Quantum Biology

Mon, 28 Jan 13

Duration: 18 mins

Jason Palmer looks at the emerging field of quantum biology. From smell to navigation, it seems that some of the hardest problems in biology could be solved with the insights from theoretical physics.

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Encode Project

Mon, 21 Jan 13

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The ENCODE project recently announced that much of our genome is not junk, in other words doing nothing. Adam Rutherford reports on the significance of this major discovery.

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John Gurdon

Mon, 14 Jan 13

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2012 Nobel Prize winner, John Gurdon, on cloning a frog decades before Dolly the Sheep

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Jared Diamond

Mon, 7 Jan 13

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Jim Al-Khalili talks to Jared Diamond about his journey from the gall bladder to global history via a passion for the birds of Papua New Guinea.

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Andrea Sella

Mon, 31 Dec 12

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Jim Al-Khalili meets science showman Andrea Sella and discovers how his theatrical chemistry demonstrations are thrilling audiences.

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Why do women outlive men

Mon, 24 Dec 12

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Evolutionary biologist Dr Yan Wong asks whether men are at a biological disadvantage when it comes to life expectancy

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Piltdown Man

Mon, 17 Dec 12

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The most notorious fraud in the history of Science is the focus of this weeks programme. Exactly one hundred years ago, British scientists announced their discovery of fossilised skull and jaw bones of what appeared to be the earliest human a species of humanity closer to our prehistoric ape ancestors than any found before it. In December 1912 it was a sensational find. In 1953 it was revealed as just a horrible hoax. Jonathan Amos talks to palaeontologists and archaeologists about the case of Piltdown Man and asks, could anything as scientifically scandalous happen today?

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Particle Physics

Mon, 10 Dec 12

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Finding the Higgs boson was the last piece in physicists' model of matter. But Tracey Logan discovers there's much more for them to find out at the Large Hadron Collider.

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Last Man, First Scientist on the Moon

Mon, 3 Dec 12

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Kevin Fong talks to one of the last two men on the moon, forty years after the final Apollo 17 mission launched on 7th December 1972. As an Apollo astronaut, Harrison Schmitt was special. He was the only scientist ever to visit the lunar surface. The field work Dr Schmitt did among the craters, and the rocks he and his fellow astronauts brought back, transformed our knowledge of the Moon and the Earth. Harrison Schmitt also shares the human experience of running around another planet and explains why he thinks we should go back, and beyond.

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