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Science WeeklyFrom 'The Guardian'. The best place to learn about the big discoveries and debates in biology, chemisty, physics and sometimes even maths.


Science Weekly Show Archive:

How do we define creativity? - Science Weekly podcast

Friday 18th January 2019

In our latest collaboration, Ian Sample teams up with Jordan Erica Webber of Chips with Everything to look at why artwork produced using artificial intelligence is forcing us to look at how we define creativity

Exploring the far side of the moon– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 11th January 2019

Hannah Devlin looks at why there is renewed interest in lunar exploration following the Chinese Chang’e 4 adventure on the far side of the moon

Did a supervolcano cause the dinosaurs' demise?– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 4th January 2019

Some scientists are beginning to question whether it really was an asteroid impact that led to the dinosaurs’ extinction – instead, they think it may have been a supervolcano in India. Graihagh Jackson investigates

Cross Section: Hannah Fry– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 28th December 2018

Dr Hannah Fry won the Christopher Zeeman medal in August for her contributions to the public understanding of the mathematical sciences. Ian Sample has invited her on the podcast to discuss her love of numbers. Plus, he asks, can we really use this discipline to predict human behaviour?

Cross Section: Dame Jane Francis - Science Weekly podcast

Friday 21st December 2018

Prof Dame Jane Francis knows Antarctica better than most: she’s spent the majority of her career researching this icy landscape. Ian Sample talks to her about what it’s like to camp in Antarctica and what her findings can tell us about our future on this planet

Oh my: a psychological approach to awe– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 14th December 2018

Nicola Davis asks what’s behind one of humanity’s most powerful and possibly evolutionarily important emotions

Gene-edited babies: why are scientists so appalled?– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 7th December 2018

Last week Dr He Jiankui announced he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies. Hundreds of Chinese scientists have signed a letter condemning the research. Hannah Devlin delves into why He’s research has caused such uproar

Cross Section: Tim Peake - Science Weekly podcast

Friday 30th November 2018

Tim Peake beat 8,172 applicants for a spot on the European Space Agency’s astronaut training programme. Ian Sample talks to him about the selection process and the intensive training he went through

Can we trust artificial intelligence lie detectors?– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 23rd November 2018

Liar liar, pants on fire? In this collaboration between the Guardian’s Science Weekly and Chips with Everything podcasts, we explore whether it will ever be possible to build intelligent machines to detect porky pies

Treating cancer: what role could our diet play? - Science Weekly podcast

Friday 16th November 2018

Food is an essential part of everyone’s life but how does what we eat affect our health? Could we eat to treat our illnesses? Top oncologists from around the world are beginning to study the role of diet in cancer treatment and early results look promising. Hannah Devlin investigates.