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Science Weekly Show Archive:

The dark side of happiness– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 20th July 2018

Happiness means something different to all of us, be it contentment, pleasure or joy. But could pursuing it leave us sad instead? Nicola Davis explores the science and psychology of happiness

From Ebola to Nipah: are we ready for the next epidemic?– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 13th July 2018

The 2014 Ebola outbreak killed over 10,000 people before it was eventually brought under control. As new infectious diseases appear around the world, what can we learn from past outbreaks to better prepare ourselves?

Did dinosaurs stop to smell the flowers?– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 6th July 2018

Is it true that dinosaurs had a role to play in the emergence of flowers? Nicola Davis investigates whether herbivores caused plants to blossom

Slice of PIE: a linguistic common ancestor– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 29th June 2018

Nicola Davis explores Proto-Indo-European, the hypothetical common ancestor of modern Indo-European languages and asks, where did it come from? How and why did it spread? And do languages evolve like genes?

Gene-edited pigs: can we engineer immunity?– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 22nd June 2018

Pigs have been rendered immune to a disease that has cost billions. Hannah Devlin questions whether this could be the future of eliminating debilitating and costly viruses in livestock

Soundscape ecology with Bernie Krause– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 15th June 2018

Do you know what noise a hungry sea anemone makes? Soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause does. Armed with over 5,000 hours of recordings, he takes Ian Sample on a journey through the natural world and demonstrates why sound is such a powerful tool for conservation

The psychological effects of inequality– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 8th June 2018

Wealth inequality has skyrocketed in the UK, as has anxiety, stress and mental illness. Could the two be linked? Richard Lea investigates

Finding a voice: why we sound unique– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 1st June 2018

Each and everyone of us has a voice that is unique. As a result, we make a lot of assumptions about someone from just the way they speak. But are these judgements fair? And what if they’re wrong? Nicola Davis explores

Radiophobia: why do we fear nuclear power?– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 25th May 2018

Nuclear energy is back on the UK government’s agenda. However, concerns about safety have plagued this technology for decades. Given it kills less people than wind, coal or gas, why are we so radiophobic? Ian Sample investigates.

Why is asbestos still killing people?– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 18th May 2018

Every year, more people die from asbestos exposure than road traffic accidents in Great Britain. Many countries still continue to build with this lethal substance– but why? Hannah Devlin investigates

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