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Science Weekly Show Archive:

Opioid addiction: can the UK curb the looming crisis?– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 21st September 2018

The US has been in the grip of an‘opioid epidemic’ since the 1990s, and now a rise in opioid prescriptions and deaths is being seen across the pond. Ian Sample investigates and asks: what can we do the curb the looming crisis?

Are fungi the secret to a sweet sounding violin?– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 14th September 2018

From making violins sound beautiful, to beer and bread, to creating life-saving medicine, fungi have an array of very useful attributes. This week, a report demonstrates just how little we know about this kingdom of life and what we are set to gain if we tap into fungi as a resource. Hannah Devlin investigates.

Could a new force of nature reveal the universe's dark side?– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 7th September 2018

We can see only 4% of the observable universe– the rest is made up of invisible ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’. Now scientists are looking for a postulated force of nature that could open a door to the dark side. Ian Sample investigates

Conservation: there will (not) be blood - Science Weekly podcast

Friday 31st August 2018

Invasive species have been blamed for wiping out native populations. Conservationists face a hard choice: should they kill one species to save another? The answer is often yes. Nicola Davis explores this dilemma and asks whether there’s a more compassionate approach

Huntington's disease: the price paid for our big brains?– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 24th August 2018

This degenerative illness has a few genetic quirks which scientists believe could cause secondary health benefits. Emerging research suggests that people with Huntington’s are less sickly, don’t get cancer as often and even have more brain cells. Hannah Devlin investigates.

Heatwaves: the next silent killer? - Science Weekly podcast

Friday 17th August 2018

Heatwaves have ravaged much of the northern hemisphere, causing wildfires, destruction and death. Some are blaming heat stress for an increase in chronic kidney disease in Central America. Graihagh Jackson investigates the causes and health effects of heatwaves

Biomimicry: Does nature do it better?– podcast

Friday 10th August 2018

In this special collaboration between the Guardian’s Science Weekly and Chips with Everything podcasts, we explore why it’s so hard to mimic nature

Tricky taxonomy: the problems with naming new species– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 3rd August 2018

Species are hard to define, as they don’t fit neatly into the categories that science wants to put them into. But increasingly, people are naming new species without enough evidence to suggest they are indeed a separate taxon. Graihagh Jackson investigates why so-called taxonomic vandalism is on the rise and what we can do about it

In vitro fertilisation: 40 years on– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 27th July 2018

This week, the world’s first IVF baby turned 40. The procedure has come a long way since 1978, and more than 6 million IVF babies have now been born. But should we be concerned about the rising numbers of fertility treatments? And are we becoming less fertile? Hannah Devlin investigates

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

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