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Science Weekly Show Archive:

Cross Section: Sir Venki Ramakrishnan– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 9th November 2018

Nicola Davis sits down with Nobel prize-winning scientist Sir Venki Ramakrishnan to discuss the competition he faced in the race to discover the ribosome– AKA the gene machine. Is competition good for science, or would a collaborative approach be better?

What role should the public play in science? - Science Weekly podcast

Friday 2nd November 2018

How far is too far when it comes to the public directing research? There are concerns than a science journal may revise a paper amid pressure from activists. It raises the issue of what role the public should play and whether science should have boundaries to protect its integrity. Ian Sample presents.

Falling fertility: lessons learned from Botswana– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 26th October 2018

Fifty years ago, the average woman in Botswana had seven children. Now she will have fewer than three. Enabling women to control their fertility has had huge ramifications for their health, education and employment– could President Trump’s ‘ global gag rule’ threaten this? Nicola Davis travels to Botswana to investigate

Mars is barred: why we shouldn't go to the red planet– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 19th October 2018

Elon Musk believes we should colonise Mars to ensure the survival of the human race. But is this reasoning compelling enough? Hannah Devlin ponders the case against setting our sites on Mars

A step in the right direction: could implants help people walk again?– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 12th October 2018

Four people with paraplegia were recently implanted with electrodes in their lower backs. They all regained movement below their injuries, and two walked again. This week Nicola Davis investigates this technique– epidural stimulation – and other approaches for treating spinal cord injuries

The weight is over: will kilograms get an upgrade?– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 5th October 2018

On 16 November, scientists vote on whether to update the way we measure the kilogram. This week, Ian Sample investigates the history of the metric system, and finds out how universal constants might now make it more robust

Cross section: Mark Miodownik– Science Weekly podcast

Friday 28th September 2018

What can a materials scientist learn from artists? How do you make robotic trousers? And what should we do about plastics? Hannah Devlin sits down with Mark Miodownik to find out

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