Science Weekly

Science Weekly

The award-winning Science Weekly podcast is the best place to learn about the big discoveries and debates in biology, chemistry, physics – and sometimes even maths. Ian Sample, Hannah Devlin and  Nicola Davis meet the great thinkers and doers in science and technology. Science has never sounded so good! We'd love to hear what you think, so get in touch via @guardianaudio or podcasts@theguardian.com

Episodes

Title Duration Published Consumed
Taking on Eysenck: one man's mission to challenge a giant of psychology – Science Weekly podcast 00:28:19 2019-11-08 13:12
Artificial wombs and the promise for premature babies - Science Weekly podcast 00:31:38 2019-11-01 16:34
Inside the mind of the bullshitter: Science Weekly podcast 00:29:57 2019-10-25 07:00
Stuart Russell on why now is the time to start thinking about superintelligent AI - Science Weekly podcast 00:24:59 2019-10-18 06:00
The dangers of DIY genetic testing – Science Weekly podcast 00:28:26 2019-10-11 14:56
Cleaning up our air – Science Weekly podcast 00:33:05 2019-10-04 17:34
The menopause: a new treatment for hot flushes? – Science Weekly podcast 00:21:45 2019-09-27 19:45
'Nature is quantum from the start': Sean Carroll, many worlds, and a new theory of spacetime – Science Weekly podcast 00:26:42 2019-09-20 15:53
How to find life beyond Earth - Science Weekly podcast 00:35:18 2019-09-13 13:00
How to stop MS in its tracks – Science Weekly podcast 00:35:11 2019-09-06 07:00
Soundscape ecology with Bernie Krause - Science Weekly podcast 00:26:40 2019-08-30 13:30
Oceans of Noise: Episode Three – Science Weekly 00:36:35 2019-08-23 07:00
Oceans of Noise: Episode Two – Science Weekly podcast 00:28:52 2019-08-16 07:00
Oceans of Noise: Episode One – Science Weekly podcast 00:34:34 2019-08-09 13:00
The psychology of climate science denial – Science Weekly podcast 00:35:27 2019-08-02 07:00
The interplay between gender and autism spectrum disorder – Science Weekly podcast 00:29:09 2019-07-26 07:00
Mercury 13: the forgotten women of the space race - Science Weekly podcast 00:30:05 2019-07-19 08:59
Dark Patterns: the art of online deception – Science Weekly podcast 00:26:45 2019-07-12 07:00
Cross Section: Giles Yeo – Science Weekly podcast 00:26:14 2019-07-05 08:00
What happens when we can't test scientific theories? – Science Weekly podcast 00:26:34 2019-06-28 07:00
150 years of the periodic table – Science Weekly podcast 00:24:52 2019-06-21 07:00
The fight against HIV: then and now – Science Weekly podcast 00:26:09 2019-06-14 07:00
Cross Section: Frans de Waal – Science Weekly podcast 00:28:10 2019-06-07 07:00
Tomorrow's weather forecast: fair with a good chance of improvement – Science Weekly podcast 00:26:45 2019-05-31 07:00
Cross Section: Hiranya Peiris – Science Weekly podcast 00:25:16 2019-05-24 07:00
Are alternative meats the key to a healthier life and planet? – Science Weekly podcast 00:30:09 2019-05-17 12:31
The problem with sex – Science Weekly podcast 00:34:13 2019-05-10 07:00
Oceans of Noise: Episode Three – Science Weekly podcast 00:34:56 2019-05-03 07:01
Oceans of Noise: Episode Two – Science Weekly podcast 00:29:09 2019-05-03 07:00
Oceans of Noise: Episode One – Science Weekly podcast 00:34:52 2019-05-03 06:59
Black holes: seeing 'the unseeable' – Science Weekly podcast 00:26:36 2019-04-26 07:00
Cross Section: Barry Smith - Science Weekly podcast 00:23:16 2019-04-19 16:26
Why fast fashion should slow down – Science Weekly podcast 00:25:26 2019-04-12 07:00
Cross Section: David Spiegelhalter – Science Weekly podcast 00:23:56 2019-04-05 07:00
Vitamania: should we all be popping vitamin pills? – Science Weekly podcast 00:21:00 2019-03-22 07:00
Blood: the future of cancer diagnosis? – Science Weekly podcast 00:17:16 2019-03-22 07:00
Cross Section: Matt Parker - Science Weekly podcast 00:22:17 2019-03-15 07:00
Gender data gap and a world built for men 00:24:54 2019-03-08 07:00
Farewell to Nasa's Mars rover Opportunity – Science Weekly podcast 00:25:19 2019-03-01 07:00
Do we need another massive particle collider? Science Weekly podcast 00:30:02 2019-02-22 07:00
Cross Section: Paul Davies – Science Weekly podcast 00:23:26 2019-02-15 07:00
Where on earth is North? - Science Weekly podcast 00:22:22 2019-02-08 09:27
Cross Section: Jo Dunkley – Science Weekly podcast 00:24:08 2019-02-01 07:00
Toxic legacy: what to do with Britain's nuclear waste – Science Weekly podcast 00:31:31 2019-01-25 07:00
How do we define creativity? - Science Weekly podcast 00:24:55 2019-01-18 07:00
Exploring the far side of the moon – Science Weekly podcast 00:25:23 2019-01-11 07:00
Did a supervolcano cause the dinosaurs' demise? – Science Weekly podcast 00:25:46 2019-01-04 07:00
Cross Section: Hannah Fry – Science Weekly podcast 00:22:44 2018-12-28 07:00
Cross Section: Dame Jane Francis - Science Weekly podcast 00:23:32 2018-12-21 07:00
Oh my: a psychological approach to awe – Science Weekly podcast 00:28:30 2018-12-14 07:00
Gene-edited babies: why are scientists so appalled? – Science Weekly podcast 00:22:51 2018-12-07 07:00
Cross Section: Tim Peake - Science Weekly podcast 00:24:46 2018-11-30 07:00
Can we trust artificial intelligence lie detectors? – Science Weekly podcast 00:26:54 2018-11-23 07:00
Treating cancer: what role could our diet play? - Science Weekly podcast 00:19:10 2018-11-16 07:01
Cross Section: Sir Venki Ramakrishnan – Science Weekly podcast 00:19:40 2018-11-09 07:00
What role should the public play in science? - Science Weekly podcast 00:25:24 2018-11-02 07:00
What role should the public play in science? - Science Weekly podcast 00:27:39 2018-11-02 07:00
Falling fertility: lessons learned from Botswana – Science Weekly podcast 00:24:05 2018-10-26 07:00
Mars is barred: why we shouldn't go to the red planet – Science Weekly podcast 00:27:38 2018-10-19 07:00
A step in the right direction: could implants help people walk again? – Science Weekly podcast 00:25:55 2018-10-12 08:00
The weight is over: will kilograms get an upgrade? – Science Weekly podcast 00:25:50 2018-10-05 13:30
Cross section: Mark Miodownik – Science Weekly podcast 00:34:14 2018-09-28 17:04
Opioid addiction: can the UK curb the looming crisis? – Science Weekly podcast 00:25:32 2018-09-21 07:00
Are fungi the secret to a sweet sounding violin? – Science Weekly podcast 00:27:04 2018-09-14 07:00
Could a new force of nature reveal the universe's dark side? – Science Weekly podcast 00:22:28 2018-09-07 07:00
Conservation: there will (not) be blood - Science Weekly podcast 00:21:10 2018-08-31 07:00
Huntington's disease: the price paid for our big brains? – Science Weekly podcast 00:26:52 2018-08-24 07:00
Heatwaves: the next silent killer? - Science Weekly podcast 00:21:12 2018-08-17 07:00
Biomimicry: Does nature do it better? 00:24:57 2018-08-10 07:00
Tricky taxonomy: the problems with naming new species – Science Weekly podcast 00:24:23 2018-08-03 07:00
In vitro fertilisation: 40 years on – Science Weekly podcast 00:27:13 2018-07-27 07:00
The dark side of happiness – Science Weekly podcast 00:28:38 2018-07-20 07:00
From Ebola to Nipah: are we ready for the next epidemic? – Science Weekly podcast 00:27:25 2018-07-13 07:00
Did dinosaurs stop to smell the flowers? – Science Weekly podcast 00:29:49 2018-07-06 07:00
Slice of PIE: a linguistic common ancestor – Science Weekly podcast 00:29:41 2018-06-29 08:00
Gene-edited pigs: can we engineer immunity? – Science Weekly podcast 00:24:23 2018-06-22 07:00
Soundscape ecology with Bernie Krause – Science Weekly podcast 00:27:02 2018-06-15 07:00
The psychological effects of inequality – Science Weekly podcast 00:28:09 2018-06-08 12:10
Finding a voice: why we sound unique – Science Weekly podcast 00:26:29 2018-06-01 07:00
Radiophobia: why do we fear nuclear power? – Science Weekly podcast 00:25:46 2018-05-25 07:00
Why is asbestos still killing people? – Science Weekly podcast 00:25:36 2018-05-18 08:00
Growing brains in labs – Science Weekly podcast 00:30:37 2018-05-11 07:00
Cross Section: Carlo Rovelli – Science Weekly podcast 00:34:05 2018-05-04 07:00
The curious case of the dodo – Science Weekly podcast 00:29:19 2018-04-27 16:11
The science behind why we fight – Science Weekly podcast 00:28:51 2018-04-20 18:54
Alternative medicine and its sceptics – Science Weekly podcast 00:30:36 2018-04-13 14:01
A Neuroscientist Explains: how we read words 00:34:33 2018-04-09 07:00
What our teeth tell us about our evolutionary past – Science Weekly podcast 00:28:16 2018-04-06 12:12
A Neuroscientist Explains: where perception ends and hallucination begins 00:37:43 2018-04-02 12:19
The trouble with science - Science Weekly podcast 00:26:45 2018-03-30 11:48
Inside the secret life of the teenage brain – Science Weekly podcast 00:28:58 2018-03-23 19:54
A Neuroscientist Explains: how whooping increases your enjoyment 00:28:27 2018-03-23 19:26
A Neuroscientist Explains: psychology's replication crisis – podcast trailer 00:01:07 2018-03-20 16:32
What do the chemical signatures of deadly nerve agents tell us about their origins? – Science Weekly podcast 00:27:08 2018-03-16 17:46
A Neuroscientist Explains: the origins of social behaviour – podcast trailer 00:01:11 2018-03-15 12:46
Is it possible to enhance and rewire the adult brain? – Science Weekly podcast 00:25:46 2018-03-09 19:38
A Neuroscientist Explains: is the internet addictive? 00:35:48 2018-03-05 07:00
Cross Section: Steven Pinker – Science Weekly podcast 00:37:40 2018-03-02 17:59
A Neuroscientist Explains: season two trailer 00:01:18 2018-02-27 16:15
What happened to US diplomats in Cuba? – Science Weekly podcast 00:27:05 2018-02-23 19:19
E-cigarettes and the burning issues around vaping - Science Weekly podcast 00:31:02 2018-02-16 17:58
Culture and the mind: a new theory of human intelligence – Science Weekly podcast 00:40:34 2018-02-07 17:41
Why is the flu so bad this year? - Science Weekly podcast 00:32:59 2018-02-01 13:19
Questioning AI: does artificial intelligence need an off switch? - Science Weekly podcast 00:40:58 2018-01-24 19:44
Questioning AI: what can scientists learn from artificial intelligence? – Science Weekly podcast 00:33:21 2018-01-17 15:52
Questioning AI: what kind of intelligence will we create? – Science Weekly podcast 00:38:14 2018-01-10 19:06
Questioning AI: what are the key research challenges? – Science Weekly podcast 00:35:24 2018-01-04 14:02
Frankenpod 200: celebrating Mary Shelley’s masterpiece - Science Weekly podcast 00:34:27 2017-12-27 08:30
DIY Crispr: biohacking your own genome – Science Weekly podcast 00:33:26 2017-12-20 11:33
Poles apart: how do we save society? - Science Weekly podcast 00:32:00 2017-12-13 11:17
Fighting infection: from Joseph Lister to superbugs - Science Weekly podcast 00:33:07 2017-12-06 16:03
Cross Section: Sophie Scott - Science Weekly Podcast 00:31:37 2017-11-29 12:08
Healthy body, healthy mind: a new approach for mental disorders - Science Weekly podcast 00:28:08 2017-11-22 07:30
Tomorrow's technology: from asteroid mining to programmable matter – Science Weekly podcast 00:30:42 2017-11-15 13:52
Running smart: the science of completing a marathon – Science Weekly podcast 00:31:31 2017-11-08 13:09
How does socioeconomic position affect our health? - Science Weekly podcast 00:28:15 2017-11-01 15:41
Science, comedy, and society: Brian Cox and Robin Ince answer your questions 00:32:55 2017-10-25 16:10
Decisions, decisions: the neuroscience of how we choose – Science Weekly podcast 00:26:47 2017-10-18 15:03
The Party: how can gender affect autism spectrum disorders? – Science Weekly podcast 00:24:22 2017-10-12 12:53
From zero to infinity: a brief history of counting – Science Weekly podcast 00:28:48 2017-10-04 08:30
Childhood cancer survivors: a unique perspective – Science Weekly podcast 00:23:58 2017-09-27 08:30
The cybercrime arms race: fighting back against the hackers - Science Weekly podcast 00:28:25 2017-09-20 08:30
Statistical vigilantes: the war on scientific fraud – Science Weekly podcast 00:27:48 2017-09-14 11:53
The grey zone: reaching out to patients with disorders of consciousness 00:26:12 2017-09-06 14:51
Plastics: a villainous material? Or a victim of its own success? – Science Weekly podcast 00:32:59 2017-08-30 08:30
Being human in the age of artificial intelligence - Science Weekly podcast 00:28:32 2017-08-23 08:00
Cross Section: Dame Stephanie Shirley – Science Weekly podcast 00:26:17 2017-08-16 17:32
Editing the embryo: removing harmful gene mutations - Science Weekly podcast 00:27:27 2017-08-10 18:03
A peek behind the cosmic curtain: Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw answer your questions 00:32:52 2017-08-02 16:09
Minds and machines: can we work together in the digital age? - Science Weekly podcast 00:32:09 2017-07-26 16:28
Science Weekly live: call for listener's questions - Science Weekly podcast 00:01:54 2017-07-25 18:07
Hearing voices: the science of auditory verbal hallucinations - Science Weekly podcast 00:28:34 2017-07-19 16:28
Big data: what can the internet tell us about who we really are? – Science Weekly podcast 00:30:03 2017-07-12 16:21
A history of human creativity: the good, the bad, and the ugly – Science Weekly podcast 00:28:34 2017-07-06 17:08
Cross section: Athene Donald – Science Weekly podcast 00:31:04 2017-06-28 08:30
Out with the old: new treatment on cell ageing process – Science Weekly podcast 00:31:35 2017-06-21 16:43
Face value: the science of first impressions – Science Weekly podcast 00:34:40 2017-06-16 12:29
Solar spacecraft: two missions to the sun - Science Weekly podcast 00:31:22 2017-06-11 08:30
Cross Section: Robbert Dijkgraaf – Science Weekly podcast 00:30:44 2017-06-04 08:30
The Bell-Beaker folk - Science Weekly podcast 00:18:18 2017-05-28 08:00
Is graphene really worth the hype – science weekly 00:30:32 2017-05-21 08:00
Science weekly: can we cure Alzheimer's? 00:27:59 2017-05-14 11:00
Erica answers: responses from an android - Science Weekly podcast 00:16:33 2017-05-03 11:59
How Artificial Intelligence will change the world: a live event - Science Weekly podcast 00:47:46 2017-04-27 16:32
Breakthrough Starshot: getting to Proxima Centauri b – Science Weekly podcast 00:34:48 2017-04-20 09:00
The evolution of reason: a new theory of human understanding – Science Weekly podcast 00:39:48 2017-04-13 08:30
First Impressions: what can babies see? - Science Weekly Podcast 00:31:14 2017-04-11 09:00
Cross Section: Lawrence Krauss - Science Weekly podcast 00:28:55 2017-04-05 17:20
Built on bones: the history of humans in the city - Science Weekly podcast 00:31:46 2017-03-28 08:30
Cryogenic preservation: from single cells to whole organs – Science Weekly podcast 00:29:41 2017-03-22 13:59
How to write a successful science book – Science Weekly podcast 00:28:48 2017-03-15 08:30
Is it time for an update to evolutionary theory? - Science Weekly podcast 00:42:16 2017-03-08 16:09
Exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1 and the search for life – Science Weekly podcast 00:23:25 2017-03-01 16:21
A neuroscientist explains: teaching morality to robots 00:31:59 2017-02-26 07:30
Nudge theory: the psychology and ethics of persuasion - Science Weekly podcast 00:35:30 2017-02-22 15:56
A neuroscientist explains: magnetic resonance imaging 00:48:43 2017-02-19 07:00
Poison tales: the chemistry of crime fiction – Science Weekly podcast 00:35:08 2017-02-15 15:38
A neuroscientist explains: listener's emails about empathy 00:12:37 2017-02-14 16:30
A neuroscientist explains: how we perceive the truth 00:33:31 2017-02-12 07:00
Is emergent quantum mechanics grounded in classical physics? - Science Weekly podcast 00:38:56 2017-02-09 16:32
A neuroscientist explains: listener's emails about memory 00:08:54 2017-02-08 17:30
A neuroscientist explains: the need for ‘empathetic citizens’ 00:37:14 2017-02-05 07:00
Cross Section: Uta Frith – Science Weekly podcast 00:33:52 2017-02-01 08:30
A neuroscientist explains: how the brain stores memories 00:34:14 2017-01-29 13:00
The narcissistic scientist: big brain, big head? – Science Weekly podcast 00:25:06 2017-01-25 14:35
A neuroscientist explains: how music affects the brain 00:40:36 2017-01-22 07:00
Communicating climate change: a psychoanalysis – Science Weekly podcast 00:35:39 2017-01-19 08:30
Universal grammar: are we born knowing the rules of language? – Science weekly podcast 00:29:21 2017-01-11 08:30
Stephen Hawking at 75: a brief history – Science Weekly podcast 00:36:21 2017-01-08 08:30
Recast: Us and Them - Science Weekly podcast 00:32:31 2016-12-27 08:30
Juno probe's Jupiter mission update - Science Weekly podcast 00:27:43 2016-12-20 08:30
The male contraceptive pill: how close are we? – Science Weekly podcast 00:27:45 2016-12-14 16:11
Cross Section: Neil deGrasse Tyson – Science Weekly podcast 00:33:26 2016-12-07 16:19
Big Unknowns: can we stop ageing? – Science Weekly podcast 00:34:21 2016-11-29 08:30
Big Unknowns: what is dark matter? – Science Weekly podcast 00:30:49 2016-11-22 08:30
Big Unknowns: is free will an illusion? – Science Weekly podcast 00:32:00 2016-11-15 08:30
Big Unknowns: how did life begin? – Science Weekly podcast 00:39:03 2016-11-08 08:30
Big Unknowns Series 2 trailer - the Science Weekly podcast 00:03:27 2016-11-04 19:01
Cross Section: Mike Massimino – Science Weekly podcast 00:40:43 2016-11-01 08:30
Ethics and genetics: opening the book of life – Science Weekly podcast 00:37:15 2016-10-25 08:38
False memories: from the lab to the courtroom - Science Weekly podcast 00:29:45 2016-10-18 08:30
The quest for a theory of everything – Science Weekly podcast 00:32:00 2016-10-11 17:49
Weapons of math destruction: how big data and algorithms affect our lives 00:25:46 2016-10-04 08:30
The eureka moment: how scientists learn to trust their gut 00:31:11 2016-09-29 12:11
The man who lost touch – Science Weekly podcast 00:24:54 2016-09-27 08:30
Express yourself: how music plays with our emotions 00:32:06 2016-09-22 09:24
Cross Section: Sir Roger Penrose – Science Weekly podcast 00:39:58 2016-09-20 08:30
Fever pitch: how sport hacks your emotions - Brain Waves podcast 00:25:47 2016-09-15 08:00
The nature of intelligence - Science Weekly podcast 00:30:10 2016-09-13 08:30
Scents and sensibility: what's it like to live without smell? 00:29:33 2016-09-08 13:42
The fate of Arctic sea ice – Science Weekly podcast 00:32:04 2016-09-06 08:30
Brain waves: the science of emotion 00:35:08 2016-09-01 19:06
The secret lives of cities 00:37:11 2016-08-28 08:30
Big unknowns: what will become of us? 00:31:25 2016-08-21 08:00
Big unknowns: is time an illusion? – Science Weekly podcast 00:34:29 2016-08-12 12:26
Big unknowns: what is consciousness? 00:40:00 2016-08-05 12:41
Big unknowns: is our universe infinite? 00:29:44 2016-07-29 13:27
Us and Them: are we biologically primed to fear outsiders? - Science Weekly podcast 00:31:01 2016-07-22 08:45
What is the future of touch? - Science Weekly podcast 00:21:11 2016-07-15 13:16
The Juno probe: unearthing Jupiter’s past - Science Weekly podcast 00:20:18 2016-07-08 15:05
Do we want robots to be like humans? 2016-07-01 12:26
The search for planet Earth's twin 00:32:12 2016-06-24 08:00
Second chance saloon: the power of old ideas 00:37:16 2016-06-17 08:45
The future of gene research 00:31:15 2016-06-10 08:45
The truth about radiation 00:30:26 2016-06-03 08:45
The ethics of growing human embryos in the lab 00:36:13 2016-05-27 09:55
The psychology of money 00:32:23 2016-05-20 08:45
The truth of the tyrannosaurus 00:41:02 2016-05-13 08:45
How do human voices work? 00:39:06 2016-05-06 08:00
Revolutionary! Why was 1700s France such a fertile time for science? - Science Weekly podcast 00:34:12 2016-04-29 08:00
The Science of Shakespeare - Science Weekly podcast 00:45:14 2016-04-23 11:11
How harmful is cannabis? 2016-04-15 12:52
What are the rules that regulate life on Earth? - Science Weekly podcast 00:26:08 2016-04-08 08:00
What happens inside the sun? 00:29:52 2016-04-01 08:00
How do placebos work? The science of mind over body 00:28:59 2016-03-25 08:45
How do our genes actually work? Podcast 00:32:38 2016-03-18 08:45
The world's longest running human study turns 70 00:33:27 2016-03-11 08:45
The rise and fall of Concorde and supersonic passenger flight 00:52:40 2016-03-04 08:45
A proper mouthful: how do we prevent food fraud? Podcast 00:29:04 2016-02-26 08:30
The end of chronic pain? podcast 00:31:21 2016-02-19 08:00
Ben Miller on the search for alien life 00:28:21 2016-02-12 12:12
The amazing designs of Leonardo Da Vinci 00:29:55 2016-02-05 08:45
What makes a good con artist? Podcast 00:28:45 2016-01-29 08:00
The future of innovation in the NHS 00:36:02 2016-01-22 08:00
Dark matter, dinosaurs and the science of uncertainties 00:31:01 2016-01-15 08:45
Space 2016: what new frontiers will be explored this year? Podcast 00:44:09 2016-01-08 08:45
British astronaut Tim Peake talks about his space mission - podcast 00:28:42 2015-12-14 08:00
Are we on course to find the solution to Earth's energy crisis? - podcast 00:28:27 2015-12-04 08:00
Are humans transitioning as a species? podcast 00:37:28 2015-11-27 08:45
Inside the mind of renowned mathematician John Conway - podcast 00:29:07 2015-11-20 08:30
Why are conspiracy theories so attractive? podcast 00:27:00 2015-11-13 18:11