Science Focus Podcast

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Science Focus Podcast
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 11
  • Last: 15 Mar 2018
The science focus podcast is brought to you by the team behind BBC Focus magazine. In each episode we talk to the brightest minds in in science, technology and health about the ideas and breakthroughs shaping our understanding of the world.

Episodes (11)

  • The Marshall Plan and the Cold War
    The Marshall Plan and the Cold War
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    Published: 15 Mar 2018 Duration: 39:51
    Economist and author Benn Steil explains the background to the 1947 US aid initiative to Europe and describes how it helped shape relations between the USA and USSR. He also considers what impact it had on European recovery after the Second... Read more →
    Economist and author Benn Steil explains the background to the 1947 US aid initiative to Europe and describes how it helped shape relations between the USA and USSR. He also considers what impact it had on European recovery after the Second... Read more →

  • Exploding Head Syndrome
    Exploding Head Syndrome
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    Published: 14 Mar 2018 Duration: 33:12
    We talk to professor Brian Sharpless about a little-known sleep disorder called Exploding Head Syndrome and the research that hopes find a treatment.
    We talk to professor Brian Sharpless about a little-known sleep disorder called Exploding Head Syndrome and the research that hopes find a treatment.

  • Adventures in brain enhancement
    Adventures in brain enhancement
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    Published: 7 Mar 2018 Duration: 54:50
    This week, we chat to author David Adam about his adventures in brain enhancement, finding out whether smart drugs and electrical brain stimulation could really be a shortcut to a sharper, more focused mind.
    This week, we chat to author David Adam about his adventures in brain enhancement, finding out whether smart drugs and electrical brain stimulation could really be a shortcut to a sharper, more focused mind.

  • The future of humanity
    The future of humanity
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    Published: 28 Feb 2018 Duration: 48:30
    This week, we chat to theoretical physicist Michio Kaku about the future of humanity, how we're going to terraform Mars, why the modern space race will change life on Earth, and why aliens probably won't bother to destroy us.
    This week, we chat to theoretical physicist Michio Kaku about the future of humanity, how we're going to terraform Mars, why the modern space race will change life on Earth, and why aliens probably won't bother to destroy us.

  • How emotions are made
    How emotions are made
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    Published: 21 Feb 2018 Duration: 50:05
    This week, we chat to neuroscientist Lisa Feldmann Barrett about what happens in our brains when we create emotions, how to control them, and what this means for the future of artificial intelligence.
    This week, we chat to neuroscientist Lisa Feldmann Barrett about what happens in our brains when we create emotions, how to control them, and what this means for the future of artificial intelligence.

  • The London Fatberg + Why you should break up with your phone
    The London Fatberg + Why you should break up with your phone
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    Published: 14 Feb 2018 Duration: 41:00
    This month, we’re talking about how the Museum of London acquired a piece of the London Fatberg as their new exhibit, and asked them how they’ll keep it “fresh”. We also talk to author Catherine Price about the science that inspired her to ... Read more →
    This month, we’re talking about how the Museum of London acquired a piece of the London Fatberg as their new exhibit, and asked them how they’ll keep it “fresh”. We also talk to author Catherine Price about the science that inspired her to ... Read more →

  • How plants can survive space missions and Chernobyl
    How plants can survive space missions and Chernobyl
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    Published: 1 Feb 2018 Duration: 23:11
    The world seems to be going ever more nuclear, but what effect could radiation – from bombs or nuclear meltdowns – have on animals and plants?
    The world seems to be going ever more nuclear, but what effect could radiation – from bombs or nuclear meltdowns – have on animals and plants?

  • Christmas lectures past and present
    Christmas lectures past and present
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    Published: 21 Dec 2017 Duration: 43:24
    Since they were launched by Michael Faraday in 1825, the Royal Institution’s Christmas lectures have become as synonymous with the festive season as mince pies and sherry. In this month’s podcast we look back at classic lectures from Christ... Read more →
    Since they were launched by Michael Faraday in 1825, the Royal Institution’s Christmas lectures have become as synonymous with the festive season as mince pies and sherry. In this month’s podcast we look back at classic lectures from Christ... Read more →

  • Building a base on the Moon, and crafting believable sci-fi
    Building a base on the Moon, and crafting believable sci-fi
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    Published: 8 Dec 2017 Duration: 33:25
    If you love science fiction then you’re in for a treat. This month, we pick the brain of Andy Weir, author of the best-selling novel and film The Martian, about his new creation Artemis and how he crafts believable sci-fi worlds. In Artemis... Read more →
    If you love science fiction then you’re in for a treat. This month, we pick the brain of Andy Weir, author of the best-selling novel and film The Martian, about his new creation Artemis and how he crafts believable sci-fi worlds. In Artemis... Read more →

  • Why we love pets and why strangers help each other
    Why we love pets and why strangers help each other
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    Published: 2 Nov 2017 Duration: 39:18
    When she was 19, a stranger saved Dr Abigail Marsh’s life. Because of that moment, Dr Marsh work studies the psychology of people who help total strangers. We talked to her about the real-life superheroes who were the subject of her new bo... Read more →
    When she was 19, a stranger saved Dr Abigail Marsh’s life. Because of that moment, Dr Marsh work studies the psychology of people who help total strangers. We talked to her about the real-life superheroes who were the subject of her new bo... Read more →

  • Psychosis, realism and video games
    Psychosis, realism and video games
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    Published: 12 Oct 2017 Duration: 42:09
    In the first half of this episode we ask Dr Stephen Hall, a climate and infrastructure researcher, whether the 2040 petrol and diesel car ban will really clean up the air we breathe. In the second part, we talk to neuroscientist Professor P... Read more →
    In the first half of this episode we ask Dr Stephen Hall, a climate and infrastructure researcher, whether the 2040 petrol and diesel car ban will really clean up the air we breathe. In the second part, we talk to neuroscientist Professor P... Read more →

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