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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Science Weekly podcast will now explore some of the crucial scientific questions about Covid-19. Led by its usual hosts  Ian Sample,  Hannah Devlin and  Nicola Davis, as well as the Guardian's health editor Sarah Boseley, we’ll be taking questions – some sent by you – to experts on the frontline of the global outbreak. Send us your questions here:  theguardian.com/covid19questions

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Science Weekly podcast will now explore some of the crucial scientific questions about Covid-19. Led by its usual hosts  Ian Sample,  Hannah Devlin and  Nicola Davis, as well as the Guardian's health editor Sarah Boseley, we’ll be taking questions – some sent by you – to experts on the frontline of the global outbreak. Send us your questions here:  theguardian.com/covid19questions

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By D20chick - Dec 20 2017
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Pacing is good, thoroughy enjoyable for those topics you already have an interest in.

Best science podcast

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This is my favorite science podcast.

iTunes Ratings

208 Ratings
Average Ratings
144
33
12
11
8

Quality

By D20chick - Dec 20 2017
Read more
Pacing is good, thoroughy enjoyable for those topics you already have an interest in.

Best science podcast

By Lisa Gunner - Sep 18 2016
Read more
This is my favorite science podcast.
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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: The dark side of happiness – Science Weekly podcast

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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

Jul 20 2018

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Rank #2: Healthy body, healthy mind: a new approach for mental disorders - Science Weekly podcast

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What role might the immune system play in mental illness? And how might this challenge long-held beliefs about the divide between body and brain?

Nov 22 2017

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Rank #3: DIY Crispr: biohacking your own genome – Science Weekly podcast

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With do-it-yourself Crispr kits now available online, Hannah Devlin asks if it’s really possible to edit your own DNA, is it safe and how should it be regulated?

Dec 20 2017

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Rank #4: Decisions, decisions: the neuroscience of how we choose – Science Weekly podcast

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Ian Sample speaks with two members of an ambitious project that hopes to crack one of neuroscience’s biggest mysteries

Oct 18 2017

26mins

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Rank #5: Could a new force of nature reveal the universe's dark side? – Science Weekly podcast

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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

Sep 07 2018

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Rank #6: Tomorrow's technology: from asteroid mining to programmable matter – Science Weekly podcast

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Ian Sample looks to the future and asks what might the technologies of tomorrow look like? And how might they change our world?

Nov 15 2017

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Rank #7: Biomimicry: Does nature do it better?

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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

Aug 10 2018

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Rank #8: A Neuroscientist Explains: where perception ends and hallucination begins

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When it comes to perceiving the world around us, how much of it is due to ‘bottom-up’ sensory data and how much comes from the ‘top-down’ predictions we make? Most importantly; how can the delicate dance between the two lead to hallucinations?

Apr 02 2018

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Rank #9: Questioning AI: does artificial intelligence need an off switch? - Science Weekly podcast

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Our final mini-series episode asks what impact might AI have on society – and who decides when to turn it off?

Jan 24 2018

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Rank #10: Being human in the age of artificial intelligence - Science Weekly podcast

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Ian Sample speaks with Prof Max Tegmark about the advance of AI, the future of life on Earth, and what happens if and when a ‘superintelligence’ arrives

Aug 23 2017

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Rank #11: How does socioeconomic position affect our health? - Science Weekly podcast

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This week, Ian Sample and Nicola Davis explore the complex relationship between poverty, stress, and life expectancy

Nov 01 2017

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Rank #12: Plastics: a villainous material? Or a victim of its own success? – Science Weekly podcast

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Nicola Davis delves into the world of plastics to find out exactly how and why they became so widespread, and what can now be done to curtail the ever-present problems they can cause

Aug 30 2017

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Rank #13: Mars is barred: why we shouldn't go to the red planet – Science Weekly podcast

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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

Oct 19 2018

27mins

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Rank #14: Why is the flu so bad this year? - Science Weekly podcast

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Hannah Devlin explores why 2018 is such a bumper year for seasonal flu and asks how scientists are trying to fight back

Feb 01 2018

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Rank #15: Covid-19: can we compare different countries?

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Nicola Davis asks mathematician Kit Yates how useful global comparisons are when it comes to the coronavirus outbreak, given the huge differences in demographics and public health responses. And, as per a question from a listener, what the best metric is when doing such comparisons?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod

May 20 2020

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Rank #16: Inside the mind of the bullshitter: Science Weekly podcast

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In 1986, philosopher Harry G Frankfurt wrote: “One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit.” This was the opening line of his seminal essay (later a book), On Bullshit, in which Frankfurt put forward his theory on the subject. Three decades later, psychologists are finally getting to grips with what might be going on in the minds of those who dabble in the dark arts of BS. Ian Sample asks two such psychologists what we can do to fight back. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod

Oct 25 2019

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Rank #17: Covid-19: are pandemics becoming more common?

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Ian Sample talks to Prof Kate Jones about whether the current coronavirus pandemic is part of a wider picture of increasing animal-to-human virus transmission. Are we are looking at a future where outbreaks of new infectious diseases become more common?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod

May 19 2020

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Rank #18: Tricky taxonomy: the problems with naming new species – Science Weekly podcast

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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

Aug 03 2018

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Rank #19: Up early or lying in: why we need different amounts of sleep – Science Weekly podcast

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Requiring minimal amounts of sleep is sometimes seen as a badge of honour. But for many of us, being able to actually function is a different matter altogether. So why is it that some people seem to need more or less sleep? And what are some of the ramifications if we don’t get enough? Hannah Devlin speaks to two experts whose work is bringing new understanding to our sleeping behaviours. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod

Nov 22 2019

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