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Named after Charles Babbage, a 19th-century polymath and grandfather of computing, Babbage is a weekly podcast on science and technology. Host Kenneth Cukier talks to our correspondents about the innovations, discoveries and gadgetry making the news. Published every Wednesday on Economist Radio.

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Named after Charles Babbage, a 19th-century polymath and grandfather of computing, Babbage is a weekly podcast on science and technology. Host Kenneth Cukier talks to our correspondents about the innovations, discoveries and gadgetry making the news. Published every Wednesday on Economist Radio.

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Excellent

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I always learn something. The stories are engaging and easy to understand.

Current and informative

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This podcast will keep uou up to date with current innovations.

iTunes Ratings

177 Ratings
Average Ratings
159
8
4
0
6

Excellent

By Chicharonnes - Jul 14 2019
Read more
I always learn something. The stories are engaging and easy to understand.

Current and informative

By lingua203 - Jun 13 2019
Read more
This podcast will keep uou up to date with current innovations.
Cover image of Babbage from Economist Radio

Babbage from Economist Radio

Updated 3 days ago

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Named after Charles Babbage, a 19th-century polymath and grandfather of computing, Babbage is a weekly podcast on science and technology. Host Kenneth Cukier talks to our correspondents about the innovations, discoveries and gadgetry making the news. Published every Wednesday on Economist Radio.

Rank #1: Babbage: Thin-skinned

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Nokia attracts bids for its HERE mapping service and tests of a few brave mice suggest space travel could be terrible for the skin For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 27 2015
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Rank #2: Babbage: Negative emissions

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Countries around the world have agreed to cut carbon emissions but what are they doing to remove the existing CO2 from the air? And how a new generation of surgical robots is about to enter the operating theatre. Also, why do birds really have such colourful bodies? Jason Palmer hosts.

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Nov 15 2017
19 mins
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Rank #3: Babbage: Archeology without the digging

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Google is changing how we view ancient artefacts. Plus, governments could soon regulate video games, as a new money-making method using 'loot boxes' emerges. Some say it's too similar to gambling. And Melinda Gates discusses the importance of contraception in reducing poverty.

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Dec 06 2017
16 mins
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Rank #4: Babbage: Materials for making and cleaning

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New materials are changing the way we make things from light bulbs to cars and aircraft, and there's a better way to capture carbon from fossil fuels before it is burned For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 02 2015
14 mins
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Rank #5: Babbage: Fluid intelligence

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Zapping the brain with a weak electric current enhances its visual cortex. Is this a way to help squeeze more value out of our grey matter? Also, how a new miniature phone camera is making us rethink every aspect of photography. And why whales have become so good at filtering food. Hal Hodson hosts.

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Jul 05 2017
16 mins
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Rank #6: Babbage: A bit of peace, round the corner

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The end of bitcoin’s civil war and a look at new technology that can be used to see round corners For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 09 2015
11 mins
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Rank #7: Babbage: Insane in the methane

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What is causing the rising rates of methane in the atmosphere? Also, how an amphibious life for the Bajau people has led to unique evolutionary traits. And the excitement around the Gaia space probe’s latest data release. Hal Hodson hosts

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Apr 25 2018
16 mins
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Rank #8: Babbage: Ma waves ali bye bye

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How China will struggle to produce another Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, who steps down as chairman next year. And we discuss cyber-security with former United States Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. Kenneth Cukier hosts

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Sep 12 2018
15 mins
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Rank #9: Babbage: The ethics of AI

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Artificial intelligence heralds the fourth industrial revolution. But what are its ethical challenges? Also, Anne McElvoy and producer Cheryl Brumley head under Manhattan to inspect New York’s newest water tunnel. And the biggest rocket in the world prepares for its maiden flight. Kenneth Cukier hosts.

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Jan 17 2018
20 mins
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Rank #10: Babbage: Climate of change

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A look at last week’s climate talks in Paris: what was agreed on, how realistic the goals are and whether there is reason to be optimistic For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 16 2015
17 mins
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Rank #11: Babbage: Hollow-grams?

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Holograms have fallen short of the vivid, floating projections seen in science fiction. However, one scientist is copying an iridescent butterfly to create better effects. Also, how blow flies are helping to solve murder mysteries. And why genetic testing is threatening the insurance industry. Kenneth Cukier hosts.

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Aug 02 2017
18 mins
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Rank #12: Babbage: The ghosts of Babbage future

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In our second holiday special, our hosts look back from 2115. Pluto’s portraits may be humdrum by then, but AI, gene editing and quantum computing may have changed the world For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 30 2015
13 mins
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Rank #13: Babbage: Highlights special

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In this special festive episode, we look back at some of the highlights from this year’s coverage. A better way to sail into the stars, why birds are weaving cigarette butts into their homes and what the future of electric cars might look like when charged through thin air. Jason Palmer hosts

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Dec 27 2017
12 mins
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Rank #14: Babbage: Megatech: Technology in 2050

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This feature-length episode dives into the technology that will shape our world over the next decades. Host Kenn Cukier and The Economist's Executive Editor Daniel Franklin are joined by experts in artificial intelligence, cyber-security, healthcare and warfare to discuss how technology will transform many aspects of our lives For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 17 2017
31 mins
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Rank #15: Babbage: Curing cancer

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Miracles in a test tube won't cure cancer; using and adapting the technology we've already got will. Plus how WiFi's little brother LoRa will enable our smart cities to flourish. And why Saturn's space probe Cassini is diving to its death on Friday.

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Sep 13 2017
16 mins
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Rank #16: Babbage: Lots in space

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The race is on to launch satellites to connect the entire world to the internet. We talk to psychologist and geneticist Robert Plomin, about his career and his latest book. And, is the fax machine facing extinction? Kenneth Cukier hosts

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Dec 12 2018
20 mins
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Rank #17: Babbage: Are C-sections fuelling the obesity epidemic?

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Babies born via a Caesarean section are more likely to be obese says new research. Plus how glass is getting a makeover and we explore the question of why you’re attracted to the people you’re attracted to. The Economist's science correspondent Tim Cross presents.

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Oct 11 2017
15 mins
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Rank #18: Babbage: Will China dominate science?

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In a special show, we examine China’s impressive scientific advances and question what they mean for the future of the sciences—and of China. Among the guests is the Chinese-American astronaut Leroy Chiao, discussing China’s recent feat of landing a probe on the far side of the moon. Kenneth Cukier hosts.

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Jan 09 2019
16 mins
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Rank #19: Babbage: The planet hunter

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Professor Sara Seager joins us to discuss the launch of the spacecraft TESS, and its two-year mission to discover new planets. Also, physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow explains elastic thinking. And, how robots are learning to assemble flat-pack furniture. Kenneth Cukier hosts

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Apr 18 2018
16 mins
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Rank #20: Babbage: Sleep, space and a striking storm-source

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This year's Nobel science prizes have been announced and The Economist's science team explain the discoveries behind them. Plus: the link between international trade and lightning strikes, and research suggests that standing desks might be good for your productivity as well as your health.

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Oct 04 2017
19 mins
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