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Science Weekly

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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

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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

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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

By Lisa Gunner - Sep 18 2016
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This is my favorite science podcast.

iTunes Ratings

176 Ratings
Average Ratings
122
29
8
11
6

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.
Cover image of Science Weekly

Science Weekly

Updated 8 days ago

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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

Rank #1: Oceans of Noise: Episode One – Science Weekly podcast

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During our summer break, we’re revisiting the archives. Today, Wildlife recordist Chris Watson begins a three-part journey into the sonic environment of the ocean, celebrating the sounds and songs of marine life and investigating the threat of noise pollution First released: 03/05/2019. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod
Aug 09 2019
34 mins
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Rank #2: The psychology of climate science denial – Science Weekly podcast

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We revisit the archive as Ian Sample looks at why some people continue to deny anthropogenic global heating, despite the scientific evidence. Could better communication be the key? And what tips can scientists and journalists take from political campaigns?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod
Aug 02 2019
35 mins
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Rank #3: 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
28 mins
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Rank #4: A history of human creativity: the good, the bad, and the ugly – Science Weekly podcast

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Ian Sample delves into our evolutionary past to explore the role creativity and collaboration may have played in early human societies
Jul 06 2017
28 mins
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Rank #5: Minds and machines: can we work together in the digital age? - Science Weekly podcast

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Ian Sample sits down with Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson to discuss the future of the workplace and the role artificial intelligence will play
Jul 26 2017
32 mins
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Rank #6: From zero to infinity: a brief history of counting – Science Weekly podcast

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Nicola Davis is joined by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy to explore zero, infinity and everything in between
Oct 04 2017
28 mins
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Rank #7: Hearing voices: the science of auditory verbal hallucinations - Science Weekly podcast

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What can advances in neuroscience and psychology reveal about this age-old phenomenon? And how might digital avatars help patients answer back?
Jul 19 2017
28 mins
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Rank #8: Is it possible to enhance and rewire the adult brain? – Science Weekly podcast

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Nicola Davis asks: can we increase the window of brain plasticity in the later stages of life? And what do we know about the implications of doing so?
Mar 09 2018
25 mins
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Rank #9: Solar spacecraft: two missions to the sun - Science Weekly podcast

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Nicola Davis speaks with two scientists about their respective missions to the sun - what burning questions do they hope to answer? And what are some of the obstacles?
Jun 11 2017
31 mins
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Rank #10: 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
33 mins
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Rank #11: 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
28 mins
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Rank #12: 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
26 mins
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Rank #13: Statistical vigilantes: the war on scientific fraud – Science Weekly podcast

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Hannah Devlin delves into the case of a shamed Japanese scientist to explore how statistical malpractice is damaging science - whether employed knowingly or not
Sep 14 2017
27 mins
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Rank #14: Culture and the mind: a new theory of human intelligence – Science Weekly podcast

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What role might culture play in intelligence? And how does human culture differ from culture found in other animals? Nicola Davis explores our evolutionary history
Feb 07 2018
40 mins
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Rank #15: A Neuroscientist Explains: how we read words

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For our final episode of this series, Daniel Glaser (with a little misguided help from his producer Max) attempts to unpick what the brain does – and doesn’t do – when we read
Apr 09 2018
34 mins
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Rank #16: 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
37 mins
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Rank #17: The nature of intelligence - Science Weekly podcast

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How do we define intelligence? How do we decide which animals possess it? And why are some people so uncomfortable with the idea of intelligence and consciousness existing outside the world of Homo sapiens?
Sep 13 2016
30 mins
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Rank #18: The problem with sex – Science Weekly podcast

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Access to help for sexual problems is patchy and many fear the consequences of cuts to sexual health services could be profound. Nicola Davis investigates Please note: this podcast contains discussion of sexual abuse. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod
May 10 2019
34 mins
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Rank #19: Vitamania: should we all be popping vitamin pills? – Science Weekly podcast

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With almost half of British adults taking a daily vitamin, Graihagh Jackson and guests examine our love of supplements - including recent announcments about fortifying flour with folic acid. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod
Mar 22 2019
21 mins
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Rank #20: Poles apart: how do we save society? - Science Weekly podcast

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Divisions between left and right, young and old, metropolitan and rural have never been greater. How can we connect with those we disagree with? And what happens if we fail?
Dec 13 2017
32 mins
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