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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

179 Ratings
Average Ratings
125
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
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This is my favorite science podcast.
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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

Rank #1: 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 #2: 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
30 mins
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Rank #3: 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 #4: The curious case of the dodo – Science Weekly podcast

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This week: Nicola Davis investigates the death by fowl play of one of the world’s most famous dodo specimens. So what do we know about the dodo as a species? And what questions does this murder case raise?
Apr 27 2018
29 mins
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Rank #5: 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 #6: 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
27 mins
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Rank #7: The grey zone: reaching out to patients with disorders of consciousness

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In this edition of Science Weekly, Ian Sample explores whether it is possible to communicate with those in a ‘vegetative’ state – and what are the ethical and legal ramifications?
Sep 06 2017
26 mins
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Rank #8: 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 #9: Cross Section: Carlo Rovelli – Science Weekly podcast

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Guest host Richard Lea reimagines time with theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli. What is time, after all? Should we be thinking about it differently?
May 04 2018
34 mins
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Rank #10: 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
28 mins
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Rank #11: 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 #12: Huntington's disease: the price paid for our big brains? – Science Weekly podcast

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This degenerative illness has a few genetic quirks which scientists believe could cause secondary health benefits. Emerging research suggests that people with Huntington’s are less sickly, don’t get cancer as often and even have more brain cells. Hannah Devlin investigates.
Aug 24 2018
26 mins
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Rank #13: 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 #14: 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
24 mins
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Rank #15: The trouble with science - Science Weekly podcast

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Scientists are tasked with helping us understand our world. When the science is right, they help move humanity forward. But what about when science is wrong?
Mar 30 2018
26 mins
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Rank #16: 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 #17: A peek behind the cosmic curtain: Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw answer your questions

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Science Weekly hosts the authors of Universal: a guide to the cosmos for a special live recording answering questions about the big bang, the multiverse and more
Aug 02 2017
32 mins
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Rank #18: 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 #19: 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 #20: Science, comedy, and society: Brian Cox and Robin Ince answer your questions

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In this week’s Science Weekly podcast, Nicola Davis asks two of popular science’s best known stars a host of pressing questions. What role should scientists play in society? What might the future hold for humanity? And will we ever build Northampton on Mars?
Oct 25 2017
32 mins
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