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The heart, with Sian Harding

September 25, 2022 34:11 6.1 MB ( 34.91 MB less) Downloads: 0

Sian Harding, author of The Exquisite Machine: The new science of the heart, explains how the heart works, how to keep it healthy and the future of research into this essential organ. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Jupiter in opposition, with Dr Jonathan Nichols

September 22, 2022 33:13 6.56 MB ( 25.33 MB less) Downloads: 0

On Monday 26 September, Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth for 59 years, giving astronomers and stargazers a unique opportunity to observe and study the planet. To mark this moment, we spoke to planetary scientist Dr Jonathan Nichols from Leicester University, to understand the significance of this cosmological event and find out how new research is rewriting what we know about the enigmatic giant in our midst. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Spider season, with Prof Adam Hart

September 18, 2022 23:41 4.41 MB ( 18.33 MB less) Downloads: 0

It’s that time of year again when we start to notice spiders coming into our homes. But what is the cause of this so-called ‘spider season’ and can any UK spiders actually cause us harm? Entomologist Prof Adam Hart from the University of Gloucester gives us the lowdown. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

NASA’s DART asteroid deflection mission, with Tim Gregory

September 15, 2022 14:10 2.65 MB ( 10.96 MB less) Downloads: 0

Geologist and chemist Tim Gregory tells us what to look out for when NASA’s DART spacecraft completes its year-long journey and crashes into an asteroid. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Dung beetles, with Sally-Ann Spence

September 11, 2022 30:38 6.09 MB ( 30.67 MB less) Downloads: 0

Dung beetles are incredibly important insects. They keep fields clean by munching through dung, help aerate soil, and act as a food source for various animals. Dung beetle expert Sally Ann Spence tells us all about these little insects, reveals where you can find them, and explains why we should look after them. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

Artemis’s First Launch, with Libby Jackson

September 08, 2022 35:08 6.44 MB ( 27.29 MB less) Downloads: 0

Over the last couple of weeks Artemis has had two failed attempts at its first launch. Libby Jackson, the Exploration Science Manager for the UK space agency explains what went wrong, why failures are all part of the process and what’s in store for us all when we finally make it back to the moon. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

Space weather, with Sean Elvidge

September 04, 2022 22:19 4.22 MB ( 17.2 MB less) Downloads: 0

Jason Goodyer talks with Sean Elvidge on everything you need to know about weather in space. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

Bringing back the Tasmanian tiger from extinction, with Helen Pilcher

September 01, 2022 45:31 8.65 MB ( 35.05 MB less) Downloads: 0

When we bring back a species after it’s gone extinct, are we bringing back the real thing? Would we create a woolly mammoth or a hairy elephant? Biologist Helen Pilcher explains whether we can really bring back species from the dead, and how the research could help us protect species under threat of extinction. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

The science of James Bond gadgets, with Kathryn Harkup

August 29, 2022 34:10 6.2 MB ( 34.81 MB less) Downloads: 0

Kathryn Harkup, author of Superspy Science, talks us through the science of the craziest gadgets, schemes and fatalities in the James Bond series. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

How plants solve crimes, with Prof David Gibson

August 26, 2022 26:29 31.78 MB Downloads: 0

 You can’t escape plant matter. It’s everywhere. That’s why forensic botany – the study of plants to help investigate crime – is so powerful. Professor David Gibson explores how true crime cases have been solved using plants, algae, fungi and more. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

Future of artificial intelligence with Kate Darling

August 22, 2022 28:07 33.75 MB Downloads: 0

Dr Kate Darling, a researcher specialising in human-robot interaction at the MIT Media Lab talks to us about artificial intelligence and tells us why we don’t need to worry about a robot uprising. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

Life on Mars, with Lewis Dartnell

August 18, 2022 31:44 38.09 MB Downloads: 0

Lewis Dartnell, an astrobiologist and research scientist and the University of Westminster, explains what we might find in the search for life on Mars. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

What has caused the heatwave and drought, with Prof Dann Mitchell

August 14, 2022 14:44 14.15 MB Downloads: 0

Prof Dann Mitchell, a climate scientist at the University of Bristol, reveals what has caused the current heatwave and drought, and what the future outlook could be. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

Drought, with Kevin Hiscock

August 11, 2022 28:03 26.93 MB Downloads: 0

Kevin Hiscock, a professor of environmental sciences at the University of East Anglia, unpacks the problems the UK is facing with drought and how to tackle them. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

Instant Genius Update

August 07, 2022 0:42 0.67 MB Downloads: 0

We are now giving you double Instant Genius each week! From Monday 8th August 2022 you'll get a new episode from us every Monday and Friday. For those subscribed via Apple Podcasts Subscription service you will now receive all new Instant Genius episodes completely ad free. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.