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The award winning Science Weekly is the best place to learn about the big discoveries and debates in biology, chemistry, physics, and sometimes even maths. From the Guardian science desk - Ian Sample, Hannah Devlin & Nicola Davis meet the great thinkers and doers in science and technology.

How many contactable alien civilisations are out there?
2020-07-08 21:00:51
Could there really be other civilisations out there in the Milky Way? Nicola Davis talks to Prof Chris Conselice, whose recent work revises the decades-old Drake equation to throw new light on the possibility of contactable alien life existing in our galaxy. Help support our independent journalism at <a href=""></a>
17 minutes, 48 seconds

Covid-19: Why are people suffering long-term symptoms?
2020-07-06 21:00:02
Weeks and months after having a confirmed or suspected Covid-19 infection, many people are finding they still haven't fully recovered. Emerging reports describe lingering symptoms ranging from fatigue and brain-fog to breathlessness and tingling toes. So why does Covid-19 cause lasting health problems? Ian Sample discusses some of the possible explanations with Prof Danny Altmann, and finds out how patients might be helped in the future. Help support our independent journalism at <a href=""></a>
15 minutes, 9 seconds

Hubble at 30: a view into our cosmos
2020-07-01 21:00:42
Thirty years ago, the Hubble space telescope was shuttled into orbit, and has since provided us with astonishing images and insights into the universe. Earlier this year, Hannah Devlin spoke to one of the astronauts who helped launch Hubble, Kathy Sullivan. The first American woman to walk in space, Sullivan describes her journey to becoming an astronaut, why Hubble was such a vital mission and why it continues to be so important today. Help support our independent journalism at <a href=""></a>
17 minutes, 33 seconds

Covid-19: why R is a lot more complicated than you think
2020-06-29 21:00:02
Over the last few months, we've all had to come to terms with R, the 'effective reproduction number', as a measure of how well we are dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. But, as Nicola Davis finds out from Dr Adam Kucharski, R is a complicated statistical concept that relies on many factors and, under some conditions, can be misleading. Help support our independent journalism at <a href=""></a>
13 minutes, 23 seconds

The Durrington shafts: a remarkable discovery for Stonehenge's neighbour
2020-06-24 21:00:34
Archaeologists surveying the land around Stonehenge have made a discovery that could change the way we think about our neolithic ancestors: a circle of deep shafts spanning 1.2 miles in diameter around Durrington Walls. Hannah Devlin speaks to Prof Vincent Gaffney about how he and his team made this incredible discovery and why the latest find is so remarkable. Help support our independent journalism at <a href=""></a>
14 minutes, 26 seconds

Covid-19: how worried should smokers be?
2020-06-22 21:00:36
With reports that there are lower rates of smokers being admitted to hospital with Covid-19 in France and trials to test whether nicotine patches can reduce the severity of infection, but also data showing that smokers are more likely to contract the disease and develop severe symptoms, what's actually going here? Sarah Boseley talks to Dr Nick Hopkinson to find out more. Help support our independent journalism at <a href=""></a>
12 minutes, 16 seconds

How cephalopod cells could take us one step closer to invisibility
2020-06-17 21:00:38
Watching the mesmerising patterns of squids, octopuses and cuttlefish has been the catalyst for much of Dr Alon Gorodetsky's recent work, including his attempts to mimic their ability to become transparent. Nicola Davis talks to him about a recent paper where he engineered mammalian cells to share these optic properties - paving the way for exciting potential applications. Help support our independent journalism at <a href=""></a>
15 minutes, 8 seconds

Covid-19: should we be concerned about air conditioning?
2020-06-15 21:00:33
Following on from several listener questions about the role of air conditioning in spreading or dissipating Covid-19 in buildings and on public transport, Hannah Devlin asks Dr Lena Ciric whether we should be turning our AC systems on or off. Help support our independent journalism at <a href=""></a>
13 minutes, 38 seconds

Hydrogen Icebergs in space? The mystery of 'Oumuamua
2020-06-10 21:00:40
When a strange spinning cigar-shaped object was spotted travelling through our solar system in 2017, it ignited scientific speculation and debate. Ian Sample speaks to Darryl Seligman, lead researcher on a recent study seeking to unravel the mystery of 'Oumuamua. Help support our independent journalism at <a href=""></a>
17 minutes, 33 seconds

Covid-19: the psychology of physical distancing
2020-06-08 21:00:39
As the world begins to unlock, many of us will be seeing friends and family again - albeit with guidelines on how close you can get to one another. But why is it more difficult to stay physically apart from friends and family than a stranger in a supermarket queue? Nicola Davis speaks to Prof John Drury about the psychology of physical distancing and why we like to be near those we feel emotionally close with. Help support our independent journalism at <a href=""></a>
12 minutes, 58 seconds

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