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Our selection of the best science podcasts of 2019. New science podcasts are updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.


The Guardian's Science Weekly
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.

Stuart Russell on why now is the time to start thinking about superintelligent AI
2019-10-17 21:00:42
Prof Stuart Russell wrote the book on artificial intelligence. Literally. But that was back in 1995, when the next few decades of AI were uncertain, and, according to him, distinctly less threatening. Sitting down with Ian Sample, Russell talks about his latest book, Human Compatible, which warns of a dystopian future in which humans are outsmarted by machines. But how did we get here? And what can we do to make sure these machines benefit humankind?. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
24 minutes, 59 seconds


The dangers of DIY genetic testing
2019-10-11 05:56:40
Whether for ancestry or health, millions of us are choosing to have our genetic fingerprints analysed by using direct-to-consumer kits from private companies. But can the results of these tests be trusted in a clinical setting? Senior doctors have called for a crackdown on home genetic-testing kits and this week, Hannah Devlin finds out why. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
28 minutes, 26 seconds


Cleaning up our air
2019-10-04 08:34:22
An estimated 7 million people die every year from exposure to polluted air. Nicola Davis looks at the science behind air pollution and at the policies to tackle it. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
33 minutes, 5 seconds


The menopause: a new treatment for hot flushes?
2019-09-27 10:45:43
Despite being something that will affect half the world's population, the menopause, and how it can lead to things such as hot flushes, has historically been a bit of a 'black box' for scientists. But thanks to new insights from animal research, a much-needed alternative to hormone replacement therapy could be just around the corner. Hannah Devlin investigates. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
21 minutes, 45 seconds


'Nature is quantum from the start': Sean Carroll, many worlds, and a new theory of spacetime
2019-09-20 06:53:10
Ian Sample speaks to the theoretical physicist Sean Carroll about his mission to demystify quantum mechanics. It won't be easy, though, as Carroll's favoured interpretation of this fundamental theory - the 'many worlds' interpretation - results in a possibly infinite number of parallel universes. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
26 minutes, 42 seconds


How to find life beyond Earth
2019-09-13 04:00:24
As scientists at University College London announce the discovery of water in the atmosphere of a potentially habitable 'super Earth', Ian Sample explores our prospects for finding life beyond our own planet. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
35 minutes, 18 seconds


How to stop MS in its tracks
2019-09-05 22:00:37
Ian Sample visits Professor Richard Reynolds at the MS Society tissue bank to hear how research on brains of patients who died with multiple sclerosis is leading to novel insights and new treatments. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
35 minutes, 11 seconds


Soundscape ecology with Bernie Krause
2019-08-30 04:30:22
Do you know what noise a hungry sea anemone makes? Soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause does. Armed with over 5,000 hours of recordings, he takes Ian Sample on a journey through the natural world and demonstrates why sound is a powerful tool for conservation First broadcast on 15 June 2018. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
26 minutes, 4


Oceans of Noise: Episode Three - Science Weekly
2019-08-22 22:00:09
During our summer break, we're revisiting the archives. Today, Wildlife recordist Chris Watson concludes this 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 <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
36 minutes, 35 seconds


The psychology of climate science denial
2019-08-01 22:00:18
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 <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
35 minutes, 27 seconds




Best Science Podcasts 2019

We have hand picked the best science podcasts for 2019. Sit back and enjoy new science podcasts updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.
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