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The Guardian's Science Weekly | Best Science Podcasts (2018)

Our selection of the best science podcasts of 2018. 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.

E-cigarettes and the burning issues around vaping
2018-02-16 08:58:33
Ian Sample asks: how safe is vaping? Can it help people stop smoking? And should it be available via a doctor's prescription?
31 minutes, 2 seconds


Culture and the mind: a new theory of human intelligence
2018-02-07 08:41:02
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
40 minutes, 34 seconds


Why is the flu so bad this year?
2018-02-01 04:19:25
Hannah Devlin explores why 2018 is such a bumper year for seasonal flu and asks how scientists are trying to fight back
32 minutes, 59 seconds


Questioning AI: does artificial intelligence need an off switch?
2018-01-24 10:44:20
Our final mini-series episode asks what impact might AI have on society - and who decides when to turn it off?
40 minutes, 58 seconds


Questioning AI: what can scientists learn from artificial intelligence?
2018-01-17 06:52:15
In this episode of our new mini-series, Ian Sample explores how AI is providing insights into cancer diagnosis, intelligence, and physics
33 minutes, 21 seconds


Questioning AI: what kind of intelligence will we create?
2018-01-10 10:06:02
In the second episode of this mini-series, Ian Sample asks if human-level intelligence is what we should be aiming for. And can we replicate something we can't even define?
38 minutes, 14 seconds


Questioning AI: what are the key research challenges?
2018-01-04 05:02:49
In the first episode of our Questioning Artificial Intelligence mini-series, Ian Sample explores some of the key hurdles for machine learning, including reasoning and social intelligence
35 minutes, 24 seconds


Frankenpod 200: celebrating Mary Shelley's masterpiece
2017-12-26 23:30:11
Two hundred years after the publication of Frankenstein, how relevant are the themes and concerns of Shelley's gothic tale to today's readers?
34 minutes, 27 seconds


DIY Crispr: biohacking your own genome
2017-12-20 02:33:53
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?
33 minutes, 26 seconds


Poles apart: how do we save society?
2017-12-13 02:17:53
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?
32 minutes




Best Science Podcasts 2018

We have hand picked the best science podcasts for 2018. Sit back and enjoy new science podcasts updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.
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