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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.

The Wuhan outbreak: Science Weekly podcast
2020-01-24 00:04:23
A new virus, never before seen in humans, has emerged from the city of Wuhan in China. Since the start of the outbreak, the virus has spread to more than seven countries and more than 500 people have been infected. Hannah Devlin speaks to Ian Jones, professor of virology at the University of Reading about what the virus is, and Rosalind Eggo, assistant professor of infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, on how to mitigate its spread.. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
23 minutes, 18 seconds


The Wuhan Coronavirus: what we know and don't know
2020-01-24 00:04:23
A new virus, never before seen in humans, has emerged from the city of Wuhan in China. Since the start of the outbreak, the virus has spread to more than seven countries and more than 500 people have been infected. Hannah Devlin speaks to Prof Ian Jones about exactly what a coronavirus is. And we hear from epidemiologist Dr Rosalind Eggo about how scientists model the spread of novel viruses, often with very little information. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
23 minutes, 18 seconds


Psychology in an emergency: Science Weekly podcast
2020-01-16 21:00:02
As the bushfires continue to rage across Australia, thousands of people have ended up face to face with the emergency. It's hard to imagine how you would behave in a disaster like this. Would you panic? Or act quickly and be organised? More than 50 years of psychological and sociological evidence covering mass emergencies shows that people typically behave with cooperation and coordination. Nicola Davis speaks to John Drury, professor of social psychology at the University of Sussex, about why this is, and hears from Guardian Australia's deputy culture editor, Stephanie Convery, about the fires. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
26 minutes, 32 seconds


Roy Baumeister on the power of negativity
2020-01-09 21:00:27
Roy Baumeister is a social psychologist whose work focuses on the role of negativity in our perceptions. Together with US journalist John Tierney he is the author of a new book, The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It. Sitting down with Ian Sample, Baumeister talks about how he became interested in negativity and how we may be able to combat its impact on the way we view the world. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
22 minutes, 36 seconds


Happy New Year from the Science Weekly podcast
2020-01-02 21:00:53
Happy New Year from the Science Weekly team. There is no new episode this week as we all take a festive break. The team will be back with a new episode on Friday 10 January. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
36 seconds


Happy Christmas from the Science Weekly podcast
2019-12-26 21:00:30
Happy Christmas from the Science Weekly team. There is no new episode this week as we all take a festive break. The team will be back with a new episode on Friday 10 January. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
36 seconds


A year of science reporting
2019-12-19 21:00:08
For the final science weekly of 2019 the Guardian's Science team - Hannah Devlin, Ian Sample and Nicola Davis - talk through their top stories of the year including black holes, rebooted brains and seagulls. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
22 minutes, 35 seconds


Pioneering ketamine treatments: depression
2019-12-12 21:00:35
Ketamine might sound like an unlikely candidate for treating addiction and depression. But a growing number of scientists believe the drug could help. In the second part of this Science Weekly mini series, Hannah Devlin speaks to another expert using ketamine in their work: a physiatrist who has been conducting research on the use of ketamine for treating depression for several years. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
20 minutes, 12 seconds


Pioneering Ketamine treatments: alcohol dependency
2019-12-05 21:00:32
Ketamine might sound like an unlikely candidate for treating addiction and depression. But a growing number of scientists believe the drug could help. Over the next two episodes of Science Weekly, Hannah Devlin speaks to two experts who are using ketamine in their work in very different ways. In this episode, we're focusing on alcohol dependency and the findings that a single dose of Ketamine could positively impact on heavy drinkers. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
19 minutes, 23 seconds


Amy Dickman on her life of big cat conservation
2019-11-28 21:00:03
Dr Amy Dickman is an internationally renowned conservation biologist. She's dedicated her life to saving big cats in the wild, working in Africa for over 20 years on carnivore ecology and how to resolve human-wildlife conflict. Amy talks to Nicola Davis about her career trying to bring a halt to the decline in big cat populations, including the role that trophy hunting might play. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sciencepod">theguardian.com/sciencepod</a>
23 minutes, 17 seconds




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