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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.

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=""></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=""></a>
23 minutes, 17 seconds

Up early or lying in: why we need different amounts of sleep
2019-11-21 21:00:16
Requiring minimal amounts of sleep is sometimes seen as a badge of honour. But for many of us, being able to actually function is a different matter altogether. So why is it that some people seem to need more or less sleep? And what are some of the ramifications if we don't get enough? Hannah Devlin speaks to two experts whose work is bringing new understanding to our sleeping behaviours. Help support our independent journalism at <a href=""></a>
17 minutes, 36 seconds

Callum Roberts on a life spent diving on coral reefs
2019-11-14 21:00:10
Callum Roberts is a British oceanographer, author and one of the world's leading marine biologists. Sitting down with Ian Sample, Callum talks about his journey into exploring marine habitats, his subsequent work observing the world's coral reefs and how, despite the urgent threat posed to the majority of these densely populated habitats, he still maintains an almost unswerving optimism for the future of his profession and of coral reefs in general. Help support our independent journalism at <a href=""></a>
22 minutes, 7 seconds

Taking on Eysenck: one man's mission to challenge a giant of psychology
2019-11-08 04:12:09
In 1992, Anthony Pelosi voiced concerns in the British Medical Journal about controversial findings from Hans Eysenck - one of the most influential British psychologists of all time - and German researcher Ronald Grossarth-Maticek. Those findings claimed personality played a bigger part in people's chances of dying from cancer or heart disease than smoking. Almost three decades later, Eysenck's institution have recommended these studies be retracted from academic journals. Hannah Devlin speaks to Pelosi about the twists and turns in his ultimately successful journey. And to the Guardian's health editor, Sarah Boseley, about how revelations from tobacco industry documents played a crucial role. Help support our independent journalism at <a href=""></a>
28 minutes, 19 seconds

Artificial wombs and the promise for premature babies
2019-11-01 08:34:55
In October, a team of Dutch researchers were awarded a grant of €2.9m to develop a working prototype of an artificial womb for use in the clinic. But they are not the only ones working on this kind of technology. In 2017, a team in Philadelphia created the 'biobag', which could sustain premature lambs. Both teams hope their artificial wombs could allow premature babies to continue to develop as they would in a real womb, improving their chance of survival. Nicola Davis asks: What does current neonatal intensive care look like? Would an artificial womb really offer benefits? And what ethical and legal implications could arise if the technology is pursued?. Help support our independent journalism at <a href=""></a>
31 minutes, 38 seconds

Inside the mind of the bullshitter: Science Weekly podcast
2019-10-24 22:00:14
In 1986, philosopher Harry G Frankfurt wrote: "One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit." This was the opening line of his seminal essay (later a book), On Bullshit, in which Frankfurt put forward his theory on the subject. Three decades later, psychologists are finally getting to grips with what might be going on in the minds of those who dabble in the dark arts of BS. Ian Sample asks two such psychologists what we can do to fight back. Help support our independent journalism at <a href=""></a>
29 minutes, 57 seconds

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=""></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=""></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=""></a>
33 minutes, 5 seconds

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