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Heatwaves: the next silent killer? - Science Weekly podcast
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Heatwaves have ravaged much of the northern hemisphere, causing wildfires, destruction and death. Some are blaming heat stress for an increase in chronic kidney disease in Central America. Graihagh Jackson investigates the causes and health effects of heatwaves

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Biomimicry: Does nature do it better? – podcast
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In this special collaboration between the Guardian’s Science Weekly and Chips with Everything podcasts, we explore why it’s so hard to mimic nature

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Tricky taxonomy: the problems with naming new species – Science Weekly podcast
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Species are hard to define, as they don’t fit neatly into the categories that science wants to put them into. But increasingly, people are naming new species without enough evidence to suggest they are indeed a separate taxon. Graihagh Jackson investigates why so-called taxonomic vandalism is on the rise and what we can do about it

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In vitro fertilisation: 40 years on – Science Weekly podcast
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This week, the world’s first IVF baby turned 40. The procedure has come a long way since 1978, and more than 6 million IVF babies have now been born. But should we be concerned about the rising numbers of fertility treatments? And are we becoming less fertile? Hannah Devlin investigates

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The dark side of happiness – Science Weekly podcast
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Happiness means something different to all of us, be it contentment, pleasure or joy. But could pursuing it leave us sad instead? Nicola Davis explores the science and psychology of happiness

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From Ebola to Nipah: are we ready for the next epidemic? – Science Weekly podcast
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The 2014 Ebola outbreak killed over 10,000 people before it was eventually brought under control. As new infectious diseases appear around the world, what can we learn from past outbreaks to better prepare ourselves?

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Did dinosaurs stop to smell the flowers? – Science Weekly podcast
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Is it true that dinosaurs had a role to play in the emergence of flowers? Nicola Davis investigates whether herbivores caused plants to blossom

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Did dinosaurs stop to smell the flowers? – Science Weekly podcast
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Is it true that dinosaurs had a role to play in the emergence of flowers? Nicola Davis investigates whether herbivores caused plants to blossom

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Slice of PIE: a linguistic common ancestor – Science Weekly podcast
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Nicola Davis explores Proto-Indo-European, the hypothetical common ancestor of modern Indo-European languages and asks, where did it come from? How and why did it spread? And do languages evolve like genes?

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Gene-edited pigs: can we engineer immunity? – Science Weekly podcast
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Pigs have been rendered immune to a disease that has cost billions. Hannah Devlin questions whether this could be the future of eliminating debilitating and costly viruses in livestock

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Soundscape ecology with Bernie Krause – Science Weekly podcast
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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 such a powerful tool for conservation

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The psychological effects of inequality – Science Weekly podcast
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Wealth inequality has skyrocketed in the UK, as has anxiety, stress and mental illness. Could the two be linked? Richard Lea investigates

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Finding a voice: why we sound unique – Science Weekly podcast
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Each and everyone of us has a voice that is unique. As a result, we make a lot of assumptions about someone from just the way they speak. But are these judgements fair? And what if they’re wrong? Nicola Davis explores

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Radiophobia: why do we fear nuclear power? – Science Weekly podcast
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Nuclear energy is back on the UK government’s agenda. However, concerns about safety have plagued this technology for decades. Given it kills less people than wind, coal or gas, why are we so radiophobic? Ian Sample investigates.

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Why is asbestos still killing people? – Science Weekly podcast
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Every year, more people die from asbestos exposure than road traffic accidents in Great Britain. Many countries still continue to build with this lethal substance – but why? Hannah Devlin investigates

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Growing brains in labs – Science Weekly podcast
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This week: Hannah Devlin explores how scientists are growing human brains in labs. Why are they so keen to explore the possibilities? What are the ethical concerns being raised by experts?

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Cross Section: Carlo Rovelli – Science Weekly podcast
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Guest host Richard Lea reimagines time with theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli. What is time, after all? Should we be thinking about it differently?

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The curious case of the dodo – Science Weekly podcast
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This week: Nicola Davis investigates the death by fowl play of one of the world’s most famous dodo specimens. So what do we know about the dodo as a species? And what questions does this murder case raise?

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The science behind why we fight – Science Weekly podcast
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This week, Ian Sample asks: why do humans fight? Can science tell us anything about what drives us to violence?

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Alternative medicine and its sceptics – Science Weekly podcast
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This week, Hannah Devlin asks: what are sceptics of alternative medicine saying about its rise? And what can their thoughts tell us about how the scientific sceptic movement is approaching the conversation?

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