Science & Technology

Apollo 13
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
272

Apollo 13

20th Century
Space
The Moon
USA
Adventure
Jun 17, 2022
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23
minutes

It was meant to be a simple space mission to the moon, but 56 hours into the flight tragedy struck.

In this episode, we'll learn how three astronauts managed to use teamwork and quick thinking to escape death and return to Earth alive.

Dolly The Sheep
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
267

Dolly The Sheep

Scientists
Ethics
Animals
The Human Body
Technology
May 31, 2022
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23
minutes

In 1997 a Scottish research institute revealed that it had successfully cloned a sheep from an adult cell.

The sheep's name was Dolly, and her creation would shock the world and be instrumental for medical science.

The Cambridge Analytica Scandal
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
260

The Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Technology
21st Century
Politics
Donald Trump
Psychology
May 6, 2022
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24
minutes

In March of 2018, it was revealed that 50 million Facebook profiles had been "hacked" and used to target American voters.

The story involved Donald Trump, a supposed Russian spy, a Cambridge researcher and a political consulting company.

The only problem was, how much of it was actually true?

Bellingcat & The Rise of The Citizen Detective
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Episode
225

Bellingcat & The Rise of The Citizen Detective

Technology
Crime
True crime
21st Century
Russia
Jan 4, 2022
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21
minutes

Technological advances have meant that anyone with an internet connection can investigate crimes all over the world.

In this episode, we look at how one group has managed what the most sophisticated intelligence services in the world hasn't, and has exposed crimes such as the shooting down of a civilian aeroplane and the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.

The Curiosities of Colour
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
219

The Curiosities of Colour

The Enlightenment
Art
Romans
Greece
Colonialism
Dec 14, 2021
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30
minutes

In this episode, we explore the curious history of colour by looking at the unusual stories behind five colours: red, blue, purple, yellow and white.

We'll cover how colours are created, why certain colours were so expensive, what associations came with different colours, and how colours are used in idioms in English.

NFTs & Digital Art
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
195

NFTs & Digital Art

Art
Technology
Economics
The Internet
Computing
Sep 21, 2021
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18
minutes

In August 2021 someone paid $1.3 million for a digital picture of a clip art rock.

He had bought it only 19 days beforehand for $5,000.

In this episode we'll discuss the craze of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and digital art, asking ourselves why it has become so popular, who benefits (and why), and what the future might hold.

The Space Race - Part Three | The New Space Race
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Episode
178

The Space Race - Part Three | The New Space Race

Space
Technology
The Cold War
China
Russia
Jul 23, 2021
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20
minutes

In 2019, former Vice President Mike Pence said "Make no mistake about it - we're in a space race today".

Discover who the key players are, why there is a renewed interest in going to space, why it is now cheaper than ever before, and what the future of space exploration might look like.

The Quest for Eternal Life
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
175

The Quest for Eternal Life

Death
Scientists
Technology
Income inequality
Philosophy
Jul 13, 2021
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17
minutes

Since the start of history, humans have tried to cheat death, yet nobody has ever managed.

Is eternal life really impossible, or are we closer than ever before?

Discover how people are trying to escape death, the problems that this poses, and we'll ask ourselves whether death really is inevitable.

3D Printing
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
174

3D Printing

Manufacturing
Technology
Space
Food & drink
Business
Jul 9, 2021
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22
minutes

It's a technology that some have said will bring in a Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Discover how 3D printing actually works, what industries it is revolutionising, and how it will (or won't) change every aspect of the world we live in.

Ada Lovelace & Charles Babbage
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
153

Ada Lovelace & Charles Babbage

Technology
The Victorian Era
Computing
Entrepreneurship
Inventions
Apr 27, 2021
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23
minutes

They were known as the Father of Modern Computing and the Mother of Computer Programming, yet they were born over 200 years ago.

Discover the fascinating story of these two British technology pioneers, and learn about the amazing legacy they left behind them.

Charles Darwin & On the Origin of Species
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Episode
114

Charles Darwin & On the Origin of Species

Animals
Natural world
Life in the UK
The Victorian Era
Scientists
Dec 11, 2020
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22
minutes

He is the father of modern biology, and his 1869 book On the Origin of Species presented a revolutionary new idea about how species evolve.

Discover the amazing story of Charles Darwin, and the journey of how he developed this groundbreaking theory.

Ramanujan
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
103

Ramanujan

Mathematics
India
University
Geniuses
The British Empire
Nov 3, 2020
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16
minutes

Discover the amazing story of the Indian mathematical genius who went from accounting clerk at the Port of Madras to the University of Cambridge.

Electric Cars
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
86

Electric Cars

Technology
Environment
Global warming
The Internet
Sep 4, 2020
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18
minutes

The history of electric cars goes back a lot further than Tesla and Elon Musk.

Indeed, the 'golden age' of electric cars was over 150 years ago.

Discover how electric cars have evolved, why some people say they aren't as green as people think they are, and we run the calculations to see what the true environmental cost of electric car ownership is.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault | Noah's Ark for Seeds
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
81

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault | Noah's Ark for Seeds

Global warming
Consumption
Food & drink
Technology
Aug 18, 2020
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15
minutes

Deep in the Arctic Archipelago, under an icy mountain, lies a real-life Noah's Ark.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is where a copy of almost every seed in the world is kept, just as a backup. Enjoy this fascinating story of global cooperation, and hear about one of the most amazing places on Earth.

The Dark Web
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
53

The Dark Web

Technology
The Internet
Hacking
Drugs
May 12, 2020
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23
minutes

It's the internet's 'dark' side, where people go to do things that they don't want other people to know about.

In this episode we take a look into the hidden part of the internet, and discuss how it works, what you can do there, and whether it is really as bad as the media make it out to be.

How Google Works
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
31

How Google Works

Technology
The Internet
Google
Scientists
Mathematics
Feb 28, 2020
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21
minutes

It's the most visited website in the world, with 80,000 searches per second.

But have you ever actually wondered how it really works?

Fake Meat
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
22

Fake Meat

Food & drink
Economics
Business
Global warming
Jan 31, 2020
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15
minutes

The fake meat industry is booming.

Today we take a look at why that is, and ask ourselves whether there will ever be a day that 'real' meat vanishes from our dinner tables altogether.

Who Owns Space (And Why Does It Matter)?
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
9

Who Owns Space (And Why Does It Matter)?

Space
The United Nations
USA
Russia
Dec 16, 2019
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12
minutes

We humans do a pretty good job of dividing up ownership of the world.

But what about beyond that?

Who owns space? Who decides who owns that, and why does it matter?

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