Tag Archive: Guardian Science Weekly

Jul 31 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: What is the nature of creativity?

  It’s a question that’s fascinated us for centuries – what is the nature of creativity? Can we find its roots in the human brain? And if so, can we boost our creative powers? To discuss creativity Ian Sample is joined in the studio by Dr Caroline Di Bernardi Luft, from the Department of Psychology …

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Jul 24 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: The search for extraterrestrial intelligence

  This week it was revealed that astronomers are about to start the most intensive ever search for alien life. The Breakthrough Listen project will scan stars in 100 galaxies for radio and optical signatures that indicate someone, or something, is out there. Until now, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence – or SETI – has …

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Jul 17 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: Should we genetically screen four-year-olds?

  Would true equality in education mean testing children’s genetics at the age of four, so that any learning difficulties revealed can be accommodated right from the start of primary education? Robert Plomin is professor of behavioural genetics at King’s College London. He’s the co-author with Kathryn Asbury of G is for Genes: the Impact …

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Jul 03 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: The potential of quantum computing

  The annual Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition shows off the best of British science, highlighting the place of scientific innovation at the heart of our culture, and of our economic wellbeing. The exhibition dates back to the early 19th century, when the Royal Society’s president invited guests to his home to inspect collections of …

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Jun 26 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: What threat do asteroids really pose to life on Earth?

  As Asteroid Day draws near, we ask what threat do asteroids really pose to life on Earth? On 30 June the Science Museum in London will host an Asteroid Day event, to increase awareness of the threat from asteroids, and what we should be doing to protect ourselves. Millions of asteroids have struck Earth …

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Jun 19 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: Leonard Mlodinow on human thought and the evolution of science

  Dr Leonard Mlodinow is a theoretical physicist. He’s the author of a number of books, including The Grand Design – written with Stephen Hawking – and he’s been a screenwriter for TV series including Star Trek, The Next Generation. His new book is called “The Upright Thinkers – The human journey from living in …

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Jun 12 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: Scientific retractions and fraud explored

  In December, a study published in Science magazine caused waves after appearing to show that speaking to a gay canvasser for just 20 minutes could radically shift people’s views in favour of same-sex marriage. Last month, the journal retracted the study after the first author, Michael LaCour, was unable to provide the raw data …

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Jun 05 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: How maths can change your life

  Jordan Ellenberg is aprofessor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His new book, How Not To Be Wrong, is an attempt to reconnect us with how maths can improve and inform our lives, deploying simple insights to get us thinking about real-life issues differently. He describes maths as, “an atomic-powered prosthesis that you …

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May 29 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: ‘Sceptical environmentalist’ Bjorn Lomborg on climate change

  Bjorn Lomborg is a Danish author and political scientist, and President of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre. He’s best known for his 2001 book, The Skeptical Environmentalist, in which he controversially claimed that overpopulation, declining energy resources, species loss, certain aspects of global warming are unsupported by the evidence. Lomborg isn’t a sceptic in the …

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May 22 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: Could extinct species be brought back to life?

  A recent study by Facebook’s in-house research team investigated whether the social network’s news feed was helping keep people in political bubbles, by selectively serving up news designed to match their own views, while filtering out content from opposite political camps. This personalised view of the internet, provided by social algorithms that guess what …

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May 15 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: Facebook and the rise of social algorithms

  A recent study by Facebook’s in-house research team investigated whether the social network’s news feed was helping keep people in political bubbles, by selectively serving up news designed to match their own views, while filtering out content from opposite political camps. This personalised view of the internet, provided by social algorithms that guess what …

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May 08 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: How realistic is ultra-long-distance space travel?

  In this edition of Science Weekly Ian Sample is joined by Chris Impey, professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, to discuss a future in which humans could live in space. Chris explains that our urge to explore is found within our very DNA, and suggests space exploration is a way to ensure …

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May 08 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: How realistic is ultra-long-distance space travel?

  In this edition of Science Weekly Ian Sample is joined by Chris Impey, professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, to discuss a future in which humans could live in space. Chris explains that our urge to explore is found within our very DNA, and suggests space exploration is a way to ensure …

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Feb 13 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: Steven Weinberg on the history of science

  Nobel laureate and theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg is one of the world’s most respected scientists. His new book To Explain The World conveys just how hard scientific understanding has been for us to arrive at as a civilisation, and why modern science should retain a sense of history to avoid repeating past mistakes. Professor …

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Feb 09 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: The return to Antikythera

  What can we learn from the recent return to the Greek waters of Antikythera, the shipwreck site where the famous Antikythera mechanism was recovered? What do we now know about this 2,000-year-old proto-computer, and what other ancient Greek technologies might remain to be discovered? The Antikythera wreck was discovered in 1900, and subsequently explored …

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Jan 30 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: The story of computing

  Ian Sample talks to Tony Hey about The Computing Universe, his book with Gyuri Papay charting the evolution of computers from Babbage, Lovelace and Turing, throwing forward to the potential of AI and computational thinking. Tony Hey is a prolific writer and academic who spent the first part of his career working in particle …

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Jan 26 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: How viable is nuclear fusion as an energy source?

  At Iter in the south of France, seven international partners have pooled their financial and scientific resources to build the biggest fusion reactor in history. Their aim is to resolve critical scientific and technical issues, and take fusion to the point where industrial applications can be designed. But concerns have been voiced about the …

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Jan 19 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: Ecstasy and tragedy: how to prevent recreational drug deaths

  Four recent deaths have been linked to a batch of ecstasy on the market in Britain, inscribed on both sides with a Superman-style “S”, and containing a high level of PMMA instead of MDMA. According to the neuropsychopharmacologist David Nutt, these incidents are a direct consequence of international attempts to prohibit the production and …

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Jan 12 2015

Guardian Science Weekly: What are the risks of DIY synthetic biology?

Are safety measures adequate in the burgeoning field of synthetic biology – which involves the creation of novel biological systems – in particular among amateur enthusiasts? Last week an editorial in the journal Science raised important questions about the safety of synthetic biology. In particular, it asked whether we can ensure safe practices in the …

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Dec 22 2014

Guardian Science Weekly: Scientists far from home at Christmas

We speak to researchers working in the Arctic, Antarctic, Greenland, Sudan, South Africa and the Indian Ocean to find out what they will do on Christmas Day far away from home. Plus, Ian Sample, Nicola Davis and Robin McKie review the year’s best science stories. Ian Sample, Nicola Davis and Robin McKie reveal their favourite …

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