This summer the Northern Hemisphere has been sweltering in unusually high temperatures. It’s been hot from the Arctic to Africa. This has led to increased deaths, notably in Canada, and more wildfires, even in Lancashire and in Sweden. Can we say that this heatwave – and the extreme drought in Australia – is a result of climate change? Or is just part of the variable weather patterns we have on our planet? Roland Pease gets answers to these questions from the world’s leading climate and weather scientists. He picks apart the influences of the jet stream, the El Nina and ...
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Naomi Alderman on the life and death of Hypatia, the ancient Greek mathematician
Philip Ball goes back to the 17th Century to talk about Descartes and his "daughter"
How 19th century chemist Wohler made a natural product in the lab
Philip Ball on the real Cyrano de Bergerac and his 17th century space ship.
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Saving a cultural icon and biomedical marvel from extinction.
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How the microbes in us set us on a path of health or chronic disease
New research into manipulating our microbiome to stay healthy and beat chronic disease
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Killing insects in the name of research upsets some people. How do scientists justify it?
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And what makes something sharp?
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