Big Questions - with Oxford Sparks

Big Questions - with Oxford Sparks

Should all robots have an ethical black box?

Nowadays, the idea of encountering robots in our daily lives isn't pure science fiction. Many of...

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Is a snack tax on the horizon?

Do you remember when the price of fizzy drinks in the UK went up slightly a few years ago? Soda...

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What's an arboretum anyway?

An arboretum could be described as a "living library". A beautifully curated collection of woody...

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Did the pandemic make us moodier?

Lockdowns, social distancing, restrictions on 'normal' activities - we've all been affected by...

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Will climate change kill off the great tits?

Their distinctive 'teacher teacher' call is synonymous with British gardens, but great tits are...

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Can we build an eco-friendly aeroplane?

Remember those days when it was possible to climb aboard a plane and jet off around the world?...

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Why are we searching for water on the moon?

The moon may be the closest planetary body to us, but we still have a lot to learn about it. For...

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Has lockdown made me bad at sleeping?

We\'re over a year into the coronavirus pandemic, and it\'s affected our lives in many ways -...

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Do all lions sound the same?

If you've ever been lucky enough to hear a lion roar (whether that's at the zoo or in the wild -...

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When did dogs become our best friends?

In this year's Valentine's episode, we're exploring one of the most special relationships around....

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Who should get the vaccine first?

It's a question that's on the lips of politicians, scientists and policy-makers right across the...

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Should we edit genes to make nicer people?

Is it possible to edit someone's genes before they are born to make them a nicer, kinder, more...

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Are video games good for my mental health?

Most of us have probably heard of video games being described as "addictive", but is there...

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Should I buy a real or a fake Christmas tree?

It's that time of year - the festive jumpers are going on, the lights are going up, and we're...

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How do I win Fantasy Football?

Did you know that the winner of the 2019/2020 Fantasy Premier League, beating over 7 million...

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How is technology being used to track Black Lives Matter protestors?

We've probably all heard the phrase 'Big Brother is watching you' (a reference to the fictional...

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Can celebrities save the pangolin?

'Influencers' are here like never before...log on to social media, and there will be someone...

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What does the 'R Rate' really mean?

We're back with a brand new series of the 'Oxford Sparks Big Questions Podcast'! And - in the...

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How do you measure pain?

We all feel pain differently. What to one person may be the worst pain in the world, might be a...

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How are we using energy in lockdown?

Things have changed a lot over the past few months – including, for many of us, our daily...

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