Science Focus Podcast

Science Focus Podcast

How to maximise your motivation, according to a neuroscientist

As the UK enters its 13th month of lockdown restrictions and home-working, many surveys cite a slump in mental...

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Inside the February issue with the BBC Science Focus team

In this episode of the Science Focus Podcast, we chat through the February 2021 issue of the magazine, which is...

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Mental health and your brain: What happens when it goes wrong

In the UK, one in four people experience a mental health problem each year. The reality of living with common...

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Why rewilding success stories make us hopeful for the future

There are few places left on Earth that have been untouched by humans, and biodiversity is being lost at an...

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The psychology of the sea shanty: Why work songs are such earworms

2021 has got off to a strange start, with a surprising trend sweeping the internet: sea shanties. This ancient genre...

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Team talk: Beating pandemic burnout, the seasons of you and a daring giraffe rescue

In this episode of the Science Focus Podcast, we chat through the January 2021 issue of the magazine, which is...

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Why you can’t multitask (and why that’s a good thing)

Humans' ability to turn thoughts into actions has enabled us to change the world. But we've never been great at...

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How virtual reality is helping patients with phobias, anxiety disorders and more

In the New Year issue, we cover the biggest ideas that you need to understand in 2021, and in the past few episodes...

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How a scientist used viruses to save her husband’s life from a superbug

In this week's episode of the Science Focus Podcast, we're joined by AIDS researcher Professor Steffanie...

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Marcus Chown: Does the Big Bang really explain our Universe?

In the New Year issue of BBC Science Focus Magazine, we cover the biggest ideas that you need to understand in 2021....

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End of year roundup: The non-COVID science that brought us joy in 2020

It’s been a long and strange year, and most of our attention has been focussed on the coronavirus. So, in this...

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Prof John Drury: The psychology of lockdowns

In this week's episode of the Science Focus Podcast, we talk to Prof John Drury, a behavioural psychologist based at...

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Dr Pete Etchells: Do video games encourage gambling behaviour?

This week on the Science Focus Podcast, we're joined by Dr Pete Etchells, a professor of psychology with a particular...

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Christmas Lectures 2020: How can we look after our planet?

Started by Michael Faraday in 1825, and now broadcast on national television, the Christmas lectures bring a science...

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Inside the December issue with the BBC Science Focus team

In this episode of the Science Focus Podcast, we chat through the December 2020 issue of the magazine, which is...

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Genes and heredity - Everything you ever wanted to know about... the biology of life with Sir Paul Nurse

For this instalment in the Everything you ever wanted to know about... series, we’ve sourced questions...

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Cells - Everything you ever wanted to know about... the biology of life with Sir Paul Nurse

For this instalment in the Everything you ever wanted to know about... series, we’ve sourced questions...

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Dr Douglas Vakoch: Should we try to contact aliens?

In this week’s episode, I’m talking to Dr Douglas Vakoch, President of Messaging Extraterrestrial...

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Exploring the deep sea - Everything you ever wanted to know about... the deep sea with Dr Jon Copley

Our guest this week is Dr Jon Copley. Jon is a marine biologist, specialising in the deep sea. He went on the first...

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Deep sea habitats - Everything you ever wanted to know about... the deep sea with Dr Jon Copley

Our guest this week is Dr Jon Copley. Jon is a marine biologist, specialising in the deep sea. He went on the first...

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