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Thought provoking lectures from the world's sharpest minds. Science talks from the Royal Institution, on the first Monday of every month.

Episódios

  • Recipe for a Skyscraper - Ri Science Podcast #46

    Recipe for a Skyscraper - Ri Science Podcast #46

    30/03/2020 Duração: 01h15min

    How high can we build? What are the new technologies that might see our skyscrapers go beyond anything we ever imagined? What creativity and drive is needed to push engineering forward? Structural engineer Roma Agrawal delves into the history of the materials that enable immense construction and the developments that have made our structures what they are today. All while noting the accomplishments of key visionary engineers of the past. Check out our website: www.rigb.org/ Twitter: twitter.com/Ri_Science YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalInstitution And Patreon: www.patreon.com/TheRoyalInstitution

  • Endometriosis – Ri Science Podcast Extra #1

    Endometriosis – Ri Science Podcast Extra #1

    04/03/2020 Duração: 44min

    Endometriosis is as common as diabetes, yet the disease is poorly understood and not many people have heard about it before. It affects around 10% of women in their reproductive years, and can cause great pain. In this special extra podcast, Ri Digital Intern and PhD student, Madga Mareckova, sits down with her PhD supervisors, Krina Zondervan & Christian Becker. They dispel myths and discuss the symptoms, potential causes and treatments of endometriosis, whilst sharing insights into their unique collaboration as researchers and clinicians at the University of Oxford's Endometriosis Care and Research (CaRe) Centre. The thumbnail image is a fluorescently labelled cross-section of the human endometrium, photographed by Magda Mareckova.

  • A Generalist AI - Ri Science Podcast #45

    A Generalist AI - Ri Science Podcast #45

    24/02/2020 Duração: 01h20min

    How far are we from creating Artificial General Intelligence? Can we build a machine to perform all of the intellectual tasks that a human being can? Reports of the ever-increasing power of AI systems have never been far from the headlines, from AlphaGo to self-driving cars. However, these are examples of ‘weak’ or ‘narrow’ AI; that is, systems that excel at one particular task, be it playing a game or understanding speech. But how far are we from creating Artificial General Intelligence? Join a panel of experts for a glimpse into the future of intelligence, in association with The Conversation. Check out our website: www.rigb.org/ Twitter: twitter.com/Ri_Science YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalInstitution And Patreon: www.patreon.com/TheRoyalInstitution

  • The Evolution of Truth - Ri Science Podcast #44

    The Evolution of Truth - Ri Science Podcast #44

    27/01/2020 Duração: 01h26min

    Why do people lie? Why has 'fake news' become such a global phenomenon in modern public discourse? Bringing together the fields of human evolution and current affairs, Richard Byrne and Evan Davis, together with comedian Rachel Wheeley, discuss whether the ability to communicate evolved to pass on facts or to deceive, why deception is so widespread in the era of 'post-truth' politics, and what we can do about it. Check out our website: www.rigb.org/ Twitter: twitter.com/Ri_Science YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalInstitution And Patreon: www.patreon.com/TheRoyalInstitution

  • Make, Think, Imagine - Ri Science Podcast #43

    Make, Think, Imagine - Ri Science Podcast #43

    30/12/2019 Duração: 01h28min

    Why has engineering always been the backbone of civilisation? And why do we enjoy making things? This month, Lord Browne in conversation with Vivienne Parry, explains what engineering is, what it has done for us and how it can deliver a brighter future. Robots, our health, security, climate change as well as autonomous vehicles are discussed. Check out our website: www.rigb.org/ Twitter: twitter.com/Ri_Science YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalInstitution And Patreon: www.patreon.com/TheRoyalInstitution

  • The Gene Machine - Ri Science Podcast #42

    The Gene Machine - Ri Science Podcast #42

    25/11/2019 Duração: 01h25min

    The ribosome is the mother of all molecules without which nothing lives. This month, the Nobel Prize winner Venki Ramakrishnan in conversation with Vivienne Parry, tells the story of the race to uncover the structure of the ribosome - a fundamental discovery that resolves an ancient mystery of life itself and could lead to the development of better antibiotics to fight the most deadly diseases. Check out our website: www.rigb.org/ Twitter: twitter.com/Ri_Science YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalInstitution And Patreon: www.patreon.com/TheRoyalInstitution

  • The Science of Stress – Ri Science Podcast #41

    The Science of Stress – Ri Science Podcast #41

    28/10/2019 Duração: 01h23min

    Stress is our natural reaction to physical or emotional pressure, encompassing everything from too much work to being tortured. But what goes on in our bodies and minds to cause stress? And how does stress affect our memory, mood and thinking? This month, Vincent Walsh hosts an expert panel of Joe Herbert, Julie Turner Cobb, and Shane O’Mara, to explore the science of stress. Image credit: Lewis Ronald/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0 Check out our website: www.rigb.org/ Twitter: twitter.com/Ri_Science YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalInstitution And Patreon: www.patreon.com/TheRoyalInstitution

  • How Does Science Actually Work? – Ri Science Podcast #40

    How Does Science Actually Work? – Ri Science Podcast #40

    30/09/2019 Duração: 01h20min
  • Whats Next? Predictions About Our Future - Ri Science Podcast #39

    Whats Next? Predictions About Our Future - Ri Science Podcast #39

    26/08/2019 Duração: 01h23min

    What does the future have in store? Medicine, robotics, artificial intelligence, energy production and genetic engineering are all fields that will change our world - but how? This month, Jim Al-Khalili and a panel of experts debate the topic and predict the answers. Jim Al-Khalili OBE (https://twitter.com/jimalkhalili) is a theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster. He is the host of the Life Scientific on BBC Four and was awarded the inaugural Stephen Hawking medal for science communication. Find out from science writer Phil Ball (https://twitter.com/philipcball)about the demographics of the future. Learn about how the climate will continue to change from former Chief Scientist of the Met Office, Julia Slingo. Hear more about where genomics and genome engineering is going from biologist and broadcaster Aarathi Prasad (https://twitter.com/aarathiprasad) and discover smart materials with materials scientist Anna Ploszajski (https://twitter.com/AnnaPloszajski). Image credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss Check out o

  • The Story of Life – Ri Science Podcast #38

    The Story of Life – Ri Science Podcast #38

    29/07/2019 Duração: 01h31min

    How was the code of DNA cracked? How did it confirm the theory of evolution? And why did life evolve the way it did? This month, Matthew Cobb and Nick Lane unravel the tangled story of DNA, and why life began in the first place. Nick Lane is an evolutionary biochemist in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London. His work focuses on the origin of life, and the origin and evolution of eukaryotes. He is also author of prize-winning popular science books, including 'Life ascending'. Matthew Cobb is Professor of Zoology and a senior lecturer in animal behaviour at the University of Manchester. After spending some time researching humans at the institute of psychiatry, a lot of his work now investigates insect behaviour and its evolutionary and genetic basis, particularly smell. We are on Patreon: www.patreon.com/TheRoyalInstitution Check out our website: www.rigb.org/ Twitter: twitter.com/Ri_Science and YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalInstitution

  • Moon, Mars and Beyond - Ri Science Podcast #37

    Moon, Mars and Beyond - Ri Science Podcast #37

    24/06/2019 Duração: 01h16min

    Where should humans inhabit next? The Moon? Mars? Or further beyond? This month, Apollo Astronaut Al Worden and space experts Chris Welch and Stuart Eves will will argue their case for each. Who will win your vote? Al Worden is an American astronaut and engineer who was the Command Module Pilot for the fourth lunar landing mission in 1971, Apollo 15. After his time in space, he was Senior Aerospace Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center, and then the chief of the Systems Study Division at Ames. Chris Welch is Professor of Space Engineering at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Chris is a Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation, a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS), the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society. Chris has written what he believes to be the first ever paper on the design of extraterrestrial gardens and a poem that he hopes to send to space soon. Stuart Eves is currently a technical consultant for Vaeros Ltd. He

  • The Science of Success (and Failure) – Ri Science Podcast #36

    The Science of Success (and Failure) – Ri Science Podcast #36

    27/05/2019 Duração: 01h21min

    How can you turn failure into success? This month, journalist and table-tennis champion Matthew Syed will explain the science of success using real life stories and practical takeaways. Matthew Syed is a British journalist, broadcaster and author. He has won numerous prizes for his writing including Feature Writer of the Year at the SJA Awards and Sports Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards. He is also a three-time Commonwealth table tennis champion and a two-time Olympian. Check out our website: www.rigb.org/ Twitter: twitter.com/Ri_Science YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalInstitution And Patreon: www.patreon.com/TheRoyalInstitution

  • Monsters, Science and Society - Ri Science Podcast #35

    Monsters, Science and Society - Ri Science Podcast #35

    29/04/2019 Duração: 01h18min

    Frankenstein’s creature is a classic example of a monster in popular culture. But what can fictional beings tell us about the hopes and fears of the society in which they were created? This month, Phil Ball chairs a panel of experts discussing how monsters survive in our culture, how they reflect gender and power dynamics, and what happens in our brains when we see monsters on screen. Liz Gloyn is a lecturer in Classics at Royal Holloway. Her research focuses on the intersections between Latin literature, ancient philosophy and gender studies. Evan Hayles Geldhill is currently doing a PhD at the University of Reading. Their PhD thesis examines the liminal figures of the monster and the child in the Gothic imagination, and the 'deviant subjectivities' these representations make space for in otherwise seemingly conventional genre texts. Jeremy Skipper is Director of the Language, Action, and Brain Lab (LAB Lab) at University College London. He studies the neurobiology of natural language use and oversees t

  • Anatomy of a Conversation - Ri Science Podcast #34

    Anatomy of a Conversation - Ri Science Podcast #34

    25/03/2019 Duração: 01h09min

    First dates, police interviews, doctor-patient communication and commercial sales – they are all driven by talk. And an understanding of how talk works is crucial for success. This month, Elizabeth Stokoe explains how conversation analysis can produce a scientific understanding of talk. Rather than being messy and disorderly, talk is in fact organised systematically, and small changes in words or phrases can have a big impact on the outcome. Elizabeth Stokoe is Professor of Social Interaction at Loughborough University, analysing the science of interaction in settings including police interrogations, sales calls, and initial inquiries to services including mediation and doctors’ surgeries. https://twitter.com/LizStokoe Check out our website: http://www.rigb.org/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ri_Science YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalInstitution And Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheRoyalInstitution

  • The Order Of Time - Ri Science Podcast #33

    The Order Of Time - Ri Science Podcast #33

    26/02/2019 Duração: 01h23min

    We intuitively feel that we know what we are talking about when we talk about time, but from the perspective of physics, time is far from straightforward. This month, Carlo Rovelli takes us on a journey through the philosophy, the science and the emotional experience of time. Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist who has made significant contributions to the physics of space and time. He has worked in Italy and the US, and is currently directing the quantum gravity research group of the Centre de physique théorique in Marseille, France. His books 'Seven Brief Lessons on Physics' and 'Reality Is Not What It Seems' are international bestsellers translated into forty-one languages. https://twitter.com/carlorovelli?lang=en Check out our website: http://www.rigb.org/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ri_Science YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalInstitution And Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheRoyalInstitution

  • Homo Deus with Yuval Noah Harari - Ri Science Podcast #32

    Homo Deus with Yuval Noah Harari - Ri Science Podcast #32

    28/01/2019 Duração: 01h15min

    Throughout history there have been revolutions in technology, in economics, in society, in politics. Now for the first time Yuval Noah Harari argues that humanity itself is likely to undergo a radical revolution as a result of new technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology and brain-computer interfaces. Dr Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind', published in 2014, was on the Sunday Times bestseller list for over six months in paperback, was a New York Times top ten bestseller and has been published in nearly 40 languages worldwide. http://www.ynharari.com/ https://twitter.com/harari_yuval Check out our website: http://www.rigb.org/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ri_Science YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalInstitution And Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheRoyalInstitution

  • Half Life: The disappearance of Bruno Pontecorvo – Ri Science Podcast #31

    Half Life: The disappearance of Bruno Pontecorvo – Ri Science Podcast #31

    24/12/2018 Duração: 01h16min

    In 1950, Bruno Pontecorvo, one of Britain's brightest atomic physicists, disappeared without trace. He re-surfaced six years later: in the USSR. In this talk, based on unprecedented access to archives, letters, surviving family members and scientists, Frank Close exposes the truth of Pontecorvo’s life behind the Iron Curtain, and reveals why he went so suddenly. Frank Close is a particle physicist, and author. He is Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, and has previously been Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Head of Communications and Public Education at CERN. He has written several books, including Antimatter, Neutrino and The very short introduction to particle physics. https://twitter.com/closefrank Check out our website: http://www.rigb.org/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ri_Science YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalInstitution And Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheRoyalInstitution

  • The Science Behind Breaking Bad - Ri Science Podcast #30

    The Science Behind Breaking Bad - Ri Science Podcast #30

    26/11/2018 Duração: 01h27min

    'Breaking Bad' was a TV show with science at its core. With a genius chemist as its main protagonist, it explored complex themes of morality and what can cause a person to change. Chemist Dave Smith (https://twitter.com/professor_dave) and psychologist Julian Boon delve into the science behind the show, while screenwriter Paul Viragh discusses the challenge of representing science on screen. The discussion is chaired by author, presenter and 'Breaking Bad' fan Claudia Hammond (https://twitter.com/claudiahammond). Image credit: Breaking Bad scene, depicted by Tyler Curtis http://tylercurtis.deviantart.com/art/Breaking-Bad-251805283 Check out our website: http://www.rigb.org/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ri_Science YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalInstitution And Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheRoyalInstitution

  • Quantum Biology - Ri Science Podcast #29

    Quantum Biology - Ri Science Podcast #29

    29/10/2018 Duração: 01h20min

    This month, three researchers explain how quantum theory is being applied to their own work in this cutting-edge field of scientific discovery. Nigel Scrutton explores proton tunnelling in enzymes, Alexandra Olaya-Castro discusses her latest research in photosynthesis and Jenny Brookes explains her work on a quantum model of olfaction. Nigel Scrutton is Professor of Molecular Enzymology at the University of Manchester and Director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. His research focusses on the mechanisms, structures and exploitation of enzyme catalysts and light-activated proteins. https://twitter.com/nigel_scrutton Alexandra Olaya-Castro leads a research group on the quantum mechanics of biomolecular processes in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London. They explore the possible roles that quantum phenomena may play in biomolecular functions. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucapaol/ Jennifer Brookes is a researcher at London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL, and carries out comp

  • Sense of Style with Steven Pinker - Ri Science Podcast #28

    Sense of Style with Steven Pinker - Ri Science Podcast #28

    25/09/2018 Duração: 01h24min

    Style guides set out strict rules for writing well, but how much of that grammar policing is just dogma, and how much is helpful for communication? Drawing on the latest research in linguistics and cognitive science, Steven Pinker uses reason and evidence to tell us how to communicate effectively in this talk hosted by Melvyn Bragg. Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature. He is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and conducts research on language and cognition but also writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time, and is the author of many books, including The Language Instinct and How the Mind Works. stevenpinker.com/ Melvyn Bragg is a broadcaster, writer and novelist. He was made a Life Peer (Lord Bragg of Wigton) in 1998. Since then he has hosted over 660 episodes of In Our Time on subjects ranging from Quantum Gravity to Truth. He was presenter of the BBC radio series The Routes of

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