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Physics World Stories Podcast

English, Sciences, 1 season, 112 episodes, 2 days, 18 hours, 59 minutes
About
Physics is full of captivating stories, from ongoing endeavours to explain the cosmos to ingenious innovations that shape the world around us. In the Physics World Stories podcast, Andrew Glester talks to the people behind some of the most intriguing and inspiring scientific stories. Listen to the podcast to hear from a diverse mix of scientists, engineers, artists and other commentators. Find out more about the stories in this podcast by visiting the Physics World website. If you enjoy what you hear, then also check out the Physics World Weekly podcast, a science-news podcast presented by our award-winning science journalists.
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An orchestral trip through the moons of our solar system

Amanda Lee Falkenberg describes the process of turning mysterious worlds into music
3/22/202449 minutes, 26 seconds
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Dark matter vs modified gravity: which team are you on?

Two researchers who have switched sides in this heated cosmic debate
2/26/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 18 seconds
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Radio pioneers: the enduring role of ‘amateurs’ in radio astronomy

With its wartime origins and iconic facilities, radio astronomy has always inspired curious tinkerers
1/23/202434 minutes, 58 seconds
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Radiant chills: the revolutionary science of laser cooling

Chad Orzel discusses the pivotal breakthroughs in the history of laser cooling
12/19/202345 minutes, 16 seconds
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The biographer who inspired Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster film Oppenheimer

A conversation with Kai Bird, co-author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Robert Oppenheimer
11/21/202340 minutes, 30 seconds
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Physics for fairness: tackling global sustainability challenges through science

Hear from two physical scientists applying their knowledge to create a more equitable world
10/13/202340 minutes, 18 seconds
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Green and novel: the future of energy generation

Harnessing energy directly in space and from the ocean flow
9/4/202357 minutes, 38 seconds
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Our universe is humming with gravitational waves

What the new discovery of gravitational wave imprints in pulsar signals can reveal about the cosmos
8/7/202330 minutes, 14 seconds
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Moore’s law in peril and the future of computing

Demands for computer power continues to soar, but can the hardware keep up?
7/4/20231 hour, 1 minute, 9 seconds
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Will AI chatbots replace physicists?

Large language models are changing the way physics is taught and practised
6/9/202354 minutes, 1 second
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Cosmic generosity: a selfless investment in the future of physics

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell won a $3m prize and is giving it all to physics PhD students from under-represented groups
5/12/202338 minutes, 24 seconds
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How can we make lithium-ion batteries more sustainable?

Circular economies and alternative lithium sources could reduce the environmental impacts
5/3/202339 minutes, 6 seconds
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Quantum melodies: the intersection of music and quantum physics

Music generated by quantum computers is intriguing from musical and scientific perspectives
3/28/202359 minutes, 58 seconds
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Finding solace in the stars

Astrophysicist’s story shows the power science and human connection
2/24/202333 minutes, 11 seconds
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Making spaceflight accessible to people with physical disabilities

ESA launches parastronaut feasibility study to make spaceflight more inclusive
1/31/202344 minutes, 35 seconds
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Robin Ince and the joy of popular-science books

Our traditional end-of-year episode will give you some holiday reading ideas
12/21/202226 minutes, 32 seconds
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Quantum technology gathers pace

The 2022 Nobel Prize for Physics celebrated research that is underpinning a tech transformation
11/28/202243 minutes, 38 seconds
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Is the 2022 FIFA World Cup really carbon neutral?

Investigating how sporting events can become more sustainable without losing their magic
10/28/202258 minutes, 34 seconds
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Trouble on the Horizon for UK-based researchers

Political wrangling over the UK’s status in the Horizon Europe research programme leaves scientists in limbo
9/16/202256 minutes, 32 seconds
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The science-fiction legacy of Satyajit Ray

Ray’s eclectic work is a treasure trove for scientists
8/16/202258 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Higgs boson discovery revisited

Reflecting on that historic day, 10 years later
7/4/202256 minutes, 54 seconds
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Fixing our bodies with glass

Bioglass can heal our bones while fending off harmful microbes
6/1/202239 minutes, 34 seconds
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Cutting the carbon footprint of supercomputing in scientific research

More efficient coding and quantifying climate impacts are among the solutions
5/4/202236 minutes, 49 seconds
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JET’s record result and the quest for fusion energy

Physics World Stories examines the recent breakthrough at the Joint European Torus experiment
4/4/202237 minutes, 56 seconds
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Music from our material world

From spiderweb harmonies to a viral hit inspired by the COVID-19 spike protein
3/8/202251 minutes, 6 seconds
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The James Webb Space Telescope launches astronomy into a new era

Now the mission has reached its destination, what lies ahead for the science programme?
1/25/202246 minutes, 20 seconds
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Physics books that captured the imagination in 2021

Some of the year’s best popular-science books and a Stephen Hawking quiz
12/22/202148 minutes, 20 seconds
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Sharing is caring: open hardware has global impact

High-spec microscope is helping malaria diagnosis in Tanzania
11/24/202142 minutes, 26 seconds
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Searching for signs of alien technologies

Astronomers are looking for the technosignatures of advanced civilizations
10/20/202143 minutes, 12 seconds
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Free and open-source software is driving physics forwards

Pioneers of free and open-source software discuss opportunities and challenges for science
9/22/202144 minutes, 28 seconds
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We’re all going on a geeky holiday

Science-themed vacations are gaining in popularity: hear from people who have caught the geek travel bug
8/24/202143 minutes, 3 seconds
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Deflecting asteroids and exploring a metal world

Profiling NASA’s two upcoming asteroid missions, DART and Psyche
7/9/202150 minutes, 35 seconds
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Helgoland and the captivating origins of quantum theory

Carlo Rovelli discusses his new book and the role of philosophical thought in physics
6/15/202145 minutes, 23 seconds
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The bots are not as fair-minded as they seem

Physics World Stories investigates ethical issues at the heart of artificial intelligence
5/28/202145 minutes, 48 seconds
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Muon mania: are we finally on the brink of new physics?

A detailed look at the two recent results from CERN and Fermilab
4/29/202148 minutes, 45 seconds
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Arecibo Observatory: a scientific giant that fell to Earth

Exploring the legacy and the future of the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico
3/17/202139 minutes, 53 seconds
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Searching for signs of past life on Mars with NASA’s Perseverance rover

Exploring the scientific goals of one of the three missions to arrive at Mars this month
2/10/202144 minutes, 5 seconds
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Life at CERN during the pandemic

How the particle-physics community is adapting to COVID lockdowns
1/22/202148 minutes, 18 seconds
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The best of physics in books, TV and film in 2020

Looking back at some of the year’s most memorable books and media
12/23/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 1 second
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Physics and LEGO: an enduring love affair

In addition to the fun, LEGO can be an effective teaching tool
11/23/202049 minutes, 1 second
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How capable are today’s quantum computers?

Exploring what the first quantum computers might achieve, plus a preview of Quantum 2020
10/14/202029 minutes, 23 seconds
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Could there really be life in the clouds of Venus?

Exploring the story behind the detection of phosphene in the Venusian atmosphere
9/23/202049 minutes, 16 seconds
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Autonomous cars: potential lifesavers but with new risks

Exploring the consequences of removing humans from the driving seat
8/26/202043 minutes, 24 seconds
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Planet Nine: is it a planet, a primordial black hole, or something else entirely?

Fleets of tiny probes might discover what’s lurking at the edge of our solar system
7/17/202042 minutes, 24 seconds
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Working in medical physics: not your average career

Exploring the variety of careers at the Christie Hospital
6/30/202041 minutes, 10 seconds
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The mystery of missing marine plastic

Oceanographers are not sure where all the plastics are ending up in the world’s oceans
5/27/202033 minutes, 53 seconds
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Doing physics in the time of COVID-19

How the pandemic is affecting the present and how it might permanently change the way physics is done
4/28/202043 minutes, 16 seconds
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Tips for a rewarding career in physics

Taking a closer look at the reality of life as a researcher
3/31/202055 minutes, 46 seconds
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The acoustics of music and theatre venues

Find out why Bristol’s Old Vic and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall sound so great
3/6/202050 minutes, 28 seconds
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Book of the year 2019

Physics World’s book of the year revealed and the runners up discussed – listen to the December episode of the Physics World Stories podcast
12/18/201953 minutes, 18 seconds
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Physics and film, a match made in Hollywood

Looking behind the scenes of Interstellar, Contact and The Martian
11/28/201936 minutes, 20 seconds
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Doing physics in microgravity environments

The opportunities of doing physics experiments on the ISS and other microgravity facilities
10/28/201939 minutes, 50 seconds
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Driving in the present

Exploring the technology and economics of electric cars
9/30/201941 minutes, 10 seconds
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Physics and the climate crisis

How can scientists reduce the climate impact of their labs without compromising on the quality of their research? Andrew Glester investigates
8/16/201948 minutes, 48 seconds
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50th anniversary of Apollo 11 – returning to the Moon and going beyond

The Physics World Stories podcast explore what’s next for manned and robotic space travel
7/24/201929 minutes, 56 seconds
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50th anniversary of Apollo 11 – hidden stories

The Physics World Stories podcast investigates some of the lesser known stories from the Apollo era
6/26/201953 minutes, 6 seconds
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The story behind the first ever black hole image

Physics World Stories explores this feat of science and engineering and the EHT’s prospects for further breakthroughs
5/22/201936 minutes, 24 seconds
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The future of the Internet

Emerging technologies shaping our connected world
4/23/201938 minutes, 35 seconds
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Physics World 30th anniversary podcast series – 30 years of the World Wide Web

Fifth episode in mini-series revisits the birth of the Web and the challenges it now faces
3/12/20191 hour, 15 seconds
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Physics World 30th anniversary podcast series – high-temperature superconductivity

Fourth episode in mini-series tracks the hype, frustration and renewed hope for this field
2/27/201930 minutes, 40 seconds
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Physics World 30th anniversary podcast series – fusion energy

Third episode in mini-series explores the prospects for fusion as a viable energy source
1/22/201948 minutes, 34 seconds
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Physics World Book of the Year 2018

Tune in to the December Physics World Stories podcast to hear from the winner of our 2018 Book of the Year award, as well as catch up with previous winners
12/17/20181 hour, 5 minutes, 25 seconds
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Physics World 30th anniversary podcast series – gravitational waves

Second episode in mini-series explores the future of astronomy
11/28/20181 hour, 8 minutes, 2 seconds
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Physics World 30th anniversary podcast series – particle physics

First episode in mini-series explores the future of particle physics
10/23/201843 minutes, 11 seconds
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Communicating science at music festivals

Talks, plays, poetry and many more innovative approaches
9/18/201849 minutes, 38 seconds
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Driving in the future

How we might wean ourselves off high-carbon transport
8/17/201829 minutes, 19 seconds
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A quantum leap for industry

Exploring the emerging technologies based on quantum physics
7/24/201844 minutes, 56 seconds
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Doing business in space

Asteroid mining, Brexit impacts and the UK’s first spaceport
6/18/201834 minutes, 35 seconds
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Learning from the ozone solution

Nobel laureate Mario Molina and Lorraine Whitmarsh discuss climate politics
5/21/20180
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Plant-inspired innovations

From tackling oil spills with lotus leaves to mangrove-inspired coastal defences
4/18/201815 minutes, 54 seconds
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Artificial intelligence: is there anything to fear?

Polymath Nathan Myhrvold on why he disagreed with his friend Stephen Hawking
3/21/201829 minutes, 33 seconds
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Falcon Heavy and Humanity Star: trailblazers or space junk?

Recent private space launches have provoked public awe but also a few dissenting voices
3/15/201832 minutes, 30 seconds
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Physics in 2018

Physics World journalists discuss what excites them about the year ahead
1/23/201828 minutes, 58 seconds
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Book of the Year 2017

Physics World book experts Matin Durrani and Tushna Commissariat discuss the themes and trends that surround some of the best popular-physics books of 2017, before announcing the winner of our annual book award
12/13/201736 minutes, 20 seconds
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Exploring the cosmos with gravitational waves

Recent discoveries usher in a new era of multimessenger astronomy
11/9/201738 minutes, 29 seconds
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Illuminating a radio icon

How the historic Lovell telescope was transformed into a multimedia art installation
10/10/201730 minutes, 50 seconds
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How science gets women wrong

Exploring the gender issues raised in Angela Saini’s book Inferior
9/21/201744 minutes, 38 seconds
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Science-themed comedy: are you having a laugh?

Performers describe the opportunities and challenges of making science funny
8/30/201735 minutes, 26 seconds
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Music and science: a harmonious or discordant duo?

The fascinating things, and the limits, of what science can tell us about music
7/17/201728 minutes, 2 seconds
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How politicians misuse and mangle science

Exploring the issues behind Dave Levitan’s timely new book Not a Scientist
6/15/201731 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bees and their magnetic superpower

How bees use internal compasses to find their way
5/11/201727 minutes, 10 seconds
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Exploring the worlds of TRAPPIST-1

What we know so far about the recently discovered Earth-like planets
4/6/201729 minutes, 55 seconds
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Tracking neutrinos in virtual reality

VR app lets you explore the inner workings of the MicroBooNE neutrino detector
3/7/201724 minutes, 39 seconds
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Nuclear diamonds: the ultimate long-life battery?

Potential power supply for deep-space missions
2/9/201729 minutes, 59 seconds
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Book of the Year 2016

Physics World book experts Tushna Commissariat and Margaret Harris discuss a few of the best popular-physics books of 2016 and announce the winner of the magazine’s annual book award
12/14/201624 minutes, 30 seconds
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Doing physics by ear

Hear what it's like to do particle physics without sight
11/24/201621 minutes, 24 seconds
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Recipe for success with topological materials

Hamish Johnston visits Beijing on a hunt for the elusive Weyl fermions
10/25/20167 minutes, 35 seconds
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Still not even wrong

Ten years after his infamous anti-string-theory book, Peter Woit thinks the subject is more tangled than ever
9/23/201619 minutes, 9 seconds
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The monk and the multiverse

A journey into the remarkable mind of the 13th-century monk, scholar and proto-cosmologist Robert Grosseteste
8/23/201613 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bringing Native American voices back to life

Recordings of songs and speech restored using technology from particle physics
7/22/201622 minutes, 21 seconds
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Out of this world cuisine

g-ASTRONOMY merges cosmology with fine dining
6/28/201615 minutes, 30 seconds
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Art McDonald explains why neutrinos continue to amaze physicists

First detected 60 years ago, neutrinos provide a window to physics beyond the Standard Model
5/25/201610 minutes, 53 seconds
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Physics for all – building a more inclusive discipline

Feedback and reaction to the March 2016 issue of the magazine on diversity in physics
4/20/201628 minutes, 17 seconds
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How to succeed at networking in science

Make the most of your next conference with these tips from networking experts
3/30/201611 minutes, 14 seconds
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Mary, Queen of Scottish banknotes

The life and legacy of Mary Somerville, who will appear on the new RBS £10
2/23/201619 minutes, 37 seconds
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Rocking the status quo in science

The working lives of scientists and musicians are more similar than you might think
1/27/201618 minutes, 40 seconds
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Book of the Year 2015

Physics World editor Matin Durrani and reviews editor Margaret Harris discuss some of the year's best popular-physics books and select a winner from a strong shortlist
12/15/201527 minutes, 37 seconds
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Is there life on Mars?

Lewis Dartnell discusses the search for life on Mars and what forms it might take
11/17/201515 minutes, 55 seconds
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The rise of neutron scattering

Michael Banks visits the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source to find out how the lab is looking to attract more users from industry
10/21/201514 minutes, 20 seconds
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Why information grows

César Hidalgo explains why information can help us to understand economics
9/22/201511 minutes, 22 seconds
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Inside the particle pyramid

Using muons to hunt for hidden burial chambers inside Mexico's Pyramid of the Sun
8/25/201516 minutes, 42 seconds
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Searching for life on other planets

Sara Seager is keen to use the next generation of telescopes to look for evidence of extraterrestrial life
7/22/201511 minutes, 45 seconds
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Going beyond 'shut up and calculate'

Science journalist Amanda Gefter talks about her quest to understand what modern physics has to say about the ultimate nature of reality
6/24/201512 minutes, 51 seconds
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How to fund physics using the wisdom of crowds

Mark Jackson explains why small private donations should pay for research projects
5/19/20159 minutes, 18 seconds
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The masters of antimatter

A look inside CERN's Antimatter Factory and a day in the life of an antimatter tamer
4/21/201521 minutes, 3 seconds
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A quantum sense of smell

Why does an orange smell like an orange? The answer may have a quantum connection
3/24/201511 minutes, 8 seconds
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An adjustable vision for the world

Josh Silver on how his adjustable glasses can bring clear vision to billions in the developing world
2/24/201511 minutes, 44 seconds
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The ever-expanding Zooniverse

Chris Lintott discusses the evolving nature of citizen science
1/20/201515 minutes, 15 seconds
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Book of the Year 2014

Which book received the highest honours in our list of the year's best popular-physics titles?
12/16/201422 minutes, 7 seconds
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We need to talk about quantum mechanics

Join a motley crew of physicists and science journalists at a quantum boot camp
11/19/201416 minutes, 51 seconds
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A theorist's bucket list

S James Gates Jr talks about the physics discoveries he would like to see happen in his lifetime
10/22/201410 minutes, 57 seconds
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The sound man

Join acoustical physicist Trevor Cox on his "scientific odyssey of sound"
9/24/201414 minutes, 19 seconds