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Science Cafe

Sixty years since Sputnik ...

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio Wales MWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio Wales MW

Six decades since Sputnik, space is a lucrative industry. In this programme we tell the story from bleeping ball to Cassini, and why everyone wants a slice of the satellite's cake

Brainwaves

Series 4

Episode 7: Soundscape Ecology

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio OrkneyLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio Orkney

Available for over a year

Pennie Latin talks to those who have spent years recording the evolving sounds of our planet and asks what we can learn about how it has changed according to what we hear. Show more

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry

Series 17

The Flying Clock and the Stopped Watch

Duration: 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Do individuals perceive time differently? asks Joe from North Yorkshire. Rutherford and Fry investigate why time drags and flies. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

James May commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings by meeting three of the men who walked on the moon, and flying to the edge of space in a U2 spy plane. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
James May
Director:
Paul King
Producer:
Paul King
Executive Producer:
Aidan Laverty
Executive Producer:
Phil Dolling

CrowdScience

Why do I have such a sweet tooth?

Duration: 38 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service AustralasiaLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service Australasia

Available for over a year

We investigate how our upbringing and our genes both influence how much of a sweet tooth we have, as well as the shape and size of our tongues Show more

The Inquiry

Is time travel possible?

Duration: 23 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service OnlineLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service Online

Available for over a year

Ever wanted to meet your historical heroes or explore the inventions of the future? We look at what science tells us about the possibility of travelling in time. Show more

The Why Factor

Why aren’t more women in computer science?

Duration: 23 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service East and Southern AfricaLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service East and Southern Africa

Available for over a year

The history of computing is filled with the accomplishments of women, but where have they gone? Sandra Kanthal asks why women are being driven from a field they helped to create. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for 2 months

From Nazi to Disney, Wernher von Braun's weird career trajectory. Quirky true history with Peter Serafinowicz. From March 2011. Show more

Tech Tent

Bye Bye App - Hello Bot

Duration: 23 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC World Service OnlineLatest broadcast: on BBC World Service Online

Available for over a year

Why Facebook thinks "bots" are the hot new way for companies to reach their customers. And using autonomous aircraft to deliver medical supplies in Rwanda. With Rory Cellan-Jones. Show more

Pandora's Box

The Engineers' Plot

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two East

Available for years

The Russian revolutionaries who toppled the Tsar in 1917 believed science could create a new world. Instead they created a bizarre, bewildering world for millions of people. Show more

Pandora's Box

To The Brink of Eternity

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two East

Available for years

An investigation into the workings of the first scientific think-tank, the Rand Corporation, which Khrushchev called "the American Academy for death and destruction". Show more

Pandora's Box

Goodbye Mrs Ant

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two East

Available for years

In America after the war, scientists who created pesticides like DDT became heroes in the struggle against nature. Then, in 1968, DDT was put on trial in a mid-western courtroom. Show more

Pandora's Box

The League of Gentlemen

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two East

Available for years

Twice since the war, British governments have been bewitched by economists promising foolproof ways to recapture the prosperity of the past. Twice they failed disastrously. Show more