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The Life Scientific

Episode 56: Russell Foster

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at Oxford University, is obsessed with biological clocks. He talks to Jim Al-Khalili about how light controls our wellbeing. Show more

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Episode 58: Mark Lythgoe

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Prof Mark Lythgoe runs the largest medical imaging facility in Europe. He talks to Jim Al-Khalili about coming to science late and why he enjoys collaborations with artists. Show more

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Episode 37: Monica Grady

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

As the NASA robot Curiosity starts to analyse rocks from the Martian surface, Jim Al-Khalili and Prof Monica Grady discuss whether the evidence for life on Mars will ever add up. Show more

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Episode 42: Annette Karmiloff-Smith

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Should babies under two watch TV? Developmental psychologist Annette Karmiloff-Smith discusses with Jim Al-Khalili how a TV screen can be better for a baby than a book. Show more

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Episode 44: Valerie Beral

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Jim Al-Khalili talks to breast cancer pioneer Valerie Beral about her Million Women study and why she thinks a so-called 'vaccine' should be developed to prevent breast cancer. Show more

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Episode 47: Sue Ion

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Jim Al-Khalili talks to Sue Ion about working in the nuclear industry in the dark decades post-Chernobyl, and why nuclear power has to be part of our energy mix for the future. Show more

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Episode 48: Nancy Rothwell

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell on her ground-breaking work on obesity, her discovery of an experimental treatment for stroke, and her leadership of the UK's largest university. Show more

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Episode 51: Linda Partridge

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Can we live healthier lives in old age? Jim Al-Khalili talks to Prof Dame Linda Partridge, who studies the genetics of ageing, with the hope that one day she can slow it down. Show more

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Episode 50: Lord John Krebs

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Lord John Krebs left academia to run the Food Standards Agency. He tells Jim al-Khalili about life in the public sphere and dealing with foot and mouth disease, and badgers and TB. Show more

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Episode 54: David Spiegelhalter

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Is it more reckless to eat a bacon sandwich every day or go skydiving? Jim Al-Khalili and David Spiegelhalter discuss risk, uncertainty and the real odds behind everyday dangers. Show more

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Episode 55: Elizabeth Stokoe

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Jim Al-Khalili talks to Professor Liz Stokoe about her research analysing real-life conversations from first dates, neighbours and police interviews with suspected criminals. Show more

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Episode 59: Mike Benton

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Life on earth has gone through a series of mass extinctions. Mike Benton talks about his fascination with ancient life on the planet and his work on the Bristol Dinosaur Project.

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Episode 60: Ian Stewart

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Ian Stewart, Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University, talks to Jim Al-Khalili about his research and being an author of books on maths and science and of science fiction. Show more

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Episode 61: Sophie Scott

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Jim Al-Khalili talks to neuroscientist Prof Sophie Scott about how brain imaging is revealing secrets of human speech and why laughter is such an important human social tool. Show more

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Episode 62: Jenny Graves

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Australian geneticist Jenny Graves discusses her life pursuing sex genes in her country's weird but wonderful fauna, the end of men and singing to her students in lectures.

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Episode 63: Wendy Hall

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Prof Dame Wendy Hall, one of the pioneers of the world wide web and hypermedia, talks to Jim Al Khalili about a career spent at the forefront of web and digital media developments. Show more

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Episode 18: John Lawton

Duration: 30 minutes

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

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Jim Al-Khalili talks to environmental scientist John Lawton, who describes his studies of birds, dragonflies and bracken and his ground-breaking experiments in the Ecotron. Show more

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Episode 19: Tejinder Virdee

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Jim Al-Khalili talks to CERN physicist Tejinder Virdee about the search for the elusive Higgs boson, or 'God particle', at the Large Hadron Collider. Show more

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Episode 20: Angela Gallop

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Jim Al-Khalili talks to Angela Gallop, the scientist who provided the vital forensic evidence in the recent retrial for the murder of Stephen Lawrence. Show more

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Episode 21: James Lovelock

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Jim Al-Khalili talks to James Lovelock about elocution lessons, defrosting hamsters and his grand theory of planet Earth, Gaia. Show more