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The Life Scientific

Brenda Boardman on making our homes energy efficient.

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Can we achieve carbon net zero in our homes? Brenda Boardman tells Jim Al-Khalili how she helped to improve the energy efficiency of domestic appliances. Show more

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Episode 1: Paul Nurse

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work. Jim meets Paul Nurse, Nobel prize-winning geneticist and President of the Royal Society. Show more

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Episode 35: Sir Mark Walport

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Jim Al-Khalili talks to the next chief scientific advisor to the government, Sir Mark Walport, about how he thinks science can save the UK economy. Show more

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Episode 38: Jared Diamond

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Jim Al-Khalili talks to Jared Diamond about his journey from the gall bladder to global history via a passion for the birds of Papua New Guinea. Show more

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Episode 39: John Gurdon

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Jim Al-Khalili talks to 2012 Nobel Prize-winner Sir John Gurdon about cloning a frog decades before Dolly the sheep, and what the technology might mean for humans. Show more

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Episode 40: Amoret Whitaker

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 Amoret Whitaker, one of only a handful of forensic entomologists in the UK, about how her detailed knowledge of insects helps the Police solve crimes. 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 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 43: Noel Sharkey

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Jim Al-Khalili talks to Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at Sheffield University, about why he thinks artificial intelligence is a dangerous dream. Show more

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Episode 49: Sanjeev Gupta

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Geologist Sanjeev Gupta talks to Jim Al-Khalili about his love of exploring exotic terrains, from the foothills of the Himalaya to the red deserts of Mars. 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

Available for over a year

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 52: Athene Donald

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Prof Dame Athene Donald talks to Jim Al-Khalili about her work on the microscopic world inside everyday stuff and her passionate campaign to get more women in science. 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 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 57: Joanna Haigh

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Joanna Haigh studies the influence of the sun on the earth's climate using satellites. She talks to Jim Al-Khalili about her fascination with climate and how it is changing. 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 53: Ewan Birney

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Ewan Birney talks to Jim Al-Khalili about deciphering the human genome, recent controversy over the demise of 'junk' DNA, and whether the future of digital storage lies in our DNA. 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