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Out of the Ordinary

Series 7

Lightning before death

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Jolyon Jenkins investigates reports that people with severe dementia, or who haven't spoken for years, can sit up and have lucid conversations just before they die. Can it be true? Show more

Out of the Ordinary

Series 7

A Sense of Direction

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Many animals can navigate by sensing the earth's magnetic field. Not humans though. But might we have evolved the sense but forgotten how to access it? Jolyon Jenkins investigates Show more

Out of the Ordinary

Series 7

Aliens are the size of polar bears (probably)

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

We haven't found any aliens yet, but just using statistical techniques, we can make some pretty good guesses about what they'll be like if we do. The answers may surprise you. Show more

Out of the Ordinary

Series 7

Have we already found aliens?

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Increasingly, astronomers are finding things that they can't explain. Should they risk their careers and suggest that aliens could be the answer? Jolyon Jenkins investigates Show more