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Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

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Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

    Coral Reefs

    Coral Reefs

    The Magic of Coral

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Marcus Brigstocke and marine biologists Professor Callum Roberts and Dr Heather Koldewey as they look at the amazing creatures that create and colonise coral reefs. Just two microscopic organisms are responsible for the creation of these incredible structures, structures so huge that they can be seen from outer-space. Brian, Robin and the panel talk about the vital yet delicate relationship between the coral polyp and and its tiny plant lodger, how they evolved to be so co-dependent, and how this unique partnership has lead to some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They also look at the very real threat to our planet's reefs as our oceans warm, and what, if anything can be done.

    Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 45 min
    Conspiracy Theories

    Conspiracy Theories

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Shazia Mirza, science writer and cancer researcher Dr David Robert Grimes and psychologist Prof Karen Douglas to look at the weird world of conspiracy theories. From Flat Earth believers to people who refuse to accept that humans have ever been to the moon, why is fiction often so much easier to believe than fact - and does it matter? They discuss the psychology and profile of people who are more likely to believe in conspiracies and the devastating effect some, like the anti-vaccine movement, have had on public health. They ask whether being irrational is our default setting and how to convince the most hard-core believers with the power of evidence and critical thinking. Although they would say that wouldnt' they?

    Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 33 min
    Science of Laughter

    Science of Laughter

    The Science of Laughter

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince return for a new series of science/comedy chat. They are joined on stage, appropriately enough, by comedian Frank Skinner, as they look at the science of what makes us laugh, why we laugh at all, and whether humour and laughter are uniquely human traits. Joining the panel are experts in what makes us chuckle, Prof Sophie Scott and Professor Richard Wiseman. They look at why laughter is not only an ancient human trait that goes a long way to making us the social animal we are today, but that rats and apes also enjoy a good chuckle. They discover whether science can come up with the perfect joke and why a joke with the punchline "quack" is funnier than one with the punchline "moo".

    Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 43 min
    Brits in Space

    Brits in Space

    Brits in Space!

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by astronaut and author of "The Astronaut Selection Test Book", Tim Peake, first British astronaut Helen Sharman and comedian Mark Steel for a Brits in Space Special. Tim and Helen talk about their different experiences of training to be an astronaut and the challenges of life in space. They also look to the future as the panel talk about the various options being considered for long term space flight with planned future missions to the Moon and ultimately Mars.

    • 59 min
    Anniversary of the Periodic Table

    Anniversary of the Periodic Table

    The Periodic Table

    How well do you know your Fe from your Cu, and what the heck is Np?? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Katy Brand, Prof Polly Arnold and Prof Andrea Sella to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev's great achievement. They find out how scientists first realised that the elements that form the ingredients that make up our planet , are able to be organised in such a logical and ordered way, and whether its still a useful tool today. They also discover why one of the guests has been called the Free Solo equivalent of chemists because of the skill and danger involved in their work.

    Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 37 min
    Science of Dreaming

    Science of Dreaming

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Bridget Christie, neuroscientist Professor Penny Lewis and psychologist Richard Wiseman to explore the science of dreaming. Our dreams have fascinated humans for millennia and then Freud came along and told us they really did mean something, and mostly they were about sex and anger. Was he right? Why do we dream and can we find meaning in the content of our dreams? Can our dreams help us solve problems, give us new ideas, help us write a symphony, even if they can't predict the future? The panel also discuss what is going on in the brain whilst we sleep, and how memories are formed and consolidated while we snooze. It turns out the phrase "better to sleep on it" has a strong scientific argument.

    Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 44 min

Reseñas de los clientes

luisnavm ,

Great Podcast

Great mix of science and humor! If only they worked a bit more and recorded once a week ...or month.

leematthewmonk ,

Best and funniest Science podcast

I have a few podcasts that I get very excited about when a new episode is released, Infinite Monkey Cage is probably the one I get most excited about. It’s very, very funny and they really get into some deep science and philosophy of science questions. The guests are a mix of comedians and scientists who really know their stuff but aren’t afraid to make fun of each other and be a bit silly.

amarzo ,

Genial

Por fin un programa decente de este tipo.

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