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Whether you’re curious about getting healthy, the Big Bang or the science of cooking, find out everything you need to know in under 30 minutes with Instant Genius. The team behind BBC Science Focus Magazine talk to world-leading experts to bring you a bite-sized masterclass on a new subject each week.


Then when you’ve mastered the basics with Instant Genius. Dive deeper with Instant Genius Extra, where you’ll find longer, richer discussions about the most exciting ideas in the world of science and technology. Only available on Apple Podcasts.

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    • 4.0 • 77 Ratings

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Whether you’re curious about getting healthy, the Big Bang or the science of cooking, find out everything you need to know in under 30 minutes with Instant Genius. The team behind BBC Science Focus Magazine talk to world-leading experts to bring you a bite-sized masterclass on a new subject each week.


Then when you’ve mastered the basics with Instant Genius. Dive deeper with Instant Genius Extra, where you’ll find longer, richer discussions about the most exciting ideas in the world of science and technology. Only available on Apple Podcasts.

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    Instant Genius Extra: Obesity and diets, with Dr Giles Yeo

    Instant Genius Extra: Obesity and diets, with Dr Giles Yeo

    Dr Giles Yeo, author of Why Calories Don’t Count, tells us about the obesity epidemic and the dangers of diet influencers.

    Produced by the team behind BBC Science Focus Magazine. Visit our website: https://www.sciencefocus.com/

    Calories, with Dr Giles Yeo

    Calories, with Dr Giles Yeo

    Trust Me, I’m a Doctor’s Giles Yeo tells us about the history of calorie counting and whether there’s such thing as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ calories.


    Once you’ve mastered the basics with Instant Genius, dive deeper with Instant Genius Extra, where you’ll find longer, richer discussions about the most exciting ideas in the world of science and technology. Only available on Apple Podcasts.


    Produced by the team behind BBC Science Focus Magazine. Visit our website: sciencefocus.com
     
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    • 27 min
    Instant Genius Extra: A deeper dive into sleep, with Dr Matthew Walker

    Instant Genius Extra: A deeper dive into sleep, with Dr Matthew Walker

    Dr Matthew Walker tells us about the science of dreams, and his book, Why We Sleep.

    Produced by the team behind BBC Science Focus Magazine. Visit our website: https://www.sciencefocus.com/

    Sleep, with Dr Matthew Walker

    Sleep, with Dr Matthew Walker

    Dr Matthew Walker, professor of neuroscience, tells us about how sleep evolved and what happens when we don’t get enough.


    Once you’ve mastered the basics with Instant Genius, dive deeper with Instant Genius Extra, where you’ll find longer, richer discussions about the most exciting ideas in the world of science and technology. Only available on Apple Podcasts.


    Produced by the team behind BBC Science Focus Magazine. Visit our website: sciencefocus.com
     
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    • 28 min
    Instant Genius Extra: A deeper dive into the science of pain, with Dr Monty Lyman

    Instant Genius Extra: A deeper dive into the science of pain, with Dr Monty Lyman

    Dr Monty Lyman tells us about using hypnosis and virtual reality as pain relief, and the people who don’t feel pain at all.

    Produced by the team behind BBC Science Focus Magazine. Visit our website: https://www.sciencefocus.com/

    The science of pain, with Dr Monty Lyman

    The science of pain, with Dr Monty Lyman

    Dr Monty Lyman, author of The Painful Truth, tells us what pain really is, how the placebo effect works, and why our emotions have a huge effect on the pain we feel.


    Once you’ve mastered the basics with Instant Genius, dive deeper with Instant Genius Extra, where you’ll find longer, richer discussions about the most exciting ideas in the world of science and technology. Only available on Apple Podcasts.


    Produced by the team behind BBC Science Focus Magazine. Visit our website: sciencefocus.com
     
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

Errm...Alex?? ,

2020 - the year of expanding knowledge

Having been made redundant in March, I have been on a year’s worth of self improvement. Over the last few years, I have been so absorbed in the intensive training it required I haven’t been able to learn other subjects. If this year brought anything, time to learn was it. Some enlightening, interesting, and at some points, complex topics that are fascinating even if some just go straight over my head and I have to repeat the last 30secs to listen again!

smithson86 ,

Fantastic

I’ve learnt so much listening to this podcast. They’ve managed to make quite difficult scientific concepts accessible to everybody. I’ve not become a genius instantly but I certainly feel smarter!

PclarkVN ,

Some good content…

However, too much airtime given to pseudoscientific nonsense.

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