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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 BBC Science Focus

    • Science
    • 4.1 • 84 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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    Animal senses, with Ed Yong

    Animal senses, with Ed Yong

    Science writer Ed Yong tells us about the staggering diversity of animal senses, from dogs’ powerful sense of smell to birds’ incredible colour vision.
    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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    • 25 min
    Instant Genius Extra: Beyond human senses, with Ed Yong

    Instant Genius Extra: Beyond human senses, with Ed Yong

    Science writer Ed Yong tells us about all the animal senses that humans don’t have at all.

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

    Sloths, with Dr Rebecca Cliffe

    Sloths, with Dr Rebecca Cliffe

    Dr Rebecca Cliffe, founder and executive director of the Sloth Conservation Foundation, busts the myths around these loveable animals and explains just how bizarre their biology is.
    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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    • 31 min
    Instant Genius Extra: Saving the sloths, with Dr Rebecca Cliffe

    Instant Genius Extra: Saving the sloths, with Dr Rebecca Cliffe

    Sloth expert Dr Rebecca Cliffe explains how humans are threatening sloth populations, and what we can all do to help.

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

    Bitcoin, with Brett Scott

    Bitcoin, with Brett Scott

    Brett Scott, author of Cloudmoney, explains how cryptocurrencies work, and why he believes Bitcoin will never be a true currency.
    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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    • 21 min
    Instant Genius Extra: The end of cash, with Brett Scott

    Instant Genius Extra: The end of cash, with Brett Scott

    Brett Scott, author of Cloudmoney, speaks to us about how physical cash is being faded out and the implications that has for our daily lives.

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

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 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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