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On R Science, the Royal Society’s podcast, you’ll meet the researchers behind the latest scientific advances, from the brilliant to the bizarre. We ask our Fellows and researchers about the head-scratching challenges of the modern world- join us to meet the scientists! To find out more about the Royal Society, the UK’s academy of science, visit us at https://royalsociety.org/

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On R Science, the Royal Society’s podcast, you’ll meet the researchers behind the latest scientific advances, from the brilliant to the bizarre. We ask our Fellows and researchers about the head-scratching challenges of the modern world- join us to meet the scientists! To find out more about the Royal Society, the UK’s academy of science, visit us at https://royalsociety.org/

    And the winner is… science book prize special!

    And the winner is… science book prize special!

    Every year we celebrate the best in popular science books with our Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016. Yesterday we announced this year's prize which was awarded to Andrea Wulf for her book ‘Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt- The Lost Hero of Science’
    In a special episode of R Science we go behind the scenes at the award ceremony to speak to Bill Bryson, who helped judge the competition this year, and to winner Andrea to ask her what inspired her to write about Alexander von Humboldt, 19th century explorer, visionary polymath, and foreign member of the Royal Society.
    You can find out more about the prize and about all the great books shortlisted this year on our website and watch out for our videos with all the shortlisted authors on Facebook and Twitter @RoyalSociety.
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    Spaceflight, space junk, and the hunt for life in space – meet the experts in this month’s episode of R Science

    Spaceflight, space junk, and the hunt for life in space – meet the experts in this month’s episode of R Science

    This month we’re going into outer space. We ask the experts if human space flight is worth the risk; find out what we can do about all the junk whizzing around in orbit; fast forward to find out how the milky way will die; and ask an astrobiologist if we’ll find life in space.
    First up, Martin Rees the Astronomer Royal, and Helen Sharman, Britain’s first ever astronaut ask if human space flight is worth the risk or if we should leave space exploration to robots. These clips are from an event we held at the Science Museum earlier this year. If you want to hear the rest just head over to our website.
    Next up we’re at the Summer Science Exhibition hearing about what a team from Surrey Space Centre are going to do about all the junk in space, and from Durham’s Galaxy Makers, whose massive computer simulation has modelled the birth and death of galaxies – including our corner of the universe, the Milky Way.
    Finally we catch up with Dr Zita Martins, astrobiologist. She tells us about how she started studying astrobiology and answers the crunch question: will we find life in space.

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    Meet Google’s internet evangelist and flick through the best autograph book in the world

    Meet Google’s internet evangelist and flick through the best autograph book in the world

    Every July the Royal Society's new Fellows convene at the Royal Society to add their names to our prestigious charter book in a special ceremony that harks back to the Royal Society's founding in the 1660s.
    This month Royal Society librarian Keith Moore takes us on a tour of the Royal Society's charter book which is chock-a-block full of the signatures of the biggest names in science including Newton and Darwin; we catch up with some new Fellows of the Royal Sociey, including Google's internet evangelist Vint Cerf who tells us why his job title was nearly Archduke of the internet!; and we hear from ancient DNA expert Svante Pääbo and one of the pioneers between the gene editing tool, CRISPR, Jennifer Doudna.
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    Take a sneak peek at the Summer Science Exhibition 2016!

    Take a sneak peek at the Summer Science Exhibition 2016!

    It's the first week of July and that can mean only one thing- it's time for the Royal Society's annual Summer Science Exhibition.
    This week the Royal Society's home, a stone's throw from London's Trafalgar Square, is full to the brim with some of the UK's brightest research with the latest in inspiring science and tech. It's your chance to come down and meet the scientists behind the breakthroughs and get hands on with the latest in UK science. We have 22 exciting exhibits- all ready and waiting for your visit. We’re open every day until Sunday 10 July, so don’t miss you chance to see it!
    If you’ve been to the Summer Science Exhibition before, you will know that it’s all about getting up close and personal with the UK’s cutting edge research; whether through state-of-the-art technology, inspiring talks and workshops, or a good old fashioned chinwag, there’s plenty of opportunities to get stuck in…
    In a special episode of our podcast R.Science we're giving you a sneak peek behind the scenes with a whistle stop tour around some of the exciting exhibits.
    You can also find out more about all the exhibits and events we have going on this week on over on our Summer Science pages!
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    June 2016: Agriculture

    June 2016: Agriculture

    This month we’re exploring agriculture and food. The global population is around 7 billion and growing fast. Food security is a real issue. In 2015, 800 million people didn’t get enough calories to reach their minimum dietary intake whilst in other parts of the world consumption has risen to unprecedented levels.
    The factors behind this are undeniably complex, but we think science has a crucial part to play in alleviating malnutrition and managing the implications for our finite planet.
    At the Royal Society we have a policy team who look at global population and consumption, sustainable food production and the genetic modification of food crops. This month we’re going to dig in, excuse the pun, to explore how science and agriculture can work together.
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    May 2016: Matters of the mind

    May 2016: Matters of the mind

    Welcome to the May episode of R.Science. This month we're featuring scientists who are delving into the most complex structure in the Universe, the human brain. Although mightily complex, recent advances in brain imaging technology and ever-more sophisticated psychological experiments are allowing us to make huge inroads into understanding the collection of neurons in our head.
    2.02 Experimental psychologist and Wolfson Research Merit Award holder Professor Stephan Lewandowsky talks about uncertainty in science and how human cognition can give rise to unexpected consequences. Listen to Stephan's recent Cafe Scientifique Are you sure? Uncertainty and us in full.
    6.45 Royal Society University Research Fellow Dr Liz Tunbridge talks about her work in understanding the links between genetics, brain function and mental health. Listen to Liz's recent Cafe Scientifique Is mental health in our genes? in full.
    11.50 Professor Kevin Homewood talks about his commercialisation of a silicon photodetector. Find out more about our new Innovation and Translation Awards.
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Great podcast to learn a bit about what it's like to be a scientist today. Some interesting topics covered and amazing people interviewed in a friendly, easy-listening format. I don't work in science; this is brilliant, essential listening for anyone with curiosity about how science works.

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