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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Science Weekly podcast will now explore some of the crucial scientific questions about Covid-19. Led by its usual hosts  Ian Sample,  Hannah Devlin and  Nicola Davis, as well as the Guardian's health editor Sarah Boseley, we’ll be taking questions – some sent by you – to experts on the frontline of the global outbreak. Send us your questions here:  theguardian.com/covid19questions  

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Science Weekly podcast will now explore some of the crucial scientific questions about Covid-19. Led by its usual hosts  Ian Sample,  Hannah Devlin and  Nicola Davis, as well as the Guardian's health editor Sarah Boseley, we’ll be taking questions – some sent by you – to experts on the frontline of the global outbreak. Send us your questions here:  theguardian.com/covid19questions  

    The secret, sonic lives of narwhals

    The secret, sonic lives of narwhals

    Narwhals may be shy and elusive, but they are certainly not quiet. Nicola Davis speaks to geophysicist Dr Evgeny Podolskiy about capturing the vocalisations of narwhals in an arctic fjord, and what this sonic world could tell us about the lives of these mysterious creatures. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod

    • 16 min
    Covid-19: is a second wave inevitable?

    Covid-19: is a second wave inevitable?

    Ian Sample talks to Prof Carl Heneghan about the uncertainties in predicting future outbreaks of Covid-19 and what we can do to prevent them. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod

    • 16 min
    When did modern humans first arrive in Europe?

    When did modern humans first arrive in Europe?

    New archaeological discoveries in the Bacho Kiro cave in Bulgaria have revealed that modern humans co-existed with Neanderthals for several thousand years. Nicola Davis speaks to Prof Jean-Jacques Hublin about the excavations, and what their findings tell us about when modern humans first arrived in Europe. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod

    • 15 min
    Covid-19: the role of vitamin D

    Covid-19: the role of vitamin D

    Sarah Boseley talks to Prof Susan Lanham-New about vitamin D and whether it could play a role in protecting us against Covid-19. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod

    • 15 min
    Covid-19: How do you calculate herd immunity?

    Covid-19: How do you calculate herd immunity?

    Herd immunity represents the percentage of people in a population who need to be immune to a disease in order to protect those who aren’t. Early on in the pandemic, researchers estimated the herd immunity threshold for Covid-19 to be 60%. Following a question from a listener, Ian Sample speaks to Rachel Thomas to explore the maths and find out exactly how herd immunity is calculated. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod

    • 13 min
    The emotional rollercoaster of adolescent dogs

    The emotional rollercoaster of adolescent dogs

    It’s an experience many dog owners have been through – their adolescent pooches appear to be more moody and rebellious. Now researchers have shown that dogs really do mimic human teenagers’ behaviour, becoming less responsive to instructions from their carer. To find out more about the difficult teenage doggy-years, Nicola Davis talks to Dr Lucy Asher about the study. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod

    • 12 min

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364 Ratings

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Snow leopard

Love the podcast but the Microsoft AI snow leopard adverts have made me really against Microsoft AI. They need to stop running these. They have been the only advert for what feels like months... 🤯

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Too much covid 19

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At last - an episode without Covid-19!

So enjoyed the recent episode on Gondwanatheriums. For weeks now every single science podcast I subscribe to has been covering Covid-19 and nothing else. I'm so sick of the subject that I've been deleting unheard any episode that mentions coronavirus. Everything that can be said has been said a hundred times.

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