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Jonathan responds to your texts and tweets, is joined in studio for all the latest science stories for Newsround and speaks to one of our two guests featured on the show.

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    • 4.7 • 204 Ratings

Jonathan responds to your texts and tweets, is joined in studio for all the latest science stories for Newsround and speaks to one of our two guests featured on the show.

Listen and subscribe to Futureproof with Johnathan McCrea on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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    Futureproof Extra: The Sound of The Universe & Everything In It

    Futureproof Extra: The Sound of The Universe & Everything In It

    Whether you’re aware of it or not, right now, you are vibrating.

    In fact, the natural frequency of a human body while standing is roughly between 5Hz-10Hz.

    And the same goes for all things in the universe - the earth for instance resonates at 7.83Hz.

    But, if all things resonate then sure they must have a sound…and if so, then what do they sound like?

    Richard Mainwaring is a composer, broadcaster, and author of ‘Everybody Hertz: The Amazing World of Frequency, from Bad Vibes to Good Vibrations’ - he joined jonathan to discuss.

    • 18 min
    The Cutting-Edge Science of Transplants

    The Cutting-Edge Science of Transplants

    The incredible science behind organ transplant surgery is perhaps something that has become a bit normalised as for the majority of us, these life-saving and life-extending procedures have always been around.

    But is there a limit to what we can transplant and what might we expect in the years to come in this area?

    Reza Motallebzadeh, Head of the Centre for Transplantation at University College London joined Jonathan to discuss.

    • 48 min
    Futureproof Extra: A Genetic History of the Americas

    Futureproof Extra: A Genetic History of the Americas

    The peopling of the Americas has long been a hot topic.
    After all, there are no written records and scant archaeological evidence to tell us what happened or how it took place. 
    There have been many different models put forth to explain how the Americas were peopled but recent strides in the field of genetics are upending some long-held assumptions.
    Jennifer Raff is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Kansas and author of ‘Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas’ - she joined Jonathan to discuss.
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    • 14 min
    What Happened Before The Big Bang?

    What Happened Before The Big Bang?

    If you ask most people how the universe began, they might say “the Big Bang” - but it’s hard to be satisfied with that answer and to resist the temptation to ask “but what happened before that?”
    Well, that is precisely the question that Will Kinney, Professor in the Department of Physics at the University at Buffalo, strives to answer in his new book - 'An Infinity of Worlds: Cosmic Inflation and the Beginning of the Universe'.
    He joined Jonathan to discuss.
    Dr.Ruth Freeman from SFI & Dr. Lara Dungan also joined Jonathan to run through some of the week's biggest science stories for Newsround.
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    • 30 min
    The Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory

    The Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory

    In our efforts to better understand the very fabric of the universe we sometimes have to think outside the box.
    So it might seem strange then to think that in our search for the elusive dark matter we need not necessarily look to the depths of the solar system, the Milky Way, or the universe itself but to the ground beneath our feet.
    Alan Kelly, Professor in Astrophysics and Director of Space Technology and Industry Institute at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia joined Jonathan to talk about The Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory - held inside an active gold mine 1 km beneath the surface of the earth.
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    • 37 min
    Futureproof Extra: Upcycling CO2

    Futureproof Extra: Upcycling CO2

    The climate change problem can often seem intractable and in a political sense, painfully slow.
    But it's important to remember that some progress is being made and we are innovating new techniques and technologies to address the issue.
    One such innovation is CO2 upcycling - Andrea Ramirez Ramirez, Professor in the Faculty of Low-Carbon Systems and Technologies at Delft University of Technology joined Jonathan to discuss.
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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
204 Ratings

204 Ratings

Mark Wicklow ,

Fantastic Show

Jonathan has a great way of explaining the intricacies of Science to the layperson. I have loved the shows on a wide variety of topics from the program on moondust to vomitting bumblebees. Very entertaining, educating and stimulating. Thanks for all the hard work. MJB.

KevGeo2019 ,

Could do better

I stopped listening a while ago after Jonathan was dismissive of a question I sent in. I think Shane and Lara should be the hosts and definitely the science news of the week could be a podcast in itself and finally there should be more Irish guests

Sean O Donnell ,

Great presenter, always interesting.

Five Star!

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