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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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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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    Futureproof Extra: Being Prepared for Nuclear War

    Futureproof Extra: Being Prepared for Nuclear War

    There has been much discussion in the past year about how badly we were prepared for the global emergency that arose from the Covid 19 pandemic.
    The truth is, lots of work has been done in the background preparing us for all sorts of disasters.
    But what about other global emergencies? Just how prepared are we for the likes of nuclear war for instance?
    Julie McDowall, a freelance journalist specialising in the Cold War & the nuclear threat and host of ‘Atomic Hobo’ - a weekly podcast on how we prepared for nuclear war - joined Jonathan to discuss.
    Atomic Hobo available here: https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/atomic-hobo/id1355527336
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    • 13 min
    Why Do Cats Insist On Sitting In Squares?

    Why Do Cats Insist On Sitting In Squares?

    On this week's Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea he asks 'Why Do Cats Insist On Sitting In Squares? Gabriella Smith - MA in the Animal Behavior and Conservation Program at Hunter College, New York has the answer.
    Also on the show Jonathan is joined by Dr Shane Bergin of UCD and Dr Susan Kelleher of DCU to look at the science news stories of the week.
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    • 36 min
    The Genetic Mistakes That Could Shape Our Future

    The Genetic Mistakes That Could Shape Our Future

    On this week's Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea - the genetic mistakes that could shape our future with Krishanu Saha - Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Retina Research Foundation Kathryn and Latimer Murfee Chair, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Also on the show Jonathan is joined by Dr Shane Bergin of UCD and Dr Ruth Freeman of Science Foundation Ireland to look at the science news stories of the week.
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    • 37 min
    Futureproof Extra: Retreating Glaciers

    Futureproof Extra: Retreating Glaciers

    Glaciers are hugely important to our planet, making up an enourmous amount of our fresh water supplies.
    But they are melting, and they are doing so at unprecedented levels.
    Dr. Jonathan L Bamber, Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences at Bristol University joined Jonathan to discuss.
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    • 14 min
    The Next 500 Years - Engineering Life to Reach New Worlds

    The Next 500 Years - Engineering Life to Reach New Worlds

    On this week's Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea he is looking at The Next 500 Years with Dr Chris Mason - Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York and author of ‘The Next 500 Years: Engineering Life to Reach New Worlds’
    Also on the show Jonathan is joined by Dr Shane Bergin and Dr Lara Dungan to look at the science news stories of the week.
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    • 38 min
    Futureproof Extra: Has a Fifth Force of Nature Been Discovered?

    Futureproof Extra: Has a Fifth Force of Nature Been Discovered?

    In recent weeks there has been quite a stir both at the LHC and the FermiLab in the United States.
    Scientists believe they may have found a fifth force of nature which could revolutionise our understanding of the standard model and the very properties which govern the universe itself.
    But what has or hasn’t been discovered thus far?
    Dr Chris Parkes, Professor of Experimental Particle Physics at Manchester University, and Spokesperson for LHCb Collaboration joined Jonathan to discuss.
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    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
193 Ratings

193 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.

Sean O Donnell ,

Great presenter, always interesting.

Five Star!

Ennissar ,

Nuclear Fusion

Excellent episode.
Have been listening to Future Proof for years but this has been one of my favourite episode so far; informative, a complex subject matter made easy to understand and leaves one with a sense of inspiration.
I first came across the concept of fusion studying engineering at uni 30 years ago and since then it has always seemed just out of reach, yet now it appear within our grasp. Fantastic.

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