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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 • 219 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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You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'

    The Benefits of Hypoxia Training with Prof. Phil Jakeman

    The Benefits of Hypoxia Training with Prof. Phil Jakeman

    Hypoxia training could help patients at risk of health complications ahead of surgery, scientists at the University of Limerick have found. Joining Jonathan to discuss more is Professor Phil Jakeman, Professor of Sport and Exercise Sciences at UL.

    • 17 min
    Futureproof Extra: How leaves form their shapes

    Futureproof Extra: How leaves form their shapes

    Leaves have many different jobs: photosynthesis, gas exchange, water exchange, and more.
    But how do they end up in the shapes that they are?
    Joining Jonathan to discuss is Dr Katie Gray Ferris, Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University in the United States.

    • 14 min
    The importance of scepticism in science

    The importance of scepticism in science

    For centuries we have been marketed and sold products that claim extraordinary things only to find out that the evidence and application don’t match up.
    So-called snake oil products have littered the internet recently and despite pretty clear regulations, the internet has turned on the firehose when it comes to advertising and marketing, to the point where regulators can’t keep up.
    So, to protect ourselves we should be developing a sceptical approach, so says Nick Teller, the author of 'The Skeptic’s Guide to Sports Science' - he joins Jonathan to discuss.
    Also joining Jonathan for Newsround is Catherine McGuinness, Research and Education Officer at Cavan County Museum & Lianne Shanley, PhD Researcher from the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity College Dublin.

    • 33 min
    Futureproof Extra: Where do we save our memories?

    Futureproof Extra: Where do we save our memories?

    Our brain has about 86 billion neurons making it a pretty busy place but how much of that space is dedicated to storing our memories and where exactly does that happen? Joining Jonathan to get a better understanding of how we store memories is Tomás Ryan, Associate Professor in Trinity’s School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, and the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience.

    • 16 min
    Should we delay clamping the umbilical cord?

    Should we delay clamping the umbilical cord?

    Joining Jonathan to discuss new research that indicates that a delay in clamping the umbilical cord of premature babies could decrease the risk of death by as much as two-thirds is Professor Eugene Dempsey, Horgan Chair in Neonatology at the INFANT Centre at UCC.Also joining Jonathan for Newsround is physicist, Philip Smyth, and sustainable food production scientist, Laura Healy.

    • 39 min
    Science Week Special: What are the biggest threats to humanity?

    Science Week Special: What are the biggest threats to humanity?

    When it comes to the end of humanity, there are numerous ways it might come to pass - be it a wayward asteroid, the eruption of a super volcano, the ever-growing presence of Artificial Intelligence in our lives, or the unseen spores of a killer fungus.
    But which one of these poses the greatest risk? This is the question posed by Jonathan in this very special episode of Futureproof which was recorded in front of a live audience at the Dublin Royal Convention Centre.
    Joining us to discuss is:
    Dr. Robert Ross, Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at TU Dublin
    Professor Chris Bean, Senior Professor and Head of Geophysics at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
    Professor Caitriona Jackman, Senior Professor of Space Physics at Dunsink Observatory
    Jerry Clancy, PhD student at the School of Chemical Sciences in DCU
    Dr. Shane Bergin, physicist and an assistant professor in science education at UCD's School of Education & Immunologist, Dr. Lara Dungan, also join Jonathan for this week's Newsround.With thanks to Science Foundation Ireland.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
219 Ratings

219 Ratings

Sinead Coffey ,

My only go to podcast!

I absolutely love the Futureproof podcast series. I have a lengthy commute to work daily and often listen to Jonathan’s latest episodes en route!The show has something for everyone….science, psychology, evolution it’s just brilliant.
If like me you are a bit of an existentialist or even a deep thinker you will devour this podcast.
Thanks a million. Love the fact that you can scroll down to find an episode that appeals to you too.
Only suggestion for improvement would be if you could listen to some of the older episodes deeper in the archive….some of the later ones won’t play unfortunately and their subject matter seems really interesting.

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.

geriTech ,

Re Paco Calvo on plant intelligence

I think Paco was making the case for investigating whether or not plants had some self-adjusting mechanisms rather than having human type intellect. Might be interesting to compare with an animal which has a distributed nervous system such as the Octopus.
Catherine

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