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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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    • 4.8, 169 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 adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.

    Futureproof Extra: How We Hear

    Futureproof Extra: How We Hear

    What’s happening when you listen to this podcast? 
    Jonathan has exhaled air and by moving parts of his mouth and throat, changed the sounds that the air makes as it exits his lungs and flows out into the atmosphere around him. 
    Forgetting the microphone, the radio and whatever other middlemen that are involved in between for a moment, you are then receiving and interpreting this sound that he has made.
    How?
    James Hudspeth is a Biophysicist and Neuroscientist in The Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University.

    Does A Butterfly Remember Being A Caterpillar?

    Does A Butterfly Remember Being A Caterpillar?

    We’ve a very special episode coming up next week in which we’ll be answering your sometimes ingenious, more often than not bizarre, questions.
    We’ve had a huge response to this and the fact of the matter is that we just couldn’t fit all of the questions into next week’s show.
    One of the questions we couldn’t fit in was actually one of our favourites. There was just too much in it to only spend a few minutes at it so we’ve decided to do a full feature interview on it this week.
    And so Professor of Biology from Georgetown University; Martha Weiss joined us to answer the question “Does a butterfly remember being a caterpillar?"

    The Search For Planet 9

    The Search For Planet 9

    Remember when you were in school and you learned that there were 9 planets in the solar system?
    Then there was all that unpleasantness with Pluto in 2006. 
    Well good news! Thanks in part to our next guest you can essentially forget that that ever happened. Sort of...
    Mike Brown is Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology and one of the scientists at the forefront of the search for Planet 9.

    Futureproof Extra: Vaccinating Vampire Bats

    Futureproof Extra: Vaccinating Vampire Bats

    Scientists say that it’s most likely that Covid-19 originated in Bats. 
    If that is the case, you can add it to a list which features the likes of SARS in China 2003, Rabies in Peru in 2006 and Ebola in West Africa in 2013.
    So what is it about Bats that results in them transmitting so many deadly viruses to humans and what can we do about it?
    Dr. Daniel Streicker is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine in the University of Glasgow, he joined Jonathan to discuss.
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    Mass Extinctions

    Mass Extinctions

    We’re all probably loosely familiar with the idea that the dinosaurs were the victims of a mass extinction event
    You’re probably less familiar with the idea that that was the fifth of five such events over the course of the planet’s history
    Now that we ourselves are becoming a geological force, what can these past extinctions tell us about the future survival of life on this planet?
    Lauren Sallan is a Paleobiologist and Martin Meyerson Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
    First Aired: 11/8/18

    Futureproof Extra: De Novo Genes

    Futureproof Extra: De Novo Genes

    About 550 million years ago natural selection gave us animals, 200 million years ago we had mammals and a mere 300,000 or so years ago you got us, homo sapiens.
    The evolutionary process is a slow one driven by very slight incremental alterations over unimaginably large swathes of time. Except perhaps when it comes to De Novo genes. 
    So, what are De Novo genes and just how important are they?
    Aoife McLysaght - Professor in the School of Genetics and Microbiology in Trinity College Dublin and one of the co-authors of a paper which could re-shape our understanding of how evolution works joined Jonathan to discuss.
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    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
169 Ratings

169 Ratings

rEamon, Kilkenny ,

Entertaining and informative

I’ve listened Futureproof since it started on the radio. Almost always informative and accessible to the layperson; the odd silly one. . Some incredibly entertaining podcasts on the sea and animal kingdoms, and some way out ones on physics and the universe. And the benefit of a husky voiced Lara adds to the enjoyment I haven’t found another science Podcast that is as easy to listen to. Well done

App rever ,

Thanks

Enjoy this, sometime crazy conversations... sometimes serious... mostly informative, unless Johonathan is to Squamish..
then it can be a little silly...
but I always enjoy it.. so thanks for making this podcast.
Sadhbh

Ron Healy ,

Just your average Everyman being baffled, amazed and amused by science, on our behalf.

I read a lot. Much of it is non-fiction. I’m interested in everything - but only at the surface level. I don’t want to be an expert in Genomics, Cosmology or Quantum Physics. But I’m interested in what these things are all about.

So is Jonathan.

Even better: he’s not an expert in any of these things either, so he asks the questions you or I probably would - about everything under (and even inside!) the Sun

Episodes are anything from a few
Minutes long to nearly an hour. Highly recommended for road trips, long journeys etc.

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