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Have you ever wondered why we laugh or if you can really die of a broken heart? Join Professor Luke O'Neill on ‘Show Me the Science’ as he tackles a different issue each week; from the serious to the silly, all explained through science. This Newstalk production will open the world of science to people of all ages. New episodes every Thursday. Show me the Science is with thanks to B Braun.

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Have you ever wondered why we laugh or if you can really die of a broken heart? Join Professor Luke O'Neill on ‘Show Me the Science’ as he tackles a different issue each week; from the serious to the silly, all explained through science. This Newstalk production will open the world of science to people of all ages. New episodes every Thursday. Show me the Science is with thanks to B Braun.

Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science with Luke O'Neill on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App.  

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

    161. The Science of Daylight Savings

    161. The Science of Daylight Savings

    Why did we all put our clocks forward by an hour a few weeks ago? And why will we push them back again come autumn? The historic justifications were to allow for brighter mornings in the autumn and winter and extra daylight at the end of the working day across spring and summer. But, now there's some push back on the practice and Luke explains why some think it's harmful.

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    160. The Science of Self Driving Cars

    160. The Science of Self Driving Cars

    Is 2024 the year we'll finally see self driving cars on our roads? While there are already some 'Robo-cabs' in service in the United States aiming to provide a 'safer' driving experience, there are still big challenges for the futuristic technology before they can be more widely rolled out. Luke gives us an update of the latest state of affairs in the world of driverless cars.

    • 13 min
    159. The Science of Tech Neck

    159. The Science of Tech Neck

    When new machinery was first invented, researchers notices that frequent users such as factory workers or typists were developing repetitive strain injuries. And, now that technology has become such a crucial part of all our lives, and we all spend hours daily with our heads tilted down at a screen they are seeing a surge of the phenomenon known as 'Tech Neck' .
    Luke looks at the research into the muscle strain and offers some solutions for those suffering.

    • 10 min
    158. The Science of Smoking and Immunity

    158. The Science of Smoking and Immunity

    Why does the immune system differ from person to person? Why do some people seem more resistant to infections or viruses than others? New research has sought to answer these questions, and in the process shown the impact of smoking on your immune system and in particular the effects on the adaptive immune response.
    Luke takes us through the new research and explains how smoking can turn off some of our internal defense systems.

    • 13 min
    157. The Science of Long Covid

    157. The Science of Long Covid

    An Irish research team has just had a breakthrough on their research into Long Covid. Luke recaps what we already know about the condition which causes brain fog and fatigue in roughly 1 in 3 patients infected with Covid-19.
    He also explained what the brain blood barrier may have to do with it, and what potential treatments or preventative measures may come from this research.

    • 13 min
    156. The Science of Neuralink

    156. The Science of Neuralink

    Elon Musk's latest venture 'Neuralink' which aims to place a chip within the brain of a human has shown 'promising neural spike detection'. This means that down the line a brain implant could pick up on our thoughts and communicate them directly to a computer, allowing our thoughts to be sent as text messages without ever picking up a phone, or to move a prosthetic limb with ease.
    Luke takes us through the latest developments in the world of brain implants and offers other examples of their existence already in circulation such as cochlear implants.

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