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Whether you’re curious about getting healthy, the Big Bang or the science of cooking, find out everything you need to know in under 30 minutes with Instant Genius. The team behind BBC Science Focus Magazine talk to world-leading experts to bring you a bite-sized masterclass on a new subject each week.

New episodes are released every Monday and Friday and you can subscribe to Instant Genius on Apple Podcasts to access all new episodes ad-free and all old episodes of Instant Genius Extra.

Instant Genius BBC Science Focus

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    • 4.4 • 60 Ratings

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Whether you’re curious about getting healthy, the Big Bang or the science of cooking, find out everything you need to know in under 30 minutes with Instant Genius. The team behind BBC Science Focus Magazine talk to world-leading experts to bring you a bite-sized masterclass on a new subject each week.

New episodes are released every Monday and Friday and you can subscribe to Instant Genius on Apple Podcasts to access all new episodes ad-free and all old episodes of Instant Genius Extra.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    How to keep your immune system healthy

    How to keep your immune system healthy

    We often hear about the importance of our immune system, but how can we maintain it and keep it healthy? The answer is easier than you might think. We spoke to Bobby Cherayil, the author of the new book The Logic Of Immunity, deciphering an enigma to learn more about the importance of a healthy immune system.
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    • 24 min
    The potential health benefits of green tea

    The potential health benefits of green tea

    Be it drank first thing in the morning, as an afternoon pick-me-up or to soothe our souls after hearing some bad news, we Brits love a cup of tea.

    But over recent years, the traditional cup of black builders’ tea has found a new rival vying for our attention in cafés and on supermarket shelves – its more traditional cousin green tea.

    Many people are making the change not for reasons of flavour but for its supposed health benefits. But is there any truth in this?

    In this episode I speak to Justin Roberts, a professor of nutritional physiology based at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

    He tells us all about the nutritional content and potential health benefits we can gain from drinking this ancient beverage.
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    • 25 min
    How the mind affects physical health and vice versa

    How the mind affects physical health and vice versa

    For years researchers around the world have viewed the brain and body as separate entities, to be treated using different methods and even in different hospitals.

    However, recent discoveries have turned this picture on its head. We now know that our brains and immune systems are intimately linked and have a huge influence on each other.

    In this episode I speak to Dr Monty Lyman a medical doctor, researcher and author who studies the relationship between the mind and the immune system.

    We talk about the latest science he outlines in his book The Immune Mind: The New Science of Health.
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    • 30 min
    How AI will make the world a better place, not bring it to an end

    How AI will make the world a better place, not bring it to an end

    Artificial Intelligence can seem scary, especially with rapid advancements, but what if it actually improves our future? We spoke to Nick Bostrum, a leading philosopher at the University of Oxford and author of the new book Deep Utopia to find out why AI could be a force for positive change.
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    • 27 min
    Busting social media diet and nutrition myths

    Busting social media diet and nutrition myths

    These days as many as 60 per cent of us are turning to the Internet or social media to get health advice. It’s a staggering number, especially when you consider the fact that literally anyone, regardless of their background or qualifications, can set up an account and start giving out lifestyle or dietary tips that can have a huge effect on our wellbeing.

    In this episode I speak to Dr Idz, an NHS doctor with a background in nutritional research. He’s has made it his mission to fight the misinformation doled out on social media and provide scientifically accurate health advice. In doing so, he has racked up almost 2 million followers on TikTok and almost 300k on Instagram.

    He tells us about some of the most common, and potentially dangerous, nutrition myths that abound on social media that he busts in his book Saturated Facts.
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    • 34 min
    What happens in our bodies as we age? And is it possible to turn back the clock?

    What happens in our bodies as we age? And is it possible to turn back the clock?

    Be it biology, psychology or philosophy, ageing and death are undoubtedly two of the most difficult concepts to tackle in any field of research, so where do we even begin?

    In this episode I speak to Prof Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, a researcher based at Cambridge University’s MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, a former president of the Royal Society and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

    We talk about the fascinating discoveries he outlines in his latest book Why We Die: The New Science of Ageing and the Quest for Immortality.
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

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Hannah N

The interviewer of the doctor who saved her husband's life from a superbug was an absolute idiot! Why did he find it necessary to giggle throughout the entire interview? Her account was fascinating, he was an annoying distraction.

Palunargar ,

Topics are always relevant and interesting

I always find the topics very interesting and the interviews are great. It never disappoints!

meg0930 ,

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I really like this podcast and the content however I’m not untested in the deeper dive, I wish you could take a leaf out of the BBC history and split the deeper dive episodes and the main episodes up so you are not inundated with the extra subscription episodes.

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