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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.

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Instant Genius BBC Science Focus

    • Science
    • 4.2 • 53 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.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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    The heart, with Sian Harding

    The heart, with Sian Harding

    Sian Harding, author of The Exquisite Machine: The new science of the heart, explains how the heart works, how to keep it healthy and the future of research into this essential organ.
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    • 34 min
    Jupiter in opposition, with Dr Jonathan Nichols

    Jupiter in opposition, with Dr Jonathan Nichols

    On Monday 26 September, Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth for 59 years, giving astronomers and stargazers a unique opportunity to observe and study the planet. To mark this moment, we spoke to planetary scientist Dr Jonathan Nichols from Leicester University, to understand the significance of this cosmological event and find out how new research is rewriting what we know about the enigmatic giant in our midst.
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    • 33 min
    Spider season, with Prof Adam Hart

    Spider season, with Prof Adam Hart

    It’s that time of year again when we start to notice spiders coming into our homes. But what is the cause of this so-called ‘spider season’ and can any UK spiders actually cause us harm? Entomologist Prof Adam Hart from the University of Gloucester gives us the lowdown.
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    • 23 min
    NASA’s DART asteroid deflection mission, with Tim Gregory

    NASA’s DART asteroid deflection mission, with Tim Gregory

    Geologist and chemist Tim Gregory tells us what to look out for when NASA’s DART spacecraft completes its year-long journey and crashes into an asteroid.
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    • 14 min
    Dung beetles, with Sally-Ann Spence

    Dung beetles, with Sally-Ann Spence

    Dung beetles are incredibly important insects. They keep fields clean by munching through dung, help aerate soil, and act as a food source for various animals. Dung beetle expert Sally Ann Spence tells us all about these little insects, reveals where you can find them, and explains why we should look after them.
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    • 30 min
    Artemis’s First Launch, with Libby Jackson

    Artemis’s First Launch, with Libby Jackson

    Over the last couple of weeks Artemis has had two failed attempts at its first launch. Libby Jackson, the Exploration Science Manager for the UK space agency explains what went wrong, why failures are all part of the process and what’s in store for us all when we finally make it back to the moon.
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

mandy macmillan ,

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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