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Reflecting on recent science news stories and current events, authoritative thinkers unpack the implications for society. Naked Reflections is chaired by Ed Kessler, director of the Woolf Institute, Cambridge.

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Reflecting on recent science news stories and current events, authoritative thinkers unpack the implications for society. Naked Reflections is chaired by Ed Kessler, director of the Woolf Institute, Cambridge.

    Restoring Old Masterpieces

    Restoring Old Masterpieces

    Restoring old master pictures and preserving old manuscripts requires knowledge of the latest scientific techniques. But it can still be a highly controversial activity, especially when it comes to famous canvases and frescoes. With Ed Kessler to compare notes are Ilaria Bernocchi and Suzanne Paul... Like this podcast? Please help us by writing a review

    • 29 min
    Reflecting on War Crimes and Justice

    Reflecting on War Crimes and Justice

    The investigation and prosecution of war crimes and atrocities by the International Criminal Court based in The Hague is a work in progress and, unsurprisingly, its decisions can be controversial. Meanwhile, there are peace-makers all over the world knocking heads together to try and resolve conflicts. Gwen Burnyeat and Mark Kersten join Ed Kessler to reflect on justice and conflict... Like this podcast? Please help us by writing a review

    • 26 min
    Reflecting on Addiction

    Reflecting on Addiction

    Addiction is a condition that can be overcome and an addict is much more than his or her addiction. In fact, the very word addict is unhelpful. Marc Rosen and Nick Sheppard join Ed Kessler to discuss the latest thinking on addiction... Like this podcast? Please help us by writing a review

    • 30 min
    Movement of People

    Movement of People

    The movement of peoples seems to be as old as the hills they move across. Sometimes it's necessary for survival, born of the wish to trade or simply out of curiosity, but it seems to be deeply engrained in human behaviour. With Ed Kessler, and taking the long view, are Peer Schouten and Dunya Habash take a long view... Like this podcast? Please help us by writing a review

    • 29 min
    Biology's Holy Grail

    Biology's Holy Grail

    Claims for a game-changing breakthrough in biological science were made recently when the Alphafold programme developed by Google's DEEP MIND had striking success in determining the 3D structures made by proteins. But was it worth the hype? Alex Taylor and Beth Singler give Ed Kessler their verdicts... Like this podcast? Please help us by writing a review

    • 25 min
    Who gets the blame?

    Who gets the blame?

    Why do we find it so difficult to own up to our mistakes? Why is there so much bile on social media but such reluctance to be straightforwardly critical in the public square? Bertram Malle and Kitty O'Lone join Ed Kessler to tease out the nuances of the blame game... Like this podcast? Please help us by writing a review

    • 28 min

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