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Thought provoking lectures from the world's sharpest minds. Science talks from the Royal Institution every month.

Ri Science Podcast The Royal Institution

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    • 4.7, 13 Ratings

Thought provoking lectures from the world's sharpest minds. Science talks from the Royal Institution every month.

    Recipe for a Skyscraper - Ri Science Podcast #46

    Recipe for a Skyscraper - Ri Science Podcast #46

    How high can we build? What are the new technologies that might see our skyscrapers go beyond anything we ever imagined? What creativity and drive is needed to push engineering forward?

    Structural engineer Roma Agrawal delves into the history of the materials that enable immense construction and the developments that have made our structures what they are today. All while noting the accomplishments of key visionary engineers of the past.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Endometriosis – Ri Science Podcast Extra #1

    Endometriosis – Ri Science Podcast Extra #1

    Endometriosis is as common as diabetes, yet the disease is poorly understood and not many people have heard about it before. It affects around 10% of women in their reproductive years, and can cause great pain.

    In this special extra podcast, Ri Digital Intern and PhD student, Madga Mareckova, sits down with her PhD supervisors, Krina Zondervan & Christian Becker.

    They dispel myths and discuss the symptoms, potential causes and treatments of endometriosis, whilst sharing insights into their unique collaboration as researchers and clinicians at the University of Oxford's Endometriosis Care and Research (CaRe) Centre.

    The thumbnail image is a fluorescently labelled cross-section of the human endometrium, photographed by Magda Mareckova.

    • 44 min
    A Generalist AI - Ri Science Podcast #45

    A Generalist AI - Ri Science Podcast #45

    How far are we from creating Artificial General Intelligence? Can we build a machine to perform all of the intellectual tasks that a human being can?

    Reports of the ever-increasing power of AI systems have never been far from the headlines, from AlphaGo to self-driving cars. However, these are examples of ‘weak’ or ‘narrow’ AI; that is, systems that excel at one particular task, be it playing a game or understanding speech. But how far are we from creating Artificial General Intelligence? Join a panel of experts for a glimpse into the future of intelligence, in association with The Conversation.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    The Evolution of Truth - Ri Science Podcast #44

    The Evolution of Truth - Ri Science Podcast #44

    Why do people lie? Why has 'fake news' become such a global phenomenon in modern public discourse?

    Bringing together the fields of human evolution and current affairs, Richard Byrne and Evan Davis, together with comedian Rachel Wheeley, discuss whether the ability to communicate evolved to pass on facts or to deceive, why deception is so widespread in the era of 'post-truth' politics, and what we can do about it.

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Make, Think, Imagine - Ri Science Podcast #43

    Make, Think, Imagine - Ri Science Podcast #43

    Why has engineering always been the backbone of civilisation? And why do we enjoy making things? This month, Lord Browne in conversation with Vivienne Parry, explains what engineering is, what it has done for us and how it can deliver a brighter future. Robots, our health, security, climate change as well as autonomous vehicles are discussed.

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    The Gene Machine - Ri Science Podcast #42

    The Gene Machine - Ri Science Podcast #42

    The ribosome is the mother of all molecules without which nothing lives.

    This month, the Nobel Prize winner Venki Ramakrishnan in conversation with Vivienne Parry, tells the story of the race to uncover the structure of the ribosome - a fundamental discovery that resolves an ancient mystery of life itself and could lead to the development of better antibiotics to fight the most deadly diseases.

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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Earnest Fan ,

To Science Podcast BBC

Excellent information on a disease, endometriosis, that is useful, truthfully and unsparingly presented.

williamnapp ,

Love these!

Please post all your lectures!!

Culture Catharsis ,

Excellent Listen

I loved every minute of it. I studied physics at uni and found the podcast interesting and well researched. Great stuff!

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