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

    Medical Cannabis – Ri Science Podcast #52

    Medical Cannabis – Ri Science Podcast #52

    What makes up a cannabis medicinal product? How do the active ingredients work in our bodies? What conditions can it treat, and how can doctors prescribe it?

    We’re joined by neurologist and medical cannabis expert Mike Barnes, and ‘End our Pain’ campaigners, Peter Carroll and Hannah Deacon.

    Hannah fought to obtain cannabis oil to treat her son Alfie’s epileptic seizures, and the campaign succeeded in changing UK law – as of November 2018, NHS doctors can legally prescribe cannabis.

    So why is it still hard for doctors to do so? Mike, Peter and Hannah discuss these issues with journalist, Susie Mesure.

    This talk was recorded from our theatre at the Royal Institution on 21 January 2019.

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Einstein on the Run – Ri Science Podcast #51

    Einstein on the Run – Ri Science Podcast #51

    In autumn 1933, Albert Einstein found himself living alone in an isolated holiday hut in rural England. There, he toiled peacefully at mathematics while occasionally stepping out to chat with the locals and play his violin. But how had Einstein come to abandon his Berlin home and go ‘"on the run"?

    Andrew Robinson tells the story of how Britain became the a refuge for Einstein from rumoured assassination by Nazi agents.

    This talk was recorded from our theatre at the Royal Institution, on 29 October 2019. If you want to hear more like this, head over to rigb.org to sign up for our upcoming talks.

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Conspiracy Theories – Ri Science Podcast #50

    Conspiracy Theories – Ri Science Podcast #50

    This month a panel of psychologists and sociologists discuss why conspiracy theories arise, how they can affect people’s political beliefs, and how we might better communicate with the people who believe in conspiracies.

    Conspiracy theories have been around for a long time, but in recent years they appear more frequently in public discourse. From increasing attention to anti-vaccine misinformation, to growing communities of conspiracy theorists, like the ‘flat earth’ community, who held their first large scale UK convention in 2018.

    Join Miriam Frankel, science editor at The Conversation, alongside Türkay Salim Nefes, Aleksandra Cichocka and Harry T Dyer.

    We held this event at the Ri on 24 October 2018, in partnership with independent news website, The Conversation: https://www.rigb.org/whats-on/events-2018/october/public-the-conversation-conspiracy-theories

    Website: www.rigb.org
    Twitter: twitter.com/Ri_Science
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Can We Trust Maths? – Ri Science Podcast #49

    Can We Trust Maths? – Ri Science Podcast #49

    If you see a newspaper headline with a big, bold statistic, how do you know that you can trust it? How often do false positive and false negative test results occur in medical screenings? And how do you safely bet whether or not 2 people in any room will share a birthday?

    This month we hear from Kit Yates about the maths of medicine, crime and the media, exploring real-world data from his book, ‘The Maths of Life and Death’.

    This talk was recorded from our theatre at the Royal Institution, on 21 January 2020. If you want to hear more like this, head over to our website to sign up for our upcoming livestreams.

    Website: www.rigb.org
    Twitter: twitter.com/Ri_Science
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    • 54 min
    Life in a Mars Simulation – Ri Science Podcast #48

    Life in a Mars Simulation – Ri Science Podcast #48

    This month, writer and former laser-physicist Kate Greene
    sat down for a chat with our Public Programme Producer, Lisa Derry. They talk about Kate’s experience living as second-in-command on NASA’s first simulated Mars mission, ‘HI-SEAS’.

    Living in an isolated geodesic dome for 4 months with her crew-mates,
    Kate gained incredible insight into human behaviour in tight quarters. Lisa and Kate cover food taste experiments, how human bodies cope in space, how NASA and SpaceX work together, and how the isolation that astronauts experience relates to the isolation we’ve all felt during Covid lockdowns.

    This conversation was recorded over Zoom on 18 February 2021, as part of our programme of livestreams. To see more like this, head to rigb.org to check out our upcoming talks.

    Website: www.rigb.org
    Twitter: twitter.com/Ri_Science
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalInstitution
    Patreon: www.patreon.com/TheRoyalInstitution

    • 1 hr 17 min
    The Art Of Rest – Ri Science Podcast #47

    The Art Of Rest – Ri Science Podcast #47

    What is the difference between sleep and rest? What activities to people actually find restful? Why is rest important?

    Award-winning broadcaster, author and psychology lecturer, Claudia Hammond, joins us to talk about her book 'The Art of Rest'. Drawing on results from 'The Rest Test' – the largest global study ever undertaken on the subject – Claudia explores how we can all learn to lead a more restful and balanced life.

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    • 1 hr 22 min

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