Science Shows

Future Thinking

Future Thinking

Renowned inventors, scientists and futurologists describe the big idea that they want to solve and how it can transform the world.
31 Episodes
BBC Future
World-Changing Ideas

World-Changing Ideas

Fascinating stories, need-to-know briefings and compelling video inspired by BBC Future's World-Changing Ideas event series.
19 Episodes
BBC Future
How Does That Work?

How Does That Work?

Technology has made our everyday lives much easier than our ancestors had it. This series explores how this technology works, how it's being used today, and the advances that can be expected in the future.
18 Episodes
Reel
Animal Clinic

Animal Clinic

Dublin is a bustling capital city with one and a half million inhabitants. Alongside the humans live thousands of domestic animals, birds and wildlife. When they need emergency care, a dedicated team of people are there to help.
18 Episodes
Escapade
Bench to Bedside

Bench to Bedside

Bench to Bedside tells the inspirational stories of people and animals living with serious illnesses and the incredible biomedical research that could save their lives.
12 Episodes
ABC
Fight Science

Fight Science

Prepare to go beyond the dojo of pure-style martial arts and explore five new realms of combat. Fight Science brings a selection of nature's best athletes into the lab, to determine the limits of human fighting ability.
7 Episodes
Reel
HyperDrive

HyperDrive

BBC presenter and trained engineer Jack Stewart sorts solar planes from magnetic trains, offering you a guide to the vehicles and transport technologies of tomorrow.
6 Episodes
BBC Future
Backlight

Backlight

Dutch public broadcaster VPRO offers you impressive and award-winning travel series that will help you expand your view on the world.
4 Episodes
VPRO
What If?

What If?

What If?' from BBC Future explores thought experiments and hypothetical scenarios.
4 Episodes
BBC Future
Arctic Dilemma

Arctic Dilemma

Iceland and Greenland are being severely affected by climate chnage. How will it affect the future of the islands and their people?
2 Episodes
Reel
What Females Want and What Males Will Do

What Females Want and What Males Will Do

What Females Want and What Males Will Do explores the evolution of sexual strategies and what makes certain species winners and losers in the mating game.
2 Episodes
Reel
Drain the Ocean

Drain the Ocean

What if we could pull the plug and drain the planet's water? What would we see? What would we learn? Follow a virtual scientific expedition to the deep as we explore one of earth's last great frontiers.
2 Episodes
Reel
Rutherford and Fry

Rutherford and Fry

Drs Rutherford and Fry are on hand to solve everyday mysteries sent into BBC Future.
2 Episodes
BBC Future
Superhuman

Superhuman

Go inside the human body to discover its true potential and examine whether some people are pushing it too far.
1 Episode
Reel
Great Australians with Alan Jones

Great Australians with Alan Jones

Popular media personality Alan Jones talks to a selection of talented and influential Australians who have achieved greatness in their respective fields. Eponymous without seeking the furnishings of fame, these individuals have risen to considerable challenges to become world figures in their fields.
1 Episode
Umbrella
Building Tomorrow

Building Tomorrow

Building Tomorrow presents radical visions that illustrate not only the huge challenges we face, but also the opportunities that could materialise if we push the limits of what's possible.
1 Episode
BBC Future

Science Episodes

Why The Human Knee Is A Design Disaster

Why The Human Knee Is A Design Disaster

Millions deal with knee problems every year. From elite athletes tearing their ACLs to senior citizens with chronic knee pain, there is clearly something error prone about the design of the human knee. It all comes down to a potent mix of evolutio...
9mins
Cheddar
Urban Dogs More Fearful Than Country Dogs

Urban Dogs More Fearful Than Country Dogs

A Finnish study found that urban raised dogs are more fearful than dogs raised in the country.
Stringr
High Iron Foods Make Healthy Skin & Hair

High Iron Foods Make Healthy Skin & Hair

Nutritionists advise people who want to have healthy skin and hair to incorporate more iron into their diets.
1min
Food, ,
Stringr
Vitamin B3 Could Fight Brain Cancer

Vitamin B3 Could Fight Brain Cancer

Researchers have found that vitamin B3 might be able to help fight brain cancer.
1min
Stringr
Why New York Dumps Old Trucks (And More) Into the Ocean

Why New York Dumps Old Trucks (And More) Into the Ocean

In 2008, photographer Stephen Mallon documented the dumping of 44 decommissioned subway cars into the Atlantic Ocean. Today, 2,400 cars line the ocean floor in six states from New Jersey all the way down to Georgia. But the list of materials being...
8mins
Cheddar
What Makes Coronavirus So Infectious?

What Makes Coronavirus So Infectious?

Coronavirus has spread around the world with unprecedented speed and effectiveness. So what is it about this virus that makes it so infectious? A combination of the virus’s unique microscopic structure, it’s stealthy style of infection, and today’...
8mins
Cheddar
Doctor Responds To Coronavirus Myths

Doctor Responds To Coronavirus Myths

As COVID-19 sweeps the globe heaps of misinformation comes with it. With so many ways and places to consume information it can be tough to determine fact from fiction. Cheddar spoke with Dr. Luiza Petra to verify or debunk some of these myths.
7mins
Cheddar
How Will Summer Really Impact Coronavirus?

How Will Summer Really Impact Coronavirus?

Whether it’s the President of the United States or one of your friends, people all over the country are claiming summer will help get rid of the Coronavirus. But solving our COVID-19 crisis won't be as easy as waiting for warm weather to set in.
9mins
Cheddar
Save the insects!

Save the insects!

In Morocco, researchers are helping local farmers protect insect populations and boost their yields. The project called Farming with Alternative Pollinators encourages farmers to grow a variety of insect-attracting plants alongside their main crop.
5mins
Deutsche Welle
The Tiny Compound That Makes Soap A Coronavirus Killer

The Tiny Compound That Makes Soap A Coronavirus Killer

Hand sanitizer has become a scare commodity as Coronavirus has spread around the world. But you might be surprised to learn that plentiful, cheap soap is actually one of the most effective weapons we have against COVID-19. It all comes down to the...
6mins
Cheddar
Waste management in Brasilia

Waste management in Brasilia

Brazil still has hundreds of open landfill sites full of garbage. Now a university in the capital Brasilia is helping to implement a new, sustainable waste management system. The program aims to increase the proportion of waste that is recycled.
4mins
Deutsche Welle
Antibiotic medicines from mangrove swamps

Antibiotic medicines from mangrove swamps

The rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria is an urgent medical problem. At Germany's Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, a researcher from Indonesia is hoping to find potent antimicrobial substances in soil samples from mangrove swamps.
4mins
Deutsche Welle
NASA says a large asteroid will fly by Earth

NASA says a large asteroid will fly by Earth

NASA warned that asteroid 2002 PZ39 will approach Earth. This asteroid is moving at a speed of nearly 55,000 km per hour relative to Earth and has a diameter of between 440 meters to 990 meters.
Next Animation Studio
Why The World Sends Its Plastic Trash To Malaysia

Why The World Sends Its Plastic Trash To Malaysia

Southeast Asia has become the world’s largest importer of plastic scrap. Bales of imported plastic shipped in from the US, Europe and China flood ports in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Underground industries of illegal dump sites ar...
6mins
Cheddar
What causes ocean currents?

What causes ocean currents?

This week's viewer question was sent in by Arnulfo Quintanilla from El Salvador.
2mins
Deutsche Welle
Asteroid approaching Earth will not annihilate humanity

Asteroid approaching Earth will not annihilate humanity

Scientists say that sensational headlines about an asteroid approaching Earth in April are misleading.
27secs
Euronews
Hubble’s Enduring Legacy

Hubble’s Enduring Legacy

Since its launch, the Hubble Telescope has returned images of unprecedented beauty of a dynamic and changing universe. By looking closely at these images, Hubble’s Enduring Legacy reveals the findings of astronomers over its remarkable history.
50mins
TVF Media
Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams

Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams

Energetic Cambridge Professor Simon Schaffer brings to life the untold story of early robots – called androids or automata – extraordinary clockwork machines designed hundreds of years ago to mimic and recreate life.
60mins
TVF Media
Milk Associated With Increase In Cancer

Milk Associated With Increase In Cancer

Dairy milk consumption has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
1min
Stringr
Should we edit our DNA? An imagined future of gene editing

Should we edit our DNA? An imagined future of gene editing

There are decisions being made right now that could have an effect on global populations for generations to come. As part of this fictional project, we commissioned an artist to investigate some of the themes raised in the podcasts.
13mins
The Guardian
ESA and NASA count down to launch of Solar Orbiter mission to study Sun's poles

ESA and NASA count down to launch of Solar Orbiter mission to study Sun's poles

The Solar Orbiter, a joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, is ready for lift-off. The mission aims to give close-up views of the Sun's polar regions and observe its magnetic activity.
2mins
Euronews
Countdown to Solar Orbiter launch

Countdown to Solar Orbiter launch

Scientists will soon be able to predict solar storms with a special orbiter, set to launch in February. Its job is to track the visible surface of the sun and at the same time map its magnetic field, thereby providing glimpses into the inner life ...
4mins
Deutsche Welle
Here comes the sun

Here comes the sun

Our sun is a huge ball of electrically charged gas that's been shining bright for around 4.5 billion years and providing the earth with heat and light. Without it, the rich diversity of life on earth would never have developed.
3mins
Deutsche Welle
Why do we have two nostrils?

Why do we have two nostrils?

The Tomorrow Today viewer question this week comes from Salvador Salazar in Venezuela.
2mins
Deutsche Welle
Will A Mask Really Protect You From Coronavirus?

Will A Mask Really Protect You From Coronavirus?

What exactly is coronavirus, and what's the best way to protect yourself? We checked in with Dr. Amesh Adalja to ask if surgical masks really keep you healthy, and what you should do instead.
4mins
Cheddar
Masturbation - what science has to say

Masturbation - what science has to say

This week's viewer question comes from Kal Mbye in Gambia.
2mins
Deutsche Welle
How A Drone Strike Works

How A Drone Strike Works

The U.S. has become dependent on drones to monitor and target perceived threats. They may keep military officials out of the line of fire, but these unmanned aircrafts aren’t as autonomous as they seem. How much do you really know about how a dron...
5mins
Cheddar
The Deceptive Origins of Subliminal Messaging

The Deceptive Origins of Subliminal Messaging

Fears of subliminal messages have been present in pop culture for decades, but does it actually work? And where did it start?
7mins
Cheddar
How Star Wars Created The Most Iconic Intro In Cinema History

How Star Wars Created The Most Iconic Intro In Cinema History

The Star Wars opening crawl is arguably as iconic as light sabers and Darth Vader himself. hen A New Hope hit theaters in 1977 audiences rose to their feet during this intro crawl, cheering in unfiltered excitement. Over the past 42 years each of ...
8mins
Cheddar
Is Fasting The New Fountain Of Youth?

Is Fasting The New Fountain Of Youth?

Fasting is a practice that dates back centuries and still plays a role in many cultures and religions.
1min
Stringr
How To Follow Through On Your Resolutions

How To Follow Through On Your Resolutions

Fasting is a practice that dates back centuries and still plays a role in many cultures and religions.
1min
Stringr
Visible yet invisible: The poetry of light

Visible yet invisible: The poetry of light

It isn't only physicists who are fascinated by light. Poets too have been entranced by its powers. Photons have mysterious properties. Perhaps this is why we like to light candles when we're feeling contemplative.
5mins
Deutsche Welle
LiFi - The internet of light

LiFi - The internet of light

Li-Fi, short for "Light Fidelity" is a wireless technology that uses LED light to share data. It is faster and safer than regular WiFi. And it could soon be put into practice.
4mins
Deutsche Welle
Tech Crunch's Startup Battlefield Competition: using thought to control a robot

Tech Crunch's Startup Battlefield Competition: using thought to control a robot

MIndAffect is researching ways to let users control devices with just their minds.
12mins
Tech Crunch
Climate research in Rwanda

Climate research in Rwanda

Africa's first climate monitoring station is located on Mount Mugogo in Rwanda. Scientists there monitor levels of various greenhouse gases. They hope their data will help strengthen Africa's position at international climate negotiations.
4mins
Deutsche Welle
Zuckerberg Charity Wants To Cure All Disease

Zuckerberg Charity Wants To Cure All Disease

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife recently announced they want to cure the world of all disease.
1min
Health, ,
Stringr
Geoengineering the climate

Geoengineering the climate

Blanketing the Antarctic ice sheet in artificial snow might sound outlandish. But could geoengineering help to counteract runaway climate change? One thing is clear: many of the ideas could be very risky.
5mins
Deutsche Welle
The female scientists of Gorongosa

The female scientists of Gorongosa

In the Gorongosa National Park, young female scientists are cataloguing flora and fauna for a global genetic database. It will enhance our understanding of the diversity of life on earth and the roles different species play.
5mins
Deutsche Welle
How important are the bacteria in our bodies?

How important are the bacteria in our bodies?

This week's viewer question comes from Osman Maiga in Uganda.
2mins
Deutsche Welle
Cholesterol And Heart Attacks On The Decline

Cholesterol And Heart Attacks On The Decline

Cholesterol and heart attacks across the country are both down since 2013 due to improved medical advice.
1min
Stringr
Biodiversity in the Orinoco basin

Biodiversity in the Orinoco basin

Travelling up and down the river, Alexander von Humboldt was ravished by the beauty and variety of the landscapes, flora and fauna. Today nature conservationists are battling to preserve the region's many threatened species.
10mins
Deutsche Welle
Rare earths

Rare earths

Whether hard drives or electric motors, rare earth elements play a key role in a range of technologies. The metals mostly come from China. To ease dependence, researchers at the RWTH Aachen University are working on recycling the precious elements.
5mins
Deutsche Welle
Harvesting sap with aphids

Harvesting sap with aphids

If sap could be manipulated to make a plant more attractive to various pollinators, it would help secure harvests. A common plant pest is helping researchers in the process.
4mins
Deutsche Welle
New TB Vaccine Could Save Millions

New TB Vaccine Could Save Millions

With TB as the leading infectious cause of death around the world, researchers have found a new vaccine that could save millions.
1min
Stringr
Botswana to set up boreholes to save drought-stricken elephants

Botswana to set up boreholes to save drought-stricken elephants

Botswana to set up boreholes to save elephants during the drought caused by climate change. At least 120 elephants have died in the Chobe area, last week.
1min
Independent Media
The biggest revolution in gene editing: Crispr-Cas9 explained

The biggest revolution in gene editing: Crispr-Cas9 explained

Prof Jennifer Doudna, one the pioneers of Crispr-Cas9 gene editing, explains how this revolutionary discovery enables precise changes to our DNA.
4mins
The Guardian
Why your memories can't be trusted – video

Why your memories can't be trusted – video

Memory does not work like a video tape – it is not stored like a file just waiting to be retrieved. Instead, memories are formed in networks across the brain and every time they are recalled they can be subtly changed.
8mins
The Guardian
Can we all move to Mars? Prof Martin Rees on space exploration – video

Can we all move to Mars? Prof Martin Rees on space exploration – video

The first of a series of films called 'Five minute masterminds' starts with Prof Martin Rees, the astronomer royal.
4mins
The Guardian