Podcasts

You Have Twenty Seconds To Comply

Robot security guards have been around for a couple of years. What role do they fill? Are we creating the robot army destined to overthrow us?

Are robots electronic persons?

A draft report for the EU suggests ways we should prepare for a new industrial revolution powered by robots. Is it time to make them electronic persons?

Private Space Stations

With the International Space Station orbiting on borrowed time, what's the future of space stations? Are private companies going to launch their own stations into orbit?

Cities of Wood and Bone

We look again at the building materials of the future. Could timber replace concrete? And what about synthetic bone?

The Future of Weather Forecasts

Why does it take so much computing power to forecast the weather? And how could a weather study help one billion people?

Biosimilar Drugs

Biosimilar drugs have the potential to change the medical landscape. We talk about what biosimilar drugs are and their pros and cons.

The Future of Gender, Part 2

Society's concepts of sex and gender are mutable. How have those concepts changed throughout history? Could future changes help alleviate social issues affecting us today? Raquel Willis joins the team to discuss the past, present and future of gender.

The Future of Gender, Part 1

Society's concepts of sex and gender are mutable. How have those concepts changed throughout history? Could future changes help alleviate social issues affecting us today? Raquel Willis joins the team to discuss the past, present and future of gender.

Gene Drives, GMO Pests, and Avoiding Extinction

A new genetic technology called a gene drive could help eradicate deadly pests, like invasive rats in the Galápagos or malaria-carrying mosquitoes. But exactly how hazardous could accidental consequences be?

Edible Electronics

Making supercapacitors out of the same stuff you'd buy for a barbecue seems strange, but edible electronics could change the medical industry for the better. Tune in to learn how (and what they'll taste like).