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Have you ever wondered why we laugh or if you can really die of a broken heart? Join Professor Luke O'Neill on ‘Show Me the Science’ as he tackles a different issue each week; from the serious to the silly, all explained through science. This Newstalk production will open the world of science to people of all ages. New episodes every Thursday. Show me the Science is with thanks to B Braun. Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podcasts ,Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, l ...
 
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Humans rely on our bodies' sense to survive and explore our world, but while we know a lot about some sense - like smell, hearing and vision - we know a lot less about others. This week Luke explains how they year's Nobel Prize winners made some fascinating discoveries about the body's sense of touch.Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on A…
 
This week Luke looks at the biggest machines ever built, and explains why they are not only a testament to humanity's never ending curiosity and ambition, but also how they could soon change how we understand the universe and life itself.Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podcasts ,Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and…
 
This week's episode might sound like it's pulled from a Hollywood screenplay - the rapidly moving plan for a resurrection of the long extinct Wooly Mammoth. This week Luke tells us about a fascinating scientific project underway to bring the animal back, and why it's being done in the name of fighting climate change.Listen and subscribe to Show Me …
 
The Ig Nobel awards are the silliest prizes in science, with experiments on everything from the power of beards to protect a face, to the best ways to kill a cockroach on a submarine. This week Luke looks at this year's winners and asks what the science behind the silliness might one day teach us about our world.Listen and subscribe to Show Me the …
 
We all want more free time, more time to do what we want with our lives - from hobbies to simply sitting around with our feet up. But can we have too much down-time? Is there a point where relaxation becomes detrimental to us?And what does science tell us is the way to get the most bang for our buck from our previous few hours away from it all?This…
 
Whether deep in our oceans, stretching across our deserts, or even lurking in suburban neighbourhoods, there remain mysterious sounds even science cannot yet explain. This week Luke explores some of the noises that continue to leave even the experts baffled, as well as some of the loudest noises ever produced by humans, machine or the natural world…
 
It is the most famous number of them all, and key to so much of what makes our lives tick - but what is Pi and why is it so central to our lives?This week Luke delves into the story behind the seemingly never-ending number, and he even has pi jokes too (if you can believe that).Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podcasts ,Google P…
 
What was once the dreams of world leaders has now become the plaything of the super-rich, as space flight has very recently opened up to billionaires and their paying customers for the first time.This week Luke explores the science of private space flight, and the people behind it.Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podcasts ,Googl…
 
Humans have been indelibly marking their skin with ink for thousands of years, but why did we start to tattoo ourselves and how does it work?As always science has the answers, and this week Luke has been delving into the research and experiments to bring us the most fascinating knowledge - including why getting a tattoo can have a positive impact o…
 
This week it’s all about celebrating grandmothers. Luke explores the science that explains how grandmothers are the secret to humanity’s success, and why genetics may be at play in a grandmother's care for her grandchildren.Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podcasts ,Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on …
 
It's where life began for humans and animals of all kinds and it is essential to all life, but why exactly does the sea smell the way it does?Well, scientists are a strange bunch and they ask sometimes odd questions and, in that spirit, this week Luke explores the science behind the scent of the sea and explains just why that ocean stink is so impo…
 
They're not just cute, they also happen to carry some quite incredible super powers. From underwater survival to growing like giants, this week Luke explains why baby humans are a scientific marvel all of their own.Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podcasts ,Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newst…
 
Why do we sweat? How important is it? What is the function and why does it smell do bad? And just how big is the deodorant business?This week Luke dives into the fascinating, stinking world of human sweat and explains one of our most important, but smelly, functions.Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podcasts ,Google Podcasts and …
 
Could we have found humanity's long lost cousin? A stunning discovery in China has led scientists to think it could be more closely related to humans than Neanderthals, and in doing so raises big new questions about our own evolution.Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podcasts ,Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and sub…
 
This week Luke takes a look at the recent US government report looking at mysterious sightings in the skies. What does the report tell us that we didn't know before, and what does it mean for our chances of meeting visitors from outer space?Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podcasts ,Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen …
 
Alzheimer's is one of the cruelest diseases we can face, robbing someone of their most cherished memories. Long ago thought of as an random affliction in older age, we are now beginning to understand the causes and ways to fight it.This week Luke explores the science of Alzheimer's and also a new drug that could change the way we think about the di…
 
The human body is an incredible machine, capable of spectacular speed, strength and feats of endurance. But how far can it go? How far can we push our bodies before they give in? And how powerful can the mind be when it comes to pushing the body beyond its limits?This week Luke explores the science of human limitations, and asks where the line real…
 
Would you re-design yourself? Would you re-draw the very building blocks of your body and customise yourself as your vision of the ideal specimen of the human body? What if you had that option for your child? Over the decades scientists have been making huge advances in mapping the human genome, and with it opening up potentially major benefits, an…
 
Its the bedrock of the immune system from birth and it's the fascinating, wonderous key to life of all mammals and one that only made its way into human life through a genetic oddity. This week Luke explores the science of milk, the complete food.Show me the Science is with thanks to B Braun.Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podc…
 
This week Luke heads for the junction of science and old wives' tales, and seeks to dispel some popular myths about our world, from the true memory of a goldfish to the luckiness, or otherwise, of the number 13.Show me the Science is with thanks to B Braun.Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podcasts ,Google Podcasts and Spotify. D…
 
Have you ever felt sick from reading in the car? Or felt queasy on a boat? When we move it can mess with our internal wiring if a few simple but important things aren't right, and this week Luke explores just why our bodies can get so revolted by a shaking of our balance, and why the science of motion sickness could help us figure out how to cure a…
 
Why are some of us morning larks and some night owls? And if you're born as one, what does it do to your body to try to live like the other?This week Luke answers a special request from a listener to delve into the science of shift work, and explores why our genes sets the rhythm of our body clock, and how we can realign our internal timing mechani…
 
Bacteria battling clots, mysterious platelets and Dracula - this week Luke explores the science of blood and investigates how it works, and the fascinating scientific journey that continues to unfurl and teach us more about what runs through our veins.Show me the Science is with thanks to B Braun
 
We live with some element of risk every day of our lives, but for most of us we try to minimise it. But do we really know why we do make the decisions we do to avoid risk, or if we're acting on gut against all the evidence?This week Luke explores the science of risk, and has some very interesting stats on life's riskiest activities.Show me the Scie…
 
Sneezing, sniffling, scratching - they're the curse of allergy sufferers everywhere and the end point of a lot of science on this week's episode.From the causes to the cures, Luke explores what makes our body react so forcefully to certain substances, whether hey be from plants, food or animals.Show me the Science is with thanks to B Braun.Listen a…
 
From the shrimp that can lift 3000 times its own weight (and lives in a world more colourful than we can imagine), to the giraffe's power pumping heart, and the all-seeing power of a seal's whiskers - there's super powers in the animal kingdom. Luke explores it all as he looks at the science of super animals.Show me the Science is with thanks to B …
 
From migraines to phantom pains, this week Luke explores the science of pain and explains everything from the family who feel no pain, to why new scientific discoveries could switch off some pains forever.Show me the Science is with thanks to B Braun.Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podcasts ,Google Podcasts and Spotify. Downloa…
 
From voice recognition software to computers that can far outstrip even the world's greatest human thinkers, artificial intelligence is evolving to master tasks once far beyond the realms of machines, but how far can it go? How will AI change our lives? And will the robots one day take over?This week Luke explores the science of artificial intellig…
 
It warms us, energises us, it lights our way and it's the key to all life on earth, but what do we really know about the science of the sun? This week Luke explores everything from the colour spectrum to solar wind and the aurora borealis.Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podcasts ,Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen an…
 
This week Luke explores the science of the gut.As time goes on we learn more and more that what happens in our gut can have far reaching consequences, for better and worse. It's not always pretty, but the discoveries about the bacteria living inside us could have massive impacts on our lives.Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podc…
 
Likes, favourites, tweets, tags and trends - it's a long way from the earliest forms of what is today's internet, and it's been an incredible story between then and now.This week Luke goes right back to the beginning of networked computer power and explains the science that led from the world wide web to the global social media giants, and the scie…
 
This week Luke explores the science of sport and exercise and explores questions like, do ice baths actually do any good? What makes someone a great athlete? Is it training or is it genetic? What are the three types of fitness?Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podcasts ,Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe …
 
Are we alone? It's a question that has intrigued philosophers and scientists alike for centuries and this week Luke brings us the science behind the hunt for extraterrestrial life, from early expedition beyond our own world to today's plans to reach out to anyone who might be listening in the vast beyond of outer space.Listen and subscribe to Show …
 
When did we first domesticate dogs? Why is it such a wonderful relationship between humans and our doggie friends? Why do different breeds have different personalities? And why is studying dogs helping us understand different human diseases? This week Luke brings us the science around our four legged friends, plus lots of interesting canine facts.L…
 
It's been a posed question throughout the ages - just what are the real differences between men and women? This week Luke delves into the divide between the sexes and tells us what science has found.Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podcasts ,Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can…
 
Vaccines have been in the news for months now, but how did scientists first learn that disease could be prevented this way?This week Luke brings us the story of vaccines, from the first smallpox vaccine experiments thousands of years ago to today's scientific solutions to some of the worst diseases known to humanity.Listen and subscribe to Show Me …
 
We all have to get old, but why do some people age better than others? Why do people living in some small regions around the world live far longer than the rest of us? Can we cheat the ageing process? And is living with a smile going to be worth a few decades more?This week Luke explores the science of ageing, from the reasons we can't fight time, …
 
This week Luke makes the most of the winter chill as he explores the science of all things cold.He tells us why humans aren't meant for chilly climates, which animals handle the deepest arctic winters best, why some people just can't stand a draughty room, and the almost magical benefits of a swim in the icy cold sea.Listen and subscribe to Show Me…
 
All around us we see the influence of the natural world, if we're not always aware of it. From shopping centres to bullet trains and even Olympic medal winning sportswear, science has long been taking inspiration from nature. This week Luke explains how when humanity finds itself stuck for answers to tricky problems, the solution can often lie amon…
 
Is our weight defined solely by what we eat, or are our genetics playing a bigger role than we think?Why does the idea of what is the ideal body change over time? What are some of the strangest diets used over the years? And out of thousands of diets examined by scientists, which two (yes, just two) are proven to work?This week Luke delves into the…
 
Keeping us safe, sane and in a fine mood - sleep dictates our lives and can be our best friend if we get right, our own downfall if we get it wrong.This week Luke explores the science behind our sleep, including the hidden benefits behind it, what happens while we're under and what happens when we don't get our required hours each night.Listen and …
 
Why do humans laugh? What is it about jokes that make us laugh? Why is laughing as good as a good exercise? And can laughing making you live longer? This week Luke explores the science of humour and explains all that tickles our funny bone.Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science on Apple Podcasts ,Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen a…
 
Why do we love music? Is music essential to human life? Do animals love music? Does it have a biological function?This week Professor Luke O'Neill explores the science of music and delves into everything from The Simpsons theme tune, why music helps during surgery, the health benefits of choirs and, of course, Elephant orchestras.Join Professor Luk…
 
Episode 1 of Show Me the Science with Professor Luke O'Neill takes a look at the science of love. What makes one person attractive to another? How do the perfume companies contribute to scientific research on love? And can you die of a broken heart?Join Professor Luke O'Neill on ‘Show Me the Science’ as he tackles a different issue each week; from …
 
Have you ever wondered why we laugh or if you can really die of a broken heart? Join Professor Luke O'Neill on ‘Show Me the Science’ as he tackles a different issue each week; from the serious to the silly, all explained through science. This Newstalk production will open the world of science to people of all ages. New episodes every Thursday.…
 
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