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

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
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
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
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
Flat Earth rising: meet the people casting aside 2,500 years of science – video

Flat Earth rising: meet the people casting aside 2,500 years of science – video

Though not a new phenomenon, flat Earth theory has enjoyed a huge resurgence recently.
14mins
The Guardian
Eat Nuts To Avoid Weight Gain

Eat Nuts To Avoid Weight Gain

A Harvard study found that eating a handful of nuts frequently helps keep off excess weight gain.
1min
Stringr
The Scariest Movie Sounds You Can't Hear

The Scariest Movie Sounds You Can't Hear

Sound is a vital element of any film. But what about sounds you can't hear? In this video, Cheddar Explains how sub-bass sounds, and infrasounds can be used to mess with the human body - from discomfort, to straight-up anxiety.
13mins
Cheddar
How To Recognize Burnout Before It's Too Late

How To Recognize Burnout Before It's Too Late

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights long-term and unresolvable burnout not as a symptom, but a major health concern.
1min
Health, ,
Stringr
The Unforseen Issue With Skyscraper Canyons

The Unforseen Issue With Skyscraper Canyons

Have you ever walked down a city street in the winter and almost been blown off your feet by freezing wind? Well, it's the result of man-made street canyons. Towering buildings lining city avenues cause conditions like elevated temperatures, wind ...
5mins
Cheddar
Making carbon-neutral clothes out of algae: the designers taking on fast fashion

Making carbon-neutral clothes out of algae: the designers taking on fast fashion

The fashion industry is a fossil-fuel-guzzling operation as many of our clothes are made from petroleum-based textiles such as polyester.
3mins
News, , ,
The Guardian
The Font That Makes Everyone Read Faster

The Font That Makes Everyone Read Faster

Since its inception the art of typography was very much that: an art form. New fonts were designed to suit a mood, match a message, or to better catch your eye. But today, it’s becoming a science. Recently, an educational therapist and typographer...
7mins
Cheddar
Low-Carb Diet Helps Lose Overall Fat

Low-Carb Diet Helps Lose Overall Fat

A low-carb diet is by far the best way to lose belly fat, according to health experts.
1min
Stringr
A Hidden Perk Of Being Tall

A Hidden Perk Of Being Tall

A new study revealed a hidden perk of being tall.
1min
Stringr
Why Does New York City Smell So Bad?

Why Does New York City Smell So Bad?

New York City has always been described as filthy and smelly with trash everywhere. But, how did New York develop these characteristics? It began with the original urban planning back in the 1800's.
6mins
Cheddar
How Drones Could Save Millions of Lives

How Drones Could Save Millions of Lives

Drone technology is increasingly being used to provide remote care, supplement emergency responses, and generally decrease the time it takes for people to get the medical attention that they need. Cheddar explores the technology and some of the pl...
7mins
Cheddar
Are Lefties Physically Different?

Are Lefties Physically Different?

Are left-handed people different, or is that a myth?
Stringr
Looking On The Bright Side Helps You Live Longer

Looking On The Bright Side Helps You Live Longer

The saying, "Choose to be optimistic, it feels better," has been backed up by science.
2mins
Stringr
Alexander von Humboldt in America - Part 4

Alexander von Humboldt in America - Part 4

The Humboldt Current along the coast of Peru is bursting with life. With its nutrient-rich water from the depths, the ocean current discovered by Humboldt is vital for a huge ecosystem. But climate change is now disrupting it.
8mins
Deutsche Welle
In Humboldt's footsteps - Part 3: Respect for indigenes

In Humboldt's footsteps - Part 3: Respect for indigenes

German scientist Alexander von Humboldt was intrigued by the way of life of indigenous peoples in South America. In that spirit we visit members of the Achuar people, who live in relative isolation deep in the Amazon forest.
9mins
Deutsche Welle
Why Skyscraper Cemeteries Are On The Rise

Why Skyscraper Cemeteries Are On The Rise

Imagine a tower of the dead, looming over your downtown. Creepy? Or a good reminder that life is fleeting? Cheddar Explains why vertical cemeteries are on the rise.
5mins
Cheddar
Climate Change Is Now Part of Medical Education

Climate Change Is Now Part of Medical Education

Dr. Mona Sarfaty, the director of the Medical Society's consortium on climate and health, details how the changing climate requires a change in the way future doctors are taught about public health.
4mins
Cheddar
In Humboldt's footsteps: Volcanic visions in Ecuador

In Humboldt's footsteps: Volcanic visions in Ecuador

When Alexander von Humboldt traveled to Ecuador, he found dozens of volcanoes. The discovery prompted him to dub the area the "Avenue of the Volcanoes," and to this day, 17 of them remain active. DW went to see them.
8mins
Deutsche Welle
Samsung unveils new Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ smartphones

Samsung unveils new Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ smartphones

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+. Key new features include Air actions - which allow users to phone some parts of the phone by making gestures in the air with the included S Pen stylus. Also includes AR Doodle feature which allows user...
Press Association
Sharks glow green in the depths of the ocean

Sharks glow green in the depths of the ocean

Credit: David Gruber, City University of New York Glowing bright green may not seem like the most effective disguise, but some sharks take on the colour to make sure only their own kind can identify them. And while a green hue may be a sign of i...
Press Association