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Adam Rutherford returns with guests in this new series to illuminate the mysteries and controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

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Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC Covering everything from the humble test tube to the depths of space, Inside Science is your guide to how science is evolving, transforming our culture, and affecting our lives.

Every Thursday afternoon, Dr Adam Rutherford brings us an authoritative, in-depth and enjoyable guide to science and the way that it is changing our world.

Learn about important breakthroughs in science, explore in-depth news stories and understand the wider implications of scientific discovery.

Inside Science shares the wonder, passion and excitement of science by telling some of the great science stories that are out there.

Joining Adam are Tracy Logan and Gareth Mitchell, who'll share presenting duties throughout the year.

The presenters and their guests will illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that’s changing our world.

Inside Science on BBC Radio 4

You can listen to Inside Science at 16:30 on Thursdays on BBC Radio 4. Use the link below to read more about the latest programme and explore OpenLearn articles, games, videos and study units relating to this week's topics.

Zika, penguins, corrections and fossils

King penguins standing in bright sunshine Copyrighted image Copyright: Jupiterimages In BBC Inside Science, Dr Adam Rutherford, along with colleagues and guests, illuminates the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

On this week's episode:

  • The Zika virus: Adam Rutherford discusses the emerging South American Zika virus outbreak with scientists Professor Jonathan Ball, University of Nottingham, and Professor Trudie Lang, University of Oxford. What can science tell us about the virus, and how can scientific research help?
  • PenguinWatch: Our reporter Victoria Gill has been installing penguin CCTV in Antarctica with Dr Tom Hart and Hila Levy of the citizen science project PenguinWatch. Back in Oxford, collaborator Gemma Clucas takes us through the latest on the project.
  • When science goes wrong: Back in October, Dr Andrea Manica of Cambridge University told us about a particularly surprising finding: That Eurasian genes are found across African human populations. The data was scrutinised by the scientific community and this week, that particular finding has had to be corrected. Andrea talks to us about how and why science must make corrections along the path of progress.
  • Fossils in museums: Every breathtaking, record breaking, giant dinosaur has thousands of small, largely insignificant cousins. Of course they are now fossilised, and pack the vaults of some of the world's leading scientific institutions. Marnie Chesterton goes to find out why.

Listen to Inside Science

Tune in to BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 28 January at 16:30 to listen to this week's programme, or catch up with the 9pm repeat. You can also download the podcast for extended interviews and bonus content. More information and a link to listen again later will be available from the BBC's Inside Science pages.


Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Long term radiation effects This week: Radiation, bonobos, The Winston Royal Society book prize and Henry Moseley. Read more
GM crops, galaxy formation and magnetic fields This week on BBC Inside Science: galaxy formation, the earth’s magnetic field, and GM crops. Read more
Paleo diet, corals and grime This week on BBC Inside Science: the Paleo diet, genetic codes, coral decline and city grime. Read more
Genes, dust and brains This week on BBC Inside Science: obesity and genes, dust, brains and computers and the mathematics of life. Read more
El Nino, peat, citizen science and CERN This week on BBC Inside Science: peat restoration, CERN memoirs and citizen science. Read more
Homo Naledi, quantum biology and skinsuits This week on BBC Inside Science: Homo Naledi, quantum biology, skinsuits and motion sickness. Read more
Pluto, migrating insects and imagination This week on BBC Inside Science: Pluto, a space elevator, migration of insects and an imagination app. Read more
Fossilisation, gravity and robots: Q&A special This week on BBC Inside Science: Adam hosts a Question & Answer special with panellists Nick Crumpton, Helen Czerski... Read more
Preserving global diversity: Kew special This week on BBC Inside Science: Adam reports from Kew Literary festival with panellists Kathy Willis, Ilia Leitch,... Read more
Coral, LIGO and physics This week on BBC Inside Science: coral resilience, gravitational waves and Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Read more
Back to the Future This week on BBC Inside Science: a Film special on the science of time travel Read more
Animal research, bees and oceans This week on BBC Inside Science: animal research, bees and diesel, oceanography and the science of reporting. Read more
Rosetta, bees, experiments and beavers This week: Rosetta finds oxygen on comet 67P, bees, reproducibility of experiments and the reintroduction of beavers Read more
Boole, cells and the brain This week: George's Boolean legacy, odometer cells and a book on the brain and you. Read more
Ice sheets, groundwater, coral and accents This week on BBC Inside Science: Antarctic ice sheets, groundwater, fluorescent corals and Scottish accents. Read more
Trees, Pluto, Sellafield and ants This week: Britain's oldest tree, Pluto's cryovolcanoes, nuclear power and ant colony intelligence. Read more
Astronomy Q&A, CERN and ancient genomes This week: Listener's questions on astronomy, CERN and the genomes of ancient farmers. Read more
Funding, carbon capture, graphene and crowds This week: The review of science funding, carbon capture storage, graphene and how escalators impact crowds. Read more
Flooding, magnetoreception and tube crowds This week: flooding, magnetoreception in animals and experiments on crowded tube escalators. Read more
Tim Peake, evolution, geophysics and air pollution This week: Chris Hadfield discusses Tim Peake, human evolution, the American Geophysical Union meeting and air... Read more
Christmas special – science over the holidays This week: Pluto update, human ancestry and how are scientists spending Christmas? Read more
Listeners Q&A special This week: listeners get their questions answered by Tim Cockerill, Chris Lintott and Helen Czerski. Read more
El Niño weather special This week: What is El Niño and what does it mean for us? Read more
Dinosaurs, genomes, blood and nuclear waste This week: sexual selection in dinosaurs, the 100,000 genome project, artifical blood and nuclear waste. Read more
Ancient genetics, supersonic flight and dinosaurs This week: Ancient genetics, supersonic flight, the world's largest dinosaur and a ninth planet? Read more
Zika, penguins, corrections and fossils This week, the Zika virus, PenguinWatch, when science admits it was wrong, and dinosaur fossils. Read more

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