The Guardian's Science Weekly

The award winning Science Weekly is the best place to learn about the big discoveries and debates in biology, chemistry, physics, and sometimes even maths. From the Guardian science desk  Ian Sample, Hannah Devlin &  Nicola Davis meet the great thinkers and doers in science and technology. Science has never sounded so good! We'd love to hear what you think, so get in touch via @guardianaudio or



Cross Section: Paul Davies – Science Weekly podcast

Nicola Davis talks to the theoretical physicist Paul Davies, who has been trying to find the solution to one of humankind’s trickier questions – what is life?



Where on earth is North? - Science Weekly podcast

Earth’s north magnetic pole wandering so quickly in recent decades that this week, scientists decided to update the World Magnetic Model, which underlies navigation for ships and planes today. Ian Sample looks at our relationship with the magnetic north.



Cross Section: Jo Dunkley – Science Weekly podcast

Jo Dunkley is a professor of physics and astrophysical sciences at Princeton University. Hannah Devlin talks to her about what it’s like to work on the Atacama Cosmology Telescope in Chile, where they need to bring oxygen tanks for safety.



Toxic legacy: what to do with Britain's nuclear waste – Science Weekly podcast

The UK has a problem and it isn’t going to go away anytime soon. But what to do about it? This week Geoff Marsh explores two options, including plans to bury the UK’s nuclear waste deep underground



How do we define creativity? - Science Weekly podcast

In our latest collaboration, Ian Sample teams up with Jordan Erica Webber of Chips with Everything to look at why artwork produced using artificial intelligence is forcing us to look at how we define creativity


 2019-01-18  24m

Exploring the far side of the moon – Science Weekly podcast

Hannah Devlin looks at why there is renewed interest in lunar exploration following the Chinese Chang’e 4 adventure on the far side of the moon


 2019-01-11  25m

Did a supervolcano cause the dinosaurs' demise? – Science Weekly podcast

Some scientists are beginning to question whether it really was an asteroid impact that led to the dinosaurs’ extinction – instead, they think it may have been a supervolcano in India. Graihagh Jackson investigates


 2019-01-04  25m

Cross Section: Hannah Fry – Science Weekly podcast

Dr Hannah Fry won the Christopher Zeeman medal in August for her contributions to the public understanding of the mathematical sciences. Ian Sample has invited her on the podcast to discuss her love of numbers. Plus, he asks, can we really use this discipline to predict human behaviour?


 2018-12-28  22m

Cross Section: Dame Jane Francis - Science Weekly podcast

Prof Dame Jane Francis knows Antarctica better than most: she’s spent the majority of her career researching this icy landscape. Ian Sample talks to her about what it’s like to camp in Antarctica and what her findings can tell us about our future on this planet


 2018-12-21  23m

Oh my: a psychological approach to awe – Science Weekly podcast

Nicola Davis asks what’s behind one of humanity’s most powerful and possibly evolutionarily important emotions


 2018-12-14  28m