Drunk Witness 

Many violent incidents in the UK involve alcohol. Can people provide accurate testimonies about what they observed while under the influence? Heather Flowe reviews the research to date and discusses whether you can reliably recollect crimes if you’ve had a few too many. 

A song of ice and fire 

Go on a journey with Ashley King, from the birth of the solar system to the present day. Using samples from primitive asteroids once formed in the cold, outer regions of early stars, he unravels a complex and fascinating picture of the group of stars and planets we call home.

Britain’s first superfast train 

Do you want to travel at near supersonic speeds in a vacuum tube? This could soon become a reality as a revolutionary train network, the Hyperloop, is already in development. These trains could reach speeds of over 700 mph. Join SpaceX pod competition finalists and Virgin Hyperloop One winners, HYPEd, as they tell the story … Continued

What would you leave behind? 

How would you react in a city-wide disaster? Warmer and drier weather conditions mean there are an increasing number of wildfires and their proximity to cities result in thousands of communities being entrapped once they break out. Check your own reactions to an extreme event while Sandra Vaiciulyte sheds light on how to improve safety … Continued

Lord Prescott: climate change, science and me

Over 20 years ago, John Prescott was handed the reins to one of the most important negotiations to tackle global climate change: the Kyoto Summit. The former deputy prime minister had no formal science background but successfully worked with scientists and politicians on the world stage to establish the Kyoto Protocol. Hear his personal take … Continued

When eating becomes a disorder

Anorexia and bulimia have always been in and out of the headlines; but weight is not always the measure of an eating disorder and there is little discussion in the media of the reality – that it is a hidden mental health problem. Join psychologist Sophie Rae as she shares what can contribute to, and … Continued

Male suicide: a silent crisis

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK and the crisis is detailed in the BBC’s new Horizon documentary. Join the presenter Xand van Tulleken, in conversation with Horizon Editor Steve Crabtree, to explore the themes in the programme and how we can begin raising awareness to tackle this silent epidemic.

Hellblade: tackling psychosis stereotypes

Making a video game about a female warrior living with psychosis is risky. The creators of BAFTA award-winning game Hellblade tried to do just that, and worked with scientists and those living with psychosis to explore new and positive ways of representing the mental condition. Join creative director Tameem Antoniades and psychiatrist Paul Fletcher in … Continued

Poetry and science: the space in between

Scientists are often too busy grappling with big questions and complex answers to take a step back and reflect. Many look to the arts as a way of articulating and expressing their ideas and inspirations and for trailblazing astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, poetry in particular can be a powerful tool. Join her and critically-acclaimed poet Lemn … Continued

The AI Revolution: hopes, fears and opportunities

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can often sound more like science fiction than reality, and yet most of us use it daily without even thinking about it, whether it’s virtual assistants such as Siri or Alexa or the powerful algorithms used by Facebook or Google. The transformative opportunities that will be brought about by AI are staggering … Continued