Existential physics: answering life’s biggest questions – with Sabine Hossenfelder

From The Royal Institution. Join theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder as she draws on the latest research in quantum mechanics, black holes, string theory and particle physics to explore what modern physics can tell us about the big questions. Watch the Q&A here: https://youtu.be/QiE6P3EcKRk Sabine’s book "Existential Physics: A Scientists Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions", is…

Mysterious numbers: unlocking the secrets of the Universe – with Tony Padilla

From The Royal Institution. Join leading theoretical physicist and YouTube star Tony Padilla as he explores the most extraordinary numbers in physics, and how they explain fundamental truths of the universe. Watch the Q&A here: https://youtu.be/dhT_vl3epgY Tony’s book "Fantastic Numbers and Where to Find Them: A Cosmic Question from Zero to Infinity" is available to…

Trailblazing women astronomers – with David Weintraub, Carole Mundell and Hiranya Peiris

From The Royal Institution. Join astronomer and book editor David Weintraub, and astronomers Hiranya Peiris and Carole Mundell as they explore an internationally diverse collection of autobiographical essays. Find out about the women who broke down barriers and changed the face of modern astronomy. Watch the Q&A here: https://youtu.be/Zd4nKNwOmVA The book "The Sky is for…

Michael Faraday’s supernatural experiment

From The Royal Institution. Are ghosts real? The Victorians certainly thought so – and Michael Faraday wanted to prove otherwise. We’ve recreated his spooky experiment in time for Halloween. Victorian society was fascinated by the possibility of communicating with ghosts. People reported mysterious phenomena, such as moving furniture, when they tried to contact the spirit…

What Darwin won’t tell you about evolution – with Jonathan Pettitt

From The Royal Institution. How did the complexity of life evolve? Was it via finely-tuned natural selection, or a more messy process altogether? Watch the Q&A for this video here: https://youtu.be/TS3uyVtuZGI Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe In this talk, Jonathan Pettitt explains how living systems tend to make simple mechanisms more complicated than they…

Can machines be emotionally intelligent? – with Hatice Gunes

From The Royal Institution. Do machines need emotional intelligence? And how can we create technology that behaves in a socio-emotionally intelligent way? Watch the Q&A here: https://youtu.be/_IiyTD0Ogyc Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe Join Hatice Gunes as she explains why socio-emotional intelligence for artificial systems is not a luxury but a necessity. In this talk,…

What can science tell us about dogs? – with Jules Howard

From The Royal Institution. Does your dog really love you? Can dogs understand human emotions? And what’s the history of dogs and scientific research? Watch the Q&A here: https://youtu.be/1fWCiccira4 Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe Get Jules’s book ‘Wonderdog’ here: https://geni.us/gBAsA36 Join zoologist Jules Howard as he explores how we gained our current understanding of…

Do we live in a multiverse? – with Laura Mersini-Houghton

From The Royal Institution. What lies beyond the edge of our own universe? Learn more from cosmologist Laura Mersini-Houghton as she discusses her ground-breaking theory in this short video. Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe Laura’s book is out now: https://geni.us/GxU3nFB Laura Mersini-Houghton is an internationally renowned cosmologist and theoretical physicist and one of the…

Physics experiments that changed the world – with Suzie Sheehy

From The Royal Institution. Twentieth-century physics has changed the world – and some of the most important discoveries happened right here at the Royal Institution. Watch the Q&A here: https://youtu.be/gEHXJEFSftE Suzie’s books ‘The Matter of Everything’ is out now: https://geni.us/Qi5U Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe Join Suzie as she brings physics down to earth,…

Why does maths give humans the edge over machines? – with Junaid Mubeen

From The Royal Institution. Why will humans always have the advantage over robots? It’s because of a remarkable system of thought developed over the millennia – maths. . Watch the Q&A here: https://youtu.be/8JrLBvrTrp0 Junaid’s book on this topic is out now: https://geni.us/hzX0 Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe Computers are brilliant at totting up sums,…

When nature breaks the law – with Mary Roach and Lucy Cooke

From The Royal Institution. What happens when humanity and nature bump up against each other? Find out about laser scarecrows, robo-hawks, human-elephant conflict specialists and monkey impersonators. Mary book ‘Animal Vegetable Criminal: When Nature Breaks the Law’ is available now: https://geni.us/maryroach Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe What’s to be done about a jaywalking moose?…

Mindwandering – with Moshe Bar

From The Royal Institution. Do you often find your mind wandering? Did you know that mindwandering can actually stimulate creativity, increase focus and boost your mood? Watch Moshe’s Q&A here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgr7lJOrjWc Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe Moshe’s book ‘Mindwandering’ is out now: https://geni.us/pZMDI Our brains are inherently noisy. Certain regions are always grinding away…

The cell programming revolution – with Mark Kotter

From The Royal Institution. Neurosurgeon and stem cell biologist Mark Kotter reveals how he and his colleagues made some of the first major breakthroughs in cell therapy. Watch the Q&A here: https://youtu.be/2hbS9dxYAEY Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe Listen to our monthly podcast here: https://anchor.fm/ri-science-podcast Scientists are embarking on a biological version of the digital…

The universe’s biggest mysteries – with Gianfranco Bertone

From The Royal Institution. The new astronomy is based on gravitational waves, rather than lights and telescopes, and it enables scientists to observe events in our universe that otherwise would be forever buried in darkness. Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe Buy Gianfranco’s book ‘A tale of two universes’ here: https://geni.us/bertone Gianfranco Bertone is Professor…

What’s going wrong with mental health awareness? – with Lucy Foulkes

From The Royal Institution. Despite the recent drive to talk more about mental health, we might be more confused about this topic than ever. Watch the Q&A with Lucy on this topic here: https://youtu.be/PgVMYeaKs0A Lucy’s book is available now: https://geni.us/j78KPq8 Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe Conversations about mental health are now happening everywhere: in…

Getting old without getting older – with Andrew Steele

From The Royal Institution. Ageing is not a biological inevitability. Scientists are studying every aspect of the body which could lead to treatments that could slow down, or even stop, the ageing process. In this talk by Andrew Steele, discover how understanding the scientific implications of ageing could lead to the greatest revolution in the…

What’s eating the universe? – with Paul Davies

From The Royal Institution. What are the unexplained riddles of the universe? Award-winning physicist Paul Davies talks you through the strange enigmas that have preoccupied cosmologists from ancient Greece to the present day. Paul’s book, ‘What’s Eating the Universe?’ is now available: https://geni.us/pauldavies Watch the Q&A with Paul here: https://youtu.be/IRHIGzWfG0Y Laying bare the audacious research…

15 minutes of relaxing science ASMR

From The Royal Institution. We have run out of science to talk about, so we’re pivoting the channel to science ASMR. We’re diving into the world of ASMR with dry ice, liquid nitrogen, a Hero’s steam engine and much more. What is the Leidenfrost effect? How does dry ice turn directly into carbon dioxide gas?…

Chemical Wonders – with Andrew Szydlo

From The Royal Institution. Why do things change colour, why do things burn, and most of all why do things explode? Andrew will take us on a journey through the exciting, confusing and sometimes explosive world of chemical changes. Andrew Szydlo is a chemist and secondary school teacher at Highgate School, well-loved by pupils and…

How Do Pathogens Cause Disease and How Can We Fight Them? – with John Tregoning

From The Royal Institution. Viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa all want to infect your body and don’t mind if they kill you so long as you pass on the infection. John’s book "Infectious" is out now: https://geni.us/infectious Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/P6x0QseBo_k John Tregoning is reader in respiratory infections at Imperial College London. His research focuses…

Nuclear Fusion and the Race to Power the Planet – with Arthur Turrell

From The Royal Institution. What is nuclear fusion, and could it really help combat the climate emergency? Arthur’s new book "The Star Builders" is available now: https://geni.us/CskCc Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/fDOY0_HoILo Arthur Turrell takes us on a thrilling tour of one of the greatest technological and scientific challenges humanity has ever undertaken: reproducing the power…