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 Long Form
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

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
'Air Actions' feature in Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10

'Air Actions' feature in Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ makes it debut . Key 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, and supercharging. Other features i...
Press Association
Glaring at seagulls makes them less likely to steal your food

Glaring at seagulls makes them less likely to steal your food

Worried about how to protect your seaside chips from pesky seagulls? Scientists believe the answer lies in an old-fashioned stare down. The would-be feathered thieves are more likely to strike when they can swoop in under the radar, avoiding the ...
2mins
Press Association
Successful satellite launch for SpaceX Falcon 9

Successful satellite launch for SpaceX Falcon 9

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Tuesday evening.The 70 meter rocket contained the AMOS-17 satellite which will provide internet, phone and secure communications to the Middle East, Africa, and E...
Press Association
Staring out seagulls is the secret to protecting your chips, scientists say

Staring out seagulls is the secret to protecting your chips, scientists say

Glaring at seagulls makes them less likely to steal your food, according to a new study. University of Exeter researchers found on average the gulls took 21 seconds longer to approach the food if they were stared at. The would-be feathered thieve...
Press Association
Samsung reveal new Galaxy smartwatch in bid to compete with the Apple Watch

Samsung reveal new Galaxy smartwatch in bid to compete with the Apple Watch

Samsung has revealed a new Galaxy smartwatch in its bid to take a bigger slice of the wearable market largely led by the Apple Watch. Six months after introducing the first Galaxy Watch Active, the South Korean is launching a successor which conti...
20secs
Press Association
Flying car hovers for one minute during Japanese demonstration

Flying car hovers for one minute during Japanese demonstration

A flying electric car prototype has been tested in Japan. Japanese electronics giant NEC and Cartivator think this is the transport mode of the future. NEC officials say their flying car is designed for driverless flights for deliveries. The Jap...
Press Association
Scientist Pierre Moret talks about Humboldt

Scientist Pierre Moret talks about Humboldt

Humboldt's Tableau Physique, shows the distribution of mountain vegetation as a function of altitude. Today scientists use the data to investigate changes due to global warming. But there are discrepancies, as Pierre Moret and his team discovered.
3mins
Deutsche Welle
Take a look at the bar of the future

Take a look at the bar of the future

A bar entirely operated by robots is set to come to London. The Makr Shakr robotic bartenders can deal with more than 150 spirits and make an unlimited amount of drinks.
Press Association
The Human Back Is A Design Disaster

The Human Back Is A Design Disaster

Everyone who lives long enough is likely to experience back pain. And the cause isn't just aging. We have evolution to blame for a spine that's an engineering nightmare. Cheddar Explores how our spines changed to accommodate human bipedalism.
6mins
Cheddar
Apollo 11 astronaut reflects on moon mission

Apollo 11 astronaut reflects on moon mission

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins has returned to the exact spot where he and two other astronauts flew to the moon 50 years ago. At NASA's invitation, Michael Collins spent the golden anniversary Tuesday morning at Kennedy Space Center's Launc...
2mins
Press Association
Take a look at a design for potential Hyperloop stations

Take a look at a design for potential Hyperloop stations

Take a look at the possible design for a futuristic Hyperloop station, set to revolutionise travel in Europe. The design was unveiled at Elon Musk's SpaceX headquarters in California. The Hyperloop concept is now being worked on by the world's to...
Press Association
Mission to the practice moon

Mission to the practice moon

ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer could soon be joining a lunar mission. He's training on the Canary Island of Lanzarote, where the volcanic landscapes resemble the surface of the moon. He's also learning how to collect moon rock samples.
6mins
Deutsche Welle
Hopping space robot plays live-action ping pong

Hopping space robot plays live-action ping pong

A dog-like robot being developed to hop across complex terrain on other planets has been used to play a live-action game of ping pong in its latest phase of testing. The idea behind the project is to change how scientists explore the Moon, astero...
Press Association
Jodrell Bank Observatory granted World Heritage status

Jodrell Bank Observatory granted World Heritage status

Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire has been named a Unesco World Heritage site. Interview with Arts, Heritage and Tourism minister Rebecca Pow. The Cheshire observatory, which is owned by the University of Manchester, has been at the forefront ...
Press Association
Robot uses machine learning to harvest lettuce

Robot uses machine learning to harvest lettuce

A vegetable-picking robot that uses machine learning to identify and harvest lettuces has been developed by engineers. The 'Vegebot' was developed by a team at Cambridge University.
2mins
Press Association
Research power

Research power

Almost every battery in the world contains lithium, a rare metal that harms the environment. Are there alternatives? Sodium or magnesium are in plentiful supply, and magnesium can provide more energy than lithium.
5mins
Deutsche Welle
The dream of Hyperloop

The dream of Hyperloop

From Brussels to Barcelona in an hour - a dream that could soon become a reality. Join us on a high-speed trip to the Netherlands and learn more about the vision of a pan-European Hyperloop transit network!
4mins
Deutsche Welle
What is 5G? A look at the new technology coming our way

What is 5G? A look at the new technology coming our way

The era of 5G is upon the UK, with faster speeds not only expected to transform everyday smartphones but also everything from virtual reality to healthcare.
2mins
Press Association
Vodafone switches on 5G network

Vodafone switches on 5G network

Vodafone has become the second UK 5G mobile operator as it officially switched on 5G network in seven UK cities, including Cardiff, London, Manchester and Glasgow.
Press Association
What is 5G? A look at the new technology coming our way

What is 5G? A look at the new technology coming our way

5G is the next generation of wireless mobile connections - we take a look at what lies in store when it arrives.
2mins
Press Association
How to switch mobile network provider with a text message

How to switch mobile network provider with a text message

Mobile users across the UK can now switch network provider via text message in a move aimed at simplifying the process.
2mins
Press Association
Restored Nasa Mission Control comes alive 50 years after Apollo

Restored Nasa Mission Control comes alive 50 years after Apollo

Nasa has held a grand reopening of its Mission Control room from the Apollo days after it was meticulously restored to the way it looked 50 years ago.
Press Association
Nasa announces new Dragonfly mission to Titan

Nasa announces new Dragonfly mission to Titan

Nasa will send a spacecraft to explore the surface of Saturn's largest moon Titan and search for "the building blocks of life", the space agency has revealed. The Dragonfly mission, part of Nasa's New Frontiers programme, will launch in 2026 and a...
Press Association
Why Don't Buses Have Seatbelts?

Why Don't Buses Have Seatbelts?

Buckle up for safety, unless you're on a school or city bus, apparently. Is this a case of hypocrisy in action? Or is there something else going on?
6mins
Cheddar
Lightyear launches the first long-range solar car

Lightyear launches the first long-range solar car

Lightyear has launched the first long-range solar car. The car is constructed from high-tech materials and has on its roof and bonnet five square meters of integrated solar cells.The company will be ramping up production of the Lightyear One in 2021.
Press Association
Seals can copy human speech and music, study suggests

Seals can copy human speech and music, study suggests

Grey seals are able to form words and sing like humans, new research suggests. University of St Andrews researchers found three trained animals were able to copy speech, as well as notes from songs including the Star Wars theme tune.
Press Association
Nissan reveals all-electric ice cream van

Nissan reveals all-electric ice cream van

Nissan has revealed an all-electric ice cream van concept, along with treat makers Mackie's of Scotland.
Press Association
Trailer for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game launched

Trailer for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game launched

The trailer for new mobile game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, inspired by the Wizarding World, has been released. The worldwide launch of the game begins this Friday.
3mins
Press Association
What is Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra?

What is Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra?

Facebook is to launch a cryptocurrency next year which will allow people to move money from their smartphone.
Press Association
British company unveils jet suits ahead of planned race series

British company unveils jet suits ahead of planned race series

British company Gravity Industries has unveiled its jet suit designs ahead of a planned race series involving the unique technology.
Press Association
Uber to test flying taxis in Melbourne

Uber to test flying taxis in Melbourne

Uber plans to take passengers to the sky in a bid to ease congested roads on the ground, for the same price as an UberX trip over the same distance. Melbourne has been chosen as one of the latest testbeds for Uber's helicopter-like flying ambition...
Press Association
Keanu Reeves makes surprise appearance at video game expo E3

Keanu Reeves makes surprise appearance at video game expo E3

Keanu Reeves made a surprise appearance at the E3 video game expo in Los Angeles. The 54-year-old actor was promoting Cyberpunk 2077, a role-playing game set for release next year.
Press Association
App for self-diagnosis

App for self-diagnosis

Could an app could save you a trip to the GP when you're sick? Medical chatbots like #tellAda are now used around the world. But how reliable are they? Could AI help us to live longer, healthier lives?
4mins
Deutsche Welle
Apple conference: iTunes killed off and new 'dark mode' among updates

Apple conference: iTunes killed off and new 'dark mode' among updates

Apple has confirmed it is to replace the iTunes service in its current form, as it splits the software across three apps. The technology giant said the next versions of its macOS operating system, which powers the firm's computers, will replace t...
Press Association
The Human Foot Is a Design Disaster

The Human Foot Is a Design Disaster

From a design standpoint, the human foot is kind of a disaster. Although humans evolved to walk upright on two feet, our feet are prone to all kinds of injuries. So, why did natural selection give us this particular foot?
5mins
Cheddar
Two Russian cosmonauts conduct spacewalk

Two Russian cosmonauts conduct spacewalk

Two Russian crewmembers Oleg Kononenko and Alexey Ovchinin on the International Space Station have ventured into open space.
Press Association