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Should all robots have an ethical black box?
Wednesday 23rd Jun 2021, 12.30pm

"The year was 2041..."

Is a snack tax on the horizon?
Tuesday 8th Jun 2021, 03.45pm

Do you remember when the price of fizzy drinks in the UK went up slightly a few years ago? Soda fans, perhaps you remember all too clearly...! Well, this was because the UK government introduced a sugar tax (or the Soft Drinks Industrial Levy, to be precise), requiring manufacturers to pay a tax...

What's an arboretum anyway?
Wednesday 26th May 2021, 12.30pm

An arboretum could be described as a "living library". A beautifully curated collection of woody plants (trees and shrubs) from across the globe, each one carefully labelled and managed.

Did the pandemic make us moodier?
Wednesday 12th May 2021, 12.30pm

Lockdowns, social distancing, restrictions on 'normal' activities - we've all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But how has it impacted on our mood and mental wellbeing? We chat to Dr Max Taquet from the Department of Psychiatry about 'mood homeostasis' (the interplay between people's...

Will climate change kill off the great tits?
Wednesday 28th Apr 2021, 12.30pm

Their distinctive 'teacher teacher' call is synonymous with British gardens, but great tits are facing a big problem - climate change. As our springtime becomes warmer and begins earlier, peak caterpillar abundance is also shifting earlier. As a crucial food source for great tit chicks, this is...

Can we build an eco-friendly aeroplane?
Wednesday 14th Apr 2021, 12.30pm

Remember those days when it was possible to climb aboard a plane and jet off around the world? Well, while we might be yearning for foreign shores, there's no denying that air travel comes with a big ol' carbon footprint. But is it possible to make aeroplanes 'greener'?