BBC Inside Science

BBC Inside Science

BBC Radio 4

Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

Categories: Science & Medicine

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Marnie Chesterton reveals how important the models and graphs are in informing government strategies for the Covid-19 pandemic. Christl Donnelly, Professor of Statistical Epidemiology at Imperial College London and Professor of Applied Statistics at the University of Oxford, and Dr Kit Yates, Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology at the University of Bath and author of 'The Maths of Life and Death', explain what epidemiological models can and can’t tell us about the progression of the disease, infection rates and death rates, and how testing will provide the essential data to make these models more accurate. They also give their take on the current inundation of social media with graphs and infographics created by non-epidemiologists - the ‘epidemic of armchair epidemiologists’. The European Space Agency’s Diego Urbina was one of the Mars500 participants. He spent 520 days in a human mission to Mars, shut up in a fake spacecraft with his fellow astronauts. So who better to get tips for home isolation from? Are you stuck in with the kids and want to try some science experiments that you can do at home? The Royal Institution is about to launch ExpeRimental Live - a live stream of home science experiments, designed to educate, entertain and inform your children with some cheap and easy science. And its existing ExpeRimental series of short films for parents are already available online. They were produced and directed by science teacher and writer Alom Shaha, who helps BBC Inside Science producer Jennifer Whyntie to have a go at making singing wine glasses with her children. Producers - Fiona Roberts and Jennifer Whyntie

Previous episodes

  • 351 - Coronavirus: Models & being ‘led by the science’; Mars500 isolation tips; Kids’ science - singing glasses 
    Thu, 02 Apr 2020
  • 350 - Coronavirus - Lockdown efficacy; viral testing; surface survival; dog walking safety 
    Thu, 26 Mar 2020
  • 349 - TB vaccination to replace culling in badgers; Neil Shubin on the wonders of evolution 
    Thu, 19 Mar 2020
  • 348 - Biology of the new coronavirus 
    Thu, 12 Mar 2020
  • 347 - Banning lead shot for hunting; UK Fireball Network and Extremely thin gold 
    Thu, 05 Mar 2020
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