Have you ever wondered why we laugh or if you can really die of a broken heart? Join Professor Luke O'Neill on ‘Show Me the Science’ as he tackles a different issue each week; from the serious to the silly, all explained through science. This Newstalk production will open the world of science to people of all ages. New episodes every Thursday.
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This week Luke makes the most of the winter chill as he explores the science of all things cold. He tells us why humans aren't meant for chilly climates, which animals handle the deepest arctic winters best, why some people just can't stand a draughty room, and the almost magical benefits of a swim in the icy cold sea.
20 January Finished
All around us we see the influence of the natural world, if we're not always aware of it. From shopping centres to bullet trains and even Olympic medal winning sportswear, science has long been taking inspiration from nature. This week Luke explains how when humanity finds itself stuck for answers to tricky problems, the solution can often lie among the animals and plants around us.
13 January Finished
Is our weight defined solely by what we eat, or are our genetics playing a bigger role than we think? Why does the idea of what is the ideal body change over time? What are some of the strangest diets used over the years? And out of thousands of diets examined by scientists, which two (yes, just two) are proven to work? This week Luke delves into the world of diets and explains the science behind why we put on weight, how we can lose it and why really we all need to be a little kinder to ourselves.
6 January Finished
Keeping us safe, sane and in a fine mood - sleep dictates our lives and can be our best friend if we get right, our own downfall if we get it wrong. This week Luke explores the science behind our sleep, including the hidden benefits behind it, what happens while we're under and what happens when we don't get our required hours each night.
30 December 2020 Finished
Why do humans laugh? What is it about jokes that make us laugh? Why is laughing as good as a good exercise? And can laughing making you live longer? This week Luke explores the science of humour and explains all that tickles our funny bone.
29 December 2020 Finished