5. The Science of Diets Image

5. The Science of Diets

6 January - 21 mins
Podcast Series Show Me the Science with Luke O'Neill

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.

21 mins

Series Episodes

7. The Science of Cold

7. The Science of Cold

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.

17 mins

20 January Finished

6. The Science of Mimicry

6. The Science of Mimicry

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.

18 mins

13 January Finished

4. The Science of Sleep

4. The Science of Sleep

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.

17 mins

30 December 2020 Finished

3. The science of humour

3. The science of humour

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.

14 mins

29 December 2020 Finished

2. The science of music

2. The science of music

Why do we love music? Is music essential to human life? Do animals love music? Does it have a biological function? This week Professor Luke O'Neill explores the science of music and delves into everything from The Simpsons theme tune, why music helps during surgery, the health benefits of choirs and, of course, Elephant orchestras. 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.

16 mins

16 December 2020 Finished

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