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Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.
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Brian Cox and Robin Ince send comedian Lucy Beaumont to investigate UFO sightings in the extra-terrestrial hotspot of... Hull! Lucy is joined by her mum GIll Adams who claims to have experienced a number of close encounters of the third kind and they return to Longhill Estate where a UFO was reported in the 1960s. Local historian Mike Covell takes Lucy through the documented accounts of prolific UFO sightings in and around the East Yorkshire area.
UFO special

UFO special

2020-02-1200:43:0519

UFO SPECIAL Brian Cox and Robin Ince host a close encounter of the 1st kind with comedian Lucy Beaumont, astronomer Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Director of Jodrell Bank Professor Tim Oโ€™Brien, and science presenter Dallas Campbell to ask if UFOs and aliens have visited Earth? They explore why Lucy's home city of Hull appears to have had more than its fair share of alien visitations, as well as learning about the genuine scientific effort to look for intelligent life elsewhere in our universe. This episode is also available to watch, so you can see our truly out of this world panel in full technicolour glory. Just look for The Infinite Monkey Cage UFO TV Special on BBC iplayer. Producer: Alexandra Feachem
Quantum Worlds

Quantum Worlds

2020-02-1000:43:4426

Quantum Worlds Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Katy Brand, and physicists Sean Carroll and Jim Al-Khalili as they enter the strange and bizarre world of quantum mechanics. Schroedinger's famous thought experiment stuck a cat in a box and asked if it is dead or alive. Quantum physics says the cat is both dead and alive, until we open the box. This mind-bending idea may seem the realm of philosophy, but is actually the science that underpins most of modern life as we know it. Once the panel have dealt with the controversial issues surrounding cats in boxes, they explore whether quantum physics is really an accurate description of reality, and if it is, are there, as the theory suggests, infinite copies of you, me and everything in our universe all existing in every possible combination of ways of existing? If that is the strange but true reality of existence, will we ever be able to prove it?
Fire

Fire

2020-02-0300:37:5923

Fire! Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Ed Byrne, forensic chemist Niamh Nic Daeid and biologist Adam Rutherford, as they explore the science of fire and how it has impacted the evolution of life on earth. They also look at whether controlling fire is a uniquely human trait and how other species have evolved to use fire to their advantage. Producer: Alexandra Feachem
Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs

2020-01-2700:45:5624

The Magic of Coral Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Marcus Brigstocke and marine biologists Professor Callum Roberts and Dr Heather Koldewey as they look at the amazing creatures that create and colonise coral reefs. Just two microscopic organisms are responsible for the creation of these incredible structures, structures so huge that they can be seen from outer-space. Brian, Robin and the panel talk about the vital yet delicate relationship between the coral polyp and and its tiny plant lodger, how they evolved to be so co-dependent, and how this unique partnership has lead to some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They also look at the very real threat to our planet's reefs as our oceans warm, and what, if anything can be done. Producer: Alexandra Feachem
Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy Theories

2020-01-2000:33:2533

Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Shazia Mirza, science writer and cancer researcher Dr David Robert Grimes and psychologist Prof Karen Douglas to look at the weird world of conspiracy theories. From Flat Earth believers to people who refuse to accept that humans have ever been to the moon, why is fiction often so much easier to believe than fact - and does it matter? They discuss the psychology and profile of people who are more likely to believe in conspiracies and the devastating effect some, like the anti-vaccine movement, have had on public health. They ask whether being irrational is our default setting and how to convince the most hard-core believers with the power of evidence and critical thinking. Although they would say that wouldnt' they? Producer: Alexandra Feachem
Science of Laughter

Science of Laughter

2020-01-1300:43:5940

The Science of Laughter Brian Cox and Robin Ince return for a new series of science/comedy chat. They are joined on stage, appropriately enough, by comedian Frank Skinner, as they look at the science of what makes us laugh, why we laugh at all, and whether humour and laughter are uniquely human traits. Joining the panel are experts in what makes us chuckle, Prof Sophie Scott and Professor Richard Wiseman. They look at why laughter is not only an ancient human trait that goes a long way to making us the social animal we are today, but that rats and apes also enjoy a good chuckle. They discover whether science can come up with the perfect joke and why a joke with the punchline "quack" is funnier than one with the punchline "moo". Producer: Alexandra Feachem
Brits in Space

Brits in Space

2019-10-1400:59:4743

Brits in Space! Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by astronaut and author of "The Astronaut Selection Test Book", Tim Peake, first British astronaut Helen Sharman and comedian Mark Steel for a Brits in Space Special. Tim and Helen talk about their different experiences of training to be an astronaut and the challenges of life in space. They also look to the future as the panel talk about the various options being considered for long term space flight with planned future missions to the Moon and ultimately Mars.
The Periodic Table How well do you know your Fe from your Cu, and what the heck is Np?? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Katy Brand, Prof Polly Arnold and Prof Andrea Sella to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev's great achievement. They find out how scientists first realised that the elements that form the ingredients that make up our planet , are able to be organised in such a logical and ordered way, and whether its still a useful tool today. They also discover why one of the guests has been called the Free Solo equivalent of chemists because of the skill and danger involved in their work. Producer: Alexandra Feachem
Science of Dreaming

Science of Dreaming

2019-09-3000:44:4454

Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Bridget Christie, neuroscientist Professor Penny Lewis and psychologist Richard Wiseman to explore the science of dreaming. Our dreams have fascinated humans for millennia and then Freud came along and told us they really did mean something, and mostly they were about sex and anger. Was he right? Why do we dream and can we find meaning in the content of our dreams? Can our dreams help us solve problems, give us new ideas, help us write a symphony, even if they can't predict the future? The panel also discuss what is going on in the brain whilst we sleep, and how memories are formed and consolidated while we snooze. It turns out the phrase "better to sleep on it" has a strong scientific argument. Producer: Alexandra Feachem
Clever Creatures

Clever Creatures

2019-09-2300:41:2850

Those Clever Creatures Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian and author Danny Wallace, ornithologist Professor Tim Birkhead and marine biologist Helen Scales to look at animal intelligence. We have all heard about clever chimps that can count, and about how we can compare the intelligence of humans and the great apes - but have we underestimated many of the other animal species? It would seem so, with remarkable examples of cunning, smart behaviour from animals as diverse as birds, octopuses and even fish. So how do you test a guppies IQ and can a crow really outsmart a gorilla, or even a human...prepare to be amazed. Producer Alexandra Feachem
Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs

2019-09-1600:47:0064

Brian Cox and Robin Ince return for a new series of their multi-award winning science/comedy show. They kick off with arguably any child's first interest in science - dinosaurs! They are joined by comedian Rufus Hound and palaeontologists Susannah Maidment from the Natural History Museum and Steve Brusatte from the University of Edinburgh to find out what the latest research and exciting fossil finds have revealed about these epic creatures. Are we in a new age of dinosaur discovery? What are the big questions that dinosaur hunters are hoping to uncover, and did they go extinct at all? Producer: Alexandra Feachem
Astronaut Special (Repeat)

Astronaut Special (Repeat)

2019-07-2500:29:1325

In this episode from 2017, Brian Cox and Robin Ince transport the cage to the Starmus Festival in Trondheim, Norway, for an extraordinary gathering of astronauts. They are joined on stage by NASA astronauts Sandra Magnus and Terry Virts, ESA astronaut Claude Nicollier, and Apollo 16's Charlie Duke, one of the last people to have walked on the moon. They talk about their personal journeys to fulfill their long-held dreams, and literally reach for the stars. They hear from Charlie Duke about the extraordinary Apollo missions he was part of, including his role as Capsule Communicator for the very first moon landing, before taking his own first steps on the lunar surface as part of Apollo 16. They explore the different experience of astronauts from Charlie's era, and those who now become residents of space, spending months and months aboard the International Space Station, and the challenges each mission brings. And Claude Nicollier describes his epic spacewalk to repair the Hubble Telescope. Producer: Alexandra Feachem.
The Infinite Moonkey Cage

The Infinite Moonkey Cage

2019-07-2000:58:1148

A special hour long episode of the hugely popular science/comedy show, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landings. Recorded at Cocoa Beach, Florida just down the road from Cape Canaveral, Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by some of the key players involved in landing the first people on the moon, on this day, 1969. Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty Schweickart, Apollo flight director Gerry Griffin and Apollo children Jan and Andy Aldrin give their perspectives on arguably one of the greatest scientific and engineering achievements of all time. Keep listening for a very special guest appearance by Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes. Presenters: Brian Cox and Robin Ince Producer Alexandra Feachem
Hannah Fry and Adam Rutherford present highlights from their podcast which investigates questions sent in by listeners using the power of science.
How We Measure the Universe

How We Measure the Universe

2019-02-1100:38:36102

How to Measure the Universe Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Jo Brand, and physicists Prof Jo Dunkley and Dr Adam Masters to look at how we go about measuring our universe, from measuring the contents of atmospheres of planets and moons at the outer edges of our solar system to looking far back in time to study the very earliest beginnings of the cosmos. Our ability to learn about phenomena and worlds that seem almost impossibly out of reach, now give us an incredible insight into the universe we occupy, and how we got here. Brian and Robin find out about some of the big new missions providing information into our own solar system and beyond, and find out what big questions in cosmology still remain a tantalising challenge? Producer: Alexandra Feachem
How to Build a Bionic Human

How to Build a Bionic Human

2019-02-0400:42:4871

How to Build a Bionic Human. Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by "supervet" Noel Fitzpatrick, Dr Kevin Fong and comedian Lucy Beaumont to learn how to build a bionic human. They'll be looking at the development of artificial limbs and organs that have been pioneered during times of war and at the extreme end of emergency medicine, and find out how Noel Fitzpatrick is developing new techniques and bionic devices at his veterinary practice, that could eventually be used on humans.
Are humans still evolving?

Are humans still evolving?

2019-01-2800:47:20104

Are humans still evolving? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian and author David Baddiel, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics Aoife McLysaght, and geneticist and broadcaster Adam Rutherford to ask whether human beings are still evolving? Has the invention of modern medicine, and technology meant that survival of the fittest is a thing of the past or are humans evolving new adaptations that will help us cope and survive better in our ever changing world (better thumbs for texting anyone?). If evolution happens over 1000's of years, could we even tell if we were evolving as a species, or have humans reached peak human? Producer: Alexandra Feachem
Origin of Numbers

Origin of Numbers

2019-01-2100:36:1779

The origin of numbers and can fish count? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by mathematician Dr Hannah Fry, comedian Matt Parker and neuroscientist Prof Brian Butterworth to ask where numbers come from and can fish count? They'll be looking at the origin of numbers and whether counting is a uniquely human trait that actually started before the evolution of language.
The Future of Humanity

The Future of Humanity

2019-01-1400:35:5865

The Future of Humanity Brian Cox and Robin Ince take on the entire future of our civilisation, as they are joined by Astronomer Royal and former head of the Royal Society Lord Rees, Baroness Cathy Ashton and comedian, actor and director Chris Addison. They'll be talking about the biggest challenges facing humanity at the moment, and whether science offers the solution to some of these great problems, from Climate Change to the rise of AI.
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calmfocustruth

Cognitive dissonance and the expected progressive narrative from the usual suspects, warping/omitting/misrepresenting the current social science literature. Comedy by any standard, sold as fact. Goodbye BBC, and none to soon.

Feb 23rd
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calmfocustruth

The irony of Brian whinging about 'Libel Laws', which is essentially 'freedom of speech'.... that all his socialist mates have obliterated over the last 10yrs. Hilarious ๐Ÿ˜‚

Feb 17th
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Jeremy Green

you missed the definition, burning fuel.

Feb 16th
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love barcelona

Arabian gulf?!!!! you're completly wrong! It's Persian gulf. remember๐Ÿ˜

Feb 15th
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C R

Nanoonanoo.. ๐Ÿ‘

Feb 15th
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Jason Salvo

.....why is this here?

Feb 13th
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Alan Southgate

get shot of the stupid bitch ..so annoying ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ 

Feb 13th
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Craig Harris

Such a shame I had to stop listening to this episode. Couldn't stand hearing the fast talking panelist any longer

Feb 13th
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calmfocustruth

To put into perspective, the 'woke' population makes up <5% of actual population in OECD. IMC woke guest's are argueably confusing the majority of listeners at least and simply alienating the 50% that revile at Brand and her twisted 'Tribe'.

Feb 11th
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calmfocustruth

It takes Katy Brand under 1 min to embroil IMC into the Wokeverse yet again, true to her family form of psuedo-socialist cringy dystopia. Bravo. Poor Brian Cox having to watch it unfold.

Feb 11th
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Beatrix Ducz

what was the other drink?

Feb 6th
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Beatrix Ducz

Of course fire exists on other planets, if they have a molten inner core, that is lava, isn't it?

Feb 3rd
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Elizabeth Sidley

๐Ÿ˜ข I've been diagnosed with schizophrenia, I'm being medicated and it has completely ruined my life. i'm convinced it is a conspiracy and that the "personalities" that are communicating with me are actual people. of course everyone I tell about this judges me, thinks I lack intelligence and that my determination to not let it beat me is some kind of delusional, narcassistic belief of grandeur.

Jan 30th
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calmfocustruth

Here's a question for the 'Consensus climate scientists'; explain how Sydney's Fort Denison 100yrs of sea level data shows a consistent trend average of 0.65mm/year rise? (and no the continent is not lifting either) Unfalsifiable data sucks eh ๐Ÿ˜‚

Jan 28th
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Kathryn Vickers

You need to see the Instagram account #hunger4words, the woman is a speech language therapist who has taught her dog to use the speech buttons. She is able to communicate so intelligently! Far more so than just selecting a range of specific objects from a pile like the collie discussed, it shows conceptual understanding and planning! Www.hungerforwords.com

Jan 24th
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Hooman

hahah I died laughing at part 40:00!! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

Jan 24th
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Beatrix Ducz

interesting idea, you marry a man, and the child he makes ten years later is a perfectly different person than the child he would have made ten years earlier, because he is a totally different person ten years later. ๐Ÿ™„

Jan 23rd
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Dwayne Loller

good start to the series, looking forward to the rest of it.

Jan 21st
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calmfocustruth

The irony of progressives on a panel discussing conspiracy theories, convincing each other that Trump and Brexit are 'lies' and not actual democractic movements. It's certainly entertaining ๐Ÿ˜‚

Jan 21st
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Beatrix Ducz

I've heard once that gravity is baically not pulling, but pushing things together, since then I am trying to imagine this, it's not easy. Then why we keep talking about gravitational pull? Wouldn't this be an answer to many questions if we would familiarize and start to think about this as it actually is?

Jan 19th
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