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Fun Kids Science Weekly

A Kids, Family and Science podcast
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Making black holes at CERN and could chip fat power cars?
Underneath Geneva in Switzerland, is the Large Hadron Collider - the biggest science experiment in the world, based at CERN. It basically smashes protons together at super fast speeds to see what happens - and it could help us answer some important questions about how life began! Physicist Victoria Martin explains more about the Collider and what it's got to do with dark matter, making black holes and parallel universes. We also discover the everyday inventions that wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for space travel, learn about how chip fat could be used to power your car in the future and find out about deadly Australian jellyfish!  
Deadliest predators ever and could Usain Bolt outrun a cheetah?
Apex predators are the animals at the very top of their food chain - with no enemies whatsover! Author and illustrator Steve Jenkins tells us about some of the most incredible predators the world has ever seen and what's made them so impressive. We also explore what the brain's made of with our science expert Tom, venture underwater to check out a golf-ball sized octopus that packs a venomous punch and answer once-and-for-all whether Usain Bolt could beat a cheetah in a race!  
Explosive eruptions and the deadliest snake in the world!
It's an explosive edition of the Fun Kids Science Weekly - as we're finding out the answer to everything you've ever wondered about volcanoes with Peter Rowley, a volcanologist at the University of Portsmouth. We also jump back in time and meet some of the flying beasts alive in the age of the dinosaurs, our science expert Tom works out how much sand there is in the whole world, and we discover the deadliest snake in the world!  
Wolfsbane & Your Guide To Endangered Species
Dan speaks to Millie Marotta; her brand new book 'A Wild Child's Guide to Endangered Animals' features the species at risk from extinction (the ones we should really know about!) Plus, he encounters the poisonous plant of many names (but you may know it as wolfsbane) and answers your questions on the sun and the heart.
Humanimals & Encephalitis Lethargica
Dan speaks to Christopher Lloyd, author of 'Humanimal', about some surprising similarities between "us and them". Plus, Dan finds out how slime is made plus answers your questions on light bulbs and rockets.
BONUS: Episode 1 of Story Quest
Story Quest is the new story podcast from Fun Kids. With a new episode each week, it’s perfect for listening on long car journeys or just before bed. As a fan of the Fun Kids Science Weekly, we thought you might like to hear the first Story Quest episode - Bryony Brownwell's Mystery Project. If you like this, subscribe to 'Story Quest - Stories for Kids' on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts from, and you’ll get it free to your phone or tablet each week! Search ‘Story Quest’ or download from the free Fun Kids app and at
Decompression Sickness & Why We Need Wasps
Dan is joined by Dr. Gavin Broad of The Natural History Museum to get a close look at wasps and why they deserve more respect than we usually give them. Plus, Dan is going on a scuba-diving holiday - what danger should he look out for?
Dwarf Mongooses and Astronaut Training
Dan discovers how footballs are made, that Dwarf Mongooses have learnt new tricks when it comes to rewarding their friends and takes part in astronaut training. Plus, who has the edge when it comes to eyesight: a hawk or an Olympic archer?
A deadly rattlesnake and Smart Homes
On this week's episode of The Fun Kids Science Weekly we chat to Rosamond Evans from Smart Home Week all about the benefits of living with smart technology. We also find out about a deadly rattle snake, how pyrex cookware is made, and who is faster man or animal?
The Megalodon & Fire Mountain!
It's a particularly dangerous episode of the Fun Kids Science Weekly ... Not only is there a 'Fire Mountain', there's a shark as big a bus!
Tawny Owls, Assassin Spiders & More Evidence of Climate Change!
Dan gets up close to an assassin spider, learns the secrets of the tawny owls and discovers more about teeth and railways!
Making superpowers real and evil shrews
Would you like to make superpowers happen in real life using science? Barry Fitzgerald is chatting to Dan all about how we can do that using science! Dangerous Dan is chatting about one of the most cruel killers in the wild and is being flexitarian the way forward? We'll also delve into the mouth with Professor Hallux, and learn about the Railways - all in this week's Science Weekly
Polonium, Laser Satellites  & The Future of Robots
Dan is back with your weekly dose of Science; from dangerous Polonium to robot specialist, Dr. Lucy Rogers, to hearing loss. If you want a science expert to answer your questions, comment on the podcast with your question!
Why We Have Two Ears, Turtles & What It's Like To Be A Vet!
Dan welcomes Techno Mum, Professor Hallux and Conor from the Pop 7 at 7 in this show! Plus, why do we need two ears instead of one? Also, if you want to be a vet when you're older, this is not one to miss!
Ancient bugs, a deadly cuttlefish and Mars rocks!
Christopher Lloyd is the creator of the Explorer: BUGS book that features a 6 foot long timeline of bug life! Dan finds out what it is about bugs that gives them their staying power and what the first ever bugs looked like.  Plus Dangerous Dan is discovering a colouful cuttlefish, we're finding out why we're bringing rocks back from Mars, how we get electricity in our homes and we're pitching man vs animal!
Edinburgh international science festival, the trinity test and a volcano sliding into the sea!
Europe's largest Science Festival is happening in Edinburgh at the moment and Augusta Macdonald is the Programme Manager there. She gives us the lowdown on what is going on all over Edinburgh to get everyone involved in science! Plus Dangerous Dan is delving into history as we find out about the trinity test, we're finding out about how we're tackling space junk and Professor Hallux is exploring our dreams!
Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking, one of the most influential scientists of our time, sadly died this week at the age of 76. He was famous for his work on black holes and relativity and so this week Dan chats to Josh Barker, from the National Space Centre all about how his work has influenced us! Plus Dangerous Dan is looking at very common, tiny deadly creatures, we're finding out about Britain's digital railways with Bex and Dad and one British designer is recycling gum to make shoes!
YouTuber Charlie McDonnell and why do we get tummy butterflies?
YouTube star Charlie McDonnell a.k.a charlieissocoollike joins us to talk about his love for all things science! Charlie was the first YouTuber in the world to reach 1 million subscribers and his latest videos answer science questions, like why do we find stuff cute? He's written a book called Fun Science too, which explores "the best and most interesting things that science has to offer" (a bit like us!) Plus, Sean and Robot explore how boats are designed so they don't capsize, we find out about a super cool, bionic hand being developed in Italy, and we discover the answer to why we sometimes get the feeling of butterflies in our tummies!  
How to code and the mould that makes food taste delicious!
Coding has helped humans create robots, build cars that drive themselves and sent rockets into space... but what is coding and how does it all work? Sean McManus, author of Coder Academy, joins Dan in the studio to explain what a coder does and the basics of making your own code! Plus, we dare to learn about the Golden Poison Dart Frog, discover the supernova that's been going for two years now, and Bene and Mal explore how some fungi and mould can actually help certain foods taste delicious!
Explosive Bread & Behind-The-Scenes Of A Lab
This week, Dan is joined by Emily Scott-Dearing to hear all about the latest exhbition at the Francis Crick Institute, from the tiniest fruit flies to the largest computers! Plus, he learns how bread is far more dangerous than you could ever imagine. Also, in the news this week, what does all this hot weather mean?
The Science of Rollercoasters & Dark Side of Mistletoe
Dan is joined by Patrick Marx, designer of rollercoasters for Europa Park! He tells us all about their physics and how rollercoasters work. Plus, did you think mistletoe was romantic? Think again! Finally, Dan is with some Fun Kids experts - Techno Mum and Enn & Gee.
The Secret To Maps & The Golden Poison Dart Frog
Dan uncovers the mystery of maps and why they will never be accurate, with the help of Dr Alexander Kent (a cartography expert). Plus, he comes face-to-face with a golden poison dart frog, and explores the science stories shaking the world this week.
Mummies, a Death Snake, and a Teenage Climate Warrior!
Dan speaks to mummification and Egyptian expert Dr Stephen Buckley and we find out why Sunflowers always turn to face the sun! Plus, Enn & Gee and Techno Mum are back, and we have even more Science in the News. 
Do Killer Whales Eat Sharks & Sea Life Welcomes New Species!
Dan picks the brain of the Lead Aquarist at Sea Life Brighton - how do you create a new 'home' for these species? How do you settle them in? Where do you even find them? Plus, we hear from the Fun Kids Science experts, Professor Hallux and all those at Deep Space High!
Black Rhinos & Tectonic Plates
Dan speaks to Twycross Zoo about the new addition to their family, plus examines one of the most dangerous plate boundaries in the world. And as always, he welcome science experts from Techno Mum to Enn & Gee!
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Jun 10th, 2017
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Dec 7th, 2019
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