Show Me the Science with Luke O'Neill
Show Me the Science with Luke O'Neill
About Show Me the Science with Luke O'Neill
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. Show me the Science is with thanks to B Braun. Listen and subscribe to Show Me the Science with Luke O'Neill on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'
While the worst of the recent pandemic seems to be passed us humans, birds are now facing their own deadly virus. But, could the avian flu that has been infecting flocks across the world jump from birds to humans? Luke explains how viruses cross from one species to another and looks at the likelihood of another pandemic.
Despite being one of the most studied autoimmune diseases, the root cause of lupus is still unknown and although treatments are advancing, patients with the disease still deal with significant symptoms. Luke explains what's happening within their body to cause these symptoms and how his own lab's exciting scientific discovery might help to find a cure.
We all do it without even thinking, but how much control do you have over your breathing and are there benefits to taking deeper, slower breaths? Luke looks at the calming effects of carbon dioxide, and explains the physical changes that happen inside your body when you sigh.
How would you stave off hypothermia out in the wild? There are lots of ways to keep warm in the great outdoors including digging trenches, warming up rocks for your own version of central heating and building shelters from snow or tree branches. Luke goes through all the options to see which might be best...
Are you a cat person or a dog person? It's a question that is often asked as if it might reveal something deeper about someone's personality, and tis week Luke picks through the science to show us that our choice of household pet could in fact tell us a lot more about us, and others, than we had ever imagined.
The hunt for worlds and cvilisations beyond our own goes on, and this week Luke delves into the efforts (past and present) to find life in the distant reaches of the universe - and lays out some of the big questions the scientists undertaking the search need to wrestle with.
Let's face it, the bees get all the love, while the wasps are seen as a pest, a threat and an irritant. But are they the victims of much undeserved negative publicity? Luke delves into the science of wasps, which brings us into a realm of many species making a lot of hidden contributions to our natural world.
Ever wondered what Sepsis is? Or how it is caught? Listen this week as Luke analyses the disease and potential artificial intelligence that could be used to spot other diseases. Luke explains how complex the immune system and how different treatments and therapies are used to treat the disease.
Ever wondered about the deep depths of the ocean and what creatures lie beneath the mysterious deep blue?? This week Luke explores the science of the ocean and the incredible creatures that have been discovered as a result of scientists testing the limits and reaching the furthest depths a human has ever been before.
Do you believe in ghosts? Are stories of apparitions and hauntings verifiable truths, or fanciful falsehoods? This week Luke explores the science behind ghosts, hauntings and all things spooky, looking at some examples from the modern day and famous incidents in the past to try to help us understand a little more - and to explain why horror can be good for your health.
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